Nighttime is my time.

It’s a beautiful night: 71, slightly breezy, and not a sound, save for the occasional car passing by the road outside my house and the noise my cats make as they run through the grass chasing who-knows-what. I’m sitting on my patio in the dark, and it’s wonderful.

I was thinking today about when I was a little kid. In particular, about how I always used to have apple juice when I ate pretzels. Now, whenever I eat pretzels, I want apple juice. I bring that up because, when I look at my little sisters, especially the youngest (four years old), I can’t believe some of the things she does. When she sits in a chair, she always has her legs crossed. She is so polite, and always asks how our day has been. She says the funniest things, and sometimes I can’t believe she’s only four.

My life seems so dull. I don’t have a steady job, I have nothing to do during the day, so my sleep schedule has become that of the fireflies my cats so love to swat. I guess for anyone else, a nocturnal schedule would be annoying and pointless. What is there to do at night? Everything closes at 9pm, and everyone’s asleep. True. But that’s what I like about it. My house is very noisy during the day, and my room provides no solitude because it’s right next to the stairs. There are nine people living in my house, not including the kids we frequently babysit or the friends who come to visit. The nighttime, specifically after midnight, is the only time that it’s truly quiet in my house. On the sleep schedule I have now, I can sleep during prime noise hours, and be awake during the quiet hours. And when those hours overlap, I can play with my family and practice piano. The days that I actually have to do something in the morning, I just alter my schedule a little bit. It’s a pretty good way of living. It may confound you that I like the quiet, considering most people know me to be quite energetic and talkative, but I can only take so much. Living 24-7 with noise is too much.

I have an update on goal #18: We aren’t taking a road trip just yet. My cousin will be out of town until the 27th, so we’re postponing the trip until July. It will happen though!



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