“I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.”

Such a long day it has been. I guess it feels that way due to my industriousness. Early on I did a couple of errands, dropped a dog can on my toe gouging the toe then went to the hardware store and my pizza place, Spinners at Ring Brothers where I picked up an Italian bakery style pizza, the kind made on a sheet pan and cut into squares. The bakery in my home town usually had some in a glass case, and I always bought a piece. Rita, the owner of Spinners, made me one at no charge. She was happy to do it. I finished my errands, drove home, limped into the house, sat down for more coffee, had two pieces of pizza for breakfast and started to watch the 1951 black and white film The Man from Planet X. It’s best line so far, “You’ve taken the taste of tea right out of my mouth,” said by a frightened police officer.

Yesterday my computer screen went black, and the computer ate a CD. I could hear sounds so I knew the computer was on, but I could see nothing. I grabbed my iPad and did some hunting. My favorite suggestion was to hold the eject button and shake the computer. It reminded me of shaking my piggy bank and hoping for a dime. Another suggestion had to do with turning it off then on and holding the eject button the whole time. That worked but the screen was still black. I went hunting again. I tried a few ideas but none worked. Finally one had me holding four specific keys while turning the machine on and waiting for it to turn itself on and off a couple of times. That actually worked.

Last night the pouring rain woke me up. I could hear it hitting the air conditioner in my room. I listened a while then went back to sleep. When I woke up, the rain had stopped but everything was still wet. The day is cloudy and damp, a cuddle and take a nap day. Sun is expected later.

The idea of an afternoon nap would have horrified me when I was a kid. Daylight hours were meant for playing, for exploring and for riding my bike. At night I’d fall exhausted into bed. Sleep was never long in coming. Summer heat never mattered. I was too tired to care.

College was when I realized the therapeutic effects of naps. I’d study until late, get up early enough to make class then nap in the afternoon. I never chose to study in the afternoon. I swear my brain was more attuned to nighttime than daytime studying.

Ghana made naps official. Places like the post office closed from noon to two, and my students were required to have a rest period after classes. I now had the best reason to nap: experiencing Ghanaian customs and culture. Besides, the northern heat zapped my energy, and naps brought it back.

I still take naps. I don’t need an excuse or a reason. I like taking naps.

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16 Comments on ““I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Square pizza (or Sicilian pizza) was normal pizza when I was a kid. It was a regular part of the Friday afternoon shopping when my mother would walk us down to the local shops for Italian bread, cold cuts, cheeses and meat. At the bakers there was always a big baking sheet of pizza on one end of the counter. I liked the corner pieces or an edge.

    I’ve done that four button black screen reboot. It worked a couple of times but then the screen started doing a different version of black out. It was more of a transparent black out. I could still see a faint image of what was on the screen but it was overlaid with black. Nothing worked for that one. I had to get a new laptop.

    Afternoon naps are nice, sometimes. I may have one today, in fact. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      There was only one bakery in Stoneham where you could buy it, and that wasn’t until I was older when the Italian bakery opened. Hanks’, the other bakery, was just your regular bakery and didn’t carry pizza. I used to have it just about every time I went to East Boston to visit my grandmother. I didn’t know it was called Sicilian pizza.

      Don’t tell me my computer is wheezing and coughing. I can’t bear the thought of having to buy another one. Oh, the money!!

      Gracie, Fern and I had a delightful nap together. The day is so nice that my room wasn’t even hot.

      Have a wonderful evening!!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I think they tried to sell square pizza here for a while but it was no success and the pizza with a thick bottom had a hard time too. I think one still can buy them but it’s the round thin bottomed that still rules here. I don’t even want square home made pizza to be honest traditions can be stubborn 🙂

    I have always liked to take naps but they tend to be longer and lon´ger. Today I napped for an hour and a half and I still really didn’t want to get up, thankfully Nova stepped on my stomach, all thet tea I had drunk wanted to go out again 🙂

    We’ve had a fairly nice day here, it took some time before it got reasonable warm but the sun never showed as it was supposed to, we still have an hour or two before it sets so I guess it still has the chanse to show. Tomorrow will be sunny they say but I’ll believe it when it happens. I need to go to the store to renew my lottery tickets and I’m thinking of going to the village where I work, It’s further away than the super market but I just don’t feel like going to the super market and they do have soft ice cram in the village where I work and that’s a good enough reason to go those extra miles 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      Most of the pizza sold here has thick sides and bottom. The other is called thin crust and isn’t as common. I really like thin crust too but you can’t do much with it as the crust isn’t heavy enough for a lot of toppings.

