Weekend Wrap-Up

Weekend wrap-up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:

  • A piece I wrote called A Mental Illness Love Story was published in P.S. I Love You on Medium
  • Johnzelle from Panoramic Counseling wanted to make a donation to my blog, but I asked him to make a donation to the ASPCA instead.  He then decided to double the donation amount.  Yay for supporting animals in need!!!
  • Speaking of little friends, I think my woodpeckers have moved over to mama’s roost for a while, and I think I know why: crows have started nesting in the courtyard, and I remember the woodpeckers weren’t around during the crows’ mating season last year. I’d hoped the crows wouldn’t come back because they’re really noisy and obnoxious.
  • Because of the cognitive symptoms of my depression I don’t deal well with processing multiple pieces of new information at once.  Usually I manage by preparing and organizing.  For some reason, I didn’t bother to do this (or at least not enough) prior to posting on Tuesday asking for bloggers’ help with my book.  I was very much like a chicken with my head cut off.  I had a couple of clients to see that day, and the propranolol I had planned to take anyway for my tremor was nowhere near enough.  I needed Ativan to stop me from vibrating.  Reminder to self: must pre-plan better, must have a system, must make a spreadsheet ahead of time!
  • I worked 3 night shifts, all of which were pretty last minute covering for someone who was sick.  It messed with the sleep strategy that usually works for me, and resulted in me being very sleep deprived.  I should’ve just said no to one of the shifts, but I decided I could use the money.
  • My massage therapist was away this week, so I had a massage from someone else at the same clinic.  I really shouldn’t have bothered booking the appointment in the first place; I have a hard time feeling comfortable with someone new, so the massage really wasn’t very relaxing at all.
  • My guinea pig Oreo seems to have the piggy equivalent of irritable bowel syndrome.
  • I didn’t get as much writing done as I’d planned as part of my weekly goal-setting, but then again I had to devote a lot of time to catching up on sleep.


How has your week been?


books by Ashley L,. Peterson: Managing the Depression Puzzle, Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis, and Psych Meds Made Simple

26 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up”

  1. Thanks for the shoutout! 🤗 if y’all about my week but you read my latest rant about the office monster. Hope your symptoms become more manageable. Let me know if you’d like support writing up the diagnosis sections of the book. I love diagnosis and I just got done studying in depth to pass my exam.

    1. Diagnosis is fun, isn’t it! I’ve actually got that part of the book written already. I’ll definitely come to you a little closer to publication time to get your feedback on it.

  2. Wow, you took on a lot this week. I hope you are able to relax this weekend and catch up on some ZZZZ’s.
    I’ve started working (Slowly) mind you on the Trichotillomania. The hard part is keeping it in the boundaries of 400-600 words. LOL! You know how I can ramble on sometimes. I just have to streamline.
    I hope you feel better, and rest. 💗

  3. Always a pleasure to read your blog. I feel like an idiot reaching out about how I have all these diagnosis and you can write about me. You are probably thinking “slow down there gray girl.” I feel like I have compulsed so much this week. Like I’m manic. But I’m not. You are doing a good job. Thanks for writing.

  4. Aww what a lovely offer from Panoramic Counseling to donate to your blog, and for you to ask it to go to charity. Very impressive for them to then double it, that’s brilliant!
    Do you think the Woodpeckers don’t like hanging with the crows then? That’s a shame, but I don’t blame them as they are pretty noisy neighbours to have.

    For your book, what diagnoses are you still needing people for?

    It’s a shame about the massage. Was your usual therapist just on holiday for the one week, so you can go back to seeing her again the next time as usual?

    1. My therapist is on vacation for two weeks, so I cancelled next week’s appointment and I’ll just wait until she gets back.
      The crows I think are pretty territorial, and don’t want anyone on their turf.
      I’ve got about 10 diagnoses I still need people for. I’ve got ideas for people to ask, but figure I’ll give people a chance to volunteer before I start hunting them down 🙂

  5. Those darned crows!! Bad crows!! HA HA!

    Crows are a common typo for me when I mean “crowd.” I’ll accidentally type, “Run, run from the angry crows!”

    If you want me to write about schizoaffective disorder (bipolar type) rather than schizophrenia, I’m available for either if it helps you organize your writers! The book will be great!!

    Good job working three night shifts!! YAY!!

  6. Dam crows for staying, instead of the Woodpeckers. I would have chosen to watch Woodpeckers over crows.

    Hope after your extra shifts you can chill and do something for you.

  7. Congrats on the accomplishment of the publishing! Sorry you’ve had an otherwise challenging week. It’s annoying to have to choose between self care and finances, seems like a no win situation sometimes!

  8. It sounds like you’ve been up to a lot of things this week! I really liked your Mental Illness Love Story, congratulations about publishing it. 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your symptoms. Hope they’ll alleviate, maybe after you get some more sleep. 🙂 Yeah if you are massaged by someone you see for the first time and as a replacement, I guess it’s hard to feel relaxed. But I hope when your massage therapist comes back you will be able to get some more relax from your massage again. Poor Oreo with the guinnea pig IBS. :/

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