Hi, everyone! =) Here is a funny story from the life of the Poortengas:

This year Joel and I have become early-to-bed-and-early-to-rise-ers (with a few exceptions). On Saturday night we were enjoying playing scrabble upstairs and we stayed up well past our normal bed time (and the time change made us loose an extra hour of sleep.) But we still had to get up early the next morning, so we set the alarm as usual. Now, I have to tell you a bit of background information: Joel chivalrously gets up every morning and turns off the alarm (sometimes he hits snooze once, and sometimes just turns it off), then he comes back and makes sure that I get up. And most nights we leave on a little bit of light so that Joel won’t crash into things on his way to and from the alarm clock. But on Saturday night we must have been too tired and forgotten to leave a light on, so when the alarm rang a few hours after we went to bed, it was pitch black. It took Joel a bit longer than usual to turn off the alarm (he usually jumps up very quickly), and I heard him stumbling and bumping into things a bit on his way back. I didn’t want him to have to stumble around any more, so I sweetly offered, “Do you want me to turn on a light?” Joel’s astonishing answer was, “No. Don’t worry. I made it square.” I was confused, but thought that maybe he meant that he had turned on snooze (maybe the switches on the alarm are in a square position when on snooze?)… but just to clarify I said, “What did you do to the alarm clock?” “I made it square! You know- like a coffee mug!” Now I was really alarmed. I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or not. I did. “What? Square like a coffee mug? What are you talking about?” He seemed to hesitate to answer this. So I suggested, “Joel, are you still sleeping?” This obviously bothered him, “No. I know what I’m talking about! I made it square.” Now I was getting seriously worried. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I was sure that there was something very wrong with one of us- and I was pretty sure it was him. I tried a few more times to tell him that he wasn’t making any sense to me. Finally, in frustration, Joel sighed exasperatedly and launched into an explanation (and I quote exactly), “From the very beginning of this conversation. The Julius Caeser scene that we were talking about. I just cut it square so it would fit!” This explanation did anything but explain things to me, but Joel felt sure that he had finally gotten me to understand what should have been totally obvious all along. I laughed nervously, “Joel we just woke up. I was asking you about the alarm clock.” It took a while more before Joel finally came to grips with the fact that his logic was a carry over from a dream and wasn’t going to work in this world. The point that finally cinched it was when I pointed out that coffee mugs aren’t square. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a really strange experience. He was frustrated that I kept telling him he didn’t make any sense because in his dream we had just been talking about it all (when he went and turned the alarm off, he thought he had gone and used the chop saw to make a perfect square!) It wasn’t until later in the morning that it just seemed like a really funny story. ๐Ÿ™‚ But once we both realized how hilarious it was, I was eager to post in on here.

Today we had Steven Bouchoc over for lunch and dinner. It was fun- he is so funny. We did a lot of school work and then made pizza together. Joel and I were pretty tired from trying to keep up with him and his questions by the evening. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had a nice surprise a few days ago, I was unexpectedly able to have off a week from work- on Joel’s spring break! So now we have this week off together. We are planning on spending two nights camping down in skyline drive area, and then a day with his Uncle and Aunt in Tennessee. We’re excited.

Love you all. Good night, Katie

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