May 16, 2001    





What routine, if any, do you follow in the morning?

Well, I don't actually wake up until the afternoon. Usually around 2.  I'll  take a shower, brush my teeth...the usual. Then I usually sit around until I have to go to work or if I'm not working I call up my friends and make plans.

Jennifer, 19

Get up at 5:45, dash into the shower, speed dry my hair and wiggle into my work clothes for the day... all of this theoretically before my son wakes up. Then feed the boy, play a little, dress him and make the mad dash to daycare. Followed by the one hour commute to work where I simultaneously put on makeup and eat breakfast. Two more days to go this week...whew.

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

Make bed, grab coffee, check e-mail, check schedule.

Alias Irrelevante

Same thing every morning...not much changes morning to morning.  Shower first, breakfast next, then dressed and hair/makeup. I just have to have a shower first. The whole day is messed up if I don't. Weird?

Tracy, 24
Ocean City

Take a shower, get dressed, do hair, eat if time allows

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

Get up, eat breakfast, get dressed, go to work.

Karen, 21

firstly, my mum shouts me out of bed in the most irritating voice that she can muster up, then another five minutes sleep always seems like a good idea, get out of bed, get dressed, washed, cup of coffee and two slices of toast and roll into work five minutes late, damn that five minutes.


The dogs jump on the bed and wake me up. I pet them until I've decided they've had enough. I let the dogs out. I brush my teeth. I let the dogs in and feed them. About 3 days each week I go to the gym for a little more than an hour. After the gym, I come home, eat breakfast, shower and go to work.

This is what I do when I'm home. Frequently my work has me on the road and then I don't have any routine.

Laura, 36
, MA   USA

I have two different morning routines:

On days when I have to go to the university, I get up, turn on the coffee maker and lie down again; then, I have to get up every five minutes to turn off the alarm clock (I have two to make sure I get up) as it will repeat every five minutes. After twenty minutes I will get up, brush my teeth and wash myself, then dress, drink my coffee, get my rucksack, go out of the hosue, get my newspaper and head of for the train station...

On days on which I have nothing to do I will sleep long, need about five hours to get up and basically do nothing...

Holger, 21

Wash my face and brush my teeth. Take Fosamax, a pill to increase bone density that must be taken on an empty stomach at least 1/2 hour before eating or drinking anything else. Put the dog outside on his rope. Make coffee, set up the tea. Pour juice. Dish out applesauce. Get dressed. Check e mail. Collect the morning newspapers.

Jill, 60

I have a crazy morning. Up at 4:00 AM - I have always been an early riser, but this is earlier than it used to be due to my 10 month old child. This gives me about 1 hour to wake up and do what I want to do which is mostly things on line - check E-mail, read the news, check the weather. My baby wakes up around 5:00 and we do the baby things - change diaper, have breakfast, play something messy (paint, play dough, etc), have a bath and get the baby dressed. Then I put him down to play on his own while I clean up things from yesterday - do the evening dishes, pick up the toys on the floor, make sure clothes made it to the laundry, empty the trash and the diaper genie, etc. My husband gets up about 7:00 (he does the night feedings and takes care of the kid all day - so mornings are my time.) Once he is awake I can take a shower, get dressed, get my things together and walk the dog. At 7:45 I rock the baby with a bottle and sing to him, then put him down for his morning nap at 8:00. Then I am off to walk to work where I start at 8:15.  Yes - I guess I certainly have a morning routine. :-)


i follow the exact same routine every school day morning: wake up; get dressed; have breakfast; wash my face; brush my teeth and then leave.  What can I say, I'm a boring person.

Becky, 16

Put on the coffee and put some sausages in the toaster oven, send out the entry for 2000days, take a shower, coffee and sausages are done have with some yogurt, read my email, get dressed, walk the 100 yards to work.

Felicia, 35
, MA   USA

wake up, groan, wait, wake up again - take a long shower - come back down and start the computer up, to get me some music to go with another day beginning - dress, and all that - pack my bag for the day. leave. all of which takes, yeh, longer than what this sounds like - like, an hour or so.

on my way to work i stop by at the coffeebar to get me two croissants and a chocolate chip cookie - so when i get to work i make myself a cup of tea and have my breakfast while switching on the computer and waiting for the programs and e-mail to load.

no-itsme, 29

Hear my alram at 6. sleep until 6:30. get up and do all the necessary hygienic crap and wander off to school--I always light up my morning smoke outside the front door and toss it into the open gutter in front of the white house on the corner on the way to the busstop... other than that, the itinerary of my day varies...

