Hey, I need those 2 hours back.

That’s right, feeble brain. Those 2 hours you stole from me today from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Remember those? Remember how busy you were thinking of all sorts of “important things.”

Geez, I wonder where that list for Wal-Mart is. My coat pocket? My purse? I better not have lost it. I need to add Resolve and chile beans, oh and a card for Bruce…

Oh, and I need to look up those gift ideas online to see if I can get them in time for Christmas…

 And don’t forget to write those cards to Mike’s aunts & uncles and George & Martha so you can mail that stack you did and leave Mike to do “his people…”

And, crap, I spelled Caitlyn’s name wrong on Laurie & Tim’s card and it’s too late ’cause I sealed it. Sorry guys…!

And, I better get to the post office before I meet Mike for lunch and before it closes for lunch at noon. That postmistress there is so nice…should I get the Santa stamps or the Madonna and Child stamps? I like the religious ones…

How about that video from my brother. Those puppies are so cute! I wish we could get one. Wouldn’t that be a disaster. Maybe someday when we get a fenced yard. But then you always have to worry about them and be there to let them out and stuff. Cats are so much easier. But they sure are cute! And I wonder how Cody is, what a good boy…

Oh here comes Julius. Should I pet him? I don’t want to wind him up. Oh he’s so cute just snuggled up between us, a little petting won’t hurt…

Maybe if I go to the bathroom I can sleep…

Geez Julius, can you move over, I have like a foot of space…

What time is it now? 4:05? God, I’ve been up for an hour!

I wonder if I have molasses? Should I make ginger cookies? Maybe I can find that recipe with the icing someone made for Kathleen’s party 2 years ago. They were so good…

OK just concentrate…you’re floating. Just like that scene from Rosemary’s Baby where she’s imagining herself on a boat on the water. Rosemary’s Baby? Not really what you want to be thinking of when you can’t sleep…

Hey, pay those bills tomorrow and don’t forget to record that deposit from the insurance check for Mike’s car. And do that invoice…next week will be hell, so get as much done today as you can.

That Rita, what a nice gift! She shouldn’t have bought so much stuff. I feel bad.

How about if I wrap lights around that extra garland I don’t really like and put that on top of the entertainment center with all the Santas? I really liked last year when the wreathes in the living and dining rooms matched but that won’t work this year with the new tree…

Gosh, I need to go see my mom…it’s supposed to be better weather next week. I have to call her at least…

Is it hot? I’m hot.

And I still have that headache. I need to get some Tylenol PM for times like this. But if I take it this late will I sleep until noon or something?

I need to check on those couple songs I like to see if I can maybe download them. That jazzy one YEP’s been playing by that woman — McKuen or something — “You’re from Rhode Island, Little ol’ Rhode Island, it’s famous for you!” and that one from the Old Navy sweaters commercial — Ingrid Michaelson.

Geez, 4:55…

Remember all that feeble brain? Keep it in mind. I’ll be cashing in on those 2 hours you owe me…right about 3:00 p.m. when you’re screaming for that nap.

How do people go to sleep? I’m afraid I’ve lost the knack. I might try busting myself smartly over the temple with the night-light. I might repeat to myself, slowly
and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound;
if I can remember any of the damn things. 
                                               ~ Dorothy Parker


  1. robbie said,

    Friday, December 7, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Wow. You need to learn to leave that “unfinished” business for waking hours. Bedtime is for relaxing in la-la-land, where I spend much time. If that happens to you every night you’re taking precious hours off your life. Stress is for the daylight. Peace is for the night. Where’s Mr. Sandman when you need him? In a pill or a drink, perhaps?

  2. WritingbyEar said,

    Friday, December 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Well, I slept really well from 12:00 to 3:00… Thank goodness this is not a common occurrence — probably due to the holiday crush (and having all those cookies to make…or else!).

  3. Mel L said,

    Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    this made me grin.

    that artist you’re referring to? Erin McKeown:

    I think the song you’re speaking of is from her latest album. I like her, and really liked the stuff I heard from her last album, We Will Become Like Birds. This new one has some originals and some covers, I think… not sure which are which. : )

  4. WritingbyEar said,

    Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 12:22 am

    Yeah! I found Erin on YEP’s playlist and already bid on her new CD on eBay (cheapie I hope). It’s such a fun sound. AND, I could listen to the Rhode Island song from Rhapsody as one my “free plays” for the month.

  5. Kevin said,

    Saturday, December 8, 2007 at 4:38 pm


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