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The advantages of staying up early

Permalink 08/12/10 at 03:43:44 am, by Ed, 537 words   English (US)
Categories: General, Dreams of a phenytoin addict

I don't know if my recent bout of waking up early is due to my new meds or if I was just sleeping later on my old meds, but suffice it to say, I woke up at 4:30 this morning with no intention of going back to sleep. This has been going on for awhile now (ever since I started my new medication), and I never used to wake up in the middle of the night, but I don't know if that's just normal for somebody my age in my circumstances and I just haven't noticed because I've been on sleep-inducing pills for the past few years, or if my new medication causes insomnia. It's not like I couldn't get to sleep, I just can't get back to sleep after waking up.

But a few good things came from waking up this early: First, I was able to sit in our new comfy chair, which I would never get a chance to do if Bridget were awake. The second thing is a bit more embarrassing and frankly stunning to me.

You see, over the course of the summer, when we wake up, we found that our driveway was always wet. We assumed that, since our sprinkler system isn't set to run automatically at all, it must be the dew or something, running off into our driveway. But we also noticed that our lawn is a lot greener and fuller this year than it was last year. Can you guess why? It's because every day, that's right, every single day since I turned the sprinkler system on, at 5:00 in the morning, our sprinkler system did in fact activate, watering our lawn every single day for the past few months, including the days when it was, in fact, raining at the same time.

Believe me, this is not something we set up. Last year, all of the automatic systems were turned completely off, but somehow by the time this summer rolled around, the schedule got set to run every day at 5:00 in the morning, when we'd never have a chance to catch it, and so we may never have realized it was happening except that I happened to look out the window with about 30 seconds left before it was done and noticed that it was running.

Now, there's a city ordinance stating that Thou Shalt Not Water Thy Lawn On Off Days Or At Certain Times Of Day. Off Days, for us, include odd-numbered days (i.e. every other day), and Certain Times Of Day include any time before 8:00 AM, between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM, and after 9:00 PM.

So... whoops! But hey, at least the dead patch in our front lawn is gone. I suppose now that I've turned it off, the dead patch will come back. At least we won't have to mow the lawn so much any more.

The other reason I'm making this post is because the "Dreams of a phenytoin addict" category really doesn't apply any more, since I'm now on... veritaserum or something. Levetiracetam, actually, I think. Which doesn't induce strange dreams. Probably because I'm awake instead. Righting the wrongs of the evil-doers who disobey city ordinances willy-nilly. Which is mostly just me at this point.

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