Friday, September 02, 2022


My mom told me that her dad told her that Napoleon Bonaparte could will himself to wake at whatever time he wanted to by repeating the time firmly to himself before he went to bed. I don't know why this handy knack needs to come prefaced by Bonaparte because I would guess that most people (like me) don't particularly want to conquer swathes of Europe or be imprisoned. (Also, I just googled and can't find anything that supports this factoid. What did my early-twentieth-century grandfather in India know that the rest of the world doesn't?!? Ha.)

For the most part I can will myself to wake when I want to too. I'm up 5-ish most days, but I can make myself wake up whenever it is that travel or work necessitate. I always still set an alarm as a backup though.

Anyway, all of this to say, I'm not setting an alarm tonight and I'll wake up when I wake up. I do have an orientation to run tomorrow, but it only starts in the afternoon. The first week back after summer and sabbatical has been... a lot.

Pic: Fuzzy parking lot sunset clouds. 


Nicole said...

It sounds like you really, really need some sleep. I almost always wake up before my alarm, and I've heard that "willing yourself to wake up" thing and I think I can do it too (I didn't know it was a Napoleon thing though). Hope you got some rest.

StephLove said...

Happy slumbers. I hope it's restorative.

maya said...

Sleep was delicious, friends! (I woke up naturally at 6:30 and watched the sunrise from bed.)

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