This OR That tag

This or that tag

Thanks to Anita at Discovering Your Happiness for tagging me in her This Or That tag. ❤️

Rules:

  • Thank & tag the person that has tagged you
  • Attach the tag photo
  • Answers the ‘This or THAT questions
  • Tag a 10-20 friends.

LET’S GET STARTED!

  • Dog or Cat?
    • Guinea pig!
  • Netflix or YouTube?
    • Netflix.  Youtube’s great but there’s just too much going on.
  • Phone Call or Text?
    • Text – I hate talking on the phone
  • Toast or Eggs?
    • Eggs, preferably in omelette form
  • Cardio or Weights?
    • Going for a walk!
  • Facebook or Twitter?
    • I deleted my Facebook account.  Twitter I use a little bit.
  • Ice Cream Cone or Snow Cone?
    • Ben&Jerry’s.  I prefer cup to cone.  I loved snow cones back in the day.  So much sugar!!!
  • Mobile Games or Console Games?
    • I sometimes play Candy Crush
  • While walking: Music or Podcasts?
    • Listening to the birds 🐦
  • iOS or Android?
    • iOS
  • Cake or Pie?
    • Either cheesecake or apple pie, depending on what I fancy
  • Swimming or Sunbathing?
    • Swimming in the ocean
  • Big Party or Small Gathering?
    • Small gathering of me and the guinea pigs 🙂
  • New Clothes or New Phone?
    • New clothes
  • Rich Friend or Loyal Friend?
    • Loyal
  • Football or Basketball?
    • Football (American)
  • Nice Car or Nice Home Interior?
    • Home
  • What’s worse: Laundry or Dishes?
    • I actually like doing laundry.  I find it peacefully domestic.
  • Jogging or Hiking?
    • Definitely not jogging; hiking is ok as long as its not up a mountain
  • Bath or Shower?
    • Shower.  My boy guinea pigs’ cage is blocking my bathtub, so that’s put a bit of a damper on relaxing baths.
  • Sneakers or Sandals?
    • Boots!
  • Glasses or Contacts?
    • Glasses – I hate the idea of sticking stuff in my eye
  • Hamburger or Taco?
    • Burger!!!!!!
  • Couch or Recliner?
    • Couch all to myself
  • Online Shopping or Shopping in a Store?
    • Online
  • Receive: Email or Letter?
    • email
  • Passenger or Driver?
    • If there are 2 of us in the car, I’d rather not drive.  I still have a complex from my dad criticizing and backseat driving when I was younger.
  • Tablet or Computer?
    • Laptop
  • Most important in a partner: Intelligent or Funny?
    • Life-smart intelligent > funny > school smart
  • Car or Truck?
    • car
  • Blue or Red?
    • Blue is my favourite colour
  • Money or Free Time?
    • Free time
  • Amusement Park or Day at the Beach?
    • Beach 🙂
  • At a movie: Candy or Popcorn?
    • Popcorn with lotsa butter
  • Pen or Pencil?
    • Pen…  I don’t even remember the last time I used a pencil
  • Toilet paper: Over or Under?
    • Don’t even get me started…  OVER!!!!
  • Cups in the cupboard: Right Side Up or Up Side Down?
    • Right side up but I’m flexible on this
  • Pancake or Waffle?
    • Pancakes – no special equipment required
  • Coke or Pepsi?
    • Neither
  • Coffee Cup or Thermos?
    • Coffee cup
  • Blinds or Curtain?
    • Blinds in general, but curtains to keep the bedroom dark
  • Train or Plane?
    • Plane I guess because it’s faster but unfortunately oh so unpleasant.  Both are barfy, but plane more so.
  • Phone or Tablet?
    • Phone
  • Iced Coffee or Hot Coffee?
    • Iced latte
  • Meat or Vegetables?
    • Prefer meat, but trying not to eat it often
  • International Vacation or a New TV?
    • Vacay.  I have never purchased a tv in my life.
  • Save or Spend?
    • Save.  It was hammered into me by my parents when I was a kid.
  • Honesty or Other’s Feelings?
    • It would depend on the person, the truth, and the feelings.
  • Coffee or Tea?
    • Tea when I’m at home, coffee when I’m out
  • TV or Book?
    • Book
  • Movie at Home or Movie at the Theater?
    • Home
  • Ocean or Mountains?
    • Living in Vancouver, I get both!
  • Horror Movie or Comedy Movie?
    • Comedy.  I startle really easily, so I tend to jump up and scream during horror movies.
  • City or Countryside?
    • The idea of the countryside is appealing, but I grew up in a small town and much prefer the city.
  • Winter or Summer?
    • Summer sunshine!
  • Mac or PC?
    • Mac all the way
  • Console Gaming or PC Gaming?
    • I haven’t done either since Minesweeper in my late teens and Legend of Zelda on my brother’s Super Nintendo before that
  • Soup or Sandwich?
    • Split pea soup is one of my comfort foods
  • Card Game or Board Game?
    • Neither very often, but probably Clue would be my top pic
  • Camping or Binge Watching Shows at Home?
    • Camping if I can have a fire and toast hot dogs and marshmallows.
  • Working Alone or Working in a Team?
    • I don’t particularly like people, so I’ll say alone 😉
  • Dine In or Delivery?
    • I guess delivery because most of the time I’m eating by myself
  • Sweater or Hoodie?
    • Cardigan
  • Motorcycle or Bicycle?
    • Neither, really.  My brother has a motorcycle and I refuse to get on it.  They just seem like death traps.
  • Book or eBook?
    • Book if I’m at home, eBook if I’m out and about
  • When sleeping: Fan or No Fan?
    • No fan unless it’s really hot
  • TV Shows or Movies?
    • I like tv shows once I get into them, but I have a hard time committing, so I guess movies.

