Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Selective Hearing and Other Ramblings

I'm really not sure how this post is going to go; it may end up being a bit unfocused, so I'll apologize in advance.  Forgive me if I completely devolve into vague ramblings.  I have been trying to cull something to write about, out of a pile of articles on menopause or midlife.  I have read article after article and nothing is sparking too much of a response at the moment!!

I will share one item that did catch my eye.  Apparently researchers at Queen's University in Ontario have discovered that middle-aged couples are able to tune each other out!  Really?  I don't think this is a news flash to anyone who's been married for a while! 

A conclusion such as this would usually be a good chance to rant about what a waste of taxpayers (read: my) money this was!  But I'm not in the mood to do that; life is feeling pretty positive right now, and a rant would just get my blood pressure up.  And as you all know, being menopausal, I can't afford to do that more often than is necessary!!  Plus, I can't find the original study, so have no real proof that was how it was funded - moving on!

In fact, the explanation that the researchers give for us developing this 'skill' makes sense.  We attune to our spouse's vocal pitch so we can pick them out from all the other sounds that surround us in today's world.  This makes it easier for us to hear them in a noisy environment.  Unfortunately, it also turns them into marital white noise, making it easier to ignore them in favour of concentrating on someone, or something, else.  Herein lies the problem!

As we get older and go through middle age however, we become less able to pick out the unfamiliar and are more likely to focus on the familiarity of our spouse's voice.  Good news, right?  We get their focus and attention back at some point; sadly this kicks in about the same time that our memory is shot!  Thanks, Mother Nature!!

Speaking of Mother Nature, Autumn is officially here.  "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" as Keats so eloquently put it.  Except that Halifax weather is, once again, not co-operating.  I'm not going to complain about the warm and sunny days, but I am seriously tired of the humidity - nothing mellow there! 

And what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks are you supposed to wear when it's sweltering one day and cold the next, plus you're hot-flashing into the bargain?  It would require layering taken to a whole new level of creativity!!

That being said though, I have been cooking up a storm, stocking the freezer with hearty soups and chili for the cooler days to come.  As mentioned last time around, I'm slowly getting back into a routine, so look for more regular posts here once again.  If I ever finish that pile of articles, that is...!



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