What do I need to get done tomorrow? Maybe planning the day will let me get to sleep. Maybe I'm worrying about something I need to get done. What do I need to get done? Maybe I've forgotten something important. Have I forgotten something? What have I forgotten?
No, must get back to counting. Sort that breathing. Okay, here we go again. 3… breath in, hold it, breath out, 4…
What number did I get up to? 4… breath in, hold it, breath out, 5… breath in, hold it, breath out, 6…
I think that letter is on the kitchen table. I can check in the morning. I just need to remember to check. But what did I do with the birthday card? I bought it last week when their letter arrived… Oh, that's when their letter arrived. I've managed to answer one of these questions. I wonder if the card is with the letter. Maybe I was being organised. I'll check in the morning. I'm supposed to be counting.
7… breath in, hold it, breath out, 8… breath in, hold it, breath out, 9…
That's what I forgot: I meant to buy some stamps. Look at that, another question answered. Maybe I should just try to answer these nagging questions and I'll be able to just get on with things tomorrow. Although I'll be tired, of course. As I haven't slept. What's the time? No, I won't look as it won't help. Who really needs to know it's 20 minutes since they last looked at a clock?
That's why I should have got the card from the shop at the top of the High Street as they always ask if you need stamps. But, no, I thought I was being efficient buying a card nearer to home but now I can't post it.
I wonder if the corner shop sells stamps? Do they sell them at the same rate as the Post Office? Can you sell stamps at different prices than the face value? Maybe there's a law against that, with the Queen's head on them and everything.
When I post the card tomorrow I must stop at the DIY store opposite the Post Office. I know there were three things I needed. What were they? I know I need picture hooks but then I'll have to find the hammer. How can I lose a hammer within the house? At least I know it's in here somewhere. Maybe I should really tidy up so I can find things. How can it be that important stuff goes missing so often? Right, I should remember to look for that letter - and the envelope with the address on, the hammer and… what else have I looked for lately and didn't find? There was something while cooking dinner tonight. One of those kitchen gadgets you only need once in a while. What did we have for dinner? How can I not remember what we ate just a few hours ago?
Maybe I'm being hard on myself as I am tired. And I should be sleeping right now. I wonder how many people are awake right now. Not across the world but those in the same town who should be asleep as they have to get out for work tomorrow too. Hang on, I'm not supposed to be thinking about that. Must get back to the counting. I've lost count. Right, I'll start again but concentrate this time.
And so it goes on. Did anyone else have a night like that last night?