Whew!  Made it!  Rather than tag specific people, I’ll just invite anyone who’s interested to play along!

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Letter to my younger self

letter with quill and ink

I’ve seen a few of these on various blogs, but it was one posted recently by Sarah at Sall Good in the End that actually prompted me to give the matter some more thought.  What struck me was that my first thought was to tell my younger self to run.  Run away and join the circus.  Leave it all behind and go live in a yurt.  It took a while to think of anything in addition to the run away theme, but here’s what I eventually came up with.  I picked age 20 because that’s a time when I was at university having loads of fun and starting to discover who I really was.

 

To Ashley at age 20:

I know you’re having a great time right now, and enjoy it.  Here are a few suggestions I have for along the way:

Travel.  That’s how you will have some of your best experiences ever.

When you get into your first long-term relationship, don’t lose yourself in the relationship.  And if we’re going to get really specific, even though C makes a good friend, skip the boyfriend thing because it just doesn’t work as well, and he turns out to be a jerk in the end.

Bullying can happen to adults.  Know what it is, recognize it when it happens to you, and get the hell outta there.  No one else will care enough to do anything, so you’ve gotta take care of you.

You will get sick.  You will see it, but you will deny it.  When you can no longer deny it, you will think that you can deal with it yourself.  You can’t.  Instead, I want you to grow some lady-balls and reach out for help.

Your illness will affect how you relate to the people around you.  I wish I had some good advice for you, but I don’t.  Try not to beat yourself up over things that don’t work, because guilt is a poison that eats away at you.

Save your money.  You will need it, and it will make life much easier at difficult times.

Love yourself and be true to yourself, and treat your natural introversion with compassion and respect.  There’s nothing wrong with making a brief appearance at a social event to say hi and then heading home to bed.

Don’t get drunk with coworkers.  No matter how good an idea it seems at the time, trust me, it’s just not.

Get furbabies as soon as you live in a place that allows them.  Guinea pigs will offer countless hours of cuteness and comfort.

Life will get a whole lot darker in a few years (at age 27, to be exact).  The flame that was your passion for life won’t burn as brightly after that.  The shadow cast by your illness will never go away.  So live for right now.  Your early 20’s will be some of the most exciting years of your life.  And maybe, just maybe, after you get out of hospital the first time, consider running away to central Asia and living in a yurt.  One final word of advice – save your pelvis some torture and get to the yurt by truck rather than by horseback.

Love,

Your 39-year-old self

 

What would your letter to your younger self say?

 

Image credit: Bru-nO on Pixabay

Meet the Judges

You may now call me Your Honour lol

Revenge of Eve

It was a difficult yet easy task choosing the contest judges. I have a ton of wonderful followers but I had to choose two who would be ok in not participating.

The are a total of 3 judges, one being my daughter. She is a 16-year-old with an eye for photography.

I recruited two active judges who are always present in our community.

In alphabetical order, Ashley of Mental Health @ Home and Barb from Bipolar Barb!

These wonderful ladies agreed to help a sister out and judge ROE’s Photos for Journals.

They will receive judging criteria to help guide them in making the difficult decision.

If you haven’t already checked these ladies out, please do. You will be educated and enlightened.

If you have any questions about the contest, there is a p4j widget, below the header image, on each page OR contact me by email.

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3 days 3 quotes – day 2

I’ve been tagged for 3 days, 3 quotes by A Guy Called Bloke and Doodlepip’s Adventures.  I’m going to borrow an idea from Lawrence at Being Bipolar and go with a Yogi Berra theme, a baseball player with the New York Yankees who had a knack for blending the wise with the ridiculous.

"You can observe a lot by watching" - Yogi Berra

“You can observe a lot by watching” – Yogi Berra

 

The rules for the 3 days 3 quotes tag:

  • Thank you note to the person who nominates you
  • Post one quote per day for 3 consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

Rather than tagging specific bloggers, I’m just going to say that if you want to join in the fun, tag you’re it!

 

Image credit: CNN

My fav! – food

WYF

What's your fav food

It’s What’s Your Favorite time over at Revenge of Eve.  This week’s fav is food/meal/style of food.

