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Happy National Public Sleeping Day!

February 28, 2019

Hi Everybody! I’ve been working with my son to re-vamp my website. I want to make it easier to find recipes, and I want to keep posting because, of all the things I do, the thing I love most is cooking, baking and writing to you about it!

In the meantime, since today, February 28th,  is National Public Sleeping Day, I am re-posting a blog from a while back, called, The World’s Greatest Sleepers, with some pretty stellar photos of Tunno’s in what appear to be comas. I promise to have a blog post soon on my new, improved blog where you won’t have to wade through all my blogs, or try to remember a specific story’s name, to find a recipe. Thanks for hanging in there with me! Love yinz, as they say in Pittsburgh.

The World’s Greatest Sleepers

I was at work last week, fighting a nasty bout of  bronchitis and kept nodding off at my desk. I thought I was being very sly, but someone walked past, noticed and mentioned it to me. He said it looked like I was in deep thought, but I think he was just being kind.

I know what I look like when I’m nodding off and it is definitely neither thoughtful looking nor attractive. I never think I’ll do it, but learned years ago that nothing can stop a determined Tunno sleep gene.

Fran Asleep in grass.jpg

This is what happens in college when you have Tunno sleep genes.  Your so-called friends take incriminating photos of you.

When I was in college, I used to go to the library to “study.” There was a large square pillar just past the entrance to the library and there were big cushy chairs on each of the four sides of the pillar. I used to position myself in the chair right in front of the entrance, thinking it was a great place to study. My logic was, I won’t fall asleep, I’ll be too embarrassed to sleep in full view of everyone.

Then I would run into people in the next day or two, who’d say, “Hey, I saw you sleeping in the library yesterday!” So much for my too embarrassed theory. Humiliation can’t compete with a sleep gene honed over generations.

When I was five or six, we used to go to 5 o’clock mass because my dad worked on Sundays. Bernie would have just pulled in from a night out with his friends and my dad would drag us all out of bed to go to church early because if we didn’t go with him, we wouldn’t go, since Mom didn’t drive. I recall standing beside Bernie and looking up at him. He could stand in church, head down looking seemingly pious, and be totally asleep.  He’s still able to pull it off. (See below.)

Bernie Asleep.jpg

Bernie, in a food coma, after a Christmas Eve meal – still able to pull off the pious look.

My dad, an excellent sleeper,  was a puffer, sleeping heavily and blowing a little puff of air into the room. He slept best when the TV was on. As soon as you turned it off, he’d awaken startled, as if a gun had gone off beside his head.


If my mother was still around, she would skin me alive for posting this exhausted shot of her. One of my darling brothers put the paper on her head.

My mom usually nodded off after cooking and cleaning all day, collapsing in a heap on the couch.

My brothers, my sister and I are afflicted with the ability to doze off anywhere, but are most impressive right after a good heavy meal. I would post a photo of my sister asleep, but if I did, she would fly to California and behead me.

Bob Asleep.jpg

Bob also comatose after a Christmas meal. His son, Patrick orchestrated this Virgin Mary shot.





I now totally understand my mom’s caffeine addiction.  One latte will never be enough.

I guess the honeymoon’s over. A job you find yourself nodding off at is a job you’ve now gotten used to. Guess I’ll have to start buying espresso in bulk.


  • Reply
    March 27, 2019 at 10:39 am

    This reminds me of my Italian step-grandfather who slept sitting up, “watching” TV with his eyes open! The only way we knew he was asleep was he would be snoring. <3

  • Reply
    Dawn Wilkins
    March 25, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Finally reading this and laughing out loud! You also slept well in Psych class

  • Reply
    EmilyAnn Frances
    March 2, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Hi Fran! I want to sleep the rest of the winter away. Good to have you back. Are you and your son working on this WordPress blog or will there be a completely new blog? If so where?

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      March 2, 2019 at 11:36 am

      Love you Emily! Thanks for reading and don’t worry, it will appear the same. If anything changes, I’ll let you know. I could have slept most of this winter away too, so I totally get it!

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    Chas Madonio
    March 1, 2019 at 10:06 am

    I don’t do many things in life well, but if I may boast a little, I’m a great sleeper. I can even do it standing up. I’ve been known to carry on conversations while fast asleep. I may even be more coherent while dozing. I’m waiting for some TV network to come up with a reality show about competitive sleeping. I could definitely be a contestant.

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      March 1, 2019 at 8:02 pm

      The Tunno family could give you a run for your money. I’ve never been able to sleep standing up, only Bernie was that good. Thanks Chas, you always make me smile!

  • Reply
    February 28, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Sorry Fran you don’t qualify! For us true sleeping professionals, every day is National Public Sleeping Day….sheesh

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 28, 2019 at 8:52 pm

      Well for you retired sleeping professionals, that could most certainly be true. Don’t worry, every day around 2 to 3, I’m asleep publicly — much to my dismay.

  • Reply
    February 28, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Well, that’s funny and TRUE and if Tunnos were dwarfs we’d all be Sleepy or maybe Dopey. I can’t believe in today’s atmosphere no one is complaining about the seven dwarf’s names being demeaning! Just a thought.

    • Reply
      February 28, 2019 at 10:50 am

      I have been known to fall asleep at my own dinner parties after a big meal and wine… so we were meant to be sisters afterall!

      • Fran Tunno
        February 28, 2019 at 8:49 pm

        There is no question there is a serious connection! Love you to bits!!!!

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 28, 2019 at 8:50 pm

      Call me Sleepy, I’m guilty!!!!

  • Reply
    February 28, 2019 at 4:38 am

    It’s not very often that my response to great writing is “Yawn!”

    But this time it’s a comlimennnnzzzz

    Huh? Where am I?

    Oh, nice piece, Fran.

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      February 28, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Don. Let’s do lunch or dinner. Text me!

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