Another letter to The Internet

Dear The Internet,

Can you believe it’s February already?
I can’t. Truly, I can’t. It just baffles me.
I think the reason that I’m having such trouble coming to terms with month 2/12 is that it hasn’t really felt like January down this end of the world. We in the Southern Hemisphere are supposed to have some semblance of a summer – admittedly a more temperate version than most other places in the WORLD – and yet Wellington has not had 2 weekend days of sun in a row since November and that feels like an eternity ago. And it is now officially completely unacceptable. If it goes on much longer … well, I’ll just pout. But I will WISH I could do something about it.

In other not-so-interesting news, dearest, darling, The Internet, I have become obsessed with an iPhone Application called Sleep Cycle. For $1.29 and a little bit of panic regarding crushing the phone in my sleep (NOT YET!) it tracks my sleeping patterns and … well, it tracks when I am sleeping deeply, dreaming, or sleeping very lightly. And then it wakes me when I’m pretty much awake already.
Oh and it’s not arbitrary. You set what time you need to be awake – in my case, on exercise days, that is 4:30am (YES, I KNOW that’s early.) – and it chooses the best time in the preceding half hour to set the alarm off. Like yesterday! it woke me at 4:09am BUT! I did not feel drowsy at all. It’s like magic!
Boring boring magic.

Sleep Cycle.

Ahh, I do not care that it was 21 minutes earlier than necessary. Anything that makes waking up at 4:30(ish)am easier is oh, just fine by me.

Yours in geekery,

p.s. February is my favourite month of the year. The weather is (or HAD BETTER BE) better than in January, I like St Valentine’s Day* which is precisely one month after our wedding anniversary, and I simply enjoy the number 2.

* The roots of St. Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year!



  1. Kat · February 2, 2010

    Wellington always waits until February to have some sort of summer. I hope it improves soon!I'd love that sleep cycle thing. Dave can get something similar for his Hero, so we'll have to test it out. :)Does Craig not affect it when he moves?

  2. Sarah-Rose · February 2, 2010

    Oh no, this is worse than any other year for January. Seriously. Craig does affect it, but as we go to sleep at the same time it's not a big deal. Really the only thing that can be a little annoying is when I set my alarm later, like at 5:30, and C's alarm goes off first, when he moves to stop it and get up then it thinks I'm awake and if it's within the right time period then it goes off too.But overall it's me. And, when C's alarm goes off, I do get to "pretty much awake" damn quickly.

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