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Insomnia

I've not been sleeping very well the past few nights.  Oh, I fall asleep early enough while I'm trying to read a book.  That's not a problem.  It's the waking up in the middle of the night and my mind won't turn off.  I lay there and think of all sorts of stuff, I think about my finances, I think about pottery, I think about where I should move the bégonias that seem to be getting too much sun, all sorts of important stuff.

At 4:30 in the morning I realized that I had totally forgotten to make a piece that I promised someone.  It had just completely slipped my mind, gone to the land of the lost thoughts, somewhere other than my memory.  Now my memory is not great but mostly I forget names, not making a piece for someone.  The thing is the woman who asked for it was so nice I was really, really excited to make it for her.  I was just in the middle of a bunch of shows and decided that it could wait for a minute.  Now I'm really late in getting it to her and under pressure.   Waiting until the last minute does not work well for me.  I normally like to give myself ample time to complete a task.  Especially with pottery since so much can go wrong.

Covered Jar

Well, I got the piece made and drying, plus an extra just in case of a flaw.  Now it's up to the kiln gods.  Wish me luck.

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  1. You should call me, I'm up, haha! I normally sleep from 4am-6am, that's about it! WIsh I could turn off my brain for just a few hours, but I do get a lot of thinking done during the night! Fingers crossed, but you shouldn't tell the piece that it's special, they like to kill themselves when they have a designated home :) good luck!

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    1. Tracey, Ha, if your phone rang at 2am you'd have a heart attack and then kill me. Of course I wouldn't blame you.
      You're right about the special pieces becoming suicidal, why is that? They seem to have so much to live for.

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  2. You are smart to make extras, Gary read a small glass of milk before bedis supposed to help, he tried it and it didn't work for him, maybe a walk in the afternoon might help. I wake up at odd hours too, I only need six hours max of sleep a night, so sometimes I walk up at 3 or 4 am

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    1. Linda, my grandmother used to drink warm milk before bed, yuk! I think part of the problem is my oldest dog doesn't sleep well either, he wakes me up then I can't get back to sleep...of course he's snoozing away 5 minutes after he's woken me.

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  3. Insomnia and I are old friends.
    It use to bother me a lot and now i get up and read or watch boring tv- or go online or draw....I just find something to do and usually I can go back to sleep about 5-6 for a nap.
    It has gottne better- it was way worse before.
    I sometimes fall asleep by counting back from 100-I must draw each number out very slowly.
    IF i find myself at 30-it is time to get up!

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  4. Thanks for the suggestions Meredith. I don't have a TV but I've found that listening to audio books helps, especially if it's one that I have already listened to, that way I don't get wrapped up in the story. It's like bed time stories for a (sort of) adult.

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  5. There must be something in the air, I haven't been sleeping well either... until it's time to get up and then I oversleep. Good think I am self employed.

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    1. Yes Michele, isn't it funny how we sleep the best 15 minutes before the alarm goes off.

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  6. I need my six hours a night. The problem being that if I go to sleep at nine, I'm awake at 3AM. If it's the animal that have wakened me early I find rereading a book I know really well puts me back to sleep. Also find that Yoyo Ma's recordings of The Unaccompanied Cello Sonatas relax me. Concentrating on Bach works well for me. Sometimes I just have to take a siesta in the late afternoon and get back into a better schedule.

    Hope the jars work well. May the kiln gods smile on you.

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    1. The kiln gods have been good to me lately, I'm crossing my fingers that they continue to love me.

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