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I think I’ll pass…

August 19, 2014
Source unknown; found on FaceBook

Source unknown; found on FaceBook

I’m loving all the ice bucket challenges and loving it even more that people are donating to a great cause. I’ve been challenged–interestingly right after having a conversation about it at the gym–and I will politely decline the challenge because dunking my head in a bucket of ice water is a vagal maneuver I can try to disrupt an SVT episode… I really don’t want to see what it would do to my heart if I wasn’t already out of rhythm. But we will gladly be making a donation.

BTW, T1 has been challenged so we’ll see if she takes my easy way out or goes through with it tomorrow. Something tells me I might just enjoy it a little too much.

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“Captain, My Captain”

August 12, 2014

Just a few minutes to gather my thoughts on the apparent suicide of actor/comedian Robin Williams. What a tragedy that depression has taken another life. The world will be a little less bright tonight.

One of the best movies ever.

One of the best movies ever.

I’m thinking of my Silver Ribbon and things I’m going through right now. I think I’ve always prided myself on not having “depression” as one of my “symptoms” … and yet if I were honest with myself, twice this year I have found myself going down that path. This time I felt a similarity to the odd sort of disconnect I was feeling back in February/March. I described my current mood to a friend that I am “anxious and overwhelmed and yet underwhelmed and unmotivated”, wanting to circle up the wagons and let the rest of the world go instead of facing change and starting up activities again. My friend agreed that I’m exhibiting behaviors from earlier this year.

Another friend posted … well now I can’t find the post.

We just need to be talking about mental illness and finding practical solutions. Sometimes it is just talking and finding support. Sometimes it is medication and hospitalization. It is a personal thing and a process. Families need to be open and honest about predispositions. Parents need to be watching their children and having an open and honest dialogue about emotions that may be beyond one’s control.

I am forever grateful to the teenager that ratted out T1’s social media use and allowed me to help T1 navigate some situations and feelings that could have so easily overwhelmed her … “because all the kids are doing it, it must be normal.”

It is such a tragedy that such a public life causes so much pain and suffering. Our most gifted entertainers have some of the most troubled minds.

Related Article: I found this article, shared by a friend to be a good one regarding suicide.
The Death of Robin Williams, and What Suicide Isn’t
And here’s another one…
When the Illness You Live with Becomes Breaking News

 

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Where Have I Been??

July 28, 2014

It is summer, so you know the deal… busy, busy, busy. But we did spend 13 days in Paradise, together as a family. Then home for three days and the girls and I went to summer camp. The chief got called back to sea (on his regularly scheduled call-back date but there was drama and bargaining and I really feel bad for the guy having only a week between the vacation and work) while we were at camp. Coming home to an empty house when I had hoped he’d be here wasn’t fun but it is life.

So here are some pictures to tie you over till I get to full posts about our trip.

Copyright SnipeWife 21014

Copyright SnipeWife 21014

Haleakala "House of the Sun" Maui. Copyright SnipeWife 2104

Haleakala “House of the Sun” Maui. Copyright SnipeWife 2104

Shipwreck of the Naked Lady, Atlantis Sub Cruise, Kona, Hawaii. Copyright SnipeWife 2014

Shipwreck of the Naked Lady, Atlantis Sub Cruise, Kona, Hawaii. Copyright SnipeWife 2014

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International Day of the Seafarer–June 25th

June 25, 2014

June 25th is the UN and IMO (International Maritime Organization) recognized International Day of the Seafarer.

I had no idea. Cool.

“Seafarers are the people without whom food, clothes, gifts, gadgets or even basic needs would not reach our doors. We rely on them every day. Yet have you ever said thank you to a seafarer? Chances are you haven’t.”

The 2014 campaign to bring awareness and gratitude for our seafarers is all about “Seafarers brought me….” If it is not made in America, it was made somewhere else and was transported most likely by ship.

SO many things. My gas. Phone. Kindle. My shoes… pretty sure my Adidas are made overseas. Man, I could go on and on.

But the industry has brought me some other things too–my hard-working Chief is gainfully employed which allows me to stay at home for another 2 years with my children. His employment pays for scouts, sports, music lessons and instruments (yup, we need a new mouth piece and an upgrade beyond a “student” viola here soon), camp, charitable donations to those in need, way too many clothes and those Adidas running shoes (Have I mentioned I hate running? LOL), my E.o.t.T. training, and now braces for both girls.

What about entertainment? How many out there have taken a cruise … whether on the Love Boat or just a quick jaunt down the local river? I’m thinking about this as we’re planning a spectacular cruise soon. Yes, the Chief is not thrilled that he is actually paying to go on a ship while on his vacation. My trainer keeps laughing every time time he thinks about the Chief doing this for me.

I hope people also think about the security having a civilian fleet can provide in times of war as well.

Thank you to all the seafarers out there, foreign and domestic.

 

Related Article: Celebrate Day of the Seafarer by Enchanted Seashells

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