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  • Blizzard 2018

    Happy New Years Everyone!!

    The New Year is only 5 days old, and we’ve already had a blizzard here in Maine.  I’ve been outside shoveling for the last 45 minutes as naturally my snowblower is dead/non-functioning.  I got to my first milestone – I made it to the front end of the truck.  It looked bad enough out there to start with, then I discovered the snow drift on the other side of the truck is a foot taller.  And to top that off, the snowbank at the end of my driveway is taller than the back of my truck. It has to be at least 4 feet tall.

    I’m not going anywhere today.  I’m going to be shoveling.  In shifts.

    If anyone wants to come help or supply a snowplow, it would be GREATLY appreciated!!

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  • Sleeping Madness

    Its been a weird few days.  For those of you who don’t know, I had a sleep study done a few weeks ago and it turns out I have severe sleep apnea.  I got my sleep apnea equipment on Friday.  When I went to pick it up, it was a bit of a shock when they expected a $555 copay that nobody had told me about up to that point, as well as the shock it was going to cost me $158 a month to rent the equipment. Getting past that, I got home that night and used the equipment for the first time.

    It turns out when they did the sleep study, they started me out on a CPAP device, but then switched me in the middle of the night to a more advanced BiPAP machine (without ever telling me).  I had a hard time falling asleep with the BiPAP, as it switches between two pressures.  I tried to fall asleep for an hour, but it wasn’t happening.  I got back up all stressed and smoked a cigarette.  I eventually went back to bed and managed to sleep for 4 hours.  I had some pretty odd and vivid dreams, so I know it hit REM sleep, which is great!  I woke up freezing and got up to turn up the heat a notch, and then promptly fell back asleep before I remembered to put the sleep mask back on.

    So that was my first night. I woke up mid-morning, feeling pretty rested actually.  Went about my Saturday as normal. That evening, I was cleaning up around the house. I took a short break to sit down in my recliner and pet the cat about 7pm.  The next thing I know, I wake up and its 3 in the damn morning.  I literally slept in the recliner for 7 hours, undisturbed – no getting up to pee or anything.  Now I’m feeling fully rested, and I’m wide awake.  I doubt I’m going to go back to bed, or that I’ll use the equipment again until tonight.

    Sigh.  What a way to start my Christmas Eve.


  • Christmas Lights 2017

    I finished putting up my Christmas lights today, thanks to the help of my Dad, Mom, and Perry.  We managed to get over 1,000 lights into the big tree on my front lawn. It looks great!  I also put colored lights in each of the 5 bushes out front this year.

    All thats left is to finish decorating the tree inside.  I put it up last night, but only with lights on it.  I’m testing how Buddy is going to handle it. I’m afraid he’s going to knock it over and break things.  To counteract this, I duct taped the tree base to the coffee table its sitting on.  It shouldn’t be able to move at all 🙂

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  • Seth & the Sleep Study -OR- How Not to Sleep

    Wednesday night I went in for a sleep study to see if I have sleep apnea.  I’ve been a pretty loud snorer all my life, and my brother and father have it so it was a pretty good bet. I’d read up on it, and their brochure said you could sleep comfortably in any position.

    Well, it took me many hours to fall asleep.  I was so uncomfortable, couldn’t get into a good position.  It was nearly impossible to sleep on my side like I usually do.  I didn’t fall asleep till after 2am, after being hooked up at 9pm.  It was horrible 🙁

    They eventually woke me up and put a CPAP mask on me to help.  It took quite some time to get used to breathing with. I eventually did sleep, and it did help.  It was still hard to sleep on my side.

    The worst part was all the wires they had attached to my head. It made it really hard to get comfy 🙁  Every time I tried to get into a good position I was pulling on wires.  I had no choice but to sleep on my back, and I don’t normally sleep on my back. I snore loudest there, so I sleep on my side.  With all that crap hooked up to me, I couldn’t sleep like I usually do.  It just sucked…

    But I survived. I should know the results in two weeks.