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I do not get enough cuddling in my life. Currently, it's basically only [livejournal.com profile] metahacker. [livejournal.com profile] jasra and I are working on it, on our end. The fact that I will tend to forget to be cuddly with people if I've not been doing enough cuddling does not help.

One of the best things about the wedding I just attended was feeling comfortable saying to a couple of women I had just met that I would like to be cuddling them. And then, we did so. One was more comfortable with cuddling than the other, I suspect due purely to experience with it. But. Cuddles. Cuddles with no purpose beyond simple touch.

Also, fabulous dog whose purpose in life is to be cuddly (literally, that's what she's being trained for). :)

I really, really miss contexts in which the cultural norm of 'touch must be sexual or at least have a sexual overtone' has been subverted. I mean, I don't tend to be cuddly with people if I'm not attracted to them somehow or another ("attracted" as in "drawn to" or "fascinated by" or "want to know better" - no specific goal beyond that), but it feels like a world of difference between "hey, you're nifty" and "My only purpose for touching you is because I want to get into your pants at the earliest possible opportunity". The attendees at this weekend's wedding, thankfully basically free of that cultural norm. So, I actually let hugs last as long as they would naturally do so. And didn't feel uncomfortable at random back massages as part of hugs (and indeed gave such as part of hugs myself). I am not trying to suggest that there was no interest, just that it wasn't the point of the touch.

I'm also _utterly_ delighted by the fact that, unlike usual, one of the women there was first to suggest the idea of trading contact information. It can get very, very tiring to always be the one asking for more interaction with interesting women, y'know? (I'm typically not as drawn to lengthen interactions with men, and the fact that I'm acutely aware of not dating any women appears to only have increased this trend more toward finding women more interesting) I think the last woman who was first to suggest more interactions (or perhaps mutual of said) after our first interaction was [livejournal.com profile] jasra. (and before that was [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina)

I can never tell if that's because they are shy to suggest more interaction, there is not sufficiently strong mutual fascination, or what. And I often feel like I come on too strong when I find someone fascinating, which rarely helps when interacting with a woman.
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Yay, not sick. And hey, a reset on how much food I eat isn't all bad, either.

Unfortunately, winter decided to remind me that hey, I am still seasonally depressed, even if it is mostly under control. Similarly unfortunately, I have still not found a useful replacement for the uppers source that was World of Warcraft for me for years. I am displeased that this appears to translate to trying to find tasty things to put into my mouth, even if I am not hungry. Need WoW replacement!

School back in session. Did not make short list for PhD program at Brandeis, which means that I shall need to find a job in the psych research field for a year when I finish my masters, then figure out where I can and should apply to. On the plus side, if I manage to find a job in the field, I will have more flexibility to handle the possibility that the places I wish to apply to are not at the time accepting PhD students. Also, the possibility that where I do find to apply does not accept me.

Even so, though. Tired of applying. Tired of having to figure out what I'm doing every damn year, and applying to schools every year.

Less down than I was, though, thanks to time with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker tonight.
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There is a post bubbling away beneath the surface of my thoughts which may or may not manage to come out in this post, as a result of the combination of [livejournal.com profile] metahacker's post on cuddling and affection with friends-who-are-not-necessarily-lovers, and [livejournal.com profile] figmentj's post on dating when not seen as an audition.

It took me a very long time to understand that, for most people, and in the context of typical societal norms, cuddling was assumed to be sexual. Touch at all - beyond a handshake - was assumed to be an expression of sexual interest.

An additional difficulty with wrapping my head around this concept is that my line between finding someone interesting and wanting to seek them out and spend more time with them, and being sexually attracted to them is very thin. And, people who I find interesting enough to actively seek out are people I would like to cuddle, and there is probably at least some amount of sexual attraction there. It's not quite true that everyone that I'm close to and seek out and am cuddly with is also someone that I have some sexual attraction to, but it's very close.

But having that attraction does not mean that I - or they - have time, energy, sufficient levels of attraction, or even necessarily are aware of it. So, for me, cuddling is _not_ automatically a sexual thing - and has never been - and the idea of there always being a sexual aspect to touch and cuddling is a hard one for me to grasp. However, it does seem true that, at some level at least, whatever nebulous concepts sexual attraction contains is frequently involved in whose touch I seek out.

Also in whose touch I am not comfortable with. If there is any level of sexual content in cuddling for another person and I am not interested in going there, I will not be comfortable cuddling them. This does not even need to mean that they are aware of said context, so I am not entirely sure how I can tell, sometimes. If I can't tell, I will tend to err on the side of caution, so if I can't read a person, I will generally not touch them. Too much cultural baggage tied up in touch, especially cross-gender. This was a very, very hard-learned lesson.

