June 18th, 2007

Kero asleep

Sleep the Hell Out of It

Dunno if it's the various meds I'm on, the exercise routine, or what, but for the past few days I've been sleeping deeply, thoroughly, and enthusiastically, to the point where no matter how much sleep I get, it's a brutal slog to climb out of it up to "awake", and then takes me about an hour once I'm up and moving around to have a fully functional brain.

The problem is, once I'm up, I am still sleepy and spend the day trying to stave off the desire for a nap. And if I do succumb and take a nap, it's Bam! straight into deep R.E.M. sleep, and another 30+ minute slog to drag myself back out of bed again.

Not sure what to make of it; it might also be a reaction to the warmer weather. Whatever it is, I wish it would leave me alone. I've always resented sleep as it is for taking up 7+ hours of time I might be spending on something I want to do daily, plus extra on the weekends. If it's going to be 8.5+ hours plus large chunks of my weekend, plus beating me up about it, things are going to turn ugly.

-The Gneech
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Happy Birthday, tyrnn and ceruleanst!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk) -- but since there's two of you, you'll have to share!

out of gathers
In distress, like a woman's dress, whose gathers or pleats have become unfastened.
--Albert Hyamson's Dictionary of English Phrases, 1922

Dr. Johnson's Dictionary Begun
On this date in 1746, Samuel Johnson signed a contract to create his landmark dictionary, which would not be published for another nine years. Johnson initially believed that an important aspect of his role was "to correct ... improprieties and absurdities" found in everyday usage. In the end, however, he admitted that his lofty goals were unattainable. Nevertheless, Johnson had a remarkable influence on English in other ways, such as the reduction of spelling and pronunciation variants and the establishment of literature as a tool for tracing linguistic history. Johnson, who suffered from chronic depression and once intimated that he had dreamed of being a poet but awoke horrified to find himself a lexicographer, lamented in the plan for his dictionary, "Of all the candidates for literary praise, the unhappy lexicographer holds the lowest place." He also carped, "Such is the state of hapless lexicography, that not only darkness but light impedes and distresses it."

Oh, Johnson. You're such a scamp!

-The Gneech

PS: Happy belated birthday to kamau_d_lyon, who for his birthday gets Klingon karaoke!
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