I’m jumping on the “Share Four Somethings” bandwagon this month hosted by Heather.
- Wireless Sleep Headphones
I often listen to podcasts in bed when I have trouble sleeping. But that means I can get tangled up in earbud cords the rest of the night if I don’t put them back on the nightstand before I fall asleep again.
So for Christmas my daughter Jenna gave me this new invention (to me) to try out. It’s wireless sleep headphones. And they work! Plus, they also double as an eye mask. I don’t use them every night, but when I do use them, they work wonderfully.
- Invisible Women
“Is women’s unpaid work under valued because we don’t see it – or is it invisible because we don’t value it?”
– Caroline Criado Perez
Hmm. . . .
I’ve been reading a most fascinating book this month, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez. Each chapter shows a different way in which we default to “male” as normal and “female” as atypical in health care, politics, the workplace, etc.
The above quote is about work from Chapter 3, The Long Friday. It also includes this: “Husbands create an extra seven hours of housework a week for women.” True or not? I’d rather not comment. lol.
- One Line a Day Journal
I started keeping a five-year memory book, “One-Line-a-Day,” on January 1, 2011. I filled it up. Five years later, I started writing in “A Thought a Day” from January 1, 2016-December 31, 2020. So this January 1, 2021, I started my third one-line journal (and I keep buying larger ones as my eyesight gets worse).
Sometimes it’s a hassle to write something down, but I absolutely love being able to flip back through the years and see what we were doing on any given day. It’s also come in handy when I’m trying to remember the name of a restaurant we went to or when we last went to the beach, etc. (Both of those memories are getting more and more distant.)
Previous memories on this day, January 28:
- 2011: Jenna drove herself to Friday classes today for the first time! And the check engine light came on. Morgan coming in tonight from Auburn.
- 2016: 1 week since gall bladder surgery. All well. Doc said do what I feel like.
- 2020: School for math games then library duty. Jeff cooked chicken & dumplings for supper.
Rarely is it anything earth-shattering (and rarely only one sentence), but they are still treasured memories of ordinary life.
I also continue to keep track with my one-second video each day. I won’t finish the January reel until Sunday, so here are December’s moments.
- 3-Year-Old Birthday Party
I won’t have to wait long for this. Saturday afternoon is our oldest granddaughter’s 3rd birthday party! The most memorable thing opened at her 2-year-old party was a birthday card that played music; the gift is forgotten. The party will be quite different this year because of the pandemic, but I doubt she will notice the difference. Gifts and cake and full attention from a few of us is party enough.
- Are You Lazy or Genius?
- When You Think You Can’t Say No