Sunday, August 13, 2006

Another Weekend Gone

Another weekend gone: one in an endless procession of nondescript breaks from work. Nondescript was OK with me this time around; I needed the rest. I nearly fell asleep while driving on Friday, less than half a mile from home. I know it happens to everyone sometimes, the sudden jerk of the head, but this was worse than usual. Let's just say that my car would have lost in a match-up with the oncoming SUV. I was seriously sleep-deprived last week. I think I totalled about 15 hours Sunday night through Thursday night. I'd fall asleep each night, but I had trouble staying asleep.

Today was an OK day. I did a bit of shopping at the mall and at Borders (had to try to find the song that made me cry when I was walking through Walmart on Friday), and I took a ride past my old house late in the afternoon. It's out in the country, and it's a pleasant drive. I'll post about that house one of these days; it was the only home I ever really fell in love with. I call it my Manderley, for those of you familiar with Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca (though not because it's a mansion, or has a seaside cottage on the grounds; I've never been that rich).

Anyway, I turned off of my route home from the mall to head up Cumberland Avenue. Doesn't it sound green and bucolic? It is! I was immediately distracted by a small sign with an arrow that said, "Yard Sale." I made a quick left onto who-knows-what road, intrigued by the concept of a yard sale in the middle of nowhere.

Half a mile or so up the road, on what I think was a farm (I didn't stop to look too closely) some folks appeared to be clearing up the last evidence of the sale. It was late in the day (5-ish), so I guess it was silly to think a yard sale would still be in full swing. Wonder if they pulled in any business? This is truly a back road through the woods, with very little traffic - lovely and peaceful, but not yard sale territory.

I turned around a little way up the road, went back to Cumberland Ave., and cut over to my old street. It has an equally lovely name, but I'll leave that detail out. ;) You really can't see much of my old house from the road - it sits WAY back in the woods. The driveway appears to be in need of a new load of stone, and weeds seem to be poking through. Oh well, it is the country.

Still not ready to go home, I cut back up Cumberland Ave. This time I rode through with the sun roof and the windows open. I wanted so badly to just pull over and enjoy the peace and quiet, but it didn't seem like a sensible thing to do, so I headed for home.

I finally ate dinner (which was also breakfast and lunch today - I was so distracted by shopping that I forgot to eat) at about 6:30. As soon as my laundry comes out of the dryer, I'm for bed. 'Night all! Sleep tight.


Virginia Gal said...

Merci - I hope the insomnia goes away (as I write this at 1am, just got back from a concert). I liked your windows down and sun roof description, seemed so idyllcy (sp).
Sending you more sunny VA thoughts. I somehow sense from your posts of late you could use them about now...

pissed off patricia said...

I know what you mean about not being able to stay asleep. I think my brain stays awake even as I try to sleep. It seems to wake me up with little thoughts and ideas for me to deal with. It happened at one o'clock this morning. I finally gave up and headed out to the kitchen. I got a very early start on this day.

Hope this week is better than last for you.

Did you find the song you were looking for?

MissMagnoliaThunderpussy said...

Darling, when I can't sleep I just count my ex husbands or the graves in the basement (same thing), I'm asleep before I hit 40.

Merci said...

Virginia Gal-
Thank you so much for the sunny thoughts! I slept through the night last night, but I was not rested today. I hope tonight is better.

Thank you! Yes, I found the song and bought the CD. It was a Richard Marx tune.

Miss Magnolia-
Good idea! Maybe I'll count your ex-husbands too! I'll try it tonight and let you know how it works...

joey b said...

So busy shopping, you missed two meals!!! I am pretty certain that has never happened to me.