Insomnia last night; well past 2 a.m. I was tossing and turning.

Up at 6:00 a.m.

Picked up co-worker at 7:00 a.m.

Arrived in SF at 8:00 a.m.

Began to sort painting supplies into four groups to prepare for the volunteers arriving at 9:30 a.m. About 20 people from a large, local corporation had arranged to volunteer for the day. (The corporation donates money to my agency for our service of matching volutneers with projects and coordinating everything.) They had requested projects that involve painting murals. The recipient of this generosity was the Koret Family House on 10th Street. They offer free lodging to families that live over 50 miles from SF and who have a child with a life-threatining illness. Many families come to the nearby medical center for treatment. Hotel costs are prohibitive, even for short stays. The Koret House provides “a home away from home” that permits families the chance to focus on getting their child well instead of financial worries.

It was a great bunch of people, very enthused. Each floor had a different mural: a world map, stars and moon, frogs fiddling in a pond, and ocean fish. My job was to check in periodically to see if they needed anything. There were four groups painting, on four separate floors. I ran up and down stairs all day. They finished at 3:30 p.m. and left, and I stayed with my colleague to finish up small tasks. Then I drove us home.

I got in the door at 6:00 p.m. I’m hungry (though I did eat lunch) and exhausted!

Tomorrow I will attend a gardening project at 9:00 a.m. and a soup kitchen project at 3:00 p.m.

Time for bed. Soon!

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3 Comments on “Tuckered”

  1. Shirl Says:

    Wow! What a great day!

  2. William Sackinger Says:

    For what it’s worth, my insomnia, when I used to get it, was caused by too many things on my mind which I was trying to remember and structure and plan and sort out, during the night. My remedy was to write all of them down in a list before I went to bed. Then, I did not have to remember them, or structure them, or plan them, or sort them, during the night. After morning coffee, I could turn to the list and do it.

    Also I have had insomnia from stress, caused by a variety of causes, which led to anger and high blood pressure. Actually, high blood pressure wakes me up, and also, keeps me awake. If it comes as a result of stress, it can last for as long as 72 hours. I take measurements of blood pressure at least daily, in the morning, and when one of these episodes seems to be happening, I take the blood pressure several times during the day…and even during the night, when I wake up enough to do it. Blood pressure is raised by grapefruit juice…so I avoid that.

    Best wishes

  3. nikkirae Says:

    Busy beaver. Sorry to hear about the insomnia. Hope you get some real rest soon.