This is a testament to the sheer astonishing unthinking stupidity that I, and I imagine others, can display when not fully awake.
A guest left today, fairly early. As a result I too woke up QUITE early, but stayed in bed as I didn't have to get up. After a while of not falling asleep, I turned on the bedside light.
We got it second hand and it is FADING! It is tippy, being basically round and about a week ago, the holder for the shade snapped, leaving the shade iteslf attached, but really very wobbly. Then last night the shade itself came loose from the holder. I balanced it carefully in place and went to bed.
So, this morning, when I turned on the light and then set to reading, I eventually noticed a smell. A funny burning kind of smell. Now those of you who are fully awake can see where this is going. After a while, an embarrassingly LONG while, I figured out that I was melting the plastic lamp shade and fusing it to the bulb. Clearly not a flourescent!
I rolled dazedly over and flicked the shade onto the floor and fell back to sleep, without turning off the light.
Faint memories of Eldest coming in to see what the heck the stink was, she gets up EARLY for school too, and being assured by me that it was not a problem. Having been told that, she left; also without turning off the light, which has a hefty wodge of lamp shade soldered onto it.
Finally the man got out of bed and went downstairs, then came back in to investigate the continuing smell, and, genius that he is, turned off the light. I again somnolently explained why it stank and dozed off again.
This evening I turned the same light on again, fused plastic and all. No replacement bulbs and too few lights.
The man reappeared upstairs wondering for the second time in a day what the stink was about. Evidently my early morning grumbles were not clear enough and it was only this evening that he realised that there was a melting stinking chunk of plastic fused to the light.
Just turned it off again, too stinky!
May have to chuck that light altogether tomorrow. Back to my every stylish headlamp!