Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sleep, Ah Sleep ...

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

I'm tired.

Here's the thing: I'm not a good sleeper. I don't know if I was as a kid (well... except when my brother would threaten to wait until I was sleeping and then push in the "drawer" of the trundle bed I was sleeping in), Mom would have to answer that -- but the last 15 years or so, I don't sleep well. If I get more than a couple hours solid sleep in a row, I call it victory. OH, I stay in bed a good solid eight hours (mostly), but I spend much of that staring at the walls.

Part of that is because I'm a light sleeper and I acknowledge that, but the other part ... ? I have no idea. Last night was no exception. Bed at nine-thirty, read until ten, lights off. DH comes home from work around eleven and I wake up when he comes to bed. I did get a solid hour of unconsciousness, which was good. Then, because I'm awake, he gets gabby and we talk for awhile until he nods off (DH could sleep through a nuclear war -- comes from being stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Navy). I lay there, wide awake. Finally, after listening to him snore ("I don't snore") I get up. The dog gets up with me. I wander around the house, have a drink, stuff a rag in DD's door because it's thumping just a bit from the wind, check the emails on my new phone (*G*), curl up on the couch with the dog. By now it's well after midnight. I stare at the ceiling a bit, brain is going a hundred MPH and won't slow down...

Eventually I nodded off, but this morning five a.m. came WAY too early.

In other news, the friend from yesterday with the swallowtail butterbabies on her fennel reported MORE swallowtails on her parsley! AND, she said her kidlets found two monarch pillars on her milkweed (yes, I've indoctrinated her and her boys to the dark side ... of pillar ranching). She's not THAT far from me (a couple hours), so I guess it's about time to start looking for monarch eggs. YAY!

Brandy had asked about the field Cigna owns with all the milkweed. I haven't seen the woman who was going to work with them on NOT mowing until the first frost for several weeks, but I'm hoping to see her this weekend at the dog park (she's owned by a goofy Golden Retriever). Hopefully, that's all settled and there won't be a mass pillar-cide this year.

DD found the coolest spider in her schoolroom the other day. He was fairly small with a bright yellow butt.

I've never seen one like it before. We scooped and released. Anyone know what he is?

And now I need more coffee.

Have a great day!


You Have Depth

You are the ultimate escapist. If you can't escape physically, you escape with your thoughts.

You love the idea of travel and faraway lands. If you could, you would travel constantly and see the world.

While you are a bit on the quiet side, you're a great partner. You are supportive, devoted, and loyal.

More than any other type, you honestly still believe in true love. You hold on to your ideals.

Mostly right.



Sarita said...

I walked through the house for most of the night, too. You weren't alone. In fact, I was eating a chocolate donut and drinking a glass of milk at 4 am or so. Then, teeth brushing and I was really wide awake!

I love it that the butterflies are on their way.

Charity Tahmaseb said...

You're not going to like my solution, but I'll share it anyway. It's one word:


That's it. I exercise every day, sometimes twice a day. No, I don't have time to exercise, but I do it anyway. I'd rather squeeze in a workout than stare at the ceiling for half the night.

Plus, it's great for stress reduction, and you get all those wonderful endorphins.

I highly recommend it.

Brandy said...

I'm a lot like you in that I am a light sleeper. And my hubs snores. I exercise daily and I don't sleep well, but it can't hurt to try, right? Hope you get some needed rest soon.

Maria Zannini said...

I hate nights like that. I was up canning late last night. I was so beat I could barely stand. But could I sleep once I got into bed? Nooooo. That would make too much sense.

Hope you get some sleep tonight.

Tori Lennox said...

I get about 5 hours a night. I'd love more but the only that happens is if I sleep half the day away and I hate that. And that's not even a guarantee. *sigh*

Ceri Hebert said...

I generally have a hard time sleeping solidly unless I take something like Tylenol PM (which I don't like doing because I don't like how I feel the next day). I always wake up when my DH comes to bed around 1:30-2am. And if he knows I'm awake he gets chatty. Sometimes I even remember our conversations. Then from 3am and on I'm awake but don't want to get out of bed. No wonder I nearly doze off at work.

Jeff Rivera said...

I'm not a good sleeper either, LOL! although I could use a really long sleep to recharge myself. By the way, I think that spider your DD found is a sac spider. They're normally outdoor spiders but oftentimes they invade structures especially when food is scarce during the fall. It probably found small insects to eat in the schoolroom that's why it decided to stay there for a while :P