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Thursday, September 13, 2007
1) Something has come loose in my laptop's screen, causing the picture to occasionally go spastic like a kaleidoscope on acid. Luckily, I'm still under warranty.

2) I have a sinus infection. The right side of my head is considerably heavier and drippier than the left side. Fun!

3) A recent lightning storm apparently fried my alarm clock. I have two clocks on my nightstand, one normal one with giant numbers so my myopic self can see the time from two feet away, and one with a built-in light that starts to brighten 15 minutes before the alarm goes off, then if the proper button isn't pushed it goes dark abruptly 15 minutes after the alarm. (The sudden darkness has led to many bizarre dreams over the years, as my multiply-snoozed dream-self had to deal with power outages and other unexpected loss of lights.) It's the cool light clock that died, and now that it's dark at 6 a.m., I really miss it. It wasn't always effective, but about 3/4 of the time I did actually wake up gradually and was ready to get up when the alarm went off. I found an extra fancy version here but I don't want a Mayan temple on my nightstand, and the aroma thing just makes me laugh too much. I suppose I should just get a timer and a lamp.

4) The White Stripes cancelled their entire tour. I'm really unhappy about this; the Chicago show was going to be one of the highlights of my year! However, they cited Meg's health problems so complaining about missing a show sounds shabby and uncaring. Over on the WS messageboard, avid fans are trying to out-do each other with their get well wishes and concern for Meg's health, and anyone who even mentions being upset that there will be no show gets thoroughly trounced. But I can say it here: I'm MAD!

5) My new favorite thing: Flight of the Conchords. I watch this clip over and over and can't stop giggling:
Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

"There ain't no party like my nana's tea party, hey, ho..."

Also, this: Frodo, Don't Wear the Ring"


Blogger Semavi Lady said...

3) You can put your lamp on snooze.

The deaf and hard of hearing community often use clocks that set off a light, or some other stimulation to go off at alarm time. And you get a snooze button. :) How it works. You plug in the clock, set the alarm and then plug the sensory device into the clock. So it works like a timer and you get snooze!

I've used a bed shaker... something that looks like vaguely like a portable ironing board, which is intended to be slipped between the mattress and mattress springs... The thing shakes as though a chain saw has gone off under the bed at wake up time. This was good for me about 20 years ago, since I usually did not get enough sleep and often slept with covers over my head in the winter. Another type of shake-awake that is popular with these clocks is a disk shaped vibrator that slips under a pillow or stuffed into the case. I guess that works for people that don't end up moving their pillows too much at night!

Nowadays, I use a little strobe lamp with my alarm clock since hubby (not hard of hearing) seems to prefer this now too. The strobe is about the size of spice bottle and has a magnet on the bottom so I attach it to the side of a metal lamp in the room. It flashes like crazy and wakes me up well enough if I'm not under the covers or totally wiped out. If I'm worried about oversleeping, I use the bed shaker.

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