Pieces of the Wisdom, there.

I am typing you with a Henry on my lap.

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Yes, I AM still wearing Marvin's cowboy robe. Sue me.

Do you know what I love? Henry's one white tip on his kitty ear.

Anyway, it is Pieces of Widdom, and who adores herself for saying "Widdom," and today's question was inspired by cranky Marvin. Last night we were just settling down for a short autumn's nap.

"Muffin?" I asked. I call him Muffin. He will be delighted that you know this.

And here is the thing. Old Muffin, there, is never reachable the first time you address him. Whether you call him on the phone, get locked out and knock on the door, address him in another room, are trapped under something heavy, whatever. I think it's a control thing, or he's deaf as a doornail, but whatever it is, he will NEVER respond on your first try.

So you will be shocked to hear that he did not answer my, "Muffin."

"Muffinmuffinmuffinmuffinmuffinmuffin!" I said then. I mean, what choice did I have? I won't be IGNORED, Dan.

"Whaaat?" he groused.

"What should I ask for my Pieces of Wisdom question tomorrow?" I mean, don't you think he probably felt bad then, when he heard how important my query was?

"Why don't you ask people how much sleep they get?" he asked.

"Okay!"

"Because I'm not getting any, with your constant yammering, over there."

What a grump.

So, how much sleep do you get a night? I get eight hours. Because I am a good citizen that way. Except last night Edsel had to pee at 3:20 a.m. and then I couldn't fall back asleep, and now I am a trifle groggy.

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I had to take this picture with my iPone, because I have a Henry on my lap, but is he looking…bigger? When we got him, he was the exact size of Winston, and today I noticed he is distinctly taller than poor Win. The way this picture is blurry, it's like I captured Bigfoot on film or something. Bigpup.

Okay, tell all. And tomorrow I will report our results with my ERASE BOARD, whoever it is who gets upset when I don't use the erase board. Is that Juice? I forget. Someone gets ants in her pantaloons over it.

Someone LOSES SLEEP over it. Bah!

(Oh! And next week, we will have a Very Special Pieces of Wisdom, where we dissect Hulk's wardrobe. Hulk, is it okay if we have a Very Special POW where we dissect your wardrobe? You have to take a bunch of pictures of your clothes. And be sure to send me those huge photos like you like to send. Thanks.)

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Author: June

At one point, I was sort of hot, in a "she's 27 and probably a 7" kind of a way. Now I'm old and have to develop a charming personality. Guess how that's going.

133 thoughts on “Pieces of the Wisdom, there.”

  1. I think Edsel will be the biggest Chihuahua EVER. He is all kinds of cute!!
    Sunday ~ Thursday I sleep between 6 & 7 hours because our youngest Munroe plays volleyball & her jackhole of a coach has practice at 6 friggen 45 in the a.m. It is still dark when I take that kid to school. That should be against the law.
    Friday & Saturday nights I shoot for 10-12 hours. Sleeping in is EVERYTHING on the weekends!!!!
    For the life of me, I don’t understand morning people. Nothing good happens before noon anyway.

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  2. Oh I hope someone with Photoshop skills can make us a paper doll of Hulk with his outfits and all the outfits will have those foldy tabs and we can dress and undress Hulk all day.
    I can fall asleep, no problem. It’s staying asleep that’s the trick. Simon likes to hone his powers at night; currently he is working on transversing the entire bedroom without ever touching the floor. So he usually wakes me up when something is sent crashing to the floor. Then I’m awake and I see that Mr. H&B is watching True Crime about how a husband killed his wife and got away with it, and that fucker is practically taking notes, so I have to sleep with one eye open for the rest of the night.

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  3. Oh I hope someone with Photoshop skills can make us a paper doll of Hulk with his outfits and all the outfits will have those foldy tabs and we can dress and undress Hulk all day.
    I can fall asleep, no problem. It’s staying asleep that’s the trick. Simon likes to hone his powers at night; currently he is working on transversing the entire bedroom without ever touching the floor. So he usually wakes me up when something is sent crashing to the floor. Then I’m awake and I see that Mr. H&B is watching True Crime about how a husband killed his wife and got away with it, and that fucker is practically taking notes, so I have to sleep with one eye open for the rest of the night.

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  4. Oh I hope someone with Photoshop skills can make us a paper doll of Hulk with his outfits and all the outfits will have those foldy tabs and we can dress and undress Hulk all day.
    I can fall asleep, no problem. It’s staying asleep that’s the trick. Simon likes to hone his powers at night; currently he is working on transversing the entire bedroom without ever touching the floor. So he usually wakes me up when something is sent crashing to the floor. Then I’m awake and I see that Mr. H&B is watching True Crime about how a husband killed his wife and got away with it, and that fucker is practically taking notes, so I have to sleep with one eye open for the rest of the night.

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  5. With a six week old baby (I know there is supposed to be a hyphen or two in there – feel free to enlighten me, June), I am cobbling together as much sleep as possible by supplementing each pitiful night’s sleep with naps. Baby has recently been blessing me with 4 uninterrupted hours before she needs to eat again, followed by 2.5 or 3, which isn’t bad, really, compared to a few weeks ago. It’s the fact that her night’s sleep starts at 2 am (having been awake and playful since 10pm) that kills me. In the past though, I discovered that 8 hours is perfect for me. Too much more and I wake up with a headache, feeling groggy.
    I also do not get up to pee at night. Even when I was pregnant, I got up maybe once, max, every night.
    My mom used to struggle to fall asleep because she was thinking too much. Now she keeps a small notebook next to her bed, writes down what ever is consuming her thoughts, and lets it go until the morning. She falls asleep a lot faster now. My husband drowns out his thoughts with TV. Luckily, I fall asleep easily in most situations. I have been known to fall asleep sitting up at the table or at my desk, and definitely every time I’m riding in the car (as a passenger!).

