I mostly remember a lucid dream where I “woke” to find a bright light shining into my bedroom. I generally have my blinds open in a way to let the sunlight in during the mornings, but I can’t see out from my bed. It looked similar to when a car parks or pulls out of the parking lot, but there was a bright light level with the window. The light went back and forth as if it was a searchlight on a helicopter.
I, for some reason, thought it was aliens. I was half asleep and I remember looking over to my lamp and seeing this weird round shape. it reminded me of a close up of an iris of an eye, but with multiple colors. It even dilated and contracted like an eye.
I looked at my window and saw that it was dark and I could see the moon. I knew it was after sunrise in waking life, so I knew it was a dream.
I went back to laying on my back, trying to find that spot that led to waking life, but couldn’t find it. I knew I could wait it out since my alarm was due to go off any minute.
I got tired of waiting, so I tried to find other ways to snap me awake. There was a stack of books on my dresser, so I tried to read the titles, but realized I wasn’t reading them, I was creating the images of the words.
Eventually, the alarm did wake me up.
So I had several dreams and all quite detailed, but I was afraid I’d forget the Mars one, so I kept reminding myself of it.
However, all I remember is a scene where a spacecraft about to land on Mars had several crew members in chairs that were suspended on a white wall and the front of the craft was glass that went around to the sides.
I’ve recently gone through all levels of the iPad game, Tiny Thief, so I kept feeling like it was part of a game that required certain actions to be in a certain order to reach a goal.
I remember some of the crew on the bottom of the wall starting to get dizzy and almost pass out. That’s when I noticed a crack in the window and it was starting to shatter. One of the crew shouted to everyone to put on their helmets/masks so they will be able to breathe.
Later, I remember standing outside of what another person called the “biospheres” – a Jetsons-like structure with windows around the outside and metal roofs. (Like the image above, but embedded in the ground and more triangular.) I remember thinking, “They finally built them, eh?” and about how with the name like “biosphere,” you’d expect them to be more round.
I can’t remember them much anymore. Probably should have written them down this morning.
So here are bullet points. Yay!
Biggest things I remember from 12/27 are below. The rest were stressful and job-related.
* Names have been changed.
Merry Christmas, y’all.
I remember thinking I was too fat and so I decided to jog from 17th Avenue to downtown. I jogged along Silver Road and near some train tracks. It’s not the best area and is known for its low income. I was just curious to see what was down the road. I came along two abandoned and slightly decaying houses that looked to have been modeled after something in a kids toy or a dollhouse. One was on a parking lot that was beginning to be overgrown. It was placed on wooden planks.
As I looked around the houses, two smart kids came up to me. They looked to be between 8 and 12 years old. They spoke with New York accents and were dressed in old-fashioned clothing – like something you’d see in a Disney movie, Newsies, or something.
They asked me what I was doing. I told them I was exploring. They said they weren’t used to seeing strangers and asked for my help.
I followed them to a gravel path that was partly yellow. The first thought I had was, “It’s like the yellow brick road color.” So, to make them laugh, I started singing, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and started skipping. They stopped me and pointed out monsters that lived at the end.
They were behind a park chain-link fence. There was a giant, “angry Russians” with sabers, and some other “soldiers” on dark brown horses and they had muskets. I expected the giant to be a cyclops or a gorgon, but nah, it was just a child-eating giant.
The children ran off and I started running downtown.
I ran to a friend’s house (friend only in the dream and she was a teenager). I moved her to the basement and by then, it was nighttime. We could look out a small window, but we could only see the shed because of a shed light and a few houses with porch lights. I thought the monsters followed me, so I was trying to keep my friend safe. I told her we are at a disadvantage at night because the giant can follow a line of houses, but we might only be able to see a broken silhouette.
In the morning, her mom started opening the garage. I told her to stop because halfway up, I saw the legs of the horses.
I was like, wait, I’m not a child and they are only after children. So I went out to confront them.
I had, at least, three dreams last night and they got more vivid as they went along.
I don’t remember it now.
I remember the dream was shot like an independent documentary. There was a part featuring B-roll of a cuttlefish and how it can camouflage so well…except for its eyes. I made a comment about nature rocking in designing such an animal, but how could it not design better eyes?
There was a part where the filmmaker was secretly interviewing some guy who was ranting about the post office and lazy people. He said he once talked to someone saying he’d like to go to Ecuador someday and he asked him, “You haven’t been to Ecuador? Then, how do you have a manatee?” The guy told him it was some kind of post office loophole/mistake.
