A while ago, Rachel tagged me for some "six" thing where I had to list six random facts about myself. I couldn't come up with six random facts on the spot, but I've felt bad ever since at not responding to her tag. So this evening, because I'm sleepy but refuse to go to bed at 10:00 on a Saturday night, I present to you six random sleep habits that I have.
1) I love waking up and not knowing where I am. I often experience this feeling when I go to a new place. The coolest time I felt this feeling was in Florence. I woke up, realized I didn't know where I was, and tried to figure it out. For some reason, my brain always defaults to my grandparents' old home in South Porcupine. Then it goes through the different places I've lived. When I went through all my places of previous inhabitance and realized I was actually in Florence, Italy, that just feel cool. Of all the places in the world, Florence is probably one of the best to wake up in.
2) This goes with 1, but I love waking up disoriented. This happens fairly rarely, but it's cool when I fall asleep upsidedown in my bed and wake up confused in my surroundings. Very few times in my life, I've tried to get out of my bed when I am disoriented, and I've gotten lost in a corner until I've woken up enough to figure out what's going on. That's just fun.
3) In every home I've lived in for the past several years, I've dreamt about secret rooms. This includes all four of my mission apartments. I love home decorating and I love to fill space. If I have a new room, I get to figure out what to do with it. Office? Another bedroom? A second living room? And my mind obviously loves the idea of a secret, hidden room. The funny thing is that I did live in an apartment with an extra room. When I lived with Sophie, there was a third bedroom in our two-bedroom apartment, but our landlords kept it locked and used it as storage. So there it was in our home, a locked and unusable extra room. And that idea has obviously stuck with me.
4) I love waking up in the middle of the night. I love it because I get to see that it's not time to wake up and I get to go back to sleep.
5) To go along with 4, I set my alarm clock a full hour before I have to wake up. Then I press snooze for a full hour---sometimes two---just because I love that feeling of getting to go back to sleep again and again. When I moved in with El Senor and he heard my alarm go off several times in the morning, he said to me, "Oh. You're one of those people." The funny thing is that even though he said it with derision, I notice his alarm doing the exact same thing every morning. So I'm not the only one of those people in this house.
6) When I was a kid, I was fascinated with the idea of going from consciousness to unconsciousness. So I just started to pay attention every night and try and pinpoint the exact moment I was falling asleep. Because of months and months of practice, I now am able to tell exactly when I am falling asleep. I don't even know if that's normal. Does everyone else know when they're falling asleep, or am I special?
So those are six random sleep things. Recently, Switchback's mother told her to stop worrying about being single and start counting her blessings. One of my singleness blessings is being able to sleep freely. I can listen to my alarm go off as many times as I like. I can roll and squirm and cough and sneeze as much as I like. If I want to watch TV while I fall asleep, I can do that too.