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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-09-18 08:50
Subject: [personal] Another page torn from the dream log
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Tags:conventions, dreams, food, funny, health, personal, weird

I had a very bad night last night with my GI, which meant I was awake or awakening a lot, and spent a fair amount of time in a hypnagogic state as well. This led to a series of linked dreams which had in common the presence of [info]elisem and the implication of [info]pnh and [info]tnh.

In the first act, I was in a hospital, or possibly a clinic setting. I had with me a medical fragile small child, whom I was trying to get in for a series of imaging tests. Mother of the Child had somehow dispatched me on this. No matter where I went in the facility, I was in the wrong place. Or I didn’t have the right records with me. Or the child with me didn’t have an appointment. Or I had to take her to see someone else first, for a referral. These are all classic anxiety dream elements, but it didn’t feel anxious to me within the dream state. Just sort of tedious, same-old same-old. Eventually this child and I ran into [info]elisem, who was there for tests of her own. She explained that the reason I was having so much trouble was that most of the hospital staff were having a cupcake festival, and took me to a common area where there were hundreds and hundreds of cupcakes in every imaginable size, color and style. We stood around, trying to figure out if we could get in line for some of our own.

In the second act, I was at a convention. The production budgets of my dreams apparently having been limited last night, it was in the same physical place as the hospital, except the place was now a combination hotel and mini-mall. A lot of people were dressed as Locutus of Borg, or in similar costumes at the intersection of steampunk and harder SF. I found a nice eyepiece from a vendor, but it didn’t have an actual eyeball — that needed to be purchased separately. I went around looking for an oculus of my own with increasing desperation. I knew I would not fit in if I didn’t have my own artifical eyeball. I blundered into a private sale [info]elisem was having, to the annoyance of her helpers and the other patrons, though she was gracious about it. She explained to me that she did jewelry pieces, not oculae, and really I would have to go somewhere else. She also offered me a cupcake.

In the third act, [info]elisem‘s private sale had moved to the courtyard of a farmhouse in the south of France. (Where in real life my mother is currently vacationing, and sending daily updates by email, just for context here.) There was also a combination of a small convention and fetish party being set up. I had the medically fragile child with me again, and for some reason was now very obsessed with making sure that we all had enough food to eat. Various doms and other practitioners were bringing me samples of their culinary wares, including a rather nice lamb teriyaki with sticky rice. No more cupcakes though.

What did you dream?

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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zyzyly
User: zyzyly
Date: 2011-09-18 16:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My dream was not nearly as interesting as yours. Have you ever dreamed about the medically fragile small child before?

I dreamed that there was a set of stairs at the end of the hall of the new ICU we will move into in a few weeks, and down those stairs was my grandfather's house.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-09-18 16:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No, I don't know who the child was or what her significance was. I suspect it may have been cancer-me, and me dreaming about taking care of myself.
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2011-09-19 03:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It might be. What occurred to me is that the child might represent your creative self and your anxiety about it being subsumed by chemo.
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Fluttering Things: nigella
User: moxie_raqs
Date: 2011-09-18 16:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:nigella
Too bad you didn't mention cupcakes when you dropped by my dream the other night. I almost always have ingredients for those. I would have sent you to the store for food coloring and taken the opportunity to brush my hair and put on a shirt I liked. Remember that next time.

Last night: nada. I rarely remember my dreams.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-09-18 16:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mmm, cupcakes.
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silvertwi
User: silvertwi
Date: 2011-09-18 16:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was dreaming fantasy. Some sort of weird mix of worlds I read about/watch, but definitely Buffy-influenced because I was watching the end of Season 1 last night. Someone "Master"-like was killing me, but did something unspecified that made me alive again. (I wasn't actually afraid of this individual or what he was doing to me, however.)

In another dream, I was at some kind of wildlife maze, which had all kinds of animals in it. I remember darkish and greenery, and a woman in charge of it all.

I woke up from the first dream when my temporary roommate yelled "What!" in her sleep, though.
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scarlettina: Have A Cookie
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-09-18 16:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Have A Cookie
I dreamed I was selling artificial eyes in a hotel room. I was anxious because I could hear all this festive activity down the hall and I couldn't get out of the room to tell everyone that I had oculae for sale.

OK, no, not really....

I don't actually remember last night's dreams. The pain meds may have had something to do with that. After a day at Foolscap, exhausted as I was, the foot hurt too much to sleep unaided.
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russ: ramayana
User: goulo
Date: 2011-09-18 17:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:ramayana
I dreamed that Anna and I went to some apparently Esperanto event in India. One morning I went off exploring early on my, own traveling through a jungle, and I eventually found some group of Esperantists who were organizing a bicycle excursion along a river, so I decided to join them (that part reminded me a bit of a real life bike excursion at an Esperanto event along a canal in France last year).
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2011-09-18 18:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Funny you should ask. I woke from a dream whose nitpicky details I do not entirely recall, but I do remember the fact that I was supposed to be playing in the semi-finals of a tennis tournament (with an inkling that I had somehow got there by pure accident, not by merit or climbing the tournament ladder). Doubles. with a doubles partner... who was in a wheelchair. On a court made of black rubber, painted with black lines.

I think Doctor Freud would have a field day with this one.
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User: twinkelbelpeach
Date: 2011-09-18 18:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't usually have funky freaky dreams, but just a few nights ago I definitely did. I was at a class reunion (something I've never been to in waking life) and a girl that I could not stand ran up to me and gave me a hug. She them ripped open her blouse, saying that she wanted to show me her new implants. Her boobs were huge and blue-veiny ugly, and as I stared at them aghast, they turned into snapping dog heads lunging for me. I woke up with one of those startled jumps, thinking JESUS H CHRIST! I have no idea what brought on such a dream, but if I ever run across this woman for real I know it will creep me out.
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2011-09-19 00:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My anxiety dreams involve airports. Airports and ex-wives. Trying to get from Kingston to New York or London. Over and over.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2011-09-19 22:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*laughs* Nothing involving cupcakes. Though now, I want some.
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