The filmmaker framed him tilted from the waist up. Once she asked him to do an interview, he looked cautious and said, “Um…I’m not wearing any pants…” He had boxers on, but he meant that his job made it so he didn’t have to ever put pants on. He ended up putting on something from when he last had to wear pants to work. It was some kind of cowboy-looking outfit from the 1970s.
I remember being on a reality TV show and getting along with my housemates/competitors. Part of the competition was popularity-driven.
I remember a game where we had to go through a box or something and we could put what we found into our box to keep or give it away. I found money (one fake $1 bill, a few $20s and $50s and one $100). I kept the fake bill and the $100 and gave the rest away.
I remember one guy there that I kinda liked. He had that brown hair color that I like and was artistic, but a bit taller and lankier than I generally am attracted to. I thought it was interesting how he joined our group only a short time ago and was using nicknames.
Our competitors would disappear randomly and others would arrive. One that went missing was nicknamed “Black Thorn.”
I remember another character feeding a small square chocolate treat to a dog. I told him that chocolate can kill dogs. He scoffed and said someone told him that it makes the dog die of starvation and it didn’t make sense. I said, “I don’t know about starvation, but it’s bad for them. Just like raisins – they can cause kidney failure in dogs.”
Later, I remember doing something with liquid in large glass tumblers and being asked if I would let someone else that I respect win. I wasn’t sure. I just liked the competition.
There was another competition where we had to memorize a meat and veggie display. There was sausage, hot dogs, turkey dogs, etc. all lining the bottom of this huge (6 x 5 ft.) display. On top, there were chopped peppers and tomatoes, etc. There were different veggies hung from side poles and in the top center hung a birthday party hat.
One of the girls (who looked like the nice girl from BP) pulled me aside outside saying she wanted to show me something. She pointed at a mound of white fur and brown spots by a tree. It was either night or very rainy. One of the parts of the fur moved and a large opossum-like creature walked away. The rest ended up being puppies or something. The girl told me she thought this was the REAL competition or was related to the one we were about to start.
I accidentally spoke too loud about it and a guy overheard. Then, I made up something else and loudly spoke about it.
I told her the meat display was an easy competition because it was all about memory. I bragged saying I could set it up in 15 min. and started listing the meats and veggies.
She went inside and I later went inside as well.
The competition had already started so I went over to the girl who was chopping yellow peppers. I asked her if we were on the same team. She said she fooled me and that we are on separate teams.
I shrugged and said, “No worries!” and was thinking, “Oooh, game on, girl!”
I turned to my team, who were mostly guys, and they were sitting looking depressed. One guy was Eli* from high school. He took on the leadership role of our group, but he was just as defeated as everyone else. There were half-eaten hot dogs on the display and I laughed because it looked as if they raided the trash instead of getting the packages from the black plastic cases we were given.
I asked them why they used those hot dogs and Eli pointed at the black case on the counter with a brass lock on it. He said that one of them locked the case. The girl winked at me.
I was like, “Um…why don’t you just pick the lock?” It dawned on Eli that this was a good idea, but he said he needed a paperclip. I know how to pick locks, so I was planning on doing it myself. I was like, “I have paper clips in my office!” (In waking life, this is true). I ran down some hallways looking for my office. I was in a place that reminded me of a mid-priced hotel lobby. I remembered my office was one floor up, so I looked for an elevator. There was a group of people walking through looking for it as well. We all found a place that was labeled “Elevator,” but it was two doors that were hinged and they were covered in wallpaper with a tacky pink/faded red pattern.
I asked them, “Are you sure this is the elevator?” The elevator noise came from behind the doors and the woman said, “Guess so.”
To our left, a metal door opened up showing a female elevator operator. The group had to climb into what looked like a giant dumbwaiter. As I was about to climb, I noticed a metal tray at the bottom with dirt and dust covered supplies. There was one paperclip!
I grabbed it and started back toward the room.
We got the black case open and I started taking out sausage. I found my keys on the counter and used one to open and remove the plastic on them. I looked around and my group was still looking defeated and weren’t even doing anything. Eli said, “They are so far ahead, why bother?” I said there will probably be some small detail they will overlook…” I tried to think of a good detail to throw them off with.”…like the sombrero at the top. We have a chance.” Then, I started naming all the meat and veggies correctly, pausing in some places to make it sound like I was changing a detail.
I chose the hat as the wrong detail because if they finished and used the sombrero, the judge would say something is wrong and hopefully, they would change the wrong thing. It would allow us to complete our display and I could stop them at the end and put the party hat in place for us to win.
I woke up before I saw who won.
* Name has been changed.
Note: The thing with the cuttlefish might have come from the fact that in one of my stories, I have a character that can change his skin like a cuttlefish, but since it is just his skin, he has to keep his head shaved and his eyes closed to remain hidden.