Read, watch TV, nap.

“Sleep did not honor me with it’s presence.”

~Alysha Speer~


MJM’s Diary of the Tired:

Monday, March 15, 2021, 3:30 am – Gibbs the cat wakes me. The change in time may be at fault here, or he may be his usual self who believes he deserves kibble upon vocal and mischievous demands.

Monday, 3:35 am – I used the water spray bottle. Gibbs settled down.

Monday, 4:00 am – I am awake again, but not by the paws of a cat. It is the unforgiving teeny tiny bladder. Sh*t. I suppose I should get up and take care of that rather than lay here for a half hour hoping I’ll go back to sleep.

Monday 4:30 am – Still awake. The bladder is fine, I am not.

Monday 5:00 am – Ugh, can’t turn the mind off. Why am I thinking of silly, inconsequential things? What happened during a TV show or in the book I’ve been reading or what I ate for supper are thoughts not worthy of seconds. Sleep! I command ye!

Monday 5:30 am – The command falls on deaf ears. La, la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you!

Monday, 6:00 am – The alarm goes off. I am retired, but I schedule early morning chiropractic appointments to avoid a lot of people. Of all Mondays, I’ve picked the one where sleep has been short and I would rather take a hammer to the sing-songy sounds of “Morning Glory” than get out of bed.

Monday, 7:15 am – I am with the chiropractor. No caffeine, no breakfast and tired. This visit is required for my well-being and the only satisfaction I receive other than a healthier back is to see a beautiful sunrise while driving to my appointment. I haven’t witnessed this in a very long time, since working and traveling back and forth to the office every day. I should start getting up earlier as the weather warms so I may experience more of these spectacular events, but this is not the day to dwell on it.

Monday, 8:15 am – I am home, making tea and breakfast, contemplating a nap after both have settled. I can feel the lack of sleep will be leading to a day of laziness and naps. There is no motivation, only fleeting thoughts of “I should do…” that float away in a whisper.

Monday, 12:00 noon Am I lazy today? Non-committal? Tired because I’m old? Coming off a sugar high from too much pie? Does it matter? Natasha tells me I can do what I want on any given day and not feel guilty. Natasha makes sense and I stop asking unimportant questions.

Monday, 5:38 pm – The day has gone by and what have I done? Read, watch TV, nap. Read, watch TV, nap. Eat a piece of pie or two. Read, watch TV, nap. Wake up and realize it’s time to get up and watch what remains of the national news. Make supper. Watch more TV.

Monday, 9:30 pm – I’m reading again (getting toward the end of a book makes it hard to put down) and Gibbs is licking wet food from his lips and deciding what spot on the bed he will warm and leave furry vestiges of himself.

Monday, 10:15 pm – Two chapters conquered. Barely. The eyes have called it – time for sleep. A nice, honoring sleep. Gibbs will wake me once again early Tuesday morning, but this time, it cannot keep me from experiencing REM. There are no alarms, no early morning appointments, only the sound of nothing until nothing turns to light and the exhale of renewed breath returns.


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21 responses to Read, watch TV, nap.

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I’m glad you had a better night. Maybe it was just knowing you had an appointment. All those circuits that use to carry the “get up, get ready” information were loaded again. Whatever the reason, Natasha’s right.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I had a couple good night’s sleep, Dan. Catching up, I suppose. Since retirement, sleeping has been a lot easier and longer. I can’t complain too much about a bad night here and there, although it does make for a decent blog post. 😉

  2. quiall says:

    There is nothing more viscerally satisfying than sleep. Oh, and we are not old, we are well seasoned. Like fine wine we get better with age.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I will go with “well seasoned,” Pam! And since my parents were into their mid and late 90’s before they passed, I should consider myself a young’un with many years left to celebrate life and an adult refreshment. 🙂

  3. John Hric says:

    ah the cycle of being slightly out of cycle. just cycle in a warm afternoon beverage and an out-of-cycle cycle of nap.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      A day of rest was good for me, John. It got me going again yesterday. I managed to exercise and clean the bathroom – two things I couldn’t bear to think of on Monday. As for today, well, activity is yet to be determined!

  4. lois says:

    Oh, Mary…..when the doctor tries to give me an appointment at 9am, I give them side-eye. “I’m retired. I don’t do 9am.” They laugh. Eleven-thirty is more like it. Sleep well.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Once the pandemic is over, Lois, and I feel safe going to the chiro after many have come before me, I will absolutely be making later appointments. My hair appointments are 9:15 am, and that’s doable since most days I’m awake by 7:30.

  5. I can relate, Mary J. Trying to sleep is exhausting.
    Hope a bit o’ Irish luck and a bit of Irish cheer will snuggle down inside your heart and stay all through the year!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Teagan! Back at you! I’m not Irish, but I’ll eat a green vegetable today in honor of the occasion.

  6. Ally Bean says:

    I like to sleep. It’s probably my superpower! I don’t make any appointments before 10:00 a.m. now. I need my beauty sleep!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I like sleep too, Ally. I’ve always functioned better on 8-9 hours sleep and now I wonder how I managed less when I was working. I don’t think I could go back to that.

  7. J-Dub says:

    I always feel like the night after a rough night is when I get the best night’s sleep. Problem is that I only sleep well (or semi-well) every other night. hehe. Cheers to no alarm mornings 🙂

  8. JoAnna says:

    Sleep gets stranger with age and the time change didn’t help at all. It’s a good thing we can take naps. And you have reminded me to kegel. I have plenty of thoughts to keep me awake. Maybe I can reduce the bathroom trips.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      With or without a cat or sleeplessness, JoAnna, I think I’d still be waking up before sunrise for the inevitable bathroom break. The good part, though, is being able to crawl back into bed and finish my sleep.

      • JoAnna says:

        Ah, yes! It is a lovely feeling to be able to go back to sleep! Sweet dreams!

  9. murisopsis says:

    Sometimes it is hard to turn off the sound track in one’s head… I hope Gibbs will let you sleep in a little!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Gibbs lets me sleep until 4:30 or 5:00 am, when he demands food. I comply because I would get no further sleep if I did not. He’s most often a lovable guy, but annoying as well. 😏😼

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