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I didn't get much sleep last night because I opened my email at one o'clock in the morning. The Golden Rule of Email should be "never, ever, open your email when you're having trouble sleeping, because something you read might keep you up for the rest of the night." And it did.
The first click of the mouse was a delight. No problems there. My daughter sent me the nicest email and I was feeling all warm and fuzzy, thinking, 'Ah, that was so sweet.' But the feeling didn't last for long.
Unfortunately, when something feels good, I'm not content to just sit back and enjoy the "feeling good" part. No, I have to keep going. So I opened another email, assuming the "feel goods" would just keep rolling in, but they didn't. The next email was work related--never would have expected a problem, but then isn't that the worst kind?
My eyes at half mast, I was just beginning to think I'd go crawl back into bed and then "wham"--wait-a-minute, what did I just read?
That wasn't what we discussed and so I printed out the document, grabbed a highlighter and a red pen, and took my late night homework into the living room. One hour later, there were numerous bold scratches and notes on the documents, and I was wide awake at two in the morning. I tried to put the email out of my mind and concentrate on getting back to sleep, but no zzz's for me. And soon it was three o'clock in the morning.
Some people count sheep jumping over little white fences, but a football game is always a guaranteed snooze for me. When I break the Golden Email Rule, then it's time to break out my Emergency Sleeping Pill. My husband recorded a football game for occasions just like this one. So I popped the tape into the VCR and soon I was counting little pigskins sailing over the goal post and drifting off to sleep.
Thanks for reading with me. It's so good to read with friends.
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