Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lesson Learned: No tea before bedtime


Last night, while at the hotel, I decided to make a cup of hot tea before hitting the bed. I thought a cup of tea with some milk, er non-dairy creamer, and some sugar would make a nice bedtime drink.

It was good, though the creamer was a bit lacking to say the least.

I will never do that again.

I don't know if it was the caffeine, the creamer, the long drive to the hotel, or a combination of all of it, but I had the craziest dream after I fell asleep following the drinking of the tea.

I won't go into too much detail because it would probably send most people running for the hills, even though it was only a dream, but let's just say that it was part real-life Grand Theft Auto (thanks to my son showing me the new GTA earlier in the day), part Stephen King (thanks to an audiobook I listened to on the way up), and part.. I don't even know what to call it.. It was bizarre to be the lead in a dream that I felt like I could not control.

It has been a long time since I dreamed something I couldn't control. Are you a dream-director? I can start a dream and then realize it is a dream. I don't wake from it, but rather change what is happening to better suit the outcome or the scene. It's a talent I picked up in college from a friend and then perfected after Shan and I were married. Shan's Grandmother (Mamaw) taught her how to "change the channel" when a dream go to be too bad. She simply reaches up to her nose and twists it like an old-fashioned TV. While I don't do that, I have learned how to change aspects of the dreams I have.

Unless I drink tea before bed, it seems. Until I woke up, I wasn't sure it really was a dream...

"You've had enough tea for today..." Woody to Buzz in Toy Story.

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