I strongly suspect that I have not actually cycled up yet. That the good day I had today was more or less just a high point or reprieve in a depression that will continue once I finally go to sleep and wake up again. I’ve been up for about 28 or 30 hours as I type this. I actually first went to bed around 9pm last night, but I couldn’t fall asleep. And my very thick winter beard (untrimmed since sometime in the fall) started to itch. I went to the bathroom, took a hard look at my face in the mirror and fetched the clippers from the cabinet.
I started at the longest setting, nine, and clipped my beard away, going over and over my face while turning the setting a notch closer every now and then. I used the clipper without the attachment to remove most of my beard, though I did leave a short mustache and goatee. I did not in fact actually shave my face, so there is a layer of stubble on my cheeks and neck. But I felt ever so much better after my beard trim and shower. When I came out of the bathroom, I put on some fresh clothes and rather than try to go back to bed, logged on to my laptop. Around 1:30 am, a good friend who lives just a couple of miles away invited me to come over. So I spent the night staying up at my friend’s house. We had a lot of fun hanging out together and I did not come home until after 9am.
I am frankly pleased with myself for getting out of the house. And thankful that I have such a good friend who lives so nearby. And whose hours are just as irregular as mine are, such that I was able to have a great visit and so much fun while most everyone else in this part of the world was asleep. I really do cherish all of my friends, both the ones I speak with online and the ones I see face to face. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being one of them.
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