The pain, it hurts

For the past week, every time I sleep I wake up with pain in my neck and shoulders, mostly my left shoulder.

I’m guessing it is related to my pillow and/or mattress. Might be time to go shopping for a new mattress, this pain is painful.

Early to bed, Early to rise

I read a really good series of articles:

How to be an early riser (part 1)
How to be an early riser (part 2)
How to get up when your alarm goes off

Inspired by them, I set my alarm for 7am. When it goes off, I immediately get up, shave, and hop into the shower.
I take a longer shower than usual to help wake me up, so around 7:30 I am shaved, showered, dried, and dressed.

This gives me about an hour until Adam comes downstairs and we leave at 8:30.

Before, I would hit snooze on my alarm over and over, and get up around 8 or 8:15, hurriedly get ready, and barely have time to feed Trouble before heading out.

Now I’ve got an extra hour in the morning, which I’ve been using to do small projects.

Two days ago, I organized some papers.
Yesterday, I dusted off my inkjet printer, cleaned the print heads, and set up the drivers on my Mac.
This morning, I found DVD case covers online for Wii Sports and Link’s Crossbow Training and printed them out (Wii Sports and Link’s Crossbow come in cardboard sleeves instead of proper cases, I ordered some blank cases to put them in).

Having an hour in the morning is nice, I can relax, have some tea, read email, and do a small project.


I went to take a nap last night and didn’t wake up until my alarm went off in the morning, 10 hours later.

Today I’m bringing my old Panasonic CD player to work to give to Ben for him to use at his church. I’ll miss it… it served me well for many years, a lot of walks in the woods in Washington State were powered by that player. But with the age of digital music and the iPod upon us, I don’t even listen to CDs any more. So time for it to go.

I’m also bringing my Sony 5-Disc DVD player to work, to sell to Scott for $30. I could get more for it online, but I’m too lazy to eBay it.