By 3-ish, everyone was gone; I watched a bit of tv, and managed to nap for an hour and a half or so. Then woke up and dressed for the ceremony -- I was so tired I could barely think, much less dress, and I was convinced that everything I tried on looked awful. Thank god for Kevin, who patiently zipped and unzipped me until I finally decided a cobalt blue sari looked okay; he managed to pin that up pretty well too.
Though sleepy, I had a good time at the ceremony, getting thoroughly choked up and weepy when they were giving Anne McCaffrey her Grandmaster award. Loved the moment when they showered her with silly string Thread. It was also SFWA's 40th birthday, and they got a bunch of the old folks up to sing Happy Birthday and share their memories of the early days. Sounded like it was really something back then. V. touching.
I got my second wind somewhere in there, and proceeded to be wide awake for hours and hours, through a long late-night conversation with Ben, finally falling asleep at 4 a.m. I slept hard, then, until 2 p.m. the next day (Sunday). Woke up still groggy, and had a quiet day yesterday -- phone calls catching up with people, watching tv, putting away laundry (still at least three loads left to do), dealing with urgent bills and other paperwork. Somewhere very late in the day, realized that it was May 1st, our anniversary. Had gotten so confused with dates that it had completely slid by my notice. I reminded Kevin, and he made me creme brulee (my favorite dessert) to celebrate, with vanilla beans I brought back from Sri Lanka. Thirteen years now, and I am daily astonished by how lucky I am to have found Kev. Too sleepy to be more articulate about him right now. :-)
Went to bed at 3 a.m., expecting to sleep 'til 11 -- but no. No, I couldn't sleep for an hour or so, and when I finally did fall asleep, I only slept an hour and a half before waking up again at 5:30 this morning. So I'm up and tired. Oh, so tired. My eyes keep closing on their ownsome. If I can just get through today without napping, though, maybe I can go to bed at a normal hour tonight. That'd be really really really nice.