Can’t Sleep

This is our Christmas tree, which I photographed tonight as sleep eluded me. Note the excellent sunstars around the bright points of light, thanks to my choice of the 20mm AF Nikkor, a lens with seven straight aperture blades.
This is our Christmas tree, which I photographed tonight as sleep eluded me. Note the excellent sunstars around the bright points of light, thanks to my choice of the 20mm AF Nikkor, a lens with seven straight aperture blades.

“Can’t anyone in this family sleep?” ~My sister Nicole, 2009

I have battled insomnia all my life. There’s nothing unusual about my insomnia… like so many others, I find it difficult to shut off the chatter in my brain. My wife Abby complains of this, as does my friend Wil Fry. (Read about his insomnia here.)

Tonight was an odd one. I fell asleep as Abby and I watched Criminal Minds on Netflix. It’s a second-tier show for us, but in the past few weeks we’ve been watching it off and on to cleanse our viewing pallets after watching something intense: The Godfather trilogy, most recently.

I was in bed by 10:30, but at about 2:30, I was wide awake. There were several things on my mind, including a potential conflict at work that, while not affecting me directly, will have an impact on my work situation.

Abby came to bed soon after I woke up. She’d been crafting a crochet project and didn’t want to put it down until she solved certain problems, which she did. At that point we both read for a while (me on my iPad and her on her Kindle), but it didn’t put me out as I’d hoped.

Abby can’t sleep if she gets too cold, and I can’t sleep if I get too hot, and there is a very narrow margin of temperature in which we are both comfortable.

So here I am, trying to read something political to bore me back to sleep, but it’s not working. Part of the problem might be that I chose to read about the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which is actually quite interesting. But then I noticed a system upgrade had crashed on one of our laptop computers, and my heels itched, and I had the sniffles. (If I go to bed with the sniffles, I will wake Abby.)

I made a couple of images of Christmas lights, with only marginal success. And I am writing this entry.

I also photographed these Christmas lights with my Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro. I couldn't get the autofocus to behave, so I focused it myself.
I also photographed these Christmas lights with my Tokina 100mm f/2.8 macro. I couldn’t get the autofocus to behave, so I focused it myself.
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7 Comments

  1. I am EXTREMELY curious to know what you thought about The Godfather, which I have recommended often to you.

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  2. I totally get that response, but I don’t think anyone watches the movies to identify with the characters. It’s such a convincing and fascinating portrait of the world of criminals, and Michael Corleone (Pacino) is a very compelling, tragic character. Part II has several great scenes, especially the one where Robert Duvall talks the guy in prison into killing himself (without ever explicitly doing so). Part III I could take or leave, in its entirety.

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  3. Just finished watching the Godfather myself, so decided to re-read the book. Puzo very wisely omitted from his screenplay a long, boring subplot involving Johnny Fontane. I’m still waiting to see where on earth he plans to go with this.

    Your heels itch? Is it a moisture problem?

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