Odds and Ends
Haven't posted in awhile, but it was an interesting week. Some highlights:
On Saturday (yesterday) I received training and First Degree status in Reiki. Now I have the power to ease the suffering of most invertebrates, guppies, small birds, and a handful of rodents.
OK, OK, there's more to it than that. The hardest part of the training was to put my reductionist, scientific brain parts to rest, and just receive uncritically talk about chakras, crystals, energy, and mantras and just accept on face value what was taught. In the afternoon, after receiving the first three (of four) attunements, there was a practice session where the students (both of us) worked on each other. The other student was a woman. Some of the chakras are located in places on the body not normally touched by a stranger (or even close friends, for that matter). Thankfully there are ways to deal with this without making a session into a grope festival.
Does it work? So far, I can't say that it doesn't, but I can't say that it does, either. Today while Ethan was crying, upset that he was getting a diaper change rather than a meal, I did a hands-on over his tummy and he quit crying and calmed down. Now that my reductionist, scientific brain parts are back on the job, I consider that instance anecdotal.
Tomorrow I will be going to my first acupuncture treatment. It turns out that my insurance does cover this treatment, and there are in-network providers. Unfortunately, the practicioner I have chosen is also a chiropractor, and I'm afraid he or she (there are two of them there) might be one of those chiropractors that claims to be able to cure everything by twisting your spine. They are like drug dealers, and once you get hooked, you go again and again and never get cured. There are sound, physiological reasons why you don't get cured I won't go into.
I went to one of the "good" chiropractors for my migraines, at the insistence of Karen, and by the second or third treatment my back hurt so much I had trouble standing straight. And this fellow was one of the good ones who stop working on you if you don't improve in a reasonable amount of time. So, you can imagine my suspicions about chiropractors.
Unfortunately, insurance only cover acupuncturists who work in conjunction with a chiropractor or an M.D.
Damn. I've got some good recomendations for practicioners, and none of them are in the network, or even qualify for out-of-network coverage.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that I have problems with needles?
NaNoWriMo starts Tuesday. I have a few characters and a few story ideas, but that's about it. From reading Chris Baty's No Plot? No Problem!, that may be all I need.
That gives me tomorrow to clean up the computer area, and discover if my laptop batteries are still good. Writing this post, I've discovered that my dictionary is missing (I have two copies, and can't find either of them). (I had to turn to the big Merriam Webster's to figure out how to spell invertebrate.) There's a group of Vermont writers getting together Tuesday night, and I'm hoping I'll be able to join them. As I said in the forum, if it's as uplifting to write in a group as it is to meditate, I don't want to miss it.
Last year I entered the "contest," but wrote nary a word, as I was at Dartmouth-Hitchcock undergoing a fruitless DHE protocol. That was followed by a painful withdrawal process (from pain meds, not the DHE). So, better than half the month was shot. This year seems more promising.
For those interested, I plan to post my work periodically and will provide links here on the blog.
If any of my readers are also NaNoWriMo participants and want to set up a virtual support group via Yahoo Messenger, drop me a note (e-mail is at the bottom of the blog page).
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It must be the changing of the time, getting off Daylight Savings Time, but this has been the longest, headacheist day of the year, and I've got those Imitrex numb fingers and weird nostril tingling side effects. Ick.
I'm not sure if it was a remnant of one of the hurricanes, but we had snow last week, the first of the season. That means it was a wet, heavy snow, a few inches of it and it hasn't yet all melted. The foliage on the trees was still pretty much hanging around, which means that the snow stuck to leaves. This led to a build-up of snow that bent, and broke, tree limbs. Right now the back yard has huge limbs, and a few entire trees, down on the ground, including a couple that fell onto the back deck. There was one oak limb which fell across the driveway, that was just barely moveable by one person (me).
In fact, the yard, and probably the woods, look like a hurricane hit.
This all means I need to get a new chain for the Husqvarna and make some kindling and firewood.
Is it just me? Or does the Internet seem a bit sluggish tonight?
No music in my head this evening. Probably just as well.