In that same dream, I was at the beach, and my mom was also there with one of my cousins, but they chose not to sit with me (I think I was there with Shannon), and instead had their towels on the sand quite far away. I was a little offended at this slight. And they were all pissy that they had to walk all the way down the beach to tell me about my dad, because I didn't have a cell phone with me. The nerve of someone, going to the beach without a cell phone!
This dream was kind of unusual for me, because most of my dreams involve trying to find people/things, solve problems/puzzles, etc. For some reason, my most common dream involves trying to find my dorm room in some unfamiliar dorm building on an unfamiliar university campus. Often, I can't remember the number of my dorm room, or I can't find the dorm building in the first place, or I go where I think my room is but there are other people there, or someone is sleeping in the bed that is supposed to be mine. I haven't lived in a dorm in more than two decades -- why do I still dream about them? Weird. I wonder what this means.
Another common dream for me involves trying to find my brother, who is lost and/or in trouble. Usually, in the dreams, he is a kid, rather than the 40-year-old man he is now. In the dreams, I know I am the only person who can help him.
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In other news, our guest cat (Tai Chi, my SIL Melody's cat, who looks like a Cobweb clone) is visiting again. He seems to be quite comfortable in our house these days, after staying with us a couple weeks out of the year for the past few years. Cobweb barely seems to notice that he's here, but Munchkin is hissing a bit. Tai Chi is just roaming around, hanging out in the family room, and looking out the windows. Anytime I try to talk to him or get his attention, though, he runs away. "You're not my mom!"