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Sunday, December 30th, 2018 08:18 am
My sister waved me off from going up to see Mom yesterday, so with a little bit of energy i tried to make the most of the day. I hemmed two tea towels as gifts, trying not to be too much of a perfectionist about it. I think i'm getting the hang of the miter seam at the corners.

We had Christine's sister & her husband over for dinner. I'd bought Alaskan black cod (aka sablefish*) when i bought the salmon, so we served that with a salad (out of a bag). D-- brought cheesy grits made with blue corn, and that made a delightful meal. We will have my Dad and mom's sister over on New Year's eve with lasagna from a nearby restaurant: an unusual round of entertaining for us!

Christine's not feeling great this morning - the cold i've had is probably taking a toll on her.

I've a sense of urgency about getting organized and clear about next priorities. I don't know how much of an impact Mom's care will have on me. I think i probably have the capacity if i become better at time management.

I don't think i mentioned it but i recently read a NY Times article on "The Brain Fog of Menopause." I've been aware since before we moved of a sense that i was slower, that things took longer, and i'd just written it off to the inevitability of aging. The thought that a mental sharpness might return on a rebound is delightful and wonderful.

*I'd also seen it sold as butterfish in California, but looking up "butterfish" on line it seems a common name for a number of species, some of which seem unappetizing.
Monday, December 31st, 2018 06:05 am (UTC)
That article is really interesting. I had been experiencing brain fog -- hard to remember student names, having to pause to remember the right word, feeling overwhelmed. I thought my brain was slowing down too but lately it's been better on all counts. I now think that maybe it was menopausal and maybe it was a little depression. Good to know there are options to treat it.
Wishing you peace in the new year.
Monday, December 31st, 2018 12:57 pm (UTC)
I remember sable fish from when I was a kid in NY; I haven't heard anyone use that term in a long time. When I was little it was often part of a big bagels-and-everything Sunday brunch that older relatives would have at someone's house (and lox, pickled herring, etc. What a different time it was.)

I will read the article (I have a million browser tabs open.) It's hard for me to distinguish brain fog from depression and my ADD-like spaciness, but it's definitely worse than in previous decades. And I'm past menopause so I guess I should read the article and see what I'm in for.

I'm sorry I didn't get to make plans with you and C during my vacation time, but I haven't managed to do much of anything, and between your cold and mom, we probably wouldn't have managed it. Back to work Wednesday.