Here in the studio, I am listening to the sound of the millions of cicadas singing. In my experience, people either love or hate these little buggers; there seems to be no middle ground. I am in the love ’em camp, as are my dogs who continue to gobble them up like popcorn. There are not as many around as there were a few years ago but I am still hoping to pick up their cast off wings when their time is done. They are beautiful and who doesn’t love free art supplies laying around on the ground? Cicadas come every 17 years usually and there are two batches in our area, about 4 years apart. They are never around for long and I am enjoying their presence.
Last night I had a phone date with Chris, my brilliant web designer and great friend, so he could walk me through how to add images to my website. Since he built the website and knows how it is organized, he was able to show me how to cut and paste the code and add new stuff. What little HTML code reading and writing I had in school came in handy and soon I was off and running. Every gallery image I have stashed away since last fall needs to be added to the website so I have my work cut out for me, but I have to admit that I kind of enjoy it. I didn’t get to bed last night until almost 3 in the morning!… which leads me to this entry’s title.
What I love most about summer besides the travel and the soft warm weather, is the chance to settle back into my own circadian rhythm. I have friends who are up at the crack of dawn to seize each day. They don’t even need alarm clocks! For these people, the normal 8-5 work-a-day schedule to which most people in our society adhere works quite well. And I guess it works for us too as we adjust to what the school and work weeks need from us. But during the summer a strange thing happens. We begin to sleep late and over the course of a few days, we are staying up later as well.
I find I am most productive in the middle of the night. It is a time of day when time doesn’t matter and I can get lost in working. The trouble is, most of the time, I need to get to sleep at a fairly normal hour, to simply keep up with our “normal” life during the school year. Last night while working on the website additions, I had the first real night-owl experience of the summer when I glanced at the clock and it said 2:35 am. I am content to be back into this anything-goes mode and plan to milk it for all its worth… until “normal” catches up with me again.