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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.


  • 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.


  • Wind Storm of 2017

    I survived the Wind Storm!  I was without power from Monday morning till Thursday night.  It wasn’t too horrible, but it got pretty cold at night.  Luckily my parents got power back on Tuesday, so I borrowed their generator.

    I have now survived the three worst power outage events in Maine history: Flood of 87, Ice Storm of 98, and Wind Storm of 17.  Yeah, its not that great a claim to fame.

    I did manage to put up some lights for Halloween this year, but naturally had no power on Halloween itself.

    Halloween 2017

  • Buddy’s Great Adventure

    I’ve been meaning to post this for over a week now, so here we go.


    The Escape Hole

    Day 1
    On Sunday, May 28th, Buddy escaped.  He ripped a hole in a screen window on my desk.  I got home and discovered the hole not long after it happened, as Mike and I pretty quickly found him underneath the big tree on my front lawn.  I went out with his treats and got down to climb under the tree, but as soon as I shook his treats he bolted.  We proceeded to chase him around the house twice, but realized he was WAY too fast for us.  Last we saw him, he ran down the other side of the neighbor’s house and vanished.

    Day 3
    He turned up again two days later on the the 30th, where he made an appearance in the kitchen.  As soon as he saw Mike, he bolted back out the door.

    Day 5
    On the 1st, I was sitting in my office and I heard the food bowl clank in the kitchen.  By the time I got there to investigate, there was no cat.  I then got devious and rigged the screen door so I could quickly close it from my desk in case I heard him inside again.

    Day 6
    The next night, I kicked it up a notch by setting up a webcam watching the back door so I could see if he came inside.  Saw him twice that night, but both times I didn’t wait for him to get far enough inside and the door made a sound that spooked him before I could trap him.

    Day 7
    On June 3rd, Perry showed up with a live trap for me.  Spent that night with the live trap setup in the kitchen and the webcam watching it.  Saw him come in once, but he took one look at the trap and went into the other room and then right back out.  I fell asleep on the couch that night, and was awoke at 1:30 in the morning when the trap went off.  I caught one of the neighbor cats. He was not very pleased with me.

    The next few nights we kept up with the live trap, and then without and didn’t see much.

    Day 9
    June 6th at 1:31am comes around, and he strolls on in and starts meowing for attention.  He was very happy to see me, and has made no attempt to get back out since.  Poor Buddy had burdocks stuck all through his tail.  We had to cut the worst out with scissors.  He had bug bites all over him, and several days Mike found two ticks on him.  We got them both out and he’s had no signs of rings.  He does have a wound on his tail that he wouldn’t let me get near for about a week.  Then he randomly spent a morning pulling all the hair out from around it on his own, and now its healing nicely.

    A few days after he came back, I made an interesting discovery.  I hadn’t noticed before, but one of the neighbor’s cats looks JUST like Buddy.  Like, from a distance, easily mistakable.  I’m wondering now if the cat I kept seeing indoors on the cam wasn’t Buddy at all?  And the few times we heard the food dish but didn’t see anything could have been ANY of the neighbor cats (there’s a whole gang of them).  It makes me wonder though, as he’s made no attempt to get out again and he was so loving when he got home.

    He’s home and very happy now. He’s much more cuddly than he used to be, and hardly leaves my side 🙂


  • Weekend Report

    Weekend Highlights:

    • I have a driveway again
    • Fishing Derby Prize Drawing a success
    • Random Buddy pictures

    Yesterday the City of Old Town became my hero when their bucket loader and fleet of dump trucks came along the street clearing snow.  Not only did they finally clear the sidewalk, but the cleared the massive snowbank ALL the way back TO the sidewalk!  The sidewalk sits back like 6 feet into the lawn, so thats impressive.  In the process, they cleared out the end of my driveway so its now fully passable again!

    Today was the annual prize drawing for the Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby in Milo.  This was the 16th year that I have streamed the prize drawing live online with TRC in some form or another.  I believe this was our best year yet, with no technical difficulties and around 260 live viewers! Click here to watch video of the prize drawing.  You can also view the full Prize Drawing Results on TRC.

    Random Buddy Pictures: