Daylight Savings’ End

So…tired…

Hopefully I’ll get used to this time change soon, because right now, I’m dying.  It’s just thrown me off so badly this year, and I don’t know why.  So tired.  Just so, so tired.

Is this part of getting older?  Because if it is, I don’t want it.

A Weird Kind of Wake Up

Someone’s gonna need a new blanket.

Brought to you by “I Actually Woke Myself Up by Licking My Blanket a Couple Nights Back.”

Except it wasn’t cake in my dream.  It was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Yeah, I don’t know.

Sorry about the quick break!  Last week got weird fast.  But now, back to our regularly scheduled updates (hopefully)!

Walrus Studies: Naptime

Livin’ the life right there.

Looks like our walrus friend is doing pretty much what I wanted to all of yesterday – settling down for a much needed nap.  Because after a long week, isn’t that what we all would want/need?  Just to curl up under a blanket, surrounded by pillows, and doze the day away?

Buy this Mattress

“No, don’t fall asleep either! GET OUT OF BED. YOU HAVE WORK IN AN HOUR.”

I mean, they’re not wrong.  I do need a new mattress.  Mine is literally falling apart at the seams.

But why are these mattress ads so long?  I mean, come on, man.  I’m not going to watch a 5 minute ad before a 2 minute video.  Seriously.

Hibernation

Would probably save a ton on groceries this way.

Think about it.

The sweating.  The heat.  The allergies.  The metric ton of annoying little bugs flying around.  The amount of people that suddenly seem to pop up everywhere.  I wouldn’t have to deal with it.  I’d just be able to hide out in my room and take a nice, three month long nap.

I’d probably be awake for about the first week of June – don’t want to miss my dad’s birthday.  Then I’d say my good nights and good byes, slip into my PJs, make a little nest out of my blankets and stuffed animals, and proceed to sleep through July and August.  Finally, I’d emerge from my cave sometime around Labor Day, refreshed and ready for Fall’s arrival in a few weeks.

Man.  If only I could.

Summer Mornings

And here we have a good example of “Problems with Drawing at a Slanted Angle.”

I can’t be the only one this has happened to, right?

I wake up, the sun’s shining through the window, so obviously, it’s time to get up and get moving, right?

Then I decide to check the time and see that it’s WAY TOO EARLY.  So of course, I try to roll over and fall back asleep.

But whoops – body’s already decided that it’s awake.  So no more sleep for me!  Just need to lie there until a much more reasonable time to actually crawl out of my room and start the day.

Bloody longer days.  And it isn’t even technically Summer yet.  Urgh.

Overnapping

It’s going to be a long night…

A while back I mentioned how I didn’t start understanding the beauty of a nap until after college.  What a revelation it was, to lie down and sleep in the middle of the day!  Who knew?

However, I’ve realized that there are a few problems – for me at least – that come with napping.

One is that it can be a time waster.  This was one of the reasons that I never took naps or enjoyed sleeping in.  While I do realize that sleeping in can be a beautiful thing, it also happens at the beginning of the day, so it doesn’t take away from time that I could be using to accomplish things that need to be done.  Napping does.  Especially when a nap starts to exceed a half hour or so.

The other is probably just a personal thing, but it definitely destroys my sleeping schedule.  My mom has told me numerous stories about how when I was a toddler, naptime went the way of the Dodo so that I could get to sleep at night and not be awake at 10 PM.  This apparently has not changed, as a few days ago, I took a 2 hour nap, and found myself staring at the ceiling at 1:30 in the morning, trying desperately to get to sleep.  And I don’t even know why I took that nap – I think I feeling stressed about something and didn’t want to do anything else, so naptime!

Thing is, it takes me a while to fall asleep on a daily basis anyway.  Like, at least 15 minutes to a half hour on a good night.  Throw in a daytime snooze and boom!  I’m cursing myself as I toss and turn at 2 AM.

Let this be a warning to all: naps are great in moderation.  Going overboard may result in some insomniac moments.

