Monday, January 28, 2013

Sensitivity Training

OCD has become a pretty commonly used term.  It's thrown around a lot in pop culture to describe peoples' pet peeves, or someone who is meticulous about order or cleanliness, as in, "I'm really OCD about my coffee, I have to prepare it in a certain way", or, "Don't let her catch you with water near the keyboard. She's totally OCD".  Sometimes, to explain my odd behaviours, I'll say, "Sorry, I have OCD, so that's why I'm...(insert weird thing like hyperventilating, stomping my feet or ripping my jacket off) and I'll get the response, "Oh, I get it, I'm totally OCD, too.  I hate germs". I try not to get too bothered about this stuff - I know people aren't trying to be hurtful or insensitive, but to be honest, but it has a way of minimizing the daily difficulty of living with the disorder.  In addition to that, it creates a real challenge to be open and share when I feel like I have to legitimize the problem.  I'm certain that this is only misunderstanding and not intentional ignorance, so here we go.  Let's start understanding!  Check out this (really awesome) excerpt from the Canadian Mental Health Association...

Monday, January 21, 2013

I Pet a Dog

I pet a dog the other day.

I pet a dog!

I was at a relative's house, and a little dog jumped up on my chair.  I stared at it for a couple of minutes.  It was one of those tiny, super ugly dogs whose teeth stick out and overlap each other (I did try to find a picture of the breed to post here, but googling 'ugly dog' is incredibly disturbing and I had to stop).  I'm pretty sure it was taunting me.  And then I pet it.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Quote of the Week: Desiderata

Guys.  I'm really, so excited about this one.  I stumbled across this poem this week and I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I would encourage you to read the whole thing, but if you are lazy (like me) and you don't feel like reading a whole, entire poem, just read the bold parts, especially the last two.  It is so worth your while.  Except for the part about loud and aggressive persons, ignore that bit.

By Max Ehrmann

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Elephant in the Room

Confused?  Check out the background HERE.

Explaining this stuff is hard.

It's so overwhelming and the information is all intertwined and confusing.  It's hard to know where to start.  It's difficult not to start every sentence with "It's".

Monday, January 7, 2013

Here I Am

I've been blogging my baking and cooking over here at The Pinterest Trials.  Since most of my new recipes have been from Pinterest, it makes sense.  I contribute the first weekend of every month, and it's been great for keeping track of my projects and any adjustments I do to recipes.  You can also find Pinterest recipes and projects that I've tried HERE.

I haven't been baking much lately.