September 16th, 2006

Bruce, Caroline

Melatonin

So, it's Saturday afternoon, and I'm awake! Okay, I've been awake since 6:00 this morning, but I decided that it was a good time to write. voyagerjc picked up a bottle of Melatonin for me yesterday and I tried it last night. I read for about a half hour before falling asleep. Around 10:30 PM I set a bookmark and remember absolutely nothing after that until 6:00 this morning. I think this was the deepest, best sleep I've had in some time. The only bad thing was that apparently I became a bed hog and managed to force Jim out onto the couch because I took up so much space. Hmm.

When Jim went to the pharmacy to get the stuff yesterday the pharmacist told him that it wasn't worth getting it because it was used to treat jet lag. I'd heard from many people though that it worked for them, so figured that it would be worth a try. The bottle is quite large, and has 240 pills in it. I guess they wanted $12 for the bottle. Considering how expensive drugs are, I think that's really a good deal for something that will last me about 8 months. SMILE!

When I woke up this morning, I had no dizziness, and no weird side effects that I've gotten in the past from prescription sleep aids. I mentioned to Jim that I felt great. It's possible of course that I was just so tired that my body basically told me off, but I guess only time will tell that for sure. It made me think though, so I decided to look into it a little more. The link I gave above will take you to a Wikipedia article that discusses all kinds of information from benefits to uses. The one thing I found interesting though was where it says, "Melatonin is practically nontoxic and exhibits almost no toxic side effects." Great! I can most definitely live with this! SMILE! And, check out all the other benefits that it could offer.

Anyway, that's my story, and I'm posting it just in case others might find the information useful.
Bruce, Caroline

A Time of Reflection

I knew I'd been writing for a while, and I knew I'd started officially last September, but I couldn't exactly remember the date. I just went and looked back at my original blog and discovered that my first real entry was posted on June 4, 2005. So, after two moves, and just a little bit more than a year, I'm still here. It's really weird to look back at my old entries and see what I was doing a year ago. For instance, on this day one year ago I was moving my computer and things into our spare bedroom in preparation for making it into a home office. Wow! I knew that anniversary was coming up too, and it's here. It's going to be neat to start looking back over these entries as I continue to add things. But the coolest part is knowing that I've gotten to know other people that I wouldn't have gotten to know if I hadn't started doing this. I originally started because "everyone was doing it", and I read a couple of other people, namely puppybraille, Snowflake, and Sas at first, and they really inspired me to write myself. I kept thinking that they were doing it, and making it look really fun, so I wanted to experience it myself. Eventually I started reading more entries from other people. I still say that moving here to LJ was the best move yet, so I'll be around for a lot longer. I've picked up more readers along the way, and I've started reading other people as well. Reading comments from others has encouraged me to write also, and I love getting the feedback from my readers. I know I don't comment as much as I used to, but I can't count the number of times I started writing responses and then changed my mind, thinking that the response might sound really weird or whatever. Then there are the times when I've wanted to respond to someone's post but haven't because I just didn't know what to say. Of course those were probably the times when said poster needed the comments the most. SMILE!

I've really had fun for the past year though, and I'm glad everyone came along for the ride. For my long-time readers, thanks for sticking with me this long, and for my newer readers, I hope you'll stick around. Here's to another year!
Bruce, Caroline

Nothing Much

I know I've all ready posted two real entries today, but I've got about a half hour before going to bed, so wanted to kill some time talking about my weekend.

As you probably all ready figured out, I've spent a lot of time on the computer today. Aside from that, I caught up on The Young and Restless, which is pretty much a standard thing for me to do over the weekend since I rarely have time during the week to watch it, and did a little reading. I made vanilla shakes this afternoon as kind of a snack. (It would have been chocolate, but I didn't have the mix, and didn't think to add any of my own chocolate.) The vanilla was good though. Then I was feeling kind of putsy, so I had Jim pull down the food processor. i had it slice potatoes and grate cheese, and then I manually cut green beans that I picked up from a fresh produce stand. I mixed it all together with some hamburger and cream of mushroom soup and let it cook for a while. It really doesn't have a name, but it was filling so I guess it's all good. My feet are killing me now though; I guess I'll have to see how much they hate me come tomorrow morning. SMILE! I just have this thing with my food processor. I think it's really neat how it does all this stuff so fast! Talk about saving time!

Tomorrow I really need to finish putting together the rest of my hand-outs for my class. I have two more sessions, and then my next class is in October. I think it's advanced Microsoft Word, and I've done that one before so shouldn't need to do anything with that other than emboss the documents. I save absolutely everything, especially the hand-outs since I never know if I'll be teaching that class again or not. I really like the advanced Word class though because I'm teaching some really funky stuff in there. Mail merge is one of those things that totally gets them every time, but it's such a cool feature! I'm also a big believer in using correct Word styles because if you ever want to import Word documents for embossing in Duxbury, it saves quite a lot of time if you use the styles rather than traditional formatting. But nobody really asked me for a how-to in Word, so I'll shut up about that. SMILE! One thing I like to show people though in Excel is how to make the cells different colors. I was so bored one day several years back that I started with a single cell somewhere in the middle of the sheet. I changed the background color and left it blank. Then, in each cell around that center cell, I changed the background color to something else. i kept doing this until I had a ton of different color rings starting from the center and working my way out. It was really cool! Yes, I have very strange ways of wasting time.

So anyway, that's about it for now. It's time to spell-check and proof this entry so that I can post it, climb into bed, and read more books! Later everyone.