So some circumstances have suddenly made school and studying a much larger challenge. Suddenly I have my daughter at all times now, and I am finding that poetry is not something that I can study with distractions. Even if my daughter is playing quietly, it isn’t quiet enough for me to concentrate properly and be uninterrupted. After all, who can concentrate on Wordsworth if one is listening for a child eating soap or filling the toilet with toilet paper?
Then there is the issue with her going to bed. Someone replaced my daughter with a little monster who doesn’t want to go to bed and screams in her crib for half an hour to 45 minutes each night. This never used to be an issue. Well, a tantrum throwing 3 yr old is also not conducive to studying even if I am doing so outside on the porch in an attempt to escape the eardrum splitting sound! And then once she quiets down and goes to sleep, around 8:45 or 9 at night, I sit down for a moment of peace and quiet and poetry and I fall asleep!
What option does this leave me with? Yup, you got it, 5:30AM. Last night I decided I would get up an hour early each morning to do my studying. To commit to this, I need to be in bed by 9:30 at night in order to not be burning the candle on both ends. I set my coffeemaker to have fresh coffee at 5:30 this morning, set my cup out with a bit of sugar and a spoon already in it, set my alarm, set my books out, and went to bed. It worked! I have always known I am a morning person and that I function better then anyhow. The significant other was very very skeptical of this plan but I don’t think he fully understands the meaning of “morning person.” I am at my brightest and retain the most early in the AM. (and he wonders why I can’t function after 10 at night? I’ve been up a lot longer than he has!!!) I maintain that this might be my answer to the current studying problem. We shall see.
On another note, this means that I can still knit while my daughter is awake, keeping me nice and calm. Last night I swatched for a sweater out of Aran Knitting, but I cannot get gauge no matter how hard I try. I have officially decided that Lamb’s pride worsted is not going to work for this sweater. Which is too bad, because that is what I have on hand and in the color I like. I suppose I will attempt something else with it.