Weekend Wrap-Up

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

  • I’ve known for quite a while now that WordPress will randomly unfollow you from other bloggers. I’ve noticed this myself, and heard of other people experiencing the same thing. It’s hard to notice, though, unless you’re far more on the ball than I am. But in the last couple of months, WP had removed me as a follower of Melissa at Zerospace. The first time I noticed because I was responding to her comments and saw that i wasn’t following. Then the two times in the last week or so, she noticed that I wasn’t following. Screw you, WordPress! Quit being a pain in the ass!
  • I have a pin on Pinterest comparing and contrasting introversion, shyness, and social anxiety disorder. It’s from quite a while back, but it continues to get comments on a fairly regular basis (who comments on Pinterest?). There seems to be a theme of people struggling a lot with social anxiety but not really knowing that social anxiety disorder is a thing.
  • I knew Reese’s dark chocolate peanut butter thins existed, but couldn’t find them in a store… until this week. What a wonderful creation, and I was a bit surprised by how well the chocolate to peanut butter ratio works.
  • I had an appointment with a psychiatrist last weekend that I’d booked a couple of weeks before through a network of family practice clinics. My meds were running out that day. Half an hour before the appointment, II get a text saying the psychiatrist has cancelled the appointment because “patients needs cannot be met through virtual clinic service.” That’s fucked up on many levels. I did end up finding someone to order my meds, but that was a massive fork in the ass. Stress makes my psychomotor slowing worse, so I’ve been mobile all week. Fun stuff. I put in a complaint to the clinic, which they acknowledged, but he only works for them one day a week, so I haven’t gotten an actual response yet.
Casper sticking her face out the cage door hoping for treats

This is Casper saying “treat please!” She knows exactly when to expect treats, and she’ll remind me if I’m not on the ball. Morning treat is celery, and lunchtime treat is a guinea pig biscuit.

How has your week been?

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

75 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. I like these posts… they are interesting…

    So first of all, yes wordpress can be a pain in the ass…

    Peanut butter chocolate thins?! Hmm sound yummy…

    Hope you get a response from your complaint…

    After all this time I’m not entirely sure what illness or whatknot you have or deal with each day, but I know getting medication is a must and important whatever it is.

    My week is always full of ups and downs, sometimes more severely than others… I’m struggling a bit right now actually… but can’t really go into it…for a few reasons… but thank you for continuing to support my photography blog.

    Love that your guinea pig knows what treats she wants each day… and makes a face appropriate for it…. fantastic!

  2. I am sorry to hear about the psychiatrist appointment fiasco. That is annoying. I am really fed up with all types of doctors these days. I talked about this just yesterday. They have no courtesy.
    The first time your blog unfollowed me it sucked. Because I thought you did it on purpose and that you were dumping my friendship. Meanwhile, borderline issues over here. So even after I realized it was a technical issue I had trouble bouncing back that whole day. But I probably should work on not being so sensitive, forchrissakes. Even if you had “dumped” me, it isn’t the end the world. Borderline, ya know. I tend to think of myself as different than all the rest until something like that happens. Ha. Then I am like nope, I do fit the bill. As always Casper is adorable. Tiny little hands.

    1. Um… another borderline here โœ‹๐Ÿป…I TOTALLY get where you are coming from….that’s enough to trigger us into a downward spiral… and even though it’s not the end of the world…what another thinks or what they do….try telling us that at the time…and nope there is absolutely no sensible reasoning going on at all… until we have calmed the fuck down that is!

      You can trust Ashley… I’ve known her for a while now…if there were such a thing as tests to know if someone had been put through them all, then Ashley would come through them with flying colours!

      I have had several blogs on here, removed all my followers a few times, deleted my blogs, done pretty much everything and yet Ashley is still there…she is a keeper for sure… love her to pieces!

      1. To Predictably Unpredictable and Zerospace:

        I’m not borderline (to my knowledge), but I’d be devastated too!! I have this mindset where relationships are everything, and I’d be crushed if I thought Ashley unfollowed me, or something. I’d probably be really hard on myself for it, too, and my poor dad would have to pick up the pieces, as he always does. (He lives downstairs.) But objectively, since Ashley didn’t unfollow me, I’m clear-headed enough to realize how hard you all are being too hard on yourselves! I completely understand!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        And, oh, I agree. Ashley isn’t the sort to turn against anyone. She’s accepting to a fault and very objective and compassionate. Also, if you’re concerned, drop her a line!! I did once when she didn’t comment on my comment, and she immediately explained that she was at the doctor’s office (as best as I can recall). (But I totally understand that being unfollowed would seem so much worse than that! No judgment here at all.)

