I had gone about two weeks without shaving. I can usually go 5-7 days without it bothering me, but anymore than that and the itch gets too much to bear and I just feel shaggy and awful. Every day this week when I first woke up the first thought I had was, gonna shave today, but I never did it.
Today was different. I woke up at about 3:30am. That isn’t all that unusual now. I went to sleep around 10:30 so I got five hours of sleep. That’s unusual. Most days I wake up after about three. Some days I can get back to sleep. Other days, I can’t. Today I was awake for maybe two hours. I know I saw 5:20, but I don’t think I saw 5:30. My alarm was set to go off at 6:00 but my wife woke me up a couple of minutes earlier than that.
During that 30 minutes or so of bonus sleep I had a dream. A glorious dream. In this dream, I shaved. That’s all. Nothing more. I dreamed that I was in our bathroom shaving, and when I was done the dream ended.
When I woke up my first thought was not, gonna shave today. My first thought was, I don’t need to shave today. Then I scratched my itchy face. Oh the heartbreak. Oh the sadness. Oh the let down. I was still shaggy and itchy.
It doesn’t sound like much, but it was so disappointing. The first thing I did today was help my wife with an errand. The second thing was… well… TMI and all… let’s just say I’m regular and leave it at that. The third thing though, the third thing I did this morning was shave that shag carpet off my face.
It didn’t eliminate all of the disappointment, but I did feel better. Off to tackle the day. Wednesday. The Day Before Thanksgiving. The work day that usually feels like the longest work day of the year. The busiest travel day of the year. I look out my window and I can see route 128 South is a parking lot. 128 North is slow but okay. Looks like all of Eastern Massachusetts is going South for Thanksgiving. Not me. I’m going North. Well, I’m going home but that is North of work.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we have the kids for the whole weekend. Perfect. I’m really looking forward to it.