Monday, November 17, 2008

To Sleep, Perchance to Sleep Some More!

Three thirty this morning. It's quiet. It's dark. We're sleeping. When Ringgg! The alarm clock jangled us awake.

"Somebody throw that thing out the window into the trees, please!" Nobody did.

The OC had a 6 a.m. flight to catch, and the airport is an hour away, so-o-oo--oo! Even though, when I came home, I crawled back into bed for a few more hours, I was still dragging all day.

You know those articles you read, about the virtues of going to bed at the same time every night, and rising at the same time every morning? Apparently it leads to health, happiness and serenity in one's dotage. The way I'm going, I'll never find out.

The OC can lie down on a rock and take a nap, in glaring sunshine, with trombones blasting six inches from his ear. It's a gift. Without it he'd have passed into his dotage and beyond, long ago. Fifteen minutes on such a rock and he bounces awake, like a child who's had a three hour nap.

Not me!

Specific conditions must be met before my eyes will close, no matter how tired I am.

The room must be dark;

and the atmosphere quiet, shhhh!

There must be a sufficiency of blankets;

socks are a nice touch;

a hot water bottle even better!

A cat curled up by my feet, in case the hot water bottle malfunctions.

And the planets aligned, just so....

Aha! I think all those conditions have been met!

Excuse me please. I've got some serious sleeping to do.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzz


meggie said...

I had a sleepless night too! The dogs barked, my skin itched & I finally went to sleep to be feeling all drugged & dopey when I got up. grrrr.
Gom can sit down, fall asleep, & be refreshed in the blink of an eye! not fair.

Tanya Brown said...

Sleep well, dear Molly! I hope your OC has a safe trip and is soon home to get underfoot once more.

Stomper Girl said...

Fixit also falls asleep in the blink of an eye but he is a much lighter sleeper than me. I take ages to go under but once I'm submerged it's hard to get me up. This worked rather well for the wakeful years of child-rearing, actually. He just did 90% the night stuff

riseoutofme said...

There is a theory that women sleep more soundly than men.

It was probably a man who thought of that little gem.

But Molly I've seen you sleep ... when you go ... you really go!

No listening to the grass growing.

Kacey said...

Loved your description of OC falling asleep on a rock in bright sunshine. My husband is pretty much the same, but now in later years, he is waking in the night and having trouble going back to sleep. The middle of the night is his time to contemplate things, over which, he has no control. (Like what the stock market is doing, how the war is going and are the grandchildren growing up in the right directions)
I, on the other hand, am just like you....can't get to sleep without the stars being aligned and then I awake in the early morning (5:00ish) and have trouble going back to sleep. Women do seem to have more sleep problems...must be a hangover from having small children and sleeping with one ear and eye open.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, I hope you're snoozing away even as we speak!

Pam said...

I don't sleep easily either. I kind of listen to the radio all night.

Lovely photos of picture and scarf and jug (!) and small boy (I want one) and Lily and place mats (tray cloths?) and so on. And great words too. But we working women can't keep up with reading all those No-whatever posts. I could write them, but reading and commenting is much more timeconsuming. Fun, though.

My verification word is renninge. Sounds like my life.

Julie's Journey said...

The husband had to get up this morning to catch a 7am flight and we live an hour from the airport but unfortunately since I had to go to work he had to make his own way there while I stayed in bed. Revenge maybe? He didnt reset the alarm so I slept in amid the bloody possums thumping across the roof and the dog going beserk. Maybe this sleep anywhere in any conditions is a male thing but I know I get annoyed when shortly after his head hits the pillow he is off and Im still lying there. Frustrating!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I've reached the age where naps are very good things - I can take one most any time and any where. Loved the post! blessings, marlene

PBS said...

Glad to hear the conditions were met!vel

Eastcoastdweller said...

Jo ejszakat, kedvesem!

I think the sleep-anywhere ability is a guy thing.

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