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Bedtime Confessions: Mary McDonald

Produced by Clara Haneberg


Photo: Ninelle Efremova

My nighttime ritual includes: A big carafe of ice water and a crunchy snack like popcorn. A few pages of a book or 10 minutes of channel surfing and I am out like a light.

My favorite childhood bedtime story was… Stories from when my mother was little and how she went to the movies for a quarter.  

When I can’t sleep I… Listen to YouTube meditations from various Guru types about consciousness.

My childhood bedroom looked like: It was minty green and white with hand painted Italian antique furniture with faded little roses. I had a pretty pistachio green upright petite piano that was part of the group. My mother bought quite a bit the pieces at the Harold Lloyd Green Acres auction and the piano came with the set but I never really made it past scales and a few odd songs. I thought it was pretty magical just the same because it was. I still have the antique slipper chair that went with it. Unfortunately we lost the piano in a flood but the chair somehow survived.  

My go-to bedtime snack is: popcorn

I am a: stomach, side, or back- sleeper. Specifically left side. I have one more wrinkly eye to prove it. 

T.V. in bed? If so, what’s on? Anything period I stumble across. Mercy Street, Victoria, etc... I love a good costume.

Which Jimmy: Kimmel or Fallon? Fallon. I have a photo to prove it. 

Pets in bed? Only for a treat. I have a zoo of pugs. I would die of hair inhalation.

My bedtime wardrobe consists of: Marchesa formals.

What’s your stance on earplugs and eye-masks? I practically have narcolepsy so they superfluous.

Fill in the blank: I sleep _________ on planes. Depending on class fare

My duvet and bed linens are… Schizophrenic...Pratesi, Schweitzer, Porthault, Anichini and Sferra. I have alot of moods.

What’s on your nightstand? Readers, Phillipe Stark Delight reading lamp ( that I LOVE), small bowls with jewelry, trinket box and the rest of the bedside oddball assortment is in the drawers or books stacked below. 

My bedtime is at approximately: 10 p.m.

I aim for ___ hours of sleep each night: at least 8

Are you an early riser, or do you prefer to sleep in?  Early. I love dawn.

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