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My sleep stats have sucked lately.
Is anyone surprised by this? I mean, not only the stress of COVID and being segregated into categories, the vaccinated versus the unvaccinated, (i.e. people who are killing others), which is stupid and dangerous and we NEED TO STOP DOING THAT. We’re all humans, respect individual decisions – what others do is none of your business, but the fact that I’m not sure if I will have a job from day-to-day – yeah, that’s stressful. (I talk more about that in my podcasts and you’ll read more in my monthly reflections wrap-up post coming the end of July).
I’ve been listening to soothing music when I go to sleep but the problem with that is, it either continues to play all night long, or, the loud ads wake me up.
So I started listening to podcasts. But the subject matter is so interesting that it only serves to keep me awake, not put me to sleep.
But then I found “Get Sleepy.” (I sound like a damn infomercial. And this is not sponsored, by the way).
Get Sleepy is a twice weekly story-telling podcast with the goal of helping you get a great night’s rest. In reviews, listeners have described the podcast as “Life changing”.
Behind the podcast is a small creative team of writers, voice-over artists, and meditation experts. Together, with the guidance of leading sleep experts, our goal is to create the best podcast to help you fall asleep.
I have really enjoyed this podcast. It starts out with breathing exercises and then starts a calm, boring story that is meant to put you to sleep. Nothing exciting, nothing that will startle you awake. And you can set a timer for it to shut off after 30 minutes, 45 minutes, whatever. It has really been great and I highly recommend you try it.
I know I haven’t been around much lately, you can hear what is going on in my podcasts, but I’ve been highly distracted and worried about my next work move. I miss writing but I just haven’t had the mental space to tackle my creative side lately.
I hope you’re doing well. Don’t let the news media scare you and stress you out. Again, I talk about all of this stuff in my podcasts as I feel it’s important to know what’s going on but also to stay objective and realistic about what you’re hearing.
Take care of yourself and talk to you soon!
Podcast version – listen on the go!
Astronaut David Dixon’s first mission to space goes horribly wrong when shots are fired on a Russian space station. He finds himself making an emergency landing from orbit and becomes the most wanted man on Earth.
Desperate to unravel the plot he’s found himself in, he takes his pursuers on a wild chase from space to the backstreets of Rio and beyond. Dixon’s survival relies on his skills as a pilot and willingness to do whatever it takes – crashing a passenger jet into the Mexican desert to pulling off an incredible heist in Low Earth Orbit.
If space doesn’t kill David Dixon, Earth will.
I really enjoy Andrew Mayne books. He has a way of sucking me into his stories and his humor is OFF the charts. I found myself actually laughing out loud a few times.
I felt I was holding my breath this whole story. There was something exciting happening nearly every page. In fact, it was almost too much at times and the character kept finding himself in more and more impossible situations. In fact, there were times I was like, there is no way this character is getting out of this and Mayne proved me wrong by finding a unique and fun way to release the character back into the wild.
So, David Dixon is a bit of a geek. Mayne doesn’t really describe what he looks like, or if he did, I missed it because I was too distracted trying to figure out how the character was going to escape his latest trap, but I imagined David being attractive, but not overly so, more like a charming geek. He doesn’t exactly turn women’s heads but he’s attractive enough that women are not immediately turned off by him.
David is a hard-core geek. He’s always wanted to be an astronaut and he has to jump through several hoops for that to finally happen. And when it finally happens, it’s by accident. David is an understudy, for lack of a better term, a back up plan in case something happens to the astronaut that the big dudes picked for the job. And that’s exactly what happens, the astronaut that was supposed to have gone on the mission gets food poisoning the night before the launch and David is called in to replace him. While getting ready, David spots his superior and hero stuffing a gun into his gear. David is pretty sure that’s not part of the approved items for the mission but he doesn’t say anything because he doesn’t want to get this guy he looks up to into trouble and he doesn’t want to jeopardize his first mission. He’s also wondering, did this mission just get dangerous?
The crazy starts after getting into outer space and they run into some trouble and are not going to be able to dock with the original space station and instead, have to dock at the Russian station or there is a good possibility they will die. After docking to the Russian station, David is asked (forced) to stay on the rocket while his two comrades step foot onto the station to try and see how they can get back to Earth. Not long after his comrades have been on the station, shots ring out and the woman comes stumbling back to the ship, gives David a microchip and tells him to leave and go back to Earth. He doesn’t want to leave without her or his hero boss but he realizes that if he doesn’t leave, he will die and he detaches from the Russian space station.
He barely makes it back to Earth and crash lands in Rio. His landing is publicized so his enemies know where he is and immediately begins chasing him. David asks some kids to help him escape from the people hunting him and he heads to the stadium based on a mysterious message he received on the rocket before he landed. Only, when he gets there, he can’t tell if the person he’s supposed to meet is friend or foe.
