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08/06/2004 Entry: "MI5"

I got word that I have the MI5 this morning. I hadn't really planned anything, so this one's pretty hasty.

1. How many hours of sleep do you need a night? How many do you get?
Normally (normal meaning pre two weeks agos) I get 8 hours of sleep. Ususally to bed around 10:30, and up at 6:45. When I'm playing a gig, though, the sleep goes down a little. Sometimes I'll get home from a gig at 3am, and get up at 8am. So I can get by on 5 hours for a little while.

Now here's the story that insdpired this MI5. Last night, Susan decided it was easier for her to sleep on the couch. That way, she can put the twins on her nursing pillow, and just leave them there. I slept in the bed of course. So I got a full night's sleep for the first time in two weeks. And you know what? I was draggin' this morning. I felt like crap. I felt worse than I do when I only get 5 hours of sleep.

2. Sleeping alone: on your back, stomach or side?
Side. I usually start on my right side, and finish on left.

3. Someone's with you: spoons, bookends, or pretzel?
It was our honeymoon. It was the first time Susan and I had slept in a bed together. We tried to do the whole newly-wed tangled up in the sheets thing. As we were trying to sleep, I asked her "Are you comfy?" "Not really," she said. We decided then that we should sleep how we were most comfortable. Since then, we've slept bookends.

4. Do you have any before bed routines? If so, describe.
I brush my teeth and go to the bathroom one last time before bed. I like to listen to music while I fall asleep, but Susan's not big on that, so I don't usually do it.

5. Describe your sleeping environment.
One year for Valentines Day, I bought Susan a lovely bed. It's a four poster, with a hammered verdi green finish, brass accents, and big floral finials on the posts. (Picture here.) We run a fan at night, as Susan likes the white noise. I use two pillows. I usually sleep in my boxers, and I don't like sleeping uncovered. I have a dozen or so books beside my bed in various stages of reading. I also have two Bibles next to the bed. I try to read several chapters each night from the NIV version, and I keep a King James there two for studying and back-up.

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