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The Joys and Pitfalls of Napping

A cute cat in the middle of a napI truly envy people who can survive on a few hours of sleep and for whom “nap” is a four letter word.

I envy them because I am sure that the items on their to-do lists are crossed out more quickly than folks like me who need their minimum seven hours each night and for whom naps are a precious weekend indulgence (or sometimes necessity, as the case may be).

It’s not a question of laziness, nor do I suffer from depression. I just happen to enjoy that feeling of fading out for a bit and waking up renewed and refreshed with the energy of a four-year-old on a sugar rush. It’s like having two opportunities in the same day to jump out of bed and yell “yippee!!” (yes, I admit that I am a bit of a morning person).

Interestingly enough, I really wasn’t a fan of naps in my pre-school years. But as an adult, I yearn for them and I enjoy them.

When I hear that “older” people don’t need as much sleep, I conclude that at 56, I mustn’t be “older” yet since a cozy nap with the cat (who uses my right arm as a body pillow) is a fairly regular occurrence. When that happens, I savour every moment.

The big questions: when a nap is imminent, do I set the alarm or do I let the nap go as long as I need? And if I do, will it adversely affect my bedtime?
There seems to be an algorithm for that: Continue reading


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The Clock Radio Journey

Last year, when I was asked what I wanted for my birthday, the one thing that stood out in my mind as a “need” was a new clock radio. By virtue of the fact that I am calling it a clock radio should be a hint as to how old my previous one was. Nonetheless, that was the idea I put forth with the idea that I am looking for one that could play a tune on my iPhone, hoping that my request wouldn’t be too much trouble, although it seemed like a simple enough birthday wish. Little did I know that this would be a catalyst for a journey and a half.

When my birthday came around, I received a most handsome docking station that was exactly what I wanted! Compact; suitable for docking an iPhone 4; could wake up to my favourite tune; easy to read display (without having to put on my glasses in the middle of the night) – it was perfection. Who could ask for anything more? My life was complete! It got even better as I was even able to set the time and alarm without even opening the instruction book. Bonus! I was just so delighted, and in the mornings that followed, I awoke to a different Alcazar tune every morning. Continue reading


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