Here’s what happened in my life over the past week:
- It’s been another slooooow brain week.
- I’m a big fan of closure, as in wrap it up, stick a bow on it, and put it away in the back of the closet to gather dust. Circumstances don’t always like to play along nicely, though, and sometimes there are no bows to be had. I don’t need pretty ribbons, but I want a damn bow.
- I don’t own a scale, so I have no idea how much I weigh, but the effects of the depressive lack of appetite over the last few months are adding up (or subtracting down, I suppose). It’s been quite a while since I last had the body I have now.
- Yesterday I got a voicemail from “Amy” at the mental health team, which would make the fifth case manager from there who has called me. She said that I missed my appointment that morning, and “Ruth” (who I’ve never met, and who called mental health emergency services on me a month ago for no reason) would be back next week. I haven’t heard from Ruth or anyone else at the mental health team since before MH emergency services threatened to call the cops to come bang on my door, so I don’t know where this missed appointment nonsense is coming from. These people really do not have their shit together.
- I would rather be a guinea pig than a human. Just sayin’. And while googling “just saying”, I came across the term “howling anachronism.” Why howling? Back to Google, and there were six pages of search results for “howling anachronism” (in quotes). It interests me that multiple people, including the Canadian Nautical Research Society, have chosen to pair those words together.
- My upstairs neighbour’s shower is now fixed and the hole that was cut into my ceiling to discover where the leak was coming from has finally been repaired.
- While I was researching for last weekend’s post on how WordPress works, I came across instructions on how to do a local server installation of the WordPress.org software, and I set that up this week. And what, pray tell, does that mean? It means I’ve created a WordPress site that exists only on my computer, and I can customize it, poke at it, and break it all I want. I also found a LinkedIn Learning course on creating a child theme, and I can access it free through my local library. So I’ve taken my first little baby steps towards my goal of eventually creating my own child theme for my blog. Fun times!
- I was also very pleased with myself for figuring out how to get certain images on my site to preload. Again, what, pray tell, does that mean? There are multiple tasks a browser has to do when loading a page before stuff can actually display, and preloading an image gets the browser to fetch it without waiting around for other tasks to be completed first; this means the image gets displayed faster, which Google likes. Not that this will be meaningful to many of you, but it took quite a bit of time, faffing about, and confusion before I discovered that I needed to preload using the imagesrcset attribute for responsive images rather than href. Go, me!
Earlier this week I posted a survey on how people’s hygiene is affected by their mental illness. If you’d like to participate, you can find the survey here.
Casper has a signature move that I call the jump and fluff. After I’ve had her out of the cage for a cuddle and some petting, she likes to rearrange her luscious locks back into their natural resting position. So within a few seconds of me putting her back in the cage, she’ll always jump up and shake our her hair. Both Brownie and Toffee have learned this behaviour, even though they have short, sleek hair and no need to jump and fluff. It kind of reminds me of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde teaching the bend and snap.
The first time you watched the video, you probably noticed big floofy Casper jump and fluff, but watch it a second time, and pay attention to little Toffee, whose back half is peeking out from behind the right side of the hidey house. Right after Casper starts her jump and fluff, Toffee copies her.
I’m still doing an hour to an hour and a half of colouring every day. Here’s some from this week.
How has your week been?