Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ARGHH!


Lately I just haven't had the time to spend on the computer like I used to. I seem to have so much on my plate these days. (Not a real good metaphor, eh?) But honestly! I'm working 2 jobs (one which takes me overnight two nights) the other per-diem subbing so I never know what each day will bring. I lead a women's Bible study, teach Sunday School, am taking a graduate course and trying to put together a proposal for my thesis (a separate course next semester but one I need to prepare for now, as my thesis will be due next Spring.)


Did I mention we're still working on the new house which still *sigh* only has studs for walls at this point and absolutely MUST be done by Christmas! I refuse to host the holidays here as I have no furniture at present in my living room (gave it to my daughter when she moved out because I knew we wouldn't need it in the new place) and all my decorations are packed away for moving.


Can anyone say STRESS???


I'm trying to keep things in perspective. Prioritize and all that. And I have been saying no to some things. Like when our Pastor asked all of our small group leaders to spearhead a missions project in November. Nope. Nada. No can do.


On top of everything I'm supposed to be winning the weight loss war. I feel more like hoisting the white flag at this point. Sticking to my challenges has proven to be just that - a real challenge. Because friends - I'm stress eater. And believe you me (!) when I opened our stock report this month and saw how much of our retirement investments were wiped out - I ran straight for the Oreos.


Christmas is coming. Bills are due. Money is short.


Sorry - I had to vent. If I didn't I was headed straight for the Oreos again.



14 comments:

RunningNan said...

I feel the exact same way!

Fab Kate said...

You have retirement investments? That's great! Some of us don't have that, but live each month hand to mouth. I'm still paying for my master's degree, which gives me exactly nada since I'm now disabled with chronic illness, and since losing our home in '97 when my son had been in the hospital for three straight years, I'll likely never own a home again unless I win the lottery.

You know what? I wonder if I have less stress than you do? I don't know where I'll be living in two months, but plan on having a fun Christmas, just me and my kids. Host a party? LOL My family is scattered across the nation. I would have loved to go to CA to visit my daughter for Christmas... this will be the first year I won't get to see her over the holidays.

But to be honest, right now I'm feeling pretty joyful for what we will have. This year I've planned to spend a whole $200 on Christmas (10X what I could afford to spend last year) and the kids are thrilled. So am I. It means there will be some sort of presents under the tree for the girls, and maybe some goodies in the stockings.

But you know that the best part of life right now doesn't have to do with the money. It's being able to live in a town I love, have beautiful weather, have food in the cupboard and my kids health.

What's there to stress over then?

Lora said...

Kate...you've certainly put things in perspective for me. I feel like a schmuck for complaining!

Fab Kate said...

You know, we all have different expectations. When I lived in a nice townhome with my now ex, had two cars, and ordered Christmas from a catalog months (and a few thousand dollars) in advance, I was always stressed out. I can understand that.

Mark Twain said "I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better." But I disagree. Sometimes it has a lot more to do with the OTHER things in life... things we don't always see if we've gotten too comfortable.

new*me said...

stress is my middle name. We have decided to make Christmas more about the season this year,...........more friends and family over....less gifts. Trying to teach the kids a little something about what it's all about while they are still young.

Hubby is a big oreo fan.....I could pass on them but put a big oatmeal raisin in front of me or a sugar cookie......homemade....forget about it!

Hoping you can find peace soon.

Honi said...

just call us your calorie free oreos... Much luck to you.. remember to breath in and breath out.. tackle one thing at a time.. break it all down.. then things are never as overwhelming as they appear..

MizFit said...

woman? I do get this.

the 401K is plummeting and my gotoweakness is/are double stuffs.

so much so that when you said the WHITE FLAG OF SURRENDER thing I envisioned mine made of the, well, double STUFF :)

hang in there.

Miz.

Betty said...

Totally understandable! And that´s what we are here for....

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Hanlie said...

(((Hugs))). That's all I can offer...

Hanlie said...

Thinking of you! (((Hugs)))

JC said...

I understand about stress eating. I'm stressed myself right now and had fried chicken & fries for lunch. I don't feel so great right now. Don't throw in the towel. You will get through this. My retirement is tied up in a 403B so I hope it recovers before I need it. I don't even want to know what is happening with it right now. The market will turn around, just don't panic. Do better with your stress eating than I did today. HA!!

CactusFreek said...

Doh! It seems to be going around :o/

Bonnie said...

Stay away from your 401k reports! I refuse to open the envelope mine came in. Bad news...that will make anyone run to the fridge.

I hope the stress eases up.

Each of us have our own stress to deal with and it doesn't make it any easier no matter what the stress. So you "vent" all you want!