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  6. I used to burn the old wax on both ends and holler “get me more wick, yo!” Got up ridiculously early and went to bed fantastically late. Then I hit a “certain age” and my sleep habits changed overnight. Now I hit the hay at 9pm, read for an hour (or four minutes) and then I’m gone till morning.
    We also eat like 85 year olds. Dinner is over by 5:30. The unexpected side effect – I sleep way better and rarely have to get up at night to visit the loo. The only sleep issues I have are when I’m sick. But since I met my friend Nyquil, sleepless sick nights are a thing of the past. And the rule is once you open a fresh bottle you gotta drink it all. So, many nights of bliss. Then I go to rehab and get my head straight.

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  7. I usually get around 5 hours, because my kids TAKE TURNS coming in to wake me up for ridiculous things…but I have discovered about myself that 9 hours and 45 minutes is the perfect amount of sleep. That is how long I must sleep before I can wake up without an alarm. Or, maybe that is just making up for the gajillion missed hours? I don’t know why we bought those kids beds anyway. They never stay in them!

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  8. Joann – I hate your bladder. I wake up and run to the bathroom about every two hours. I think I am still asleep though…and I am often awake all night long thinking about stupid stuff – like buying new tennis shoes for my son, or scheduling dentist appointments, or buying dog food…so I love that idea, Diane! I’m gonna try it.
    By the way, speaking of peeing at night (we were, weren’t we?) one time when my husband drank a wee bit too much and had to go to the bathroom, he dreamed that he did but he really peed in our bed. I was NOT happy. At. All. But I did get a brand spanking new temperpedic mattress out of it, and he didn’t dare say a word about how much it cost. And I do love this mattress.
    TMI?

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  9. June, our first baby is due tomorrow and I remember thinking that interrupted sleep would start happening after she was able to make noise. How foolish of me. Sweet girl can’t tell time from inside my belly, but has a habit of trying to fight her way out like a flock of ninjas every morning from 3am to 5am. It’s amazing how regular she is about it. There’s no sleeping through a flock of ninjas, let me tell you.
    So most nights I get sleep from 10 to 2 or 3, and then really great sleep from 6 to 8. 6 to 8 is when all the snoring and drooling happens, which I am sure makes my husband extra glad he knocked me up in the first place, but at this point I hardly care – the great sleep is worth the humiliation!

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  10. Never enough. Usually try for 8, but… valerian root helps me to sleep too, and is more natural. I love my cat, she does NOT wake me up ever. In fact, she’s right with me when I hit the snooze bar for an hour! Yeah, not a morning person no matter how much sleep I get.

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  11. Thank god my dog has a bladder of steel. Couldn’t handle having to let him out in the middle of the night. So many of you middle of the night pee’ers out there. Only when I was pregnant. Now, if I get in a laughing fit I have been known to wee a bit. Or if I sneeze too hard.
    What is this Melantonin stuff? Does it help with anxiety? I could use help getting to sleep sometimes.
    I’m so excited about dressing Hulk! I would join Joann in jumping up and down but I might wee. Full nudity is good with me Hulk. We could make you into a colorform on our screens!

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  12. To Ells, who is anticipating her first baby tomorrow, while at the same time “looks forward to sleeping soundly again…”
    AHHH….HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…

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  13. How much sleep? Not nearly enough. Could explain the weight gain. I get up between 5:30 and 6 a.m. during the week. I get to sleep between 11 p.m. and 12:15 a.m. I am a night person, always have been. Does not work with a public school job nor for a mom who has to transport a child to h.s for at least one more year before reporting to said public school job. Why does school start so early???

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  14. I need nine hours of sleep, but rarely get it. It takes forever for me to fall asleep, then I wake up often to turn over and go to the bathroom. Getting older is a pain in the rear.
    Loved the photo of sweet Henry. Your comment about Muffin Marvin’s cowboy robe that matches his cowboy pj’s cracked me up.
    Also, too I waved as we drove through Greensboro on our way to VA.

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  15. To Hulk, who mocks:
    I said someday! Like maybe when she’s 26 and married so someone else can worry about her? I don’t know when this day will come, but I sure look forward to it. Are you sleeping soundly yet? I am truly curious. Perhaps by the time kids are old enough to not wake parents up in the middle of the night the bladder stuff kicks in. It’s all downhill from here, I guess.

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  16. Els…CONGRATS! Hr’s to a short and as pain free delivery as possible!
    Diane ~ 6 weeks? Awww. Love me soe newborn sweetness.
    My bladder is currently attached to a catheter. One would think that would allow me to sleep through the night. Um. No. I have to get up twice to empty the danged thing. Dang it.

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  17. Again I bow humbly before the Queen, Paula H&B. You slay me.

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  18. Again I bow humbly before the Queen, Paula H&B. You slay me.

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  19. Again I bow humbly before the Queen, Paula H&B. You slay me.

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  20. I get anywhere between 5 and 8 hours of sleep depending on my restless bladder syndrom. Like faithful reader whose legs clock in at 112 a minute that is the number of times I go pee an hour. So there is the getting up and peeing and then there is the obsessive need to check facebook and see what June is doing and the dogs needing to pee…Ok make that 30-45 minutes a night.

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  21. Six if I’m lucky. (Are we supposed to write 6 or six? I was taught to write it out if it’s under ten. I don’t know if that’s still the thing.) Usually it’s more like four or five, and then on the weekends I might get eight hours. Before I had kids I probably got 11 hours a night. I was very tired.

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