Posts tagged ‘random’

May 3, 2010

Don’t…Panic

Alright peeps, let’s hunker down and talk about something less frivolous, shall we? President Obama…HAHA JUST KIDDING, I’m not going to start talking about politics.

Here’s the deal: I’ve been going through some shizz lately and one thing that’s got my Hanky Pankies in a twist is the fact that there’s a bit of a stigma associated with talking about it. The result is that sometimes I feel alone in this ridonkulous experience I’m having. And I’m not going to take it sitting down!

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So, after that way-too-huge buildup, I would like to share with you, my readers who are always nice to me except sometimes, that I have anxiety. Like, the bad kind. Wamp, wamp, who cares right? It’s taken me some time to realize that for people dealing with anxiety, “who cares” isn’t really the best answer.

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Anxiety can manifest in a bajillion different ways, but it makes this little Wiggs feel like she’s swimming in Jell-O (only much less delicious and strawberry-flavored). I get stuck on the couch sometimes, unable to make myself do anything productive like change out of my pajamas or work out or turn off Real Housewives of NYC even though I’ve seen the episode three times already (TEAM BETHENNY!). And then the sleep disruption – gah. I wake up like six times a night believing down to my core that Dave and Baxter are dead, so I get up all creepy-stalker-like and feel their chests to make sure they’re still breathing. And don’t even get me started on my inability to concentrate.

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My therapist (yep, I have a real-live therapist who lets me sit on her couch and talk about myself for an hour at a time!) says that my inability to take action is called “avoidance” and that it’s pretty common. Apparently all of those times I told myself, “WIGGS! Get off the couch and stop being lazy!” I was making things worse, because anxiety isn’t just laziness or procrastination; it’s a real issue that some people need extra help to overcome.

Which is annoying, because I’ve never heard of anyone who feels like this. But over the past couple of months, reading blogs like this one and this one, I’ve noticed that there are people – brave people who are open about it – going through their own crap.

And THEN! Yesterday at church (I’m not about to get all preachy on your ass, just hold on a sec) the pastor was talking about feeling “stuck” in life. I felt so much better just hearing someone acknowledge it that I resolved to buck up and tell you people about it. Because maybe you’re going through something similar. And even though I can’t really help you, I want you to know that you’re not alone, and you’re not a lame-ass just because you can’t force yourself out of it. I started a formspring for anyone who wants to know more about my own experiences. You can click that link and ask me any anonymous question (anxiety-related or not) and I’ll answer. Even mean ones.

This dude says:

…it is crucial that both scientific and lay communities work toward dispelling the myth that anxiety disorders are somehow less important — or worse, insignificant — in the vast landscape of psychiatric illnesses. We’re not talking about a normal response to stress here. Anxiety, when it develops into pathology, may be diagnosed as social phobia, separation anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anorexia, and bulimia, among a host of other maladies.

Here are some helpful links, though if you think you’ve got anxiety disorder (or panic disorder, or depression, or anything really) you should consider talking to a professional who can give you specific strategies for getting your life back on track.

Ten Tips for Dealing with Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety and Panic: Gaining Control Over How You’re Feeling

How to Cope with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

And then this awesome book (that is in dire need of a new title) given to me by my therapist

…annnnywayyy…I know this is definitely not why most of you read this blog, but on the off-chance that at least one of you would benefit I had to say something. And for those who this doesn’t apply to, at least you know why my posts have been so sporadic, right? And why I haven’t been working out or putting on makeup much, right? Right? Bueller?

(P.S. all of the photos in this post are recipes I will be posting soon. Also, are there any makeup-related requests out there? I can’t decide what to write about next.)

October 3, 2009

Oh, mah gaw,

…go here right now. Then come back here and paste your favorite one into the comments, since I don’t have enough time to read all of them. Dave and I are having a rousing game of Wikipedia Challenge:

  • Each player has one computer.
  • Together, you agree on a term that you will locate on Wikipedia. Examples (from our game) include: toothpick, Tenacious D, fart, and Rocko’s Modern Life.
  • Go to Wikipedia’s home-page.
  • Someone yells START and all players click on “Random Article.”
  • From there, you may only click links WITHIN THE ARTICLE.
  • The goal is to be the first player to reach the decided-upon term.
  • You may not type ANYTHING, including Ctrl+F, cheater. And no hitting the back button, either.

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That there’s a picture of me dressed up as a Coors Light can for the first annual Chicago Beachathlon a couple of weeks ago, where Whitney in Chicago, now an OFFICIAL LAWYER, was volunteering. Annnd…I’m not bragging or anything, but I’m married to the guy who finished second overall. He won a life-sized plywood surfboard that will be hung in our home when monkeys fly out of my ass.

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Also, I made that Coors Light costume from scratch, by hand. I even painted the logo on felt, thus securing my spot in the Awesome People Hall of Fame.

Happy weekend, friends!

