Temporally dislocated

Maybe I have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). With the time change, the late afternoon/early evening darkness hits me hard.

Maybe I am, as my husband puts it, “temporally dislocated.”  And maybe it’s both.

In other words, the time change affects my sense of time, which in turn affects my sense of myself. When and how I am located in my day is thrown off.

This past week, I’ve been feeling changeable, erratic, somewhat temperamental. Like having this intense desire to stay in, go into a semi-hibernation. Like wanting company, then later fiercely wanting to be alone; wanting to be held, then wanting more space. This isn’t a new experience after a time change; I’m simply more aware of it. I know I’ll adjust within a week or two, but in the meantime, I feel like my sense of order has been disrupted.

And then I walk outside and breathe in the air, and the relief is almost immediate. This may change after 20 minutes of running errands, and I may again intensely want to be in my quiet home space again. However, it does remind me that it’s important to step outside and feel the sunlight on my skin. It helps me actively locate myself in that part of the day. It allows me to just be there in that moment.


Friday link roundup 11/10

An open letter to Brené Brown: On using the term “obesity” and shame.

From the New York Times: A 10-year-old girl addresses what she sees in the classroom, and she wants more girls to raise their hands.

Video: Contestants in the Miss Peru pageant cite statistics on violence against women instead of their body measurements.

From Jezebel: This is what a news cycle that holds sexual predators accountable looks like.

The history of Veterans Day.

Link roundup 11/3

In the U.S. and need health insurance? Enrollment for plans under the Affordable Care Act for 2018 runs from November 1st through December 15, 2017. Find more information here.

There’s a hidden void in the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Burrito: the extremely rare male tortoiseshell kitten.

On Sunday, set your clock an hour back… About how some people prefer the winter months.



Friday link roundup 10/27

Video:  A tourist asks if he can play with a group of Italian street musicians….and the result is amazing.

The quiet radicalism of singer-songwriter and activist Tracy Chapman.

On men taking classes to unlearn toxic masculinity.

On Danes and work-life balance.

On the benefits of being a “non-monogamous employee” — on working multiple jobs, having a side hustle in addition to a full-time job, etc.

Link roundup: #MeToo

#MeToo on Twitter.

About the history of the #MeToo movement.

From the New York Times: The raw power of #MeToo.

From Feministing: on #MeToo and trust.

From Alternet: Why some of us hesitated to say “Me too.”

From CNN: #MeToo stories trigger trauma for some.  Ideas on how to cope if you feel triggered by it (or similar things online).


Update in pictures, two weeks ago.

I meant to post this two weeks ago, and then the mass shooting happened and I wanted/needed to post about that.

Here are bits and pieces from my life approximately two weeks ago…

life is beautiful signProbably a sign related to the Life is Beautiful music festival. Good reminders of ways to seek beauty in everyday life.

iPad proofreading

A makeshift workstation for proofreading transcripts. My husband supplied the book and encouraged me to remember my posture. It did help. 🙂

united way shirtOn September 29, I volunteered at the local YMCA as part of the United Way’s annual Day of Caring (hence the shirt above) . There were volunteers at many different sites throughout the city. I had fun. It was good to remember how much I like woodworking.


Part of what we created at the volunteer project: a full-sized Jenga set!

fall color 17JPGWe went up to the mountains that Saturday to see some fall color. Hurray for aspens!



Friday link roundup 10/13

The Boy Scouts has announced that it will soon start admitting girls.

After 20 years, AOL is shutting down AOL Instant Messenger. Ah, all the memories of good chats….

About the “mystery box” aspects in television shows  The Good Place and This is Us.

From the New York Times: stories of several of the women coming forward about their experiences with film producer Harvey Weinstein.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary online: better ways (or more effective ways) to say, “This sucks.”