Lisa's week

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Lisa's week: Just another few minutes!


So the burning question in my brain this morning, as I hit my phone yet again this morning, is…. Are you a night owl or an early bird?

I’m most definitely the former and if you are wondering why on earth I was hitting my phone this morning, I can confirm that I am a habitual “snoozer”!

Do you do that? Set a morning alarm on your phone for a bit earlier than you really need to get up and then proceed to hit the snooze button over and over and over again until you are almost too late and then have to rush? Are we the same? Or are you one of those super organised, self-disciplined types who go to bed early at night in order to have a very early, wide-awake start in the morning. Usually accompanied by a single ring of the alarm before you bounce out of bed, refreshed and happy to start the day?

As well as the more familiar description of “an early bird”, we can also use the description “wide-eyed and bushy tailed” (meaning that you are happy and eager to start the day). I think I’m the total opposite of this - more like sleepy-eyed and grumpy! I was a bit disappointed to find that the German word “Morgenmuffel” has no suitable English equivalent. “Not a morning person” seems to be the most usual translation but for me, it misses the grumpy, grouchy side of my character in the first 45 minutes or so of my actually getting up! However, I have to say that when I’ve taken my first sip of the first cup of tea of the day, everything starts to get a little better and things improve from there so it’s not all bad!

So, which side of the fence are you on? Do you stay up late, pottering around, getting things done until the early hours, being that “night owl” and then fight to get your eyes open in the morning? Or are you someone who finds that the early hours of the day are your most productive time because you are a true “early bird”?

Of course, hitting the snooze so many times in the morning means that you have the risk of possibly oversleeping and I’m happy to report that this rarely happens. And I tend to catch up on all the sleep I’m missing during the week, at the weekend when I have a super long lie-in. I enjoy the feeling of not having to justify “just another 9 minutes”…. and can turn over and fall back to sleep again until my natural body clock pulls me out of my lazy slumber!

So, after several – or maybe I should say many – snoozes this morning, I can confirm to you that I am up and about and feeling much brighter and happier now that I’ve had that first cup of tea! A leopard never changes their spots, so they say, and I think I’ll always be a night owl and a Morgenmuffel. What about you? Are you in my club?


What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Episode 19: How do you say that?

Episode 20: Back to School!

Episode 21: Sweet cravings

Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?

Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"

Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)

Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?

Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.

Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!

Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot

Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?

Episode 30: Bless you!

Episode 31: What are you thankful for?

Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?

Episode 33: What's behind the door?

Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!

Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?

Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year

Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?

Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2

Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?

Episode 40: Sweet Valentine

Episode 41: A Reminder

Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!

Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils

Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question

Episode 45: The whole world's going green!

Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs

Episode 47: The joke's on you!

Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!

Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings

Episode 50: We use German words too

Episode 51: Celebrating St George

Episode 52: The perfect start to the day

Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)

Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)

Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)

Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!

Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1

Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2

Episode 59: Summer Solstice

Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20

Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live

Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Episode 63:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!

Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge

Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ

Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)

Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)

Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland

Episode 70: The first day of school

Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!

Episode 72: Celebrating language

Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!

Episode 74: My favourite time of the year

Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading

Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat

Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime

Episode 78: Talking Tenners

Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?