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March 18th, 2011
08:07 am


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I know other people's dreams are dull, but I had a great sort-of-anxiety dream last night.

In real life, I really want to go to the Alcester contra dance, but I didn't want to strong-arm my parents into it too much, so was going to leave it and see what we all felt like on the day. Then Nicky texted me last night to ask if I'd be going, and strongly hinted it was going to be a sell out (which I'd have realised if I'd thought about it for more than 6 seconds)

So I had a dream where I was at the hall for the contra helping everyone to set up, and trying to buy four tickets, which I managed. Then I had the strangest realisation that this was just an anxiety dream and I hadn't actually bought any real tickets and solved my problem. Upon realising that, I 'woke up', desperately hoping that the laws of physics would bend and let me really have bought tickets by my strange out-of-body experience and sheer power of will, and was utterly surprised to discover I still had the tickets, slightly dog-eared but definitely there. I was well chuffed!

Sadly about 10 minutes later (having gleefully shown the tickets to all the family) I woke up again. Wow, dreaming's weird if you think about it too much, and the brain is turtles all the way down.

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Date:March 18th, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
I often dream that I wake up in dreams, particularly if I realise that I'm dreaming.
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Date:March 19th, 2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Yes, I do too. Often multiple times within the same dream. The next day I do sometimes wonder whether I'm actually awake... :(
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Date:March 18th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC)
Hmm... so, have you tried buying the tickets yet?
Date:March 18th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever dreamed of waking from a dream. Considering all of the other weird stuff that goes on in my dreams, and considering just how meta I can get at times, this actually seems quite odd.

Dream posts are great - more please! They're not dull at all.
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Date:March 18th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
That sort of nesting dreaming happens to me a lot. Particularly when I'm worried about something or have to be on time somewhere.

The world must know - did you buy the tickets IRL?
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Date:March 19th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
I got tickets, and it was awesome :-)
Date:March 21st, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)

Eternal Waking

In the Sandman novels, Dream (one of the Endless) punishes Alex by putting him into a nightmare of "eternal waking," in which he is forever dreaming he is waking up, and each waking degenerates into another horrible nightmare.

So yes, turtles all the way down.
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Date:March 21st, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Eternal Waking

Ah, Sandman! My then-boyfriend lent me all of them 2 weeks before my end of year exams in second year… it’s still not clear if this was a very kind or a very cruel thing to do :-) It definitely didn’t help my grade… but I had lots of happy afternoons reading by the Cam. With my notes conveniently nearby to help me learn by osmosis, of course.

Haven’t read them for years, and don’t own my own copies :-( Graphic novels are like really expensive chocolates, you can spend a lot of money on them, devour them really quickly, and then feel slightly guilty and slightly sick. But mmmmm, they’re good.
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