May. 8th, 2012

jennythereader: (* Kitten: OMG)
I had my first appointment with the new psych practice yesterday afternoon.

The nurse practitioner had me fill out a couple of self assessment forms, talked to me for about half an hour, and then wrote me a prescription for Adderall XR.

I took my first dose this morning. It's a little early to really comment, but so far there are a few promising signs. I tried a trick I'd seen on a ADD blog, and took my pill when my first alarm (7:20) went off, then rolled over and went back to sleep until my second alarm (7:35) rang. I only hit snooze twice, unlike most mornings when I hit it 4 or 5 times at least. I didn't dawdle in the shower as much as I usually do, and I didn't get sucked into doing 5 zillion things on my computer when I went to unplug my iPod.

All of that meant I made it to work less than 5 mintues late. I might even have been early if I hadn't hit the drive through for breakfast.

Work itself is feeling more manageable than usual. The conversations in the rest of the room aren't nearly as irritating as normal, at least. I'll be able to report better on that at the end of the day.
jennythereader: (* Kitten: OMG)
I had my first appointment with the new psych practice yesterday afternoon.

The nurse practitioner had me fill out a couple of self assessment forms, talked to me for about half an hour, and then wrote me a prescription for Adderall XR.

I took my first dose this morning. It's a little early to really comment, but so far there are a few promising signs. I tried a trick I'd seen on a ADD blog, and took my pill when my first alarm (7:20) went off, then rolled over and went back to sleep until my second alarm (7:35) rang. I only hit snooze twice, unlike most mornings when I hit it 4 or 5 times at least. I didn't dawdle in the shower as much as I usually do, and I didn't get sucked into doing 5 zillion things on my computer when I went to unplug my iPod.

All of that meant I made it to work less than 5 mintues late. I might even have been early if I hadn't hit the drive through for breakfast.

Work itself is feeling more manageable than usual. The conversations in the rest of the room aren't nearly as irritating as normal, at least. I'll be able to report better on that at the end of the day.
jennythereader: (White Owl 1)
If you could make one change to the US electoral system to increase voter turn-out, what would it be?

I have two major ideas:
1) Have the polling places be open for 24 hours. Every polling station in the country opens at 12:00:01 am Eastern Time and closes at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time. That triples everyones opportunity to get to a poll, and would have the side benefit of reducing the influence that early results can have on people who vote later in the day. I would let stations close early if everyone who was registered at that location had already voted.

2) When people register to vote, let them pick a secondary polling place in addition to the one based on where they live. I suspect most people would chose one near work. It would have to be limited in a couple ways, to prevent people from voting twice and from voting on purely local issues that don't affect their lives. Maybe you would have to declare a month (or a week) in advance which of your options you'd be voting at, and if you chose the non-residential one you'd be given a special ballot with only the races/issues the two locations have in common.
jennythereader: (White Owl 1)
If you could make one change to the US electoral system to increase voter turn-out, what would it be?

I have two major ideas:
1) Have the polling places be open for 24 hours. Every polling station in the country opens at 12:00:01 am Eastern Time and closes at 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time. That triples everyones opportunity to get to a poll, and would have the side benefit of reducing the influence that early results can have on people who vote later in the day. I would let stations close early if everyone who was registered at that location had already voted.

2) When people register to vote, let them pick a secondary polling place in addition to the one based on where they live. I suspect most people would chose one near work. It would have to be limited in a couple ways, to prevent people from voting twice and from voting on purely local issues that don't affect their lives. Maybe you would have to declare a month (or a week) in advance which of your options you'd be voting at, and if you chose the non-residential one you'd be given a special ballot with only the races/issues the two locations have in common.

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