Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Some interruptions are okay, and can be dealt with - the friend who drops by to chat (depending on the friend and what I'm doing, I can say I need to work on this but I can talk to you while I work, or I can say I can't chat right now, how about tomorrow); the cat needing to be fed or played with; DH needing something (usually just to chat); a student or teacher or principal needing something (depending on the need, I may stop and assist, or ask that they come back later). I'm okay with saying no, or give them the option of "later". I've learned that sometimes you just need to do that.
But sometimes life, circumstances, the universe, whatever interrupts, and there's no way to postpone the interruption.
Last night, the power went out at about 9 PM. I couldn't watch "House," or work on the computer, or do much of anything. DH was already asleep on the couch, cat curled up next to him. I figured okay, I'll try to get 8 hours of sleep, no problem, go with the flow. I shut and locked all the doors, put a flashlight next to DH, and got ready for bed. The neighbor's generator was roaring away, but it's a constant noise so I can sleep by that - however, the diesel fumes were coming in, so I shut the window in the bedroom. Set my cell phone alarm clock, climbed into bed, promptly fell asleep. DH came in at some point, which woke me up, but I fell back to sleep.
Okay, the interruptions: I had turned of the surge protector to the TV, but when DH got up at 4 AM he turned it back on - and when the TV turned on again (after reloading the cable info) it came on LOUD - so even though it's in another room and the bedroom door was shut, WOW I jumped out of my skin from the sudden noise!!!! DH turned it off as quickly as he could, but I was wide awake, heart pumping. Settled back into the covers, immediately had a hot flash from the adrenaline rush - so had to turn on the fan. Finally fell asleep. And then BRIIIINNNNNNNG BRINNNNNNNNGGGGGG my cell phone alarm went off - at 5 AM, not 5:30 (I had reset it, but I guess I did something wrong). And of course my alarm clock was off because of the power outage, so I had to reset everything for 5:30 AM and dozed for that last half hour.
Grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!! It was as if all the electric and electronic appliances were conspiring against me!!!!!!!! I TRIED to get 8 hours of sleep - but with all those interruptions, I barely got 7. That's what I get for trying to do what's healthy!