Combining Audiobooks

I usually listen to audiobooks on the way to work every morning. I turn on the car, switch my input to bluetooth and my current audiobook starts playing. Sometimes it’s Audible. Sometimes it’s Libby. It all works beautifully. Usually.

I almost always have multiple books going. Paper, Kindle, audio… at least 5 are started at a time. It keeps me from getting bored, and I usually have some form of a book at my finger tips.

I have also been using the Audible freebies for sleep. This works best when I am in bed. I don’t do this in the car. I did want to make it clear that I don’t try to sleep on the way to work. Some days, I am not awake driving, but it’s not intentional. It’s just that I haven’t had coffee yet.

One of the best sleeping audiobooks has been A Short Account of the History of Mathematics. The narrator has a soothing voice and the topic is not very exciting. It works like a charm.

I had been trying to finish up We Have Always Lived in the Castle. It’s a horror story, and I knew where I had left off. The characters were being described.

I got into the car and the audiobook started up. I spaced out for a second and I didn’t look at what the phone and car decided to play. I was trying to figure out why the characters in my horror book were learning how to do multiplication. I had gotten the two books confused when the wrong book started up. At least I figured it out, eventually. At least the horror book wasn’t that strange.

Attempting to Blow My Nose While Half Awake

Once in a while, I wake up randomly because my nose is stuffed. It’s from allergies and dry air. I get up and go into the bathroom to blow my nose.

One morning, I was attempting to take care of my nose and then head back to bed. I intentionally tried to stay semi-asleep in an attempt to get right back into bed to continue sleeping. I wandered into the bathroom, grabbed a Qtip and attempted to use it to blow my nose. Well, that didn’t work, as you might have guessed. I had to wake up fully to figure out that I need a Kleenex to take care of this job. So much for falling back asleep right away.

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics by W. Rouse Ball

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics
 by W. Rouse Ball

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this gem as a freebie on Audible. It was part of the set to help you relax and sleep. It certainly helped me sleep. I lasted maybe 5 minutes. I was out cold. It worked for its intended purpose. I could tell by the title that it would be a snoozer.

I feel strange giving this 5 stars when it was boring and sleep worthy. It was worth listening to for sleep purposes, which is how it is marketed on Audible. It worked great!

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Memory Foam Mattress Topper

I sleep on a futon, so some nights are more comfortable than others. I started thinking about how to make it a more comfortable night’s sleep. I got to the point that I realized that a mattress topper was the answer.

I started by reading reviews. Some of the expensive ones were given really bad reviews. I went for a low cost one that a few negative reviews, but those reviews were about minor things.

It arrived and I started washing my bedding while waiting for the foam to inflate. Inky came in to inspect. She disapproved and left.

After I got the sheets on, I realized that I needed deep pocket sheets, so I ordered them and a bed scrunchie. That thing is great! It holds the fitted sheet exactly where I want it.

I got the bed all together. Inky came back to inspect. She still didn’t like the mattress topper. She spent time dancing on it, but still, nope. She knocked books over so she wouldn’t have to walk on the mattress to get to my lap.

It took her two weeks to finally accept that the mattress topper was here to stay and it was not going to attack her. I am enjoying the comfort of the new cushion more than Inky is, but we are all coexisting for the moment. Mini still won’t go near the futon if I am in the room. Her issue is me, and not the mattress, though. Cranky kitty.

Crystal Bowl Breathing by The Big Quiet

Crystal Bowl Breathing

Crystal Bowl Breathing by The Big Quiet
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This is supposed to be for meditation and relaxation, but it doesn’t work that way. There’s a man’s voice that is very jarring, not relaxing at all, that suddenly interrupts the relaxing sounds of the crystal bowls. He throws out instructions to breathe with the high bowl and the low bowl sounds. The pitch that’s chosen for the high and low bowl sounds is almost like an alarm clock. I dozed a bit while listening, but every time the high bowl sound came on, it woke me. Every time the man spoke, it woke me. This definitely isn’t the relaxation recording for me. 

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Sleeping under stress

I have had multiple people talking about sleep issues during the shelter in place. Waking up randomly, not able to sleep, and dreaming more are some of the things I have heard.

I know that a lot of my issues with sleeping through the night come from the fact that I wear a mask all day at work, and for any errands I need to do. I struggle with breathing, plus I am not able to hydrate the way I usually do. I tend to drink all my fluids at the end of the day, then I am up a lot because of trips to the bathroom. I am trying hard to remember to stop and drink during the day, but it’s not easy.

I have been sleeping during the day. I have been just exhausted. I think because of the stress, and wearing the mask. A few nights I managed to get in almost 10 hours of sleep. I have been going to bed earlier, so that helps a lot.

I have also noticed that I remember a lot more of my dreams than usual. One night, I had a dream that I had to wait for Jello to set, then I had to sew zippers onto the newly set Jello. Impossible, right?

Last night, I had a dream that I grew little grey feathers and I had to pluck them before I left the house each time. Maybe I am trying to refill my duvet? This one I haven’t figured out at all.

I know I am not the only one with sleep issues right now, so at least that’s comforting.



My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another freebie I got in the effort to find mediation and relaxation books. I was a little nervous about the possibility that the water sounds might activate my bladder, but they didn’t. It did make me sleep, though. 

I spent a little time wondering why I didn’t hear any seagulls. I will need to look up if deals are only on the west coast or why there weren’t any during the recording. Something to do later, I guess 

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The Perfect Swing by James McGirk

The Perfect Swing by James McGirk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a free meditation book on Audible. I was skeptical about it being calming, because it’s a baseball story. Something about the reader’s voice and the way he read the story put me to sleep almost immediately. Three different times! 

It was an interesting story, so I’m not sure why it worked, but it did. I had to go back and listen to it when I wasn’t sleepy at all. Great story with great information, told beautifully. But, it does double as a sleep aid. 

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Doing a favor for a friend

A friend asked me to do a favor for her at 4 am today. I said no problem. Alarms all set, I went to sleep. I woke up at 1 am, and realized that it was possible she meant 4 am Eastern time. Yup! Thankfully, I realized it in plenty of time to get it done. Now I get to sleep in, feeling accomplished.

In theory, that is. I got the order done, but the card I tried to use didn’t want to work, so I had to fully wake up to figure out why and what to do. Then I tried to email her the confirmation that I’d accomplished my middle of the night task, but my address book on my email account decided that it wasn’t going to work. I had to hand type her email address in. Thankfully, I knew it, but suddenly blanked on if it was yahoo or gmail. I guessed right.

Of course, by then I had to get up and use the bathroom, because what else does one do in the middle of the night?

I got back in bed and had to find extra blankets since our heatwave finally broke and my toes were cold.

I didn’t eat much dinner because I wasn’t hungry at dinner time. I don’t want to get up and eat at this time of night because I don’t want to let my stomach think that it’s an option. I’ll drink water, so I’ll have to get up and use the bathroom again in an hour or so.

I don’t know where my purse is with my kindle on it, and I don’t want to fall asleep with my reading light on, so I decided to write here instead of read. It didn’t make me tired, though. I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and find the purse.

Now that I’ve found the purse by getting up and turning on the light, I should be fully awake.

And I just remembered that my daughter reminded me right before bedtime that I told her I’d drive her and a friend somewhere with no parking in the morning. At least her version of morning starts closer to noon than most people’s version of morning.

It’s 2 am now. I am going to stop writing and read for a little while. Hopefully I’m tired enough that a little while won’t take me to morning. Goodnight!