November 04, 2010
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You Capture: Silence
This week’s You Capture theme is “silence.” Actually, there are two themes: Halloween and silence…I just chose to share my “silent” photo since I’ve already shared so much Halloween goodness (that and I’m saving one for the new Live Every Moment Photo Challenge which starts tomorrow – the theme is “In Disguise”). 

I often associate silence with sleep. My mind races all day long and I look forward to getting a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, sleep is not always easy for me and I struggle to turn off the noise. Praying myself to sleep does not always work. In the past year, I’ve completely changed how I go to sleep. At one point, I stopped drinking caffeinated drinks past a certain hour…I don’t worry as much about this one, but I do prefer non-caffeinated drinks after dinner. I also don’t check work emails once I’m home from work…I found that simply checking work emails caused me a little bit of anxiety – is that weird? Finally, I take one Zyrtec and pop in my ear plugs before reading a chapter of whatever book is laying on my bedside table. If I’m traveling the next day, chances are that I’ll toss and turn most of the night…heck, if my husband is traveling, I’ll toss and turn.
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“Silence is the secret to sanity.”  ~Astrid Alauda

Nonetheless, silence and sleep are both necessary…for me to stay creative, for me to feel alive, for me to be sane…and I will do anything to get them. As I’m writing this message, I can only hope that I get a good night’s rest (I’m flying to New York this morning and flying back this evening). 

With that said, have a wonderful day. I’ll be back tonight to return emails and visits. Until then, check out more Halloween and silence photos at:


    great photo!!! it was a tricky category -
    rest up and have a safe flight

    Great choice for a tricky subject! Silence is golden, isn’t it. I also have that same trouble turning off my mind at the end of the day. Also, when my husband is gone traveling, I toss and turn too!

    I don’t sleep well when my husband is not home either. And lately, one or both of my children have been waking in the middle of the night, and it totally throws me off when I don’t get enough sleep. Maybe I need some earplugs!

    I don’t sleep well when my husband is not home either. And lately, one or both of my children have been waking in the middle of the night, and it totally throws me off when I don’t get enough sleep. Maybe I need some earplugs!

    Good choice for silence! I sometimes have a hard time turning my brain off at night too…hope you get a good night’s sleep! :)

    I’m not sure how you manage to travel so much and still keep up with your blog! It’s tough! But my hat goes off to you! I’m also big on sleep, but I’ve dratically cut down on sleeping time since I started this blog hobby!

    I really like how your photo feels warm and ready for sleep. Have a great day!

    I took the Silence challenge too. I find silence in Nature. Maybe you should try one of those mini zen gardens for nightstand?

    I really like the persepctive on this photo, it really shows warmth. It also makes me long for my bed! I can’t sleep without my husband either. He thinks I am crazy but I seriously can not. Thank goodness he is usually around. Thanks for the shout out!!! You are awesome!

    Love this. Great tips too! :-)

    Great job, i did silence too!

    Amazing photo! A nice cup of tea helps me relax in the evenings, but I’ll admit when the stress levels are up, I reach for a little unisom.

    Great shot….seriously….you can even make earplugs look good! I hope you have a safe trip!

    That was a wise choice to leave your work, at work. When I was working (before baby) I was checking work e-mail at home and it was causing me stress also, so that habit was short lived. Have a safe trip!!

    I think my hubby uses the same earplugs. :) He works night shift sometimes. I’ve never thought about taking a picture of them! :D

    Have a safe trip.

    Great shot! Have a safe trip!

    great. I tried earplugs but they don’t work for me. Have a great Thursday and safe travels.

    excellent photo on it’s own, but perfect for the theme. That’s not always easy to pull off.
    Hope you have safe travels and good rest.
    ♥ maureen

    Ear plugs are so icky and I mean this because my hubby does not throw his away. He keeps them in his pocket and when I’m washing clothes…



    BUT I like the shot :))) It is very soft and silent.

    I love that quote!

    LOVE! Super creative and love the tones in your edit – really great! :-)

    Silence is golden…and sleep even more so! Hope you were able to get some rest. Never having had much trouble sleeping before, I’ve now started having sleepless nights the past year; it’s such a terrible feeling! Sleep well, my friend <3

    I love this picture. So simple and beautiful.

    I love the silence shot.. and I am praying that all your nights are restful and peaceful!

    Very interesting photo. It’s been interesting to see how people interperate silence different.

    …Astrid Alauda must have had kids. I hope your day is/was good and your flights are/were safe ones! :)

    You’ve captured this category creatively.

    Safe travels in NYC. I’m jealous. :)

    very creative – i do not sleep – my husband snores – VERY LOUDLY – i have a sleep machine going full blast to drown him out(it does not work very well)

    I experience the same problems with sleep. I too use ear plugs to silence out any noise, whether high or low. I think I might be the world’s lightest sleeper. I think there are many of out there suffering the same problems with sleep deprivation.

    Safe travels…


    So much travel! I have problems with sleep too.

    So creative…love it!

    Great photo! I always get anxious before anyone in my family travels. Hopefully you got a full night’s sleep!

    Such a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought of it – very tricky to picture silence – but yes, earplugs are all for silence! I use them, too!

    Such a great idea! I wouldn’t have thought of it – very tricky to picture silence – but yes, earplugs are all for silence! I use them, too!

    what a great prompt for silence! have you ever tried lying in bed but walking through your favourite house in your head? my mother taught it to me and it does work, my daughter does it now too in stress exam time – pick your favourite home and start at the front door, open every cupboard, every drawer, walk in every room and by the time you get upstairs you will be asleep!

    I used to have problems sleeping at night too. I started doing my Pilates an hour before I go to bed and now I pass out soooo easy. It’s wonderful. Anyway…your photo evokes silence perfectly. I think the softness and tone of the photo played into that…you did a great job!

    It takes me ages to fall asleep, so maybe I should get a routine as well :)

    it doesn’t block out noise but I find that I sleep better with a mask… I know it’s ridiculous!!! but true.

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    nice work! the lighting in the picture is good. :)

    Busy lady! Hope you get good sleep. :0) Love the silent photo! Totally appropriate.

    Nicely composed shot – I hope you slept well.

    Love this, Ashley. I use the same earplugs; though you managed to make yours look genteel, like they would murmur sweet nothings in your ear as your drift off…

    Hope you had a good day.

    EAR PLUGS! I couldn’t figure out your photo for the longest time. I thought at first – dog treats. No, probably cat treats :D But ear plugs make much more sense after reading your post. Get some good rest! I am off to do the same :D

    Great silence shot! Hope you had a good flight.

    At first I didn’t get what those were. Ear plugs! I have sleep issues too. Ear plugs are a good idea! Hope you get some sleep!

    On weekends, when Jerry has kid duty… you bet I pop those ear plugs in and savor every minute of silent undisturbed sleep…. oooohhhhh yyyyyeeeaaaa……

    Love the tones in this image.

    Love the simplicity of your photo!

    Nice post Ashley. Sleep seems like one of those things that the more you try to do it the harder it becomes! For me, I wish there were more hours in the day so I could sleep more! HA! Have a good trip.

    Even your processing says “silence.” Great job.