Friday, September 16, 2005

Four on Friday

It's that time again...

1. How long does it generally take you to fall asleep? Has that amount of time changed any over the last 1, 5, or 10 years? If so, what do you attribute the change to?

September has been brutal sleep-wise. I flop into bed at 1:30 am exhausted, but am still rehashing things in my brain well after 2:00 am. Seeing I sleep with my window open, and seeing my room is at the front of the house, I hear the "outside" street noises all night long. (Water delivery at 4:30 am, guy coming home from shift at 5:00 am, newspaper delivery car at 6:00 am.)
Clint gets picked up daily at varying times - anywhere from 4:00 am - 7:00 am... so I hear him muckin about and Kev's truck rumbling at the end of the driveway every morning.

So that was a very long answer... "how long does it usually take you to fall asleep" - I'm not sure I ever do fall asleep.
I know I pass out cold on the couch when I get home from work. Someone wakes me 20 minutes later because I'm making too much noise and they can't hear the TV.

One year ago - can't say I slept a whole lot better last year, either. In my next house, I will make sure that, like every other house in my entire life, my bedroom is at the back.

Five years ago - I had just moved into my brand new house in Fraser Heights. Seems to me I slept real well.

Ten years ago - Drew would have been a 1 year old. He was not a good sleeper. Up until he was 18 months old, he usually didn't sleep for periods longer than 100 minutes. And that was only when the conditions were perfect; fan blowing, toes free, wind up swing wound up, me in sight.

This question depressed me. Oy. I think maybe I'm sleep deprived.
Explains alot, doesn't it?

2. How are you different from your parents? In which ways are you the same?
Differences first:
Well, the obvious one is they're still married.
They had 2 daughters as well as a son.
They chose to live on a "farm"/acreage. No way in heck I would ever want to be responsible for that much land.
I don't drink coffee or Baby Duck.
I've never peed on a sparkplug.
I was never a May Queen.
I don't jump at the opportunity to attend funerals like my dad.
I don't like bookkeeping or filing like my mom.
I don't buy stuff advertised on late night infomercials.

I too am a Christian and attend a Mennonite church.
Like my dad I can't carry a tune.
Like my mom, I'm overweight.
Like them both, (with the exception of a 2 year crisis) I have worked since I turned 16.
I too love holidaying with my kids.
I too enjoy having parties with lots of families around.
We all are creative.
I have thick hair like my mom.
I tan easily like my dad.
I vote for the same political parties as they do.
My maiden name is the same as their last name.

3. At what stage of life do you think it's okay for children to have cell phones?

When they can afford them of course.
Or whenever they are out of your sight for more than 10 minutes.
Which ever comes first.

4. Not that you would or even want to, but if you did, what image would you choose to have tattooed on your body, and where would it go?

Finally. A question with grit. One that I can really get into. One that allows me to dig deep. One that reveals my true character and calling.
I think I'd like to have a measuring tape tattooed on my butt. As my rump got bigger, the tape would grow. Would that not be cool?
Seriously, I've always dreampt of having an american eagle tattooed over my entire back.
No. Really, I'd love to have something small, delicate and feminine in my armpit.

Know what? It's too late to be doing this.


Christine Lindsay said...

Join the club of over 40's, in sleep deprivation. You can do what I did, which some people look askance at when I tell them, and that is get a pill form teh doctor. But I think you might also try what worked for Drew -- fan blowing, toes free, wind up swing wound up, and maybe him in sight. :)

My Thots said...

I agree with Christine, over 40 means less sleep. Although, there hasn't been alot since I was somewhere around 15. Too much to do, too much to see, so much fun to be had.
Let's not even talk about parents - I get more like them every day, some bad, some good.
Cell phones-yep when they can pay, until then use mine so I can get ahold of you on weekends.
Tattooes- The scripture that says "We might not all sleep, but we will all be changed." on the bags under my eyes!!