The frsutrating part about this, though, is that I do still find myself hugging people, sometimes, because the social costs of not doing so are more than I can handle right now. This frustrates me when I do it, and is usually a good sign I'm not actually up to group social interactions.

So many things meant by 'attraction', even 'sexual attraction'. So much tangled up in that concept, and the related concepts of the process of sexual entanglement and dating.

Why does [edited to add: anyone believe that] it need[s] to be true that touch and cuddling are completely unrelated to attraction in order for them to be non-sexual? Attraction may often, and possibly usually, contain sexual desire, but that isn't the only thing in there. That isn't the only possible context for touch between adults! Including adults who _are_ sexually involved with each other.
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There is a post bubbling away beneath the surface of my thoughts which may or may not manage to come out in this post, as a result of the combination of [livejournal.com profile] metahacker's post on cuddling and affection with friends-who-are-not-necessarily-lovers, and [livejournal.com profile] figmentj's post on dating when not seen as an audition.

It took me a very long time to understand that, for most people, and in the context of typical societal norms, cuddling was assumed to be sexual. Touch at all - beyond a handshake - was assumed to be an expression of sexual interest.

An additional difficulty with wrapping my head around this concept is that my line between finding someone interesting and wanting to seek them out and spend more time with them, and being sexually attracted to them is very thin. And, people who I find interesting enough to actively seek out are people I would like to cuddle, and there is probably at least some amount of sexual attraction there. It's not quite true that everyone that I'm close to and seek out and am cuddly with is also someone that I have some sexual attraction to, but it's very close.

But having that attraction does not mean that I - or they - have time, energy, sufficient levels of attraction, or even necessarily are aware of it. So, for me, cuddling is _not_ automatically a sexual thing - and has never been - and the idea of there always being a sexual aspect to touch and cuddling is a hard one for me to grasp. However, it does seem true that, at some level at least, whatever nebulous concepts sexual attraction contains is frequently involved in whose touch I seek out.

Also in whose touch I am not comfortable with. If there is any level of sexual content in cuddling for another person and I am not interested in going there, I will not be comfortable cuddling them. This does not even need to mean that they are aware of said context, so I am not entirely sure how I can tell, sometimes. If I can't tell, I will tend to err on the side of caution, so if I can't read a person, I will generally not touch them. Too much cultural baggage tied up in touch, especially cross-gender. This was a very, very hard-learned lesson.

The frsutrating part about this, though, is that I do still find myself hugging people, sometimes, because the social costs of not doing so are more than I can handle right now. This frustrates me when I do it, and is usually a good sign I'm not actually up to group social interactions.

So many things meant by 'attraction', even 'sexual attraction'. So much tangled up in that concept, and the related concepts of the process of sexual entanglement and dating.

Why does [edited to add: anyone believe that] it need[s] to be true that touch and cuddling are completely unrelated to attraction in order for them to be non-sexual? Attraction may often, and possibly usually, contain sexual desire, but that isn't the only thing in there. That isn't the only possible context for touch between adults! Including adults who _are_ sexually involved with each other.
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There were many days in the White Mountains with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker.

There were stars, many many stars. And we never even went anywhere specific to go look at them.

There was walking in woods and mountains and rivers and mushrooms of various and unexpected colors and shapes. There were rocks for crossing wet places, for sitting on, for petting, for having pet rocks, and for being pets of rocks.

There was cuddling. A whole lot of cuddling. Also, cuddling.

There were conversations about bears and moose, but no actual sightings by the two of us of either one.

There was a gradual increase in ability to deal with walking in places with uphillness.

There was a cold with a fever that came and went.

There was conversation, chatting, silliness, and connecting.

There was a room that could have been better in various ways, but which was still a good room for being a room in which there was much time spent with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker.

There was a hot tub that I never got around to using. There were various very friendly owners and workers at the Bed & Breakfast we stayed at. There are wee pretty paintings, and postcards that failed to be sent while we were actually there.

There was grumpy, there was tired, but there was also a deep low level joy at being in mountains with trees and green and quiet.

There was remembering that mountains and hills are a rightness for me, in ways that flatness is not. And also remembering that places that tend to have them also tend to not have much to do in the evening.

There was much passing of various towns I've lived in or near, remembering when Concord, NH was a big city to me (Boston used to terrify me; Manhattan still does, although less so), seeing various towns that I think my high school used to have sports games at.

