Armed and Dangerous


Photo by halseike

First I owe everyone apologies- I have been in a funk, and hiding under my covers reading – well we won’t discuss what exactly 🙂 Because of that I wasn’t answering comments the way I should and I don’t have an edited post for you today. But I have things to say- so welcome to the crazy world of my thoughts without Kilian to save me from myself!

When life gets overwhelming I pull out my Cozi to-do list and try and breathe and work through things one manageable task at a time. When this doesn’t work, I hide. I grab my computer and crawl under the covers and read. I do get work stuff done- things that other people will hold me accountable for, but things on my list- yeah not happening.

In-case you were wondering items on my to-do list don’t disappear while I hide. I am hopeful every time I do this, but nope they don’t move. However they do seem to organize, multiple and arm themselves. As of writing this I have yet to open my Cozi to-do list, as I will need to put on protective eyes gear and grab a shield first.

Photographed by RachelH_

I have learned not to fight these down times, even though the getting back up might involve blood shed. When I fight, my self talk because really horrible and I hide from the world a lot longer than normal.

This time I had a work activity to bounce me back. I drove my five work kids (including a 2 year old) 6 hours North to ride the “Polar Express”- yep just like the book/movie. It was super fun! The kids were great, and I survived drive in rain and hail- I HATE driving in rain. It scares the crap out of me. When I’m home if it looks like it’s going to rain hard I don’t go out- not even for chocolate!

Once we got home- which was much later than I was planning due to the van doors being frozen shut, and having to stop because the kids wanted to use the bathroom and eat- so rude! I had a pout attack. I wanted to go to this Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Horror writers conference, which I had won tickets too, but two of the panels I wanted to see were already over, and I wouldn’t get there until noon.

So I sat and pouted and checked my email trying to decide what to do. I was tired and bitchy, and hiding and reading was looking good. But then shocking came a piph (not a full epiphany just a piph) of anti-zen- I was waiting to WANT to go, I was waiting to FEEL like going, and that wasn’t wasn’t going to happen. I could stay home and read or I could go, but I would start either of them in a bad mood. So I sprayed on some perfume – you’re welcome- and I went.

I had a great time. Not sure I learned a lot, but I got to have fun, I have a few new plot/ character ideas germinating in my brain, and I got to talk to adults and writers.

Photo by elfidomx

One thing I would like to say to my fellow geeks, you CAN have social skills. Really it’s okay, you can keep your ultimate geek of the universe card and not ‘talk’ to the panel as if you are sitting down having a one on one conversation with them. Really, social skills are our friends- even Sherlock can fake them 🙂

Anyway- wild rambles, not sure if there was a point, but I had a good time, learned stuff about myself (like I’m an idiot trying to plan a tight schedule with a 2 yr-old) and got myself out of my funk 🙂

How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting?

6 responses »

  1. Your way of dealing with being overwhelmed sounds like mine 🙂 I also do cozy stuff and ignore my own important projects (writing) as I scramble to fulfill all the other obligations I’ve piled on my plate. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the conference. With young children adult company and craft talk is such a refreshing change even if you just go to listen. And new plot and character ideas rock. I get totally energized by them.

  2. I went to a great writing workshop presented by my RWA chapter, and procrastinated writing my NaNoWriMo novel. I also cleared my Cozi to-do list- I meant to click “Delete checked items,” but instead clicked “Delete everything on this list” LOL! It worked amazingly well, you should try it!

  3. Well, now I’m kicking myself. I was planning to go to a book signing with Rhys Bowen, one of my favorite mystery authors, on Saturday. After an exhausting and frustrating day, I was too worn out and grumpy and still had too many to-do’s, blah, blah, blah. I didn’t go. Now I think I should have gone. :/

    Polar Express sounds lovely. I never did that with my kids. And your weather is obviously cooler than ours. I was asking my son this morning what the weather would be on Saturday–high of 68 degrees.

    • I had to drive 6 hours North and up 4000 feet up to get to that cold weather- I live in the desert- hot and dry! It was a lot of fun. Their faces when they saw Santa was worth all the trouble.
      Sorry for making you feel bad- I just realized that I kept waiting to ‘feel like it’ and with 7 kids and a crazy life that rarely happens I need to go no matter what.

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