I am writing a screenplay and one of the characters picks up the phone and says "you're up early" but I need something to replace it. It doesn't have to be a real idiom or commonly used phrase as I don't think many exist (though perhaps I am mistaken). So you can be as creative as you want. For example I thought of something like "rooster's crowin" but I think it's maybe a little too cool/abstract. I need the phrase/idiom to connote that the person it's being said to is usually not up this early. Thanks in advance.
I hereby submit four possible suggestions for an alternate wording. Note that the square brackets in the fourth suggestion means optional and the "<->" squiggle means choose either. I had to presume from the wording of the posed question that, being intended for a screenplay, the poser perhaps wanted something more jaunty or colorful than what he began with. I also assume he kind of meant "My, you're up early" where I have added the "my" emphasizing the shock by the speaker at the caller's deviation from his/her norm. The posed question was not extremely precise so I applied my insights. Here then are my four suggestions:
"It's not even noon yet; what are you doing up?"
"I would expect you to be catching Z's at this hour."
"'Not sleeping in this morning? What's the occasion?"
"It's got to be important for you to have crawled out from the covers [so early] <-> [at this ungodly hour]."