There were times when there was too much moving and I needed to just sit for a while and talk to the mountains and trees and grass. There were many more times when I just knew where I was, and was glad.

There was a fire, marshmallows, and small, hyper children. There was very little reading, and no internet access (or indeed, a computer, for me).

There was beauty. There was simplicity. There was quiet. There was time away with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker. And it was indeed good. I really needed that, for the time away, for the nature, for the time with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker.

There are pictures, which I may get around to posting some of.
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There were many days in the White Mountains with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker.

There were stars, many many stars. And we never even went anywhere specific to go look at them.

There was walking in woods and mountains and rivers and mushrooms of various and unexpected colors and shapes. There were rocks for crossing wet places, for sitting on, for petting, for having pet rocks, and for being pets of rocks.

There was cuddling. A whole lot of cuddling. Also, cuddling.

There were conversations about bears and moose, but no actual sightings by the two of us of either one.

There was a gradual increase in ability to deal with walking in places with uphillness.

There was a cold with a fever that came and went.

There was conversation, chatting, silliness, and connecting.

There was a room that could have been better in various ways, but which was still a good room for being a room in which there was much time spent with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker.

There was a hot tub that I never got around to using. There were various very friendly owners and workers at the Bed & Breakfast we stayed at. There are wee pretty paintings, and postcards that failed to be sent while we were actually there.

There was grumpy, there was tired, but there was also a deep low level joy at being in mountains with trees and green and quiet.

There was remembering that mountains and hills are a rightness for me, in ways that flatness is not. And also remembering that places that tend to have them also tend to not have much to do in the evening.

There was much passing of various towns I've lived in or near, remembering when Concord, NH was a big city to me (Boston used to terrify me; Manhattan still does, although less so), seeing various towns that I think my high school used to have sports games at.

There were times when there was too much moving and I needed to just sit for a while and talk to the mountains and trees and grass. There were many more times when I just knew where I was, and was glad.

There was a fire, marshmallows, and small, hyper children. There was very little reading, and no internet access (or indeed, a computer, for me).

There was beauty. There was simplicity. There was quiet. There was time away with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker. And it was indeed good. I really needed that, for the time away, for the nature, for the time with [livejournal.com profile] metahacker.

There are pictures, which I may get around to posting some of.

Arisia

Jan. 22nd, 2008 11:14 am
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I can, indeed, switch my brain into a state where I can be intensely social for long periods of time. But it requires me to not need to keep track of time, makes me _very_ flighty (counteracted by being cuddled), not great at self care, and makes non-highly-social activities not things I want to be doing (so I made it to no panels at all, and played very few games). It also requires that I have people I am utterly comfortable with clinging to/cuddling with reasonably easily available. It also makes me _way_ less good at being aware that I am not seeing as much of people as I might like, if I'm seeing them at all and I _am_ getting time with comfortably cuddly people. It also means that I start getting less able to handle touch from those I'm not as comfortable with. And starts meaning my impulse control goes away (although that may have been insufficient sleep).

I have done this before (when I met [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina and [livejournal.com profile] cos, and went to the housewarming where I knew no one), but it's been a long time, and I didn't really understand then how to make it last without huge cost. Now I have more data. :)

So! Arisia mathmatics:

cutting is kind )

Arisia

Jan. 22nd, 2008 11:14 am
wispfox: (my hat is fuzzy!)
I can, indeed, switch my brain into a state where I can be intensely social for long periods of time. But it requires me to not need to keep track of time, makes me _very_ flighty (counteracted by being cuddled), not great at self care, and makes non-highly-social activities not things I want to be doing (so I made it to no panels at all, and played very few games). It also requires that I have people I am utterly comfortable with clinging to/cuddling with reasonably easily available. It also makes me _way_ less good at being aware that I am not seeing as much of people as I might like, if I'm seeing them at all and I _am_ getting time with comfortably cuddly people. It also means that I start getting less able to handle touch from those I'm not as comfortable with. And starts meaning my impulse control goes away (although that may have been insufficient sleep).

I have done this before (when I met [livejournal.com profile] the_xtina and [livejournal.com profile] cos, and went to the housewarming where I knew no one), but it's been a long time, and I didn't really understand then how to make it last without huge cost. Now I have more data. :)

So! Arisia mathmatics:

cutting is kind )
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Suzanne, Cos and me
Originally uploaded by jasra.

I finally remembered to link to the pictures in [livejournal.com profile] jasra's flickr of the Halloween party that [livejournal.com profile] jasra and I went to Saturday night!

