Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Awoke at 5:30 am, two hours ahead of my scheduled wakeup, with the distinct sense of a cloud having lifted. Then I tried to get back to sleep and failed until about 7:29, after which I began hitting the 9-minute* snooze for nearly two more hours. But when I really did get up and--skipping shower and proper breakfast--began immediately working, I did find that I feel like myself again. How odd! Yet how familiar.

It's such a discrete phenomenon. I'm beginning to wonder if this has had anything to do with the new type of pill I was forced to switch to this year, after the one I had been taking for [ahem] 19 years (!!) was discontinued. (If that doesn't make a person feel old, I don't know what would.)

Now that I think of it, the very first pill I originally tried made me (and several of my friends) severely depressed after a specific amount of time. It took us each individually a while to figure out what was going on and switch to a different brand, as we all initially assumed we were just going nuts, as women tend to believe when we are unhappy. We only found out later that all of us had had the exact same experience with that particular pill.

I can't wait until they get that male pill developed!

Not that there's much motivation for researchers to do so, and anyway it'll be too late for me by then, boo-hoo. But I do have all these younger sisters, and some of them are bound to turn out hetero.

Anyway, I'm feeling like a human being again instead of a ringwraith, and not a moment too soon. I want to have fun on my birthday! (Even if that just means lounging around watching VH1's Worst Metal Videos.) I want to be vicariously delighted by TheLimey's opening his various extremely thoughtful and pleasant gifts from me! I want chocolate cake with no frosting! (An odd preference that we curiously share.)

So take that, depression.


*Why are all snoozes set for 9 minutes? Why not 10, or 5, or 15?

11 comments:

Andrew said...

Why NOT nine minutes? What are you, a base ten elitist?

I'm glad you're feeling better. And I'd warn those little sisters about the so-called male birth control bill if/when in comes on the market. "Uh...yeah! Of course I'm taking that pill, sweetie! Don't worry about it!"

The Limey said...

The software for the clock is probably written by the ancestor of the bloke who will write the software for the beverage dispenser system on the Enterprise.

Yes, I'm looking forward to them myself. Sooo...when is your birthday again?

liz said...

Looking forward to what--the male pill? The Birthdays? The presents? The Enterprise beverages?!

When is it?!

Not a minute too soon, Mister, that's when.

liz said...

...And as far as trusting men with birth control, are you saying that women are simply more trustworthy?! It's certainly been a pretty one-sided operation the past 50 or so years. (And anyway, by the time they get to the point of not using Other Forms of Protection, they had better trust the guy at least a little bit.)

Big Al said...

9 minutes? That's an odd number - my alarm has a 7 minute snooze. Which of course, is also an odd number. And a prime number to boot. I'm not sure where I'm going with this, but it's good to hear you're feeling better. Hope you have a great birthday.

Liddy said...

Add one more to the count of "girls gone mad on the pill." Ack Ack Ack. And no one warns you that it might happen!

liz said...

I do sometimes ask my female clients about that, especially if they are young and just starting out on them.

Because, yes, no one warns you ahead of time! Well, the small print of the literature does, but we're so used to overlooking risks in small print.

liz said...

What?!! A 7-minute snooze? I have never, ever seen one. Honestly. What is going on? And why are all the numbers so non-intuitive?

Mark said...

Snooze Button? My alarm clock just has an on/off and I nolonger trust myself not to switch it off and go back to sleep. I have scheduled winamp to start blaring music a 7:00 every morning which seems to do the trick *grin*.

Ian said...

Hmmm...cake...

argotnaut said...

Chocolate cake with no frosting? All right then, I guess we ARE related after all.