Archive for April 2012

Why, yes, I'm deaf. Do you have a problem with that?

Lower-case deaf, not the upper-case Deaf, since the latter is more suited to describe the Deaf culture, while the former describes a physical condition. To be more specific, I am hard-of-hearing. Or more specifically, I’m profoundly deaf, which further along the “deaf scale” than severe, moderate, and mild deafness. Only complete deafness is further along... Read more »

Why you should donate to PAWS Chicago

Full disclaimer: I like PAWS Chicago. You know how I’m training to run the Chicago marathon? Well, I figured I should go all out and raise money, too. I volunteered a couple of times to walk the dogs at PAWS. My husband and I fostered kittens for them for a while. We adopted our youngest,... Read more »

If you hug siblings during dreams, do they dream about that, too?

I’ve been having strange struggles with sleep lately. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night…several times in a night. I don’t know why. I know many things could be the culprit, but I don’t know which one or to what extent each one affects it, so I hesitate to say what it... Read more »

Please tell me that the runner's trots gets better with time...

I ran Tuesday with my new Garmin 410, and I love it. It was a surprising motivator. Something about seeing my numbers, seeing exactly how far and how fast I’m running, encourages me to keep on going. That’s why, even though I hadn’t run in a month, I was able to run for 6 miles... Read more »

I refuse to "diet"

I refuse to diet, as a diet is traditionally known. Google says that diet means “Restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight.” I have done it in the past, and I refuse to do it again (at least, I’ll try not to do it again). A diet... Read more »

Running for the F*¢%!^9 bus

Missing the bus is an absolutely wonderful way to start a Monday. So is running futilely for it.  On the plus side, I made it to work on time. On the negative side, I paid $21 for a cab. But on the plus side, I did make it to work on time. I suppose another... Read more »

Counseling again for the first time

I’ve been in counseling before, a couple of times. I went to one at my undergraduate university every now and then, before my classes and outside activities and two part time jobs ate up my time. I scheduled it covertly, so not to arouse my parents’ suspicion, scheduling so that I would still arrive at... Read more »

Old Tapes, or, Emotional synapses misfiring

You’d think those old tapes would have fallen apart by now for how often they’ve been played in my head. That’s why we switched to DVDs now. And entirely digital media. What will future generations say? “Old iPod playlist is stuck on repeat.” I was doing well at work, both yesterday and today. I wasn’t... Read more »

How to find a good therapist

Okay. I’ll be honest. I don’t really know. I’m kind of a noob when it comes to therapy. But…I can tell you what I’ve been doing. First, the good news. I do have an appointment with someone this Saturday, who specializes in PTSD, trauma, and all that fun stuff, so I hope that it works... Read more »

The Diary of a Nervous Breakdown - Part 3

Part Two is here “I can’t do it,” I cried, my words running together. “I can’t do it. I can’t do it. I can’t go on anymore like this. I can’t.” I can’t. I can’t. I’m stuck. I’m stuck. what can I do to become not stuck? Ideas popped up, ideas that scared me, but... Read more »