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Body: in sickness and in health

I won't lie; this body and I have had our issues with each other for many years. Body image -- sure. Physical and mental overextension -- comes with being a Type A kind of girl. I still struggle with these things, so they show up from time to time in my writing.

More recently, illness, pure but not simple, has added itself to the mix in a multi-system sort of way. And the challenges in figuring out exactly what's gone wrong are many. As problems have revealed themselves in the last few years, beginning with reactive hypoglycemia in late 2008, I've documented them here, partly to gain a little clarity on managing complex conditions but mostly to give voice to vulnerabilities I feel but don't normally share with anyone face to face. Better out than in, they say, right? (Oh yes, humor is one way I deal.)

The links below cover the different angles I've examined (and from which I've been examined) within that experience.

Travel: neither here nor there

When the person you're married to lives two time zones away, you log a fair number of frequent flier miles. And if you blog about commuter relationships, you log quite a few posts en route too.

Since we're no longer in separate places, I blog less often from airports. But we do travel -- together now! -- which is much more fun to write about. So in addition to thoughts on our years of commuting, the links below cover the places we've been as a pair and, in some cases, the adventures that have happened on the way.

Writing: the long and short of it

Why do I do it? Good question. Maybe it's not so much that I like to write but that I have to write, even when the words refuse to stick to the page. Believe me, I've tried doing other things like majoring in biochemistry (freshman fall, many semesters ago). Within a year, I'd switched to English with a concentration in creative writing and wasn't looking back.

After graduating, I taught English for a few years and then worked as an editor, which I still do freelance. In 2007, I applied and got into an MFA program at a place I like to call Little U. on the Prairie. I finished my degree in 2011 and have been balancing tutoring and writing on my own ever since.

The following links cover the writing I've done about writing: process, content, obstacles, you name it. It's not always pretty. But some part of me loves it, even when it's hard. And this is the result.

Heart: family and friends

I'd have a hard time explaining who I am without being able to talk about the family I grew up in as well as the people I've met beyond its bounds. But even with such context, it's not easy! In the simplest terms, I'm a first-generation Asian-American who has spent most of this life caught between cultures. That, of course, doesn't even begin to describe what I mean to, but there's my first stab at the heart of it all.

That's what this group of posts is reserved for -- heart. The essential parts of my life whose influences I carry with me, for better or worse. The links below cover what I've written as I've learned how these forces work within me, for me, against me, in spite of me. They anchor me even as they change me, and they keep life interesting.

Recommended reading

What do I do when there's too much on my mind and my words won't stick to the page? I escape into someone else's thoughts. Below is a collection of books and articles that have been sources of information, inspiration, and occasional insight for my own work.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tea and sympathy


That's what I sent D off to his office with this morning. We think he's coming down with something head-coldish, just in time for a very long set of flights, and we don't want it to turn into a repeat of our 2008 holiday -- a week of fever, sore throat, and achy muscles that started right after we finally made it to my parents' place. We went through such a travel fiasco to get there last year that I didn't even bother to mention that part of the experience when I was blogging the trip. But yes, we are laying in a stock of sugar-free Cold-EEZE and Ricola just in case.

So now I'm crossing my fingers that this goes away. Not just because I want D to feel better, but also because he's a very wounded-animal sort of patient. There's no comforting him until whatever he has is gone, and as much as I don't want to be annoyed by his sulking, after a few days of it, I'm not the most patient nurse either ...

3 comments:

French Fancy said...

Oh dear, poor D and poor poor you. Do you know for the last two months we've both had sore throats that come and go - we keep thinking we're getting something and then it goes away.

I hope D's germs go away and fwiw I've got the same sort of patient here (not for much longer) so understand completely what you mean

TKW said...

My husband, when he gets sick, is a total pain in the ass. Sending healthy light your way!

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Oh, FF! Hope the sore throats go away for good soon.

And to you and TKW -- what is UP with the wounded-animal sick spouse thing?

I'm happy to report that D is doing all right despite the very long day of travel (we pushed lots of liquids into him) and he's doing his best to stay positive about everything. Hopefully he'll be all better in a few days :)

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tea and sympathy


That's what I sent D off to his office with this morning. We think he's coming down with something head-coldish, just in time for a very long set of flights, and we don't want it to turn into a repeat of our 2008 holiday -- a week of fever, sore throat, and achy muscles that started right after we finally made it to my parents' place. We went through such a travel fiasco to get there last year that I didn't even bother to mention that part of the experience when I was blogging the trip. But yes, we are laying in a stock of sugar-free Cold-EEZE and Ricola just in case.

So now I'm crossing my fingers that this goes away. Not just because I want D to feel better, but also because he's a very wounded-animal sort of patient. There's no comforting him until whatever he has is gone, and as much as I don't want to be annoyed by his sulking, after a few days of it, I'm not the most patient nurse either ...

3 comments:

French Fancy said...

Oh dear, poor D and poor poor you. Do you know for the last two months we've both had sore throats that come and go - we keep thinking we're getting something and then it goes away.

I hope D's germs go away and fwiw I've got the same sort of patient here (not for much longer) so understand completely what you mean

TKW said...

My husband, when he gets sick, is a total pain in the ass. Sending healthy light your way!

Contemporary Troubadour said...

Oh, FF! Hope the sore throats go away for good soon.

And to you and TKW -- what is UP with the wounded-animal sick spouse thing?

I'm happy to report that D is doing all right despite the very long day of travel (we pushed lots of liquids into him) and he's doing his best to stay positive about everything. Hopefully he'll be all better in a few days :)