Insomnia

23 June, 2013

 I’ve been struggling to sleep this week.  Yesterday, I was up at 4.30am.  I lay there thinking, I’m not sure if I’m going to get back to sleep, as Amba and Asha played noisily in my bedroom.  There’s an interesting theory in therapy, for sleep disorders you make the client do something tedious that takes ages.  This encourages the subconscious to choose the alternative, sleeping. So, without this in mind, I decided that this was a good time to get up and make a Charlie and Chocolate Factory inspired fancy dress costume for Amba.  She had a party the next day and had helpfully decided to go as a “Wonka Bar”.

We had a couple of other things to do, that I could easily squeeze in if I added a several extra hours to the day.  I had to cook the 5th and 6th batches of cupcakes for the school fete.  The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th batches, baked on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday had vanished from the cake tin. This time, Amba helpfully decorated them (and the most of the kitchen) in Nutella.  Which was just great.  I accidently dropped Asha off at his friend’s party in the wrong place, half an hour early, that saved me some time.  Then finally, I had a hope in hell of making it to Wembley for The Killers concert; Sami’s early birthday surprise.

The result?  All round success.  I discovered making a Wonka bar costume at 5am does cure insomnia.  I got home around 1.30am (after a couple of hours in a post Killers concert traffic) and slept soundly that night.  The party host kindly delivered Asha to the right venue, at the right time.  Thanks Maya – he had a blast.  And the cupcakes sold out at the fete.  I said to Amba the next day: “Those cakes were so pretty.  How did you do those amazing spirals with the Nutella?”

“Oh it’s so easy,” she said.  “Just put a big dollop in the middle of the cupcake.  Then, you lick your finger and draw a lovely smooth swirl with it.”

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