Alyra Moondancer (alyramoondancer) wrote,
Alyra Moondancer

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It just goes to show...

Last Tuesday, about an hour or two after going to bed, I was finally, finally drifting off to sleep when the cat yowled. She has a terrifically loud and insistent yowl that she uses on occasion, and she used it on this occasion, and it startled me very awake. But since I was certain I had fed her quite well before going to bed, I rolled over, ignored her, and tried to go back to sleep.

And tried to go back to sleep...

And tried to go back to sleep...

I looked at the clock at 2 a.m., and again at 4:00, and finally around 4:30 I just gave up. I got up and went downstairs. After checking to see that yes, the cat had a half-full dish of food and plenty of water, I fed her some more, got some coffee, and tried to have as normal a morning as possible on (maybe) two hours of sleep.

I went in to work at the hardware store at 1:00 p.m. as usual (for an 8-hour shift), and managed to get through the rest of the day, but I was definitely feeling the lack of sleep. Although I tried to keep my smile and my sense of humor going, I couldn't help stifling a yawn or two, and I did mention to one customer how tired I was, and why.

A couple of hours after I started work, a woman came in to buy root killer. As I was ringing up her sale, I made a joking comment about my lack of sleep. She was sympathetic; she said she herself had been awakened around 2 a.m. by a leak -- and not just any leak. She also had not gotten any further sleep that night, and had had to take the day off work to clean up the resulting mess from her sewer backing up -- the root killer was to get rid of the roots infiltrating her sewer line.

So it does just go to show you, no matter how bad you think you have it... somebody's got it worse. Because, I'll tell you, if something has to wake me up at two in the morning, I'll take the cat over the sewer, any day.
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