What I’m wearing: The Dress; long sleeved white t-shirt, probably from H&M; M&S leggings, which are still going strong; socks; knitted shrug wot I made myself.
I didn’t sleep very well last night. Not because of too much caffeine, or nightmares, or cheese, but because I convinced myself there was a snake in my bed. There was just no reasoning with my rational brain; I heard a hissing noise and therefore assumed there must be a snake somewhere under my covers.
I’m scared of snakes the way some people fear heights or spiders or flying. I’m not sure whether this started, but I remember going to a snake temple when I was 2 and a half, and there being thousands of the buggers, hanging from the roof beams, crawling on the floor, everywhere. Something tells me that that would be a pretty good trigger.
My fear can be funny: watching Indiana Jones recently, I accidentally saw a snake and screamed like a banshee. It was funny, but only once the frightful creature had gone off-screen. Most of the time it’s horrible. If I’m near a snake, my heart starts to race, my skin crawls and I have to run away. Sometimes I even have a panic attack.
I’ve tried to conquer my fear, I really have. I’ve eaten snake (never again), and I’ve tried to look one in the eyes. Nothing works. I know that they won’t hurt me but I just can’t reason with myself. So when the thought flashed into my head that there was a snake on the loose, that was it. Any real chance of sleep was gone. I spent the night cocooned in a duvet, skin-tight so the snake couldn’t wriggle in, with my lamp on and a book in my hand for bashing any snakes on the head.
Ladies and gents, I’m pleased to announce that I survived the night.
However, I don’t function well on no sleep; I’m on my third cup of tea, and I’ve had two coffees, just to stay conscious. Therefore, today’s outfit was easy, I-haven’t-slept-and-I’m-late-for-a-lab chic. I knitted the shrug myself (for any knitters, it’s just a long moss stitched piece with the ends sewn together.) It’s made of 100% pure wool so has kept me warm today in my zombified state.