Pet Dreams

Oct. 14th, 2014 05:56 pm
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
I have the strangest dreams when I take afternoon naps.

I often dream about my dogs - past, present, or imaginary. Today's dream featured Ben and Murphy. Dream-me also, apparently, had several cats, and at least two ferrets. One of the ferrets seemed to be bleeding, but the light wasn't good and I couldn't be sure. Murphy kept trying to sniff and lick him, but I wasn't sure Murphy hadn't bitten him in the first place, so I kept having to fend him off.

Why ferrets? I've never had ferrets, nor wanted to. Gerbils I could understand....

:is puzzled:


Oct. 7th, 2012 08:40 pm
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
Peculiar dream this morning. Three or four small but unfriendly dinosaurs had gotten into the house; I was chasing them with a hammer, trying to whack them on the head. One of them escaped through the doggie door into the garage; I was lurking by the door, hoping to coax it into sticking its head back through so I could clobber it. I don't remember what the dogs were doing during all this, but I know they were around.
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
I just woke up from a dream in which I was filling out my tax forms for next year, and one of the questions asked me to tell a story about myself, with legalistic assurances that they did have a right to ask this, and warnings of dire consequences if I refused.

I never got around to picking a story; I was still bemused about the request for pictures of my dogs.
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
This morning, when I woke up, I got out of bed and went to the window. I saw a tornado bearing down on us from the north. I screamed the dogs' names and raced to the basement. As I hit the base of the stairs, one of the basement windows exploded....

Then I came to myself. I was still in bed. I got out of bed and went to the window. I saw a tornado....

Cripes. I swear I ran through that pattern four or five times, with minor variations, before I finally woke up for good.

Tornadoes have featured prominently in my nightmares for years. (Before that, it was volcanoes, inspired by reading an article about the Parícutin volcano in Mexico.) I don't recall ever being trapped in a loop like that, though.
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
I have a... well, to call it a recurring dream might be excessive; the details vary greatly each time. Call it a recurring theme. I am outside my home; there are quite a few people around. Sometimes some of them are relatives, but rarely all. There is something wrong with the backyard fence. It's bigger and more extensive than its waking-world equivalent, and parts of it are damaged - broken, fallen down, or missing altogether. I am scrambling around, trying to jury-rig repairs, but the equipment and tools are inadequate and insufficient.

I am worried that the dogs will get out, though none of them show any inclination to bolt. The dogs are numerous; my waking self doesn't recognize most of them, but all of them are mine. This morning's version featured a lanky bloodhound. I've never lived with a bloodhound; I'm not sure I've even seen one in the flesh.

I have no idea what, if anything, this means. (House-anxiety is not uncommon in my dreams; strangers doing things which affect the outside of my house, up to and including blocking the front door, frequently appear.)


Sep. 22nd, 2010 06:31 pm
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
Today has been a mixed, but, overall, I think a good day.

This morning I awakened from a rather odd dream. I had just written and had published a couple of papers; the journals in which they appeared were in front of me. (There was someone else in the room, who kept distracting me.) I kept picking them up and trying to read them, but I couldn't. (I can never read in my dreams; the letters are always blurry.) They seemed to be of an analytic nature, which is odd, since analysis is my least favorite of the great branches of mathematics. Still, I was happy to have published them; and when I awoke and realized that I had been dreaming, it made me sad for a while.

Monday, in calculus, I delivered a rather bad lecture. The topic was the Chain Rule, and I botched up the details of the proof.... I think I redeemed myself today, though, with a lecture on implicit differentiation. The guts of the idea - why it works; how to carry it through smoothly; why implicit is frequently better than explicit; the things that can go wrong, and what they mean. The students were attentive, answering my questions (sometimes correctly) and asking their own.

This afternoon I Mentored. We have a new program, whereby each of the graduate students with a teaching assignment gets a mentor from among the faculty, and I have been assigned a young man who is teaching College Algebra. He's a friendly and enthusiastic fellow, and I am determined not to show that I am squicked by his lip-ring. Anyway, I sat in on his class today; after the students left, I offered him what wisdom I could. He received it gratefully, and gave me copies of a quiz and a test. I'll probably sit in again sometime next week. ("Sit" is the wrong word; I stood leaning in a far corner, arms crossed, and tried not to look threatening.)

And I am home, having just finished the last of a bag of salad. I should shop tomorrow, but there are half a dozen other tasks crying out for attention as well. Also two dogs, likewise.



Jun. 26th, 2010 12:39 pm
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
I've heard of the phenomenon of lucid dreaming, but until this morning (perhaps) I had never experienced it. I was downtown, in a city which my conscious mind does not recognize but where my dream-self seems at home, and I sensed that something unpleasant was about to happen, or was already happening. I said to myself, "No, I'm not going to put up with this. I am wearing pants, and I have my wallet with me." Neither of these things was true at the moment that I thought it, but a couple of (subjective) minutes later, when I thought about them again, they were. The dream proceeded without embarrassing incident from that point.


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