Johanna, 18

(Is it gauche to answer your own question?!) I usually wake up between 6:30 and 7:15 and turn on News Channel 8 for the weather forecast. Lately I've been slacking off a bit in the mornings - checking my e-mail first, skipping breakfast, staring at the news rather than just the weather, etc. I'm supposed to leave by 7:45 but I tend to get out the door closer to 7:50 or 7:55.

etoile, 20

Wake up to annoying alarm...snooze button.....annoying alarm....change tv channel to TBS (A Differnt World comes on at 7&730)...hit record on VCR....hit snooze button....annoying alarm.....hit snooze button (same routine until 730 when I acutally get up)

Anjel, 20

brush teeth, shower, blow dry hair, dress, and brush teeth again (eating breakfast before that second tooth brushing if i have time)-then it's off to work or school.

Angela, 16
Bella Vista

I wake up with the alarm clock and make sure my daughter is awake for school. I go downstairs and put the water on to boil for tea. Come back upstairs and log onto internet, reading news and responding to emails while the bathroom is occupied by my teenager. Enjoy my cup of tea and morning smoke...then shower and dress after the schoolbus comes. I leave for work just about the same time every day.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

I get up around 6, stumble into the bathroom, and turn on the shower. I'm in there for about 15 minutes, and then I shave, do my hair, put stuff on my zits, etc. I come down for breakfast around 6:45, and then brush my teeth before I leave for school.

Jeremy, 14
Highlands Ranch

Wake up, break the alarm, and go back to sleep. Life is good.

A-Dog, 18

Weekdays: I'm woken up at about 6:45 A.M. I think unhealthy thoughts about having to wake up this early to go to school. My mother brings me a cup of coffee at 7:00 A.M, I drink it and roll over and try to get back to sleep. At 7:30 my alarm goes off and I angrily and sleepily head to the bathroom to get washed. Then I go back to bed for about 15 minutes, get back up, get ready for school, get breakfast, then head to the bus stop to face another hellish day in school. Weekends: I wake up freely at about 9 A.M., laze around in bed for about half an hour, then watch weird children's cartoons like Pokemon, Sailormoon and Cow & Chicken until noon.

Shanna, 16
Cardiff  ENGLAND

my alarm radio is set to go off at 5:45 and i lay in my bed until the people on the radio finish with the news (at 6:01). on a blue moon at this time i get out of bed, but usually i lay in my bed some more until about 6:15, when my mom yells up the stairs to get up or i'm gonna be late. sometimes i wake up, but usually i just lay until 6:20 or 6:25 or so (i cant help it; my bed is really comfy). then i get up and yell at myself for not getting up in enough time and tomorrow i'm gonna get out of bed right at 5:45. then i take my shower, and i dry my hair, and i do my makeup, and i eat breakfast, all really quickly and tell my mom to drive fast cuz school starts in 10 minutes and i live 20 minutes away. and the next morning, i forgot all chaos from the day before and go through the entire routine all over again. i dont do very well in the mornings.

Karen2, 15
, MA   USA

When I awake I first stagger into the bathroom and brush my teeth. (That usually wakes me up.) Then I go to the kitchen and take an asthma pill, back to the bathroom and put my makeup on (lipstick and eyeliner), get dressed, make the bed, uncover the cockatiel, play with the cat, watch the news, then I'm off. Takes 30-45 mins.

Reba, 51
, MD   USA

I wake up, hit the snooze button and sleep for 8 more minutes, get up for real, have a shower if i didn't the night before, get dressed, put make-up on and fix my hair, make my lunch, have breakfast, and go to school!

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario   CANADA

my stomach is really soft

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

First, I put the kettle on. Then I have a shower. I make a pot of tea and enjoy several cups of it while reading the paper and listening to the classical music station. I have a light breakfast, then check my e-mail before putting on makeup, getting dressed, and heading to work.

Jane, 60
West Linn

I try in to sleep in as long as humanly possible.

Jonathan, 19
, NC   USA

Dragging my tired butt out of bed, bugging my boyfriend to get up, throw on whatever clothes are clean,bugging my boyfriend to get up again, if i have a shred more energy putting on some jewlery but generally not, running a brush through my hair, yelling at my BF to get the hell up, leaving (once he's up and ready :P)

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

I get up between 3:30 and 4:00 AM (usually) writing until I shave at 4:45. Do some reading for a while. Clean out the kitty litter boxes. Shower between 5:30 and 5:50, then head out to work....detailed enough for you?

age unknown, parts unknown

Here's what I do: I get up, choose my clothes, take a shower, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush my teeth, put on my sock and shoes then I head out the door to catch the school bus.

Kevin, 33
Sugar Hill

I workout, shower, dress, eat breakfast, then head for whatever I have planned for the day.

Eric, 19
Beverly Hills

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