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Posted 2013.07.23 14.39 in Cats by Stephanie


Now there’s a comfy kitty.

Grateful for the Rain

Posted 2012.09.08 11.45 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Overnight last night we finally had rain here. It’s been a long time coming – they kept forcasting rain and it kept not raining. Storms too, they’d say we’re in for a storm, and then nothing happened.

I’ve been under so much stress lately, I haven’t been sleeping. Haven’t been functioning well. Have barely been keeping it together.

Last night was the first night in ages where I was able to fall asleep easily, without excessive amounts of alcohol first.

Last night, although I did wake up frequently (as I always do) I was actually able to get back to sleep quickly and easily, without needing to stare at the ceiling or play solitaire for an hour or two each time.

This morning, I actually slept in.

It’s the rain, I think.

Every time I woke up last night and heard the rain pouring down, beating against the windows and the roof, rushing through the leaves in the trees, rattling off the shed and splashing into the pools forming in my backyard… I just felt like it was washing troubles away.

The air smelled clean and fresh.

I felt like it was washing away all the worries and stresses and problems off my shoulders. For the first time in weeks I felt happy.

I hope it keeps raining. I want it to rain all week. All month even.

I wouldn’t complain if we got a few storms too.

I’m grateful for the rain.

Snow Tires & Thread Counts

Posted 2010.11.13 10.42 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Last month was about the toys, this month is about being all grown-up and doing responsible stuff. Well, mostly.

I’ve had a few slow-leaks in my car tires for the last couple months and it’s annoying (not to mention bad for fuel-efficiency) to be driving around on half-flat tires all the time, and having to keep refilling them. Plus, my local gas station started charging for air recently so you have to keep a bunch of quarters with you if you need to refill all your tires.

So I thought, it’s going to be winter soon. Rather than getting another set of all-seasons, I’ll get my first-ever set of winter tires. They’re all new and shiney and nubbly – big deep nubbly treads. Well ok they aren’t actually shiney. But they’re new and nubbly! Say it with me: nubbly.

Now I’m thinking, my mum has a set of winters and a set of regular tires, but only one set of rims. So twice a year she has to get them swapped out which takes time and money. And I’m no car expert person, but I have to think that it’s got to cause extra wear on the tyres and the rims to be swapped on and off every year, then they have to be rebalanced and all that mumbo-jumbo.

So my plan is to try and save up over the next 6 months or so, for a set of sexy attractive rims and tires. Then I can keep the winter ones on the original rims (which aren’t ugly but aren’t snazzy either) and in the summer, have some sexy sporty looking wheels on my car.

And finally, having a complete set of winter wheels (rims and tyres) means that swapping them out with winter/summer isn’t such a chore – just like changing a tire, quick and easy. I could even do it myself (in some bizzare alternative mirror-universe.)

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Public Service Announcement

Posted 2010.01.04 22.01 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

If you ever happen to tape your eyes closed, try and remember to remove the tape before you fall asleep. Otherwise if you wake up groggy you might get all freaked out because you can’t see.

Or you might be freaked out because there’s something on your face sucking out your eyeballs.

Then some kinds of tape leave a sticky residue even after the tape is gone, which makes it wierd all day long every time you blink.

No need to thank me. Just pay it forward.

Four for Four

Posted 2009.10.22 9.14 in Pointless Blather, Work by Stephanie

I slept in again this morning. This time though, I managed to get to work right at 9:00, so I guess I’m not technically ‘late’. Actually we covered that whole ‘technically late’ thing already, didn’t we?

Anyhow, this time I have an excuse – I couldn’t sleep last night. And I wasn’t up all night worrying about the government’s machine that can detect sounds via their tax forms.

Around midnight, as I was laying in bed all cosy warm, instead of my brain going into offline mode, it switched to work mode and I had a bunch of good ideas for my Project. I was afraid that I’d forget them if I went to sleep, so I got up and started working on it.

I was really productive and worked till about 04.30 before I finally decided to go back to bed. So I think today’s sleeping-in is acceptable – the difference between 2 hours’ sleep or 3.

Now I’m at work, alert, and ready to meet whatever challenges the day bringzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Sleeping In

Posted 2009.10.21 10.29 in Pointless Blather, Work by Stephanie

So far this week I’m three-for-three on sleeping in. This is unusual for me, between all my various sleep disorders. Don’t worry though – despite the extra sleep I’m still waking up exhausted, so it’s not like I’m feeling better for it.

It’s just odd, normally I wake up when the alarm starts, and then lay there for a while trying to muster the energy to get up. So far this week, I’ve woken in the wee hours, like 4am or 5am, gone back to sleep, then not roused again till 8-ish.

My alarm goes off at 6:30 and, if left untouched, will continue to go for a full 60 minutes. At which point it gives up and goes quiet. I know the alarm is working, I’ve checked and verified it’s set, armed, loaded, and so forth. I’m confident it is going off as usual, but I’m just sleeping through it.

I wonder though, why I’m suddenly and consistently sleeping in?

  • Perhaps the changing seasons – it is definately harder to get up in the morning when it’s dark out, and I’ve noticed that by 8-ish when I wake, it is at least a little bit light out.
  • Perhaps the effort of healing my jaw from the tooth-pullage and infection, is leaving me more-weary than usual.
  • Perhaps it is the drugs – although I’ve stopped taking the heavy stuff – maybe the anti-biotics and ibuprofen are reacting to make me extra sleepy.
  • Or maybe it is some combination of all of the above?

Whatever it is, I’m not exactly complaining… but it doesn’t look good when I’m late for work 3 days in a row. Although ‘late for work’ is a relative term… with no fixed or set time for work to start, it’s not technically possible to be ‘late’. I suppose 9:00am is the generally accepted time for the start-of-work… still, when you’re self-employed, it’s fairly easy to declare a flex-time policy is suddenly in effect.

Or what do they call those days at school, where it’s a late-start or early-dismissal? It’s not a full-fledged PA day, but the students either get to sleep in, or get to leave early, so the teachers can do some official business…

Anyhow, whatever. Sleeping-in. It’s not a bad thing.

H1N1 Avian Swine SARS Apnea

Posted 2009.10.01 11.18 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Today, I’m feelin’ mighty low. I don’t actually think it’s the flu, though it feels like it. Exhausted, dizzy, headache, no appetite, extremely sore throat, muscle aches all over… but I don’t think it’s the flu.

I’m pretty sure it’s from sleep apnea. Some near-fatal snoring leads to mouth & throat drying out which leads to the sore throat, and the oxygen deprivation can explain the rest of the symptoms.

Though, I spose it’s possible that the sleep apnea has left my immune system weakened and the flu could have snuck in when I wasn’t looking.

I feel this good:


I’d have stayed at home in bed, but today is month-end. The one day I cannot miss work. Blah.