Feb 15, 2009

Stitchtogether, reading, not-sleep, etc.

No, I didn't fall off the face of the earth.
First Saturday's IH35 Stitchtogether was a blast as usual. This month, everyone decided to bring chips and dips. Mary saved us from chocolate withdrawal by bringing a bag of chocolate candy. We stitched, ate, talked, ate, stitched, ate, etc. There were a lot of show-n-tell pieces to ooh and ah over, too. All in all a fun day. Here's the chocolate frog that I brought as a door prize; he has gummy bugs inside.
I spent a goodly portion of last week reading through a Star Wars nine-book series. Del Rey Publishers has this annoying habit of releasing a hardback and paperback book in a series out of order. For instance, in 2006 they released the first book and second book of this series at the same time; the first book as a hardback, and the second as a paperback. Now, as a tightwad, I typically only buy paperbacks for my collection with few exceptions. So I had to wait until 2007 for the release of the first book in paperback. In the meantime, they released the third book in hardback. ACK! So I decided to wait until all the books were out in paperback before I read the entire series. Then I indulged in a three-day reading orgy to the exclusion of just about everything else. It was worth it.
On Thursday night, I went for one of those sleep studies at a local sleep medicine center. I snore like a bear and have started having sleep apnea episodes and my doctor thought that I should have it checked out. It was not an experience I care to repeat. The staff was nice, the facility was nice, but I slept very little. They hook you up to many and various electrodes and monitors to diagnose your problem. None of them hurt or break the skin. But I have very little patience for that sort of thing and they maxed out my tolerance. With all the wires hanging off my body, I felt like I was wrestling a large herd of snakes every time I tried to turn over in bed.
At any rate, I will soon be the resigned owner of a CPAP machine. Hopefully, it will decrease my daytime tiredness and resolve the apnea issue. Sleep apnea is a very serious problem that can cause numerous health problems including strokes and heart attacks. So I am taking it seriously.
Friday, I was on another planet due to my lack of sleep the night before. DH was kind enough to take me out for dinner on Friday night to a local Mexican food restaurant that we discovered a few weeks ago. It is absolutely THE best Mexican food place we've ever eaten in.
Yesterday, we had an informal softball team practice. We start actual play on Monday with a double header. Practice was fun. DH's glove, which he bought in 1976, is older than all of the players except me. Most of the players are under the age of 30. One young lady came up to bat and called me "ma'am." It was only southern politeness, but I asked her to please not call me that as it made me feel about a billion years old. She laughed and promised not to.
Today, DH and I are creaking around like 47-year-olds who played softball for the first time in nine years for two hours the previous day. In spite of my decrepit condition, I can't wait until tomorrow night!
No notes from my stitching chair today as I haven't sat in it for a week.


Daffycat said...

The only thing I hate worse than the hardback/paperback situation is actually having to WAIT for the next book in a series to be written. I hate waiting. I'm not good at waiting. :o(

I love that chocolate frog...great door prize!

Gloria said...

I'm glad you have re-appeared. I was starting to get concerned.

Hope the CPAP machine is an easy adjustment and works well for you.

Hang in there with the softball practice.

Rachel S said...

if only they could make those CPAP machines cuter! I think I need one too, but I am fighting it.