Lately, I've been tortured by an alarm clock-radio.
The tale of woe starts with the fact that, since I quit work, I've forgotten how to use the settings on my alarm clock.
For some reason, I recently set it to wake me up at 4:30 AM, although I can't imagine what was that important (memory is the third thing to go).
I'm often awake by that time anyhow; but something was evidently of such significance that I didn't feel I should trust my internal clock. I really wish I knew what it was.
Surely the clock woke me on time that day; I'd remember missing a really important appointment or event, wouldn't I? I imagine I slapped the thing off before the "beeps" got too loud.
But I've forgotten how to get rid of the alarm setting. So for days on end, the clock started beeping at 4:30. I punched every button on it. I hunted for the instructions that came with the radio, to no avail. Finally, in desperation, I changed the wakeup time to 6:30, figuring at least I'd be wide awake and could slap the thing off before it woke Cliff.
When I get up in the morning, I gently close the bedroom door so I won't disturb Cliff, who usually sleeps until 8 or so (he's a second-shift worker). Which means I'd be at the computer surfing away when I'd hear my poor husband moaning and groaning as he struggled to reach for the evil alarm clock. Please don't ask me why I hadn't just set the alarm for 8. I don't have a clue.
All I could think to do to stop the problem was unplug the clock; that way I'd have to re-set the time when I plugged it back in, but the alarm would no longer be set. I pulled the plug and went to sleep content that night, confident that I had solved the problem.
I forgot about the backup battery.
Although the clock-radio was dark, no numbers lighting its face, it was waiting to get us; and at 6:30 I heard that faint "beep-beep-beep" getting gradually louder. By the time I ran in to shut it off, Cliff was awake.
It's OK now. I removed the battery, set the clock for the proper time, and put it back in its spot beside the bed. I just hope I never need to set an alarm for anything again: I can't take the stress!