Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Ahhh. 9:57 am on a Tuesday morning. Tuesdays, for me, are actually more like Mondays for other people, because I usually start my work week on a Tuesday. Mondays for me are about resenting the fact that my work week should have begun, watching bad television, procrastinating and feeling guilty. Tuesdays are about getting my life together and being productive.

So I'm posting again.

I am not writing my play, or composing music, or helping little old ladies cross the street, or going to the gym, or pushing my cat around the apartment and calling it "exercise". No, I am contributing to my long lost blog before heading to a voice audition for some kind of cereal commercial. I'm a little concerned that I won't be able to actually form cohesive sentences at the audition, because I had a rough night last night and I am ridiculously tired. I have also only had a DECAF COFFEE today, not a real one. See how good I am at fighting ulcers? (Yes, it's possible that I had three beers last night, but I was alone, so they don't count. And one of them was a Guinness, which is full of vitamins and can repair damage to the stomach lining. A very respectable alcoholic told me that.)

Let me just explain that when I say "rough night" I am not exaggerating: I sleepwalk. And talk. And grind my teeth. And I think it's possible that I move furniture around with my head, because how else could my neck hurt this much? The sleepwalking makes for some busy nights. For instance, I lived alone in my last apartment, and I woke up one morning with lip gloss in one hand and some small change in the other hand. On a different night, I somehow pulled down all the health and fitness books (all four of them) from my bookshelf, and I woke up in the morning with "Firm Buns, Trim Thighs" (I wish I was joking) and "The Sports Nutrition Journal" lying next to me on the bed.

In the PHARK house, I recently climbed the ladder up to my loft space in my sleep, then woke up for a minute, decided it was dangerous, climbed back down, fell asleep again and then moved the entire ladder (which is NOT light) over to a different wall. When I woke up, the ladder was blocking the bathroom. Interesting.

This is probably a little more information about my sleep habits than the internet needed.

On to a new topic...um...I did a telephone interview yesterday about McKay and Mrs. Miller and A Dog's Breakfast, which was lots of fun. I was actually pretty nervous, which meant that I did a lot of really loud laughing (generally at my own jokes) and that my vocabulary was reduced by 75% . I hope it turns out okay.

The Queen West Art Crawl was very cool (ohhh dear -- my vocabulary hasn't returned to normal yet.) Lisa's photographs were excellent as always, and there were paintings, sculptures, jewelry displays, roasted yams (as food, not as art), sketches, accessories and all sorts of other good things. Even though I can't draw a circle, I was still able to appreciate the fact that other people can. One artist had painted a canoe paddle that looked so real I was convinced I could pick it up. (I didn't try.) She had also painted a suitcase that, again, was so real and seemingly three dimensional that I couldn't stop staring at it. The artist thought I was a little creepy.

Now I will stop talking about art before I expose myself as someone who knows nothing about art.

As for my writing...I HAVE STARTED THE PROJECT! FOR REAL! I wrote a monologue, a scene, and a song (well, the music for a song -- some William Shakespeare guy wrote the lyrics), but the research phase is not going well. So...I am thinking of asking the people who read this blog for some help. Since approximately 700-800 people visit Loft in Translation every day (I can't even talk about how much that blows my mind), I thought I would use that opportunity to do some research. I am supposed to interview people from across Canada for the first phase of the project, but I would love to expand that to Canada and the world. The play I am writing deals with violence against young people, so some of the questions I will be asking aren't easy to ask or to answer. Before I ask any questions, though, I'd love to know whether or not any of you loft-in-translationites would be willing to answer them. I can give out one of my seventeen thousand email addresses and you can send your responses there, instead of posting them on the blog.

The other thing I'd love would be the "To be or not to be" speech from Hamlet in as many languages as possible, if any of you have copies of Hamlet in languages other than English. Anyway...I will be more specific in my next post, but I just thought I'd ask everyone's opinion about helping me with the research portion of my new play, Use My Babies Well.

How does that sound? Is that a terrible idea? An okay idea? Coffee? (Oh, shoot...my subconscious just typed that. I hate it when it does that.)

Have a happy Tuesday...



Blogger celisnebula said...

That sounds incredibly awesome... though I have a feeling you're going to be inundated with people responding. Not that that’s a terribly bad thing, I always go by the rule more is better when it comes to research, but with nearly 700 people watching your blog, it might be a tad overwhelming.

But hey, I’m up for anything to do with research, so I’m game… and I think I have a couple of Shakespearian plays in Latin and German somewhere.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Cygnet said...

Dude! As for the questions in research, ask away! More than happy to help. That sucks about the sleep problems, i suffer from insomnia and sleep paralysis so i hear ya on the WTF with all that. You have a great Tuesday also!

11:52 AM  
Blogger celisnebula said...

Oh, before I forget, have you ever thought to do a sleep study? That might help with some of your sleeping issues -- cut down on my sleep walking.

11:53 AM  
Anonymous MK said...

Hey, at least you're not violent in your sleep. I tend to attack the people who have to share a bed with me, and once in awhile, even someone who brings me breakfast in bed. It's happened, ninja-style, and I have yet to live it down.

I'm pretty sure you could have a -lot- of people responding to your research questions. Like Celisnebula said, it might be a bit overwhelming but... we're up for it.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Kate, for you, I'll answer anything you ask ;)

Seriously tho, I'd love to participate, here in Halifax NS.

11:58 AM  
Blogger slodwick said...

What good is a built-in audience if you can't count on us to hurl things back at you now and then (in the form of answers, hopefully, and not heavy objects or produce)? I imagine all you need do is ask, and you'll receive more help than you could possibly use - and on the off chance you might want to select individuals, I'd happily volunteer my time. It's not as though I'm avoiding my own work or anything.

12:00 PM  
Blogger celisnebula said...

*grins at slodwick*

Procrastination is a wonderful thing! Plus, unlimited web access at work... (going back to poking authors on my livejournal).

