Last night started welll and ended badly. Went to bed at 8:30, fell asleep until 11:30 when the alarm clock went off, time to get Maggie from the train station. Elly was delighted with the midnight excursion and frankly I was glad to have her. It’s a little scary standing at a deserted train station at midnight. While Maggie might have missed her bus in the morning in San Fran, I’m please to announce she did not miss any other busses or trains. Amtrak arrived on time, we got home by 12:15 am. I went back to bed and all was well.
Until the cat decided she needed attention. Lots and lots of attention from me. That damned cat was jealous because the dog had gotten an expedition and attention from me. So she wanted to perch on top of me, protecting her hoard like a dragon protects her gold. But Sophia weighs a lot, 11 pounds, and feels like 100 pounds when she perches on top of a sleeper. All 11 pounds is focused into four small pressure points on my back or side. End result is I wake up, curse at the cat, and take at least half an hour before getting back to sleep. So I saw the clock at 1,2, 3, 4, and 5. Alarm went off at 5:30 am. Sophie was perching at 6 am and at 6:37 am finally gave up.
Was a real grouch, I need to apologize to my family. It’s not their fault I felt like crap. It’s the dammed cat. But Bob is a real sweetheart. He pulled 20 dollars from our grocery budget and told me to go out for breakfast. I did, going to allen’s alley, my favorite restaurant in Vista. Six cups of coffee, a failed sudoko puzzle, and a breakfast burrito have made me feel human.
So here are some of the musing from the middle of the night
1. I need to add a chapter to the book “Sophia the Dragon Cat” where she keeps the heroine awake. Of course that will turn out the be for the best when she hears someone breaking into the house at 4 am looking for some kind of artifact. Haven’t yet figured out what is in the house and why everyone wants it. But it will add another element of suspense into the story.
2. Also need to add another picture to the childrens version of Sophia the Dragon cat where the cat is perching on top of the heroine at night, surveying her domain. Still haven’t learned how to draw that picture, another 100 attempts and I might get something good. That’s ok, its an achievable goal. And I can cover a wall in my art studio with these pictures, something to inspire the writing muse.
3. When I try to use imagery as a way to relax (think trees on a hillside, the beach, a flower growing, and other similar things), it does not work. Instead my mine works double time using those images as starting points for stories or as a way to bring in current problems, events, and other stuff. But math problems are different. I relax while trying to factor large numbers. Anything under 2000 is too easy, I need really big numbers nowadays.
4. The stars were gorgeous last night, but the windows in my bedroom are dirty. I need to clean them so I can see the stars more clearly.
5. My labyrinth group fell apart last month. Besides not having an automatic way to see my friends, I’m going to miss the rituals. I like acknowledging the seasons by solstices, equinoxes, and midpoints between them (8 ceremonies). And I like acknowledging the changes and progression in time by honoring the full moon and new moons. While I can do ceremonies and rituals by myself, it feels silly. Don’t know how I’ll resolve this problem.
6. Yes I want to see the movie Les Mis with my friend Marianne, but don’t know when. This weekend may be very busy as we work on transportation issues. In particular, Maggie needs a car for her new job and next fall when she goes to grad school (being optomistic here that she will get money from at least one school). So we have two weeks to solve this problem. I’m leaning towards buying a new used car since I don’t want to loan or give her one of my cars.
7. I’ve got to either learn to live with a perching cat or teach her different ways to sleep. But given that this problem has existed to years, it looks like the cat is winning.
8. Can’t wait school to start next week. It’s going to be so cool to learn how to make bronze statues. Already have a dozen ideas including a cat in a cube, a cat looking at a lizard in a bowl with snake staring at her from the other side, hand holding a cat (variation from a postcard I bought in Rome), and a big 7 foot tree that can have bookshelves and a cat post put on the backside. This could turn out being a very expensive class in the long run.
Ok, after an hour at breakfast, I’m finally starting to feel human. Failed at sudoko this morning, so it’s a good thing that my work day includes reviewing test procedures. That means looking at instructions to set various parameters, instructions on expected results, and trying to determine if those instructions match the written requirement. And a requirement is a statement in the form of “The software SHALL do something when given conditions exist”. Hopefully hundreds of pages to review since the next task involves lots of thinking. And I’m not thinking well today given the failed sudoko puzzle.
Last note of the morning before going to work late, reading the union tribune is not good for my state of mind. Here are some gems from todays paper
- unsigned editorial — the american people cherish their gun rights and don’t trust the government
- letter to editor — cold snap has shut down the global warming idiots
- letter to the editor — surrendering our gun rights leaves the criminals in control
- business section headlines — name change for local ampitheater, top half of the front page.
- other front page article in business section: airfare will go up while more seats are crammed into the plane. good for american economy, buy your tickets now