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2000:  Rosie vs. the Giants
Here Comes the Sun
Suicidal Squirrels
Same Time Next Year
Glass Half Empty
More Puppy Burps
I Hate Ned
Deja Vu All Over Again
2008:   Gimme Some "Poop Freeze," Please
2009:   Long Day's Journey Into Night   
2010:   A Quarter of a Century
2011:  Back to School
2012: The Pellet with the Poison
2013: Sunday Stealing
2014: Remembering Clotheslines
2015: Can't Get Away from 'em

2016: Exciting Discovery
2017: I Hate it, Hate it, Hate It
2018  Sunday Stealing
2019: The Ride Home

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15 July 2020

My friend Gilbert, who died 34 years ago yesterday, suffered from insomnia.  The first thing he talked to me about whenever I saw him or he called on the phone was how many (or how few) hours of sleep he'd had the night before.

I think about him a lot these days because my sleep pattern is so weird and my body has learned to function on 3-4 hours of sleep a night.

No matter what time I go to sleep I can pretty much guarantee that I will wake up 3 hours later.  The question is whether I can get back to sleep or not. 

If I wake up at 3 a.m., I  turn on Morning Joe and hope it will put me to sleep.  Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't.

The other night was one of those nights when I got no sleep at all.  I did my normal nighttime routine, which is watching 2 episodes of Call the Midwife and one of Great British Baking Show and then to the couch to go to sleep, but sleep didn't come.

After an hour or two of trying, I went back to the recliner and tried sleeping there, without the TV on.  I tried sleeping until about 4 and then turned on Morning Joe and was awake the rest of the night.

When I have an insomnia night, I have a nap day and I took a couple of hour-long naps through the day and then slept my normal 3  hours at night.

Yesterday I think I finally caught up.  I took a 2 hour nap in the morning and a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon.  I fell asleep watching NCIS, before 8 p.m. and woke up at 11.  I stayed awake long enough to watch Stephen Colbert interview Tom Hanks and was certain I would not be able to get back to sleep after so much sleep during the day, ,but no.  I fell asleep and except for one bit of time when I shifted from one end of the couch to the other, I slept from midnight until 5:30 a.m.

I'm about to start a new project, which already, in my mind, has grown from a simple list to a much bigger commitment.

After Marcello was here the other day, I started thinking about all the people who stayed with us over the years and realized I do not remember most of them.  During the time they were here, I made big photo collages for each year, so I have pictures of all of them in four big frames.  I thought I had identified each person on the back of their photos, so I asked Ned to find the frames and I'm going to start making a list and see if I can get everyone on the list.

But during my insomnia night my brain started going through what would be involved in the project and took it through not only listing them, but collecting photos of everyone, to putting together a book of picture and information about each of them. 

This will include not only the photo collages, but also going through my files to see if I still have the papers on many of them, finding our guest book where they all signed the book when they arrived, and digging through old photo albums to see what photos I can find.

The idea for this project is a good one and without even starting I am already feeling overwhelmed, but since, with California becoming one of the biggest states with new COVID cases, it looks like we are going to be quarantined for a long time, it's a good thing to have as a project, other than just napping during the day.



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