Saturday, April 4, 2009
The Ugliness of Time Zone Adjustment (or alternatively, where in the world is Col. Brandon?)
I am doomed.
I should be fast asleep, but I'm sitting at my kitchen table as wide awake as can be.
It is 2:57 in the morning. After a week on the east coast, preceded by a virtually sleepless night, culminating in a post-midnight arrival at PDX, any normal person would be in bed, fast asleep.
My body had plenty of time to adjust to the three-hours-earlier time zone of the east coast. Which means that my body should have felt wiped out last night, because it was actually post-three am, body time.
And since I've only been back on the west coast since the wee hours of this morning - no, make that yesterday morning - and it is now 3:02 in the morning here, my body should be feeling it like it's 6:02 in the morning.
What is up with you, body? Even if I never took the trip, I should be sleeping because it is 3:03 in the morning. What normal person stays up this late?!
I have a couple of things on my mind I'll share and then I will try to join Professor X in sleepyland.
1. I have a bunch of cool new followers! You should check them out. There's Carla from 365 Letters, Joy from Red Silk Streams, Coyote Prime from Running 'Cause I Can't Fly, and Annie, who blogs at My Ranchburger and at the Bunny Bungalow and she's starting a new one, And So They Met. Of course, all my other lovely followers are extremely worthy as well. I'm seriously bummed out that I can't comment at many of the sites because the comment form is different than mine and I can't make it accept my comments. I feel totally stupid about this. I need to figure this out. I'm visiting and reading and enjoying but many bloggers don't know that because I can't comment.
2. One of my followers, Colonel Brandon of Nature Diary blog, has vanished. I mean, he has totally left blogland. Damn, damn, and double damn. I really loved his writing. The same person still has Brasserie Alizé, as Alexandre Fabbri, but Col. Brandon was terrific. His blog provided me with an opportunity to Austen-ify my writing when I left him comments. And BA doesn't allow comments or provide an email address. There's a cool chat feature, but I haven't hit it when anyone is there, even though I thought I understood what time chats would be.
How do you cope with it when a blog you've really enjoyed suddenly closes up shop and disappears? The feelings of loss are surprisingly strong.
Okay, enough whinging. Something fun that I'm excited about:
3. I've been asked to serve as a "Celebrity Speaker" for a film series that the local college is doing. This is a sneaky way of getting my services gratis, but that's okay. I have hopes they'll hire me in the future to teach a course again, so a freebie here and there isn't a terrible imposition. I'll be introducing two films as part of the Great Actresses of the Silver Screen series: Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and It Happened One Night with Claudette Colbert.
I've already started putting together a pair of little powerpoints of great photos to illustrate my talks. They're gonna be great.
I love movies. In fact, I took the family to a funny movie this evening. Well, it was actually last evening, I guess. I'll tell you about it tomorrow. Or perhaps later today after I sleep.
It's now 3:51 in the morning. I really need to get to bed now.