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And...I got bit by the insomnia bug last night. This time, I woke up sometime after 4:00 and couldn't get back to sleep. After tossing and turning for a bit, I picked up my pillow and some blankets and headed to the couch downstairs. Surprisingly, I was able to get a bit more sleep. I'm finding that, sometimes, a change of scenery helps when I'm having trouble sleeping. And the good thing about the basement couch is that it's cooler down there and I don't have the husband or the cats poking at me.
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* I got a crappy night's sleep last night. Today is going to be interesting....

* Last night, [ profile] doomsey and I were pulling out of our house to go to a birthday party at a friend's house when I saw a dead bird-- it looked like a robin-- lying in the street not far from our house. I couldn't get a very good look at it and I feared that it might have been the juvenile robin that's been hopping around our front yard. This morning, I looked out the window, anxious to see any sign of him. When I saw both him and the adult robin, I did a small cheer.

* [ profile] doomsey and I have a lot of trees on our property, which make for great bird homes. This season, I've seen one baby sparrow, one baby robin, and two baby black birds in our front and back yards.

* Not long ago, a friend of mine suggested I should get a field guide to identify what kinds of birds are coming into our backyard. Hmmm...might not be a bad idea. I've had one little guy who used to visit our bird feeder in the fall and I have no idea what kind of bird it was. He was a dark blue on top and a lighter gray on the bottom.

* I'm such an animal lover. When I was a kid, I used to sit and watch the birds and other critters in our backyard. It got the point where I was able to not only identify birds, but also recognize their songs to some extent. To this day, it amazes me that [ profile] doomsey can't distinguish between a cardinal or a robin based on its song. Maybe I should start teaching him?

* Last year, the rosebush in our garden wasn't looking very good because it had black spot, a fungus caused by too much humidity. This year, [ profile] doomsey and I have been spraying it like mad. In the early spring, I picked off all the old leaves to try to keep it from getting re-infected this year. It looks like it worked because it's currently blooming like mad. [ profile] doomsey took some pictures yesterday and posted them to his journal today. By the way, anybody know what kind of rosebush that is?
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* Feeling much better today after getting a full night's sleep.

* This morning, some doofus running a red-light damn near hit me. The person was turning left on red as I was headed straight. Imagine the fright I had when I saw a white SUV come barreling towards my driver's side window. Yeah...that was enough to get my blood pumping. Thankfully, he stopped in time, but it was so very very close.. Oh...and last night I almost got side-swiped by one of those people that like to weave in and out of lanes. The expressway was four lanes merging down into three. When the driver of this car-- which was also white-- saw that he couldn't pass a slow-moving truck on the right because the lane endend, he tried to pass him on the left. Problem was that I was in that lane. Idiot.

* Called my folks. Turns out I'm not baby-sitting my niece today because I got exposed to someone with a 104 degree fever yesterday. I called them up and let them make the decision. They said no, which was what I was expecting.

* I'm not doing any more driving today. No how. I'm still pretty shaken up from the close call I had this morning.

* Kids performing Scar-face -- Turns out that it's not a school play. The movie was made by a firm called Rockhard Films and the kids came from a casting agency. Can you imagine the outrage that would have come pouring out of the internets if this had been an honest to goodness school play? The principal and the teachers that thought this play was a good idea would have lost their jobs in a heart beat. (Blame [ profile] bottledgoose)

* Single Ladies Devestation -- Bwahahahahaha! (Blame [ profile] bottledgoose)

* Here...have some cuteness.
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* Two nights of bad sleep + One night of almost no sleep thanks to my dear friend, insomnia + A phone call from my mom this morning saying that one of my nieces is in the hospital with pneumonia = a very unhappy [ profile] nekosensei. Tomorrow, I might have to baby-sit my other niece. I made sure my mom understood that I have a midterm in one of my classes and that I absolutely can not miss it because the instructor is very strict about make-ups. I did tell my parents that I would be more than happy to baby-sit after the class though.

* While I love the good weather in the spring, one thing I've been noticing over the years is that I struggle a lot with insomnia once the weather starts turning nicer. I'm thinking that that has something to do with the length of the days: the more light we get, the less I sleep. On the other hand, I have absolutely no trouble with insomnia in the winter when the days are shorter. And I don't think it's seasonal affective disorder per se because I don't get depressed; I just sleep more. I'd like the winter better, but the problem is that it's fucking cold here in the winter. I hate it. Hate hate hate hate hate.

* I hope my niece is okay. :( I think I'm going to call my parents for an update before I leave for work.

