Sleep App Update

A couple of months ago I posted a piece about the sleep app, “Calm,” and I figured it was time for an update. Here’s a link to the original post, if anyone’s interested: https://nananoyz5forme.com/2019/03/10/sweet-sleep-in-an-app/

Knowing myself as I do, I really worried that after the novelty of the Calm app wore off that my anxiety would kick in and counter the positive results I’d experienced. Turns out, I don’t know myself all that well. Huh. Who’d have thunk it?

Don’t get me wrong. I have had a couple of sleepless nights since downloading the app, but that’s TWO nights out of more than 60, and that my friends is a win. If you didn’t read my earlier link, and honestly, you really should so you’ll be up to speed, the Calm app has meditation exercises and relaxing music, but best of all, there are sleep stories to send the listener off to a restful sleep.

I have several favorite sleep stories that are almost guaranteed to take me to lala land.

1) “The Butterfly Sanctuary,” read by Clarke Peters. His voice makes me melt. Like buttah.

2) “Wonder,” read by Mr. Alright, Alright, Alright himself, Mathew McConaughey. Talk about sending a girl off to sleep with a smile on her face!

3) “Aberystwyth by Train,” read by Stephen Lyons. Imagine falling asleep to the lulling rhythm of a train traveling along the northern coast of Wales. Oh my!

There are many other stories. Some are short fictional tales, others are excerpts from non-fiction, like astronaut Terry Virts’s “View from Above.”

There have been a couple that I’ve not found relaxing. Ironically enough, “Calm Airways” is one of them. It’s a poem, and a rather eye rollingly corny one at that. And this is going to sound sexist, but I still find the male voices more conducive to my own relaxation. I’m sure that wouldn’t be true for every listener.

Some of the stories are intended for children, but the only one I’ve listened to is “The Little Mermaid.” My six-year-old granddaughter and I downloaded the familiar tale to listen to when we shared a bed during her recent visit to Doright Manor. Once the story ended she was still wide awake and not at all happy that it wasn’t a bit like the Disney version.

Nothing’s perfect, right? But this app has really been a godsend. I heartily recommend it for anyone who struggles with insomnia.

Peace, and calm, people.

Wednesday, Part One: The Bad

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and then…you rock out. (With apologies to the 80’s sitcom, “Facts of Life” theme song.)

Wednesday was a day of highs and lows, starting with me locking my keys and my phone in my car while dropping off a donation of clothing at a local Goodwill thrift store. For starters, I honestly didn’t think it was possible to lock my keys in my new Lincoln Nautilus. My previous car, a Mazda CX-5 had a fail safe to prevent such unfortunate events from occurring. Live and learn, I guess.

So there I was taking up a spot in the busy donation lane at Goodwill, and I couldn’t call for assistance. One of the Goodwill employees loaned me her phone, and I tried calling the dealership where we’d bought the car. Lincolns supposedly come with all sorts of perks, so I thought I’d see if they could help me out. They hung up on me. Not once, but twice.

We haven’t been all that thrilled with Tallahassee Ford-Lincoln since purchasing the car, and this incident certainly didn’t endear them to me. Matthew McConaughey and I need to have a talk.

https://youtu.be/GAuDTd2-Z1k

The sweet woman who’d loaned me her phone suggested I call my insurance company because some providers have specific locksmiths they want customers to use. As we were looking up the number, one of the other employees said, “Hey! It looks like you can punch in a code to unlock your car.”

Oh, yeah. I’d kind of forgotten that feature. Maybe this was a reprieve. But only if I could recall the code we’d set up back in December. On the third try I got it right and sheepishly thanked the folks who’d assisted me. After unloading my donation I moved my car and got the heck out of Dodge. Come to think of it, maybe I should’ve bought a Dodge….we did live in Dodge City for a year.

Tomorrow, if I don’t get sidetracked, I’ll bring you “Wednesday, Part 2: The Good.”