Thursday, October 18, 2018
Sleep Deprivation and Bookmarks
I don't think I've ever seen Olga sleep as much or as soundly as she has since our return from Salisbury. She's lying next to me now, snoring away, and she was practically immobile both last night and the night before. We humans like to travel with our pets, and I think given a choice dogs would always opt to go rather than stay home. But I also think it stresses them out. Animals like routine most of all -- being in a familiar place on a familiar schedule.
One of my commenters mentioned that Dave looked tired in the picture I posted yesterday. Truthfully, none of us slept particularly well on our trip. It wasn't the hotel's fault -- it was just being in a strange place in a slightly-too-small bed with a 50-pound Staffy. Dave and I have also been in recovery mode!
My workplace routine was broken up yesterday by a special project -- judging a bookmark contest. My library colleagues solicited bookmark designs from the middle school students, and though the 7th and 8th graders were way too cool to participate at all, the 5th and 6th graders submitted about 30 entries. So we had to select winners for each grade.
We wound up picking several, because we couldn't choose just one, and ranking them from first through third place, with a couple of runners-up as well. The designs featured super heroes and spaceships and bookshelves and teddy bears and even, in one case, American Sign Language. One boy wrote an inspirational quote: "Never expect the unexpected." We can't stop laughing about that one. It seems like it should mean something, but it really doesn't.
(Photo: A shop in Salisbury.)