The night Ritual
Posted on 2006/01/05 01:09:31 (January 2006).
[4th January 2006]
There isn't much that I have done today, I have seen Marta off to her home in Filottrano, she is going to spend there some time before going back to work in Varese.
Needless to say that neither of us were happy of parting again, but on the other side there is little that can be done, you need to work, so it was time for her to go.
More free space for me on the other side, though in the last month I have been unable to use all the time that I had, so it feels like if I arrived in Florence only recently.
Tonight I went out for a late show at the movies, watched an italian comedy with Francesco and Elisa, it was good, we had a lot of laughs and the evening went by quickly.
Back home I had to begin preparations for the usual "Night Ritual", I slowly got to call it like that because it feels like there are a certain sets of things that I need to do in order to go to bed.
Originally it was devised to get the clock at least at 2 AM, as I am not sleeping a lot it means that I wake up at 5ish, I can put the usual bag of ice on the knee, and get back to sleep until 9/10ish, as the pain seems to subside after 7am a little.
Now the knee is better, but the ritual is still there.
First of all I watch some tv, have a drink of water and start filling the bath.
Half way through the filling I add some bath salts and bath foam, get all the night clothes in the bathroom and turn on the electric heater for additional warmth.
In the meantime I check my mails, browse the Internet a little and start preparing the bed.
More Tv is required as the bath takes some time to fill up, I smoke a fag or two. It's strange, when I got here it was already 3 months that I quit on smoking, I seem to have picked it up again, bad habits are hard to die, but I am sure that when I am mentally stronger I will stop again.
Then it's bath time, after which I get to bed, read a little and start sleeping.
It's a strange feeling because there were nights where I could sleep more than the usual 3 hours, and the rest of the day was spent trying to remember what I have done exactly so that I could re-create the same conditions.
I know perfectly well that it's nothing to do with what I "do" but it's a mental attitude, there are nights when I am more sleep-prone and others when I am definitely more nervous, but in a way the little "Ritual" helps me in focusing on the task ahead, helps me relaxing, so I guess it's a good thing to do!
Now it's time to enter the bath!
Good night everyone!
Sweet dreams Loxy!
I am keeping my fingers
crossed that you are
comfortably in the land
of nod as I write...
Posted by John at 2006/01/07 03:50:26.
Actually that night was rather ok as I managed a whopper 4 hours sleep before waking up... It seems thta things are getting a little better, thanks anyways for the wishes and poetry!:) (how much alchool inducted is the poem?)
Posted by Lox at 2006/01/07 10:03:33.
Actually it wasn't intended to look like a peom (although I am quite pleased with the result) - I was posting from my mobile which has a very small screen so I had to press "return" a lot more than I normally would! It is an odd coincidence that that message has come out looking a bit poetic!
Posted by John at 2006/01/07 14:49:23.
Me and Chie's family went to Sushi Tei tonight (that same chain of sushi restaurants that you, me and Chie went to in Hiroshima when you came to visit us last summer), and I was trying to explain in my very bad Japanese about your cruciate ligament problem - the best I could manage was "rorenzo-san no ashi ga mondai arimasu, dakara nikagetsu gurai yasumi". Anyway, they all sent their best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Posted by John at 2006/01/07 14:55:02.
Oh and Chie's little sister (Yukachan) is very keen to meet you!
I really hope you have a chance to come to Japan again soon (and not at the same time that I have to bugger off to Seattle!).
Posted by John at 2006/01/07 15:06:07.
When are you bugging off to Seattle? Actually I won't be in Japan until April, but I have to say that if I don't come at all is better because it means that I have changed job sucessfully!! On the other side If I change job and stay in textile I will still come.
Posted by Lox at 2006/01/08 22:45:49.
I will be delighted in meetin Chie's sister! Is she living in Hiroshima? Of ocurse not,otherwise I would have met her last Summer... DOH!
Posted by Lox at 2006/01/08 22:46:40.