Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Swap quilt and alarm clocks

My swap partner for the Miniature Booty Swap, Pam at My Creative Mind, has received her quilt! Yay! I hope she enjoys it. She just redid her sewing room in red and yellow, and asked for a quilt in those colors with flowers.

Overall the swap has been a very positive experience. I visited the blogs of everyone participating in the swap and have really enjoyed getting to know more quilters online. It was also a real challenge trying to figure out a design that someone I don't even know would like. AND -- I received a fabulous swap quilt myself from Toni, the Quilting Pirate!

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And now for something completely different ...

DD 2 had her twenty-first birthday last week and told us she was planning to celebrate at midnight. DH and I debated phoning her on the stroke of twelve to wish her a happy birthday, but midnight in California is 2 am in Illinois, so we decided to wait. But at 2 o'clock on the dot I woke up and sat bolt upright in bed before I realized I was even awake. Pretty exact for an internal alarm!

I don't trust my internal clock, and not because it doesn't work. It works great. I wake up every morning at the same time. But if I have to get up extra early for some reason, I set that infernal alarm next to my bed (the alarm with the awful buzzing noise), and I usually wake up just before it goes off anyway. Occasionally I've had to rely on my internal alarm, but then I sleep very fitfully because I'm afraid I'll oversleep. I think I don't trust my internal alarm because I don't understand how it works.

So I did what any computer savvy person in the 21st century would do, I googled it. It seems that some researchers in Germany have shown that our body starts releasing stress hormones about an hour and a half before we plan to wake up so that we awaken at the appointed time. You can read a Psychology Today article about it here. The research doesn't explain everything, but it's an interesting start.

Anyhow -- I'm curious. Do any of you rely on your internal alarm clocks?

18 comments:

Belvie said...

Oh I love that little quilt! You've given us hints of it here and there. It is so pretty.

LOL....my internal clock must have a broken spring or something because I wake up at all times of the night...and then again don't wake up at all. I just say it is maybe my age too...you know the hot one minute, cold the next thing!

Vicki W said...

Love that little quilt! My internal clock works most of the time but my husband's is perfect. He can tell you the time within 2 minutes and can wake up exactly at the time he wants.

Jacquie said...

That is so weird. I tell myself what time I need to get up and I do. Never set an alarm. Hubby doesn't trust it...always sets the alarm. Only time it doesn't work for me is when insomnia sets in for multiple days.
You've been a good swapper!!!

meggie said...

Lovely quilt!
My internal clock works most of the time.

Pam said...

My good fortune completely!!! WOW...can't believe this wonderful quilt has come to live at my house and specifically to live in MCM (sewingroom)...thank you thank you...please know what a treasure this is for me!

Pam@
www.pamgwillim.com

Catherine said...

That is a fabulous little quilt! I am so glad to see it in its entirety!

floribunda said...

I rely on my cat to be the alarm clock, because I sleep through the mechanical ones! Bucky gives me a few extra minutes and then starts parading back and forth across my chest and/or pawing at my face. I've finally taught him that I don't need to get up early on Sundays!

Grannyspot said...

My internal alarm is reliable. I simply tell myself what time I need to be up in the morning, and I awaken at that time. On Sundays I do set a "back-up alarm" because that's one day I can't risk being late, but I'm always awake BEFORE the alarm goes off. Thank goodness! I HATE the sound of an alarm. And I HATE being "jolted awake" instead of feeling awakeness come upon me naturally... So! Here's to internal alarms!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

cute quilt - love the rickrack stems. Internal clock? not a chance....

Karol-Ann said...

Gorgeouse quilt! Well done!
I'm too controlling to rely on my internal clock! I sleep better knowing that I can rely on an alarm :-)

The Calico Cat said...

Love the quilt!

I rely on the cat alarm clock. RB regularly wakes up before the alarm clock goes off demanding cat food. (My husband says that he can sense when he has to go potty & wakes up for cat food at the same time & you can forget about trying to ignore him...)

Clare said...

I wish my internal clock would not wake me up when it isn't a school day. I would love to have a lie-in!

I love this mini and the way you've used the rickrack.

Joyce said...

I too have an internal alarm that won't let me sleep past six am but I don't trust it for really important times. The little quilt is very cute.

Exuberant Color said...

That little quilt is so cute!
As far as an internal alarm clock, mine is more set by the seasons. I wake early every day in the season of light, and in winter could easily sleep that extra hour or more. That is 6 a.m. in the summer and 7:15 in winter usually.

jillytacy said...

The quilt is beautiful! I was so excited to finally see it! I'm sure your partner loves it!
Internal alarm clocks, great topic. I have the same thing but like you I don't trust it. If I know I have to get up for something I set the alarm. More often than not I wake up minutes before I'm scheduled to wake up. If I have to be up at a certain time but I don't set the alarm I wake up every hour or so wondering if it's time to get up, then I'm tired in the morning.

Norma said...

My internal clock works pretty good but has been known to fail if I am extra tired so I always set the "buzz box" to make sure. I hate waking up to an alarm so am always glad when the interal one goes off before the one on the night stand and I can turn it off.

That quilt is so nice, very much a custom one of a kind gift. I like it! Thanks for shareing the completed project.

Libby said...

I love the swap quilt...I'm sure your partner did, too!

My internal alarm clock only works if I, for example, have to catch an international flight at four in the morning. Which is not to say that I don't set two alarms anyway...

cher said...

I just love this little quilt- and it was perfect for Pam...you did fabulous! internal clocks- yes and no...hence a backup real ipod alarm.
music is so much nicer to wake up to if you have to use a real alarm!