Weekend Wrap-Up

wrapping paper, ribbon, and twine

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

  • Thanks so much to Victoria Rose for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award!
  • I went to the dentist… [twice!l… this week. The first was for a cleaning, and the second was to replace a filling that needed replacing. I was doped up on Ativan each time, so it was manageable, but after appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday, I was completely zonked on Thursday.
  • I had an odd encounter in the grocery store parking lot, and being slow as I was, I saw the whole thing. A dude pull with a handicapped sign into a handicapped spot, then the car behind him quickly parked in the next available spot, and the guy got out and started road raging against handicapped guy. He raged a bit, returned to his car, then returned to rage again. At this point, I was right next to their raging area. I figured I’d do my bit to look after my handicapped peep by taking out my phone and very conspicuously starting to film. Raging dude noticed right away, and walked away fairly quickly after that; as I was hoping, the prospect of doing something stupid became a lot less appealing when it would be captured on the video.
  • I got a ping-back on a post I did about the dark triad, so, as I normally would, I went to check out the linking post to see if they were just linking or if they were copying. The post was in a different language, at which point I put my detective hat on. My knowledge of languages other than English is pretty limited, but I’ve done enough travelling that I can sometimes recognize a language even if I don’t know it. I’ve mentioned to Emilia before that Polish is easy to pick out because it’s a Slavic-sounding language with frequent use of the word “tak” (yes).
    • Clue #1: S with cedilla (Ş) – That’s used in Romanian, but Romanian is a Romance language, and this post wasn’t it. The next prime suspect would be Turkish.
    • Clue #2: o with an umlaut (ö) – also consistent with Turkish
    • Clue #3: an upside down e, which is apparently called a schwa (ə) – pretty sure that doesn’t exist in Turkish, so presumably now we’re getting into more obscure Turkic language territory
    • Google’s answer: Azerbaijani, a Turkic language spoken in the central Asian country Azerbaijan – ding ding ding!
  • I had answered a question on Quora about psychiatric diagnoses and got a response from someone who said that mental illness doesn’t exist and I’m a “scientologist psychiatrist.” Um, oxymoron much?
  • I check every so often to see if ketamine and/or esketamine has been approved yet by Health Canada for use in depression. The esketamine nasal spray was approved a few months ago, but there doesn’t seem to be any way to get it here yet. Hopefully it won’t take too long for a clinic to open up that complies with the necessary hoop-jumping, and it will have been approved for coverage under the provincial pharmacare plan (it’s currently in review).
Woodpecker poking his head out of his roost

This is the woodpecker who lives with me year-round. He doesn’t like the rain. He’ll poke his head out, have a look around, and pull back inside. Eventually, he’ll get hungry enough for breakfast that He’s willing to leave his cozy bedroom.

How has your week been?

Mental Health @ Home Books by Ashley L. Peterson
Mental Health @ Home Books by Ashley L. Peterson

29 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. Oh my goodness, you should add that you helped me brainstorm for my memoir plans! Thanks so much for the list of links you sent!! You the best!! I’ll be all over that list!! You’re a research guru.

    I haven’t fallen asleep yet, but it’s got to happen eventually!!

    Ah, the schwa!! We taught about schwas at the reading center! I don’t know much about languages, but I love solving mysteries like that one! It’s fun!

    So, the guy was upset with someone who had permission to park handicapped? Ouch. That’s awful. I’m so glad you made the problem go away with threats of being filmed and outed as being a total jerkface. Great job! Handicapped people everywhere thank you.

    You and I are both done with the dentists for a while! YAY!

    I wish you could get ketamine!!

    My week has been rather unmotivated and disastrous. Oh yeah, it’s coming back to me: the trip to see the disability person, and the angry cashier at the drugstore. Not a great week, but I’m not too bummed because I’m still feeling rational despite it’s being January. Sanity is my friend so far this winter! Wow, I shouldn’t jinx myself by saying this, though! 😀

  2. like always, i love your weekend wrap ups. thank you so much for sharing. we are back in lockdown here in England and rather than sit around at home not doing anything, i am making sure i remain productive by checking off something on my to do list everyday. (:

  3. Brain actually went on the fritz, burned out from nonstop worrying (mostly about Younger Child). Language was hard to speak, thinking got fuzzy. Still not recovered but have some wise mind back, so can make resourceful choices. Have done some of what you say you do under these conditions: tried to do routine tasks.

  4. Hope you have the oxymoron a good dressing down! Well
    Done for chasing away the idiot too. Why are people such jerks?? You’ve just reminded me to do a positive post! Xx

    1. Online learning is so easy to get distracted from. Especially when it seems like a relevant distraction until you’ve spent hours burrowing down a Wikipedia hole… or maybe that’s just me… 😉

  5. I appreciate and look forward to your posts. I’m just starting out on the mental health social media platform so I’d love any tips or things you’ve learned as you’ve launched your own “brand.” I hate even using that word. but I know you know what I mean. Would love to hear from you at your convenience. My website is https://cldunbarhealth.com/
    Check it out and let’s connect if/when you get a chance. We peers are invaluable as resources and I’d love to see even more of us out there! I work for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and sadly, there is such a need for peers in recovery and so few of us to fulfill the need! Thanks for all you do and sorry for the long-winded reply!

  6. I like how you investigated the language for what country it came from. Not something I could do, but then I have not travelled.

    I like how the person simply walked away from the disabled person he was shouting at, be he caught you filming him.
    He must have known he was in the wrong and just a bully to walk away.
    Did the other person know you were filming? And was the person ok after being on the receiving end?

    Not much to say for my week, but my weekend being relaxing.
    Watched 2 squirrels in the garden yesterday. One squirrel kept chasing pigeons and a magpie away, off the garden. It made me laugh, as I have not seen that before.
    Just mainly read a book and blog posts yesterday, with popping in on Twitter, and colouring.

    Today, when I have got out of bed, (may stay in longer, even though that is much longer for me than normal), after a shower and something to eat, I shall bake a cake. Then I will be back to reading my book.

    1. I think the disabled person was too caught up being angry at the bully to even notice that I was filming. But the bully clearly knew he was in the wrong.

      Squirrels are so much fun to watch!

      Baking a cake sounds nice. I plan to bake some cookies today.

      1. Enjoy your baking.

        Yes, I can watch squirrels for hours. It was a nice surprise to see 2 squirrels. I hope I see more of them.

  7. Ugh I hate the dentist but I can’t deny how great it feels once you’re done. So glad you weren’t pulled into that road rage argument, people can take things that happen on the road so personally.

  8. I’m glad you’re done with the dentist for now, hopefully for very long, and good that it was manageable.
    Yay, how great that you helped the handicapped guy! 🙂
    Wow, what a cool language detective story! 😀 I loved your approach to it, and you really are good at it, haha. As for Polish, the reason why the word “tak” is sooo frequently used is because it also means several other things, like “so” (as in “so big”), or “like this/that”. We have quite a lot of little words like this which can mean lots of things depending on a context and I guess that also makes Polish fairly easy to spot.
    Scientologist psychiatrist??? :O Wow! 😀

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