36 thoughts on “Cherry Saturday: 3-18-2017

  1. I woke up an hour earlier than usual – must have been rebelling. Talked to a friend yesterday, who persuaded me it’s time to get a proper mobile phone in place of my ancient Nokia pay-as-you-go, which I only switch on about once a month. So I’m researching iPhones (to work with my iMac and iPad: do not want to learn another OS) and contracts. It’s either going to send me to sleep, or set me up for tossing and turning all night, trying to weigh up all the options.

    My hope is that I’ll feel more connected to friends, who seem to use landlines and email less and less. It’s quite an expensive gamble. But I’m also expecting to have to deal with tradesmen and deliveries once I buy a house, and they all use mobiles . . .

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    1. I hate phones and I like my iPhone (which is old because I don’t do a lot of upgrades). It’s extremely efficient and always works. Krissie reads books on hers.

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    2. Living without a smart phone can be inconvenient. I still don’t have one either (can’t afford it). Everyone tells me once you have one you won’t be able to go back. And having a decent camera on you all the time is probably really nice. I was at a friend’s wedding recently and not having a smart phone made taking pictures surprisingly difficult.

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      1. This is still an expensive option, but if you just want internet and pictures, getting something like an iPod might work. My daughter had one, and loaded it with social media programs. She didn’t get instant updates, but whenever she had wi-fi, she had the ability to communicate. Won’t work in Jane’s situation, I think.

        Even an old, unconnected phone will work as a camera, music storage and internet friend.

        The monthly bills for smart phones are really depressing. I have a pocket wi-fi anyway because of stupid limits on the phone’s tethering and gigas. All I really need is an old phone (unconnected), a phone that makes emergency phone calls, and the pocket wi-fi (and a tool bag for all the little devices and chargers, I guess). But my husband takes care of all that (including the bills), and he says it’s difficult. You know, that Japanese “difficult” which involves sucking on the teeth and shaking the head, like a plumber with very bad news about the drain system.

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  2. I’m in bed while reading/writing this. Does that count? Probably not.

    Also, for people who are having problems sleeping, I’ll share that I started using a spray on magnesium solution. I spritz it on before going to bed. As long as I stay off my “i” devices, I’m finding that I fall asleep faster and seem to be sleeping for greater stretches of time before stirring. It has also helped with leg cramps as in I don’t get them since I started applying the magnesium. It turns out magnesium is better absorbed through the skin then it is through a supplement.

    Jane B I congratulate you on not having a smart phone yet. I am totally addicted to mine and I feel withdrawl symptoms if it isn’t near me.

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    1. Not entirely innocent here: I’m pretty bonded to my iPad. But it’s another thing that puts me off: that I’ll be checking a phone as well . . .

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      1. I’m thinking seriously of getting an iPad Pro when the new ones come out in April. My eyes are bad enough right now that it’s hard to read my regular iPad screen. Other than that, I love it.

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        1. I’m waiting to see what they announce, too. I want to upgrade from my 4-year-old iPad Mini: I need more storage than 16GB, and could do with more speed, since I use it far more than my big iMac. I’m wondering whether to go for the iPad Air, though I do like the light weight and (for most things) the small size of the Mini. But I would have thought that a retina display (on all the current models, I think) would work for you, wouldn’t it? There may be a risk with a super-high resolution that menus, etc., appear smaller – I remember that being a problem years ago when Apple started making much higher-resolution screens on their desktops.

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          1. I need to make things big. As it is, the edges of things run off the sides of my 13″ MacBook.

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  3. I still haven’t adjusted to DST, so I’m getting up at the same “absolute” time as before, which is an hour later according to the clock. It’s messing with my head and my routine, because I still want to stop working when the clock says it’s quitting time, which is an hour earlier than my previous quitting time.

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  4. Spring break just started, so a sleep day sounds wonderful to me! (HS science teacher here.)

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  5. Since my surgery, I have been sleeping alot. Unfortunately it is in segments of less then 3 hours. So I feel like I am always sleeping but I am also always tired.

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    1. Yeah, I think you need long stretches of sleep to get real rest. Maybe try the magnesium spray Kelly’s talking about?

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      1. I will try anything at this point. I tried various things but no great success. Once of the biggest issues is that pain pills only last so long and discomfort wakes me up. But it will get better in time or so the doctor says.

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        1. I’m so sorry, phred. I remember when I had to be at my teaching job by 7:30. I think I spent fifteen years sleep-deprived because my biological clock just does not work that way. It’s awful.

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  6. I’m considering downgrading from my 2012 Macbook Pro to an 11 inch Macbook Air. Decisions, decisions. I won’t trade in as it is better to sell privately! The “special” works out to about $1179.

    My salary works out to $1208. And I’ve saved a heck of a lot to get through this year – added studies, someone important’s wedding and a bit of travel. (I feel like I need to see the whales.)

    Now that I’ve given you my troubles, I think I’ll turn in for the night. Time zone appropriate greetings to you all.

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    1. There are always good reasons to see whales. My husband promised I would see whales if I went on a cruise to the Caribbean, but the weather was too rough to take the sailboat out of the harbour and we didn’t get to look for them. So for my 50th birthday, he is taking me on a whale watching trip that is supposed to include sperm whales. It gives us a few years to save up.

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  7. I keep waking up earlier than I should and having to go back to sleep. The interruption really decreases my sleep quality. The real problem is Tuesday mornings, though. That’s when landscapers run a leaf blower outside my window at 8:00. That’s a serious problem when you work swing shift and don’t go to bed until 4:30. I need to buy ear plugs, but I’m afraid I’d sleep through an alarm with them, and I have to work on Tuesdays. Can’t keep losing sleep like that anymore, though, so I’ll just have to risk it.

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    1. Isn’t there some kind of zoning that says they can’t do that stuff before 9AM? Because I’m pretty sure that’s common.

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      1. I’m in an apartment complex, so I think they come whenever the office schedules it. My guess is that they want to do it in the morning to avoid the heat.

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        1. Check to see if there’s a noise ordinance. That’s just awful.
          Heavy drapes and insulating shades might help, too.

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    2. If you have a fitibit, they have a “silent” alarm on them. The Fitbit vibrates to wake you up.

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  8. The Girls in the Basement are sending me increasingly impatient stress management dreams, literally spelling out solutions.

    In last night’s dream, April from “Community” gave me a blanket with a giant “A” for “anatomy”–which morphed into “A” for “architecture.” YES, subconscious, I know I need structure to finish this giant project by April.

    Will figure it out right after our new household habit, “second nap.”

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    1. Second Nap is key to the good life. I am about to take one myself.
      Of course, I shoveled snow today so I deserve it. Finished the entire drive and came in just as the snow started to fall again.

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  9. I took an early nap today. Heavenly.
    Wanted to contact Jenny to possibly use her collage essay for the craft section on the website that I help edit-sorry for the spam! (I didn’t see an email)

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    1. Sure. Just link to the site, please. There’s no advertising on there so I’m not trying to drive traffic, it’s just nice to get people looking over there.
      I must get back to cleaning that up, too.

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  10. I’ve had insomnia for 20 years. I don’t think world sleep day will fix it, but there’s always hope. And if everyone else sleeps, the day is still a win!

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  11. Spent part of last year very sleep deprived, I only got over it when I took a week’s holiday. Not that I actually got to holiday, I got ill and ended spending at one point about 10 hours straight in bed sleeping or resting. After a week of rest, was still mildly ill, but to my relief no longer sleep deprived.

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