3:55am (AEST) Phone alarm goes off. Wake (somewhat), put on glasses, open laptop and then lie back down while it finds the wireless network.
3:56am Dog decides it is morning, scampers about excitedly for her breakfast and walk. Ignore dog.
3:57am Internet is connected. Open Chrome, go to the Mattycollector page, and get the white screen of death. Lie down to let the 3 second refresh mechanism do its thing.
4:01am Remember that the 3 second refresh doesn’t work in Chrome. Sit up, close Chrome. Open IE. Curse Mattel for making me use IE.
4:02am Get the white screen of death in IE. Lie down and wait.
4:04am Remember that I will need my code for my Battle Cat discount.
4:04am Debate $8 vs. having to get up again.
4:06am Remind self of how much I spend on toys. Open Gmail and get my discount code.
4:08am Decide that Matty is looking far too bloody cheerful for 4 in the bloody morning.
4:10am Dog hasn’t got message. Show dog the time. Dog licks clock.
4:16am Matty Store loads. Sit up. Click on “Buy Now” for Battle Cat. Get the white screen of death again. Lie down.
4:21am Battle Cat page loads. Put two in cart. Actually get to the order page. Enter discount code. Get the white screen of death.
4:22am Try to keep sitting up for fear I’ll fall asleep. Check forums and Facebook to see how others are going.
4:23am Grow weary of listening to people who didn’t have to get up in the middle of the bloody night complain. Lie down again.
4:29am Wife wakes, looks at clock and tells me I'm crazy. I can't disagree. Wife goes back to sleep.
4:34am Begin to lose resolve, contemplate selling my soul to eBay for Battle Cat.
4:35am Decide I hate scalpers more than not sleeping. Stay sitting up.
4:39am Assaulted by dog, who is still awake. Throw pillow at dog. Miss.
4:42am Order page loads again. Place order, log in, and payment is confirmed. Shed a small tear of frustration and relief.
4:43am Close laptop and go back to bed. Dog is dismayed. Ignore dog.
4:45am Hand licked by dog. Pull sheet over my head and go to sleep.
6:00am Alarm goes off. Apologise to dog that morning walk is not going to happen. Hit snooze. 5 times.
6:45am Get up and get in shower. Consider drowning self to avoid having to go to work.
6:46am Wonder which is more insane, Mattel’s ordering system or the collector that got up in the middle of the night to battle with it. Decide that I win.
Until next time!