Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sweet Sleep

For the last couple of weeks, I have been totally sucked in by books. Sometimes for weeks I can't find anything that draws my interest much. And then I'll have a good long period of time when I hit the jackpot, and all I want to DO is read, read, read. (The Hunger Games) (Icy Sparks)

Because I have hit upon a couple of good books, I have been staying up a little later than normal to read. Okay, much later than normal. Fine. 2 hours later than usual. Which means that I get out of bed feeling like my body is still asleep. (It probably is.) And then I feel cranky until 5:00p.m., and choose to be silent all day, instead of saying the really cranky things I'm thinking.

Anyway--last night, I finally felt the full effects of all my missing sleep. As I read, my eyes began to cross. The letters on the page started to swim around, and I knew that if I didn't put the book down and close my eyes, I'd fall asleep with it in my hands. So I decided to go to sleep....and was still thinking about the book when I fell asleep, but fell into the deepest sleep I've had for a very long time.

When I woke up, feeling oddly....good....I realized that I hadn't heard my alarm go off. I had a moment of panic before I realized that I still had about 20 minutes to get Reed breakfast, lunch made, and out the door for school.

Then I realized that I had slept nine hours. No wonder I felt so good! Not necessarily jumping around with joy, but I felt happy, able to face the morning. We know this is NOT my typical morning feeling. My mom gave me a book once entitled Joy in the Morning, and handed it to me with a smile, saying, "Isn't that title funny?" Yes. Yes, that is hilarious. Joy? In the morning? Sure.

And I'm sure my happy mood has nothing to do with the fact that I recently acquired more sleep-stealers--Catching Fire and The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Well....a cookbook won't keep me awake. But it will provide me with some food to munch on while I read.


leslie the licorice stick lady said...

I need a good book right now. I don't read much, I'll admit, but I wish I did. I know the feeling of staying up too late and consequently only minutes to spare in the morning. I feel awful when, because of me, i shove Madelyn out the door with only a piece of toast or granola bar in hand as she crosses the street to school. Boy, I sure do have room to improve!

midRae said...

I've got my The Pioneer Woman Cooks, too. I can not wait. I have been cooking her food for a while now. Yum, Yum, and more Yum.

Lara said...

Yeah, I probably need to figure out a time to read that is not after midnight.

Today I woke up at 8. OOPS! The girls totally missed the bus and everything, but I sure have felt good today.

Ah, sleep!

Crystal said...

Catching Fire is sooo good! Prepare yourself to not want to put it down :)

The big question: Are you a Gale fan or a Peeta fan??

My Family said...

Sleep is GOOOOOOD!! I love the hunger games, catching fire is a quick read, I don't think it's as long as the hunger games.....let me know what you think of it when you are done!!

Kelly said...

I bet when you're old and retired, you are going to wake up every morning at 5:00 so you can go for a walk and watch the sun rise. I don't know, it sounds like you. (But ONLY when you're old and retired.) That will be your Joy in the Morning. hahaha.

Andrea said...

I do the same thing with books. The one I was reading yesterday wasn't that great though. I mean, it was ok, but I think I really just want the library to get the 5th Leven Thumps to me. Numbers 2 & 3 weren't that awesome, but I really liked 4, so now I'm anxious to read 5. This is why my house is often messy and laundry goes for days without being folded.

Qait said...

I hit reading in big waves, too. Most of the time I can't justify it because it's so hard for me to enjoy a book while being Mommy...that's probably ten posts worth of stuff there, but I think you know what I mean. ;)
We finally read The Graveyard Book! It's beautiful!
I love you! Get sleep like that more often!