October 14th, 2004

baratron, silly

news at ten

I have been feeling lethargic for a couple of weeks now. Not badly depressed - I feel mostly happy and mostly enjoying my work, but I have very little energy to do anything in the evenings or be communicative with people. (Normally as one of the only extroverts in my circle of friends it's always me that does all the phoning and organising, and it feels weird not to have the energy to do it.)

I just realised. It's resolutely winter, and I have SAD. It's been grey and pissing it down all week - I don't think I've even seen the sun since Saturday.

Duh! No wonder I have to lie in front of the lightbox for almost an hour before I can actually face moving in the morning!

Next newsflash: h-l discovers that the house is warmer when she remembers to put the heating on.
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the latest sheepage

Name a CD you own that no-one else on your friends list does:
I doubt anyone apart from me owns the soundtrack to bizarre Korean rhythm action game EZ 2 Dancer? (yes, that is its name... Engrish and all). I also have the soundtracks to Space Channel 5 and Gitaroo Man.

I'm not sure whether anyone else here has "Blame Everyone" by Grand Theft Audio, which is in my top 10 favourite CDs ever. (GTA were a band featuring ex-members of the Wildhearts, 3 Colours Red and Real TV, but weren't very much like any of those bands). I also have tons of ancient CDs, including several by a mad Christian band called Fat and Frantic who were one of my favourite bands when I was 12 (look, any band with a song called "Last Night My Wife Hoovered My Head" have to be good, right? They also wrote songs about lengthy sideburns, the demise of the red telephone box, and one acapella number called Naughty Eve which in retrospect I think was about sadomasochism). And to my EXTREME EMBARRASSMENT (i.e. the fact I had a CD player when I was 10), I still own 2 Five Star albums and "Crush on You" by The Jets.

I don't know where they are, mind. But I never sold them or gave them away, so I must still own them...

Name a book you own that no-one else on your friends list does
Would it be cheating badly to go for a science textbook? Especially a book published in the last couple of years that I use for teaching, which none of you will have because it's too recent for you to have used it in school yourself and you don't teach science?

Yeah, it would, wouldn't it?

OK, let's go for Why Chemical Reactions Happen - a book I bought for pleasure. Or Vice Cream: Over 70 Sinfully Delicious Dairy-Free Delights.

Name a movie you own on DVD/VHS/whatever that no-one else on your friends list does:

Failing that, we'll go for The Ewok Adventure, which is technically Richard's anyway, but shhh.

Soon I will own all the Pokemon films - I bet none of you have them?!

Name a place that you have visited that no-one else on your friends list has:
This is made difficult by the fact that I have done most of my recent travelling with wuzzie, who is for his sins on my friends list. Also I tend to visit places to see friends, who are generally also on my friends list :)

um... has anyone apart from wuzzie and I been to Waterloo, in Belgium? (i.e. the site of the battle of the same name)
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Today episode of Night of the Living Dead is brought to you by your host, H.L. Zombie. Braaaaaaaains!

God, I hate insomnia. I've suffered from it for my entire life - I think my parents first took me to a doctor because I couldn't sleep when I was about 18 months old. The doctor prescribed Valium, and my mum was so freaked out she changed GP. She tells a story which I don't actually remember happening, when I was about 2 years old and still awake at godknowswhathour, and she completely lost her rag and took every jigsaw I owned, tipped them all out of the boxes and muddled them up. "There", she said, "You can wake me up when they're done". Apparently I was then quiet for long enough that she assumed I'd gone to sleep, and she finally managed to get to sleep herself. Only to be woken at 2.30am by a toddler bouncing on her, pulling up her eyelids saying "Are you in there, Mummy?" and "What can I do now?". All the jigsaws were done and sorted with the right boxes next to them.

OK, well while I only needed 4 hours of sleep a night when I was a young child, I need a bit more than that now. So being WIDE AWAKE at 5am really wasn't what I needed last night. The sleep "experts" reckon that if you go to bed and are still awake after 20 minutes, you should get up and do something else as you obviously aren't tired enough to sleep, and it's "bad" to stay in bed without sleeping. These "experts" have clearly never been awake for so long their core temperature starts to drop and bed is the only place you can keep anywhere near warm enough, nor been awake for so long every muscle hurts and trembles, nor vertical for so long that sitting upright causes pain. I don't recommend it. Having lain awake from 4.30 to 5.45am, I finally gave in and turned the GBA on, playing Pokemon lying on my back - until 6.25am, when I thought I might be tired enough to sleep.

I then got woken up by the phone ringing, or the doorbell ringing, or someone else's phone ringing, or someone else's doorbell ringing, or the sandwich van coming for the garage behind us, at least 6 times between 8.30am and 12.55pm, when my alarm went off. So god only knows how few hours of sleep I actually got - maybe 6 hours of extremely interrupted sleep, which is probably equivalent to about 4 hours of decent quality sleep?

And people wonder why I'm not a morning person!
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