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Last night I turned off my Saturday morning alarm, in anticipation of the first full day of Easter vacation (aka “spring break”). I had every intention of sleeping in, as I had no real responsibilities until time to go to work in the late afternoon. My well-trained self only managed an extra forty minutes before waking up. Still I looked forward to at least an hour or so of peace and quiet before anyone else woke up. I didn’t even make a cup of tea or let the dog out — I was being that quiet. But to no avail.

Ten minutes later, Miss Olivia crept into my room. She had slept in her daddy’s pup tent in the middle of the living room, and she was awake and ready to play — before 8:00 a.m.! Very soon she conned me into getting into the tent with her, and then she decided to fill it with animals. My job was easy: Lie comfortably (??) on the tent floor, ready to be piled with stuffed animals of all shapes and sizes.

Here I am, surrounded by animal friends.

Don't I look comfy surrounded by Olivia's animals?

Don’t I look comfy surrounded by Olivia’s animals?

And here is Olivia, happily dressed in her “Elf on a Shelf” jammies from Christmas.

Her arms and legs are carefully disguised in her Elf on a Shelf pajamas.

Her arms and legs are carefully disguised in her Elf on a Shelf pajamas.

She eventually filled the entire floor of the tent with animals, then took pity on me and allowed me to escape. I have a feeling that there will be more tent-time in my future. Stay tuned.

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