From Richard O’Connor’s Happiness: the thinking person’s guide. Page 178.
- Each evening before bed, write about three good things that happened that day.
- For each item, answer the question “Why did this thing happen?”
This past Sunday, as planned, we took the dinghy Juliana for her inaugural sail.
I was quite nervous, because I’d done my training so long ago, and I feared that I may look like a fool or damage the little craft.
But the weather was really mild, with almost no wind, and we could launch with the occasional stranding and bumping.
Although the light wind and rookie skipper combined for a mediocre (at best) sail, I am very happy!
This week I finished my sailing dinghy, the Argie 10 Juliana. We’re making plans to go sailing this Sunday.
I think that next Christmas, I’m going to politely ask people to not give me food as gifts.
In November a office mate decided to reärrange the furniture in the office. Each of us now have a little cubicle-like space for desk and filing cabinet, with bookcases behind. Although this is not particularly spacious, it is much tidier than the previous fairly hodge-podge arrangement, which was spacious, but not particularly tidy.
I’m glad that she came with the idea. It took a few days of hard work, but I think it’s an improvement.
I can’t wait for my pulse oximeter to arrive. I have to get to the bottom of this sleep current sleep disturbance.
It is Sunday, and I am grateful …
... for being able to share a tiny portion of my career with that of a great man.
... for seeing all my friends and colleagues from a few years ago.
... for an adventurous weekend.
... that I could afford this weekend.
... for uninterrupted time to catch up with sleep.
It is Monday, and this week I am grateful …
... that I had to do the marking over the weekend. It means more of the week is for me.
... that I figured out that I could use a redirect to make a temporary but useable website using the same URL. Now I can put the URL out in print without having to worry about what’s there.
... that I could arrive to a reasonably tidy desk today.
... for a start to a publication.
... for being outside for a lovely sunset yesterday and today.
I ordered a pulse oximeter off Amazon. It’ll be hand-deliverd to me in three weeks’ time. I bought the cheapest recording one I could find on the market, and discovered that my analysis software (SleepyHead) can import the data from that model (Contec CMS50)
In the meantime, last night the power was off, so I couldn’t sleep with CPAP. During my two sleep session today my AHI was 0. We’ll see how it goes tonight.
After a long interval I went to see my neurophysiologist. She can see what I see, and she agrees that there are still some central apeneas present. But my numbers are within the limits set for clinical significance, so there’s nothing she feels she has to do. She did make a small adjustment to the CPAP pressure, but most importantly, she gave me permission to change it myself.
I understand why they’re not worried: they work with seriously ill patients every day. My numbers look perfectly normal to them. I just want to go from feeling good some of the time to feeling good all the time.
It is Friday, and this week I am grateful …
... that I had been prepared properly for this week’s non-research activities.
... that I got to Opera again. Chrome’s not bad, but it’s not home.
... for N’s very successful exhibition today.
... for a fun-filled Toastmasters meeting on Wednesday.
... for the new office arrangement.
I’m starting to think that squeaky clean sleep hygiene is not enough. Good sleep hygiene is necessary but not sufficient for good sleep. There’s something else that influences the quality of sleep, and hence the effectiveness of the next day. The AHI is below 5 most nights, but that’s not good enough. I think the best measure of a good night’s sleep is the maximum period between apneas.
It is Wednesday, and I am grateful …
... that the technicians are looking at our network connection.
... for a quick and easy exec meeting, and that I had something sensible to say.
... that most of my friends are happy with the US election results.
... for my trusty car.
... that tomorrow is another day.
I have not been writing here very often lately, because I think I should rather spend my precious 43T times on my un-done goals. But it is Sunday, and I am grateful …
... for my improved bookkeeping skills.
... for the opportunity for some mild exercise, and the front lawn looks the better for it.
... for my choice of table at Friday’s awards dinner. Interesting conversation with wonderful people.
... for a partnership at the market. It’s fun having N there!
... for the beautiful weather.
Today I started experimenting with Evernote. It seems to work fairly well, showing my thought development.
It’s still a far cry from being all electronic: I print out the notes and stick them in my lab book!