Saturday, 7 December 2013

Does it matter

Another week down, a week less to do the Christmas shopping (still not started :O ) and another week less till I get to meet Kleintje!

We had a plan to do nothing this week, and we almost managed to do it as well! Monday we had to do some clearing up after they had finished setting up the baby furniture - there were that many boxes in the hallway that it was that or not go to bed :)

But for the rest we have cooked, cleaned and relaxed.

And I have done another 4.5 miles (46 minutes, not good - but better than I was expecting after not running for so long!)

My project is not as over as I would have hoped in the office. There are always loose ends to tie up and glitches to investigate. And as it's getting busier and busier over the health insurance period there are becoming more and more time consuming to fix. But, with the exception of Friday when I just wanted to sleep, they are also interesting exercises.

And I was back at the hospital for my 6 monthly check up. A quick in and out visit. We had a quick chat about the blood test that I asked for recently. My values are all fine, and the T is still almost untraceable in my blood. There is an increase in one hormone (which I can never remember the name for) but whilst they want to keep a close eye on it to make sure it doesn't get much higher, is not anything to worry about yet.

With the symptoms I complained of (the reason for wanting the blood tests in the first place) they have increased my androcur back to the original dose to see if it helps. The T is not the problem, but it can also have other effects that cause the problem. If the symptoms have not gone in three months then I need to go back to the half dose - I'm just hoping that they all come good!

No new date yet for the next check up, because the expect me to be back for the operation before then! Woot (and scary!)

On Thursday the Sint came to Holland to deliver presents to the children, and we had a busy evening with my nieces and nephew watching them open their presents :) Next year we will have our own visit from the Sint - I can't wait!

And now that he is gone we are gearing up for Christmas! Today I start the cake (soaking the dried fruit in cognac overnight before backing it tomorrow), and this morning we are making way for the tree. And tomorrow we have to write the cards and get them sent - otherwise they won't reach the UK in time!


And before I bore you too much...  The title to this post.

This week I was reading an article about research done on the way that the brain communicates in men and women. And why (as a generalisation - something I don't mind as long as it is not reversed to make specific comments about a single person) women are better at some things and men at others.

The comment section to this post got my attention. Lots of sexist comments (something that I have unfortunately come to expect from the tech industry), but one very good question about how does this relate to transsexual people.

There was a comment from someone who told about her experiences - she lives up to some of the findings they have, but not all. And mentioned that it doesn't matter what brain structure she has, she is who she is.  Quite right too.

I also commented (albeit anonymously - yup I can be a coward when I want to be) about my experience with the medical research I did a couple of years ago and results that were given to me.

On the one hand, as I said above, it doesn't matter. I am who I am and that is that.

But on the other hand it was really good to see that there is a very good reason for feeling the way I do. Whilst it is not any kind of information on why this has happened, it is a good to know I feel this because of a solid reason.

It's a paradox in my head that I have been thinking about since I wrote it. It doesn't matter in general, and yet it did do something to see that there is a cause of how I feel.

Anyway, time for something lighter. I have a tradition of reading Hogfather each year in December and if I don't start soon I am not gong to be able to finish it before December 25th!

Look after yourselves!


  1. Don't you actually have until December 32nd to finish?

    == Cass

    1. Well, yes... But I have my own traditions on top of the story :)


    2. I understand completely. :c)

      For me, it isn't Christmas unless I watch A Charlie Brown Christmas - still the best Christmas special. (It has the best soundtrack too - listening to Vince Guaraldi right now, in fact!) Also, Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas is pretty great too!

      I also must watch It's A Wonderful Life - in its entirety. I never saw it until I was 21 - and could not *believe* how great it was. I have always been baffled by those who call it corny; it is SUCH a dark movie! His redemption at the end resonates because of the trials he endures in the preceding two and a half hours. If you aren't sniffling at the end of it, you aren't human. :c)

      == Cass

    3. I *love* It's a Wonderful Life!

      I had it on VHS and now on DVD (I wonder if there will be a remastered BluRay that would be worth buying...)

      Unfortunately I just have too many Christmas films to watch each year now and so they get switched year on year.

      I think this year I need to watch Muppet's Christmas Carol and Wonderful Life :)

      Oh, and I totally agree about how dark it is... And how uplifting the ending is!


  2. we just watched The Muppet Christmas Carol last night--awesome movie!

    1. It was the frogs idea! :)

      I managed to watch it this weekend, and loved it as always!