Archive for October 2013

Cats, cats, and more cats!

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I threw this together during the monthly ChicagoNow blogpalooza hour. First off, I apologize for no sound (don’t like the way I sound) and crappy video editing. Secondly, my ASL sucks. Thirdly, enjoy cats, cats, and more cats!

Memories smell like Albuquerque

Memories smell like Albuquerque
Incense is wonderful for covering up the smell of eau du litter box–much better than canned “Fresh Scent.” Because my kitties shit a lot, I had to order more incense. Amazon didn’t have sandalwood in stock, so I ordered cedar incense bricks. Normally, I like to smell things before buying, but I figured that if... Read more »

A Giant Ball of Tangled Lights: Even grownups have social anxieties

A Giant Ball of Tangled Lights: Even grownups have social anxieties
Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was homeschooled. Maybe I didn’t have enough anxieties as a teen that it’s hitting me as an adult. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I wasn’t allowed to really have feelings growing up, and I’m only learning how to better manage them... Read more »
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UW-Madison cat experiments - can animal experimentation be okay?

UW-Madison cat experiments - can animal experimentation be okay?
PETA recently sounded the alarm on cruel experiments on cats up at UW-Madison, and many of my Facebook friends have expressed shock, anger, and disgust about the news. I didn’t even read the details, and I already wanted to cry at work. So, I didn’t read it yet, and it slipped my mind by the... Read more »

My first Chicago Marathon....as a spectator

My first Chicago Marathon....as a spectator
I moved to Chicago over 3 years ago. This is the first time that I actually spectated the Chicago Marathon, and I live close to the route (shame on me!) Plus, I wanted to pay it forward for everyone who cheered me on last year. Seriously, the funny signs helped me keep going, so I... Read more »

My life in psychotropic meds - Mental Health Awareness Week

Okay, Ativan may not exactly be psychotropic, but it sure helps. I was first prescribed this in high school/college as a migraine treatment. I would have these weird migraines where I'd be dizzy and sensitive to light, but not have pain. Docs thought this might help. I took it one day while at work, and it didn't do squat for the migraine. It did, however, bring sweet relaxation to me. It felt so good. All the stress and anxiety of dad's moods eased up, and I felt how wonderful life could be. I recognized the addictive factor to it, and swore to use only for migraines. I made the mistake of telling my mom about the relaxation effect, because she took it and put it in their medicine cabinet where I'd have to ask for it if I needed one. It made me feel shameful and untrustworthy, and so I rarely asked for it even when I needed it.
Because I very nearly forgot that it was Mental Health Awareness Week, I hereby humbly submit my own journey through the wonderful world of psychotropics (which, for better or for worse, did not involve any psychedelics.) Seriously, meds help. Some can get by without them. Others need a little help. Some need it for a... Read more »
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Christopher Columbus was an asshole. Happy Bartolome Day!

Christopher Columbus was an asshole. Happy Bartolome Day!
On Monday, October 14th, the nation will be honoring Christopher Columbus’ achievements, which include starting up the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Now, isn’t that a¬†fantastic holiday to celebrate? But wait, there’s more! He was so kind to all of the locals on the island that he “discovered.” He repaid their welcoming with murder, psychological torture, and... Read more »

Running in the Chicago Marathon? Advice from last year's first-timer

Don't feel guilty if you don't go for a spaghetti feed. But I do recommend limiting the fiber you eat. I normally eat a literal crap-load of fiber, but then loaded up on white breads and dialed back any whole-grains in an effort to reduce runner's trots. It actually helped a lot.
So, you’re running the Chicago Marathon for the first time this year? I have some advice for you. Especially if you’re one of those not-really-a-runner type of person. If you’ve been running 10 miles daily for several years, then feel free to skip over this post. If you’re new to the running world and struggle... Read more »

What was your first job?

What was your first job?
My first job in high school sucked. I think everyone’s did. Here’s my story. [Name redacted.] Popular lunch time fast restaurant known for its bagels. Senior year of high school. I’d wanted to get a part time job ever since I turned 14, but my parents wouldn’t let me. My dad was right. I have... Read more »
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