***Update: You like how my ponytail looks like a mullet (pronounced “moo-lay”) in the photo of me? It makes the photo even better.***

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June 25, 2009

Travelin’ in style

So last weekend I had to travel to Portland for work, and since Dave was at his bachelor party and my girlfriends were tied up with plans of their own, I ended up going solo. Not caring much about where I stayed, I went to Hotwire.com to find lodging. In case you haven’t heard of it, here’s Hotwire in a nutshell: you are told the location, rating, and price of your hotel, but you don’t get to know exactly where you’ll be staying until after you’ve paid. For my trip last weekend, I found a five-star hotel in downtown Portland for $99 a night.

People, it was The Nines. Look:

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Yep, that was my room. Here are tons more pictures, just so you understand how incredible this place was. I’m a convert. I’m going to use Hotwire for the rest of my life.

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April 1, 2009

Reason #1302987310298470912874 that I need a dog

Found on my mom’s blog:

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March 18, 2009

Where The Wild Things Are

Um, can we all pause for a second and talk about this? Words don’t exist for how excited I am to see this movie. Where The Wild Things Are, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and Babar and the Wully-Wully are the books that defined my childhood.

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What were your favorite books growing up?

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March 2, 2009

Oh, Yahoo Answers

I came across this gem the other day when I was trying to figure out cell phone/driving laws.

I came across this gem the other day when I was trying to figure out cell phone/driving laws.

I admit, I’ve used Yahoo Answers from time to time. It can come in handy when I’m trying to figure out what to substitute for allspice in a recipe. However, unlike Wikipedia, it doesn’t seem to be moderated, so the result is that 9 out of 10 people contributing answers are real yahoos (sorry, had to do it). 11 Stupid Questions From Yahoo Answers That Have Changed My Life hits the nail right on the head. I couldn’t finish reading it because I was crying with laughter. (Note: it’s a little bit offensive and there’s an EXTREMELY offensive photograph next to it, so don’t go if you’ve got a delicate consitution.)

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February 28, 2009

15 College courses that I would totally take

My father-in-law to-be sent me a link to this NYTimes Laugh Lines article detailing the “15 Strangest College Courses in America.”

15. Arguing with Judge Judy: Popular “Logic” on TV Judge Shows; University of California, Berkeley

14. Underwater Basket Weaving
University of California, San Diego

13. Learning From YouTube
Pitzer College

12. Philosophy and “Star Trek”
Georgetown University

11. The Art of Walking
Centre College

10. Daytime Serials: Family and Social Roles
University of Wisconsin

9. Joy of Garbage
Santa Clara University

8. The Science of Superheroes
University of California at Irvine

7. Zombies in Popular Media
Columbia College, Chicago

6. The Science of Harry Potter
Frostburg State University

5. Cyberporn and Society
State University of New York at Buffalo

4. “Simpsons” and Philosophy
University of California-Berkeley

3. “Far Side” Entomology
Oregon State

2. Myth and Science Fiction: “Star Wars,” “The Matrix,” and “Lord of the Rings”; Centre College

1. The Strategy of StarCraft
University of California, Berkley

Of course one of the courses is at Pitzer College (one of the five colleges in the Claremont Consortium, to which my alma mater Pomona belongs). The weirdest class I took in school was called “History of Gardens.” It actually ended up being one of my favorite courses, though – all we did was look at slides of gorgeous gardens, go on field trips to gorgeous gardens, learn about historical gorgeous gardens, and talk about what makes gardens so gorgeous in the first place. For our final exam, the professor gave us a blank sheet of paper and told us to design our dream-garden. I still have mine (and will scan & upload it someday for you, once I dig it out of my mom’s basement).

What’s the weirdest college course you ever took?

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February 27, 2009

Added to my wedding registry

White-man's 'fro sold separately

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Maybe my mom could incorporate this into her next Lakeshore book: “As Daisy lounged on his Lynx-patterned Love Rug, she couldn’t help but imagine that she was a cavewoman who had just been dragged by the hair into his sensual den of animalistic pleasures.”

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February 25, 2009

A brief word on the mother-lode

My mom is awesome. Totally, completely, awesome. She’s incredibly talented and well-respected in her field, and she has managed to master a craft that clobbers most people who attempt it.

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Isn't she gorge?

Which is why it pains me to admit this:

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February 24, 2009

Reading Rainbow

This post originally appeared on my other blog, Figs & Wigs…but since I’ve got lotsa book lovers coming my way today (hi, Susan Wiggs fans!), I figured you’d all appreciate this.

Dave’s mom, Susan, has an old notebook in her office where she has written down every single book she’s read, and the date she finished it, since she was in college. She reads more than anyone I think I’ve ever met, and usually has about three or four books going at once, which absolutely knocks my socks off.

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Last year I decided to start a notebook of my own. I don’t read as much as Susan, but it’s nice to look back and see what I’ve been filling my mind with all year. Plus, I’m blonde enough that sometimes I forget that I’ve already read a book until just before the end, when I’m like “CRAP! I already know what HAPPENS!” And then there are old friends on my bookshelf that I love to re-read. It’s nice to look back and see when I turned to them (like East of Eden, my favorite book in the history of favorite books, which I read after finishing the GMAT last spring). Check out the list of books I’ve read in the past year after the jump!

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