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Sweeneybird said...

Everyone in my family talks in their sleep and at least one of my brothers walks - made it a bit creepy as a kid when I was the last one to go to bed.

And you're absolutely right about Guinness - it's good for you. Advertising says so, and advertising never lies. NEVER. Also, it's one of the lowest calorie beers - less than many light beers! Yay Guinness!

12:08 PM  
Blogger kouzlo5 said...

Wow. Ya know, I really love reading your blog because it shows how your project is progressing, and if I ever decide to try something like it I'll be able to justify myself procrastinating... That said, I'd love to help with your research and I have a copy of Hamlet in Czech back at school (where I'll be in less than a week).

12:15 PM  
Blogger Rose said...

Always happy to help!

The internet tells me there's a Klingon translation of Hamlet out there, but I doubt that's what you're after.

My brother used to sing the Power Rangers theme tune in his sleep. Consider yourself lucky.

12:31 PM  
Blogger geekjumper said...

I suspect you're going to get inundated here, but I'd be happy to participate, Kate. Procrastination powers, activate! (I'm from the American South, if you're collecting locations.) Also? That is some seriously athletic sleeping. Have you ever tried a sleep study?

12:44 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

I have only sleep walked once (that I know of). I was about 12 years old. My mother tells me I walked downstairs, asked her if she wanted to play a game of cards, turned around and went back to bed. I don't remember doing that..lol.

And recently someone told me I talk in my sleep, which kinda freaks me out. First thought that came to mind was "oh god..what did I say!" He wouldn't tell me. I think he is saving it for blackmail, for the future..lol

As for the questions. Ask away. Not sure I can be of any help, but I'm willing to try. :D

12:47 PM  
Blogger kittenz2006 said...

Research you say-great I work in a library, and since of course, I read your blogs at work when I'm actually getting paid to do reseach it could not be more appropo. If there's a particular language you're looking for we have a fairly large Other Languages collection (it had been called the Foreign Language collection until someone decided that wasn't PC so we actually got a government grant to have a university student spend the summer putting new stickers on old books).
Did some quick research this am when I first read the blog. According to the studies I found, stress reduction techniques and white noise boxes seem to help in some cases. Will dig deeper- right now I need to finish a report on the use of large print books in seniors homes. L

12:51 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Always willing to provide my useless opinions for research. I live in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, but grew up in San Antonio, Texas, USA.

As for that sleep walking? Yeah. Sounds like a rough night.

But your tight neck and shoulders are caused by your grinding teeth. The jaw muscles use your neck and shoulder muscles for support. (I have TMJ and can attest to that fact.)

Hang in there! And I'm sure there are many of us who are willing to do research for you because it's WAY better than working!

12:55 PM  
Blogger samantha said...


I would love to participate, you can expand your research to Scotland this way.

Procrastination is good. Never doubt this simple fact of life.;)

12:59 PM  
Blogger Arlessiar said...

You're sleepwalking and climb ladders in your sleep? Woah, that's not only 'interesting', that's also pretty dangerous, not? :S
Bad thing that no-one can watch over you when you sleep. I hope you'll be fine despite your night-time adventures! Take care, ok? I know you probably can't do much about the sleepwalking. But keep up the fight against the ulcer of evil! :)

Help with the research for your play? No problem, if I can help I will.

And concerning Hamlet - I have a German translation of the play.

So you did a telephone interview for M&MM? Cool, when will we get to hear/read it? :)
It's kinda reassuring to hear that you were nervous. Not that I want you to be nervous of course, but it makes me realise again that we all are only human. When I read interviews with actors I often think "they're so cool, they always have witty or clever answers, they're so professional, I could never do that." Thanks for the insight into an actor's mind and letting us now that 'calm and collected' isn't the standard setting of an actor as it often seems.
By the way, I'm pretty sure you did fine and that the interview will reflect how lovely and natural you are! :)

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Jane said...

Of course I'll help with the research. I definitely have Hamlet in French and I think I have it lurking in Dutch. As for young people and violence, I'm all up for helping. It's a subject I find incredibly interesting, being a trainee teacher.

The sleep stuff? Totally understand that. I sleep walk, talk and sing. I've woken up to find cushions in the fridge, saucepans hung up on nails in the living room and all sorts of weird stuff. But it's hellish how you feel in the morning. I would usually suggest coffee, but....

Anyway, yeah, to summarise what has been a pretty useless comment, I'm MORE than willing to help with anything you want to throw at me.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Wow. The internet is a scary place.

"To be or not to be" in Klingon. (Don't even ask me how to pronounce it.)

Khamlet (Hamlet) III.i.55ff. ("To be, or not to be....")

Khamlet: taH pagh taHbe'. DaH mu'tlheghvam vIqelnIS.
quv'a', yabDaq San vaQ cha, pu' je SIQDI'?
pagh, Seng bIQ'a'Hey SuvmeH nuHmey SuqDI',
'ej, Suvmo', rInmoHDI'? Hegh. Qong --- Qong neH ---
'ej QongDI', tIq 'oy', wa'SanID Daw''e' je
cho'nISbogh porghDaj rInmoHlaH net Har.

Translated by Nick Nicholas & Andrew Strader. KLI, 1995.

Why, yes. I should be getting back to saving the US from bioterrorism. ::smirk::

1:09 PM  
Blogger Rox said...

I'd love to answer your questions. I'll probably expand and explain everything, though :)

About Shakespeare plays... I can get the Romanian version of any of them.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Becky S said...

Yea! You started your writing!

*Stands up applauding*

If I can help you with anything for your research I am more than glad to. So ask away.

Good luck with all the reseach.

1:15 PM  
Blogger sueKay said...

I've never done the sleepwalking thing myself, though I found my next-door neighbour asleep in our garden one morning!

I'd be up for helping your research by answering your questions :)

1:16 PM  
Blogger Misty aka s_aurius said...

