Thursday, September 21, 2006

I MADE IT (WELL I MADE IT WITH HELP)

I made it over to Gig Harbor...good old Bob came and picked me up at my office at 5pm and took me over there.  It was bumper to bumper traffic and raining cats & dogs on the trip over. I'm so glad I wasn't driving.   We found the place where the seminar was being held (a beautiful new hotel) and settled in for the evening. It was my job to sit at the registration table and check people in.  They had wonderful snacks...all kinds of fruit, cheese and crackers, veggies.... and great coffee.  I drink decaf and usually that's not used up very fast , so is rarely good.  Theirs was wonderful !   The presentation on sleep problems (insomnia, sleep apnea, etc) was very interesting.  The health system does have a Sleep Study Center....actually it's right across the street from where I work and the doctor giving the lecture was from there.  It's amazing how many people suffer with sleep problems....I can't remember the figures but it's up in the millions.   He also talked about the different levels of sleep and what processes our bodies goes thru during those levels.  I was surprised to learn that a lot of people with a weight problem actually also have a sleep problem.  If we are not sleeping properly, our bodies produce a higher level of cortisol (bad stuff & causes weight gain). Also sleep interruptions can cause serious problems like high blood pressure, even heart failure.  He said it's important for all humans to get 7-8 hours of uninterrupted   sleep.  That's just some of the facts I learned.    He also talked about the benefits of CPAP machines, for people with apnea.  (I should have taken notes but I didn't.)   Anyway, sleep is very important to all mammals (I guess I have to quit bugging Gabi when she's sleeping)

When we left it was as clear as a bell.  No rain what-so-ever  !!   Coming back across the Narrows Bridge was breath taking...the new bridge being built, is lit up with huge lights...it is so very beautiful.   I think they may have actually been working on it, even at night.   If you go to the following web site when it's night time here in Washington, you can catch a glimpse of it;  http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr16narrowsbridge/    There seems to be several cams out there available for public viewing.  They are in the process of lifting the decks that will be the road on the new bridge.  They are being built in South Korea and transported across the Pacific ocean to our area.  It takes approximately 4 hours to lift each section into place.  But you can read all about that too, at the web site I've given. 

Well, it's been a long day....time to go down the hall with my book and my kitty.      Until next time......Linda

P.S. Mr Bob has agreed to go to the Fair with me again on Friday (9-22-06) afternoon and then to the Beach Boys Concert at 7 Friday night.  I'm going to take my camera along and see if I can get some night time fair pictures.  The midway, where the rides are is especially beautiful at night.

12 comments:

angelrose2u said...

sounds like a great semianr. amazing what you can learn isn't it. Beach boys eh? cool, have fun.

hugs
angelrose

stevietwain said...

'Round round, get around I GET AROUND, Ooooohhhhhhhhhhh, I get around, from town to town...'...LOL!

Say Hi to them for me!!

Lv Stevie
xxxx

kaydeejay5449 said...

What a nice night!  A good friend to drive you in the rain, great decaf coffee and a beautiful ride home.  Doesn't get much better.  : )
Kathy  

queenb8261 said...

sounds like quite an evening. Glad you made over and back safely. I love a good cup of decaf also, but you're right..it's usually sitting around and burnt or stale. Another night at the fair. Cool!
Barb  

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm glad you had Bob to drive you last night Linda. Interesting facts on sleep. Have fun at the fair today and say hi to the Beach Boys for me, I loved them back in the 60's! Jeannette xx  http://journals.aol.co.uk/jlocorriere05/Welcometomytravels

astoriasand said...

Oh!! how wonderful Bob took you along,I had thought about your travelling from reading the last entry.Glad you had company.The sleep info is very good too Linda,don't say much for me though.I am lucky if I can get 5hrs without waking.Then once awake cannot get back to sleep for love nor money.Thats great you now got Bob to go to the fair with you.Yes take some more pics I love them.I will go to the web site as soon as I have spare time.Would love to view this.Take Care.Have a great day.
Astoriasand http://journals.aol.co.uk/astoriasand/MYSIMPLERHYMES

barebytes said...

7-8 hours? I'd love to get that!  Have fun at the fair! Hugs Lanny

yakima127 said...

I am so relieved you didn't have to either drive in the rain/dark, or sleep in your car!  Thank you Bob!!!  I don't know if I heve EVER been on that bridge...maybe when I was a kid...have fun at the fair (AGAIN)!  LOL!  Jae

jeadie05 said...

Oh good old Bob,that made life easier for you ,pleased you enjoyed the seminar and thanks for sharing some of the things you learned ,have fun with  Bob at the fair ,he hasnt got his flight yet then ? ,.,.,.,Jan xx

labdancer51 said...

Hi Linda,  I`m so pleased that you didn`t have to sleep in your car.  How lovely of Bob to pick you up.  Have a great weekend. :o)

Sandra xxxx

lv2trnscrb said...

it is interesting how lack of sleep can contribute to so many health problems. I bet the view was stunning on the way home! glad Bob could help you out :)

betty

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((LINDA))))))))))))))))))))very intresting,thanks for sharing.Havea good weekend.