Monday, January 02, 2006

I'm Cranky

It is January 2, 2006, and I'd like to be able to write some upbeat blog about how nifty everything is and that I've made a very deep and meanful list of resolutions that I will keep no matter what. But, ya know what? I'M CRANKY. I'M CROSS. Like a 4 year old that hasn't had a nap in three days. Yeah, it is that level of CRANKY.

So, let's review what could possibly be generating the crankiness.

First off, I haven't had a cigarette in four months. The crankiness comes and goes with this one.

I'm tired. And, I just bought the office coffee in 1/2 decaff. (altogether now: WHAT WAS I THINKING?).

I am 30 pounds overweight. That is deserving of a 10-part blog.

My house is FILTHY. And for someone who has what my shrink describes as OCD-tendencies, the FILTH is driving me batty.

I lost my biggest client and the Comrades at the Central office (I mean home office) have changed my payment/compensation structure.

Well, I think that covers it. Oh, wait, I need a vacation too.

So, every night God hears something like this: "Can't you cut me some slack on the weight thing? I mean, I've done everything else you've told me and I haven't complained about the hard work. Bipolar AND alcoholic . I mean seriously. Plus, I QUIT SMOKING. Doesn't that mean anything? Can't you just make the weightloss a miracle type thing. MY LIFE IS HARD. Can't weightloss be easy for me????"

And what I hear back is the following: "Hard life? Are you joking me? Let me know when you live in Afghanistan and get back to me."


Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

Give in the crankiness. Revel in it. Roll in it. Okay, now get up and go for a walk.

Re: Brokeback Mountain. You could wait til it comes out for rental.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

Ha ha! I feel this way, like, every other day recently...

12:32 PM  
Blogger Shrinking Violet said...

Thanks Debbie!

12:54 PM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

Be cranky. Be cross. Eat doughnuts and be merry. I blogged once about how my mom used to tell me "Jesus wants you to be a sunbeam!" when I was cranky. You can be a sunbeam tomorrow.

1:09 PM  
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1:15 PM  
Blogger Shrinking Violet said...

Dear Backyard - Did my site pull up because it had "violet" in the title? Thanks for stopping by...check out a post I titled Reason #438 for Marrying The Man. My husband is a most fabulous gardner!

1:37 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

I'm cranky, too.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Yes - be mad and cranky and pouty and generally feel life is unfair to you. And articulate why you feel like that ALL THE TIME! I will continue to read, even if you only complain. And everyone else will read too. And then something good will happen. Maybe just a little something. But then something else will too, to take the edge off. And maybe next week at this time life won't be all stinging nettles in your socks and razor burn. It will just be annoying, like a burned out lightbulb in the kitchen. Just keep talking.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

No nicotene and 1/2 the caffeine? No wonder you're cranky!

Good for you on quitting. I went cold turkey 3 1/2 years ago and I thought I might kill someone for the first few months. It will get easier.

PS Thank you so much for all the helpful info. My husband read over everything too and we're going to check out a couple of the books you recommended.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

As someone who is going to be trying to quit soon... You are scaring me! I'm just kidding. Maybe we can be raging bitches together? We'll be each other's support system, calling just to scream and hang up. I'll share my newly aquired sedatives with you... ;)

10:06 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Oh my sweetheart...I UNDERSTAND.

Weight sucks. Dieting sucks. My body that holds on to every possible calorie consumed...SUCKS.

You're not smoking, you're AT work at least (unlike some of us who would possibly choose hiding under the covers) and you're FABULOUS.

Now go be cranky all you like. Sounds ok to me.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

I find there is nothing wrong with being cranky. People tend to leave me alone when I am that way. Crank on!

5:30 AM  
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11:51 PM  
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