I don't mind answering questions either. I don't know how much help I'd be, but I'm willing. :)

I used to sleepwalk a lot when I was younger, and back when I was in college I had sleep paralysis. So I know how freaky and scary that can be. I just mostly talk in my sleep now. :P

I look forward to your interview. Let us know if you can when and where it will be posted.

1:18 PM  
Blogger jifferhorn said...

one often wonder if our sleep behaviors, i.e. dreaming, sleep-walking, etc., say anything about us in our waking lives... in your case, i'd say no. you're beautiful without the aide of lip gloss and fitness books... and as far as we in the internet world know, you don't have any lingering bathroom phobias. ;-)

after hearing that you get so many hits per day, i would be a bit concerned about information overload with responses to your questions. however, i relish the opportunity to help, even in a tiny way, with the creative process. so, please ask away!

i may even journey up to toronto when your play eventually debuts. Okay, scratch that… i definitely will, for it will be entirely too intriguing to miss!!! ;-)

1:18 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

One of my flatmates has been known to talk, clap, laugh and sing in her sleep....hours of entertainment for the rest of us, even if it is fairly freaksome.

The only problem I have with sleeping is those pesky essays and assignments which have a tendency to not want to be written until the last possible moment meaning little 'ol me has to pull an all nighter to get them handed in on time.

Also being said student means that research is my first, middle and last name at the moment so if I can be of any assistance fire away.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

My mum talks in her sleep - I had whole conversations with her when getting home in the early hours of the morning that I then had to repeat back to her the next day. Having said that, my mate told me that when we shared a room on holiday that I sang/talked in my sleep as well. Which, when you consider my singing voice, is a very frightening thought!

As for answering questions for your research, I'm another volunteer though I don't know how interesting they'll be. :)

1:36 PM  
Blogger dee said...

Good to see you're not longer procrastinating and getting to the research part of your project. ;-)

I'm game to give it a go. Down here on Long Island in New York.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Cindee said...

Sleep is highly over-rated! I took time last night from my tossing and turning to get up and have a glass of wine in order to get a couple hours of sleep.

I'd be glad to help with your research as I work in an environment with 2000 High School age kids every day.

(Hmm, maybe that's why I can't sleep at nights)

1:43 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I fail at finding the 'post a comment' link at the end. Sad state, that. But I blame my dilated pupils and I'm sticking to it.

If it makes you feel better, I talk in my sleep. Apparently my mom has had whole conversations with me, and even found out any secrets I was trying to keep (not that they're very interesting; boring, that's me!). That whole restless thing sucks though, since you can't really do much of anything the next day. The motivation has been used up in that weird dreamland place. Stupid dreams, making life harder.

I'd answer the questions but I'm not sure how much help I'd be. I'm all for trying though. Ah, based in Atlanta, too. Born and raised, to boot.

1:46 PM  
Blogger freckles said...

I see the French and German versions of Hamlet have already been offered but I'm more than happy to help with answering some questions (I'm in the UK).

I've had no experience with sleepwalkers or sleepwalking but have been told it isn't fun :( As to the talking-in-your-sleep thing others have mentioned, my younger brother does and you can have a conversation with him for at least 5 or 10 minutes before he says something so very out there that you realise he isn't awake at all. It's quite bizarre to experience.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Nathalie said...

In regard to the sleepwalking - that is the most creative version of it I've ever heard...

I'd be happy to help you and so provide you with Dutch input!

I've also got the 'To be or not to be' speech available in Dutch. Unfortunately I don't have the entire play in translation...

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

I am supposed to interview people from across Canada for the first phase of the project, but I would love to expand that to Canada and the world
Quand vous aurez passé la première phase du projet je me ferai une joie de répondre à vos questions ! I'll answer in english !
Il est tout à fait possible pour moi de me procurer le fameux passage de Hamlet "Etre ou ne pas être" en français :P (si vous voulez je peux le mettre en ligne sur mon blog)

Mais je vous laisse car pour moi il est l'heure d'aller dîner !!! Bonne journée !

1:56 PM  
Blogger Danielle the Paranoid Android said...

I wouldn't be adverse to helping with the research.

Hooray for blasting through procrastination momentarily!

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Vorador said...

Uhh, sleepwalking...That happened only once to me...or at least that was the number of times people noticed... my mother caught me while I was apparently trying to take a walk in the street at 3 AM, so thats not too strange..Except the part of moving furniture around with your head...lol

And the Decaf... I totally agree with you, thats not real coffee. I guess I would prefer to call it 'coffee tinted water' or something...

About the questions, I'd love to answer them and be able to help you in any way. I guess my sister should have Hamlet in Portuguese too, but I'll check that out.

Keep us posted :)

2:04 PM  
Anonymous katya said...

I'm sure you're going to get 700+ volunteers to answer your research questions, but I'll add my name to the list anyway.

On the subject of sleepwalking, etc., I used to walk and talk in my sleep, to the point of having conversations with my mother when I was a kid. Haven't done it for a long time (as far as I know), but it was entertaining while it was happening. For those around me, if not for me. *g*

2:06 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Wow, another Kate with sleep problems. All my freinds with the same name have similar problems. I'm living in a similar place to PHARK, just not as lofty( get it, get it, god I kill me) and last week I turned the TV off on one of my roomies, collectively we're STAMK. And so far STAM are a little creeped out. My friends (the kates) and I have decided that it is the stress from every other word sounding like someone is calling our name. Do you find the same thing. Hey heard from a distance sounds just like Kate from a distance. Also the bleating of sheep sounds like they are calling our name as well. Not a good fact when all your family live in the dales in England("listen Kate they're calling you back" hahaha-not)
Anyways, happy as any and most likely all of the others to participate in your research, though I will only count in the Canadian category not that I'm complaining(that's what I did last time I commented) As to the sleep studies people have been mentioning, I have always thought I should, only I've never gotten around to it-apparently the procrastination is also a genetic trait of Kates.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Jen w said...

