Weekend wrap-up

Weekend Wrap-Up

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

  • Thanks to Maria of Emotional Musings and Meg of Where Good Advice Happens for nominating me for the Liebster Award!
  • A bit thanks to Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts for the lovely review of my book Managing the Depression Puzzle!
  • I’m still very slow this week. Reading is hard because not much actually sinks into my brain, and I spend a fair bit of time just dazed and confused.
  • It’s been pretty hot out this week, and my little Butternut-potato seems more comfortable hanging out on the rooftop patio of his hidey house. It’s plastic, and I like the click his nails make against it.
  • I went over to my brother’s place to visit my infant niece. It’s weird, when I’m this slow, I can’t smile or make faces at her because my face just doesn’t do that. Anyway, she started crying as soon as her mom went into another room, and just kept going. I lasted maybe 10 minutes before I reached my maxed out stimulation threshold, at which point I started crying and then left. Fun times. Pre-meltdown, my brother was trying to give me instructions for feeding his cat when they’re away next week. I guess I looked sufficiently dazed and confused that he asked if he should just email me. Yes please.
  • I got an email yesterday from a nurse who came across a paper I published in a nursing journal a few years ago about stigma and being a nurse with a mental illness. She had some similar experience, but is now in a job where her employer is really supportive. So that was cool.

As guests on my blog this week, I had:


How has your week been?

Mental Health @ Home Books: Managing the Depression Puzzle, Psych Meds Made Simple, and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

27 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. I can relate to how you felt with the noise from your niece crying.

    Although it’s slightly different, my sisters and her children spent the last 2 weeks with us. At points it got so loud, especially when next doors grand children were playing outside too. I couldn’t focus on what was being said, or concentrate on anything. I had to take myself off for a walk just to get a bit of quiet before returning.

    Some days can be hard.

  2. Awww, fussy baby? That’s so sad!! Poor fussypants! And poor you!! I can’t relate and not sure how that would affect me. I still haven’t met Li’l Sweets. But you are a wonderful aunt! I don’t doubt it for a minute.

    My week has been predictably unpredictable, but not too hellish. The fishies are doing well. Little Green Baby Fish has gotten plump. I might look into adding some fishies to the tank. 🙂

  3. I can’t imagine how you felt having to leave, after your limit. I hope you didn’t give yourself a hard time for that.

    My week stressful. But learning, as shared, to find that balance again.

    Been out all afternoon, to early evening sat outside, chatting with neighbours. I ended up staying out there gone 6pm.
    Having pizza soon and going to have Queen Live at Wembly dvd on.

      1. After watching my neighbours dvd that time and some other music dvd’s, I knew I had to start building my music dvd’s again. So now I have my own copy.
        It arrived today and now watching. Going to party away. 🙂

  4. Congrats on the awards! 😀 I admire how well you set boundaries for yourself, like when you left your brother’s place. That sounds like a really challenging situation.

  5. We said goodbye to T-3 this week. We agreed not to meet regularly until T-3 can meet closer to us (we were meeting close to T-3’s residence, which is a 37-minute drive each way for us). For now it’s just T-2 once per week

  6. Oh no, that sounds like a really distressing experience with your niece. Babies can be indeed easily overstimulating, when I’m around a crying baby it doesn’t take long until I start to feel frustrated or irritated or overwhelmed or all at once. And when you throw the mental illness limitations in to the mix like that when you can’t really smile when you’d like to or don’t feel like doing it at all it gets tricky.
    I wish all mental health professionals who have their own mental health difficulties could have supportive employers like that nurse who emailed you.

  7. I totally understand reaching the stimulation threshold, I’m right there with you. That must have been so hard for you having to leave.

    My week was fairly productive, in general, but at the expense of many spoons. I spent more energy and effort than I had, and it is catching up with me now.

  8. Well done on the nominations! I can relate to the struggle with reading when you feel nothing can go in, I’ve felt somewhat similar this week 🥺

  9. Hey, sorry to hear things have been a struggle this week. I love your honesty about it and can relate to not being able to take things in when trying to read—I know it’s not easy and I hope things pick up this week for you.

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