Monday, December 27, 2004

Empathy versus systemising

The tests are here. Systemising quotient: 37/80 - Average (normal for women: 24 men: 30) Empathy quotient: 72/80 - Very High (normal for women: 47 men: 42) Autism Spectrum quotient: 11/50: average (normal for women: 15 men: 17) Reading eyes: 35/36 (I'd guess this was quite high as typical scores are between 22 and 30) From these, I am probably considered fairly empathic (and according to the notes on the book, that would most likely pin me as female) ;>

Merry Xmas and all that

The cats were kept happy, playing with the wrapping paper and their new balls. They lost one of the balls after only playing with it for about an hour. I finally found it again today.

I received fantastic presents - a lovely LCD monitor (everything is so crisp and properly colourful, and I can sit facing straight at my desk finally!).

And of course, Return of the King SE, which was promptly watched with glee. I was shocked at how much I didn't remember (we saw it in Germany on Boxing Day last year, when I was in incredible amounts of pain with no pain-killers available). Still, wow....

Now I'm wondering how long it will be before the rights to The Hobbit are released to PJ, as he is the only one that is able to do it justice.

Am re-reading some of my old favourites, The Magician and The Empire Trilogy, and generally taking it easy. Am sleeping around 13 hours a day, and trying to fight off a nasty ear/nose/throat virus that is lingering.

I'm left alone to try to manage the kitten-cats by myself (they are quite a handful!). Gingy has taken to attacking walls (possibly shadows?), and Smokey knows exactly what to do to annoy me (and repeatedly does it).

 I desperately need to cat-proof my study, but need to remove the now unused huge monitors.

 I think I'll be getting a monitor switching box so I can enjoy my games on this yummy LCD. There is one pixel that is always on that I have noticed, but it's off to the side so it's not too distracting.

Anyhow... have to stop the cats ruining my study and chewing the cords....

Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2004

Song for a Fifth Child...

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth, empty the dustpan, poison the moth, hang out the washing and butter the bread, sew on a button, and make up a bed.

Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue (lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due (pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).

The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue? (lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

 The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

In Season (December)

This is so I can keep track of what is currently in season. Fruit: bananas, cherries, melons, oranges, berries, stone fruits, mangos, grapes, pineapple Vegetables: asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, capsicum, celery, cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms, rhubarb, spring onions, zucchini, radishes, corn, tomatoes Flowers: agapanthus, ageratum, alstroemeria, asters, chrysanthemum, cornflower, crab apple, dahlias, daisies, delphinium, feverfew (Matricaria), gardenia, gerbera, gypsophila, hydrangea, jasmine, larkspur, lavender, lisianthus, November Lilies, paeonies, roses, snapdragons, statice, sunflower, yarrow, Zantedeschia (Calla Lilies), zinnia

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Out of it...

Been feeling extremely out of it for a bit.

Birthday was relaxed and spent watching kittens run into any hidey hole they could find, or invent.

However, the three cards with vouchers/cheques from my family stressed me out majorly as I had requested no contact.

The hives flared the next day, and continued to get progressively worse throughout the week, enough so that my face and lips swelled and I could hardly see out of my left eye (made worse by a cystic pimple on the outside edge :-\).

This was the worse flare I have had in the entire three months of hives suffering. On Thursday of last week, I stopped procrastinating and wrote a letter to each of them and returned the cheques/vouchers, again requesting no contact for the time being.

Walking home from the shops was painful due to the very bad swelling - people were looking at me quite strangely as my hands were also all swollen and blotchy. Bought some plants on the way home, and took it slowly. However, I bent down when I got home and felt many things in my calves 'burst', similar to how blisters burst. Most of the hives swellings turned immediately blood red (under the skin), and rather freaked me out.

I didn't go to the end of year work function as I felt shocking, but instead took a cool bath with corn flour, baking soda, soothing herbs and oils, and rested. Hives started to go down the next day, leaving the terrible blood-red marks. A few days later, hives seem to be back to pre-birthday levels (quite good!) and the marks have faded - I think they were a bruise or something, probably caused by the skin not being able to stretch safely over such drastic swelling.

 This has certainly showed me that the hives are stress related - specifically, familial stress.

Thursday, December 2, 2004


Kitten photos, courtesy of a neat camera and better skills than I currently have. My camera is far too slow and grainy to capture their hyperactivity!