Working on Us, Week 2: Mental Health Challenges

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On her blog, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information and the guidelines, click here. I am going to respond to Prompt 1.

What is the most challenging thing you face with regard to your mental illness? For me, the answer is lack of motivation. When I’m depressed it’s sometimes impossible to get out of bed. And if I do make it out of bed, I really have to push myself to shower. Even then it’s hard to push myself. All I want to do is lie around in my pajamas.


Does this sound familiar?

Question Fun: Conversation Starters

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Rory of A Guy Called Bloke runs Question Fun, in which you answer many questions regarding a topic. These questions really make you think. Do you want to play? Click HERE. My answers are below!

Question Fun

Season 1 – Game 6

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Welcome to Question Fun The Twice Weekly Game!

An easy game, and more so if you love questions!  Each game has a topic, and then there are 19 questions relating to the topic – they can be visual, musical, personal, professional, topical, serious, thought provoking, fun, weird and even wacky – the questions will cover all fields and there is no structure to follow, so it could orderly one day and completely random the next time you play!

Today’s topic is ………….. Conversation Starters

How much did the polar bear weigh? Half a ton.

What was the last funniest film you saw on the big screen? The Upside. It wasn’t totally-rolling-on the ground-laughing funny though, but that’s the last funny movie I’ve seen.

What do you think of tattoos – do you have any? I love them! I have 3, and I’m thinking of getting another. Or two. I have to admit though that I have one I regret. I’ve considered getting it covered up but because of the nature of the design, it would be difficult to do. It looks fine — I get compliments, but it just spells “mistake” to me.

If you are wasting time, what is your best way to achieve this with 100% success? Stay in bed.

If every time you walked into a crowded room a piece of personal intro music played, what would yours be? [Provide a link please] “The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme)”

Who is your favourite  celebrity? [Why?] Carrie Fisher, because I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan, and because I love her portrayal of Princess Leia. And also because she was such an advocate for mental illness, and bipolar and in particular.

Are you an organised person or live by the chaotic theory? Fairly organized. Or more like barely organized.

What are 6 annoying habits other people have? In no particular order: snoring loudly; clipping nails on the train; not picking up their dog’s poop; not using turn signals; parking in the middle of the alley and blocking everyone else’s way; and lingering in front of my building chatting with neighbors when it’s known that my dog hates the lingerer’s dog (Bella and her dad!), and that my dog barks nonstop until the lingerer walks away.

What time do you normally retire for the night to sleep? Between 10 and midnight.

When was the last time you pulled an all nighter? I can’t remember exactly, but it has to be within the last few years during a bout of insomnia.

When you go out, what is the one thing you simply cannot leave home without? My phone.

Physical books or Ebooks which is your personal favourite to read and own? I used to LOVE physical books; I loved the covers, the weight. Then we started running out of book shelves, so I started buying Ebooks, which fit in one little tablet!

During a number two trip to the toilet, how long are you in there for? About 5 minutes. I do not want to be there longer than I have to — especially if it’s a public toilet. And I use the public toilet only if I can’t hold it long enough for me to get home.

What was the most interesting news story you have seen this week? This happened this past Friday: At least 12 dead after disgruntled employee opens fire at Virginia Beach municipal center. Very grim.

Why was it interesting? This is interesting in a bad way. There have been, as I write this, 148 mass shootings in 2019, and the year is only halfway over.

Where was the worst place you have ever been stuck for longer than an hour? I’ve been stuck someplace (the salon) for over an hour, but I wouldn’t call it the “worst place,” except that it’s the only time I had to wait that long anywhere so I guess it’s the worst!

If you were going to change your name, what would your new name be? Annie.

What is the silliest fear you have? That people that I newly meet (in person) think I’m weird. On the one hand, I am weird, fu@k you very much; but on the other, I don’t need it pointed out to me.

WP Sends Comments to Spam Folder

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I know this probably isn’t news, but it’s happened to me. Some of your comments went straight to my spam folder, so I didn’t even have a chance to read and reply to them! If they don’t fix this right away, I’m going to have to check my spam folder every day for comments — which I shouldn’t have to do! I am one of the many who pays for this service, so WP should deliver. /end rant

Question Fun: Change & The Unexpected

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Rory of A Guy Called Bloke runs Question Fun, in which you answer many questions regarding a topic. These questions really make you think. Do you want to play? Click here. My answers are below!

Question Fun

Season 1 – Game 5

Question Fun Directory

Welcome to Question Fun The Twice Weekly Game!

An easy game, and more so if you love questions!  Each game has a topic, and then there are 17 questions relating to the topic – they can be visual, musical, personal, professional, topical, serious, thought provoking, fun, weird and even wacky – the questions will cover all fields and there is no structure to follow, so it could orderly one day and completely random the next time you play!

Today’s topic is ………….. Change & The Unexpected

Right now, right this minute what could happen that would change your life totally for the better? Not having to take medication.

How well do you handle changes in your life, to your life or to your regular routines? Not well. I thrive on routine, but eventually I grow accustomed to the change.

If you could jump into a pool of something odd [not water] what would it be? Jell-O

What would be so much better if you could simply change the colour of it? A pair of shoes that I have.

If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or visit the future and would you change anything? I would go back and re-live happy times, and as much as I’d want to, I would not change even my poorest decisions because I wouldn’t know what type of life I would return to.

Do you prefer dogs over cats or cats over dogs? Both!

How would you react if you were unexpectantly changed into a frog? I’d be in disbelief lol!

Wite a random sentence about blogging without using the letter G. Meet new people.

If you could the world over, what would you change? Grant harsher sentences to animal abusers.

Why did you do that? Because animals, particularly companion animals give us so much of themselves unconditionally, and to abuse that trust is cruel and barbaric.

If you disinvent something, what would it be and why? It would be a stapler, which I would use to defend myself.

You have been gifted an elephant – you cannot give it away, donate it or sell it – what are you going to do with your elephant? Wash him/her!

What are your values with regards your life? Some values that are important to me include honesty, fairness, and equality.

Who do you prefer to spend the most time with? My husband.

Which is worse, falling over or not getting back up again? Falling over would be worse because if you don’t fall, there’s no reason for you to get back up.

If the currency was happiness and goodwill, what job would you perform? I would match people planning to adopt to the dogs and cats at the shelter.

You have lost your Internet connection for ten days, there is no internet connection within 50 miles of where you live. it matters not about what you use to connect, it simply isn’t happening – what will you for those ten days? Read a book!

321 Quote Me! — Expression

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BIG THANKS to Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess for choosing me to participate in 3-2-1 Quote Me!, created by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke.

Below are the instructions on how to play along.  Below that, are the quotes that go with the topic of today – Expression.

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321 Quote Me Created by A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!

Once a week, l will pick a random topic, post two quotes on that topic and nominate 3 bloggers, who in turn will post 2 quotes on the topic and nominate 3 bloggers of their own.

Guidelines: 3.2.1 Quote Me!

Thank the Selector

Post 2 quotes for the dedicated Topic of the Day.

Select 3 bloggers to take part in ‘3.2.1 Quote Me!’

Please Note l will be reblogging your responses unless you wish for me to NOT do so. HERE ARE MY QUOTES:

  1. “I want freedom for the full expression of my personality.”
    Mahatma Gandhi.
  2. “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” ― Sigmund Freud

I choose the following bloggers to play along:


What are your favorite quotes about “expression?”