Yay me!

Mar. 18th, 2007 11:22 pm
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In my previous post, I expressed the hope that I might get to sleep quickly. Well, indeed I did: I figure I must have dropped off at about 10:45pm.

OK, so I woke up again at around 11:15. Sleeping through the night would have been too much to ask, I guess. But hey, it was nice while it lasted!
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So I got up at my usual 5am after getting to sleep at about 1am. But I slept about an hour earlier in the evening yesterday. So I should get through the day all right.

Nothing quite like getting all your bills paid at 1 in the morning!

The new job is going better than I first thought it would, and the work day generally goes pretty quickly. They let you wear headphones on the job, which is nice, and it allows me to study my Arabic and Farsi while working.

Going to finally, really and truly, finish writing that new chapter to The Queen's Courtesan today. I'm taking my writing pad on my coffee breaks.
http://asher813.typepad.com/fiction/

I've been getting traffic on the Stephanie tribute site, which is immensely gratifying.
http://asher813.typepad.com/stephanie/

Finished editing and tagging all my old entries.
http://asher63.livejournal.com/tag/

[livejournal.com profile] stilken's comment got me to thinking about the intersections between my LJ life and the rest of my-life-in-the-world. More later .....
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So I finally managed to get to bed at a decent hour AND sleep through the night, after a lovely chat with the lovely [livejournal.com profile] heldc. (Yes, this old dinosaur has finally come round to the IM thingy.)

The job at Hotel California seems to be going smoothly enough. If I can stick it out at HoCal at least until April or May, I'll be able to put some money away for a trip this summer to San Francisco; I'm also going to add a Washington, DC leg to that trip if I possibly can. I've never been to DC before and I'm excited about visiting.

A comment from [livejournal.com profile] daddicade advises me that LJ has syndicated the new Stephanie site! Here it is:
http://syndicated.livejournal.com/steph_mclintock/
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Just recently I was reminded of how pleasant - and how rare - it is to have a nice, comfortable, warm conversation with someone.

Also, how much easier it is to sleep when there's someone to say good night to.

Well, anyway, I've got to try to shut my eyes for a little bit because I've got that fun job again tomorrow.
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I think I'm going to buy myself a teddy bear.
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Well, that dream with the sailor gal was a pretty tough act to follow, and I've been awake since at least 3:30. I got up at my customary 5 o'clock. My brain was fried all day yesterday, on account of a late night carousing with [livejournal.com profile] daddicade and the boi. This morning I seem to be more clear-headed, despite the lack of REM time.

Hoping to get some work today; if not, spend some time housecleaning and working on the Space Program ( = clearing out clutter and creating more living space). More Arabic, and Persian. Maybe get some writing done.
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New phrases in my vocabulary: consolidated sleep and segmented sleep. I first heard about this from a friend, and did a little online research ... it seems that in many pre-industrial societies, it has always been the norm to sleep in two shifts, not the eight-hour stretch we aspire to in the electrified world. These two sleep periods were called "first sleep" and "second sleep" in the English language, and were often separated by a period of quiet contemplation, lovemaking, creativity, or dream interpretation.

Wikipedia:
Segmented sleep or divided sleep are modern Western terms for a sleep pattern found in medieval Europe and many modern non-industrial societies, where the night's sleep is evenly divided by a few hours of wakefulness.

The human Circadian rhythm controls a sleep-wake cycle of wakefulness during the day and sleep at night. Superposed on this basic rhythm is a secondary one of light sleep in the early afternoon (see nap and siesta) and quiet wakefulness in the early morning.
The two periods of night sleep were called first sleep (occasionally dead sleep) and second sleep (or morning sleep) in medieval England. First and second sleep are also the terms in the Romance languages, as well as the Tiv of Nigeria. There is no common word in English for the period of wakefulness between, apart from paraphrases such as first waking or when one wakes from his first sleep and the generic watch (in its old meaning of being awake). In French an equivalent generic term is dorveille ("twixt sleepe and wake").

There is evidence from sleep research that this period of nighttime wakefulness, combined with a midday nap, result in greater alertness than a single sleep-wake cycle. ...

American Historical Review article:
Until the close of the early modern era, Western Europeans on most evenings experienced two major intervals of sleep bridged by up to an hour or more of quiet wakefulness. In the absence of fuller descriptions, fragments in several languages that I have surveyed survive in sources ranging from depositions and diaries to imaginative literature. From these shards of information, we can piece together the essential features of this puzzling pattern of repose. The initial interval of slumber was usually referred to as "first sleep," or, less often, "first nap" or "dead sleep."65 In French, the term was "premier sommeil" or "premier somme,"66 in Italian, "primo sonno" or "primo sono,"67 and in Latin, "primo somno" or "concubia nocte."68 The intervening period of consciousness—what Stevenson poetically labeled a "nightly resurrection"—bore no name, other than the generic term "watch" or "watching" to indicate a period of wakefulness that stemmed, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "from disinclination or incapacity for sleep." Two contrasting texts refer to the time of "first waking."69 The succeeding interval of slumber was called "second" or "morning" sleep.70 Both phases lasted roughly the same length of time, with individuals waking sometime after midnight before ultimately falling back to sleep.

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