Miscellaneous

Weekend Wrap-Up

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

  • I decided to stop using the Woocommerce plugin because it slows my site down and I don’t really need it. The details aren’t particularly meaningful, but it was a lot of behind the scenes shuffling. I also discovered how to resize image files within WP, so that was more busy work. I like that kind of mindless busy work, but I tend to take an anti-procrastination approach and blitz through until it’s done.
  • Quote of the week: “God give me the confidence of an under-educated, mediocre, white man.” (Em)
  • I’ve got better at recognizing that a migraine is getting started, and intervening to head it off at the pass. For me, that early intervention is 400mg of ibuprofen and then lying down for a couple of hours on my left side, and that worked well this morning. I’ve always found that left side-lying helps with nausea, I’m guessing because in that position, gravity pulls in the direction of stomach emptying.
  • Not too much happened in my world this week. I had a massage, which was nice.
  • It’s hot out, and is supposed to get stupid hot tomorrow. Not impressed.

I wrote recently about the discovery of the unmarked graves of 215 children on the grounds of an Indian Residential School in Kamloops, BC. The Cowessess First Nation in southeastern Saskatchewan announced this week that they’ve found 751 unmarked graves on the site of a Catholic Church-run residential school, which was among the last to close in 1996. This is consistent with oral stories shared by Elders and survivors that children were buried there. The federal government is saying it will come up with the money for ground-penetrating radar searches at other schools, so that’s something, but at some point, the Vatican really needs to own their part in this.

guinea pig Butternut supervising jigsaw puzzle

Butternut isn’t a fan of cuddles, but he does like supervising while I work on my jigsaw puzzle. He’s been unusually mellow this week. At first I thought it was music-specific, but nope, he’s just chill, as evidenced here by his little feets sticking out.

How has your week been?

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29 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up”

  1. I feel like recognising early enough when migraine is coming is key in dealing with it, and otherwise it can drag on for ages, so it’s great you have your strategy to manage this. 🙂

  2. Awwww, maybe Butternut will fit some pieces!! 😮

    My week got off to a bad start but then got better!! YAY!! Here’s to a great week next week!!

  3. I’m glad you’re getting better at recognizing when a migraine is on the way… it’s important. I get them sometimes, but still don’t have the hang of it. My week has been interesting. 😀 I thought I was going to blog again today, but I think I’ll wait until tomorrow unless I get me some more energy. 😀

  4. I did not realize that laying on a particular side of your body could help ease feelings of sickness. Might have to try that the next time I feel nauseous or ill.

  5. I like the “quote of the week.”

    An unusual amount of positive (or potentially positive) developments have occurred in the last several days. I signed a Broadway actor (also on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama) to sing the male lead vocals for my musical demo. He’s got a bio in Wikipedia and is pretty big. Not to mention, he will be my first “Broadway connection” after having been in musical theatre most of my life.

    Then this morning, I found an editor for my book for which I had already found a publisher, and the three of us are working everything out. My best friend and I reconciled after an 8 year separation and it was great to talk with him on Zoom for the second time today. I also landed a paid piano gig tomorrow at a United Church, where my friend Kurt will be the guest “teacher” (the word he prefers to “preacher.”) So I am busier than usual, and doing a lot of things that years of homelessness in California prevented me from doing.

    The good news is mostly along such lines. The bad news is that I became “over-elated” as a result of all these nice new things, and I couldn’t sleep but three hours last night. So I just canceled a soft engagement to see some friends playing a show at a club, and I’m going to wind down gradually, do some reading, and get to bed. Generally things have been proceeding in a healthy direction, but when too many good things (or seemingly good things) happen in succession, I have been known to get a bit manic. Sleep is key.

  6. It’s a shame the Woocommerce plugin slows your site. That’s supposed to be a super popular one so you’d think it’d be more slick and light than that.

    Sounds like you’ve got some scorching weather there. Stay cool and I hope it doesn’t trigger more migraines. They’re hellish at the best of times, let alone when it’s stuffy and hot.

    It’s harrowing to think of how many children have died, their bodies just buried and forgotten about. And those responsible just walk away from it all to live their lives in blissful ignorance.

    Aww it’s great you’ve got a jigsaw buddy to keep you company. Virgil’s next to me as I write this, but only because the weather’s crap so he wants the comfort of the blanket and my bed. Still, the calm, chilled-out vibes they give are pretty calming when your anxiety is otherwise shooting through the roof!

    xx

    1. I think Woocommerce is good for what it is, but having an ecommerce setup will always be slower than not having one. I’m no longer selling anything on my site, and there’s simpler ways to offer the free downloadable stuff.

      Glad to hear you’re having a snuggle with Virgil. Pet presence is so relaxing.

  7. Like you, I’m a victim of the heat wave. I’m keeping the house locked up light, curtains and shades drawn, but it was 32C inside by last night anyhow. I blame the lottery. If I’d won, I’d have an in-ground pool and a/c lol.

    Thanks for the shout out. I’m glad you’re feeling better and staved off a migraine. That’s all the heat dome needs…

    I have a question about the GPs? How are you keeping them cool? I’m worrying a bit about my cat, who is too ridiculous to go down into the basement.

  8. I hate migraines. I have a lot of symptoms in my migraine aura: flashing lights, seeing zigzag patterns, trouble finding words, trouble speaking, tingling sensations, vertigo, muscle weakness on my right side, ringing ears, nausea, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, pulsing sensations in my head.

      1. I hate auras but they do give me some time to somehow drag myself to bed. 😀 Amount of migraines have definitely reduced ever since I moved out!

  9. I haven’t used Woo commerce but I thought about it so I appreciate your honesty about that. So sorry to hear about the graves, it’s so heartbreaking to hear about things like that!

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