Saturday, March 20, 2010

Why am I still awake?

Jeez, I don't know. Last night I was under the influence of Benadryl, and I slept like a rock. It was a nice feeling. When bedtime rolled around tonight, I considered taking another one (actually, I started considering it at dinnertime, not bedtime, which is really what freaked me out), but then that felt like addict talk, so I didn't do it. Had I gotten in bed at bedtime (these days? 10:30) I might've fallen right to sleep but, I didn't.

I always say that worrying about becoming addicted to something appears to be a good sign that said addiction won't happen, but who knows? I guess I could ask Dr. Drew but after about 10 minutes of listening to Drew, I always end up wanting to kick his ass.

Patrick has had a cold, and so his snoring has been worse than usual. All week I was mean and made him sleep on the couch. Listen, he can sleep through anything and I can't. Our couch is pretty comfy. And he was well supplied in quilts and blankets and kitty cats. Anyway, so tonight I felt guilty and let him have the bed, but then I just kept putting off going to sleep myself.

I played Scrabble. I fooled around on Facebook. I made a couple of new banners (for this blog and the Flute Choir blog). I sent a couple short emails. I did stuff, and suddenly it's 3:52 a.m. and I'm still sitting here.

I gotta go to sleep.
Is it too late to take a Benadryl?

Oh, hey, and over on the flute choir blog, I posted a bunch of photos my friend Todd Young took at our Flute Choir concert this week. This one is my favorite.

I know those are my hands because there's a little scratch on my knuckle my cat Franny. Oh, stop your worrying, she didn't mean it. Anyway, if you get a chance, check out the rest of the photos. I think they came out really nice.

Finally, to continue with the meme theme...

Sleep Meme

How long do you sleep each night?
I try to get at least six hours a night during the week (Sunday through Wednesday). On the weekend I shoot for more, but lately I've been staying up later and getting up earlier on the weekends. I keep trying to go to bed earlier, but I fail.

Do you fall asleep easily?
Sort of. I need a quiet, dark room. Noises bother me. Snoring drives me insane. In the summer if the window is open, the crickets make me nuts. Sometimes there's no way I can sleep without earplugs, or a Benadryl. See above.

Do you fall asleep at times not in your bed?
Lately I've been snoozing on the couch while watching television. I didn't use to do this.

Do you listen to music or use white noise to sleep.
God no. That would be torture.

Do you sleep through the night or get up a couple of times?
During the week I usually wake up at 4 (about an hour before the alarm goes off) to use the bathroom.

Do you have trouble sleeping away from your own bed?
Not really. I prefer to have my own pillow. If the provided pillow is too fluffy, I'll fold up a towel or a sweatshirt or something. I hate fluffy pillows.

Do you need an alarm clock to get you up?
Absolutely, during the week. When I was younger, I could sleep until 2 p.m. on the weekends. Now I'm up by 8 a.m. I'm pretty sure this is a sign of aging. Please shut up now.

Do you ever take medication to help you sleep?

Do you/have you slept with pets?
(boy this is a boring meme. I might drowse off soon.)

Yes, of course. Pets belong on/in the bed. Franny likes to sleep on my pillow or if I'm on my side, snuggled up in the crook of my arm. I feel particularly lucky when that happens.

OK, seriously. Patrick hasn't stopped snoring, but I can't keep this up any longer. 'Night.


  1. Forget about spending your time worrying about hypothetical addiction scenarios. You are suffering from denial about the very real but little known syndrome caused by abusive felines.
    My cat scratched, bit, hissed and planned viscious sneak attacks from lofty heights for the better part of twenty years until I got an intervention.
    They helped me understand that some cats LIKE to be held and scratched behind the ears and that I didn't need to accept claws and teeth sunk into my arm as reward for giving love.
    Okay, so that was an exaggeration but I thought a long comment would help you fall asleep.

  2. Dr. Drew's next VH1 show will be "Celebrity Kitty Rehab."

    the funny thing is after I said I was going to bed, I stayed up for another hour and 45 minutes.


    Thanks for the story. I'll use it for tonight's bedtime adventure, and no, that's not a euphemism.