My sleeping periods lately have been incredible.
Each one feels like it's many hours long, and in mot cases is actually restful. In the past few weeks I felt like most naps made me more tired if anything, so this is a nice change.
Also, every single time I sleep now, I have a vivid memorable dream that seems to take place over a long period of time. In most cases I wake up after the dream and before the alarm. Here's my latest dream:
I signed up for a new gym. This one was weird - it was all shiny black and metal, and basically you go and get your own small cubicle to work out in. The first cubeicle I went into didn't have much equipment. Different cubes have different equipment. The next one was a bit better, but I was getting tired of carrying my stuff around. I had my laptop, mp3 player, and TI-89 calculator. Someone in the gym commented on my calculator.
All of a sudden, there was a small fire in the common area of the gym. I had a tough time making it out because I had to carry all of my stuff, which kept falling out of my hands.
I made it back home and noticed there was a fire there too... my stuff was slowly getting burnt up and I couldn't do anything to stop it. I met with some friends at this fish store (there was acutally a whole fish thread woven into the story, but it's too long to write here) that was owned by a friend of a friend.
When I made it back to my house, there was another fire there. It was small but persistent and kept burning my stuff.
I talked to my friends the next day and it turns out that all but one of them had a fire in their house as well. We decide that it wasn't coincidence and go back to the fish store. The owner is shady and sells guns in the back. I wanted to buy AK-47s, someone else really wanted M16s. I woke up during the argument.
I've been in Japan for just over a week now. Todd and my Japanese teacher, Michiru, just left yesterday. My friend Brian is still here. Michiru took us to a bunch of places we'd never been before, and guided us through the murky Japanese-speaking waters. Todd took a lot of great photos (same camera setup as me -- NEX-5 with 50mm/1.1 lens). While the memories are still fresh in my mind, I'll share a few stories from the trip.
Below is an interview I did with Krista Stryker, an athlete, entrepreneur, writer and adventurer based in San Francisco, California. Krista is a strong believer in the power of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), and is also the founder of12 Minute Athlete, a website providing free, incredibly effective HIIT workouts and awesome fitness motivation to athletes of all levels.