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Fall Term start today, and I think I was so excited last night that I had a hard time falling asleep...then staying asleep...and for the first time in months my cat insisted on sleeping with me... I think I got about 3 hours of sleep all told.

And then this morning I did my p90X (back, shoulders, and biceps). So, an hour lifting weights. Then I went to school and bought my books and hauled the ones I don't need out to the car today. I think altogether they weighed well over 50lbs since I'm taking Bio and Chemo this term.

In other news, my dad found what looks like a seed, possibly from a palm tree, in a concretion that was from a Jurassic era deposit that he collected. It has a hard outer shell and several membranes and layers on the inside, a bit like a hazel nut (although definitely not a hazel, those types of trees show up muuuuch later). This is kind of exciting, seeds and nuts are from flowering trees, which supposedly don't appear until the Cretaceous. The folks at NARG were very exited when he showed it to them. He's going to send it off to a couple paleobotonists for a solid ID. He's been pulling up all sorts of interesting finds in the area he found the concretion, including a chunk of carbonized (but not mineralized) Norfork Pine/Cedar (no way to tell for sure which it is) which is one the oldest plant fossils found in the State of Oregon. The seed was found with a bunch of driftwood, so where it originally grew is anybody's guess.
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing: Naruto/Sasuke, Iruka, Itachi
Rating: G, at least for now :)
Summary: After final battle Sasuke deals with blindness, depression, grief, and the art of coming home.


In the end, it was Iruka who brought him home. )
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Who the fuck has a VERY LOUD argument with their boyfriend about rent (apparently) in the parking lot of their appartment complex at 1:30 in the FUCKING MORNING?! AND THEN, when a neighbor (ie ME) yells at her (I couldn't hear the boyfriend, he was keeping his voice down apparently) and tells to to STFU then yells at said neighbor saying it wasn't her fauuuuult~!

If you are yelling outside an apartment complex at night, then yes, it is your fucking fault. Shut the fuck up, go to bed, and talk it over calmly with your BF when the sun is actually in the fucking sky. I really need to put security's number in my cell phone.

And the my cat decides, as usual, to wake me up at 5 am. And after I kick her out of my room I couldn't get back to sleep thanks to carpel tunnel (for those who don't have it, your hands go numb and it fucking hurts) I need to get some more hand braces.

Bah.
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Hah. Still no good night's resting for me, I guess. Two nights ago I fell asleep at the incredibly early hour of 12am, woke up at four am, fell back to sleep at 7am, woke up at 2:30pm. Good thing I didn't have to work. Last night I went to bed at 12, fell asleep around 3 or 4, woke up at seven am, and got up at eight.

And I don't know why.

The thing is, I've had problems sleeping in the past, but it was always, ALWAYS related to stress. This time around? Not so much. I just... can't sleep. It's really, really weird. Part of the problem might be the weather, it's been one storm-front after another through here (not bad, just rainy for the first time in a bit, and differences in air pressure). The nasty weather is also keeping me from walking my usual two miles, so that might be related as well. Tonight I'm going to get some over the counter sleep aids and try again. I hate those things with a passion, by the way. They always leave me feeling stoned the next day, but at this point I'll do anything to get some sleep.

Part of the problem is that I seem to be obsessing, in a weird way, about Byakuya from Bleach. Specifically his relationship with Hisana and Rukia. I've written, like, three different stories about how he and Hisana met, each one getting progressively more angsty. I figure there had to be something really special about her (at least to him) for them to even meet, and it... uh... well. Hmmm. I don't know what I want to say about them. Just that their relationship(s) are really, really sad and stuff. A weird thing to be obsessing about, and I hope to god that it doesn't mean that developing Mom's Obsessive/Compulsive problem, heh. I'm hoping that I'm just spending hours and hours writing shit about them simply because when I'm wide awake at 3am I'm also bored as hell.
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Yes, I do listen to the Shins. I live near Portland, so it is required. Them and the Decemberists.

Last night was, for some reason, really craptacular. Occasionally I go through fits of insomnia, usually stress-induced, but sometimes it just pops up with me actually having any stress to trigger it. Like last night. I didn't even start feeling tired until 3am (which is a great big HUGE warning sign I completely forgot about), and when I finally looked at the clock and thought Hmmm, maybe I should to be trying to sleep, me! and actually put myself to bed, I couldn't fall asleep. Finally, at about 4 am I got up and went for a walk, and oddly, weirdly, kept wanting to throw up. I actually felt drunk, and not in a good way, despite the fact that I ran out of alcohol a week before. Fatigue poisons, probably.

I tend to drink a lot of tea, which probably doesn't help. The tea I drank before bed, though, was Lotus Acien, which is a green Vietnamese tea and should have been fairly low in caffeine. I'm not too fond of herbal teas, but I think I will be switching to Really Low caffeine teas or try to find some herbals that I like for evening drinking.

Naturally this just gives me more excuses to order teas from the Tao of Tea. Yes folks, I am such a tea-geek I order it. Online, no less.

Went to bed at five in the morning. Woke up at one in the afternoon. I feel like I'm turning into a fucking vampire. I would have slept in more, but the birds were screaming at me and the iguana wanted Food, and by the time I had everybody fed and cleaned up after I was well and truly awake.



The Boston Globe has a nice article about fanfiction http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2007/10/16/the_new_adventures_of_old_skywalker/ It's nice because it's actually balanced and not at all 'look at what those weird geeks are doing.' What has me really squeeing, though, is the fact that Naomi Novik's Temeraire series (it's basically about what would happen if there were dragons during Waterloo and Napoleon's invasion of Europe, and it fucking rocks. I want a dragon like Temeraire!) got purchased by Peter Jackson (well, the movie rights). It would be so fucking cool if it became a movie, or a series of movies.

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