6.28.2012

a translation

Translation: 

You know when you first lie (lie/lay? I was half asleep when I wrote this) in bed at night and you think about everything you could do and everything you should do? You think about everything you would be good at and everything seems to fit.
You slow down.
And then the alarm clock goes off and the sun comes through the windows. And you go to work and go through the motions.
And you forget about what “everything” was ...

Blah blah blah blah blah (something about rain and snow).
Huh???
This post is not about the words above. It’s about my awesome penmanship.
And about how my mind does not.  shut.  off.  (thanks mom).
Husband can say he’s going to bed at 10. By 10:06 he has brushed his teeth and has fallen sound asleep.
Six minutes! That's all it takes him.

People say there is a button.
Where the hell is that button?
 I wrote the above at 2am a few nights ago. Then found the piece of paper and decided to take a picture of my lovely boyish handwriting. Who knows what I was thinking I would get out of these random thoughts.
2am.
Poor husband.


P.S. You better not comment on this one. It's really not that great of a post anyways {now is the time to comment and tell me "you're wrong Tiff, it's a wonderful post"}. But really, I'm not sure if my gmail will hold another comment (I love it). Just a little behind. Not to mention, a whole ton of you shared what your passion was yesterday. Ummm, this is heaven for a nosy person like me.
So ... I'm off to catch up.
I'm off to spy on you.
And you. And you and you and you.

46 comments:

  1. You're wrong Tiff, it's a wonderful post. - haha. Really! I'm a 10:06er also (don't hate me!), but I have these thoughts during the day sometimes. If you find your mind wandering towards something often then you should likely be doing that thing!

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  2. I dared to comment! Hehe. Only to tell you you're not weird or abnormal. My brain keeps thinking too. Sometimes I pull 2 am-ers because my brain won't stop!

    Ps. I like your blog ! Now following. :)

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  3. I have the "mind will not shut off" problem too. But when I was about 17 and having a lot of issues with my step mom which caused me to lose a lot of sleep I started to meditate at night and it truly helped me. I do it when I run too. I just find a soothing chant, something like "let it go Kara" or "1 more mile" and repeat it in my head over and over to a rhythm. Before I know it I am either asleep or have finished that mile.

    Have a great day!!

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  4. Sorry, I just had to comment :)
    I always do this too. Hopefully you'll sleep sound tonight!

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  5. My husband is one of those fall asleep in 30 seconds type. I lay there at least an hour. He's even fallen asleep while we were talking... I just dont get it!

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  6. Have to post because I have the same problem and because you're so AWESOME. My husband and I go to bed and about 5-10 minutes later... he's PASSED OUT and snoring, while I lay there furious that I am unable to do the same. I think for the most part it's a woman thing. Kinda like snoring is a man thing. UGH!!!

    P.S. Hi Sherm! We don't personally have a Labrador (we have three sm/med dogs), but my mom and dad have three! Including a beautiful chocolate male just like you :)

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  7. My mind races at night too. Sometimes it's about things that happened throughout the day and other times it's crazy stuff that turns out to be a dream once I finally go to sleep. Then I wake up and think WTH just happened here! I know what you're feeling and it's not very fun waking up groggy the next morning!

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  8. I lie awake for hours sometimes, it feels like...at night. I don't have a hard time going to sleep...but I wake up in the middle of the night & then can't go back to sleep. That's when I get all of my thinking done. I am jealous of my Husband's ability to fall asleep so quickly and sleep through everything...like bad storms and such.

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  9. I'm so jealous that my husband is able to do the same thing, while I lie awake for hours. What's up with that?! If you ever come across that button, please let me know!

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  10. Ok. Not leaving a comment.

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  11. Haha! I <3 you and your funny blog! =)

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  12. OMG - my husband is asleep in like 1 minute after his head hits the pillow and it drives me crazy!! I could stay awake for like an hour before falling asleep and just think of random stuff :)

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  13. I am definitely NOT relating to you on the insomnia part of your post, (luckily, I can sleep anywhere, anytime...please still be my friend for bragging about that!) but your actual written words resonate with me.

    I do have those thoughts alot. Maybe because I ALSO work in Social Services, and the fact that most days consist of helping people...who are hardly grateful, who think you never do your job, and who rarely like what info you offer them. It really makes me question myself everyday.

    So thanks for sharing THOSE words. I'm there, too, sista.

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  14. if you find the off button let me know, please!! I can be exhausted and it still takes me a good half hour or more to fall asleep and my mind doesn't stop! haha glad I am not alone.

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  15. ALL THE COMMENTS. Not really, but we are the same. Paul is asleep within seconds, and I'm busy plotting and planning and reviewing and etc. for ages. And... my handwriting is wretched. See? The same.

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  16. You're pretty normal...to me anyway! I wrote a post a few weeks ago about this (kind of)....how my brain keeps writing EVEN WHEN I'M SLEEPING. I wake up having actually seen the dialogue being written to some great novel I'm apparently writing. Just wish I knew what it was about...

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  17. just in case you didn't see the comment I left this morning over on that guest interview deal you did yesterday, I thought I would tell you here--you are my best friend. forever. this calls for tattoos, yes?

    ps. don't respond to this. or else your other readers will KILL you. And then you won't have a tattoo. You see how this is a downward spiral quickly getting out of control right?