Count me in on the research...I'd love to help! I can relate to the sleep problems, although I only do it when I'm extremely sleep deprived...aka all through college and the first 10 months of my son's life. One night I was dreaming that my roommate in the dorm had left a candle burning and it fell onto her bed and was about to catch on fire so I ran over and was patting the bed trying to find it to put it out and woke up to a screaming roommate freaking out because I was hitting her feet! One other time I was dreaming a giant dog was about to bite me and I ran screaming through the hall of the dorm and woke up my whole floor....so at least your sleepwalking doesn't wake all of your neighbors!!!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Kryianna said...

When I shoved my husband's head between the bed and the wall for the second time, he made us rearrange the bedroom so he didn't sleep next to the wall again. At least you're only climbing ladders....you're not breaking someone's neck in his sleep. :)

I'd be more than willing to help with your research, if you need another from the US (Texas, if that counts for anything).

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

I want to help as well! And if I can find the Hamlet thing in my 300+ pages of notes you can have that too...in German, I mean :)

And sorry about the sleep problems :/

2:19 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

If I can help with your research question I will. Don't know a whole lot about the subject of violence against kids except for the fact that my second cousin was murdered by his father (the abusive creep that married my cousin), he was only 12.

My older brother talks crazy talk in his sleep and slaps himself on the stomach.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My youngest sleepwalks and we have had to put dead bolts up high to stop him leaving the house. Apparently I was shocking when I was younger and my poor parents had many panic attacks after finding me in the back garden.

Now I have the opposite problem, I don't sleep for long...tried everything, even a sleep clinic.

My husband wears a mouth guard at night as he was wrecking his teeth because his grinding was so bad.

I'll answer the questions.

Ozzie (Australia)

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

But what about Green Eggs and Hamlet??


2:30 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Hmm how about this linky then?


2:31 PM  
Anonymous Nomi said...

There's a rather famous (well, within Hebrew theater) translation of Hamlet into Hebrew by Avraham Shlonsky.

And Hamlet will be performed in Hebrew in Washington, DC, in early 2007.

I'd be happy to answer your questions, though I am not Canadian, nor do I live in Canada. But if you're interested in non-Canadian responses, I'm game.

2:52 PM  
Blogger salivia_baker said...

you sound like me about work *bg*

About the Hamlet thing, I don't have that play but it's online (google helps^^) so in german it's here

The Hamletscene is here (the first part, first sentences be or not to be but it's written in old german. like "seyn" you would write "sein" today.)

As for the interview part (or is it more a opinion poll?). I'd like to do it but hopefully you're clear about what violence mean. is it only ohysical iolence or also physical? and where does it start? is a bad name count? or a a lil slap? is it about like parents orgnore kids or maybe be over protective? (sorry to be so dainty but we got to hear that all the time during our studies)
ok back to leadership -> *raise hand to wanne participate in that project*

3:18 PM  
Blogger omgwtfcori said...

I'd love to answer some questions for you! So just for your information I come from Frankfurt am Main, Germany ;)

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

On the Hamlet stuff, it's too bad you weren't blogging while I was on my trip - I could have gotten you Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, and German. But... there are probably that many nationalities reading this blog anyway, so no matter.

I'd be totally up for answering some questions - I have a rather unique perspective as a 2nd year teacher at a low-income school. Heck, with all the memes most of the people here probably do, a few questions is nothing!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can provide you with a Serbo-Croatian version of Hamlet's speech. But I'd have to look it up; it's been too long since I had to memorize it for class... Anyway, let us know whether you want the translations posted here or emailed to you. :-)

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Sue said...


This is the German translation of 'To be or not to be'. I saw, salvia baker posted it before, but this one is written in a modern/normal German...

I'd love helping you by answering those questions...

I'm looking forward to reading this interview you gave ;)

Hoffe du hast noch einen schönen Dienstag!

3:37 PM  
Blogger Rike said...

You already got a couple of German translations of the Hamlet monologue, so I won't offer again. If you need one more participant for your questionaire, I'd be happy to help.

As for the sleep walking, my brother used to whack his head against the wall during the night and when I say whack, I mean full out, no holds barred. Used to drive me batshit insane, because, while he slept right through it, it kept me awake. Oh, the joys of siblings.
At least you seem to be getting some exercise this way, what with all that moving of furniture. *evil grin*

4:09 PM  
Anonymous melissa said...

I'd love to help with your research but I'm not sure if you're looking for people of a certain age range... because I'm only 15 so I don't know how much I could help or not. Anyway hope you had a good Tuesday!

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Alasse said...

And one of them was a Guinness, which is full of vitamins and can repair damage to the stomach lining. A very respectable alcoholic told me that.)

Oh absolutely! Guinness has *protein*, yo. And only 125 calories. They didn't do it on purpose.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Trishkafibble said...

Ach! I do not work with kids, or research, nor do I sleepwalk or grind my teeth or drink Guiness!!! I'm useless, I tell ye! But I would be happy to answer questions! It would make me feel special, and you could get the Buffalo, New York-area native's POV. (You know you want it!) =P

PS--OK, yeah, I'm not totally useless--I do have 4 kids. And if you ever want to research geriatric nuns, I do work with them! (It's a thought, right?)

5:10 PM  
Blogger Brynnydd said...

Wow, sleepwalking. That can be dangerous and also frustrating for parents. When we were kids, my younger brother would sleep walk. But only when he had to use the restroom. So my parents had to be vigilente, if they heard him up and around they had to hurry and direct him to the bathroom or else he tried to pee in his dresser drawer.

How's that for oversharing? :)

I'm always willing to help with research questions.

5:31 PM  
Anonymous farohji said...

I wouldn't mind helping out for your interview thing. Personally I'm a Montreal CEGEP student. luckily I don't attend Dawson, but I have family and friends that do and came out unscathed. If you'd like I can ask around and see if anyone I know would be interested.

5:40 PM  
Blogger Sarahzilla said...

