There was house-sitting, staying with family, going on holiday, going visiting, staying in hotels and going to a wedding. All it all, it has added up to me sleeping in seven different beds so far with two more to go until we get to our own beds. Maybe for most people, this is no big deal, but I'm sure there are others out there who struggle to sleep in a new place. Especially during an exceptionally hot summer.
And then there was the mouse. I will not mention in which bed we encountered a mouse, but it started at two in the morning. There was a persistent squeaking sound. Was it the freezer? Was it some form of alarm? At two in the morning it is difficult to make sense of the rest of the world. Eventually, my husband and I figured out some kind of animal was stuck in the house. But we couldn't find it and we had no idea what to do about it, so I went upstairs to sleep on the couch and then a cot (+2 on my bed count), if you can call tossing and turning and imagining animals behind your wall sleeping.
Now the poor creature has died, but we can't find it anywhere and so we are left with it's decaying stench. Excellent. I thought I was a poor sleeper before.
In conclusion, I thought I would offer a few of my tips for sleeping to my fellow insomniacs.
1. Try to imagine each scene from a favourite movie. Remember each detail, every line. I've been using Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. So far, I've only made it to the ball.
2. Get up and have a little snack while you read something light. Dark and ghostly books are no good at night. Might I suggest one of mine? Suspiciously Reserved: A Twist on Jane Austen's Emma is as good as any to help you sleep.