15 November, 2007

rereading is easier than writing

I stole this list from CW who in turn lifted it from someone who took it from a UK list of most reread books (or something like that)

So which of the rereads have I read and which have I left untouched on the bedside table? italic = read bold = read ad infinitum or at least multiple times

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien I have lost count of the times I've read it, at least once a year since I was 12.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
1984 by George Orwell
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Flowers in the Attic by Virginia Andrews (I think I started this one once)
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (I am shamed to admit it)
The Bible (Did I mention Theology was a minor of mine at uni?)
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding (umm, no)
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (not read it as such, but I saw some of the film once)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (I don't think I've read it)

So, not bad, do I pass?

02 November, 2007

My Drug Use

No, I'm only admitting to legal (prescribed) drug use.

My recent change of pharmaceutical has delivered some results which I am quite happy with. You might remember an earlier post where I expressed some reservations about the new drug (Strattera). Well taking it at night is much better. It has also been one of those things where the benefits snuck up on me (unlike the Dexies which were BANG WE"RE HERE about thirty minutes after taking them). The problem is though that I need to remember them every night or the gradual improvement is replaced by a gradual increase in me becoming the giant ball of 'oh look over there a moose. A moose bit my sister once. I want to buy some cheese. I have a spoon of my own you know. Spoonfriends unite. What, oh sorry where was I and who are you.
Strattera still has some of the same problems as the Dexies did.
Dry Mouth
Lack of appetite
the inability to sleep is less of a problem, now it is more that I wake up at the slightest sound, but at least I can fall asleep again.

The benefits are quite good.
I am able to stay on task for longer periods.
I am able to listen to other people talk about their life without spending the whole time thinking about other things.
Now I only do that part of the time.
For my Rugby, the new season kicks off tomorrow night, so we'll see how I go there. I'd like to be able to think straight when I play, I might only be a forward but still knowing where you should be is a good thing.

I have heard of some people on Strattera who also take thee occasional Dexie and I am wondering if I should talk about that with my psychiatrist (or if, being as I still have a few left I should just try it).

Speaking of psychiatrists,
one of those small town moments happened on Halloween. I was dressed as a vampire (after an event in the library I thought I'd keep the outfit on). I was sitting on a friends lawn throwing lollies to kiddies and a man in a skull mask walked past, lifted the mask and waved.
yes, my psychiatrist.

01 November, 2007

Pinky Beecroft, in a Library Discussing Copyright

What more could you want?
And who could do a better job of delivering sanity to such a polarizing debate than the singer songwriter who gave us Mutha Fukka On A Motorcycle and Pussy Town.