And of course, my sleep and general schedule gets SNAFU’d as I work on reading, writing papers, studying for a test, and finishing projects. This semester will be like the rest in that regard, but totally unlike the rest as it is my last one in my MBA tenure.
One of the weird things I have discovered, though, is that I’m growing more accustomed to working on less sleep. For example, last night I couldn’t fall asleep before 11:30 (I’m usually out as soon as my head hits the pillow at 10:40 or 11), and I was up constantly. When I was asleep, I was frenetically dreaming, which tends to rob me of any “rest” I can get in my sleep.
But, I was still up at 5:40 this morning for my morning workout with my trainer, and have felt only minor tugs of tiredness at the edges of my consciousness. Compare this to how I felt this weekend, getting a full block of 8 hours of sleep and feeling like a sloppy mess when I was awake.
I don’t know if this is the “new normal” for me, but this time around with lack of sleep, I’m not as spazzy about figuring out how I’m going to make it up in the long run.
I did not do any Black Friday shopping this year. It seemed a little tacky that some places opened at midnight to cram shoppers in, so I opted out with a therapy session in the morning, and lunch with the Stribz and Charlie in the afternoon at No. 1 Pho.
In Speckle news, she’s been around to the point where I didn’t even need a live trap to catch her, I was able to pick her up and bring her in. She got a good bill of health at the vet and is going to go for shots tomorrow. She is such a sweet, mellow thing.
I wish I could keep her; but with Roxie and Reese right now, there’s no way I can take a third cat. I am carefully vetting adoptive parents for her though, rather than just dropping her at the Humane Society.
As I type this, she’s zonked out on my lap from playing kitten games all day.
I’m looking forward to telling you a happy story about where Speckle will be living forever.
Onwards! To the Friday5!
What’s your favorite black article of clothing?
I have a lot of black clothing, it’s pretty much the staple of my wardrobe. But right now, my favorite piece that I’m wearing all the time are by black platform boots that go with my dresses and most of my skirts.
What’s the best black food?
Of the foods that I can think of, blackberries are at the top of the list.
How did you pass the time during your most recent extended blackout (power outage)?
It was at work, when randomly, half the block went out. Before they released us, I sat by my office window and read a book on my iPad, then I went with the Knuckleheads to the atrium and had lunch with them.
When did you last play blackjack?
Ages and ages ago.
What are some songs in your iTunes (or other media player) whose titles contain the word black? Strong Black Vine, Tori Amos Black Star, Radiohead Supermassive Black Hole, Muse Black Mud, The Black Keys Black Tongue, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Black Like Me, Spoon Black Cadillacs, Modest Mouse White Men in Black Suits, Everclear Black, Pearl Jam Spin the Black Circle, Pearl Jam
I’m working on “filling in the blanks” for NaBloPoMo. I fell of the wagon hard, you guys.
I suppose I could offer up empty platitudes about thankfulness, in thinking that it’s Thanksgiving, and it is a fashionable thing to talk about the things that one is thankful for. Which is not to say that I am not thankful, in fact, quite the opposite is true: this year, I am extremely thankful.
At the beginning of the month, I put up this wallpaper on my desktop computer:
It says, “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
It’s been a beautiful reminder for me, as a person who is constantly prone to thinking very black and white about things, that when I am unhappy about something, I think that the sun will never shine again. But that’s never the reality.
So for me, thankfulness this season is a message of hope, and comfort, knowing that I am so lucky, and so blessed in many ways now, and will continue to be in the future, too.