Good afternoon!

This is me… (mood) Trying to sort out what is happening next week.

In the last 24 hours, I cancelled my trip to the desert, (almost) gave away ticket, rescheduled, flip-flopped camps, and somehow returned to my original plan (minus my bestie–so sad).

Two choices: chuck the RV and go the route that gets me there Sunday (this means tent camping. Word.) Or stick with the RV and drive ten hours on Monday from Utah and just make peace with the fact that I may get stuck in a very long line with the other RV’s and get little or no sleep the night before I run 32 miles in the desert and/or still be in line and miss my 3:30 AM start time. Hmmm… Decisions, decisions:)

Not the worst problem a girl could have. It’s all up to the universe anyway❤️

Why do we sleep? Scientists uncover how late nights can physically change the brain
Sleep deprivation can lead to increased synaptic strength in the brain but decreased memory power
By Amelia Heathman

By Amelia Heathman

We all sleep – some of us less than others – and yet the exact role sleeping plays on our bodies and minds has largely remained elusive.

By focusing on the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain, scientists now believe sleep is needed in order to ensure brain function stays on track, and to prevent connectivity changes.

Christoph Nissen and his team from the University Medical Center Freiburg, in Germany, compared the brain activity of 20 participants. The first study was done after a full night’s sleep while the second study was carried out after a night of sleep deprivation, a total of 24 hours without any sleep.

During both experiments, the scientists applied magnetic pulses to the motor cortex, the area of the brain responsible for controlling movement, in order to activate neurons in the participants’ brains.

From this, the team discovered that sleep deprivation causes significant, so-called ‘connectivity changes’ to occur. In particular, it was found that in sleep-deprived applicants the strength of the pulse needed to produce a muscle response in the left hand was much lower for the sleep deprived participants, suggesting brain excitability was higher after lack of sleep.

Brain excitability refers to the strength of reactions of the brain to a given stimulus or irritation. It is believed that brain excitability reflects the overall strength of connectivity in the area of the brain it is targeting, therefore when it is affected by something like sleep deprivation, excitability changes meaning in a way that causes the strength of synapses in the brain to change.

(excerpt - click the link for the complete article)


☁ Super Relaxing Rain Sound ☁  8 HOURS ☂

I wanted to share my all time favorite rain sound with you all. I could listen to this all day. It can be an especially great sleep companion. but also divine as a background sound for relaxation, yoga or meditation. Enjoy. Love and light ♥

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🔆Good Things🔆

I got to pet a bobcat kitten today at the hospital. A man comes in once in a while and brings animals with him for the patients to pet. Today, it was a baby bobcat. Oh my goodness, the sound that came out when it “meowed” was more like a croak. It was so darn cute!

I also got to see a game of ultimate frisbee. I think that would be so much fun to play!

But now, I’m exhausted. Like, *really* exhausted. Three hours of sleep today with dreams of a constantly oozing dressing change (which I had to contend with last night) is not good sleep at all. I’m thinking I’ll sleep with ease through the night!


This idea was a natural progression from the post from last Friday (the woollen keys bowl with the light).

Why should my keys be the only thing to feel warm and cozy whilst resting?

Image 1: Approx 6 feet tall and long and covered in a woolen fabric with a warm timber like oak for legs.

I like the idea that you have to crouch down to get in; it would make it feel more enclosed from the outside world.

Image 2: Throw in a few pillows or a doona and zone out. I think it would be very quiet and relaxing in there.

Image 3: A view of the opening. I like the shape that formed when I cut the opening in the squashed sphere shaped shape. The bevel on the inside edge makes it more ‘tunnel’ like when climbing in.

10 random facts tag

if you receive this, post 10 random facts about yourself and then tag 15 of your favorite followers!

tagged by @namtavhyun, THANKS! gonna be hard to come up with some new ones I haven’t already done before….hhmmmmm

  1. I collect antique piggybanks, the really old kind without the stopper that you had to break to get your money out. And pigs, just pigs.
  2. I went to a catholic all girls high school, 10-12 anyway
  3. I have 3 kids, probably older than a lot of you, 23, 26 & 30
  4. My pinkie fingers are weird and won’t straighten out
  5. I am a descendant of George Mason, author of the Virginia Bill of Rights on which the US Bill of Rights was based. (whoop de do)
  6. I only have 3 cats and an ancient cockatiel now, but I think at one point we had like 20 pets at once…way too many. God what was it, 6 cats, 2 dogs, 3 rabbits, a chinchilla, 3 birds, 3 rats, 2 hamsters, I think, and god knows how many fish. LORD.
  7. My older brother picked on me and teased me all the time when I was little. So for revenge, I’d talk him into doing stuff…then tell on him. I was terrible…but so was he.
  8. I’ve worn glasses since I was in 5th grade. I can’t see anything more than 6 inches away from my face…I’m kinda really near sighted.
  9. I’m having a hard time coming up with 10 things because I’m boring
  10. My husband was discharged from the Navy on my 22nd birthday. My husband is 8 years older than me…and he spent 8 years in the Navy. I like to think that he spent that time waiting for me. :)

okay, that was hard, because…I’m boring, and I’ve done these before, lol. Now to tag some people. I’m only gonna do 10…that’s plenty. As always, ignore it…do it…whatever you feel like.

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