After the power outage I thought I did a pretty good job resetting all the clocks around here. In fact, I know I did because I wanted to be on my game for when school starts next month.
Now, the construction crew shows up on the job site every morning at 6:30 sharp. They stay until 5:00 p.m. I'm a girl used to a fair amount of peace, quiet and privacy. I like to stroll outside to water the porch geraniums in my jammies and bedhead. Enjoy a few quiet moments admiring the flowers, birds and occasional snake wearing only a long t-shirt. Even flop onto a chair and enjoy a cup of coffee without taking time to dress or brush my teeth. So, this morning after I got up at 6:00 and took a quick shower, I threw on my shabby bathrobe and padded out to water the flowers. The drilling and pounding and wild beeping from large equipment driven in reverse hadn't yet begun. Judging by the clock by my bed, it wouldn't begin for another 20 minutes.
That shabby bathrobe was coming apart on me while I reached high to water a hanging basket (because I can't tie it tight enough), so I clutched the front shut with one hand while thinking, "Thank goodness it's early enough that I can finish this job before anyone sees me like this--all wild hair and loose skin barely covered by plaid flannel." Just as I got to the far end of the porch and bent over (making the most basic accommodation for modesty by holding the gaping top of my robe against my chest with one hand) the crew pulled in my driveway. Two truckloads of them. And I'm standing by the locked door full of horror.
They got a good look at a gal with bedhead in a shabby bathrobe that was barely draped across her lady-bits. (Stupid tie front robe.) I did the one thing I could do: squared my shoulders and walked casually away from a dry geranium with a full watering can in my hand. I disappeared back into the privacy of my house with a red face to look at the clock. 6:32 a.m. in the kitchen, 6:28 a.m. in the bedroom.
I plan to hide out here inside the house until they leave at 5:00 tonight.