Sunday, April 10, 2011

The silence of midnight...


I've already been asleep, but an untimely need to go to the toilet woke me up and needless to say, I can't go back to sleep afterwards because I'm wide awake by the time I've done that and let the dog out back. There's no need in me to go back to bed and get cozy under the duvet and continue sleeping. I'm as alert as if I've slept for hours and I'm ready to be up and do a days worth of work. 

Of course, later on I will get tired again and go back to sleep, but that will be after I've been up for a long while and have generally made a nuisance out of myself in some way by changing my blog templates or doing other silly things such as leave many comments and write many emails that are maybe unnecessary and uncalled for. Sometimes I will take any opportunity to make a noise and have an opinion, although I think all of them are actually well grounded and well meant. I don't make empty noises. 

Yesterday was a Saturday like many others. I didn't exactly outperform myself. I laid as low as I possibly could with the exception that I walked the dog at regular times. Most of the time I sat in my armchair and watched television because I was trying to not turn on the computer. I'm trying to drop that bad habit during the day because I turn it on when I am bored and write posts out of boredom and that has to be the worst reason to write posts.

Luckily, there are cultural programs on  television on Saturday although some of them are of dubious quality, but I suffer through those. I pretend to watch those for anthropological reasons to see what interests the common masses. The Dutch language hit parade is not something that normally turns me on. That's worthy of a whole study in itself. It's a strange phenomenon that is almost totally devoid of quality. I'm always pleasantly surprised when there's at least one halfway decent song on that does not make my toes curl in my shoes. 

I was trying to get through the day with the least amount of aggravation. Sometimes I appreciate the weekends and sometimes I don't. Sometimes they are just long boring days to get through, especially when all my chores are done. For some reason, I'm all caught up. I don't know how that happened either. Normally I save up some things to do.  I even trimmed the fur around the dog's eyes so he would be able to see well again. It grows very quickly and he peeks through it. 

I appreciate the fact that I don't have any chores to do to speak of, but I have to find more interesting ways to keep myself occupied besides laying low and watching television. I think it was the mood I was in today that was the cause of that and the news of the major incident of the lone gunman who killed and wounded so many people in that shopping mall in Alphen aan de Rijn. 

It was on the news immediately in the afternoon and on for the rest of the day as more information came in. It was not something to make you feel very cheerful because things like this don't happen here and it was quite shocking. We know that children were shot, but the authorities won't yet tell us if they are amongst the people who were killed. I wasn't going to mention it at all, but it's bothering me more than I realized. I suppose we will find out more in the morning. 

I suppose on that sad note I will leave you as there is nothing to add. 
Sleep tight.

Ciao,
Nora











4 comments:

Maggie May said...

I had to get up at 5 am for the bathroom and like you, I couldn't go back to sleep. I got up to feed the rabbits and was fully alert by then. Ridiculous as it is a Sunday and no need to get up so early.

I heard the terrible news about the gunman in the shopping mall over in Netherlands before I went to bed and was wondering if you would be upset by it.
There are some terrible people about these days just making it hard for the majority of decent, law abiding citizens.
We are having acts of terrorism over this way too.It seems we don't hear about good things, only bad.

Anyway, hope that you have a good day today and that there won't be anything else happening that will upset us.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Twain12 said...

i read about the gunman too, i'm always wondering what possesses people. It has been a quiet weekend here , it is suppose to be sunny and warm here today. Can't wait for the snow to be finally gone.

Gail said...

We are slaves to our sleep patterns. I was up early too and had another not so prime sleep night. Oh, well, maybe tonight...

I wish I could say that one time, I have the chores finished!

Have a great day.

Bernie said...

I think those gun shots were heard around the world, do you think it is drugs that is causing this kind of behavior? I can't help but think of the families who lost loved ones.
Hope you had a wonderful Sunday. So far mine has been quiet, I went to 9 o'clock Mass this morning and have been watching golf, curling on TV, reading and playing on the computer. My nephew stopped in for an hour for a cup of coffee. I love these kind of days.
Our snow is slowly melting, I think Spring has finally arrived.
Sending big hugs......:-)