Is There Such A Thing As Adrenalin Overload?

Adrenalin junkies should just try raising an ADHDer!

It’s just as risky I think- and they will never again feel the need to go BASE jumping, skydiving, gorge swinging, paragliding or cave diving. You all know what Adrenalin is right? And you all know why the extreme sportsmen do what they do right? Well, I couldn’t find anything referring to an overload specifically, but I’m pretty damn sure it’s possible!

I mean- if you overdose on drugs- they pump adrenalin straight into your heart (and yes I have seen Pulp Fiction). If your blood pressure is screwed- you get adrenalin to get your heart pumping!

So. Yesterday morning, I went to church with my granny darling, leaving Damien at home to sleep late and play PS2 when he woke up. He doesn‘t go to church with me at all anymore. I ask- he declines. I’m working on it.

When I got home around 1pm Damien was wide awake and his thumbs were attached to the PS2 controller- as I expected. . . but after a bit I suspected he hadn’t taken his meds. He said he had- but he has a way about him that makes me wonder. . . the insane giggling a’ la Dr Evil, the eating me out of house and home (and I’m talking three days groceries in one morning kind of eating) and driving the cats nuts are all a dead give away that he is un-medicated. And of course the instant temper tantrum should I question his integrity by saying I don’t think he’s had his meds is also a clear sign that he really didn’t take it. . .

So what happened to give me an adrenalin rush?

Well, it was about 9pm; and Damien was supposed to be asleep- but he was restless. Then it got quiet. I figured he was asleep and went to the bedroom to check on him like I do every night. He wasn’t asleep. He was standing at his window- sort of hidden behind his curtains and I just knew he was up to no good. Then I saw the flames. . . again. . .

Instant head rush, bunnies!

Heart pounding- sweating- tunnel vision!

I run to the kitchen for the watering can- cursing myself for still not having decent fire extinguishers in the house- and run back to Damien’s room. This took about ten seconds. . . and the flames are now on his window frame and on the sill outside!

I’m trying to ask what he’s burning and trying to get him out the way (because he doesn’t want me to see what he was doing) so I can put the fire out. As he says “nail polish remover” I pour- and then I curse because I know exactly what’s going to happen. . . the water carries the liquid and the flames off the window frame and down the wall. They disappear, and I make sure I can’t see any more flames before I go running out the door in panties and t-shirt to make sure there’s no fire beneath us (since we’re on the second floor)!!!

And then I did the worst thing I could have done, the same thing all of us do- I yelled! And I lectured! And then I yelled some more. Damien just disappeared under his duvet, muttering… you can imagine how much he actually heard of what I said.

And then I had to sit down before my legs caved in!

I spent the rest of the night creeping into the kitchen or standing in Damien’s doorway peering out the windows looking for a suspicious flickering glow from beneath our flat. . .

Maybe I should make him sleep in the lounge, and in my room where I can watch him, then I’ll even save money by renting a one bedroom place. . .

Anyone wanna take over here? I don’t wanna be an adrenalin junkie!

When Bloggers Evaporate.

…without so much as a by-your-leave, ahem… or at least a warning that they won’t be around anymore- I tend to take it quite personally.

I’m sure you know what I mean!? I just know I’m not the only one who is this irrational!

This is for the Blogging Chicks Carnival #37.

Something I have taken to calling “VBE” (the Vanishing Blogger Effect) seems to be cropping up a lot the last while… in fact, I have come across it so often I’ve even linked a new poll in my sidebar! Lately, VBE seems to be occurring more and more and more. I’ve never done so much sidebar editing as I have in the last coupla months! And it doesn’t seem to be limited to a specific blogging genre either- it’s all types! Fiction writers, mommies, photo bloggers…

Granted, most bloggers who disappear for anything over a coupla weeks come back eventually with letters from their parents (with obviously forged signatures), and some even have acceptable excuses, tee-hee… but most that simply stop blogging, vanish into cyber space and leave their regular readers wondering what the hell happened! Some bloggers that evaporate re-appear under new names, sorta re-inventing themselves, but rediscovering them is usually purely accidental if at all- unless they visit and tell you where to find their new page… that actually happened to me once.

Bloggers who pack it in because they’re being stalked I can also understand, that’s a fairly valid excuse!