* And now, onto the good news I was going to share last night, but didn't get around to because it was past my bedtime. My friend [ profile] almeda got me hooked on I managed to trace three branches of my family tree back to Germany and Luxembourg. Of course, it certainly didn't hurt that some distant and some not so distant relatives of mine must also be into genealogy because my family tree bumped into two other family trees: one on my mother's side and one on my father's. I know the people on my mother's side, but I have no idea who we ran into on my father's side. And I'm having a hard time remembering their last name now. I'll have to ask [ profile] almeda if she remembers or if there's a way we can look it up. (And she found it! I asked my dad if he recognized the name, and he said that he didn't). Last night, I did some more digging and found what I think are more relatives on my paternal grandfather's side. Then, before I went to bed, I printed up what I had so I can show it to my parents the next time I see them. They can tell me whether what I have is right or not and fill in some information that I don't know. (Already asked about the research I did last night. I was right!)

Oh...another cool thing is that I found an application for a passport from someone on my mother's side. Looks like both he and his wife were planning a trip to Belgium to visit his mother. I have no idea if she moved from Luxembourg to Belgium, if that side of the family is actually Belgian, or if the borders of the country changed and the town they lived in went from being on the Luxembourg side to the Belgian side. I also found a picture (!!!) and I found out that he came to the US by way of Antwerp in the 1880s or 1890s (!!!). How cool is that!

I think, after all is said and done, I'm going to end up asking [ profile] doomsey if I can purchase a world account so that I can track down other descendants that lived in Germany and Luxembourg. I think I might have a lot of the luck with the German side because a) I suspect I know enough German to read census forms and b) I know where to start looking because I know that one branch comes from Berlin and the other comes from Munich.

So yeah...genealogy is fascinating stuff, isn't it? And I didn't realize until yesterday how easy the website makes it.

* Now I think the migraines might be triggered by both my lack of sleep and problems with my neck muscles. I was trying to lay down earlier, and felt tingling in my right hand. The last time that happened was around the time I was diagnosed with a neck sprain. Great. Just great.

* Called my dad. My niece has improved slightly. They're still going to hang onto her for a few days so they can keep an eye on her. Poor kiddo!


Jul. 25th, 2008 11:42 pm
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I am a complete and utter zombie today. I'm guessing I probably got about four hours of sleep yesterday, which is not enough sleep for the [ profile] nekosensei. I had a hard time sleeping, and when I did get to sleep, I kept waking up. I just couldn't get comfortable. And then, I got woken up at six, not so much by the helicopter, but by [ profile] doomsey trying to figure out what that weird noise was. Over dinner today, [ profile] doomsey told me that it had been going on for about twenty minutes before I woke up. He started "investigating" because it was keeping him awake. After that, I failed at getting back to sleep.

Yeah. I'm probably not making that much sense. Maybe that means that it's time to go to bed. I hope I get a decent night's sleep tonight.

On the bright side, at least I got everything that I set out to get done finished today...even though I was being a complete nincompoop.


Mar. 9th, 2008 08:59 pm
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Saturday, [ profile] doomsey, his family, J. and K. all went to a play at the Goodman called "The Trip to Bountiful." Afterwards, we went to Rosebud on Taylor street for dinner. They served us way too much food. I don't think I managed to eat a quarter of what they put in front of me.

Today, [ profile] doomsey, his family, and I went to Joshua's birthday party at [ profile] jharter41's house. There were a lot of kids there. It was loud, but also a lot of fun. I managed to teach Rayna how to do the salsa and an Irish jig. I couldn't jig for very long though because my lungs still suck.

I'm exhausted. I haven't been sleeping well for the past two nights, and to top it all off, the time change is kicking my ass. Also, having to suck on my peace pipe use my inhaler today didn't help things either. It makes me really jittery at first, and sometimes it makes me crash afterwards.

I think tonight is going to be an early one. I'm going to take some Ambien and go to bed.


