Once upon a time, about 5 years ago actually, sleep deprivation was all about a mink eating our chickens in the middle of the night. To be honest, eating isn’t a fair representation of what was happening, as the mink in question (and pretty much every other mink) mostly drain their prey’s blood and then move on to the next prey. This way, they can massacre a whole flock pretty fast. Now, I digress… 5 years ago, we weren’t sleeping because our chickens were being massacred. Now, our chickens are still being massacred, but mostly because we’re not sleeping enough to remember to close them up at night religiously, and a raccoon has figured out where there’s food.
And why, you ask, are we not sleeping?
Well, because of her. See, last year we grew more than vegetables (and flowers. We grow a lot of flowers these days). Last year, we grew a human. She decided to start hanging out on the outside of my body on February 15th, and since then, we sleep less than we did before. More some nights, less right now because she has a cold and snorfles when she breathes, and then the snorfles don’t get her enough air, and then she cries, and then we don’t sleep. It’s pretty hard to sleep through some of the snorfles too. So we don’t sleep. I’m learning to cope on less sleep, but the coping sure is pretty meager sometimes. I certainly don’t feel very intelligent, and I struggle regularly with finding words. Like always. Words are tricky monsters.
So we grew a human. Now, we’re back to growing vegetables and flowers, and I’m still growing a human. The vegetables and flowers were taking a bit of a back seat, which was okay because the spring was horrid (as was the winter and the fall… remember October when it rained every single day?), but now it’s hot, and the vegetables and the flowers need to become more of a priority, but that’s hard without the sleep.
Anyways, I hope that I’ll be back to hanging out on the blog more now that I’m not growing a human inside my body and not starting (and finishing!) my Masters every moment of spare time I had. I also, of course, am hoping for some sleep.