In accepting this award, one is required to reveal five odd facts about themselves. There are so very many odd things about the insomniac it was a challenge trying to limit it to merely five. Besides (and you could almost consider this a bonus fact), the insomniac doesn't care for the number five and so increased her list to six. And although her preference really would have been to list thirteen (because that IS her special lucky number) she felt if that many unusual things were divulged, you would no longer be thinking, “Oh, how delightfully quirky that insomniac is!” and would instead be saying, “Wow, that poor woman could really use some professional help.”
- The insomniac really is an insomniac. While some weeks are worse than others, more often than not she wakes up around 2:00 a.m. no matter what time she goes to sleep, stays up until around 6:00 then heads back to bed for a few more hours of shut-eye. As she doesn't like taking medicine, the insomnia has become part of her regular routine and really doesn't bother her anymore. Except for the past year of working office contract jobs when the alarm was set for 5:30 a.m. That was difficult.
- Practically everything moves the insomniac to tears - beautiful music, a piece of art, a thoughtful gesture, certain long distance phone commercials - it's quite embarrassing, really. It was a regular sob fest when the offspring were small and we watched Disney movies all the time.
- Even though the insomniac swears like a sailor, she doesn't care for foul language in written form. She will refrain from reading a book or blog if there's swearing - unless it's humorous, which somehow makes it okay. Verbal profanity is perfectly acceptable. Except in public places.
- She is a stickler for the truth. Therefore, everything you read in this blog is true - some things might be slightly downplayed and some slightly exaggerated, but they are always based on truth. If she jokes about being a hoarder, it's because she is. If she casually mentions she might have a small eBay addiction, it's because she does. If she said last week she took 33 books to the second-hand bookstore, rest assured she counted them first.
- Many social situations strike absolute terror into the insomniac's heart. Things such as meeting friends but having to walk into the restaurant or bar by herself to find them, attending a party where there will be people she doesn't know, public speaking (public being defined as a gathering of more than three people) - these and countless other situations can cause many sleepless nights. In the past, she has been known to go to the washroom during a party and then been too frightened to come out, remaining in there for hours until after everyone has left. And it's not like that was a one-time occurrence, either. Despite her social anxieties, she loves working retail and talking to total strangers. Go figure.
- And lastly, the insomniac detests having her picture taken, and since she generally controls the camera is almost always able to delete photos of herself before anyone else gets a chance to see them. And one day, when the offspring are reminiscing, they will say to one another, “I can't remember what our Sainted Mother looked like, can you? There aren't very many pictures of her. I seem to recall she was very VERY pretty though.”
Number 6 might actually be one of the insomniac's more useful idiosyncrasies ...
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams ... as for herself, most likely lying wide awake tonight worrying whether she's managed to unintentionally miss somebody else who may have nominated her for something. Goodnight, my pretties.
PostScript: Laura, thank you for recently selecting the insomniac as a recipient for the Gargie Award. She still feels terrible about that time she asked to be excused when you tagged her for the Liebster Award. Although in her defense, that award was complicated!