Monday, April 27, 2009

Sleep deprived

I've been so exhausted lately that I have a hard time staying asleep throughout the night.

I now knock off at the early (at least for me) hour of midnight. Building this dang blasted retaining wall is more work than I anticipated - especially when I make mistakes that I have to spend time rectifying. It's quite maddening.

Point is at the end of the day, I've barely enough energy to cook dinner, watch a bit of downloaded telly, and then drag myself under the covers.

I've been meaning to take some shots of my buddy's car, but I've just not had the time to do so. I've got several photographic projects I wanted to finish by May, and the scary thing is, I haven't even started!

But I digress. My point was that I can't sleep for more than 3-4 hours a night. I invariably wake up at 4am, and for the last two nights, I've had to resort to groggily shuffle to the kitchen, and pop two pain killers to staff off the pain in my arm.

I have really bad carpel tunnel syndrome from years of PC gaming and photo editing. Now that I've stopped playing games, I thought my arm would get better. Repeatedly hitting a mallet for 10 hours a day to try and level a brick or shoveling truck loads of gravel from a pile into a trench via a wheel barrel also doesn't help.

I don't even stress out this much on the previous night of a wedding shoot, or the night after when I think all my pictures are going to stink. At least with that I can run over to the computer, check out my shots and then contently fall back asleep knowing that I've done my job correctly.

This wall? I think I'm doing it right, but somehow in the back of my head, a little voice is chuckling maniacally, mocking my every brick, my every shovel, my every measurement with a level and chanting, "You're doing it wroooong."

I hope not.

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