It will be a relief to not have our lives governed by alarm clocks. We are so tightly constrained at the moment that we actually have 2, just in case one fails. Our morning begins at 6.45, a significant improvement, with barely a minute between the two alerts. Mine used to go off first with Roger’s about a minute later, however his now chimes first and mine rings about 30 seconds after his, quite strange as they’re both supposed to be accurate. This doesn’t apply on Sundays, changeover day, as we are expected to be up to provide breakfast and assistance with suitcases and escort down the steps whatever the departure time. This week we will set the alarm for 5am for a 6.15 departure. We had to remember to delay our alarm one day last week when our boss was doing breakfast for us as a reward for the best scores in the welcome on the guest feedback forms, which was a real treat. I didn’t sleep in much, about half an hour, but woke spontaneously, had a lovely long shower, washed my hair, exfoliated, soaked my feet, shaved my legs etc and then fully moisturised when I got out and cut my toenails, what luxury, how sad am I?! Unfortunately it also taught us the limit of the hot water tank as when Roger got up, after maximising his lie-in, there was little hot water left for a shower, oops.
We also have the alarms set in the afternoon to ensure we’re awake in time to return for the evening shift. Again this shows a slight improvement as we’ve been able to delay until 5.30pm from the 4.30 of the early days. Except for Sundays when we are usually still in the chalet anyway and Fridays when we have to be at a staff meeting for 4.30 so they’re set for 4pm.
Quite importantly, we have to make absolutely certain that no alarms are set for Wednesdays (apart from the week we had to get up to catch the bus to Deux Alps). It will be wonderful to have flexible time again or at least have some control over it rather than our clocks dictating our movements all day every day. I’ve never been subjected to so many alarms and even with the day repeat facility, the 3 options available on my phone are insufficient for a single week.