        I’ll add my commentary on the post here: yes, please, pass the Reese’s!! Oh boy!!

        To Ashley: You deserve such great healthcare, and I’m so sad you’re not getting it!! I hope you can find someone great!! That’s so frustrating!!

        1. And whoops!! I meant to say, “Objectively, since I didn’t get unfollowed by Ashley…” And there I went and made it sound like Ashley’s actually been on an unfollowing spree!! Oops! ๐Ÿ˜€

      2. I hear you ๐Ÿ™‚. I’ll have to check out your blog. Yeah, I found out it was a technical problem and I was still super moody that whole day a couple weeks back. Once the forest fire gets raging it takes a little time to put it out lol. Oh yeah, I know all about how awesome Ashley is and how much good she does here and for other bloggers. I quite adore her.

            1. I had a blog that I abandoned too!! I totally deleted it. Then I started up with a new one!! Whatever works is great!! YAY for blogging!! ๐Ÿ™‚

          1. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought your book and loved it, but you may not have seen that comment because I replied on Ashley’s comment instead of yours or something.

            1. Yeah, I think I might’ve missed the comment, but thank you so much for the 5-star review on Amazon!! YAY!! It made my day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Hey…Zerospace, I have a private blog that nobody gets to, and my photography blog which is public… and you just requested to get into the private one…if you want …you can follow “photography grounded” but I don’t let anyone in the private one. Except my therapist, for therapeutic analysis.

            1. Um sorry if I got confused on here, maybe thinking comments were to me but they actually weren’t… ๐Ÿ˜ณ oops!
              That’ll teach me… ๐Ÿคญ
              Um anyway… if anyone wanted to, (I’m not expecting it… )
              My blog is: https://photographygrounded.wordpress.com/

              I may well start writing again in time, when I get my confidence back… but right now I just kinda do pictures, and I have started with just little stuff… as it helps not worrying about what to write or whether it’s right or what others may think… as believe it or not, I over-analyse and kill myself over all this stupid stuff… and then hate myself. And then…I self-destruct… and its all very bad with my love/hate relationship to social media. It is hard getting and keeping a balance!

              So just taking pics and putting them up, is somewhat “safer” for me. It helps me connect with nature too, as crazy people like myself need nature more I think ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ™ƒ

              Anyways… thank you, and again sorry if I got wires crossed…

            2. Ashley…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…
              You are a star! ๐ŸŒŸ
              You are the friend that everybody needs and wants in their life. โค

              And I am the friend that……

              ๐Ÿค” ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

              Nope…let’s not finish that sentence… it’s not gonna be positive…

            3. I’ll check it out at some point (photo). And I totally get it. I am not particularly well myself this week so I did the whole private post thing. I get all of that, the chaos.

  3. Yes, the WordPress issue I have noticed before I left. But whether there was more I wasn’t aware, I don’t know.
    I have heard of others comment about this too.

    Another thing I used to observe with WordPress, was that sometimes new posts wouldn’t show up in the reader.
    I now have my favourite blogs set by email, so I never miss a post.

    A lovely photo of Casper.

    Nothing to report much, than mum in hospital. There’s a couple of things going on. One still under investigation.

    A lovely photo of Casper. Absolutely gorgeous. โค๏ธ

  4. My new curtains are sure a heckuva lot of fun! My husband’s brother and his wife dropped by on their way north, we are all vaccinated so that was interesting, hadn’t seen them in years and because we had a heads up we had time to do all the heavy duty housework today instead of Sunday so to to tomorrow is a free day. Casper is a cutie ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. Ugh, canceling at the last minute is SO UNCOOL. Boo on that shrink. Glad you got your meds though… I’ve been panicked in the past from running out of migraine meds, so I gotchu. My week was OK. I am happy because I am finally buying a condo, but omg the paperwork and nonsense involved. It’ll be over soon though and then I can relax. Oh, speaking of canceling ~ I checked to make sure my bank was open this morning so I could draw funds, and when I got there… CLOSED. Fucksake. Luckily, I found another branch that was open, but there you go. Inconsiderate to the customer…

    1. Oh that’s annoying. Great news about the condo! I remember when I bought mine I got the big mountain of strata paperwork and thought holy crap, I’m so not qualified to be dealing with this!

