Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kristina Minus Kristina.

I am an early riser. It's weird to admit that, since it's summer, and I don't have a standard job, and there is no reason for me to be an early riser, but nothing changes the fact that I am. I rarely sleep past 9, and when I do, it's because I am either sick or was up distinctly late the night before. The issue is that I have an incredibly strong internal clock, so regardless of what time I go to bed, I am generally up around 8. Which is great for productivity, but terrible for general tiredness when I don't get to bed around midnight.

The point is, yesterday I slept for most of the day (because I was sick). And then, at the Indian place where I had dinner, Eia and I ordered our favorite chai tea (which is incredibly caffeinated and they fill your glass about a thousand times before you leave) so I came home around 8:30 pm just absolutely wired. Generally around 10 pm I start falling asleep on the couch no matter what's on the TV, but last night I was bouncing up and down in my seat asking Justin "so what do you wanna doooo?!" while HE was the one falling asleep.

I couldn't get him to watch any Buffy with me, but we ended up talking about silly things in the amount of time that we could have watched three and a half episodes of Buffy (so I'm counting it as a win) and when he finally went to bed, I stayed up even later catching up on SHAYTARDS videos. I finally went to sleep about 3 hours past my normal bedtime, and all of this is a very long-winded story to tell you that on the one day I probably would have ignored my body clock and slept until noon, Luke decided it would be fun to call me and wake me up bright and early before his morning raft trip.

I was half asleep for the early portion of our phone conversation but I do remember hearing him giggle (yes, he giggled) when I answered the phone with a half "hello" and half "mmrrfhhf" noise.

Now I am wide awake (weirdly, as I only got about 6 hours of sleep last night) and it's still so early that I doubt anyone else is awake in my house.

I don't know if any of you read the comic strip "Garfield Minus Garfield" - the premise is that without Garfield in the strip, John Arbuckle leads a depressing, sad life by himself in which he spends a lot of time talking to thin air. I think it's hilarious. The point of me telling you this is that last night amidst my ridiculous caffeine high I told Justin that I was starting to imagine our interactions without me in them and it generally made for much funnier situations. So for instance, I had this mental image of a comic strip in which Justin is arguing with himself over whether or not he should watch Season 1 of Buffy, then he yells "Fine, but only because I have nothing better to do!" and then he's sitting all alone on the couch, with only himself to blame.

I called this scenario "Kristina Minus Kristina."

Somehow I think I found it more amusing than Justin did, because it was also around this point that he said, "I missed you [while you were on tour], and I like spending time with you, but right now I want to throw my laptop at you."

I have started seeing "Back to School" signs, which 1. furthers my theory that they come earlier every year and 2. made me start to realize I'm not going back to school. It's because of that fact that I am going to try to be productive today. Which does not in fact mean that I am going to do my laundry, but that I am going to work on some writing this afternoon. So maybe I'll post something on my blog at some point, if I come up with anything I like enough.

Last google search: "green" (I always feel guilty when this isn't exciting, but come on. "Green"? That could mean ANYTHING. Oh the intrigue.)
Chipotle burritos: 15


Rosanna said...

So you are starting your day and I'm about to eat dinner, I can never wrap my head around time differences :)
and I would KILL to be an early riser, I could sleep all day long, wake up and still be tired, but then I hate myself for wasting the day so I just try to drag myself out of bed as early as possible!

Aly said...

Just as I read "Which does not in fact mean that I am going to do my laundry," my aunt came in and asked me if I was ready to do my laundry yet xD
Have fun writing! :D

Justine said...

I actually found the Kristina minus Kristina thing quite hysterical, I don't know why he didn't XD

Bumblefoot said...

I just googled green.

Paloma said...

I completely know what you mean. I always get up too early for my own good- sometimes at seven, and I even have time to have breakfast with my mom before she leaves for work.

I decided to do Nanowrimo in August because I have so much free time. But so far it's not working xD Have a nice time writing!

kira902k said...

Ah, my problem is exactly the opposite: Even if I set an alarm clock, I can not get out of bed before noon most of the time. And then I feel all disgusting, like I wasted the day away.
And the Kristina Minus Kristina thing is hilarious.
So, what are your plans for the next year? What are you going to be spending your days on? Once you figure it out, I hope you'll share. I'm rather curious :P


Jordiekins said...

I read Garfield Minus Garfield! Hilaaaaarious. The kids in my neck of the woo-- country are already in their second week of school. Luckily, I don't start college until the 16th (which is still early, but whatevs).

Hope you're feeling better!

Kara said...

I've been seeing back to school signs since the beginning of July. Working at Staples is the worst.

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SayAnything said...

I'm totally the same way! Most of the time I can't sleep past 9, but I always feel weird getting out of bed before my roommate has left for work. Thus, causing me to stay in bed, awake, for at least another half hour.

The Kristina/Garfield minus Kristina/Garfield thing is hilarious, and I'm going to try it today. Except, I'm not going to tell anyone. They'll think I'm crazy. Ha!

Hope you enjoyed/are enjoying writing!

I mentioned last time the word verification cause I thought it was funny. Today's is pretty funny too, it's coinks. :P

Tara said...

I'm the stay up late, sleep in late type of girl.
I would love to read some of your writing. I'm sure whatever you write is intersting!

Elisabeth said...

I stay up late, but for me, sleeping in till 9 is sleeping in late. Mum used to kick us out of bed at 9 on the weekends when we were little, so it's kinda ingrained.

You feel wide awake now, but the tiredness will hit you midafternoon, after you've had lunch and feel warm, cosy and full.

Jess the Nerdfighting Band Geek said...

I absolutely love Garfield minus Garfield. Particularly when it's just a bunch of blank squares then him standing there saying something. It seems like a very sad and quite life.

alouettesque said...

Please make a Kristina minus Kristina comic. I would read it.

Tasha said...

Kristina, I feel the same way about sleep! (Well, at my mom's house)
At My dad's I can stay up 'till any hour of the night (like now). But at my mom's I fall into a sleep patern sorta, where I always wake up between 8ish or 9ish (with the exception of some summer days) and I NEVER need an alarm clock for work since whatever time I say I'm gonna wake up, I wake up at the same time, or sometimes earlier. It's pretty convenient, I'd say :DFTBA

Cassidy said...

I LOVE Garfield minus Garfield. Oddly enough, I remembered that blog just last night before reading this post and was laughing to myself the whole time.

My favorite has got to be one of John sitting on his bed with a book. In the first picture he says "Hey, there's a lasagna under the bed!", and the next two are of him just reading the book.