Turns out he’s foe.
Once David has eluded the people who’s chasing him, for the moment, he contacts a Senator that he knows backed the space program that he participated in. He finds out that the chip that the woman handed him back on the Russian space station is a “key” of sorts that will unlock nuclear weapons trained on the US. After the Senator promises to help him get the chip into the right hands, because you can’t trust anyone in the government, they are all corrupt, (sounds familiar), he feels relieved and hopeful that his nightmare journey is over.
Only, the Senator gets killed and he’s back on the run. He turns to a reporter that is a thorn in the US space program’s side and together they form an alliance to try and find a man who basically helped create the space program and who is not only an insider, but a powerful insider.
The whole story was one exciting adventure after another and it was interesting and fun to see David think quick on his feet and MacGyver his way out of situations. It was always clever and somewhat believable but then again, I’m not a bit science fiction reader so it may not have been believable to readers that actually knew what they were reading.
I love these types of stories but there is no way I could write something like this. I’m not imaginative enough to wiggle my character out of a seemingly impossible situation. I don’t have the problem-solving skills to make it not only feasible but plausible. Mayne does a good job of not only helping his character to escape but to make it plausible enough for me NOT to roll my eyes at the creative solution. I envy this type of writing as I think it’s exciting and fun and it’s entertaining to see Mayne torment his characters so much.
Though this was a plot-driven story, Mayne does a good job of hinting at a love interest with the super smart reporter and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this series to see if, or how, that relationship develops. But this story is more action and adventure focused so if you’re looking for a fun, fast, exciting read, this is the book for you.
And if you’re a science fiction geek, this book is outta of this world – give it a read.
What I wouldn’t give to be on this beach right about now. I wonder if Kevin and I will ever be able to travel again? Because we’re NOT getting the vaccine and if they require a vaccine passport – well, I guess we’ll just stick to traveling the good ole USA.
(Which reminds me – we probably need another trailer update soon).
Makes me sad though. I MISS cruising. I MISS tropical places. Maybe we’ll be able to go back … someday.
July is here – which means time will speed up as soon as the 4th is over and we’ll soon be putting our Christmas trees back up.
I really wish time would slow down. Like – every day is as long as three days. Or something like that. I’m so tired of getting up, working, coming home, sleeping and doing it all over the next day.
You can read about my June here. As far as today – I spent my day completely revamping Dr. S’s clinic schedules for next week. The office is closed on Monday, so Tuesday, I’ll be in clinic with Dr. S, in clinic with Dr. M on Wednesday, Thursday is my catch up and get ready for the following week’s clinics, then another clinic with Dr. S on Friday. Dr. S is on call on Friday so she wanted to go ahead and see a few patients that day since she will likely be hanging out at the hospital anyway.
The day ended with some asshole yelling a voicemail and demanding to call him back – at 4:20 – we close at 4:30 PM.
I didn’t call him back. Screw him. I’m not starting my weekend off being yelled out by some jackass.
I’m also SUPER annoyed with the CEO of our hospital right now. Let me show you why:
Words do not even describe how incredibly annoyed I am with this dude right about now. Shut up?!? Really? Wow. Way to exhibit some stellar leadership skills there, Mr. CEO. So many thoughts … so little time. But let me summarize it for you – just listen to my rants on my podcast and you’ll know exactly how I feel about this sh*t. In fact, we’ll be covering this in this week’s podcast – stay tuned.
*takes a breath*
But I digress. Here are this month’s journal pages.
I don’t know why I’m so fascinated with VW Vans. They’re just so cute. And I am DIGGING this picture, ya’ll. What a perfect little beach getaway van. I’m also digging the color combination this month – aqua and orange. Sand and sky.
Did pretty decent on my steps this month. Save for the days I threw my back out and was hobbling around like an old(er) lady. That sucked.
And just look at those cheesy stencils.
Weather, sleep, stickers and stamps. I got fancy this month. *snort* I did not do that great on my sleep this month. I think I slept 10 hours one day this month. Hence, one of the reasons I’m a walking zombie most days. Now you know.
Zero numbers on my writing tracker. Don’t tell me you’re surprised. I’m not. My day job sucks every last creative thought out of my head – I have nothing left when I get home. But I’m going to continue making these trackers because I will eventually get tired of them not being filled out and I will write something.
Just don’t expect it to happen any time soon.
Trackers – meh. They look a bit better this month but not by much. Still digging my mood tracker. I like to summarize my day. The two days of pain – yeah – I really don’t want to repeat those any time soon.
Side note: I bought a yoga mat and I plan on taking up beginning yoga. I need to stretch my muscles. I don’t want to be one of these sad arthritic old(er) people.
And here’s a pic of a VW Van just because this blog is my space and they make me happy.
I wish I was as talented as this bullet journal artist. I just love watching her draw – so impressive.
Peace out, ya’ll.