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I don't like to describe my dreams in detail, so I'm not gonna. Repeating dreams and dream categories fascinate me, though. Here are the ones I get:

- Malfunctions: can't dial the phone, elevators don't work properly, can't get to a destination even though I know where it is.

- Being lost myself, or someone being lost: can't find the classroom, the elevator, or the baby.

- Having trouble moving: my body just won't GO.

- Can't graduate from high school: I've forgotten to attend a class all semester--either math or gym class.

- Lots of water: I'm swimming in a Really Huge Pool, sometimes knowing that I'm the only creature in the water, sometimes knowing that there are whales swimming way below me (and being comfortable with that, unlike the complete freak-out this would cause in waking life). Or I'm riding on either a boat or the back of a whale through the former streets of a flooded city, exploring. Both of these are good dreams that should show up more often.

This morning I woke up from an alarming dream that combined several of those categories, wherein I was at a convention hotel (first time on that, probably won't be the last), and I couldn't get to my hotel room; half the time I either couldn't find an elevator or the one I found took me to the wrong place; I lost Felix repeatedly; couldn't find other people I was looking for; and, most alarmingly, through the whole thing I not only had trouble moving but also my joints ached and when I had Felix he became overwhelmingly heavy at times, especially when I was trying to climb stairs. And that's the extremely brief, condensed version. That #%&! dream felt like it went on for hours.

Which makes me wonder if I'm either getting sick, or doing my joints a disservice with the types of exercise I've been doing lately. Or both. DO NOT WANT.

The elevator thing is weird. I wouldn't say that elevators provoke much anxiety in me normally, but I think I've had dreams about elevator malfunctions more than anything else. Including riding almost to the top of an extremely tall building and then feeling the elevator start to spin around or sway from side to side. It is not the essence of joy, this type of dream.

What repeating categories do you remember from your dreams?



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May. 21st, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
1. Didn't graduate high school/forgot to go to a class all semester.
2. Zombies
3. Lizards escaping their cage.
4. Late for flight/trip.
May. 21st, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
1. Big scary monsters or people reeking havoc. I've sometimes been injured in these and I can really feel the injury happening and then I wake up.
2. Frustration with being unable to get somewhere or do something, or others thwarting my actions.
3. My sons when they were young. My last dream this morning involved my son Nik at about 10 years old, lying in bed waking up and I cuddled with him and asked how it was going. He said something I didn't understand and then something about people telling him he "looks good" and he was smiling, and I told him that was great but I had to get ready for work and not to lie in bed too long. We hugged and then I woke up.
May. 21st, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
-exploring a house--usually mine--and trying to find "my" room--the one with my books.

-weathering apocalypse or tornadoes... enough said. Usually involves hiding out in a basement.

-didn't go to class all semester and have to take in the exam/turn in the paper. Usually college. Sometimes high school, but those usually end up with me going, "Eff this, I'm over THIRTY. WHY am I in high school?"

-trying to get somewhere--work or school--and having every method of transportation fail.

-my teeth fall out or crack open.
May. 21st, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
1. I usually group your "malfunction" type (telephones) with other frustration/anxiety dreams like getting lost while driving or packing for a trip (for hours and hours).

2. I have dreams based on TV or movies, which are pretty dang cool.

3. Completely cool fantastical worlds, which I try to write down in a notebook if I remember them at all.

4. When I experience pain in a dream, it's usually because part of my body is hurting while I'm sleeping... like once while laying on my arm, my arm was tingling, and I dreamed that a cat was scratching and biting my arm. I woke up, shifted, things went fine after that.

5. Dreams about pregnancy! Weird, but these have only occurred two or three times that I remember.
May. 21st, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
I had a dream last night I was in Cuba and Fidel Castro and his brother decided to do the Landmark Forum.

I was a little floored/confused and very hopeful.

May. 21st, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
oh i totally have that thing where i can seem to get where i need to go or dial the appropriate number on the phone. i also have this repeated light issue, where the light becomes so bright i have to shut my eyes and shuffle around with my arms outstretched.

so weird!!
May. 21st, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
1: Houses or cars (which I take as the classic representation of self)
2: Didn't go to class all semester and have to take in the exam (actually did this on purpose with my 2 accounting classes and still passed)
3: Flying!! Love the flying dreams (like a bird or superman, not in a plane) they are too far between though. These actually manifest as more of an out-of-body experience in the dream, but I'm still flying
May. 21st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
I don't remember my dreams, usually. Probably that means something in and of itself.
May. 23rd, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Way more than I can quickly think of / you want to hear about. But here are a couple off the top of my head:

1. losing/breaking teeth
2. cutting hair (does this only happen to people with capital-H HAIR)?
3. since the death of my first and most beloved feline: missing, dying, or resurrected cats
4. secret tunnels inside houses
5. flying as though air were water, and required significant physical effort ... then starting to lose forward motion and altitude
May. 29th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
1. Still in high school/college but missed an entire class and therefore have killed my future.
2. Having a celebrity crush come on to me in no uncertain terms only to be thwarted by some random event in the dream. (Such as someone walking in on us or my arm falling off)
3. Large flaps of skin on my face falling open to reveal some sort of weird web of rubbery white tissue beneath.
4. Total lack of ability to navigate due to constantly shifting geography/architecture of wherever I am.
May. 29th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
"Having a celebrity crush come on to me in no uncertain terms only to be thwarted by some random event in the dream. (Such as someone walking in on us or my arm falling off)"

I get that one, too, and it's always John Cusack. Too bad about those damned interruptions!
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
I have the phone malfunction dream and the high school dream - I always have to repeat either gym class or a semester of junior English. It changes depending on what educational level I'm currently at; last time I had the English class dream, I had a Ph.D. but all my classmates (all people who actually had been in my 11th-grade English class) were still 16. It made for a very bad class dynamic.
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