Weekend Wrap-Up

Weekend Wrap-Up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

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

  • I’ve been wanting to get a weighted blanket for a while, and finally got one. Somehow my head hadn’t put two and two together with the whole weighted bit, and when tried to I picked up the package I wasn’t prepared for how heavy it would be to lift.
  • Jello is delightfully refreshing when it’s hot out. But I think I might be radioactive for a while from all the neon food colouring.
  • I’ve decided to go ahead and apply for disability benefits now, because it’s not looking like work is going to happen anytime in even the remotely near future. I’m trying to make my application look as compelling as possible, because I really don’t want to have to deal with going through an appeal. My biggest concern is that the average adjudicator probably knows fuck all about mental illness. I don’t really have anything specific to base that on other than the fact that a lot of health professionals who don’t have a background in mental health don’t know a whole heck of a lot about it. I’m not worried about losing an appeal if it comes to that; I just don’t want it to come to that.
  • It’s been pretty warm this week and my girl guinea pigs have long hair, so I figured it was probably kind of uncomfortable. Haircut time! The girls weren’t impressed, and I’m definitely not as talented at hair cutting as Oreo is, but hopefully they feel cooler.
  • My head has been feeling particularly mushy this week, so it’s been hard to do much of anything aside from staring at things in confusion.
  • I noticed that on several days over the last few weeks, search engines were the #1 source of traffic to my blog. I don’t recall it ever surpassing WordPress before this. I’ve noticed that my WP Reader feed seems quieter than usual lately. I’ve noticed that in previous summers, but I’d wondered whether it would happen this year while the whole COVID thing.
  • I seem to be on some kind of rotating email list for such luminaries as “Your Penis” and “Prostate WARNING.” I have an old hotmail account that I use for mailing lists and various unimportant things, and earlier this year it was blitzed by Your Penis and friends. Then the junk emails stopped abruptly, and then restarted about a week ago. The other day, that email account got a blitz of unsuccessful sign-in attempts from IP addresses in Russia, Venezuela and assorted others. What fascinates me is that people even bother to set up the automation to do this kind of thing. Are they really getting any bites on the Your Penis fishing lure?

And on the WTF WordPress front, what doofus decided that people would want this dumbass block pre-made and ready to go?

Start doofus here:

Pencil drawing of Don Quixote

“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.”

— Don Quixote

End doofus here.


As guests on my blog this week, I had:


When I put the boys on my bed, they like to run around, popcorn, and horndog it up. The girls, though, like to save playtime for their cage. When I take them out the cage, they like to stay put and look beautiful. You can’t see the bad haircuts from this angle because the chopping happened at their other end.

How has your week been?

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

43 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. I hope you can get the disability benefits granted and that the appeal won’t be necessary.
    Mmm jelly. we’ve got a proper heatwave here this week and it’ll probably stay like this for a while, and I think it is indeed such a great thing to eat in summer.

  2. I’m just about to apply for disability, too. This time I’m using a lawyer from Legal Aid. I hope your application process goes smoothly.

    Ooh, I want a weighted blanket! How do you like it? I notice that I use a lot of blankets so that it feels like a weighted one, but it’s probably just not the same.

    🙂

    1. The weighted blanket is great. Yesterday was the first time I used it because the weather’s cooler. The weight comes from little beady things so it feels like it conforms right to your body.

  3. From what I have heard when people have applied for disability in the UK, it’s best to write it from the perspective of one of your worst days, where Mental Health is concerned.

    Not sure if that is the same in Canada.

    I hope it works out for you, you certainly don’t need the added stress that an appeal can bring.

    I’ve heard of weighted blankets before. Would love to hear what you make of them and whether they help at all.

  4. Yes, certainly only fill the disability form about negativity only. Just hope that alone don’t depress you. I hope you don’t have to go through any appeal either.

    I was thinking you had a weighted blanket until now. Must have been because of the times you mentioned you want one that confused me.

    My week has been titing as you know, so weekend is just about me and I want my weekend alone to recharge.

    Have a nice weekend, Ashley.

    1. Yes, I’ve been meaning to get the weighted blanket for some time now, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it quite a bit.

      I hope you have a good rest of your weekend too.

