I have to get up at 4:00 in the morning next week to catch that flight on time. I should prepare mentally now.
4:00 p.m. (the day before the flight): Twelve hours to go. I’m all packed, the house will be watched, the snail mail will be held, the cat will be comforted. I can relax a bit by checking e-mails one more time.
4:30 p.m.: I should probably make dinner now so I’ll be ready for bed at 8:00 to get a full night’s sleep. I can push it to 8:30, though; 9:00 tops.
5:00 p.m.: It’s only just now a suitable time to start eating dinner. I’ll make something quick.
6:00 p.m.: It’s hard to make dinner and watch TV at the same time.
6:45 p.m.: Still cleaning up and packing last-minute items that I know I’d miss the moment I saw that they were not in my suitcase. I’m all wired from the preparations – think I’ll take a bath to calm down.
7:30 p.m.: I’m all pruny from the bath, and I just remembered that I wanted to see if I can put a hold on my streaming video subscription while I’m gone. And I almost forgot to call my credit card company so it’s not surprised when “Dublin” shows up on my purchases.
8:15 p.m.: The excitement is over and even though the sun is still out, I should really think about going to bed now. I’ll think about it.
8:45 p.m.: I forgot to enter away messages on my e-mail accounts.
9:00 p.m.: I really should bring floss with my toothbrush and toothpaste. I might need some lotion, too.
9:30 p.m.: Should I leave a key with the neighbors? Guess it’s too late to ask them now. Right, I need to bring my contact lens kit, and my glasses – that would have been bad if I forgot those!
10:00 p.m.: OK, now I really need to go to bed – by the time I fall asleep, it’ll be less than six hours before I have to wake up and I’ll still be tired, which I don’t much like feeling. To bed, to bed.
10:15 p.m.: Lying in bed, trying to fall asleep.
10:30 p.m.: Maybe I should try reading a book? That usually sends me off to dreamland. Ooh, I just got to the exciting part in the plot!
11:00 p.m.: Five hours left, and still not the least bit sleepy. Would warm milk do? No, getting up to make it would keep me even more awake.
11:30 p.m.: At this point, I should try not falling asleep. I’ll check my suitcase again for anything missing. Almost forgot to bring socks!
12:00 a.m.: Four hours to go. Still not sleepy. Count sheep? Nah, I’ll count the money I wish I had: one million, two million….
2:30 a.m.: Yes! I was asleep! And it was over two hours! But now I only have an hour and a half left. Noooooooo….
3:45 a.m.: Not fair – not fair – not fair – not fair –
4:00 a.m.: Alarm. Sleep was highly unsatisfactory. Maybe the jet lag will help.