I spent an hour tonight lying next to my husband trying to get to sleep before getting up, putting my contacts back in, and slipping out to the living room. If left to our natural bent, both my husband and I would be up every night until at least midnight, but with Matt’s alarm scheduled to go off at 4:30 am he usually wants to turn in before nine, and I like to be there to snuggle . . . Tonight, though, there is just too much of nothing in particular going through my head. So here I am, with my laptop, my herbal tea, and my cat, typing away about nothing in particular.

Our cat, Kamikaze, earned her culturally insensitive name by being a late night wrecking ball. She used to run circles around the living room, shoot down the hall into our bedroom, launch herself onto the top of my dresser, then dive bomb my head as I lay sleeping Later on we discovered her destructive tendencies included chewing through electrical cords and eating socks, so when not supervised she is locked up in one of two safe zones, the laundry room or the balcony. When she saw me up, she meowed pathetically through the screen door until I rescued her. She knows me. She knows if she finds a quiet place to hide I will most likely forget that I let her in and she will be able to have her way with the apartment once I finally settle into bed. She is very clever this way.

I’m a huge tea drinker, not exclusively. I also like coffee, and actually know a fair bit about coffee, having worked for both a mom and pop style coffee shop and a Starbucks/Barnes and Noble Café. I was actually thinking about Barnes and Noble tonight. Matt and I used to use one as our personal library back when we were first married. We’d use my employee discount to get our coffees and sit in the café area reading whatever we wanted, no purchase necessary. I miss those pre-baby days a little bit, but I wouldn’t trade what we have now to get them back. I do wish I could get the employee discount back somehow though. . .

I think I’ll close now with a random quote from my collection:

“The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” Bastiat.