All About You (Krissie)

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And now, back to our scheduled program …

Hello, my darlings. It’s steaming hot! I live in Vermont for a number of reasons, and cooler weather is one of them, but every now and then we get a scorcher. Ugh.

So, I made progress last week. And then i got to play on the weekend – finished a regency dress for the AG doll and almost finished a dress for Ali the Fierce (my granddaughter). Back to work today, then pack, and tomorrow I head down to Crusie’s. She’s got another eye doctor appointment, and we’re going to see “Wonder Woman” and crochet and sew and talk and work. It’s going to be glorious.

I get to listen to the new Ilona Andrews book – the sequel to the one last summer, which I adored. OK, it would be nice if I had names. Lemme check. ah … BURN FOR ME was the first, and fabulous, and WHITE HOT is out now. Loved BURN FOR ME so much I’ve read it twice, and there are lots and lots of new books by great writers I could have read instead. So I’ll listen to WHITE HOT while I drive (after I finish up DIRTY by Kylie … Scott? Won the Audie for best romance and it’s good.)

So – writing books, reading books, sewing, coffee on the deck, great cats around me – life is good. Easy drives, visiting Crusie, Wonder Woman – life is even better. Gotta notice when things are going well. I have some nagging anxiety about Daniel and Tim (the kids) but it won’t do any good to be anxious, so I’m not thinking about it.

I’m just going to live my rich life and enjoy things.

How about you? Name three or four glorious things in your life that you can embrace. Hell, I suppose sewing isn’t that glorious but I love it, so for me it is.

And what’s on your agenda? I’ll try to take photos in NJ. Oh, and if anyone loves Richard Thompson (brilliant, wicked British musician) anywhere near as much as I do, Sirius XM is broadcasting a newly recorded concert today at noon on The Loft (my channel of choice).

But then, no one loves Richard Thompson as much as I do.

Krissie: Sleep

233.5. I was so freaking wasted yesterday. Hadn’t had a good night’s sleep all week, my stomach felt weird, I was worried about my mother. I took her out three times this week, and yesterday she was so frail I had to use a wheel chair. She’s got a fever, and she’s in a lot of pain, and they can’t figure out what’s wrong. And she flat out said she wouldn’t go to a hospital.
We’ll argue that when and if the time comes.
But anyway, I came home and went to bed and slept about three hours. Richie came back (he’s doing so well the doctor only wants to see him once a year now — he’s doing better than any of her patients! Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!) He made dinner (salad with chicken — limited craisins, no egg, fat free croutons, limited almonds so it wasn’t a 900 calorie one). I went to bed and my stomach felt weird and I was restless, so I got up, drank some ginger ale, ate some pretzel goldfish (someone told me eating pretzels before she went to bed solved her reflux. She had the same surgery Mary Stella had and the GERD had become a problem). Also took the trank I was supposed to take. Went to bed and finally had a decent night’s sleep, and today I have energy. I did nothing yesterday. Not having enough sleep can make you feel physically sick.
Also, my stomach has been weird, which worried me. But it’s a lot emptier than it used to be, and it’s not filled with nice cushy carbs, so stuff is going to have a stronger effect, like salad dressing (Paul Newman’s Lite Balsamic is my current favorite — fortunately I don’t use much).
So I think I need a new ritual. Ginger ale or ginger tea for the stomach, that or Sleepytime as someone mentioned. A cup of pretzel goldfish (55 of them fit in a 5 oz cup). The clonazepam I’m supposed to take. And limit the iPod to an hour.
I’ve also got some melatonin I can experiment with.
I think part of the problem is I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with sleep. When my sister died I started listening to audiobooks when I went to sleep, so I wouldn’t think too much, and I’m absolutely addicted. I can read again! I love it so much I check Audible every day for new releases and I go up to bed as early as 8:30 just so I can listen to the current book. I avoid the clonazepam, just as I haven’t tried melatonin, because I want to hear the book.
I set the iPod to automatically shut off, and in the best of times it puts me to sleep, and when I listen the next day I just have to back up about half an hour.
But more and more I keep resetting so I can hear more. And even if I put a familiar book on, as a comfort read, if I fall asleep and miss my favorite scene and then wake up I’ll put it back on and rewind.
So. I need to figure another way to listen to audio books. Go back to physical books more (that video about supoortin’ bookstores like a bra inspired me). And be stricter with a bed time ritual.
Because I feel so much better and more energetic today. I can do things. Bottom line is a girl needs sleep.
But you know, it’s hard to choose between sleep and a good book. I just need to remember there’s plenty of time for both.