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Three O’Clock Musings

Part of the problem is that for a few days I am totally on my own – without AdventureMan, my life is more free-form. So if I fall asleep at 7 p.m. who cares? As long as I get seven hours of sleep, it isn’t a health issue, is it? Does it matter when you get your sleep? I awoke shortly after I went to sleep however, my bed was shaking – was it just me? No, my bookstand was also rattling, and it went on for what seemed like a long time. Got my adrenelin pumping, but maybe it was just my imagination, not an earthquake. It FELT like an earthquake.

AdventureMan calls at 9:00 pm, we talk, we say goodbye and I read until 10, but am able then to go back to sleep. And then, at 2:30 am, I am wide awake. I didn’t sleep all day yesterday, but neither did I go out – most of the day I was feeling that dopey-almost dizzy headachy kind of feeling when your body knows it is supposed to be sleeping. Not a good time to be out on the road. šŸ˜‰ I don’t want to endanger my Kuwaiti friends!

So I make myself stay in bed, but I can hear a roaring sound. Is someone pouring gravel, because that is what I think I am hearing? After a while, because I can, I get up and make a pot of coffee, close the kitchen door so the Qatteri Cat can’t come in, and go out on the balcony. No traffic, but I can still hear that roaring. I look out – and it is the pounding surf, I am hearing, one of my most favorite sounds in the world. There is a chilly wind, it seems to be coming from the east, and the pounding surf. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.

AdventureMan and I laugh – we both relish our time on our own – but only for a short time, and then it gets old. We talk a couple times a day or more on the phone; it isn’t the same. We have such great conversations, when we are in the same room together, or even the same city or the same country! I wonder what my life would be like without him, and I can honestly say it would be calmer, less complicated, quieter . . . and that I would miss him terribly.

He tells me his life would be more chaotic – empty refrigerator, clothes on the floor, that without me (nagging) to remind him of things, his life falls apart on the domestic front. I believe it!

I think I get over jet lag faster, though, when he is around to provide my life with greater structure. I WANT to get back on local time, but I succumb to temptation when he is not around, I take the easy way, I don’t make so much effort to adapt. I have to admit, three o’clock in the morning is MY time. I’m not the kind of night-owl who wants to stay up this late, but I love sleeping early and getting up this early, as long as I don’t have anywhere to be or anything to do in the next few days that requires my attention. At three in the morning, the world is mine!

*shares the sound of the pounding surf*

The Qatteri Cat follows me around, so happy to have his house-companion (me) back. We watches for me to sit, and if I have been running around (doing inexplicable things like unpacking, doing laundry, etc) he complains, after all – who wouldn’t rather be snuggling up with the Qatteri Cat? When I sit to blog, he snuggles as close as he can and does his singing purr . . . it’s a normal cat purr, but with the added element of cat joy; it sounds like he is singing and purring at the same time. Life is sweet.

Is it it just me, or is the internet running slowly?

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December 8, 2007 - Posted by | Communication, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Relationships, Travel | , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Internet is bumpy on and off…
    To access my blog I have to use the IE and I have no idea why.

    Yes, I love early morning hours too.
    I love to be at the beach at 5 a.m., but not now, just too dark šŸ˜¦
    I have been a night all for many years, the party night owl type, but not anymore.
    Since hubby, I get to sleep early most days, because he has to get up early to go to work and I make BF and coffee for him and pack his Lunch.
    After that I stay up too and well, be at the Computer, after taking care of the dogs for the first round of the day šŸ˜‰

    Take these days as a vacation from the normal schedule šŸ˜‰

    Comment by rainmountain | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. I too enjoy the solitude and sense of only having myself to take care of when hubby is gone. I really like being able to read the night away if the book is good enough and falling asleep at 4 am. However, the dog is always there to make me get up. Fortunately lately he has been enjoying sleeping in some. I think it is because the days are so short and it is darker later in the morning. But a week is long enough and then I crave the man and the schedule again.
    Enjoy, Sister!

    Comment by momcat | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. *yawn* think I am about to pay for the early start to my day, Rainmountain! And yes, please don’t be walking those dogs in the dark; it really isn’t safe. I hope you don’t mind, but I am going to feature you and your beach project in an upcoming blog. I think your efforts are so cool.

    Momcat – it IS a celebration when they return – safely – isn’t it?! I agree, a week is long enough. I can start getting overly eccentric without him!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  4. The internet has been so atrocious that my husband switched us over to Wataniya’s “high HIGH speed” internet. I’m now enjoying speeds that are *almost* those I was accustomed to in Canada, but the cost is very high. Staggeringly so.

    But having children who are relying upon internet to complete education it just wasn’t an option to have this sometimes-working-more-often-than-not-gotta-refresh-the-page-and-even-then….

    (not to mention my own reliance on it for daily news, communication with family etc)

    As for the wee hours of solitude and not having a hubby around…

    I can completely relate šŸ™‚

    Comment by huda | December 9, 2007 | Reply

  5. Now you make me feel bad, ’cause I haven’t been down there for the last three weeks šŸ˜‰

    But no, I don’t mind at all, maybe more people go and enjoy cleaning up the beach or desert šŸ˜‰

    If you need any pictures or whatnot, let me know.
    If you want to link to posts, let me know, pls, so I move them first to my new site šŸ™‚

    And thanks!
    Now I think I’ll get my butt to the beach tomorrow and check what it looks like (hopes for slightly better weather)
    Wanna join me?
    šŸ˜‰ *just kidding*

    Comment by Nicole | December 9, 2007 | Reply

  6. @huda
    I switched to Wataniya 2 or 3 months ago, I’m happy too, even though mine is often wonky thanks to being in the remote darkness of Mangaf šŸ˜‰

    Comment by Nicole | December 9, 2007 | Reply

  7. I have lack-of-qualitynet; all of a sudden it is OK and fast again, but this morning I was ready to scream, it was SOOOOO SLLLOOOOWWWWWWW. Aaarrgh! *tearing out hair*

    Nicole – the sun is coming out so much later these December mornings, so I can’t blame you. I just LOVE it that you voluntarily clean the beach. I just love it.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 9, 2007 | Reply


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