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It's so quiet round these here parts, with half our family gone for the week. I'm sure Martin is loving it: getting to sleep in and play WoW as long as he likes without having to wrestle his sister for the computer. He doesn't get to wrestle me for it, because if I say I want it, I get it. Snap.

Last Friday I bought season 5 of Downton Abbey (which I'm pretty sure I have typed as DownTOWN Abbey every single first attempt at typing it, ever) and we are already done, plus we found the Christmas special online and watched it tonight as a grand finale and O! so happy about everything except Tom leaving. Martin keeps saying he and Lady Mary should just make out already but I say EW to that.

Martin (while watching the last episode tonight): "Dammit, this show makes me want to be best friends with old ladies" HEH.

So, now once again we have nothing new to watch. I suppose that's okay, though. I have a lot of reading to catch up on.

Things that are annoying me: how loud the furnace is, how long it takes me to fall asleep at night, another stupid ear infection

I spoke too soon about Martin's bus card. We got the envelope from the police today in the mail and guess what WASN'T in it? His bus card. His ID was there, his school ID, AND his (cancelled) bank card, but NOT the bus card. Sigh. We raced over to the bank and ordered him a new bank card, so that's done at least, but now we have to get the details on how to get a new bus card AND pay for it. &¤/!!


The cover band that played at the corporate kick-off last week did a song contest thingie between dinner and dessert. They divided the audience into two and played the opening bars of popular pop and rock songs and whichever side had someone who stood up first and started singing the lyrics won. Our side won, thanks to two of my colleagues who are quick on the draw.

It made me realize again something about myself: When I hear the beginning of a song I know, I know I KNOW it, but I can't tell you what it is until the singing starts. I don't know if it's because my memory is activated by the words or the singer's voice, but it's rare that I can come up with the name of a song until the singer starts singing, even though I KNOW I know it. It's weird.

But it only takes me less than a second to recognize whether a word is misspelled or not, when I'm playing a game like QuizUp. Again, words? Martin says, since he's up on this stuff thanks to Psychology class, that the part of the brain that stores memory and the part of the brain that activates memory are different. In other words, one part is the filing cabinet and the other part is the minion that puts things in and takes things out. What I wonder, is how many different ways are there to activate memories? I know the senses all do it: taste, smell, touch, etc. But I think it's interesting that some people can hear the first few notes of a song and immediately start not only singing it, but are able to yell out the name of the song or the singer, while I almost always have to wait until a VOICE (or maybe WORDS, since I don't know which it is) activates the actual info I'm trying to recall.

I know people all remember things differently and there is a lot of discussion about teaching methods and how some people learn visually, and some learn by reading (again with the words), and some with a mixture. I supposed there are many more ways of learning, and I know that actually WRITING IT DOWN is said to be one of the best ways of handily (hee!) getting a memory to stick, which is why handwriting notes in class is a much better way of getting info into memory than typing or watching or anything else.

What about you? If I played the first few chords of a song you knew, how fast would you be able to say the name of the song?
mood: cheerful
music: Imagine Dragons—Shots


How fast? oh about a month or a year maybe! I have a locked file cabinet for memory and it is sometimes really hard to find the key. But often, I'll wake up the next morning or two with the info! As for old ladies for friends - remind Martin that we ARE friends - eh, right??? oh right, never mind, I'm not that old!!! Love, Lizardmom

haha! Definitely right, mom!

From Megsie

Well. I just finished outlining a psychology chapter on memory last night. I assigned that task to my students, and so therefore I assigned it to myself. It was ELEVEN pages long...THE OUTLINE not the chapter! I don't think any of my students will be that detailed. It is a curse. So, I could tell you about memory. But, instead I will say that I need the words to the song too. I can start singing right on that note, the first word, but I usually need the words...or at least the music for the chorus. Music is not my thing, really, so I am not very good at "name that tune" although I loved that gameshow when I was little.

Re: From Megsie

I couldn't even remember that Name That Tune was the name of the game, haha!

You aren't alone in writing Downtown Abbey - I'm particularly amused that there are dozens of "Downtown Abbey" Facebook pages, each with thousands of LIKES and I wonder if people know that there is no such show. Maybe they are all Petula Clark fans - ha, ha! The media articles get it wrong as well and ironically this one questions the historical accuracy while spelling the name wrong itself.

I'm impressed that you sat through 5 seasons of it. I liked Season 1 with Maggie Smith in particular having some cracker lines, plus the snarkiness with the oldest granddaughter. Season 2 was a bit of a letdown as they all became lovey dovey and the whole Mr Bates/Anna thing made me want to throw up. I begrudgingly watched some of series 3 but found it exceedingly dull and the Christmas episode was the last straw, so I passed on the next two series.

What a bummer about Martin's card! I guess that someone has souvenired it :( More expense and hassle to fix it. Grrr... &¤/!!

I'm pretty good with picking up music from the first few bars and even The Swede is impressed that I can do that. Mind you I sometimes can't remember what I ate for breakfast or the pincode for my ATM card while standing at a busy checkout :-) Sadly I think my mental filing cabinet is in the same state as my jumbled sock drawer and I probably need to do a good clean out and sort, but who can be bothered. I'm a HUGE fan of writing things down and have scribbled handwritten post-it notes and lists everywhere.

I write down stuff all over the place too, I'm a list maniac.

Downton does go up and down for sure...but so do all the shows. I actually thought season 5 was pretty good, and some of the characters who have been very one-sided got to mix it up a bit.

My problem is that even when I know a song very well, I can't remember its name! If the name of the song is in the lyrics, I have to hum through the song until I get to the right bit. If the name isn't in the song, I'm generally sunk. It's so frustrating! Sounds like my brain needs some new minions, but I'm guessing it's too late now.

More minions! YES!

When I hear the first few notes, I have to hum along for a bit before the words come to me (I'm completely hopeless with naming titles and artists, though). I think my memory activation minion must be off daydreaming or playing online, and it takes a bit to get his attention, to pull the lyrics out of the filing cabinet...

Argh! re: the bus card! How utterly maddening!

Glad you are having a better week this week. :-)

Went and got a new bus card today. Invoice coming in the mail: sigh.

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