Sunday, November 30, 2008

4 Hours

That's how much sleep I managed to get last night, or should I say this morning. 4 Hours. And that started a LOT later than I had really wanted. Late enough that it might have been better to get none at all.

It was just past 5AM when I published my last post and tried to get to sleep. It didn't work and I tried different things that I thought might help, none of them did.

So around 7AM I gave up and got in the shower. That at least made me feel somewhat better and I started thinking about what I'd have for breakfast. Then I woke up about 4 hours later.

As I check the clock now, it is 1:38AM and feel a lot more awake than I would like.

Good thing I picked up some generic form of Tylenol PM. I'll be trying that out in a few minutes to see if it helps me get to sleep before 2AM tonight. Good thing I don't have to get up early tomorrow.


Oh, and as for the phone call(s) I was talking about last night...

None got made today. In fact, I didn't talk to anyone I know today. I barely spoke to anyone at all.

When I got out and around this afternoon I constantly found myself either in a lot of traffic or a crush of bodies. Neither of which I seemed to be equipped to deal with today. I was only able to keep a pleasant demeanour when I kept my mouth shut.

When I went to say anything I found myself ready to tell people what I really thought about being knocked around by the crowds trying to beat each other to the best sales. However, if I kept my mouth shut I was able to smile and be pleasant. {OK, it might not have been much of a smile but it was more than anyone else seemed to be wearing.}

And to quote Jimmy Stewart's character of Elwood P. Dowd in the movie "Harvey":
My mother used to say to me ... "In this world you need to be very, very smart, or very, very pleasant."

I've been smart. I recommend pleasant.
Not quite the same circumstances, but something to keep in mind. {And a movie well worth watching if you haven't already seen it.}

I think I've begun to ramble. So I'm off to take the PM and head to bed.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

What Am I Doing?

It's 4:00AM and I am sitting here at the computer when I should be sleeping. But I wasn't able to sleep earlier. I'll be trying again shortly, hopefully with better results.

I've spent the last couple of hours trying to figure out if any one I know is located in a time zone that I could call without causing panic. No one expects anything but bad news when their phone rings after midnight.

I really wanted to talk to someone. But I didn't NEED to talk to someone. If I had I know there are a couple of people who would have forgiven the late call.

Well, I'll make a call or two over the weekend when I'm ready to talk.


I should mention here that I'm not looking for anyone to call me. In fact there is a good chance that my phone will be off this weekend if I'm not making calls myself.

Unfortunately there are things about this that I can't write about here due to promises I made.

Yes, this is some of the heavy stuff alluded to a couple of posts ago which has been on my mind.


And it is now past 5:00AM and I am going to go try to get a couple of hours sleep.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Seven Random Things

I don't know if any of you noticed, but this site was down for a couple of days at the start of this week. I am using the Custom Domains feature of Blogger and made a few changes. Apparently a couple of those changes worked together to confuse the system and things stopped working.

I got the issues straightened out and things seem to be working correctly again.


I was tagged by Ricardipus and so it is time to give you:

Seven Random Things About WyldWoods

  1. I was driving by the time I was 11 years old. This was largely because I spent a lot of time in the country and working relatives farms when I was a kid and needed to take my turn driving the trucks and tractors while we were bailing hay, gathering the harvest, etc.

  2. I have stuck my foot into both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. I swam in the Atlantic a lot growing up in Nova Scotia but have never been west of Niagara Falls in my home country of Canada. I have however been on both coasts in the United States.

  3. I have been to more than one Tractor Pull as well as a Monster Truck show. And I enjoyed all of them.

  4. I had to wear a back brace for almost two years. For the second half of the 5th grade through to the first month or two of the 7th grade. Narrowly avoided back surgery.

  5. I have been hit by a car. I was riding my bike when a car hit the front of the bike, completely mangling it and throwing me across the hood. The driver didn't stick around.

  6. My father died when I was 21. I am now 40 and I still miss him.

  7. I worked at a mental hospital for 2 years. From what I saw there I can say that some of the patients were more sane than a lot of the staff.

So, that's seven and that's all I have for tonight. Mostly because it is almost midnight and I need to get some sleep.


Oh, and I guess I'm supposed to tag others. Well, it's late and I can't think of anyone in particular, so I guess I'll say anyone who reads this who hasn't already done it. {If you link your post back to this one it will make it easier for me to find them.}

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Day of Remembrance

Today is Remembrance Day. At least it is at home, and several other places I could name, but it isn't here. Here it is Veteran's Day. The big difference between the days being that around here nobody really seemed to notice, other than the school children who spent the day running around or playing video games.

In the past I have posted "In Flander's Fields" and "The Fields of Flanders" and I once posted some thoughts about people who serve.

Today I have been thinking about my family and friends who have served / are serving.

Lest We Forget...


But what about those times we can't stop remembering?

For a few weeks now I have not been able to get certain people out of my mind. Some are people who have passed out of my life for one reason or another, while a few of them have passed out of this world entirely.

I think I miss the ones that are still here more. I know that I will not be able to talk to the others again while I am still here.

There is more to say, but I can't say it yet. I'm just not ready.


Oh, and I know I've been tagged by Ricardipus but it is getting late and I desperately need to get some sleep. I'll get it posted within the week.