Weekend Wrap-Up

Weekend wrap-up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

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

  • Thanks so much to Caz from Mental Health From The Other Side for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award!  Like me, she’s been on both the professional and patient side of the mental health coin.  Definitely have a look at her blog if you haven’t already done so!
  • I was thinking I’d give the new massage therapist a second try, but I really wasn’t looking forward to this week’s appointment, so I cancelled.  I’m just going to wait until my regular person comes back from maternity leave in September.  I’m not so attached to getting massages that I’m willing to go through the bother of trying to find someone else I like.
  • Yesterday I downloaded a plugin for my site that compresses image files, which makes your website load faster.  Sounds good, right?  Sure, right up until I realized that some images just weren’t loading at all.  At that point, the freaking out began.  I eventually figured out how to fix the issue, but it definitely reinforced my decision not to go self-hosted.
  • I guess I fall into the trap of thinking that prejudice of various kinds if fairly quickly apparent and thus can be avoided in certain forums like WordPress where you can choose who you do and don’t want to follow.  Yesterday I came across an anti-Semitic post on a blog that I follow.  I hadn’t followed this person for all that long, but it certainly came as a surprise.  This blogger happens to be a member of a group that is often the target of discrimination, but I don’t think that’s an excuse.  More hate is never the answer to hatred.
  • I have felt particularly non-functional this week.  It’s hard to witness the steady downward trend in my overall functioning.  I try not to think about it, because I don’t think there’s much that can be done about it, but sometimes it’s harder to sit with than others.


As guests on my blog this week, I had:


How has your week been?


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


22 thoughts on “Weekend wrap-up”

  1. Welp! I am definitely moving. We gave our deposit and I have started to pack. It’s a month away, but change stresses me a lot so I counter that with obsessive organization and preparation. Now that I’m leaving, I notice so many things I hate about this place, such as garbage everywhere outside. Yuck! They raised everyone’s rents and fired the handyman. 🙄

  2. We might accept the things that our mental illnesses bring with themselves if there’s nothing that can be done about it, but it definitely doesn’t mean that on some days it won’t be harder to live with.
    Hope you’re having a good weekend. 🙂

  3. I wish you were functioning better! I’ve felt it too lately, the gloom in the weather, the loss of sunshine, the gray sky and soggy leaves. It’s hard. 🙁

    I’ve gotten a surprising amount done this week, and I must be on a productivity high. I’ve been decorating for Christmas a little bit so my dad will have decorations up while I’m out of town!

  4. I had a therapist who once told me to try to view the trajectory thing as a straight line. There are always things going up and always things going down. There’s always good and always bad. Yin and Yang. Peanut butter and chocolate. Overall, it’s just a straight line when you average it out. Sure, some months and years seem way more up or down, but I liked this thought and take comfort in it. Must be my bipolar nature. And there’s not a lot I miss about running a magazine, but making that barter deal of regular advertising for two massages a week for staff members (always taken by me and one other person — nobody else was interested) is something I really miss. I’ve tried taking a nap to the sound of a bubbling brook at home. It’s just not the same.

    1. Unfortunately a straight line trajectory isn’t the hand my illness has dealt me. I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it, but sometimes it’s harder to ignore than others.

      1. I’m sorry to hear that. I think it’s mostly just about telling yourself stories anyway, which I’m not sure is the healthiest advice for a therapist to give. I wanted to ask you something off the grid. Can you drop me an email at jshea.writer@gmail.com when you get a chance?

  5. It’s so hard sometimes to notice that you’re not doing well and to see you’re losing some things (it feels to me like that), I don’t know if it is so for you. It makes me sad to a degree but crying over it won’t make it better. So I hide under my pillow and that doesn’t work either which is such a shame! I’ve been ‘holding on, week 2, part 2’ Sometimes it’s all you can try to do. Much love and supportive thoughts (yes I made that up, I don’t know if it makes any sense but I hope you know what I mean).

  6. This makes me scared to go self-hosted. I wouldn’t know how to fix an issue like that if it happened to me. I learned a long time ago that adding more hate causes trouble.

    I have been eating the Halloween candy my family gave me fast. I have only had it for 2 days and it’s almost gone

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