Night Thoughts

July 17th, 2009

I’m a Dusk person, not a Dawn person. I’m Saturday Night Live versus CBS Sunday Morning. I hate the Damocles sword of an alarm clock hanging over my consciousness when I go to bed. I find it hard to make it to early morning meetings. I almost have to sleep in my workout clothes in order to get to an a.m. spinning class. I try to eat breakfast every day, but I don’t really love solid food before my soul has had time to resettle in my body after wandering all night God knows where. But when the day begins to wind down, I wake up. I look forward to leaving my shoes at the door, taking a shower, putting on PJs and sauteing onions in olive oil when I come home from work. If I go out, the conviviality of Happy Hour makes me feel like I’m living in Hemingway’s Paris. I love the evening news, technicolor sunsets in winter, dinner parties, gentle shadows that soothe the tired earth, reading until 2am, thunderstorms that wake me up in the dark and night-owl guardian angels who watch over me when I finally turn out the lights.

7 Responses to “Night Thoughts”

  1. Sheila says:

    BEAUTY! I know how you feel and wish I could have put it in words as lovely. I love when we go back from daylight savings time in the Fall and when I lived/worked in suburban Chicago I adored the ride home from the train, passing homes with the warm yellow light glowing through their windows and the life glimpsed inside.

  2. m. heart says:

    I'm exactly the same way, truly awake when I finally get home from work and unable to wind down in time to go to bed at a reasonable hour. So the cycle of not having enough sleep goes on indefinitely…

  3. notmassproduced says:

    yeah – I'm a night bunny too – perhaps that's when you'll write ur bestseller.

  4. Allegra Smith says:

    no sounds, no people, no telephones, the puppies asleep, dressing gown made of memories uninterrupted, who could say the same about the morning? Like you, I just simply cannot get myself asleep before the coming dawn most of the time.

    I think my Circadian clock, like me, goes on against the common tide. Sleep be damned, there will be enough time for that later…

  5. Anonymous says:

    ditto. ditto. ditto. (and let's go to paris please). x

  6. frida says:

    This photo is dusk in Tuscany and I want to do one in Paris!

  7. magpie says:

    just found your blog by way of Dispatch from L.A. and i'm looking forward to many hours of delight. love your voice. love your way of putting things together.

    here's a taos dusk for you
    http://www.pbase.com/magpiejst/image/31633751