Monday, September 28, 2009

In the still of the night...

Sometimes, even in the best of circumstances, you lay in the dark like a tree full of owls. I've tried everything on those nights. Sleepytime tea. A warm bath. A hot shower. A cold shower. Soft music. Counting sheep.

Usually, I break down and get up. I go into my office and sit at the computer and stare at a blank screen. On rare occasions, I actually write, but that's not the norm. No... eventually I open a game of Solitaire or Bookworm or some other mindless occupation. Inevitably, just when I'm getting involved with the game, I start nodding off.

Of course, you can't go to bed when you're close to a high score. Of course not! So I determinedly prop my eyes open and go for that last card...or word...or marble. And because I'm tired, I lose. Always. So why do I keep repeating this useless behavior? I'm not sure. I think it's just bullheadedness.

Fortunately, I don't have many sleepless nights. I'm usually too tired to keep my eyes open. But the next time it happens, I think I'll just go directly to the game, play like mad, and pray that I get tired really fast. And one last thing... I don't really care whether I win or lose.

I suspect I'll still be awake at four A.M.


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  1. Yikes, I hate the 'can't sleep thing'.

  2. I had one Saturday night. After 2 hours of watching the clock tick and having my thoughts bounce around, I finally admitted defeat and went downstairs. Caught up on TV shows I'd DVR'd the past week and was back in bed two hours later.

  3. The best part about a sleepless night is the crabby mroning that follows!

  4. It can also lead to the inablity to spell - mroning? OOPS!!