  5. I’ve had a couple friends suggest disability to me due to a pattern of behavior that has negatively affected my ability to hold a good job for an extended period of time I’ve considered it but have’t made the move. Good luck, I’m sure the process in Canada is just a rigorous as it is here. Only in the US, we expect denial first – it’s always the appeal that goes through.

    Sorry you’ve had a brain fog kinda week, man do I understand what that feels like. Hugs!

    1. Thank you! I’m actually a lot more familiar with the provincial disability system here, as that’s what a lot of my clients are on when I was working, but I haven’t heard any firsthand stories of what it’s like to deal with the federal system, so it’ll be a learning process.

  6. I may get a weighted blanket someday soon too. Not sure, since the manager of my care facility will somehow have to approve it (I was assuming I had to buy it myself, but apparently not). I don’t want one righ t now, as it’s soaring hot here, but I’d love one when it’s cooler.

    Good luck on your disability application. Mine was a breeze, but that was back in 2004 and I’m also blind. I sailed through my last reassessment too (in 2016) because I was in a mental hospital at the time. As for appeals, I have had to do one when applying for long-term care. It was okay, but I undderstand you don’t want to go through this.

    1. I’m glad you made it into long-term care even though you had to go through the appeal. And that’s nice that the care home might pay for a weighted blanket.

  7. Is the weighted blanket good? I’m still procrastinating over getting one.

    Good luck with the benefit application. My experience of applications in the UK is that they really aren’t geared up to mental health. You go through thirty pages of questions about physical problems and then you get two pages to write how your mental illness affects you. No hint of what they would consider relevant/compelling. Somehow I got benefits again (at one point I lost them), but I think these only last a year. You may remember that a couple of months ago they suddenly increased the amount I was getting, apparently because they suddenly decided I’m too sick to work. I’m not complaining, I think it’s true, but I wish I knew why they suddenly changed their minds. It unsettles me to think they might change them back.

    1. I quite like the weighted blanket. Haven’t used in much because of the heat, but it feels really nice.

      That’s strange that they never gave an explanation as to why your benefit amount changed and why at that particular time.

  8. I loved this weekend wrap up, what a great way to end the week with on your blog. Love seeing the guinea pigs! My husband is keeping our girls cool in the London heatwave whilst I shiver up here, it’s crazy!
    I too had to unfortunately apply for disability living allowance because I am unable to work. The key is to fill out the details as I’d it was your worst day ever, blind them with science and as many medical and/or psychology letters as you can. It went through fine but the face to face assessment was daunting. Be calm and frank plus a bit of faith and you should be fine.

  9. I love weighted blankets!! I sewed one for myself over the last winter and it’s sooo heavy and cozy. Unfortunately it’s too warm to sleep under during the warmer months. It was a huge project.

    Wishing you the best with your disability application, that stuff is quite anxiety inducing. I had to do an appeal, and I hope you don’t have to!

  10. “Somehow my head hadn’t put two and two together with the whole weighted bit, and when tried to I picked up the package I wasn’t prepared for how heavy it would be to lift.”

    I did exactly the same thing when my weighted blanket got delivered LOL!

    I hope your disability application goes smoothly and is approved.

    I hate jello but I’ve found a new favourite drink since it’s blazing hot where I live now: Honey and yuzu juice. Served with ice. Tastes better than honey with lemon.

    As for spammers, I admit I check the spam inbox once every few months just for laughs.

  11. I don’t know, Ashley. Sometimes I see the emails about penis enlargement and I think yeah, I wouldn’t mind adding a few inches to mine, thanks for asking! 😂

    I really do hope all goes smoothly with applying for the disability benefits. Fingers crossed you actually get what you need too. I think they make these systems, in the UK & US it seems, as hard and painful as possible for those that actually need the financial support.

    I’d love to hear how you get on with the weighted blanket. It’s something I’ve been curious about for ages too but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Hope it’s comforting for you! xx

  12. Fair play cutting their hair! I’m so glad my cat is a short hair I don’t think I’d trust myself cutting it! I really hope you get the disability xxx

  13. Ooooh, how are you liking the weighted blanket so far?! I’ve been considering one for a while too. I hope your disability application goes through so you don’t have to go through the stress of appealing!!!

    1. I suppose there must be enough desperate men who click through on these messages that it’s worth the spammers’ time to keep sending them out en masse…

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