It was great fun! I appear to be being way social, now that I have meds to allow me to sleep a reasonable amount. Kinda crazy, since it's _autumn_.



[edit: click to see the rest of the set!]
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Suzanne, Cos and me
Originally uploaded by jasra.

I finally remembered to link to the pictures in [livejournal.com profile] jasra's flickr of the Halloween party that [livejournal.com profile] jasra and I went to Saturday night!

It was great fun! I appear to be being way social, now that I have meds to allow me to sleep a reasonable amount. Kinda crazy, since it's _autumn_.



[edit: click to see the rest of the set!]

[random]

May. 11th, 2005 10:09 am
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Pretty day, and it _started_ that way. So I'm wearing silk and velvet. My clothing makes my skin happy. :) (no, I have no idea why nice days make me want to wear fun clothing. Perhaps because it gives me enough energy in the morning to _care_ about my clothing? And my idea of 'nice' includes weather warm enough for my fun clothing...)

I like getting introduced to other people's music. Mostly because there's no possible way for me to sift through all music, ever. So getting stuff other people have sifted through is pleasing, especially when I have at least some reason to believe that I will probably agree with their taste in music.

I continue to be intensely pleased to have met [livejournal.com profile] brynndragon.

I wait, hoping for a positive reply to my rental application.

Packing, packing, packing. I'm even packing around people visiting me (usually not while they're there, but both before and after their visits). Sheesh, I'm obsessive. :)

It's difficult to have a sense of how much stuff one has, until one packs it. I'm definitely going to have to reduce my stuff quotient when I do my year of US wandering, 'cause only some will be able to go _with_ me, and storage and shipping is expensive.

I really want the futon/couch that [livejournal.com profile] redjo and [livejournal.com profile] jirikido have. It's a couch and a bed, and it's a nice, firm mattress, which I don't usually associate with futons. But it'd be silly to buy it when I'm not going to want to bring it with me. So I won't!

Two days until Mirena!

I'm liking hearing birds when I'm outside. I always miss that in winter. Seeing them is good, too, of course. But hearing them is better. :) (ok, perhaps not better than seeing birds which are obviously having major amounts of fun in flight)

[random]

May. 11th, 2005 10:09 am
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Pretty day, and it _started_ that way. So I'm wearing silk and velvet. My clothing makes my skin happy. :) (no, I have no idea why nice days make me want to wear fun clothing. Perhaps because it gives me enough energy in the morning to _care_ about my clothing? And my idea of 'nice' includes weather warm enough for my fun clothing...)

I like getting introduced to other people's music. Mostly because there's no possible way for me to sift through all music, ever. So getting stuff other people have sifted through is pleasing, especially when I have at least some reason to believe that I will probably agree with their taste in music.

I continue to be intensely pleased to have met [livejournal.com profile] brynndragon.

I wait, hoping for a positive reply to my rental application.

Packing, packing, packing. I'm even packing around people visiting me (usually not while they're there, but both before and after their visits). Sheesh, I'm obsessive. :)

It's difficult to have a sense of how much stuff one has, until one packs it. I'm definitely going to have to reduce my stuff quotient when I do my year of US wandering, 'cause only some will be able to go _with_ me, and storage and shipping is expensive.

I really want the futon/couch that [livejournal.com profile] redjo and [livejournal.com profile] jirikido have. It's a couch and a bed, and it's a nice, firm mattress, which I don't usually associate with futons. But it'd be silly to buy it when I'm not going to want to bring it with me. So I won't!

Two days until Mirena!

I'm liking hearing birds when I'm outside. I always miss that in winter. Seeing them is good, too, of course. But hearing them is better. :) (ok, perhaps not better than seeing birds which are obviously having major amounts of fun in flight)

[various]

May. 6th, 2005 10:22 am
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I am wearing fuzzy clothing. *pleased*

http://fun.drno.de/flash/BigRedButton.swf (via [livejournal.com profile] ladytabitha) rewards obsessiveness.

Weekend! No P-town due to rainy and coldness this weekend. Bad rain. Later, perhaps!

But, because tomorrow was available, I now have an appointment to go look at an apartment in Melrose. Wee!

[various]

May. 6th, 2005 10:22 am
wispfox: (Default)
I am wearing fuzzy clothing. *pleased*

http://fun.drno.de/flash/BigRedButton.swf (via [livejournal.com profile] ladytabitha) rewards obsessiveness.

Weekend! No P-town due to rainy and coldness this weekend. Bad rain. Later, perhaps!

But, because tomorrow was available, I now have an appointment to go look at an apartment in Melrose. Wee!

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