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Persephone Lounge is Open for Business: Open Thread for 10/4/12

The lounge is open, and it’s baked goods night, because that’s the kind of mood I’m in.

So pull up a comfy chair and your favorite sweet treat (I’m dreaming about 27 of these 33 cupcakes) and tell me a good story!

19 replies on “Persephone Lounge is Open for Business: Open Thread for 10/4/12”

No baked goods tonight, although I think they make cookies at work with shortening which is weird to me but not completely unheard of.

I did, however have an emotional meltdown at work and came to the realization that I probably need to visit a psychiatrist and see what I can do to stabilize my moods. I’ve been avoiding this for years because I keep telling myself that I’ll be fine, that it’s just seasonal depression, and it’ll go away in time. And yes, it’s way worse in winter, but is rather be happy year round than miserable more of the time than not.

All that to say, I really could use a cupcake and some encouragement.


I am the same as you with having seasonal depression (Korean winter kicked my ass psychologically last year) and going through mood swings and depression on a sporadic basis. I finally found an amazing therapist and it made all the difference. It’s a scary thing to confront, I know, but it’s worth it :)

I’m going into my first winter in Alaska, and I am experiencing the same thing in terms of SAD and depression. No work meltdowns, yet, but I did break down and cry when I saw my the listing for my home. I have read that SAD lights and therapy are very helpful, and something I plan to engage in once I’m not moving and starting a new job at the same time. You are not alone!

I have ended up not clicking on anything to do with baked goods while living in Korea because…

1) I do not have an oven

2) They really just don’t know how to do baked goods here.

I save myself the torture.

In other news, I have finally realized how much of an introvert I really am. I’ve spent the last few days traveling with friends and staying in a guesthouse and I have social obligations tonight and tomorrow.

What do I want to do instead of social obligations?

Stay home and catch up on all my TV shows and read.

I need assistance from any former Nanny or Nanny-hirers.  I’ve been offered a job as a nanny (a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend) and I want to take it as I’m currently unemployed.  The advice that I’ve found is for *either* live-in or day-time nannies.  My client is a 10yo and a Doctor whose husband is finishing his residency in a city about 4 hours away.  Therefore, she wants me as a live-in nanny for 1 out of every 3 or 4 weeks (when she’s on-call).  How does one work out this contract?


Had my first ‘duty to report’ moment today. Urrrggh. It was also a very long day- got to work at 7:15, left at 4:30. So. Tired.

But! Came home, made the best shrimp I have ever made (honey garlic lime marinade, pan fried, served over brown rice), am now vegging out and watching the BF play Zelda. Long weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving coming up. Soon I will be able to think in something other than sentence fragments again. And maybe the under-left-eye twitch I’ve developed will ease (not kidding).

Two questions for the brilliant hive mind:

1.  Despite my feelings that I will be cheating on books and my utter resistance, I think it’s time to purchase an e-reader.  Recommendations please.  I think I’m leaning towards a Kindle Fire HD.

2.  Does anyone make Yorkshire pudding?  For some reason I have always been under the impression that it is very difficult, but I’ve been looking online and the recipes all seem pretty easy.  This worries me that I’m missing something.  I’m making an expensive roast tonight, which is a splurge in terms of eating meat and the cost and I make a great gravy so thought I should try my hand at Yorkshire pud.

I got a regular kindle and I love it. I actually read more now than I used to, both digital and ‘real’ books. So it isn’t really cheating, since I go to the library and used book shop more now than before. Might turn out similarly for you. Good luck!

I have no idea what Yorkshire pudding even is, so I can’t help you there.

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