Today is one of those days. It started at 3:30 AM when I woke up with a headache. After a little time spent staring at the ceiling and wandering around the apartment cursing my crazy sleep patterns whilst shaking my fist at the sky - I finally fell back to sleep. I didn't get out of bed again until almost 10, even though my alarm woke me at 7:45. I never have any problems falling asleep when I'm not supposed to. Anyway, the point is that I slept in and felt horrible. My head still hurt and the rest of me just felt...unwell from sleeping too late.
A few different things are to blame here; we lost an hour because of daylight savings this past weekend (always good for screwing up sleep patterns), it's been rainy and gray for ages, and Cadbury Creme Eggs are out again. I have absolutely no will power when it comes to those things, so I've been chasing the sugar dragon a lot - or would that be the sugar bunny? Either way, a major sugar rush before bed isn't exactly conducive to a good night's rest. And the lack of sunlight is just draining the life right out of me. I'm completely solar powered. When it's bright and sunny I have all kinds of energy and pep and zest, whether I'm outside or not.
Even though it was pretty wet and crappy out today, I figured I'd feel better if I got some fresh air. I still had to force myself though. It was raining for a while, which is always a great excuse for not going outside. When it finally stopped, I couldn't think of any other good excuses. I still had to talk myself into it. I know, I know - it's pathetic. But unfortunately, it's how I roll.
So, out for a short walk I went. The ocean is literally in my backyard, and there's an awesome trail built along the coastline, so that's where I headed. You know how when you live somewhere, you take all the cool stuff for granted? I guess I've been living here long enough that I took that trail for granted. I mean, I live right on top of it, but this was the first time I've been there since early last fall. I used to walk along the trail into downtown all the time, but somewhere along the line I started using the road, just to save a few minutes. It's a busy, loud, noisy, soul sucking and downright annoying road, and I live right next to it. Come to think of it, the noisy road should be added to the list of things to blame for my screwy sleep patterns and headaches.
And finally we get to the happy ending! There were quite a few ducks bobbing about, and once I got close enough, I realized there was one I hadn't seen before - a Barrow's Goldeneye. One more to check off! Needless to say, I was pretty excited. In fact, while I was watching him dive, it started to rain again and I didn't even care. Further along the trail I saw a few more, including a couple baby duckies! Squee! (EDIT: They weren't ducklings after all. They were Buffleheads. I had never seen them before, and just assumed they were ducklings because of their small size and the fact that they were close to bigger ducks). But yeah, it was raining then, so I headed back inside.
I've become a bit of a bird geek in the past few years, keeping track of all the new kinds I see in my dad's bird book. He was always interested in birds, especially crows. I remember how excited he was when he was telling me how crows could count. I wasn't really interested in birds back then though, but I guess it's a natural extension of my dino geekiness. I never grew out of the fascinated-with-dinosaurs stage that most kids seem to go through. In fact, it's just gotten worse.
National Geographic did Dinosaur Week not too long ago, with a bunch of different documentaries about dinos, and a sprinkling of docs featuring some dino contemporaries. It had me glued to the TV every evening and resulted in some sketches, which in turn resulted in some embroideries (pictures will be posted soonish). And remember my crafty Valentine's Day dinos? Look here and here (hmmm, looks like I forgot to blog about the little red ones). There are some lurking around the apartment too, so I'll take photos of those some day to show all you lovely readers.
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