• books

    Reading List 2018 – May

    I’ve decided to give up on the Romance genre. It’s just not for me. I like a drop of romance as a flavour to the rest of the story, but reading solely about people trying to come to terms with their feelings for each other just makes me tired. I spend too much time yelling, “JUST FUCKING TALK TO EACH OTHER LIKE ADULTS!” and it drops me out of the story. Also, frankly, I’m not often wowed by capital-R Romance writers’ actual writing style, and life is too short for bad books. This month, my new thing was nonfic interior design & decor books. I felt dangerously inspired. In other…

  • health,  writing

    Journalling for Mental Wellbeing

    Originally posted at The Catastrophe Club. If you’ve ever talked to a health professional about your anxiety, they probably mentioned journalling. That’s because there have been a number of studies that demonstrate how useful regular journalling is for managing stress, anxiety, and depression – and it’s something that anyone can do, which doesn’t cost a lot of money or take up a lot of time. How you journal depends entirely on your needs and preferences! Want to focus on the positive? Try gratitude journalling – every day before you go to bed, write down three things that have happened that day for which you are thankful. Sometimes, this can be…

  • health,  self

    Transactional analysis, the P-A-C model, and my Self

    Innocence. Vulnerability. Freedom. Curiosity. Fun. These are the childlike qualities that I want to revive in my life. My inner child wants to be seen, heard, cherished. My inner child needs support, acceptance, love. My inner child needs my inner parent, and my adult self hasn’t been valuing either of those parts enough. So here is what I’m going to do to cherish my child-self: Be open and honest, and share from my core Embrace my need for beauty in my surroundings, and indulge that need Try new things, take risks, look for adventure Find things that make me laugh Create things that make others laugh Listen to and encourage…

  • books

    Reading List 2018 – April

    I struggled a lot with low mood this month, and so I went looking for comfort reads (Diana Wynne Jones – one of my fave childhood authors – and Agatha Christie), and dug into some depression-focused non-fic. Also had a chance to pick up another of the new Mahy reprints, which made me very pleased! I also want to take a minute to talk about Grace Bridges’ teen novel Rotovegas, the first in her “Earthcore” series. A young female protagonist discovers the geothermal waters of Rotorua imbue her with supernatural powers, so she seeks out and teams up with other enhanced people to battle against a land developer who wants…

  • books

    Reading List 2018 – March

    March was a pretty productive month, in terms of finishing my TBR list. I wrapped up the last of the Kinsey Millhone alphabet series by Sue Grafton, finally had a chance to get to the latest Reacher novel, and picked up a couple of books I’ve been waiting a long time for: Catherynne Valente’s first Fairyland novel, which I’ve been wanting to read since Palimpsest came out in 2009, as well as Tammy Pierce’s latest Tortall book. I also read the debut novel from Krysten Ritter (a.k.a. Jessica Jones!), and enjoyed it. Certainly, for a debut, it’s very polished. My only real criticism would be that the plot points are…

  • day to day

    Life, And Other Four Letter Words

    Depression. Anxiety. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. And then, because my spouse believes sharing is caring, a cold. Ugh. It has been nearly 10 days since I first felt the nasal drip start, and I am SO over it. All this coughing makes my headaches worse, which is fun. In spite of all that, I feel like I’ve been pretty productive over the past couple of weeks. At the start of this month, I really wanted to withdraw, retreat from the world and be a hermit, have some ‘me time’ – all that jazz. Instead, the Universe decided I actually needed to be kept busy! So I’ve had doctors appointments, and therapy…

  • faves

    Favourite Things: Films

    These are a few of my favourite… movies. By favourite, I mean that I’ve watched them many, many times and each viewing brings me some sense of fulfillment. I’m no movie buff, so I can’t say whether these are objectively good movies, but that’s not the point. There’s lots of sci-fi, horror, some comedy and action. I reserve the right to change this list at will, but here it is so far: Arrival (2016) The Avengers (2012) Black Panther (2018) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) The Craft (1996) The Dark Knight (2008) Deadpool (2016) Fallen (1998) Gladiator (2000) Gravity (2013) Harry Potter (all 7 movies 2001-2011) Hot Fuzz (2007)…

  • rental life

    “That’s a bomb!” And Other Things You Never Wanna Hear From a Plumber

    Hubby got home from work at 2.00am Monday morning and found that our hot water cylinder had leaked, creating quite a nice wee lake in our laundry. He had a look to confirm it was the heater, then we dammed it with towels, emailed the property manager with an urgent request for a plumber and went to bed. The next arvo, the plumber showed up to quote on the job. Full credit to our property manager for rousting out a plumber for same day service! However, when the poor guy walked into the laundry, he took one look at the cylinder and said “Fuck me, that’s a bomb! I’m outta…

  • health

    Treating IIH

    Okay, so I have previously complained about my IIH headaches and the fact that they can’t really be treated with most forms of pain relief medication, but I didn’t really explain that in any depth. There’s some evidence that opioids like codeine can raise intracranial pressure, and I can testify to that. I’ve tried both immediate release and prolonged release versions, and neither were helpful. Last time my headache reached 7/10 level pain, I went to the emergency department at the hospital, and they tried me on codeine… an hour later, my headache was worse, more like 8 or 9 outta 10! So yeah, flag that. Paracetamol and ibuprofen, when…