      Usually Gracie is happy to nap with me. She seldom wakes me up. Fern will nap forever as cats do.

      It turned out to be a wonderfully pretty day today: sunny and cool. Gracie has been out most of the afternoon.

      Now you have me wanting some ice cream. I may just have to pick some up tomorrow!

      Have a great evening!!

  3. kathryn Says:

    Hi Kat, that sounds like a pretty perfect day. I love pizza, though I like the thin crust best, with olives & anchovies on top. Naptime for my wee boy is a pretty set 1-3 every day. We’re on holiday this week so I joined him in taking a nap today – it was lovely, I should do it more often! I hope your computer keeps working a good while yet.

    • katry Says:

      I did have a great day. I had the best nap with Fern, the cat, and Gracie. The sun appeared but the day has been pleasant and cool. Pizza was just right for dinner as well.

      I had to laugh as the only thing we agree upon is the thin crust, no olives or anchovies for me.

      How wonderful to be on holiday! I remember how much I loved being off from school. I got to stay up late like a grown up and sleep as late as I wanted.

      Naps are perfectly wonderful, and I’m glad you enjoyed one today!!

      Have a great weekend.

  4. Bob Says:

    Real NY style pizza didn’t hit Dallas until the early 1970s. Before then there was Pizza Hut or frozen pies. When I was a kid in NY pizza joints had either thick Sicilian or the thin crust which is similar to Neopolitan style. Now pizza places proliferate serving everything from fast food to brick oven Sicilian.

    Latin countries know the value of the siesta. Business in Latin countries will close from noon until three and remain open until nine at night. We who are descended from the Anglo Saxon tradition of hard work would never sanction naps.

    • katry Says:

      We had a few pizza places in town, none of them franchised. My favorite was the thin crust, still is, but I won’t complain if I’m served a thick crust. We have a few great pizza places in town here.

      The heat in Ghana was the reason for the noon to two break. It was well over a 100˚, far too hot to work in the fields. Businesses stayed opened later in the early evening, except the post office, to compensate for the lost hours.

      • Bob Says:

        Of course you had a few non chain pizza places you lived on the east coast near a big city which had immigrant populations. When we first moved to Texas in 1953 there was one or two Chinese restaurants and a couple of Italian resturants. Texans went out to eat barbecue, steaks, Texmex or country cooking like Chicken Fried Steak smothered in cream gravy. Dallas in the 1950s was a gastronomic back water. It was a segregated society of the Blacks living in South Dallas and the Mexicans living in West Dallas. The WASPs and the small white Catholic and even smaller Jewish communities lived everywhere else.

        We’ve come along way here in the last sixty years. 🙂 It’s even getting hard to find a real Cowboy. 🙂

      • katry Says:

        Are you talking about the Irish at the beginning of the century? That is the only immigrant population I know which came in droves to Boston, and they didn’t establish restaurants of any sort, luckily. We had lots of Italian restaurants and Chinese just as you did. Chinatown was where we went for the best Chinese and East Boston of the best Italian.

        Even the cape has a wide variety of cuisines including Indian, Thai and South African.

  5. Coleen Says:

    Hi Kat!

    Ain’t it grand to be single and eat pizza for breakfast? 🙂

    I am thankful that there are a plethora of good pizza joints in Jersey…and for the record, I loves me some thin crust! Any topping will do…even anchovies (on rare occasion). I had two slices for dinner tonight. And a dear friend has made it a tradition to take me out to my favorite pizza place for my birthday…

    And I am all about naps…it’s how I survived my days doing three jobs in the same 24 hour period…I also can fall asleep in my recliner under the right circumstances. It is quite possible you can hear me snoring from your perch in dear old Massachusetts…

    The weather here is lovely. Enjoy your weekend!



    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I know-I get to pick and choose whatever I want. Eggs for dinner is quite common for me so why not pizza for breakfast?

      Naps are pure pleasure-to be able to snag a few hours in the afternoon to do nothing but sleep. I love it.

      Maybe I have been accusing poor Gracie of snoring when the source is further away!

      Have a wonderful weekend!!

      Waving from the deck!

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