So, it didn't work :(
Lying down on the cooling pads works well for a temporary cool-off, but not to sleep on. I tried various configurations with/without PJs or a blanket on top of them, but I just couldn't find one that left me comfortable. The pads did warm up under my body after a couple of hours, and then I just felt like I was lying in a big puddle of liquid. I wasn't, though, they didn't burst or anything, it was just the sensation of the warm gel under my body!
So at 1:30 a.m. I removed them from my bed and I resumed my usual restless night. Oh my. I woke up every 90 minutes to 2 hours. I got up at 6:45 a.m. with a sore neck, cooked Greg's breakfast, packed his lunch, crossed Youngest Son who had just gotten up and was going to feed the cats, and went back to bed!
I slept until 10:15 a.m. but I had many bad dreams so I didn't feel rested at all when I got up, and I had a headache. I finally took ibuprofen at about 12:45 p.m. because it just wouldn't go away.
This morning I decided that trying to quit caffeine is going to be my first step, without quitting coffee altogether. So all I've had is decaf and I feel like a zombie. I have no energy, a headache, and the sky has been getting dark early to boot, so this isn't helping me!
I skipped the shower, which I probably shouldn't have had, it would have been invigorating.
I had a bowl of Great Grains cereal with fresh blueberries for breakfast, along with my decaf. I did brew a 2nd pot of decaf with the same grounds + 1 fresh scoop.
Peeking outside, I saw that a nearby neighbor's recycling hadn't been collected yet, so I rushed to take my 2 bins down to the curb for collection. At least, that's done!
I'm so glad I don't have to go grocery shopping today, I wouldn't have felt up to it. I did look at the new online ads for Aldi and Save A Lot. I'm missing out on cheap cherries at Aldi, poop. I might go to Save a Lot on Thursday.
For my lunch, I had salad leftovers from a couple of nights ago, the rest of the potato salad from this weekend, and I made a turkey and guacamole sandwich on a delicious whole wheat bun.
Explorer has been very insistent on cuddling ON me and today I'm just not in the mood so I've been fending him off since I've been up and it's tiresome. But I love him!
RaceTrac released my latest weekly coupon for a free medium fountain drink. I'd usually redeem it while I go shopping so I'll need to remember to try to redeem it before next Wednesday.
It started pouring at 1:30 p.m., yay, the plants will continue to be happy.
Youngest Son needed my cooperation for a French assignment so I did that, and then he went to his appointment with Guidance. His classes should be approved now, but the answer he got about the parking situation for Dual Enrollment students was odd (they said that every day he would need to go to the Clinic to tell them he was going to his college classes!?) so I went on the high school website to see if I could find some information. A couple of years ago, when my Daughter was doing the same program, she was issued a Dual Enrollment parking tag and had to park in a specific portion of the teacher parking lot.
I didn't find any information about any type of parking, but did see that there were AP Summer Assignments that are due when classes start, on August 13. I was quite sure that YS wasn't aware of this, even though he's taken AP classes every year so far and every year he's had to work on summer assignments! See what I mean about him not being proactive?! Arrgh. So now he has 2 summer assignments to complete while he's also studying for finals for his college classes, etc. At least he has about a month to work on them...
I emailed the Assistant Principal in charge of 11th grade to ask about the parking. Hopefully she's working this summer and will reply.
It's now 4 p.m. and my headache is still here. I've switched to drinking water but it's not helping :( So I think I'll skip the exercising today. I'm also hot constantly, despite the AC being on. I might need to abandon my yoga capris and switch back to shorts. The capris are super comfortable (which is why I wear them!) but the shorts would probably help me more when I have hot flashes. I'm going to have to dig out the shorts and see which ones still fit me.
I did nothing today but piddle on the laptop, going from website to website. I printed the 2 AP Summer assignments for Youngest Son. The psychology one is to make a bunch of flash cards (so there is a bunch of research to be done) and memorize them because there'll be a quiz on them. The World History one is a 13-page packet that he has to answer after having watched some YouTube videos and read some websites.
Middle Son called me to ask if I had any cold medicine. I directed him to Dollar Tree and texted him a picture of the cold medicine that I buy there. He lives close-by that store so it didn't make sense for him to drive all the way here to get the same stuff.
For dinner, I grilled chicken cranberry sausages in the toaster oven, heated up the rice and broccoli leftovers, and made a big spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumber and feta cheese. I also set out grapes for the men because, for some reason, they won't eat them unless I put them right on the table!
I skipped dinner because I'd had some chips and salsa a big earlier and I wasn't too hungry. My headache is still here but doesn't hurt as much.
Good news: I printed the wrong AP history summer project for YS! I had gotten the US History and World History mixed up. He's already taken AP World History and AP US History does NOT have a summer project listed. Woo! He still has to do the AP Psychology project but that doesn't seem to be phasing him.