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Sunday, June 22, 2003

How much is enough sleep? I slept in until after 10:30 this morning, which seems late (duh) until you realize that I didn't get to bed until well after 3:00 am. With that in mind, sleeping so late isn't all that unreasonable. That's about seven hours, almost as much as I get on two normal nights.

So why, I wonder, was I sound asleep at 5:00 this afternoon? That's only six and a half hours awake, after seven hours asleep. Now that does seem a little out there. Either I'm still trying to catch up, or — well, let's not thing of the alternatives. I'm still trying to catch up.

How much is enough food? I feasted on Saag's sausages at the game last night, my one indiscretion over the last week. I went back to my normal routine today, and yet I felt hungry most of the day. Not just hungry, but empty, hollow, and a little weak in the head. (Don't start.)

So I ate some ice cream and a cookie. That should help, right? (Surprised I had such items in my house? Me, too.) It didn't help at all, though. I feel a little top heavy, stumbling around with a head full of mush but empty down below. It seems like something other than hunger, but I don't want to contemplate what that might be.

I'm sure I'll be all right. I've had two very late nights and a lot of activity. I got way more sun and fresh air than I'm used to yesterday. This is just a course correction, something my body is doing to slow me down. It slowed me down to a stop today. All I did was sit and read, and watch the game and the race on TV. And sleep, of course, I did my share of that as well.

Tomorrow should be more like a normal day. If not, then I start contemplating the possibilities.

20 June 03

In the shade of the old oak.

How much is enough exercise? More than I got today, that's for sure. More than I get on any day, probably, but especially today. One thing, though. It's impossible to get less exercise than I did today and still claim to be a living, breathing human being. So I've got that much going for me.

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I did allow myself time today to watch Almodóvar's incredible film Talk to Her, for which he won the screenplay Oscar this year. It would be easy to say this is a movie about two comatose women and the men who love them. But it's really about communication and connections. It's about the way whether things are said or not said can affect our lives. It says that relationships are made between individuals, meaning they can sometimes fall outside the norms and definitions of society. It's a moving story with compelling characters, with all the tweaks and twists you'd expect from the imagination of a filmmaker like Almodóvar.

Recent recommendations can always be found on the links page.

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