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Friday funnies: When women get together


After having had a very productive morning with two other therapists, having coffee, laughing, telling stories and planning a workshop, I thought I’d search the internet for some takes from other people on the theme of When Women Get Together… enjoy and have a great weekend!

First up: When women get together outside the kitchen is a post from Zuska about the way in which other people, typically men, view groups of women when they’re together.  This excerpt from UrsulaK le Guin,

How men feared women! she thought, walking among the late-flowering roses. Not as individuals, but women when they talked together, worked together, spoke up for one another – then men saw plots, cabals, constraints, traps being laid.

Zuska continues with a look at the way women can be perceived even in informal gatherings in an academic setting…  Beware men, some of us really ARE plotting and out to get ya!

There really are only three reasons for women meeting together outside the kitchen:

  1. Catfight. Two women fighting with each other, generally over a man or access to a man. You know, of the Krystle & Alexis variety, which the menz are always hoping will devolve into
  2. Plotting against a man or men in general. They want to manipulate him, they want to defame him, they want to emasculate all men. Whatever it is, you can be sure they are Up To No Good.
  3. Swapping recipes for the next time they are meeting together inside the kitchen.

Yeah right…

Of course, some women get together to plot revenge…while others simply take action – alone

And others simply let their hair down as these women dancing Khaleegi (Arabian Gulf-style dance) show us.

Which reminds me that everyone, including the men in our lives, need to take a break. Let’s do this over the weekend!

I’m a member of the Friday fanclub!


A long weekend beckons – Manly Jack is going to Stewart Island, and the camera gear is lined up ready to try out some off-camera flash (strobist if you’re into jargon).  Go here for some info on Strobist – lots of fun and not quite as difficult as the shots would suggest.

If you’re not a Kiwi, the significance of this weekend will be somewhat lost – it’s Queen’s Birthday Weekend, celebrating Her Majesty’s birthday, but not on the actual day.  I have no idea why, but this link might help you… It means we have an extra day off on Monday, and there are lots of pictures of corgi’s and crowns in the adverts.

Truly amazing the images you can find on the internet!
These ones you won’t find anywhere else though…
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Having a great weekend!


It was Canterbury Anniversary Weekend this week: hence I was away from Friday, and have come back feeling sunned and relaxed and in a much better frame of mind.  Oh and I took a couple of photographs as well!

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This is Napenape – a wee gem of a place, north of Christchurch (not many people know about it!).  It has no running water, no power, no cellphone reception, nothing! Nothing but the sea, seabirds, seals, and serenity.

Frivolous Friday Fun!


A bit of a mixed bag for Frivolous Friday today.

The first is a clip from YouTube about glowing green mice – why did it have to be green? What about pink or purple?

This next one is about the use of neurofeedback to help reorganise brain functioning to help reduce complex regional pain syndrome.  I’m curious about this, but haven’t read any peer-reviewed literature about it.  Might be worth a look – if it’s noninvasive, can be carried out independently of ongoing contact with a therapist, and helps the person increase function, then it probably gets my vote. (more…)

A ramble through some blogs


It’s Friday here in New Zealand – last day of my working week – so in the tradition of many places, I’m having a ‘casual Friday’. ‘Cos you can’t see what I’m wearing, you’ll have to take my word for it, but I’m dressing down, and chilling out in preparation for a relaxing weekend. To get you in the mood for it, I thought I’d take a ramble through some interesting blogs you may not have read before.

First up is neurophilosophy which is written by someone who doesn’t give his name, but says he (I’m guessing it’s a he OK!!) is studying for a Masters in neuroscience at UCLA. He says his blog is about ‘molecules, minds and everything in between’….
Today’s post is about mind music, or music generated through brain waves. Check out his post and watch the YouTube video of music by James Fung who has a PhD in applied engineering. Geeks is all I can say!

For fun, Musings of a Distractible Mind which is a blog written by Dr Rob who says he is a primary care physician from the Southeastern United States. He also gives some curious facts about himself – he doesn’t like mushrooms, they’re too slimey, he plays multiple musical instruments, Llamas and goats have mysteriously become an important part of his blog. He is not sure who invited them, but they keep showing up. So I’m guessing he has a good sense of humour. Anyway, his post yesterday is a joke – enjoy!

Now a group of people that I have ultimate respect for are the librarians. Keepers of all that wonderful information, organisers of the universe – and here’s a blog by one of them! He uses words even I haven’t heard of (what is nugacity??) and writes eloquently and today’s post is all about handwriting them. A wonderful piece of reminiscence and foresight.

My final one today is for people who love photography and want a visual treat.
Once a day, every day, Zing posts a photograph. And wow! What wonderful photographs they are. Zing lives in Hamilton, and we have never met – but we communicate via Aminus3 photoblogs. If you’re a photographer and don’t want to use Flickr, but have photographs to share, think about joining Aminus3. It’s free, and there’s a great community spirit there – and some awesome inspiration. Have a wonderful browse through Zing’s work today.

There you have it, a quiet stroll through the varied world of the internet – take a few moments time out from being incredibly busy and efficient and professional, kick back, and chill. Have a great weekend everyone! See you Monday.

Merry Christmas!


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And don’t we deserve it!

Kiwi Christmas is always something special – long hot early summer days, cold ham and chicken, salads and minted new potatoes!

I’ll be taking a brief break from posting just for a couple of days.  I hope you’ll keep coming back – and if you can’t make it because you’re away – have a GREAT time!  You can always use RSS feed above if you don’t want to miss any posts.

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