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seasonal affective disorder

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I've had this for years, I know what I need to do to deal with it and I mostly do OK. It does slow down my productivity, so I have to make choices about what to do and when. It's annoying and frustrating. I have full spectrum light bulbs near just about every place I hang out indoors, and my desks both at home and at the office face windows, where I can get what little sunlight there might be.
The problems come in when I let myself get overloaded and overcommitted. If I don't get enough sleep, I am truly toast. And my profession is one that leads to regular bouts of interrupted sleep. I do need to learn when to say no - as well as learning to set my priorities properly.
Thanks for all your concern, and the prayers as well. Today, the sun is shining. I got a reasonable night's sleep on call as the patient of the day had her baby during office hours instead of the more usual wee hours. It was a good birth and baby is doing well, mom and baby will be on their way home soon.
Now I am going to get off the computer and get my house partially cleaned up. I'm thinking of tackling the floors and the stovetop...Maybe that will count as a little exercise.

cat haiku/Author Unknown

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If you can't relate to this, your cat might be dead.

You never feed me.
Perhaps I'll sleep on your face.
That will sure show you.

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail!
Behold, elevator butt.

The rule for today:
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow.

In deep sleep hear sound
cat vomit hairball somewhere
will find in morning.

Grace personified.
I leap into the window.
I meant to do that.

Blur of motion, then
silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny?

The mighty hunter
Returns with gifts of plump birds
your foot just squashed one.

You're always typing.
Well, let's see you ignore my
sitting on your hands.

My small cardboard box.
You cannot see me if I
can just hide my head.

Terrible battle.
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What's a 'term paper?'

Small brave carnivores
Kill pine cones and mosquitoes,
Fear vacuum cleaner

I want to be close
to you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit?

Wanna go outside.
Oh, poop! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!

Oh no! Big One
has been trapped by newspaper!
Cat to the rescue!

Humans are so strange.
Mine lies still in bed, then screams;
My claws are not that sharp.

New Hampshire flooding

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I don't know how many of you have heard, but parts of New Hampshire are underwater. We are personally OK. Right now, on NHPR's morning show, there is a person from the Keene area who tells about how local bloggers were putting up home-shot video and very local news reports. Compared to the rest of the world disasters, this is very small fish. However, it has been a lesson, I think, for local types and will probably help the authorities to fine tune preparations for the inevitable events.

When I left home Saturday morning to drive the 42 miles to work, the rain was coming down in sheets. I called home to warn my daughter to leave early and drive carefully to go to her SAT session. Driving back home Sunday morning I couold see how all the rivers were very high, but I didn't realize quite the full extent for a while. Before Mass, there was a teacher meeting for all the confirmation teachers, and we could see what initially looked like a puddle on the lawn - it turned out to be flooding that almost submerged the chain link fence at the property edge. The basement of the religious education building was apparently completely flooded. Don't know about the church basement, though.
New Hampshire rivers are extensively dammed, as they were the main sources of power for the mills back in the day. Dams also have some benefit for flood control, but if the dam is breached, all hell can break loose.
I count my blessings that our house is on relatively high ground. I hope that those most affected by this and the other natural disasters will be aided and comforted by those of us who haven't yet been hit. I think about the floods in South America, the earthquake and aftershocks in Pakistan, the continuing aftermath of Katrina, Rita, and the tsunami.
The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.
Lord, Have Mercy.

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