#WeekendCoffeeShare (January 8, 2023)

Hi everyone. I’m joining #WeekendCoffeeShare today, even though I already had my last cup of coffee for the day. I’m going to have a glass of water with my evening meds probably while in the middle of this post. Want a drink too? Maybe I can convince the staff to get you a diet soda. I can’t stand them myself and we rarely have Dubbelfrisss, my favorite drink that isn’t water, coffee or green tea, here. Anyway, let’s (pretend to) have a drink and let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my New Year’s went okay. I went to Lobith. Like I think I mentioned, my husband ordered a waffle maker, so that we could have our own, homemade waffles. Not all turned out as they should, but we had enough of the ones that did turn out good. We spent the evening on the couch watching semi-random YouTube videos, as neither of us wanted to watch the annual New Year’s comedy performance. According to my husband, YouTube decided what we were watching, as he probably had autoplay on. By 11:30PM, both of us were too tired to wait for the clock to strike midnight and we didn’t fancy neighbors coming by to greet us either, so we went to bed.

If we were having coffee, I would share that the first week of the new year has been hard. The home has been short-staffed and many of my fellow residents have been struggling with post-holiday dysregulation. For these reasons and probably others, I am experiencing a lot of disruptions to my care again. I have had quite a few meltdowns lately. I haven’t been as severely self-harming as I was back in late October and November, but quite honestly I’m feeling almost as desperate and the only reason I’m not feeling exactly as desperate is the fact that at least on paper my care is still kind of okay.

If we were having coffee, lastly I would share that my youngest sister-in-law turned 30 yesterday. I am thankful I was able to craft a polymer clay horse for her. Well, not anything like an actual, anatomically correct horse; really just a unicorn like the ones I usually craft but without a horn. My sister-in-law’s real, living horse is called Wolympia, so I called the polymer clay one Polympia. Sadly, I forgot to take a picture before giving it to my husband to give to her.

How have you been?

16 thoughts on “#WeekendCoffeeShare (January 8, 2023)

  1. So sorry that you are still struggling when it comes to your care and that things are still so chaotic in your care home. It can take quite some time even in regular home life for things to go back to normal after long holiday periods, so I’d imagine that must be even more true about care homes and the like, but it sucks that you have to experience the consequences of the whole thing so much, given that your care has already been disrupted for a long time before the holidays.
    Hahah I like Polympia, and it’s cool that you made such a fun gift for your sister-in-law.

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  2. Hi Astrid,
    Mixed news from you this week.
    I was glad to hear you got some time to enjoy the New Year with your husband but all the disruptions with your care team – sigh. . .
    That must be hard and I wish I had words of advice but you are so much more of an expert on these things. So I care, but am caught without being able to offer any words of assistance.
    My daughter loves to watch YouTube.
    I, on the other hand, can barely stand the thing.
    She tells me if I would just learn how to control it, I’d enjoy it more. The problem is that I don’t enjoy most of what it does or how it does things.
    I do love movies and shows, but this random streaming of whatever some algorithm says I might want to watch is just so dissatisfying, but that’s likely just me. A lot of folks do love it.
    Hope you are and remain well with a great 2023 coming you way.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I completely understand your dislike for YouTube’s algorithm. I haven’t figured it out either and have autoplay off for this reason and just search for what I want to watch, which is usually polymer clay tutorials or personal growth-type videos.

      Thanks for your sympathy regarding my care situation. Things have been okay’ish over the last couple of days, pretty good this morning even, but I’m still kind of frustrated having to take it day by day.


  3. Knowing that you are back to your clay creations. I am sure your horse was much appreciated. My daughter and granddaughter enjoy working with clay very much. I think the holidays cause disruption to most everyone’s routine. I am glad for the return to normalcy and feel optimistic for the new year.

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