Sunday, September 4, 2011

Today's experiment......

.....failed. (and it's only 4:30a!)

This was going to be a Facebook status update, but it's becoming too long, and I thought my readers would like to learn from my (copious) mistakes.

Steve and I were at our friends' house yesterday (Saturday) to play games, eat, chat, etc...  Cindy and Russ are our "couples friends", and we have a blast with them.  We played Scrabble (I won), Balderdash (which is a stupid game, but I somehow won anyway), Yahtzee (I think Cindy won that), and Shanghai Rummy (This is a GREAT game I wish I could play online.  You can find rules online, but not the actual game.  I think Cindy won this one, too).


Cindy, Steve, and I were talking about my influx of ideas while trying to sleep and that I could use a notebook next to my bed to write things down instead of getting up to do so and/or to experiment. Well, I didn't want to use the book light - I thought it would wake Steve up. I wrote copious notes, flipping pages all over the place as I'm flipping around in the bed trying to sleep.  On my left side... ooh!  I could try this... On my stomach... ooh!  I need to add this to the notes.  Flipped to my right side....  you get the idea.  With the Fibromyalgia, it's difficult for me to get comfortable, especially since I've had a number of nights where I've gotten up because I was over-hot or wanted to try something out (either with labeling my goods in a nicer, more professional way - that was my friend Judy's fault) or with making something).

Anyway.  Flip, write, flop, write, flip...

I got up for no reason you need to know about (I had a lot of water the first time I got up tonight), then wanted to add something to my notes...

Checked them in the bathroom night light.  Ack!  Things were written on top of each other because I flipped the notebook around (a few times), and other things are invisible because the pen didn't have a good angle on the paper.  So now I'm up, with the light on in my craft room, trying to decipher my notes, rubbing pencil over the invisible parts, and trying to remember what my ideas were.  Ack!

Here's a taste of what I ended up with:

Yes, it's something about a tree and clay.  I tell you NO MORE until I do my experimenting!

Needless to say, based on these results I'm less than convinced.  I'm going to use a pencil next time - a REGULAR one, not a mechanical one, and I'll have to tie a ribbon on the top of the spiral so I know which way is up.

On a side note, I've had a few sleep studies done this last month, and I seem to have moderate to severe sleep apnea, plus some restless leg/limb stuff thrown in for good measure.  It seems highly likely I'm going to have to use a CPAP machine (information about it can be found on Wikipedia here).  Although I slept well with it during my second sleep study, I still got up a number of times to use the bathroom.  Highly irritating.

One thing I'm concerned about, though, is if my sleep gets fixed, when will I come up with my ideas?

Wait.  I've been writing this blog instead of finishing my notes.  Oops.  Hope I remember everything!  Off I go!


  1. Should have at least tried the book light. I'm the one who suggested it to you!

  2. both my daughters had their tonsils removed to cure their sleep apnea. Have the doctors looked at that possibility (they never had infected tonsils).

    Christine T.