May. 2nd, 2007 05:38 am
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I didn't get any sleep last night. Zip. Zilch. Zero.
I guess it's time to go to the doctor...
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I can't frigging fall asleep...
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I mentioned yesterday that I should probably blog about my interesting day on Monday. In the afternoon, I went for a three and a half mile walk, and when I was about a block and a half away from my house, I noticed these two college age kids chasing after their dog. If I had known the dog had gotten lose on them, I would have grabbed it because it had stopped to sniff at my hand. I figure that I would let it continue sniffing until its owners showed up. Bad move. As soon as they rounded the corner, the dog bolted and led them on a merry chase. Since no one else was helping them, I decided to lend them a hand. We ended up chasing that dang dog for the next half an hour to forty-five minutes. Let's see...we chased it through our neighborhood, through a park, and then finally we cornered it in a neighbor's backyard. The owners tried getting their car and coaxing it into the back seat. Nope. Then they tried bringing the second dog, which doesn't run. Nope. Still wouldn't let us grab him. That dog was fast and too smart for its own good. The only people who helped us were a group of kids who had come to the park to play a game. One of them had food and offered it to the dog hoping that it would pause long enough to eat it to let its owner grab it. Nope. That dog was having none of that. So...not only did I walk three and a half miles, but I also chased a dog around. I got a lot of exercise on Monday...

At about four in the afternoon, a neighbor knocked on my door and said that they had shut off the water on our block because of "hydrant flushing" and that it would be out for the next three to four hours. I had started the dishwasher earlier, but fortunately, by the time they shut off the water, it was done. I thought it would only be a minor inconvenience and went about my day. By the time nine o'clock rolled around, the water still was not back on. I ended up calling the police department's non-emergency number, and they informed me that there had been a water main break and that I could ask the people working on it down the street when they thought the water would come back on. I walked over and was told that it wasn't going to be back until early morning. Gah. Since [ profile] doomsey had to be out early for an appointment, he decided to go to his parents' house and I got dragged ended up going with him. Big mistake. I should have stayed at home. I've always had a hard time sleeping at other people's houses, and when you're already struggling with insomnia on top of it, it's pretty fricking impossible for me to get sleep anywhere except at home. I ended up laying in bed staring up at the ceiling for several hours. At about three in the morning, I gave up. As soon as the clock struck three, I gave [ profile] doomsey a round house kick for insisting on dragging me along with him (if I couldn't get to sleep, he wasn't sleeping either). He woke up and replied with something to the effect of, "what was that for?" Then I packed things up and went home, thinking I would sleep better there. I had a lot of work that I had to get done, and I needed to get sleep. And you know what? I was right. I got home and fell asleep right away. Oh...and the water was also back on by that point.

Tuesday sucked big time because of the lack of sleep. I ended up not getting all of my work done because of a really bad migraine. I was pissy all day. Fortunately, I took one of my Ambien and went to bed early so I was a much happier [ profile] nekosensei on Wednesday...


Apr. 25th, 2007 01:39 pm
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Yesterday I got enough sleep. Today, I am bouncy.

*bounce bounce bounce* :)

Of course, I'm sure all that caffeine this morning didn't help either...

*bounces some more*

A happy [ profile] nekosensei is a good [ profile] nekosensei...
On another topic, I really need to write about my "interesting day" on Monday. Unfortunately, I don't have the time right now since I have to do random stuff before class.


Apr. 24th, 2007 02:47 pm
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I am not a happy camper. :(
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Does anybody else out there have trouble sleeping in the spring when the weather gets warmer? Or am I the only weird one?
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Lately, I've been feeling unmotivated when it comes to posting. I read and I comment, but I haven't really felt like posting. Hmm...weird.'s what's going on with me:

On Saturday, [ profile] doomsey, [ profile] emygination, [ profile] bmtstandard, and [ profile] judygs went to see a play at the Goodman theater called Rabbit Hole, which was about a couple who had lost their four-year-old son in an accident. It was very sad, and I should have thought to bring Kleenex with me since I'm such a sap. Well, the guy sitting next to me heard me sniffling during a really sad part of the play, and he handed me two napkins. Yeah...I!

On Sunday, [ profile] doomsey and I went to my parents' house for more corned beef and cabbage. Did I mention that I *really* like corned beef and cabbage? My sister had also brought a nice mead wine, which was strong but very tasty. I also got to spend time with my niece.

Not much happened this week. On Wednesday, I went to anime night as usual and then ended up staying up until two in the morning reading LJ. Lately, when I get behind on my friends' list, I get really behind. Today, I slept in a bit this morning since a) I went to bed late and b) I kept waking up last night. I know for sure that I woke up at about four in the morning and heard a nice thunderstorm rolling through. That and it was pretty windy. Today, I played with the Karaoke machine for a couple of hours (I'm actually surprised that I still have a voice left). Then, I headed over to the dealership so that I could get an oil change and have the 60,000 mile maintenance work done on the car. It took about two hours or so, but fortunately I had brought a book with me.
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Early this morning, I had the pleasure to be woken up by stereo. Yep, both my husband and the cat were happily cutting logs in their sleep. top it all off...the other cat kept throwing up.

I am not having a good morning...


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