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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Tew's Day! 
20th-Oct-2009 08:29 am
Happy birthday to samhenderson!

Same as yesterday, with the coughing and the weariness.

My Problem
Is that, since I don't have a Day Job, I tend to take on absolutely everything. Way more than I can actually handle. And then I realize how overwhelmed I am and I flail and nothing gets done.

So today I make the big list of everything that I am committed to doing. And I post it somewhere I'll see it often, so I can keep my ridiculous number of commitments in mind when more potential commitments come up.

Link Soup
* haikujaguar is having a bookmark sale!
* Another science mashup AutoTune video!
* It's slow-cooker time!

Daily Science

Make that list. Do some of the stuff on it. No Diesel today; body is still feeling too fragile for the walk to the bus stop. This sickness could stop any day now. Really. That would be okay.
20th-Oct-2009 12:32 pm (UTC)

with bonus Super Earths!!

(Feel better. *hugs*)
20th-Oct-2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
"We Are All Connected" is a good follow-up, but "Glorious Dawn" is still a better product. Probably because Carl Sagan is so wonderfully elegant, or maybe that he just Autotunes really well.
20th-Oct-2009 04:41 pm (UTC) - Off Topic
Since I could not find your sick hippo journal (I've got statistics on the brain today)

Here's a snippet from this article...


We also know that although prolonged childhood trauma can be toxic to the brain, adults retain the ability later in life to rewire their brains by new experience, including therapy and psychotropic medication.

For example, prolonged stress can kill cells in the hippocampus, a brain area critical for memory. The good news is that adults are able to grow new neurons in this area in the course of normal development. Also, antidepressants encourage the development of new cells in the hippocampus.

It is no stretch, then, to say that having a toxic parent may be harmful to a child’s brain, let alone his feelings. But that damage need not be written in stone.

Of course, we cannot undo history with therapy. But we can help mend brains and minds by removing or reducing stress.

Sometimes, as drastic as it sounds, that means letting go of a toxic parent.

It was the thing about rebuilding cells in the hippocampus (your sick hippo) that triggered me to think of you.

I read the article because of my male parental figure, with whom the realtionship is as toxic as a toxic waste dump... but I saw that and went... ooooooooh, I wonder if she's seen this!

20th-Oct-2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Why does not having a day job mean you have to take on everything? My mom had that attitude--as did the folks around her who took advantage of it. Drove her schizo. You are not entirely healthy, dear, you don't have to take on everything. Rest would not be a bad thing.
21st-Oct-2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I am very nearly compulsive about keeping my calendar updated, complete with color-coding Drs, rehearsals etc. so I can just glance at a day and know what I am committed to when.
21st-Oct-2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the slow cooker link! We've been using ours a lot more lately and that gave me lots of recipes for branching out beyond our usual beef stew.

As for your overscheduling, just remember it's ok to say no. Sometimes you just need to give yourself permission to do that. I totally understand how easy it is to get wrapped up in wanting to do everything that comes your way and I find that just stopping and reminding myself of that can be really helpful.
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