  6. I’ve been having a weird experience with Pinterest lately. Pins only seem to get traffic within the first few days. I don’t know what’s going on with that platform. It’s good that people are finding your helpful mental health pins though.

    1. I’m having the opposite issue. My new pins get maybe 10 impressions in the first few days, but my old pins are doing just fine. I’m not sure if they’ve got an actual algorithm or just some hodge-podge put together by a bunch of 10-year-olds.

  7. Hmm. You know a LOT of ‘borderlines’ Ms. Ashley. I’m one too, if I’m interpreting what is meant by ‘borderline” (BPD?) … You know my whole rap about depression which we share. The piggy pic really made my day, it’s impossible not to smile at a happy piggie.. <3 My recent FUBAR with the mental health people makes my sympathy at your own plight all that much deeper. I got word a week ago Friday that my brand new meds psychiatrist is leaving the practice (I've seen her twice. Virtually). I'll be handed off to someone else, a guy (which I don't like the idea of, but it's for medication purposes so I'm not going to complain. As long as he doesn't balk at refilling my Xanax. So many of them are against using that particular medication, and maybe with good reason, but for me it's worked better than any other they've tried. I guess I won't know until the situation arises. Good luck with your own situation. Is it more difficult with your National Health scheme to find a suitable doctor to prescribe your medication? I mean, HELLO! It's depression. The medication is there for a very good reason. Best of luck hun!

    1. It’s annoying that people get their knickers in such a knot about certain meds. I’m on a stimulant, and people tend to be as uptight about that as about benzos.

      Doctors here are paid for by the province but they operate independently. There are lots of clinics where I could talk to a random doctor, but GPs get freaked out when they see my med cocktail.

      I do know a lot of borderlines. I was actually just thinking recently that many of my former colleagues would be shocked by that. Borderline stigma is alive and kicking in health care.

  8. I would have blown a fuse if my doctor only gave me a thirty minute warning that he was cancelling the appointment.
    I experienced the unfollow thing a couple of days ago. It is really frustrating.
    And, I love anything Reese’s. I am going to look for those thins because they sound great!…mmmmmmm…..

  9. Casper looks sooo sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚ My week has been good, now that I’m back in the US. I’ve been feeling pretty slow and unmotivated. I’m under quarantine.

  10. Yes….this WordPress randomly unfollowing other blogs is a mystery. Sometimes, I have just presumed another blogger was busy and did not have time to blog. There are so many posts appearing in my Reader it is very hard to keep up. But at times I have discovered that nope, the blogger is still writing as much as ever and their posts are not appearing in my Reader – when I check, rather than saying I am following the blog, it gives me the option to follow them. It is all a bit weird!

  11. The Reese’s dark chocolate peanut butter thins sound yummy. ๐Ÿ™‚
    That’s a real bummer with the psychiatrist, and I’m sorry to hear that trying to get the meds was such a fork and has affected you so much, which is totally understandable.
    Misha is also excellent at reminding me about his treat times. I typically have only one type of treat at a time up here and keep the rest in the kitchen as it’s a lot more practical but if I have more, he also gets to choose what he wants so he’s in control as much as possible, which I think is how it should be.

  12. “I can’t help you virtually so I won’t help you at all.”? Your doctor is a jerk. I have a low-level hate on for doctors of late. Most of it’s projection, but it’s experienced projection: I’m likely right about the response I’d get if I try to get help in Emerg for pain.

    Reese’s Thins are the bomb. I’ve been loving Goldfish cracker Pretzel fish of late. Though do keep a drink handy. They suck all the liquid from the mouth.

    Casper’s treat face reminds me of my cat, Lizzie. They look so hopefully expectant.

    At least the weather is beautiful: enjoy some solar therapy.

      1. Gah, I suddenly can’t find where to bulk edit posts on WordPress. Google only has outdated results, none for 2021. Did WordPress change shit again?

          1. Found it, you’re right, have to get to wp-admin via a url change instead of how it used to be at the bottom of the standard sidebar. Only able to bulk edit posts after jumping through convoluted hoops, ugh. Why the fuck is categories, tags etc bulk editable via the standard sidebar but not posts. It’s incredibly shit UX design.

            1. Yes it is. Strangely enough, for me, wp-admin became the default, and I have to use URL to get to the other view. WordPress is so confused.

            2. Wow. Yeah, I really wonder wtf their UX team is thinking. I much rather have wp-admin be my default because I really hate settings that are hidden away.

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