The heart attack on a plate meal that I’m going to construct involves a bacon cheeseburger (and mayo, bbq sauce, and pickles are a necessity on said burger) and yam fries, with strawberry cheesecake for dessert.

And for style of food?  Based on my fav meal, I’m just going to go with unhealthy…

 

Guidelines for What’s Your Favorite?

  • Create a post on your blog responding to What’s Your Favorite? Elaborate or explain why it is your Fav!
  • Title your post-My Fav!
  • Use the featured image
  • Create a pingback to this post

More from Quora on mental health

Quora logo

I did a post a while back Gems of Ignorance From Quora with some of the frighteningly ignorant questions asked by people on Quora, a sort of free-for-all website where people can post and answer questions.  Here are some more tidbits I’ve come across.

Some people seem to have a genuine interest in gaining some understanding mental illness.  Some questions I’ve seen that reassured me that not everyone has their head stuck up where the sun doesn’t shine:

  • Can you be depressed without being sad?
  • How do you know the difference between drug-induced psychosis or psychosis from something else?
  • When a depressed person starts taking antidepressants, does he/she start feeling happy or just “not sad”?
  • What does it feel like to have depression or  bipolar disorder?
  • What’s the difference between feeling depressed and having depression?
  • How do people with schizophrenia tell apart real sights/sounds from fake ones?

Other times, the answers people post are even more frightening than the questions:

  • To a question about the maximum number of psychiatric diagnoses a person can have: “When a person enters mental psychosis I’m pretty sure their mind is so fragmented that they’ve pretty much got it all: ocd, npd, psychopath, sociopathy, bpd, anxiety, depression, split personality (definitely) and whatever else you could think of they have a little hint of.  But a number? I’d say 17.”
  • To a question about the use of lamotrigine in bipolar disorder: “You have only to scan back through a few hundred years of “labels” the so-called mental health professionals” have used… “humors”…. “phrenology”… etc..Now they claim there are “microbes” that cause brain disease.. or come up with labels like “bi-polar disorder”?? WHY should anyone place any confidence in such a science? To my understanding, they have very poor results to show for all their claims to be a “mental health science”.  I think you will find results from a minister or group therapist probably as good and likely LESS harmful! I AM NOT A DOCTOR… I am trained in ministerial counselling that has proven very successful for most people!”
  • To a question about the strongest antidepressant: “Meditation is much stronger than any antidepressants you may take.”
  • To a question about whether there is a common mental disorder among mass shooters: “psychotropic drugs”
  • To a question about a non-medication remedy for depression: “Truthfully, when you remove the stagnating, congesting foods like wheat, dairy and dead animals which are filled with anxiety and depression living in horrific factory farms, and fed nasty things, you perk up! You’re not the starched out, sleepy, congested and pale, super tired person you used to be!”
  • To a question about why there’s stigma attached to being hospitalized for psychiatric reasons: “Because the mentally ill were warded with the prisoners in jail. They had no rights. They were stripped of all protections. After the separation, Usually, a lobotomy would be performed. The patient would be basically brain dead and again with no rights, die in a mental aslymn. Sad!”  (My observation: Not to get political, but that sounds kind of like a Donald Trump 3 a.m. tweet)

 

Yes, this is the world we live in.

3 days 3 quotes – day 1

I’ve been tagged for 3 days, 3 quotes by A Guy Called Bloke and Doodlepip’s Adventures.  I’m going to borrow an idea from Lawrence at Being Bipolar and go with a Yogi Berra theme, a baseball player with the New York Yankees who had a knack for blending the wise with the ridiculous.

"When you come to a fork in the road... take it" - Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road… take it” – Yogi Berra

 

The rules for the 3 days 3 quotes tag:

  • Thank you note to the person who nominates you
  • Post one quote per day for 3 consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

It takes me forever to decide who to pick for these kinds of things, so I’m just going to say that if you want to join in the fun, tag you’re it!

 

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One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog award badge

I’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by A Leap of Faith and Bipolar-(notice me aliens).  Thank you!!!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Share seven things about yourself.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and inform them.

7 things about me:

  1. The household task I hate the most is taking out the garbage.
  2. I’ve lived in the same 2-bedroom condo for 13 years.
  3. When I moved in my realtor gave me a plant.  It’s still alive even though I’m normally a plant-killer.
  4. I’ve never bought a tv – I’ve always gotten my family’s rejects.
  5. The boy I had a crush on in grade 3 ended up behind bars as an adult for aggravated sexual assault.  Glad things didn’t work out in grade 3!
  6. I have camped in a snow cave.
  7. I’m very prone to motion sickness.

My nominees: please don’t feel pressured at all to do an award nomination post 🙂

 

Thanks again to A Leap of Faith and Bipolar-(notice me aliens) for the nominations, and I hope people will check out the various blogs I’ve linked to in this post, because they’re all fabulous. ❤️