I'm sorry about the rought night :( At least you didn't wake up and discover photos of yourself on the internet getting up close and personal with a bunch of old gross guys dressed up like Klingons (I am forever shamed by that one).

And personally I'd love to help you with any questions for your research. I've helped a couple people out who were writing books already and have no problem with even the tougher questions.

Have you ever tried taking melatonin before you sleep? It's supposed to restore circadian rythms and help with getting deeper sleep. It either helps a lot, or not at all but it doesn't hurt to give that a try.

6:11 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

Hey Kate,

You don't need to ask - of course we'll help you out! Ask away.

Oooo, interviews! If you are able to let us know, who did you do the interviews for? That way we can look out for it.

Sleepwalking, eh? Perhaps Rufus has a part in all this, since he sneaks off at night and all, maybe he has you trained to aid in his shifty business. ...

6:15 PM  
Blogger ZoniDuck said...

Wow! Your sleep disorder stuff sounds terrible! I have to agree with the others who are asking whether you've ever done a sleep study. And at the risk of being overly familiar, I have the urge to ask if the doctor who's treating you for your ulcer knows about the teeth grinding and sleep disturbances. I also have the urge to wag my finger at you and tell you to take care of yourself, but I'll resist.

Oh, and you can mark me down as another American who would be more than happy to help with your research.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Q said...

I think almost everyone has some kind of sleep problem. My dad snores so loud I can here him in my room...with my door closed. My mum says I talk in my sleep, but I deny it. I do know for a fact my grandma talks to herself while she sleeps. Kinda freaky actually. And I grind my teeth when I sleep too, you're not alone. I'd be happy to help in any way possible to answer you're questions even though I live in Virginia. I may be able to find a Latin Hamlet, but I'm not positive.That reminds me...I have a latin translation to do.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Deluded Angel said...

What a brilliant idea would be happy to responded :)

Hopefully it will help me find a way of avoiding having to sort out my uni junk


6:47 PM  
Blogger Neep said...

I see that you have heaps of offers to answer the research questions, but add me to the list. I'm 18 and in NZ if that helps.

I once had a weird experience with a sleeping friend who sat straight up, looked directly at me and asked me where all the people had gone. She was looking around the room for them. The next morning she said that she had been dreaming that the room was full of people, that's all she could remember.

I love the idea of using your audience to get translations from around the world, good luck!

Oh, and about the Guinness... damn right!

6:51 PM  
Blogger Anthony said...

I sleepwalked only once. Went downstairs, got a donut from the kitchen and placed it on the coffee table and sat and watched it for 15 minutes before waking up and going back to bed. 4:00 in the morning!

6:55 PM  
Blogger valderys said...

Aww, hon, poor you, with the sleep-walking thing. I only talk in my sleep, and I've been told that's bad enough.

As for questions - ask away! You should get plenty of data from us lot, I reckon :) I'm afraid I have no experience of violence towards young people, but if you need a control group, I'm your woman! (I'm from the UK for the stats POV, if that's any help)

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Colleen M. said...

Hi Kate - I'd be happy to help you with your research. Sadly I don't have a Blogger account but you can reach me at theemmer2000 at yahoo dot com or at the Live Journal account above. Hopefully this doesn't get too overwhelming for you and that you get some good information from us - here's to a better night for you! Colleen in Seattle, WA USA

7:17 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

Arr, Kate, ye can take pleasure in the fact that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day, and make yer sleepwalking walk the plank.

Here's a site with Shakespeare translated into a bunch of languages, including Celtic languages like Gaelic and Welsh. http://pages.unibas.ch/shine/translatorsgaelic.htm

Have fun!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

Just introducing myself quickly before I get on with my reply; I’m Meg and Toronto is my home as of late because of school. I've been here for a while, but I’m kind of shy about replying, but today, I decided to give it a go, and here I am!

Sleep talking and teeth grinding I know all about, and sleep singing too...its odd, I know, but hey, makes life more interesting when you wake people up with pop music of the 90's!

If you need anymore people to help with the research I’d be happy to volunteer...so yeah.....count me in. :)

And Hamlet....well, I’m actually auditioning for Hamlet at Hart House theatre at U of T this week, and I’m using the "To be or not to be" solil. for my audition piece. I'm terrified, but I really want to be a part of this production, so here's hoping!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Sure, I'd love to help out. Still of course get a kick out of reading your blog.

As for your sleep walking-wow! I myself may have sleep walked once but one time I did wake up in my bed with a can of soda. That was open and I had not spilled any of it.!

7:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the photo you published earlier. Fantastic!

Quick question, but with whom did you do the inteview regarding McKay and Mrs. Miller - would love to read it when it comes out :)

8:35 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

I'd be happy to answer any questions for your research (I'm in AR); it sounds interesting.
The sleepwalking, etc. thing sounds scary. I don't think I've ever done anything like that before. I did wake up one time with a black-eye, when I was sleeping in the same bed as my sister. She used to have terrible fits when she slept. I still can't figure out why I didn't wake up after getting punched.
I can't really comment on the coffee or beer thing, as I'm allergic to beer (and wine), and I don't really like coffee (it's kind of a downer for me). I only drink coffee if I want to fall asleep quickly.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

You're probably going to be flooded with willing research assistants, but I'd be happy to answer any questions for the project (I'm in the northeastern US).

8:57 PM  
Blogger Olivia said...

I know these are probably flooding your comment box but I'd be a willing to answer questions. (I'm in Alaska):):)


9:25 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I'd love to help out! I'll answer any questions as honestly as possible. *nodnod*

9:25 PM  
Anonymous krylon said...

Ask away! You'd probably get a ton of responses, but is that necessarily a bad thing? (Yes, if you can't find the time to go through 800-some emails...) I work in news in the US, and I wouldn't mind answering questions.

