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).
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?