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  18. I totally understand this. My thoughts run away with me and keep me awake but it's because I'm passionate and want to accomplish and do so much. It sounds like the case with you and there's nothing wrong with that. I've had plenty of clear, eye-opening realizations waking up, ahem, staying up in the middle of the night.

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  19. I know how you feel. I can't take naps because my brain just won't shut off.

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  20. I write crazy stuff like that too! If only we actually do the things we think we should and could do. Maybe I'll start today! Just after I finish my stupid work here that pays my stupid bills. Then maybe I'll start after going home and being a mommy to a freakishly precious little boy. Or maybe I will start after this prenancy, oh but then I can't start right away because I will have a newborn baby and that same freakishly precious little boy. Oh well, I start one of these days... BTW - Great post, Tiff!

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  21. I personally think this post is pretty awesome. It made me laugh. It also leads me to believe once more that we would for sure be friends in real life.

    I would looove if I could fall asleep in 6 minutes! It takes me like 20 at least. I'm jealous of your hubbs. And your handwriting of course.

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  22. I hope your inbox has room for one more comment. I do think this is a good post because I can relate to it. I always think about my best me and all that I'll accomplish tomorrow right before I fall asleep. Then I wake up and am just me. Some days I'm a fall right asleeper and others I wake up I the middle of the nIght and can't fall back.

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  23. Ha- You're wrong tiff! great post ;) no but really.. it's spot on and glancing at the other 20 comments you will have fun reading it looks like maybe it's a guy thing. All of our husbands can fall asleep so easily. I was just thinking this last night. He passes out right away, I'm lying there watching like 2 more tv shows!

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  24. I am looking for the button too!! My brain doesnt turn off and it bugs me that my hubby can sleep though anything and I mean anything!!!!

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  25. I'm commenting to say that you are absolutely correct. Your penmanship is terrible.

    Doesn't make me like you any less...if anything, it adds to your charm! You've got a built-in anti-though theft system. Jealousss

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  26. Same situation over here...especially last night. I just couldn't fall asleep. I keep a notepad by my bed and scribble crazy things down! :-)

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  27. straight.to.the.blogging.folder <---is where this comment is going, i assume/hope?

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  28. I didn't actually think your writing was all that bad. Bad, yes, but not unreadable. But this may be because I tend to hang out with a bunch of guys and their handwriting really is unreadable. I still can't read everything my husband writes.
    And clearly many of us are not listening to your command not to comment on this post. :)

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  29. Your handwriting is almost exactly like my fiance.

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  30. My mind does not shut off. ever. even for a little bit. and the second my head hits the pillow is when it decides to go into over drive!
    xx
    Here&Now

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  31. when you find that button, please share. i'm so exhausted.

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  32. You said don't so everyone did. What is this witchcraft!? You have sloppy handwriting and you might be clinically insane (given your rainy snow rant - yeah I was able to decipher that) but we all love you...this is craziness.
    teach me your ways.
    xx
    justyn

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  33. I'm totally the same, my mind is working far after I tell it to just go to sleep! What's up with that?? Also, you better hurry up and catch up with my life because I miss your e-mails and always-entertaining comments! No pressure! xo

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com

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  34. You're right, this post sucks. Jk jk! However, I'd like to challenge your handwriting and show you mine, because I'm pretty sure mine is just a little worse... Or maybe a lot worse.

    And I forgot to share my passion with you, it's writing! How original!

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  35. LOL! It's a great post Tiff...ha ha ! I am just like you...it takes forever for my mind to stop reeling and just settle down!
    ♥ Kyna

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  36. So like everyone's saying, I'm just like you and my husband is just like your husband. Last night we were talking and literally 30 seconds later I heard him snoring. I was so mad! I guess when you work a manual labor job for 13 hours a day, your reward is falling asleep fast?

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  37. People are lying. The "button" is really a Tylenol PM. Or a big glass of red wine. You can choose.

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  38. Some of my best blog ideas come when I am laying/lieing (?) in bed at night. Maybe I should write them down, but most likely, I wound't be able to read it. #mineisworse (handwriting that is) #iswear

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  39. Please share if you find that button. I will pay you great amounts of money! Hubby falls asleep within 30 seconds and when I ask him how he does it, he tells me about this process to bla bla bla. It's confusing. So I definitely prefer the button thing :)

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  40. Well this post is great, because it's EXACTLY what I do. and what my husband does. He falls asleep instantly. and then starts snoring. and then I get annoyed because I can't turn my mind off and he's asleep. and snoring. which makes it harder to sleep. - right there with you sister!

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  41. I love this post because it's basically my life story. My husband whines about how he can't sleep and within minutes I'm kicking him for snoring while I'm wide awake thinking.

    But really, I swear I get some of my best clarity while I'm laying/lying in bed at night.

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  42. Ditto. My mind never shuts off either. I'm pretty sure that's why I'm batshit crazy most of the time.

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  43. I keep a pen beside my bed and scribble scribble scribble notes on my arm.. But seeing as your notes are in essay form I would end up with two arms covered in tattoo like sleeves but in note form. A nightmare to read in the morning... and for me.. And my soap!

    Jess xox

    timefortea

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  44. Sooo, I'll be honest. I stalk your blog a lot. It's probably one of my favorites. SO, with that said...do you wanna swap buttons??

    I totally feel like I just asked you out on a date.

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  45. That was me last night. And on most nights. I guess i need to write my random thoughts down. Seriously, those things are what I think about. My mind was racing last night. Robbing me of my beauty sleep. Now, I can't be in a photo for a week.

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