Sunday Post: Let the Prepping Begin

The Sunday Post hosted by the Caffeinated Reader is an opportunity to share with the blogging community what bookish things are happening in our world. So what have I been doing?

curiousincidentReading | I powered through Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time in one day this past week. It felt awesome. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to binge read like that. I randomly decided to use that book in my Intro to Lit class this Fall because I suddenly remembered enjoying it way back in 2009 when I read it the first time. Yes, I know, I really take great pains to determine what to read in my classes. After my re-read, I do not regret my impulsive choice.

We will also be reading Ender’s Game and American Born Chinese this semester, along with some short stories I have yet to pick out.

Watching | I’m still stuck on Shameless, and I’ve made it all the way to season 5 now.

Blogging |Last week, I posted a review of How Full is Your Bucket? and a look at Personality Quizzes in general. This week I have reviews going up for Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It and Jeri Smith-Ready’s Shade Trilogy.

Hating | I can’t sleep. I’ve never been what you might call “good” at it, and over the past 20 odd years, I have had multiple diagnoses (fibromyalgia, alpha-delta sleep anomaly, blame it on the back) and multiple medications and practices (no food, more food, no liquid, more liquid, no exercise, more exercise, etc.) regarding my sleep problem. For the past two and a half years, it’s been brutal. This past year, I have tried melatonin, every OTC sleep aid possible, essential oils, hemp oil, Belsomra, Trazodone, Ativan, and Ambien. And alcohol. And alcohol in combination with those other drugs. I’m not proud. Just saying. A combination of hemp oil and Ambien comes closest to helping. Ambien alone doesn’t put me to sleep, and I end up laying in bed for three-ish hours, depressed. If I take them both, I seem to be asleep within an hour and only wake up once or twice…which is much better than the absolutely 0 minutes of sleep I get when I take nothing. No exaggeration; I can lay in bed all night long and not fall asleep once. So that’s where I’m at there….

Thinking | It’s probably time to start doing some actual planning for the upcoming semester. Meh, classes don’t start until August 20…

Loving | Time with the kids. We are down to the last month of summer. Bahhumbug. But, we’ve been having a lot of fun, including a hot, sweaty, fun trip to a Jump Zone.



12 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Let the Prepping Begin

  1. I can definitely empathize with the sleep issues, Trisha (and Amanda). My husband has fibro, REM sleep behavior disorder, and sleep apnea. He’s tried so many things, too — melatonin, magnesium citrate, various medications, oils, no caffeine before bed — you name it, yet he is still so restless and has even fallen out of bed several times. He’s scheduled for another sleep study next month which we both know won’t provide any new answers. It’s hard, as you know.


  2. I feel you on the sleep issues! Mine have been constant since September 2011. I always had trouble in waves before that, but that’s when it got severe. Over the last seven years, I’ve only found a couple things that helped: for a short period in 2012, I discovered that if at least 75% of my calories were from unprocessed sources, I actually slept. But this meant that a single ice cream at a party would derail me for the night. Then in 2014, a friend suggested a magnesium citrate powder from Natural Calm, and when I began taking it, I actually did sleep without sleep aid for about three months. Then it stopped working. I slept slightly better when I had to be gluten-free due to a medicine issue in 2013, but still not perfect. And I don’t know what’s going on with me now, because for the last month, I’ve actually been able to sleep through the night with only melatonin. !!! But there have been times when a combo is the only thing that helped. Early 2015, I was drinking wine, taking benedryl, and taking Ambien in order to get about two hours of sleep a night. And all the tests like sleep studies come up empty. It’s awful. I mean, there’s no real advice or suggestion in this comment because as someone who has experienced this, I know how much I want to strangle people who suggest I make sure there are no lights in my bedroom or that I set up a “sleep ritual.” &%$%*$%! Just commiseration. I feel you, Trisha.


    • I love the people who, after I tell themu story, suggest “breathing exercises” before bed. I’m like dude, a sedative can’t get me to sleep but some deep breaths might?!?!


  3. I have trouble with sleep, too, mostly because of my back and neck issues…and breathing problems. (Asthma,COPD). I try to drink something that aids with breathing (non-prescription, like Airborne, for one), but then get up several times in the night. Moving around helps.

    I try to avoid actual medication, except for the ones I take for the asthma in the mornings.

    I wonder about the fibro…as I am in constant pain, but then some days are better.

    Good luck, and enjoy your reading. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


  4. I loved Curious Incident too!
    I’d had getting-to-sleep issues for several years since we’d moved from Sussex. I kind of just grumbled about it and didn’t really do much until a couple of months ago when a friend suggested a sleep mask – I know you’ve seen those pretty ones on my post! It turned out that my problem was simply that the rooms were too light! My partner gets up a couple of times most nights so prefers the bedroom not to be pitch dark. The sleep mask has worked wonders for me so might help you or might not? It’s awful not being able to sleep.


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