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!
I want to point out the Quilting Bloggers logo in my sidebar. If you click the logo, it will take you to the Quilting Bloggers website where you can locate other quilting bloggers in your country (and state or province in the US or Canada). The more bloggers who register, the more useful the site will be, so please consider registering if you haven't already.
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?