January 3rd


My new buddy Nico. He likes naps too.

I’m known within my family and friends as the girl who can, and will, always sleep when given the opportunity. In college I was so sleep deprived that when I’d make it home for a weekend, I’d regularly sleep 14-hour stints. My parents were baffled. In I’d come, dropping of laundry, gulping down a plate of meatloaf and then snuggly in bed I’d stay for extended periods of time until my carpool swung by to haul me back up the mountain for another round of academia. Alas, my love of sleep hasn’t wained as an adult. I can still regularly sleep for 10 hours (with the occasional 12-hour beauty) without a problem.
This is especially annoying to my friends when traveling. There is something about planes, trains and automobiles that lulls me into the sweetest naps around. I was definitely the crying baby that was driven around the block once or thrice to be calmed in the middle of the night. I am still the baby that hates going out past midnight. It takes an afternoon nap to keep me alert. Yep, living la vida AARP and loving it.
For the last two weeks, however, I’ve been impressing even myself with my magical slumber powers (that sounds kinky, doesn’t it?). Once my family arrived for the holiday, I switched into relax mode and I’ve yet to return, even though they’ve long since gone back to their homes. I’ve been reading and reading and reading and going to bed to read and get warm and finding myself sound asleep at 8 pm regularly. I woke up this morning after another 10 hour voyage to dreamland with my glasses and novel across my chest. I hadn’t even moved. Ridiculous.
Obviously it is time for another challenge to tackle, but I just haven’t decided which one. A full Ironman in 2008? Actually complete the editing and publishing of my first novel? Write the second? Climb Kilimanjaro? Hmmm… maybe I’ll go lie down for a bit and consider my options.


P.S. If you didn’t catch this recent editorial in the NYT, it is worthy of your time. I feel like finally someone climbed in my head and eloquently described my views on this presidency and our status internationally. Today’s letter to the editor in response make me hopeful for our country’s future.

P.P.S. Iowans, our future is in your hands today. No pressure, but please get off your asses and get to the caucus.

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  1. It’s important to honor our body’s needs–something which I’ve learned the hard way. There is so much to do, learn, and experience in life that I’ve always thought sleep was a waste of my time–and that hasn’t been healthy for me. So, I’m glad you are letting your need for sleep take precedence. Good for you, Kelli, and enjoy your nap!

  2. I envy the napping – a skill TH has which I do not. Sleep is good!

    ps. Nico is the cutest! Is he yours? He looks like an Ewok. 🙂

  3. I think sleeping is the best thing you can do for yourself, and I often credit my sleeping habits for not getting sick as often as my boyfriend does. Sleep on!

    Nico is a cutie pie!

  4. You know what they say about extra sleep: it’s money in the bank! Going to bed at 8 pm with a book sounds like an incredible luxury…maybe that’s more sensible than my ongoing getting-up-early campaign (still unsuccessful).

    What if I want only SOME people to vote? Is that bad?

  5. Karel Donley January 3, 2008

    I love Nico too! What a cutie pie.

  6. Yep, I agree with all of the above, sleep is good! Unfortunately, I tack on my extra sleep in the a.m….waking up at 10 or 10:30 lately during my winter break from sub. teaching. I’d rather tack that sleep on the *other* end, and go to bed earlier. I have a really. hard. time with that for some reason, my personal little sleep challenge, haha!

  7. I share your skill! David used to get really annoyed with me when we drove to work together- I could easily nod off during the half hour journey! I’ve been lying in ’til 9ish over the holiday period and am not looking forward to getting back into my 7am morning routine on Monday!

    As for the elections, I think the whole world is behind you in your desire for a educated, responsible choice of president.

  8. Thanks for the links, Kelli! Thought provoking, for sure!

  9. Thanks for sharing the links. I too am counting down the days of this president and looking forward to more trees and less bush.

  10. gary moore January 3, 2008

    Bien venudos!

    My folks used to drag me to cholla bay when they had a weekend off. I hated the trip but always had a good time on the beach or fishing in the ocean.

    As to napping; I picked up this habit when I was in the Air Force of sleeping whenever I got the chance and to this day I can snooze for ten minutes and wake refreshed, ready to go. My wife finds this very disconcerting. She can not understand how anyone can sleep for less that twelve hours and feel invigorated!

    When do us curmudgeons at Einstein’s get to meet Nico?
    He looks like a cutie. Bring him on by and we’ll spoil him for you. By the by, what does Ruby think of Nico? Have you acquired a kayak and does she have a name?

    Ozomatli yours,

    Gary the Retiree
    AKA Poker Brat

  11. Kelli! Did you really get a puppy!??!

  12. Sleeping like that is definitely a talent 🙂

  13. That dog is ADORABLE! As for sleeping, I have to get 8 hours. Love it-don’t care what I’m missing. I also agree that people should get out and vote. Apathy is the reason that politicians get away with so much. People would rather focus on Brittany Spears than the leaders that are making decisions for us and our country. I once heard that many men could name every player on their favorite baseball team and quote their individual statistics as well, yet couldn’t name 5 cabinet members of the current administration. Not to pick on men, it’s just the example I heard. I would guess that an equal number of women couldn’t name 5 either. Sad, but true. VOTE!!!It’s a privilege many people in the world to not have.

  14. I couldn’t agree more that the best thing about 2008 is going to be A NEW PRESIDENT.

    And sleeping in any form of transportation is NOT my forte! But at home? That I can do.

  15. He’s so cute! Did you just get him?!?!?!?! Anywho, I am a napper, too. And a sleeper. I usually fall asleep around 8 or 9 and if I don’t, I actually get a little panicky! ha! On the weekends I take a nap in the afternoons. My dad is the same way…..

  16. Oh my goodness! Is that little furball of love your own? What a sweet face.

    I too am a sleep professional. I can do it for hours under the right conditions. Some people really just need more sleep than others, and there is nothing wrong with that at all. I do need to do better at timing my sleep however so I don’t sleep my days away… but that’s another story. 🙂

  17. I’m very good at sleeping, I can do that without any effort! At 9.00pm I can feel my brain simply switch off, you can talk to me, try to impress me in any way, but you won’t succed. Only thing is go out with friends, and I can resist till midnight, but don’t look at me the day after.
    Nice dog, is it yours?

  18. Jen in PA January 4, 2008

    Good morning, Kelli! I myself just woke up about an hour ago (7:15) after having gone to sleep, under a book, at 9 pm. Kindred sleep spirits! And I would bet that I could take a nap right now!!

  19. I am so jealous of your sleeping.

    I too can sleep like a champ, just not with a newborn in the house. *sigh*

  20. Happy New Year Kelli! I was so touched to get a Christmas card from you… it made my day and arrived on the first day we had our mail service resumed after our big storm. Opening my mailbox and seeing something your card was an instant rainbow on a dark day. I heart you!

    Love the NYT op/ed piece and totally feel the same way. TOTALLY!

  21. Just wanted to let you know that I did get out and caucus last night!