It’s about 2:30 in the morning and my oldest just fell asleep. Everyone else in the house is out and I, of course, am still awake. As much as I fantasize about enjoying a quiet cup of coffee early in the morning, sitting outside, soaking in the peace and quiet, it is not in the cards for me. I mean it happens on those super rare days when I don’t even manage a few hours of sleep. As much as I enjoy those days, I’d rather get my sleep.
So, what usually happens is that every so often I stay up really late simply to achieve some alone time. I’m an introvert at heart. I need to be alone long enough to unstick my energy from everyone else around me, which this quarantine has been nice for. Although grocery runs are down to once every two weeks because, well, we all know what the grocery stores are like now. And here we are, now approaching 3 am.
After spending two days graphing out the cabling for my sister’s sweater onto 7 pieces of paper with a color coding system to boot, and organizing a few things around the house, I’m trying really hard to focus on this pink and purple sweater. My youngest and I decided on the colors for her remake and I’m excited to get that started too. And then there’s this shawl I want to make and my sister’s sweater…
Well, sleep grabbed me at 4:30 am. I woke up at 8:30 to my middle one cuddling me and turning on the X-Box for some Minecraft before breakfast. Of course my oldest then woke and after some snuggling, I got to work on my coffee. Now that my coffee maker is done for, I’ve been brewing two pots of French press every morning and pouring it into a thermos carafe. It keeps my coffee hot all day, but this also means making my morning brew is a little more involved than it use to be.
Thanks to the school food delivery, breakfast is super simple and I can let us all relax for a few hours. I prefer to wake up slowly. Feel out the day and my mood. Soon I’ll give the kids a snack and get to school work. Now that we’ve switched to paper, it’s been a lot easier to get it done. My middle one also works with the teacher during her office hours every day now. It’s been really nice not fighting on and off for hours about school work.
And of course, I’ll be knitting all the while…
2 thoughts on “Who Needs Sleep?”
I, too, have seen the upside of this pandemic for my introverted soul. No social obligations, excuse enough to stay at home, and best of all, I don’t feel guilty about any of it. I try to stay up late or wake up super early to get my alone time too. Introverts unite! Enjoyed this read.
Thanks! It’s kind of comforting to know I’m not the only one who seeks out those strange hours for some soul-charging.