Life is like a grapefruit

Writing in the dark

I thought that I’d survived jetlag. I was clearly wrong.

After a very tiring day yesterday, during which I walked nearly 3km with an enormous bag of dog food thanks to getting lost and not finding a cab, I crashed early at 7.30pm. I like to think of the walk of doom as my own personal Biggest Loser challenge. Sleeping early would have been fine, except I woke up very confused in the dark. Bugger, I thought, it’s 3am, isn’t it. I resigned myself to another early start before checking the time and seeing 11.15. Confused that it was still dark but the time showed that I’d slept in late, it took a while before I realised I’d only been asleep for a few hours.

Fortunately, or unfortunately in retrospect, I had a great idea for the novel that I’m writing as part of NaNoWriMo. So I slunk into the living room, fired up Ike, the EeePC, and started writing. Now I’m horribly behind in my writing; I should be at around 15,000 words and I was at about 4,000. I churned out over 2,500 words before feeling that I could sleep once more, at about 2am. I haven’t caught up, but it was a good dent in the word count.

Sadly, I was mistaken about my propensity for sleep. Another couple of hours went by as I stared at the ceiling during which Mirto also woke up. We decided to give up on sleep for a while and watch some TV. An hour later, she’d been able to crash again, but I stayed up until nearly 7am before crashing on the couch. The couch, by the way, is the least comfortable couch I’ve ever had the displeasure of knowing. It’s too short, too shallow, and the cushions are attached to the frame.

I finally woke up at 11.30am with a very frustrated puppy nuzzling my arm for breakfast and a walk, with a stiff neck, arms, shoulders and back.

Now it’s early afternoon and I’m about to have pancakes for breakfast. Yeah, I know. My life sucks, right?

It’s my first day at work tomorrow in a new company, so I really need to get a solid night’s sleep. Of course, if it’s interrupted by another bout of writing, I won’t be too upset. But sleep would be great too.

Posted on 2008/11/09 in personal | Tagged jetlag, NaNoWriMo | Leave a comment

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