I found this printed on a dead tree and was going to send it to a friend, but I figured more people could benefit from it if I posted it here:
Here’s what you should look for in a good therapist. Some good signs are:
- Someone you know says this therapist has helped her with a similar problem in concrete ways.
- The therapist offers a plan that focuses on helping you reach the goals you’ve set, and it’s clear to you how what the therapist does will help you reach your goals.
- This therapist uses a variety of methods depending on your problem and who you are.
- You have an ongoing sense that this therapist is more often than not helping you feel better in your life and helping your life work better.
Some bad signs are:
- There’s no change in your life or how you feel or what you do after four sessions, or things actually get worse.
- The therapist seems uninterested in the concrete realities of your current life.
- The therapist is focused exclusively on ways you’ve been damaged, instead of on your needs or strengths.
- The therapist seems to have one all-purpose theory or “answer” that explains everything.
Shoulder surgery went well, I think. I spent Tuesday in the hospital, came back to Montréal on Wednesday morning, and I’ve been recovering at home ever since. As predicted, recovery has been easier than last time because they didn’t do as much. They didn’t put in a nerve block (the anesthesiologist felt it wasn’t worth the risk) so it hurts a bit more, but it’s not too bad and getting better every day. Tomorrow I’m heading to Ottawa for a followup, which is when I get to find out what they actually did. I also expect to do a full day’s work, which will be nice because I’m tired of sitting at home and watching movies :)
There’s a photo of the incisions over here. One of about 2cm in the front, and one of about 1cm in the back. That’s all. Yay technology :)
So this is my shoulder:
I had surgery about 5 years ago to stop it from dislocating… the fix was to add 3 surgical anchors. As you can see above, one of them’s come out, and I’m having surgery to fix it tomorrow in Ottawa with Dr. Liew (the same surgeon who did the original repair.) This is a bit last minute but he had a cancellation and I really want to get this fixed because it hurts a lot so… here we go :)
If all goes well, I’ll be back in Montréal on Wednesday and I’ll be spending a few days not typing. If you want to come over and watch movies or play board games, you’re more than welcome – give me a call or send an email with your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
I visited Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories in October last year, and I was struck by the number of 3 legged polar bears I saw.
So, onto the 3 legged ones. This is the bear that started my obsession with leg counting. He works for the Northwest Territories government, and he doesn’t really seem to care. “Hey, this is a government job. I just have to do this for another few years and I can retire with a nice pension.”
My apartment was available Jan 1, but it got rented. Sorry.
I just bought a house. Buying a house is a lengthy process but my closing date was today, which means it’s legally mine and I have the keys.
I bought the house on the right. It’s the same construction as the houses on the left but it needs a lot more love and attention. It’s what’s called “fixer upper”, which is what I was looking for. I don’t want to pay for someone else’s renovations and taste. I want to renovate a place the way I want :)
It’s a 3 story duplex with a fully finished basement, so there are actually 2 units with 2 full floors of 600 square feet each. There’s also a 700 square foot backyard! Those of you who live in other places may not think this is much, but I assure you it’s huge for Le Plateau Mont-Royal (my favourite neighbourhood in my favourite city). I’m not sure when I’ll be moving in – both floors are currently rented – but hopefully soon!
And of course I have so many projects. I need to do some fairly boring things immediately, like change one of the water heaters, and I’m having the roof replaced in the next few days. Next spring I hope to build a shed for Bicycle Storage and Large Projects, both things that have been lacking in my life of late. Then, next time I get bored of the computer industry, I’ll take over the whole building and renovate ALL THE THINGS. I plan on taking “eccentric homeowner” to the next level. Just to warn you…
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This morning I bought a house in Montréal. Details later. Right now I’m off to Playa del Fuego, the twice-yearly Burning Man-inspired event in Delaware I attend whenever I can. Have a great weekend!
This weekend was our mostly-annual Ride For Pie, where we cycle out of town to buy the best apple pies in the world. I forgot my bag on this year’s ride… so I invented a pie sling using a bicycle inner tube. The pies survived admirably.
In related news, life is good :)
As usual, I’m heading to Burning Man soon. Unlike every other year though, I’m taking it easy. No theme camps, art projects, or anything like that. That hasn’t stopped my campmates from producing some art… I’m extremely impressed with how the “NOW Sundial” led by Simon is coming along! I’ve helped them out a bit and it’s been really nice to be able to spend a few hours helping build a Burning Man project I am NOT responsible for :) :) I definitely needed to take this year off.
I’ve signed up for a few Greeter shifts (again, happy to help with projects someone else is organizing.) Greeters are the official welcoming team at Burning Man, and we greet every vehicle that comes in – to explain the basics to new Burners, and to welcome everyone home. I’m greeting from midnight to 4AM on Tuesday and Friday, and from noon until 4PM on Wednesday – which is the naked shift. Yay for socially appropriate public nudity!
For those of you participating this year, I’ll be camped at NOW camp around 8:30 and D. See you on the playa!