I've been up until midnight the last two nights. This is an issue because Murphy does not understand "Mommy was up late." Murphy wakes up between 5 and 5:30, and does not respect my desperate need to sleep in for an extra hour or so. He starts waking me with a soft but penetrating sighing noise, so soft it is almost subliminal, which progresses to a low whine, and if I manage to put him off by yelling at him several times (during which time I am of course NOT sleeping) he eventually hits a shrill yip that sounds JUST like a sneaker squeaking on an empty gym floor. He can hit that exact note over, and over, and over...I should record this sequence of noises and market it as the ultimate, no-fail alarm clock. It would have to be made of some sort of indestructible material, because it would be thrown at walls a lot.
Sophie, OTOH, is my snuggle bug and sleeping buddy; she will stay in bed as long as I do, and sighs and groans when forced to rise by the bossy old man. I make her get up when he gets me up, because misery loves company, and because if I have to shuffle downstairs to walk the dogs before my first cup of coffee, I am damn sure only doing it ONCE. I know that even if she is feigning sleep and I leave her behind to take Murphy by himself, she will be at the door when I return, expecting HER trip. So she sighs and groans, but she gets up when the little dictator demands.
I'm not sure why I stayed up late; I just started doing stuff on the computer and kept on going, and suddenly it was a quarter to twelve. But I cannot do that three nights in a row. I'm really feeling it right now, and I need my sleep. When you are over 50 a couple of skimpy nights' sleep really show
in your face, not to mention that I am totally out of gas by 3 p.m. This must not continue.
So I'm changing my routine effective tonight, and getting off the computer by 7. I will knit a baby blanket for one of the NC inlaws, and watch TV, and then at 9 I will get into bed with a cup of chamomile and read something soothing, and Murphy will STFU if he knows what's good for him.
I didn't plan to follow up on my rhapsodies about kale, but I follow Dreena Burton on Facebook, and this evening she posted something full of great stuff about why you should eat your greens and how to prepare them, and linkage to even more good stuff and recipes galore:
Awesome Greens Tutorial