snapshots of an idle mind

January 14, 2008

on blogging

Filed under: bliss,blogging,candida,driving,family,food,life,men,pilates,truth,work — sassinak @ 4:21 pm


it’s interesting this blogging thing, it seems that we pay more attention to these virtual journals at some rate that is inverse to our current levels of contentedness. there isn’t much to say about being happy in your life. somehow … somehow you end up with very little news.

hi mom, how are you

i’m well, your father is well, you?

i’m great

how’s nayrb?

he’s great, how’s your art class…

how’s your pilates…

this is all very interesting stuff you know but well, you can only do it so many times. lately i feel like that’s how the conversations in my life are going. my work is going swimmingly, in fact i think i got a very nice gift of equipment today.

my teacher outgrew a storage unit and i offered to buy it from her… in return she told me to take it. this thing that is perfectly measured to our equipment as designed by her.

like i’m complaining.

but see that doesn’t make for particularly interesting *blogging.* in fact it’s a very nice life to be living but it leaves me with very little to say.

i got a raise at one of the places i work.

seriously what is there to talk about? my current levels of angst are mostly restricted to road rage and scrabble with my boyfriend.

well and paying for my vacation. i think i will do it but it’s closer than i would like since we turn out to be going on a more expensive week. nayrb might have to be in charge of the tipping when we get there. did i mention i’m really excited about my first vacation in five years?

oh like sixteen hundred times now? is that all? can’t i do sixteen hundred and one? please? i’m really excited???

seriously folks it makes for deadly dull writing.


in other news, i’ve come to the conclusion that i have candida based on a whole pile of urinary tract infections and millions of yeast infections and some gnarly flavours in my mouth.

i’m not too thrilled about this candida idea at all, pretty much it explains some plaguing health concerns in a way that has me utterly convinced that i’m infested with that fucking stuff… so i’m on a diet. [neither of these are canonical references… if you think you may have candida please do your own research]

a diet that allows me to eat basically meat, vegetables, eggs, balkan yoghurt and legumes and not to spice it with soy or anything containing vinegar or anything that’s fermented… don’t forget no meat or yeast…

did you know hot sauce was made of vinegar? that soy sauce had wheat in it? that coffee wasn’t okay? damm them, not even the decaf.

i stare at bread like a starving victim, all puppydog eyes and longing glances.  i swear i’m worse than a teenaged nerd with a crush on the prom queen about yeast and flour bearing objects…

and to add insult to injury?  it’s been a week and i already feel better.


i don’t mind the five pounds that i’ve dropped really i don’t, i just mind that the damn diet appears to be helping because it means that i have to stay on it.

ah well, least i’m cooking more at home… and i’ve made a deal with my favourite restaurant so life isn’t all bad…

but i want french fries!!!


so yeah, that’s the sum total of angst in my life… please to be telling me what exactly i’m supposed to write about?



  1. i knew there was wheat in soy sauce! that’s why i can’t have it. can you have tamari — wheat free — soy sauce? it tastes the same, if you can.

    and at least one of my local organic/health food-type stores carries wheat and yeast-free bread… worth a try, if you can find it?

    it sucks, i know. believe me, i know. but feeling better will make it worthwhile.

    and it’s nice that you’re so happy.

    Comment by terry — January 16, 2008 @ 12:56 am | Reply

  2. Congrats on the vacation! And “booooo!” to Candida. Sounds like a Mexican beer, doesn’t it? But oh no…

    The blogging thing. I feel ya there. It’s why I don’t have a blog of my own; I prefer to converse, and blogs are a very one-way form of communication. Basically, you have to carry the entire show and that becomes a problem when you don’t have anything particularly interesting to talk about.

    Don’t let it get you down, though. We’re happy when you check in and say ‘hi.’

    Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Comment by Me — January 17, 2008 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  3. So odd. I find the opposite. When things are crap, I don’t have much to say. It’s mostly complaints and who wants to hear that? But when life is good, I have verbal diarrhea and I can’t stop talking about the things I am excited about. Odd, eh?

    Comment by Natalia — January 18, 2008 @ 2:22 pm | Reply

  4. When you asked what you were supposed to be writing about, I thought of a passage in Thomas Homer-Dixon’s book The Upside of Down: Catastrophe,Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization. He is Director of the Trudeau Centre for the Study of Peace and Conflict and Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.( I emailed him for permission to send you this.

    Chapter 11 Catagenesis(renewal through breakdown)

    “In one respect, humanity is extraordinarily lucky: just when it faces some of the biggest challenges in its history, it has developed a technology that could be the foundation for extremely rapid problem solving on a planetary scale, for radically new forms of democratic decision making, and most fundamentally for the conversation we must have among ourselves to prepare for breakdown. So far, though, we’ve barely tapped this potential. The Internet and the Web-rather than becoming powerful instruments of problem solving, adaptation, and social inclusion- have simply turned into venues for a screaming cacaphony of electronic narcissism.
    This situation may be changing. Recently we’ve seen an explosion of distributed and collaborative problem solving on the Web using various “open-source” approaches. These efforts include the development of the free computer operating system Linux and the Wikipedia online encyclopedia. In both cases a large number of volunteers work on components of a larger task, and they make the products of their work freely available for use by others and for correction and improvement………………
    Now we urgently need research to see if we can use this kind of problem-solving approach- and the culture of volunteerism that underpins it-to address the ferociously hard social, political, and environmental problems discussed in this book……………………………
    But even if open-source methods can’t give us clear and final solutions to problems that are ultimately rooted in politics, they’re still a powerful way to develop scenarios, experiment with ideas, and lay plans in advance of breakdown……………………they can help us build worldwide communities of like-minded people who…………..would then be better able to act with common purpose in a moment of contingency and to seize the opportunity for catagenesis.”

    Sass, I see you and your friends sustaining each other in difficult times, meeting and sharing life’s pleasures and problems, helping each other, bartering your skills and services, and it’s good. Can you do more in the light of the above?

    Comment by sassymom — January 22, 2008 @ 10:28 am | Reply

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