Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- While at the grocery store last weekend I ran into someone I knew when I was well. He’s the husband of a former co-worker, and we all used to play on a beer-league softball team. He is the epitome of a nice guy, and part of that being nice is being interested and curious. So when he asked how I was doing, he wasn’t accepting my “ok” and he kept poking and prodding. He knows about my illness and I know he wasn’t intending to be a pain in the ass, but it was uncomfortable. I just didn’t really feel like talking about my life, and certainly not in the setting of the grocery store.
- My book was a #1 new release in psychiatry in the Amazon Kindle store for a couple of days. Granted, that’s sufficiently narrow that there would be very little competition, but hey, that’s quite alright with me.
- I came to the realization that when I initially came up with the idea of having a little shop on my site I didn’t adequately take into account my strong dislike of marketing/promotion. Throw in the fact that I don’t do well with multiple pieces of information at once (like trying to prepare a social media calendar), and I was feeling dazed and totally confused. So I decided that it’s my party and I’ll say fuck it if I want to – and there’s something tremendously freeing about saying fuck it.
- Earlier this year my bloodwork was positive for antinuclear antibodies (ANA), which can be indicative of autoimmune disease such as lupus, but aren’t actually specific to anything and can be elevated in “normal” people. I had routine bloodwork done this week and I’m still ANA positive. I’m not concerned, but it is weird, and I continue to wonder (not worry, but just curiously wonder) if there may be a part of the puzzle that’s still missing.
- A worked a shift on Thursday night. It was the only shift I have booked this month. Another casual nurse who has more seniority than I do has been taking more shifts lately, including ones I would otherwise have taken. It means that I end up making a lot less than my cost of living for the month. That’s not a problem in an immediate sense, but it does fuel ongoing concern over my ability to support myself in the longer term.
- I’m pretty pro-Apple, but my Macbook Pro’s keyboard has been giving me problems for a while. It turns out that they are doing free keyboard repairs for certain models, so I’ll be taking mine in to the Apple Store this week. Hopefully any repair work that’s done won’t leave me laptop-less for too long.
If you’re not familiar with search engine optimization (SEO) you won’t know what I’m talking about, but I’m going to rant anyway. One of my regular blog housekeeping tasks is checking that all of the links on my site are working properly. I use a link checking tool from Internet Marketing Ninjas. In the past I was having a hard time figuring out why I was having so many internal link redirects when the link looked right. This morning I figured it out – it’s because with some of my internal links (mostly to pages, but sometimes to posts as well), WordPress used http rather than https for the link. How does WordPress not know that it should be https? And even if it doesn’t affect SEO that much, it’s a pile of messy stuff, and messy piles make for more confused head.
As a guest on my blog this week, I had Brittany do an emerging blogger post on Manic Psychosis. The second half of her story is coming up on Monday.
How has your week been?