I never have a lie in. Five, six hours sleep is all I require, and as soon as I wake, I'm up. But these past few days, I've felt so tired that I've been lolling around in bed for up to eight or nine hours, which my system doesn't seem to respond to very well. Oh well, nothing a little ibuprofen won't improve. I think it's the release of all the tension that's been building up inside of me during my period of looking for work that's throwing me a bit, and I'll be fine in a day or two. I still can't believe I'm going to be employed again! And in a field I have no previous experience of! To say that I'm excited by the prospect is an understatement.
Something else I'm excited about is meeting up again with someone I used to be friends with at uni, but that I haven't seen or heard from in donkey's years. I've always regretted that in the year after graduation, all contact was abruptly cut off; and so I was pleased to find her again on LinkedIn, and sent her an e-mail referring to a shared experience, a summer road trip we went on some twenty-odd years ago, and how I was sorry I'd let our friendship wane soon after. I received the most amazing reply - basically, she didn't remember me or our past friendship at all, let alone that particular holiday. Which, she hastened to add, was no reflection on me: the fact is that she had been in a car accident, had suffered head injuries, and had actually lost her memory. Permanently. Huge chunks of it are gone, e.g. she retrained as a secretary as she couldn't recall any of her training as an art historian, and even in her current career she's found it difficult to retain things so she relies on charts, notes and colour codes to make connections - kind of like Guy Pierce's character in Memento. Anyway, she was eager to renew the acquaintance, and we're meeting for lunch soon, but I've no idea how it will pan out - if at all! We're both different people now; one of us, more different than usual.
Hmmm...those windows aren't going to clean themselves, are they? I'd better get to it.