Summer Brain

“Do I look like a shallow Summer girl to you?’ She tossed her silver hair, offended. ‘I’m a Winter Court royal. I kill silly Summer flowerlets with frost when I yawn.” 
― Vicki KeireDarkness in the Blood

I came across this quote today and felt a small smile upon my face as I read it. Not that I want to kill silly Summer flowerlets (I don’t even know what/who they are) with frost when I yawn (if I could even do that) but more that I could kill the heat that has descended upon Northern California like a free preview of Hades, with increasing temps on the way. I would love to be able to breathe frost onto the burning eyes and sweaty brows, cooling them and calming the spirit within. I suppose I would have to be careful to not bestow the unwanted gift of frostbite on anyone, but as the temps hit the triple digits, it might actually be a welcome change.

At any rate, back to my post – every summer, my sleep cycle gets put into a tailspin. Whether from the longer, hotter days or the heat of said days or my brain deciding that YOU KNOW – WE COULD JUST STAY UP ALL NIGHT! IT WOULD BE SO FUN!! Not so much when I have to be at work, mostly functional and certainly not face down on my desk, drooling artistically on the payroll sheets.

Which brings me to my 2 a.m. wake up this morning. Usually my cat will wake me up well before my alarm, but this morning it was all The Brain. The Brain on Summer. Like a 2 year old with ADD and sugar sensitivities that has just managed to eat a 5 lb. bag of sugar and miss her meds, she’s out of the gate like a shot. Time for coffee!! You don’t need to sleep anymore, just get up and think of all the stuff we can get done before it gets hot. Seriously, we could get a lot of stuff done! Wal-Mart doesn’t even open for another 4 hours and oddly, everyone in my apartment complex is still asleep, so it’s probably not a good time for some serious Deep Cleaning, but I’m certain I can think of something to do for the next 4 hours, right? Right. Summer Brain wins, no surprise there. I make the coffee, grab my wildly entertaining and totally cool new iPad mini and sit on the couch, looking at different apps; apps to fall asleep, stay asleep, learn while asleep, forget while asleep, chart how much I sleep. I immerse myself in the study of sleep, but do not actually return to sleep. Very educational and informative. Summer Brain is just like a kid with an all-day pass to Disneyland, parent-free. From apps we go to Google, where I ask endless questions that aren’t really important, relevant or even helpful. Just those silly questions that children under the age of 5 ask constantly and people with Summer Brain and an iPad mini and hours to kill. Here are just a few that I’m willing to share with you – What makes boogers green or white or yellow? Why do bees sting once and die but wasps just don’t quit? Could the Twinkie defense apply to Summer Brain? Is there a Summer Brain defense? Google Summer Brain…Google heat-induced brain tumor (just for fun) think of writing post and wisely decide to not. You get the idea. The hours flew by and needless to say, I made it to work on time, although I didn’t pack any food for breakfast or lunch. I also never totally lost the feeling of sleepwalking through the day, but I’m pretty certain I’m going to download an app to help me go back to sleep if Summer Brain decides to do an encore performance tomorrow morning.