Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Making Sounds

When I was in the middle of my professional crisis, trying to decide whether I should I leave my corporate job in my old life, I had a terrible time sleeping. In fact, that's an understatement...I rarely slept. I would get into bed because I was physically exhausted and my head was pounding but I would just lie there watching the shadows dancing on my ceiling and listening to the lull of the occasional traffic on the street below. I love that white noise of New York City...in the morning it's like we live in a completely different neighborhood with the madness of the cars, trucks and buses and the sound of kids playing in the park eight floors down and on their way to the school next door to our building. But at night, it was just me, the white noise, the light sound of my husband sleeping and the shadows.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

Then one day, my husband came home with the life saver...a sound machine. Most people in New York would die for some peace and quiet and we happen to live in a neighborhood where sometimes the only thing you can hear is the sound of your own thoughts racing around in your head. Who knew that a little noise was all I would need to get me back to a sound sleep? The machine has 16 sounds but my favorites are white noise (natch) - it sounds like an air conditioner, rain forest, thunderstorm and ocean. There's something about the sound of water. On our honeymoon in Hawaii our room faced the Pacific Ocean and every night we listened to the waves...and now I had that in our bedroom in Manhattan. I felt like a new person. And it wasn't just that sound help me to sleep for a full night, but it basically shut off all the thoughts in my head - all my thoughts, all my worries.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

This Thanksgiving, after family and turkey, we're going out to the beach for the long weekend. I know I've written about my fascination with the ocean before but there's something about the beach in winter. The quiet, the possibilities, the cold, the loneliness - we like to sit in the car and watch the waves. I love those afternoons...I feel like we are the only two people in the world and like anything is possible.

Copyright 2009 Monica L. Shulman

crown me with your heart

Today's Soundtrack:
Bloc Party - Tulips

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Melissa Nathans said...

My life also changed after the purchase of a sound machine! I can't sleep without one.


montague said...

those winter beaches... are magical indeed. i know what you mean about the inability to sleep during times of stress... thank god you have an attentive hubby to help you out!

Hanako66 said...

what a wonderful idea....i may get one for christmas for my husband!


The beach is definitely more mysterious during colder months...
I've seen the product but have never heard the sound in person before...now tempted check it out!

Vanessa said...

I can never understand when people say they are not beach people. I could lay out all day long listening to the water. Well, not in the winter, but you're right, there's just something so special about it.

Nubiasnonsense said...

I always wanted to try this Machine, I have problem sleeping to silence actually.. interesting

I hope you have a great thanksgiving with your family Monica =)

Elizabeth said...

I never have a problem falling asleep, it's sleeping through a whole night I can never manage. I wonder if a noise machine would help with that? Off to throw my hat in the giveaway ring!

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous photos, darling!
And yes, sound machines are a life saver in the city!


...Seyma... said...

well, even if i didn't hear the sounds, i'm REALLY able to hear it when looking those pics!!



The Girl in the Orange Background said...

I love looking at your ocean pictures! And what a wonderful way to sleep! Last time you commented on my blog you said you couldn't comment on my wedding-photography one. I am not sure why that was :( but thank you for the attempt!

Farrielle Design and Fashionista said...

I do not own a sound machine, but what really calms me down is just think about Bonaire the island in the Caribbean I grew up on. Even if I am at the dentist which makes me nervous when I have to visualize I go right to the beach there is something about the water that makes me peaceful. I am heading over to the blog cause who knows I might win:) Your pictures are so beautiful, I admire your talent. Happy Thanksgiving.

Keith said...

Great photos. I do hope you'll have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

OceanDreams said...

Sounds are so calming, these photos are calming as well, you know how much I love the ocean. :)