But why do so many cyber-scribes stop blogging without saying they’re going to do so… simply vanishing leaving nothing but a bookmark in my explorer… it absolutely boggles my mind! Are they dead? Are they sick? Has their life suddenly gotten so interesting as to have no time whatsoever to drop a one liner on their main page to say as much? Mostly, I read someone’s blog BECAUSE their life is interesting- or because they have a fun way of relating the really boring stuff… and I get exceptionally attached to my regular reads too. I visit most of my favourite reads once a week at least, and as per my slightly controlling nature they each have a specific day allocated in my favourites list, and they’re divided between South African and other blogs.

So- as per the questions in my poll… how do you react?

I react differently depending on how often I read and commented on a page that’s suddenly turned into cyber fro-yo. If I visited someone daily I’ll continue to pop over for quite some time, leaving comments along the lines of asking how and where the blog author is. If it was a page I visited weekly I’ll continue to do so for a few weeks, leaving the occasional comment, also asking the “where the hell are you” type of questions. If it was one I visited less frequently (and there aren’t many) I’ll visit only once or twice more before removing the page from my listings.

It takes me a while to find another page to replace the one I removed though… this seriously messes with my routine, bunnies!

Then again, I may have come to the conclusion that it’s my fault (my paranoid neurotic tendencies showing through here)… mwaaaaaahahahahahahaha!

I Finished Them!

(imagine a relatively childish sing-song voice now) I finished them, I finished them! I finished them, I finished them! Finally- all seven of them! Thassaright bunnies- ALL SEVEN OF THEM!

This is the official Dark Tower site and it’s pretty damn good- whether you’re a King fan or not!

The Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger (1982)

The Dark Tower 2: The Drawing of the Three (1987)

The Dark Tower 3: The Waste Lands (1991)

The Dark Tower 4: Wizard and Glass (1997)

The Dark Tower 5: Wolves of the Calla (2003)

The Dark Tower 6: Song of Susannah (2004)

The Dark Tower 7: The Dark Tower (2004)

I read the first three books in 1998 or so, when a boyfriend introduced me to one Roland Deschain and got me started on my own journey to the Dark Tower. I was already a Steven King fan, but had only read a few of his books (Tommyknockers, Gerald’s Game and Needful Things). I read the first three Dark Tower books in quick succession, reading the fourth one much later, and then I couldn’t wait for the sequels- but Steven made his constant readers (as he himself refers to his fans) wait and wait and wait some more? when the last three books in the series were finally published I couldn’t wait to read them, and decided to re-read the first ones since it had been a while.

I started buying the series around the middle of last year in preparation for my sick leave after my hernia operation, and managed to get my hands on books one through three and book six. All the books are available from the usual places and Exclusive Books of course, which is mine and Damien’s favourite book shop- and I actually had to buy two of them online because I couldn’t find them in the shops! After I started working again I bought book four and about a month later I bought book seven? but I was still short of book five! Of course, by the time I had read one through four? I needed to get number five and couldn’t find it in the shops- and I didn’t have money to go online shopping! And then- wonder of wonders- a friend gave it to me for my birthday having asked me which one I needed and ordering it online! Am I spoilt or what!?! From about mid January I read books five, six and seven in quick succession (and having no laptop at home to surf till the wee hours helped, LOL).

I tell you, the ever ingenious Mr King must be a wizard!! After all these years he STILL manages to surprise me on a regular basis! At the beginning of the last chapter in book seven, Mr King started by saying the constant reader may be disappointed should they continue? and if that’s not a mind f#ck, then I dunno what is! How could I not continue!!??! Am I right?!?

Needless to say I, continued and read the book to the end? and if I didn’t love books as much as I do (and I didn’t want to scare Grampa Scratchy who was asleep at my feet) I woulda thrown the nearly 700 page paperback across the room when I got to the last line! Un-bloody-believable! It cleared up a few things from the story for me, but at the same time, I was incredulous and the hell in!

Shit?

I loved them anyway- I’m a sucker that way?!

And just watch, in a few years- I’ll read them all again.

A New Poll!

No- not a pole- a poll! Get your minds outta the gutter bunnies!
I had the ADHD poll up for a long time and I thank you all for participating- now take a look at the new one!