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September 11th, 2013


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03:27 pm - insomnia is vile; 11 Things
As happens once a month or so (usually based on inability to breathe), I had insomnia last night-- not quite three hours lost to tossing, turning, obsessing.

Luckily my morning schedule was light enough that after breakfast and Dangerous Dog walking I could go back and sleep for ninety minutes, but I'm still operating on a deficit. It's manifesting in a grey haze over the world, strange aches in my shoulders, soreness in my throat. Sleep should (I hope) come more easily tonight.

Instead of dwelling on that, let's do 11 Things I'm vaguely pleased about today:
*Cowboy boots today, slightly worn down at the heel
*Putting on the budget/list-of-things-to-do to have them resoled and heeled next month
*Master Danger being solicitous and good when I went back to bed
*Master Danger loping across the grass, pleasantly excited, when told it was "crate time"
*Master Danger doing so because of an inordinate love of treats
*Clouds in the afternoon
*Decaf tea in the pitcher
*Snippets of Wodehouse floating through my tired brain ("aunt calling to aunt like mastodons bellowing across a primeval swamp")
*Spicy food for lunch (feel the sinuses!)
*The (probably false) promise of cool at the end of the 10-day weather forecast
*Not lapsing in the Post-Every-Day effort, which at one point seemed likely

Cheers to you all, and may you have sleep and good things enough even if your day is sad.

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From:gwynnega
Date:September 11th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
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Ugh, I hate insomnia! But that is an excellent list. Now I'm craving spicy food for my lunch...

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:September 11th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
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If you don't have spicy food for lunch, I hope you have it for supper. :)

Cheers and hugs, Gwynne!
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From:tx_cronopio
Date:September 11th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Yay, cowboy boots!

I don't have any. Ain't that criminal?

I often do the wake-up-at-4-and-start-fretting thing. Engineer has grown resigned to me quietly getting up, since staying in bed just feeds the anxiety beast.

Edited at 2013-09-11 07:37 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 11th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
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You should have cowboy boots! (All of my cowboy boots are at least 4 years old; these are... good god, 15 years old. But a resoling will work wonders. :))

I sympathize with the wake-up-and-fret thing! Gaaah. Better nights to you, Cronopio.

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From:mamculuna
Date:September 11th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Insominia! O Evil!

My sister suggested playing mental word games while lying awake (how many words can you make with the letters in elephant?)--so boring you drift off after a while. Better than brooding, I say.

The good news is how well you'll sleep tonight!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 11th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
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The mental game I was given was to start listing all body parts that were touching the bottom sheet. It didn't work so well. ;)

Good nights to all, mamculuna, and peace to you!

Edited at 2013-09-11 09:31 pm (UTC)
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From:janus_74
Date:September 11th, 2013 09:26 pm (UTC)
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Yucky insomnia :( Hope it's better tonight. Love having spicy food when I'm a little stuffed up...not sure why.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 11th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Spicy food apparently affects the sinus membranes, so it really IS a way to make you feel better if you're stuffed up! :)

Hugs and a good evening, T!
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From:kathyh
Date:September 11th, 2013 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Apparently visualising a small sailing boat tacking towards the horizon will send you to sleep according to my Pilates teacher. I haven't tested it myself.

I had lovely fish and chips on an autumnal evening which was a very good thing on a sad day.

Hope you sleep better tonight!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 11th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I will keep this tip in mind if I have trouble sleeping tonight. :)

Hugs for sad days, and good thoughts for fish, chips, autumn, and good memories.
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From:anne_d
Date:September 11th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
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*hugs and hope of better sleep tonight*
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From:laurawise
Date:September 12th, 2013 12:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks, A, and I hope you have a wonderful night.
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From:desdemonaspace
Date:September 12th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
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Isn't Wodehouse priceless? **loves**

For insomnia I swear by hot whole milk with a big tablespoon of honey and a sprinkling of nutmeg.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 12th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
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Wodehouse is brilliant!

And I will keep your recommendation for insomnia on file, because I know this will happen again. Next month. ;)

Happy Thursday, with maybe some Wodehouse thrown in!
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From:stateless82
Date:September 12th, 2013 02:22 am (UTC)
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The only thing that's ever worked for me when I can't sleep is watching TV on the couch with the lights out and my glasses off.

Posting every day this month is impressive- I only managed 2 and a half days.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 12th, 2013 10:24 am (UTC)
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Heee -- I actually tried that TV trick, but it didn't help this time. It was a nasty insomnia indeed.

Hugs and an awesome Thursday, S!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 12th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Blue Swan, and HUGS to you. Happy rest of Thursday!

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