As for the sleepwalking, that's scary! At least you seem to stay in your apartment, though? I can't help but wonder if your subconscious was trying to tell you something when you blocked off the bathroom. I talk in my sleep, but in gibberish. I used to wake up my old roommate with it all the time.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous NenyaVilyaNenya said...

Those are some crazy nights you have there, reminds me of some friends that I have, though they're more violent.
Procrastination is great. This is me procrastinating.
Oh and I'd answer a few research questions.

9:45 PM  
Blogger The French Connection said...


Je te recommande juste une chanson que j'adore... C'est Toune D'Automne des Cowboys Fringuants. Comme t'as un frere je me suis dis que ça te plairais.

10:17 PM  
Blogger Spacegirlnz said...

Hey Kate!

It seems you're not alone in the sleep walking tthing, and I have yet another account to add.

I think I was like 12 and I knew I had to get up early for school one day, and aparently I was very eager, cause in my sleep I got out of bed, got my uniform had a shower, dried off and got into my uniform. My mum said that when she realised what the noise in the bathroom was it was about 3am...

Anyway, I would love to take part in your research... And I'm a young person... ish (sometimes I feel old) So that might help :D

Have a good Tuesday (if it's still tuesday, I'm not sure. It's Wednesday afternoon here in NZ) If not then have a good *instert day/time here* :)

10:39 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

I could probably type you up an American Hick translation. "Ta be er not ta be. That there is the question, I tell you what ..."

I guess that also means I could answer some of them there questions for your research, if you should want.

I had no idea that sleep problems were so common. It makes me feel better and that this is writing-procrastination-time-well-spent. I once did a load of laundry in my sleep. If only I could manage the same with the dishes each night.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Hatusu said...

Sure. I'd participate in the survey. I'm in Chicago.

Now, let's analyze this sleepwalking....

10:56 PM  
Blogger Jen the Fangirl said...

Oh wow. Sleepwalking may not be fun, but I bet you could get some interesting pieces from stories involving sleepwalking. All the things one can do while they're sleepwalking!!

I'm all for questions too. :) I love giving answers as much as I love asking questions.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Chrystalline said...

You know, I bet the majority of your readers are more than willing to help out. Are you looking for violence against kids by kids, against kids by adults, or both?

Awww, somebody beat me to the Klingon translation :: puts Klingon Hamlet book back on shelf ::

Sleep weirdness is fun! Apparently my mom used to sleepwalk; said her parents caught her halfway down the sidewalk one night, apparently attempting to walk to school. Me, I just scare people out of their wits;)

I'm told that on our Honor Choir trip, I giggled in my sleep when the others got back from the bar at 2 am (and she thought about sleeping on the floor!) and the next night, I sat bolt upright in bed and started counting music out loud. We'd spent most of the day singing "One and two and three and four and," so that kinda made sense. On the tour to Washington DC, I kept my roommate awake the whole night by crying in my sleep. I don't know why she didn't wake me; I'd have appreciated being let out of that dream.

On a lighter note, when I was staying with a friend, she kinda freaked me out one night when we were sitting on the couch. I asked her if she was awake, because she kinda looked like she wasn't, but then she made eye contact with me and shook her head "no." I was still trying to figure out if she was playing with me when she actually woke up;)

On the teeth grinding - my mom ended up getting a sports mouth guard to help her. You can get those at any sporting goods store or a megastore like Walmart/Target/Kmart/whatever they have like that up there (I've never been to Toronto...) They also have them in martial arts catalogs like www.CenturyMA.com (mom also ended up getting Aquafresh Sensitive Maximum Strength toothpaste - the dentist told her she was grinding her teeth because of her day-to-day stress)

11:32 PM  
Blogger Tory said...

I think that's a great idea, and I'd love to help you write your play in any way I can. (I'm a dramatic writing major; I completely feel your pain.)

12:07 AM  
Blogger RankNFiled said...

Wow, sounds like a rough night. My brother used to sleep walk. At least you didn't find yourself peeing in the bathtub. That probably would have been bad.
And even though I'm sure you're going to get totally inundated, I'm game to answer any questions you might have. Sometimes, talking about the hard things is the only way to deal with them. Or so my shrink says, lol. Just kidding. Or am I?
Hope you get a better night's sleep tonight.

12:38 AM  
Blogger the dancer of spaz said...

Wow. 700-800 peeps?! Very cool! You should probably gloat about that to your brother ASAP.

Good luck on the interview front!

1:37 AM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

As a child, I apparently sleep walked. My mother said she would just tell me to go back to bed and I off I'd go. As an adult, I would have the occassional bout of sleep paralysis, which freaked me out until I read an article about it and found out it wasn't just me. Haven't had that happen in forever, though.

I would love to participate in your other research, depending on the type of questions you'll be asking.

On the Shakespeare request, there's a Spanish translation of Hamlet here:

German translation


When I see a Shakespeare play, I go to this site to download a more portable version of the play than my bulky Complete Works. There are some non English versions here, also.

Don't forget to let us know when your interview is published. And cross post to http://adogsbreakfastmovie.blogspot.com/

2:07 AM  
Blogger watcher652 said...

Oops, wrong link for the Spanish Hamlet in my previous post. Sorry about that. Try here:

2:11 AM  
Anonymous Erin Winslow said...

The artists at the Art Crawl probably appreciated that you were interested enough in their work to stare at it. At least you weren't like the old guy at my last exhibit (last May): "oh, wow! FREE YOGHURT RAISINS!" (envision old Swedish guy stuffing the entire bowl's worth in his face). Dude didn't even glance at my Art Quilts; he was just being dragged about by the wifey. He could have been a *wee* bit more subtle though! :-)

Hamlet act III, scene 1: http://runeberg.org/hagberg/a/0234.html

Or if you go to http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet#K.C3.A4nda_citat and scroll down the page to "Kända citat" there are 2 translations, the second one is more modern Swedish. There is also a spoiler warning at the beginning of the article in case you don't know how Hamlet ends!!! :-)


3:45 AM  
Blogger Rebeccasaurus said...

