December 16th, 2013

caillebotte_man at his window

Timed Out

Again with the split shift sleeping. I brought home a donut, and about six o'clock sat down on the couch to eat it, and the next thing I knew I was waking up with Portia untying my shoelace. At first I thought it was Sunday morning, and then I remembered going shopping and thought it was Monday morning, but when I finally looked at the clock, and my brain had un-fogged enough to figure the situation out, I realized it was only eleven o'clock Sunday evening. But, as usual after a five-hour evening nap, it feels like morning, and what am I doing writing a journal entry? I probably won't be fully awake for another couple of hours, and I haven't even had dinner yet.

I spent way too much money at the store, though the donut was only fifty cents. When I was a kid, old people would still sometimes say "I'll bet you a nickel to a donut." That's because donuts still cost a nickel when I was a kid. I remember when they raised the price to six cents. Outrage! The regular price at Safeway is now 69 cents, so the fifty cent donut was a real bargain. I'll bet you fifty cents to a sale=priced donut that eventually people will be saying "I'll bet you a dollar to a donut." What we shall have lost in currency value we shall have gained in alliteration.

My brain is very weird when my sleep schedule goes pear-shaped.

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The feral cats are enjoying the full moon, but they are probably enjoying the mild air even more. By mild, I mean 49 degrees, which is certainly mild by comparison with last week. In fact the high today was 70, which is downright balmy. It will be getting much cooler again tomorrow, and quite cold later in the week, but I've enjoyed the respite. I've also enjoyed seeing the cats romp around in the back yard by moonlight, and seeing the last of the snow melt away, and seeing the tiny puffs of cloud the moon is illuminating, and getting a utility bull that is more than twenty dollars less than I'd expected it to be. That last is a rather limited form of enjoyment, of course, as I still got a bug utility bill, but at this point I'm grateful even for small favors.

The thing I didn't enjoy today was being short of sleep. After Sunday evening's extended unintentional nap, I never got back to sleep until this afternoon, and then I only slept for about three hours. With any luck, I'll get to sleep not long after midnight tonight, and not wake up at four o'clock in the morning. In fact I hope to sleep until daylight. Tomorrow I might even get some soggy leaves turned over so they can get a bit dryer before they have to go into the wheelie bins. Being under snow for several days got the mulberry leaves pretty gooey. Maybe I'll try composting them instead of putting them out for collection.

Right now I'm going to go out and watch the balmy night a bit more. I don't even have to have my hoodie up tonight. That's such a pleasant change.