Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability.
Still tweaking this, but I’m officially a member of the Social Psychology Network (SPN). My current professor at Wesleyan, Scott Plous, is the executive director. The link to my profile is below. If you get a moment, trot over and check it out. Again, I’m still revising and adding to it, but it’s probably 95% complete. For some reason, the site’s not letting me upload a profile photo, but I’ll e-mail SPN to see if they can remedy that. Anyway, here’s a different side to me that includes my social psychology studies.
Member profile: http://www.socialpsychology.org/member/sninchak
Found out some terrible news about an online friend. In fact, this person was on my LiveJournal friends’ list. I This person committed suicide, and that’s the second person I’ve known who has committed suicide in the past year. Still trying to digest this news. The weird part is that his brother is on my FB friends’ list and is also a former h.s. classmate of my husband’s. I knew about the suicide when it happened, and I was sad for his brother’s loss. It tugged at my heart and made a lump form in my throat. I couldn’t imagine losing one’s brother that way.
What I didn’t know — until yesterday — was that the person involved was also an LJ friend. You see, I knew his first name, but didn’t know his last name (or had forgotten it). I didn’t realize it was THAT person. We hadn’t exchanged any comments for some months on LJ because, well, I am not on here as often as I used to be. So the news hit me again as I realized this was a person I knew and had communicated with as well. This person was brilliant, funny, educated, and talented. The world has truly lost another amazing person. Once again, I wish I could rewind time, change history, stop what eventually happened (the suicide).
Tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of my old friend Harold’s suicide. That one I’m still coping with…and will be for a while. Our parents knew each other and hung out together in the 80s. Harold and I flirted with each other and even made out a bit in 9th grade. I think we crushed on each other quite a bit, but were too shy to become full-blown boyfriend/girlfriend. We reconnected again and dated briefly before Paul and I got together in 2005.
I don’t know what else to say, which is odd for me. Just a lot in my head about all of this. It’s one of those things that I need to sit with, silently, and ponder.
“Know the chink in your armor.”
“If a battle cannot be won, do not fight it.”
Pretty cool news! My editor (yes, I have editors too!) notified me that she got wind from a blog owner that my July 22nd article on reputation management was syndicated on Business2Community this past week. From there, UpCity picked it up and it was ranked as one of the week’s top 25 inbound marketing articles of the week. 😉 SWEET!
Really anxious to start this new course on Social Psychology. It begins August 12th. 😉 I’ve chosen Social Psychology as the specific discipline I’m most interested in within the broader realm of psychology.
Through this course, I’m also going to have the option of setting up a membership and profile page on the Social Psychology Network (SPN) http://www.socialpsychology.org/about.htm.
Excited? Why yes I am! Even better, I get to stay home and take courses late at night after I’ve finished my work for the day, so this is PERFECT!
Holy crap! I got so involved in watching online course lectures and taking assessments that I totally didn’t know it was nearly 5 a.m.! I gotta go to bed now. Sleep, however, is another matter. One does not necessarily follow the other. Ya feel me?
Oh, you’ll have a good laugh at this: I did eat Cheetos and drink Mountain Dew, but I DID NOT game as I planned! Got SO excited over the decision to formally pursue a psych degree that I spent all night reading, researching, delving into particulars.
This is a problem for me! Most people shirk off work in order to game or to play. I have the OPPOSITE problem! Paul has to NUDGE me to GO HAVE MINDLESS FUN! I *want* to play, but there’s always that, “Yes, but you have this, this, and this you wanted to accomplish/complete” going on inside my head. That’s what happens when you LOVE the work you do!
This weekend, I shall game. I must. Surely I can find an hour or so over the next two days to game, in addition to the career and education stuff. Balance, you know? Balance!
Oh, and reading. I must get through 100 books by the end of the year (roughly 2 books read per week, and I’m on track!). Well, not must…but it’s a goal I’ve set for myself. And I have NEW online course modules I’ll be teaching come Monday (including the Elements of Editing course). If you want to jump in on that, go here to register: http://www.abraxasediting.com/contact.html
Remember — I’m a cheap and easy date. Wait! I’m cheap…but I ain’t easy. I’ll put you to work, but you’ll LOVE every minute of it! 😉
Have a good Saturday, taters! I’ll return to you anon.