It’s three o’clock in the morning

I was a little bit, um, well, squiffy… having had myself a glass or two of wine after a long week at work, but then I went to bed and woke again, as is my recent wont, at 3am in the morning.

3am is magical (if it’s Friday or Saturday night and you don’t have to function like a professional the next day): it’s quiet, the streets are deserted (The Man, The Dog and I went for a walk) and the world is unaware of your presence.

I treasure moments like these with my Partner in Crime, we’ve been sitting and talking, listening to music, we walked round the block (followed by a beautiful copper-toned cat who relished some attention on his night prowl) and now it’s off to bed for some well-earned rest.

But before I go, I googled ‘3 o’clock in the morning’, thinking of a song with those lyrics (turns out I was 3 hours too early, it’s 6.00 for trying to throw your arms around the world according to U2!) and found a blog called It’s 3 o’clock in the morning! Life is too short for bad coffee.

Couldn’t agree more, why do conferences and hotels always go for the lowest common denominator with their coffee, surely those who want weak coffee could just add water to some nice, strong brown, coffee that most of the rest of us want to drink?

But I’m getting off track here… the author of that blog has lost his blog vibe, can’t think of what to write about, so I was thinking I should help him out, give him some ideas. But it’s surprising, when you have to come up with a good idea – NONE come to mind.

Sorry, getting there, circuitous route to the end of this post! But then I remembered the questions I had to answer last week:

1. What book would you recommend to others?
2. If you were having a dinner party which three guests would you like to invite? (Living or dead)
3. What job did you want to do when you were a child?
4. What words do you overuse?
5. Is there life on Mars? (Feel free to elaborate on this one)

And for those of you that remembered I promised it, here are my answers:

1. What book would you recommend to others?

I’m currently reading Le Ton Beau De Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language by Douglas R. Hofstadter, and I’ve recently finished The Time Traveler’s [sic] Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I would recommend both of them for different reasons: Le Ton Beau De Marot for anyone with a love for language/poetry/French; The Time Traveler’s Wife as a spellbinding novel.

2. If you were having a dinner party which three guests would you like to invite? (Living or dead).

Someone to entertain us, someone to interest us and someone to stretch us: Robin Williams, Stephen Fry and Simone de Beauvoir.

3. What job did you want to do when you were a child?

Astronaut, and if I had a pilot’s licence I’d be up there now, NASA were recently advertising!

4. What words do you overuse?

I believe/understand/think

5. Is there life on Mars? (Feel free to elaborate on this one!)

There might be, but I think they’re ignoring us…read: They’re made out of meat by Terry Bisson (


~ by harrietdg on July 25, 2008.

5 Responses to “It’s three o’clock in the morning”

  1. Wow! That’s so crazy that you just randomly found my blog! Well, thanks for taking the time to mention me! And I totally appreciate the help with what to write about. It’s so weird, back when I was posting every couple weeks I could come up with topics like no other. But now that I actually am putting real effort into posting regularly, I feel like I’ve been failing miserably. Thanks again for the idea, I’m totally stealing your questions.

  2. […] CELEBRITY!! Ok, maybe not, but anyway, I went over to this blog, and there was a post called “It’s three o’clock in the morning“. It turns out the author of the blog had found mine by searching for “3 o’clock in […]

  3. Good questions.

    And holy crap, that meat story is amazing.

  4. Thanks guys, I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I look forward to seeing your answers to those questions!

  5. OMG loved reading your post. I added your rss to my reader.

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