Good morning! I had a horrible night, but more on that after I ask how everyone is today? Staying calm (or calm-ish)? Still not all virus'd? Coping with the wild weirdness on the news and social media (this thread excluded!)?
OK, I know, I said earlier this week, no mention of "it", but...
Me walking and entering an actual cloud of tree pollen: "AHCHOO!"
My neighbor: Flees inside.
Me (yes I yelled): "IT'S THE POLLEN!"
Seriously? Pollen here is currently so thick that the rainy weather is a blessing (despite fibro aches). Just get it off everything! It's like living in a dust cloud. We'll be an inch deep in the stuff at this rate. I figure we have at least one week before we require windshield wipers to see as we drive. Assuming we leave the house.
Well, there's one marker in my hubby's blood that determines much. It's the one we have to wait 48-72 hours to learn. Since his other bloodwork was as near-perfect as possible for his type of latent lymphoma? We were chill.
Then the oncologist called last night, in conference with the infectious disease specialist. That particular marker? If it creeps higher, it's chemotherapy time. It's getting way too close. Way too close. Let's say that 10 is when you need chemotherapy for this. He's at a 9. Not. Good. So we had to confab about his susceptibility to diseases, etc..
I already live wiping down light switches etc. every day at least twice a day. Not much more I can do. but I lay there panicking and freaking out till about 3 AM anyway. B/c.... not much to be done.
And that's my tale of woe, and since my thearpist cancelled everything for-freaking-ever (or at least till June)... I now owe everyone here $85 for listening.
Weird facts for your day, hopefully to brighten it.
Our brains rewrite boring speeches to make them more interesting. This is most usual in social situations, like a party or work meetings. (This is allegedly a fact, but obviously, these peopel never met my college calculus professor...)
The music you listen to really *does* influence your perception of life, b/c it affecgts emotional states. Don't get me wrong, I won't be singing "Don't Worry Be Happy" at you;-)
Announcing one's goals to too many people actually can reduce motivation to achieve the goal.
At one time, France was the "most depressed nation", with 20% of its population reporting a diagnosis of depression.
A psych profile of internet trolls found, to no one's surprise, that they fit into personality disorders like "narcissistic" and/or "sadistic" and/or "psychopathic".
Back to France: In Japan, there's a psychology issue known as "Paris syndrome", caused when tourists go to Paris and discover that it isn't all they expected it to be.
Yes, crying *will* make you feel better both mentally and phsyically. (That makes sense, actually,a s stress tears contain more "junk" than the tears created by, say, an eyelash in yoru eye.)
Feeling all meta? There's such a thing as phobophobia. Yep, the phobia of ... having a phobia. Ouch.
ASKING yourself if you will do something is more motivaating than *stating* it, according to studies.
About 20% of corporate CEOs in the USA can be considered/diagnosed as having psychopathic traits. Explains a lot, doesn't it?
Bizarre, but probably true based on my life experience: Yes, it's true. People who cuss are more likely to be honest than those who don't cuss. (Well, then, I'm honest as the day is long...)
Guess what? Being shy or introverted isn't a bad thing in evolution. Sure, "fortune favors the bold"... but so do predators. Those staying aside are less likely to be attacked by predators. So if anyone ever gripes at you about your being shy? Hey, it's good for the species. We shy types (and in person, I am horribly shy!) will survive quite a few situations the "bold" just run right into.
And to round it off, yes, younger people these days *are* worse... If you measure it this way: Empathy tests find taht college students in the 2000s are/were 40% less prone to empathy for others than college students in the years 1980-1999. (OK, fellow oldies, we can gloat a bit now!)
Oh, and power can have the same effect on behavior as traumatic brain injury. Freaky but true.
OK, so... weirded out?
HAPPY SPRING EQUINOX (or AUTUMN EQUINOX)! It's the turn of the season (again)!
May your Thursday require no therapy!
Good morning from the Cranky Cat! Oh, I woke up on the wrong side of every bed ever. Just... tha tkind of morning after too long since decent sleep and solid food. (Back t solid food now, yay!) Anyway, not aided by coming downstairs to discover a certain spouse of mine (and I only have one, mind you) left the counter covered in dirty dishes b/c ---- it's not his job to put away clean ones, and as...