Am so feeling the teeth grinding woes. When I get stressed I grind and twirl my hair. *Twirl twirl* :)
Oh and research questions ahoy!

5:14 AM  
Blogger Cypher said...

Kee. For some reason, I find sleepwalkers very amusing (I'm not sure why, probably because the idea of moving while asleep is ludicrious to me--mainly because when I sleep, I have literally been mistaken for dead). Ladder in front of the bathroom. Hmm...if only I was a psych major.

As for the survey...I'm always up to help out on those. I have hours upon hours to kill at work, so a survey? Is no problem (yes, I am avoiding homeworking and my writing...but it's for a good cause!).

And Hamlet...well, I see someone's already references Klingon. I think I can get a Japanese translation (I know there was famous performance of either Hamlet or Macbeth, I can never remember).

5:32 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Someone's post (of the many here) mentioned talking to your ulcer doctor about the teeth grinding. And it made me remember that a TMJ specialist I went to see said that jaw disorders can cause ulcers because the pressure on your jaw causes your stomach to start producing acid, in anticipation of incoming food.

Might be something to ponder. A mouth guard might do wonders for that ulcer.

More useless and unsolicited medical advice from the internet. Ya gotta love it.

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Nerlyn said...

If you need any help from Croatia, I'll be glad to help:) And "McKay and Mrs. Miller" episode was awesome :)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Chez said...

Ohh Kate, I hope you don't get too banged up while you sleep walk! It's amaging how much you can acheive.. Hey there's a though.. you should just do all your work while you're sleepwalking while you procrastinate while you're awake! lol. In all seriousness, hoepfully you get that all sorted out.

As for the reserach question, Well there's certianly plenty of ppl here willing to particilate, and the more the merrier, and with so many people from differnt walks of life, you might as well use the wealth of knowledge here at your disposal!

Oh and argh has the word verification to post this comment suddently grown longer!

8:15 AM  
Blogger windshieldbug said...

Tuesdays are my Monday's also. My weekend is Sun-Mon. So I understand that!

You sleep walk and I sleep talk. My husband has carried on full, coherant conversations with me while I have been asleep. Most time he askes for things he KNOWS he would get a no for if I was awake. LOL!

I'm sure your interview went well! When/Where can we hear it?!

I'm not so much one of the "young people" that visit your blog, but would love to help. Give us your questions and we'll answer them for you. I'm certain you've gotten that reply from pretty much everyone!

I'm looking for Hamlet in Italian for you.

Oh....and my subconscience is yelling "coffee.......Starbucks!" right now.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Minder said...

How did the Audition go Kate?

And I would love to answer your questions

10:06 AM  
Blogger dutch_eowyn said...

Wow, I haven't done any sleepwalking since puberty (but I still gnash my teeth in my sleep, as my husband knows all too well).

If you can still use people for your research, consider me a willing volunteer.

I see you've already gotten some offers for the Dutch translation of the 'to be or not to be' scene, but I'm linking you to this one anyway.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Aly said...

Wow those are some crazy sleeping patters, but craziness adds to creative genius right? ;)

I would love to help you with your research, I need plenty of things to help me procrastinate to put off my university work!

And since Tuesday has now become Wednesday, have a wonderful Wednesday. :)

ps. you were amazing in Atlantis!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Nightsister said...

My brother and sister used to argue with each other in their sleep. Since they slept in different rooms, this got to be quite loud. Since I shared a room with my sister, I was often both amused and tired the next morning. :)

But yes, Guinness is very good for what ails ya, as my husband keeps insisting. Plus, if you have a Guinness and black currant (a.k.a. Guinness with a shot of Chambord dropped in it), then you get a daily allowance of fruit, too! No really, I'm not kidding. I'm not. Um...

I would be honored to help you with your research, as I love doing research myself. (I really do!) I see you got the online German translation of Hamlet from Project Gutenberg, but I have access to my alma mater's research library so if you need a specific language that hasn't been offered already, I can probably track that down for you. See? Research! I love it! [/dorkgasm]

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Yeoyou said...

Hi Kate!

I'd love to help you with your research. I ive in Germany and am still a teen (nine- to be correct)...so maybe I can help? guess the German version of Halet is already taken away so I'll not start searching for it...(*phew*...wouldn't want to go into that chaos but of course I'd do it for you ;-))

Sleepwalking sounds really dangerous...at least you realized it with that ladder business that it was too dangerous...I wonder whether that what you do in your sleep tells us anything about your hidden psychical traumas (like everybody seems to have from his childhood, a least if you ask a psychologist)
So I ditto what the others said: Take care of you!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Celin Le Vaurien said...

Hi Kate !

I would be glad to help you ... just ask your questions.
For Hamlet I found a link : perhaps it's not what you're looking for ... http://www.bacfrancais.com/bac_francais/46-shakespeare-le-monologue-d-hamlet.php

Well, I hope your audition was good and your head is still fine after sleeping ^^

Have a nice night !

12:42 PM  
Anonymous omglawdork said...

Happy to answer any questions you may have, though I don't know how much help I'll be. I led a blessedly charmed and uneventful existence as a child.

I hope your sleep problems get better; not getting a good night's sleep is the worst.

Did you know that Irish doctors used to recommend that pregnant women consume one Guinness per day, to ensure that they were getting enough nutrition? Can't be that bad for you if pregnant ladies were TOLD to drink it, right? ;-)

1:32 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Furthermore on the weird sleep habits...Whilst camping in Cornwall this summer my friend Tom woke me up at stupid o'clock to gleefully inform me that 'the cows had come to join us'. After getting a bleary eyed 'huh?' from me he rolled over and went back to sleep leaving me wide awake and completely confused.

By the by I'm from Southern England if that helps with the research criteria.

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamlet's monologue in Hungarian:
(scroll down a bit)

2:20 PM  
Blogger aurore said...

