Getting Ready for Bed
Situation: Your day is done, and you are ready for some sleep.
If This was New York: It’s about midnight, but you’re still so wound up from your day that going to sleep seems impossible. Still, the hours between midnight and seven AM are the hours you put on your schedule for sleep, so you have to honor that or else the rest of your week is going to be screwed up.
You start by doing the dishes in the sink. This isn’t because you’re OCD, it’s because the only sink in your apartment is in the kitchen and you need a place to brush your teeth. As you brush them, you take care not to smack your head on the cupboards.
You then wash your face and take a sleeping pill. You look out the window to see if it is cloudy. If it is, it means that the planes on approach to La Guardia will be flying a little lower than normal. Since they go right over your head, this can make a big difference in how you sleep. If it is cloudy, you’ll put in a pair of ear plugs.
As you make your way to the bedroom, you do a casual check of the mouse traps to make sure they are still set. It’s been awhile since you’ve heard a mouse, but you can never be too careful. You once again have that passing dialog in your head if it would just be better to get a pet cat, but then you remember that would mean having to maintain a litter box in that tiny apartment, and you’ll never forget how awful your friend’s place smelled.
Climbing into bed you remember that you never set an alarm, but then you remember that it’s a week day and the construction site across the street will start up at 6:30 tomorrow, and the jack hammering will wake you up before the alarm would, anyway. As you start to drift off, you incorporate the sounds of the homeless guy on the street yelling about his uncle into your dream. It’s going to be a good night.
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