Friday, August 3, 2012

More reading material

I got The Poetic Eddas from the library last week and I only have it for two more since it's a 3 week loan instead of four like the rest of my books are.  Not nearly enough time to read it since it's not light reading at all.  I have it online free but it's not easy for me to sit at the computer and read books.

Same with a book on Runes.  I got it free on Kindle and am using the PC Cloud thing but it's just hard to sit and read, particularly when I'm trying to retain it.  So I broke down and bought Diana Paxson's Taking Up the Runes.  I looked around trying to find recommendations and this one seemed to have the best ratings.  Also the most ratings.  Most rune books only had one or two reviewers.  I got this one from a dealer and it was like new for a lot less than the price of a new one.

I really would love to get a Kindle for Christmas but I doubt we will be able to afford it.  I really love holding a book in my hands when I read, but there are books out there I would be able to get for free or next to nothing that I can't afford on hard copy.

I'm having some really bad insomnia problems lately so not much of anything is getting done.  I've tried herbal sleeping pills, teas, OTC sleeping pills and nothing is giving me consistent sleep.  It seems like it's getting a smidgen better but I'm not going to declare victory until I've had at least a week of solid, restful sleep.  Can't remember the last time I had that.

In the meantime, I'm knitting, watching tv and reading as best I can with a brain fogged by lack of sleep.  Thankfully I can renew the books at the library (aside from The Poetic Eddas) twice more.  That one has a waiting list so I can't renew it.  Who knew it would be in such high demand in this neck of the woods?

Off to bed and trying to stay awake long for the sun to go down.


  1. Hmm. Something occurred to me based on my own personality type- or at least one half of it. I wonder if you are putting so much information into your head that your brain simply won't let you sleep as it tries to sort it all out? I know that happens to me. I get information overload and then I just can't sleep because my brain won't shut up and go to sleep.

    I know you're in LEARN ALL THE THINGS mode for the new path, but maybe take some time to do just the physical stuff that you already understand? Give your brain a breather. It usually helps me.

    1. I appreciate your suggestions but my mind has never been so full I can't shut it off. At least not from learning stuff. I have to go to sleep with the tv on in sleep mode because ever since chemo I can't trust my thoughts at night. I go to dark places and just can't get to sleep without some part of my mind being focused on something else. But nothing I have learned has kept me awake.

      Mostly it's because I suffer from a sleep disorder brought on by my son's. He was born with one and didn't sleep through the night until he was five years old. Getting to sleep was a big problem for him, too and he didn't nap until he could just fall asleep wherever he was. I suffered from sleep deprivation for 20+ years after that.

      Plus I'm a very light sleeper and sleep in the living room converted to a bedroom with sheets separating me from the dining room. We have a small house and I can't sleep upstairs anymore because of my arthritic knees and dodgy hip. And Tom's snoring.

      Frequently the dog will wake me up several times a night or if I manage to get to sleep before Tom gets home at 1:30 a.m., I wake up when he comes home, no matter how quietly he comes in.

      But mostly it's because my eyes just won't stay shut and I can't stay asleep. But not because I'm in overload. I'm positive I don't input enough knowledge in the course of a day to over load it. :)

    2. That sounds pretty rough. I work weird hours and when I'm on night shift and sleeping during the day I can't do it without something to block the light and noise. Half the time I still can't sleep then. Being a light sleeper just sucks. Take heart though, because when the zombie apocalypse happens you won't get caught in your sleep! (sorry, that's my attempt at humor first thing in my morning, lol)

  2. LOL! I might be mistaken for a zombie though. :)

  3. I got a Kindle for Christmas 2 years ago. I hated it and sent it back within days. Honestly, it was the paying for books that pissed me off. I use the library 95% of the time and when I do buy a book I want it to highlight and write in to make it my own. However, I have many friends who love them. I guess it boils down to how you like to use your books once you buy them.

    1. I would only use it to get the free or 99cent books. I do like the feel and weight of a book to read but the things I've "purchased" from that were free are hard to read on the computer.