Drew’s Steps to Road Trips: Epilogue

Eliza's doing what I wish I could've done post-trip: nap for hours.
Eliza’s doing what I wish I could’ve done post-trip: nap for hours.

Yes, yes, I know.

Technically, the road trip is over now.  The car has been unpacked for the final time, the AC is working overtime to cool down the house, and you’re actually sleeping in your own bed tonight.  What more is there to be done?

As it turns out, plenty.

It’s time for the Post-Trip stuff.

First of all, you need to unpack.  Now, depending on who you are, this could take a while.  Like, maybe a month.  And maybe your duffel is still upstairs and still has stuff in it that really needs to be put away…

So if you are this lazy, it’s best that you at least unpack the important stuff.   Stuff like:

  • Dirty laundry – because that’s gross, man.  Don’t just leave it in there.  Plus, you’re going to need those clothes later on, so make sure those manage to get to the hamper.
  • Bathroom stuff – again, you’re going to need that.  Not going to do you much good if you need to brush your teeth and WHOOPS your toothbrush and toothpaste are still in your backpack.
  • Anything electronic – cell phone, iPod, anything that needs to be charged.  Please see above.
  • Books – especially if you checked them out from the library.  They’ll need to be returned eventually.  Also, I know you weren’t able to read all of them.  So, keep the ones you are definitely going read in the near future and return all the ones you managed to read/probably won’t get to.

Anything else – eh, it can wait.  For now.

Next up: laundry.  If you’re self sufficient enough, you may have already done a load or two when you were at your relatives’ house.  In which case, good thinking.  But you’re still going have some to do when you get home.  And if you do decide to wait until you got back to your own washer and dryer, DON’T PUT THIS OFF.  Do it sometime in the next couple of days after you’ve gotten back.  Otherwise, you might just find that you’re short on socks.  So get to it.  Throw it down the chute, sort that stuff out, and get your clothes nice and fresh.  Although you may have to wait, if someone has already staked a claim on the washer before you.  Not a problem – just pester them repeatedly to see when they’re finished.

Then there is the matter of picking up the pet that you dropped off for boarding.  This also needs to be done rather quickly, as boarding ain’t cheap.  So grab whomever’s handy to help and swing on out to the Vet, where the pet will be (hopefully) patiently awaiting your arrival.  They’ll be no worse for the wear and tear, although you’ll notice that they have been avoiding their log, recently.  You’ll chalk that up to the Vet having moved it too many times to pick them up for a checkup.  But that’s fine – as long as they’re healthy.   Which, according to the good doctor, they are, thankfully.

Now that all this is done or at least is in the process of getting done, the one thing you definitely want to do is relax.  You might’ve forgotten how exhausting travelling is, and you’ll just want to take a moment to recover.

Well, you can’t.  You have to get back to work, almost immediately.

I know, I know, you’re probably whining to yourself, hiding underneath your covers praying that it’ll go away.  But it won’t.  You’ll need to go back eventually.  And besides, you took a lot of time off to go on this trip, so you’ve got some time to make up.  So, put that relaxing on the back burner, straighten up, and head off to work.  You’ll find that you’re quite refreshed from being away for a while, remembering how tired and cranky you were pre-trip.  It may take a couple of days to get over vacation brain, but you’ll get back into the swing of things.  Once you do get an opportunity to relax, though, take it.  You’ll need it now more than ever, to get over both travelling and working.

And there you go!  Everything you’ll ever need to know about taking a road trip, from the first days of packing to the Post Trip.  So get out there and start trekking.  There’s a whole country to see, with people to meet and things to do.  Travelling truly is an experience, and an important one, as well.  Gets you out of your little sphere and away from it all, giving you a chance to reflect on yourself and this big wide world that we live in.  Take this opportunity.  Go exploring.  Life’s too short not to.  Lord knows if I had the money, I’d be going all over the place.  But hey – this road trip is here, and it’s ready to take you places.  So go for it.

Happy travelling, and happy reading!