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October 21st, 2010
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Scheduling and sleep
I know I never post here anymore... any of you still around? If so, sorry. :( I tend to microblog onto Twitter/Facebook these days instead.

I had a big conversation with my husband today about our various scheduling woes of getting Buglet to school vs. when I can come home from work, my lack of sleep due to late-pregnancy (brax-hicks contractions, peeing, etc.), my tremendous lack of energy which will surely continue at least till I'm recovered from c-section surgery, the many projects I want/need to work on in Second Life meanwhile so I can keep this money coming in from there... and later, how we'll deal with scheduling for another baby later and me needing to get up in the wee hours to breastfeed.

My conclusion: the best thing I can do to address pretty much ALL that is to make good use of my time in the evenings and also to get to bed earlier. If I'm not actively working in SL or actively doing something beyond puttering around on the Web? I need to just GO TO BED early. Being well-rested will serve me well and is time well-spent; then I can get up well before Buglet and be ready for her, maybe telework, etc.

It's depressing because going to bed early, at first glance, seems like it invariably equates to a loss of free time. But it doesn't have to be a loss of quality free time. If I'm not happily tinkering away on some project, if I'm already braindead because I'm tired and just passing the time before "official" bedtime? I ought to just go on ahead and sleep.

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From:hit_people_guy
Date:October 21st, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
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I am still here! Of course, I am still there, too.

I agree with the concept - even if it's feeling frustrating now, at least you can look at it and go 'I am doing something to make me feel better in the morning/manage my useful time effectively'. Good luck!
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From:jengagne
Date:October 21st, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Well, I do enjoy sleep -- and the benefits thereof -- so I think it won't be hard to recognize how it helps me.

I mean, the only other solution would be to cut back on my other time commitments. But that's certainly not happening WRT my family... and I need the money from my SL business... and even if I all I did was sit around all day, I would _still_ need the extra sleep for my energy level, to get up at night to feed the new baby, etc.
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From:cmdr_zoom
Date:October 21st, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
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*waves!*
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From:jengagne
Date:October 21st, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
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:) *waves*
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From:winterhart
Date:October 21st, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)

Hey I still see you in SL

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from time to time... and think about you wonder how you're doing. :)

(Jon Nielsen and Wyvern Dryke, from Gianfar.)

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From:jengagne
Date:October 21st, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey I still see you in SL

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Yeah, I should IM you more often now that I'm back in SL more often! For some reason I end up talking to Wyvern a lot more than Jon.
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From:impish
Date:October 21st, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Here, present and accounted for, ma'am!

It is a loss of personal time, going to bed earlier. BUT! It's only temporary and it's for a great cause and it'll mean you do get to enjoy your time and function more effectively when you are awake, instead of being unable to hold a thought together because you're so tired.

I'm also loving my iphone for breastfeeding at night - the house is dark and quiet and I often have little thoughts I just jot down to follow up on at a later date. (whether that's shopping list items or a little imaginative blurt that could turn into a story one day)
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From:jengagne
Date:October 21st, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Exactly... it's definitely a transition but frankly, with me at the T-Minus-Two-Month mark of pregnancy, getting more sleep is practically unavoidable. I think it'll help our overall quality of life.

Heh, didn't even think about the iPhone. That's true, I could read a book on my phone! Much easier to hold than an actual book when breastfeeding.
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From:lirazel
Date:October 22nd, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)

I'm all for sleep

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Unfortunately, I've developed some really bad sleep habits of late. But that's no reason you should!

Also, still here, obviously.
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