Monthly Archives: April 2012


The only side effect of this very busy week is that my brain seems to be insisting that I am stressed, when in fact everything is going swimmingly. (Aside from dress drama, but that’s minor.)

This means that I am having a hard time falling asleep, sleep a bit restlessly, and wake up early. For example, last night I was tired, but everytime I considered going to sleep, my brain would start racing. So it was after 11pm before I got into bed. I woke up a few times during the night . . . and at 5:47am was wide awake. I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything until at least 10am.

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All is Well

Sweetie went in for surgery this morning to have his gall bladder removed. It was a lot of waiting, and odd for me as this was the same hospital that did my surgery. (No flashbacks though, or trauma. :-))

Turns out the GB was very inflamed. VERY. So it was a good thing that it came out.

He had a bit of food (applesauce and graham crackers) in recovery, and they sent him home. Where he is now sleeping.

Its been an exciting week, now it will be abusy weekend as I do chores/maintenance for us both.

All praise to Asclepius and Hygea!

“Exciting” times

(note the rabbit ears.)

It’s been an ‘exciting’ couple of days.

Spent several hours in the ER last night with John. Not my place to go into details, but he has drugs for now, is on a very strict diet (which I will join him on for support), and surgery looms in our future.

The big unknown? Can the surgery wait until post honeymoon. We have a meeting with a surgeon tomorrow afternoon.

A Fascinating Article

“Body Ritual among the Nacirema”
by Horace Miner

Most cultures exhibit a particular configuration or style. A single value or pattern of perceiving the world often leaves its stamp on several institutions in the society. Examples are “machismo” in Spanish-influenced cultures, “face” in Japanese culture, and “pollution by females” in some highland New Guinea cultures. Here Horace Miner demonstrates that “attitudes about the body” have a pervasive influence on many institutions in Nacirema society.

The anthropologist has become so familiar with the diversity of ways in which different people behave in similar situations that he is not apt to be surprised by even the most exotic customs. In fact, if all of the logically possible combinations of behavior have not been found somewhere in the world, he is apt to suspect that they must be present in some yet undescribed tribe. The point has, in fact, been expressed with respect to clan organization by Murdock.[2] In this light, the magical beliefs and practices of the Nacirema present such unusual aspects that it seems desirable to describe them as an example of the extremes to which human behavior can go.

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