Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I truly think this is a genetic condition

You know how some people are obsessively punctual? Or ALWAYS early (my husband)? Or...always late? I'm the late kind. I know it drives you always-early people CRAZY (especially because I'm married to one), but I swear there is nothing I can do about it. It's just the way my brain works. If I have to be at work at 7, I think: It takes me 13-15 minutes to drive to work, so I'll leave at 6:45. Of course, that's just the driving time. I also have to lock the door to the house, open the garage door, back out of the garage, then go back and shut the garage door. 13-15 minutes later I get to the parking lot, which is two blocks from my office. It takes 3-4 minutes to get to the building, another 2-3 to get to take the elevator to my floor and walk to my desk. Then I have to start up my computer, which takes FOREVER because the annoying security people have installed every security software known to man, making my computer slower than slow. THEN I log into the network. The time I log in is recorded and technically is my actual "got to work" time. Needless to say, its never sooner than 7:15. By my husband's logic, I should just leave the house at 6:30, but my brain just doesn't work like that. I can't make it compute. 6:30 just doesn't make SENSE, because it only takes 15 minutes to get there, right? SIX-FORTY-FIVE is ingrained in me and if I happen to leave at, say, 6:40, I think: Hey! I'm early! I should stop at McDonalds for some breakfast on my way there!

But, luckily, most people in my office are not sticklers about punctuality. At least half the office arrives closer to 7:15 than to 7. To my husband's endless annoyance, though, I'm this way about everything. Church starts at 9:30. We only live a few minutes away, so there's really no reason to leave before 9:25, right? (He has slowly but surely beat this out of me and we now leave the house by 9:15 SHARP every Sunday) (That was probably a bad choice of words. My husband doesn't beat me.)

Where this gets me into trouble is things you reeeeealy shouldn't be late for. Like business meetings....

To be continued, because this post has gotten pretty long already.

(Don't worry, I wasn't 15 minutes late to a business meeting.)


  1. I am chronically early. It's the same thing but I just waste time waiting at places being early. At least you're living life!

  2. YES, my husband always wants to get places 15 minutes early and it drives me crazy. Why would I waste my time sitting there doing nothing?? He counters its better to waste your own time than to waste other peoples'. However, he even wants to be rediculously early to places like the movie theater and how is missing one preview wasting anyone else's time?