I’m a Psychology graduate student, research associate, and lecturer.
Even though I do research/teaching and nothing clinical, every time I tell someone I study Psychology the response is the same: “Are you psychoanalyzing me?” Cute. Never heard that one before, buddy!
And, to be fair, in undergrad you certainly have to learn a lot about clinical diagnoses and the DSM (which is the diagnostic manual used by clinical psychologists). One thing I noticed is how often the names of certain diagnoses would change over time to be “politically correct.” Manic-Depressive became Bipolar Disorder. Split Personality became Dissociative Identity Disorder. And so on.
If you know anything about me, you know that I am not very politically correct. It’s not like I’m trying to offend people, but I myself have NEVER been easily-offended, so my sensitivities toward offending others has always been a little “off.” You cant empathize with someone when you don’t understand why they are offended to begin with. Know what I mean?
But that doesn’t mean I’m cruel or heartless. That just means that sometimes I have to apologize for offending people. Even if I don’t understand why someone is offended, hurt feelings still warrant an apology and I can still sympathize when people feel hurt.
So I’m trying to be politically correct here & don’t be offended if you take this some way other than as its intended (cheeky and light-hearted), but DAMN – Tucson, you are bipolar!
Last week it was sweltering, temps already in the mid 90s.
Yesterday the high didn’t even crack 80.
I didn’t expect this of you, Tucson! Being from Austin, I know ALL ABOUT some crazy weather. There’s an old saying from the area, “If you don’t like the weather right now, just wait 15 minutes.” It’s true, too. It could go from hot, sunny, 95 to black as night, stormy, and 65 degrees in the blink of an eye. But no one ever warned me that Tucson could have a similar streak!
So no tanning by the pool the last couple of days for me. Which is all fair and good, seeing as the last couple of days have been work days anyways. And I’ve been enjoying the cooler temps by engaging in more outdoor activities in the late afternoons.
There have been walks with Rocky…
bike rides and jogs…
and more gardening, too! I think I’m on a roll! I need to have the boy make a raised bed so I can plant some real stuff
No worries, gym. I’m sure I’ll be back soon. You are where I do my swimming and, of course, you are quite useful when it comes to my brick workouts for triathlon training – you’re the best equipped facility, for sure.
But even with your TVs on every treadmill and elliptical, with your 50m lap pool, rows of weights, and smoothie/sandwich shop, even with all of that I still pick OUTSIDE over you.
That is, of course, until Tucson decides to hit the other extreme of it’s bipolar tendencies and temps return to a more “normal” state….approximately sweltering. Then I’ll be back to the gym more often