I got there a little late, as I'd had three of the kids' friends over. When in doubt, take them to the pool. Which I did. Much better. Just like dogs, run them for a long time and they're a lot easier to deal with. Actually, it was fun. My daughter had her two BFFs over, and my son had his BFF over. They're all really great kids. (Meaning, they do what I tell them to.) They were here for four hours. The time went quickly. Then I was ready to put a movie in and head over to the beach for a few minutes.
I had a really interesting meditation this morning, but I'm afraid it would get all garbled in the telling, as I'm sleepy, and in a bit of a hurry. I'm going to try to be asleep by 11:30 tonight. Annoyingly, I have to close my window. Someone is listening to what sounds like most boring TV show ever. Last night they were playing the worst music ever (at 2:00am). They probably don't even have their TV turned up all that loud. It's just close to an open window. Sound really carries on still nights here.
I remember when I first moved to this town, from San Francisco. I noticed right away how quiet nights were. It was a big relief after 5 years in the city to be able to hear the songbirds at dawn again. I still miss the home I grew up in. Out in the country. To this day, I sleep just a little better when I hear coyotes yipping. Boring TV shows are not the same at all. (I don't know if it's boring, but the voices sound really stilted.)
I will say about the meditation, that I could see really clearly that my (or anyone's) personality is something that's more transmutable than I thought. I believe that, as I know what I think and how I think about things is considerably different than even a couple of years ago. It's not so much trying on different personalities, as finding traits that you like and fostering those qualities. Interesting.
P.S. - Thank goodness the neighbor above me just turned on his window fan to drown out the TV. I guess it was bothering him too. I've gotten used to the white noise after almost three years, so now I'm in my head I'm just falling asleep to rushing water, or wind, or something pleasant.