Long Walks and Candlelight Zen-ers

I sometimes think my Partner missed his life’s calling as a therapist, but whenever I mention this to him he reminds me that the only “people” he wants to be observant of and “people” with on a regular basis are me (and maybe the cat, who is unofficially a “people,” too!) As I’ve said before, … Continue reading Long Walks and Candlelight Zen-ers

Advertisements

Subway Sociology #7: Weed Out the Weak

I have spent many years traveling on a graduate student's budget. Travel was - and is - my preferred way of handling the Christmas holidays, which would rank second after the week-that-shall-not-be-named (aka this one) on my list of least favorite times of the year, except for the fact that my travel tradition actually makes … Continue reading Subway Sociology #7: Weed Out the Weak

Crushing it

Things that went through my mind in the process of composing this week's blog post: To Partner: "We need more of those crushable baking potato chips that are not potato chips..." Hey, there is an entire site devoted to logging prior weather in the U.S.! Someone anticipated the deep-seated need of the ADHD community for … Continue reading Crushing it

Messages in a Bottle #11: Scheissegeist

Content warning: mentions of past abuse and medical crises. Mentions of the 9th Circle of Hell. Zeitgeist means "spirit of the times." It is the idea that you have to judge the past by the understanding of those of its day, not necessarily by modern conceptions. Scheissegeist...well let's just say that is a term for … Continue reading Messages in a Bottle #11: Scheissegeist

For Better or Worse

CW: Anonymity is so inconvenient sometimes. I can't, for instance, tell you the actual state motto of the 9th Circle of Hell. "Abandon Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here," while appropriate, is actually not nearly as morbidly satisfying as the true state motto. If I ever write a memoir of my experiences in Hell - … Continue reading For Better or Worse

Behind the Back Behavior

I feel betrayed. I've just learned for the first time about some truly "behind the back" behavior. I don't mean anything from the 9th Circle of Hell, workplace bullying or even America's President being a traitor - those are all sufficiently terrifying betrayals, but they are hardly newly discovered  - but rather something that has … Continue reading Behind the Back Behavior

My PTSD Awareness: Currently Subject to Mental Health Austerity Policies

PTSD sucks. I have previously written 48 posts to this effect. (But who's counting?) Today is National PTSD Awareness Day. I'm still generally too overwhelmed in my ability to cope from ongoing 9th Circle of Hell trauma and PTSD symptoms - oh the irony! - to muster up my usual witty commentary on my awareness of … Continue reading My PTSD Awareness: Currently Subject to Mental Health Austerity Policies

Improv #9: In-city-cure attachment

I've lived in a lot of places in my life. Enough that I've only ever stayed put long enough in my adult life to be called for jury duty once, during graduate school. I've lived on both coasts and in the middle. I've lived in cities I'd go back to in a heartbeat if a … Continue reading Improv #9: In-city-cure attachment

Heavy Subject Matter (Pt. 2: Physically Heavy)

Warning: heavy material ahead. No, not a content warning. (If you want that, see Pt. 1). Though, I suppose the book has some of that in its characters' backstory. I literally mean heavy subjects ahead. For anyone who is super adept at remembering my life: Why? It's not that interesting? Can you please teach me … Continue reading Heavy Subject Matter (Pt. 2: Physically Heavy)

War and Piecemeal Memory

Have you ever lied about reading War and Peace? Me neither. At least, I don't think I have ever lied about reading it. I mean, it's not like I'd remember, or anyone could tell the difference between my lying about having read it or my actually reading it. I have read it. I just unfortunately … Continue reading War and Piecemeal Memory