Wow, sleepwalking! I guess you get used to it when it's yourself but I think I would be terrified if it was me. Just the idea of losing the control over my own body during my sleep... Ugh.
I know I tend to snore when I'm really exhausted and I mumble in my sleep too. I also spend whole nights trying to solve very complicated math problems but as I'm as lame at maths in my sleep than when I'm awake, I usually wake up with a migraine. I also spend nights eating and wake up with a queasy stomach. Yep. TMI about my nights.

On a different night, I somehow pulled down all the health and fitness books (all four of them) from my bookshelf, and I woke up in the morning with "Firm Buns, Trim Thighs" (I wish I was joking) and "The Sports Nutrition Journal" lying next to me on the bed.
Was your conscience trying to tell you something? ;-)(at least, you have fitness books!)
Knowing myself, I would probably wake up with a chocolate tablet in hand!

I'm sure your interview will turn more than okay. One should never repeat in one's head over and over again what was said during something really important. The more you go over it, the lamer it sounds whereas it's not.
Hey, you can laugh at your own jokes, they are very funny!

I wrote a monologue, a scene, and a song (well, the music for a song -- some William Shakespeare guy wrote the lyrics)
That guy should change his name. He'll never get anywhere with such a complicated name to pronounce and to spell. Bill Shakes, maybe?

I'm more than willing to help with your project, if you ever need a French perspective (I'm sure I'm not the only one who proposed help). Don't know if you need specific age slots or something. Just check my profile. Oh heck, I'm 31 :-)

As for "To be or not to be" in French, I hope someone else answered that one. I've never been a fan of Shakespeare, esp. translated in French. And the original version is almost impossible to understand for me!
The only play I've read and reread is "Cyrano de Bergerac", so....

Just realised that you are a very clever woman: you achieve to mix procrastinating AND working at the same time ;-)


4:10 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

I grind my teeth in my sleep too which causes me to wake up with headaches and my neck all stiff. I got one of these: http://dentalstore.stores.yahoo.net/nightguard.html and it really helps a lot (It also doesn't keep people up when I'm grinding my teeth. That's how loud mine is.) And it fits better than the regular sport mouth guards that some people use. The one I had tended to push my gums around but I've grinded my teeth down a bit.

As for the sleepwalking, I've never done that but my Mom used to.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous tae said...

What kind of violence against youth? Like, gang-related violence, parental abuse, abusive relationships? I have some experience, and don't mind answering the tough questions, if you still need more respondants. And, bonus - Canadian, too!

7:36 PM  
Blogger Caitlyn said...

Hey, I'm willing to answer some questions - all in the name of research of course!!! Sorry, but I dont thik I can help with the hamlet bit though - I could translate it into aussie, but i'm not sure how much use it would be! I wonder what Hamlet would sound like a a yobbo? Crikey!

8:26 PM  
Blogger lauren said...

Apparently, when I was a really young kid and ill and sleeping in my parents room one night, I started sleeptalking. Normally I only did what most people do - murmuring, weird noises etc - but this time? I swore. Creatively. For quite some time. My parents weren't quite sure where I picked up all this lingo from, but they were amused greatly.

I also have this cousin, Jonny, who has sleepwalking issues. One night he tried to climb into a poster on his bedroom wall. Yes, you read that right! He almost gave himself a concussion!

About the research, ask away! Any excuse for me to talk about myself or what I think (seriously - I thrive when I am talking about myself, it's quite sad). Also, I am queen of procrastination. I will do anything that's not work, and I mean anything!!!

10:11 PM  
Blogger HawkChic10 said...

I know what it's like to sleep walk...I slept walk for many years and I used to scare my parents. Fortunately, I stopped before I moved into the college dorms...

Anyways, if you need people to answer questions for your research...I'd be more than happy to help. Just ask away!

10:46 PM  
Anonymous leighanners said...

I'm in Texas also, and as long as I'm not doing the research, I would love to help. Even though as expressed, you're probably gonna get more help than what you need (or want.) I come across PD reports all day long, so I'm sure I can answer some of your questions. If you want an extra opinion, I will let you solicit mine.

I used to walk in my sleep. Now I suffer from light insomnia. Not fun, not fun. And happy late Tuesday to you too. ;)

10:51 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I think your idea to ask questions is a fantastic idea. Getting lots of perspectives in a given situation is cool.

(okay.. was that reduntant?)

I LOVE the title...

(all of mine and my sisters barbies heads poped off and on very easily... when the barbie was bad, she lost her head... quite litterly.)

12:15 AM  
Anonymous Andi B said...

Ahh Kate, your posts make me laugh SO MUCH!!! THANK YOU!!

It's only fair that I'll answer any of your questions as well as I can. So go ahead and ask! :)

Hugs from Hungary
(where life's even crazer than usual at the moment)

11:00 AM  
Blogger Shawna said...

Sleepwalking's one thing, but that's hysterical. I thought my nights were interesting. At least I just have weird dreams, and don't wake up wondering what the heck by body got into while I was unconscious.

About drawing a circle, someone may have mentioned this already, but drawing a (perfect) circle is one of the most difficult things to do, art-wise. It takes a true master to draw a circle freehand. I'd say not being able to draw an oval would be a more accurate analogy.

1:11 AM  
Blogger Liloow-Vena said...

thanks for wishing us a good tuesday but my tuesdays morning are bad I've 6hours of clase between 8a.m and 14 a.m I can't even eat!!!! well that's my life so sorry!!

Oh I understand better the question by knowing the thema of your work!!

violence against young people it might be interresting!!!but what's the link with Shakespeare???well maybe i understood nothing as usual!!well so "to be or not to be"
"Etre ou ne pas être" in french; the complete (??? infact I'm not sure it is cvomplete) script of the extract in french here: ==>http://www.bacfrancais.com/bac_francais/46-shakespeare-le-monologue-d-hamlet.php

It's funny the way you act when you sleep!!!

see you!!

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