Nighttime Thoughts

Day 6

On Friday, Terje wrote about her dream of puffins and a conversation she had with her brain during the night. She wrote about it here on “Midnight Slice.” Terje had been inspired by Erika Victor and her post “In the Middle of the Night.”

Also on Friday, Kim Johnson wrote about her dream where she adopted a lioness. It includes an It’s a Small World-type ride. Read about it here at “Save the Lions!

Since I read these three nighttime slices yesterday, I find myself again inspired by this community for my next post today. I guess I was inspired for my sleep, as well, because I had one of those nights, a three-pee night as Erika called it.

Then at 4:37 a.m. I was lying awake already when the Fajar call to prayer began, which is shorter than the afternoon prayer calls, which I captured a portion of today around noon.

I usually sleep through it, since my Christian prayer life is much less devout than my Muslim brothers’ and sisters’.

A few minutes later I heard part 2 of the morning call from one of the mosques–perhaps it’s a repeat of something like “hurry to the prayer” or “prayer is better than sleep.” Maybe a sleepyhead, thrown in too (but I doubt that last one). I’m not sure because, of course, it is all in Arabic.

Anyway, if I’m awake with the call to prayer, there is about a 50/50 chance I’ll go back to sleep. Today my lists won the day, and I started the day early.

I keep a pad of paper and a pencil on my nightstand. After the call to prayer and the fact that I had been lying awake quite a while, I wrote a few more things on the second page of my pad of paper. It’s dark as mud in my room because we have black poster board in the windows, so I have to remember where on the paper I’ve written throughout the night. Sometimes folds in the paper help me with placement.

When I started writing “important” things like iron and clean, I tried to have a conversation with my brain, like Terje did yesterday.

Me: OK, time for sleeping another hour or two.

Brain: You should write “Clean the refrigerator.”

Me: Are you kidding? If I don’t do that job for the rest of my life, all will be well. Let me go to sleep.

Brain: OK. Here is one for your list. You need to change your blog settings so Glenda doesn’t have to stay in moderation jail every day.

Me: Yes, I know. OK. I will write that one.

Brain: But maybe you will need to try another theme.

Me: Now, go back to sleep. It’s Saturday. The first thing on my calendar is 11:00 a.m.

Brain: But what about that student who has missed two sociology classes? You need to email him right?

Me: Yes, I was supposed to do that.

Brain: Ah, Keith’s alarm is going off. It’s almost 5:30, go ahead and get up now.

Me: OK, already!

Part 2 of my nighttime list making


14 thoughts on “Nighttime Thoughts

  1. I love how this community grows and spreads ideas across the cybersphere. Your scribble pad is a good idea because that brain on the hamster wheel can go all night long. I enjoyed your post.

  2. I love how each of the posts we read has the potential to influence our own in this beautiful cycle. I also have a notepad by my bed and will try using it as you did here, too. =)

    1. Stephanie, yes I do love all the connections our brain makes, especially during the daytime hours when I am reading all these great blog posts.

  3. Ha-ha, I like your response regarding cleaning the refrigerator. I am sure our brains have the best intentions, the timing is bad though. I am glad you joined the midnight awake slice writing.

  4. Thank you for reminding me of the need to actually “write” my notes on paper. I’ve been sitting down to participate in the Slice of Life blog, typing directly into my laptop. There is something else that happens to the brain when we put words to paper. Thanks for reminding me about this!

  5. Isn’t it bizarre what our brains fixate on in the middle of the night? The refrigerator! Oh my! Loved this, Denise. I love the photo of your cryptic notes!

  6. Random thoughts as I read:
    In a moment I’ll know if you changed the settings. Is my faith strong enough to believe I’ll be set free? No! 😂
    Your nighttime brain is the bill in a Chiba closet causing commotion. Don’t let it take control, says the woman w/ insomnia almost every night.
    I love the way I get ideas from this community, too.
    That note is funny, not because of content, but because of the changing (evolving?) handwriting.
    Loved hearing the call to prayer. Loved your comment about your prayers vs. those of Muslims.

    1. Yay, it worked! Thank you for being a faithful friend here! Note I left “bill in a Chiba closet” — at first I thought I would have to do a Google search and learn about this literary metaphor. Then I thought it might be the typo-ist at work. 🙂

  7. Denise, somehow I missed this post two days ago, but what a beautiful call to prayer you captured. What strikes me is the things we feel called to do – pray, write, pee at night. This is lovely, and moderation jail has me laughing! An image of Glenda behind bars keeps flashing through my mind, and I think of how we would all be right there with her, just content to have a quiet place to write. The Brer Rabbits of the so-called dreaded briar patch. Wonderful weaving of thoughts here!

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