Anxiety and Other Goings-On

Things we’ve been up to. . .

Bad news first:
I think I am having anxiety problems. I have no idea what is causing it, other than that I haven’t been working out. This is a new one for me. I bet it will clear up when I get more exercise. Anyone else have this problem?

On to good stuff:

Seeing Santa at Joe’s Coffee Shop in East Atlanta, just like we have every year. Even though we don’t live there anymore, we still like to go back to our favorite coffee shop, and see people’s kids growing up and talk to old friends. And hey, where else can you go where you know Santa and the elves personally? It is a nice family tradition for us, even if Rollie was kind of an ass that day.

Mr. Grumpy face

Mr. Grumpy face


Tiller loves hot chocolate.

Tiller loves hot chocolate.

Mom and Dad might buy this house in the Atlanta area:

Keep your fingers crossed for them.

Keep your fingers crossed for them.


It would be nice to have them closer again.

We have elves. They showed up on the doorstep one morning with notes from Santa. They are full of mischief. As Rollie said the other day, “They did two mischievouses!” Or, as Tiller calls them: “Misfishes.”

The first night they were here they made a tower of presents and got into the wrapping ribbons!

The first night they were here they made a tower of presents and got into the wrapping ribbons!


The kids are wild for them. I am ready for them to go back to the North Pole.

Holiday Feast at Rollie’s school. We all went. They had turkey and dressing. Yes, school cafeteria turkey and dressing is just as terrible as you remember. THEY PUT MY ROLL SMACK DAB ON TOP OF MY TURKEY AND GRAVY; This is tantamount to holding me down and making me eat wet toilet paper.

Rollie and some classmates waiting in the lunchline.

Rollie and some classmates waiting in the lunchline.

It really captures the way that boys can’t stand still, and the kid with the shiner is really funny.

She is putting on a good face about the cafeteria lunch.

She is putting on a good face about the cafeteria lunch.

Rollie isn't bothering with putting a pretty face on it.

Rollie isn't bothering with putting a pretty face on it.

We made some Christmas cookies. I will never get the flour cleaned up. . . .

Rollie got a little on his face. And in his hair. And on the walls.

Rollie got a little on his face. And in his hair. And on the walls.

See that little container? She is about to take the whole container of sprinkles and dump it on one damn cookie.

See that little container? She is about to take the whole container of sprinkles and dump it on one damn cookie.

Not as much fun to clean up. That is a ton of flour. It gets in the cracks of the table and turns hard and grody.

Not as much fun to clean up. That is a ton of flour. It gets in the cracks of the table and turns hard and grody.

That’s about where I am. Stressed out about apparently nothing. Not feeling good. I have never really had problems with anxiety before. No clue what to do about it. Terrible feeling.

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10 Responses to “Anxiety and Other Goings-On”

  1. Courtney says:

    Anxiety is a recent addition to my psyche too, and I find it’s absolutely correlated to the amount of exercise I’m getting. A few days back on the exercise wagon really helps.

    I read somewhere that one way to truly keep anxiety at bay is to always exercise to the point of exhaustion. For me, that’s awesome, because at this time of year I’m so out of shape that it takes very little to exhaust the hell out of me.

  2. Shannon Wheeler says:

    I’m sorry you are feeling anxious- not fun. From someone who has dealt with anxiety for a number of years and did meds for awhile, best way to handle is to WORKOUT- I can’t imagine that it is easy to find the time with having 2 kids, but it does help. Note: as I write this I have had an incredibly anxious filled last 3 weeks and I am handling it with a glass of wine with my sis:) Tomorrow I will work out.
    love you.

  3. slp says:

    keep your chin up! have you tried wine, bourbon, or both?

  4. Wendy Kleha says:

    Hey Girl! I have anxiety due to ocd. As I graduated college and had more resposibilities things seemed to close in, or make me clench or feel very anxious in situations that should have been fun and relaxed. I am an honest person, but at the same time work way to hard to make sure everyone one else is happy and taken care of. This anxiety led to stress and many life altering side effects. After seeing a long line of NEUROLOGISTS I was put on a light anti anxiety medicine. Have been on it for 15 years, and it makes a huge difference:)

  5. Dogwood Girl says:

    Courtney, i honestly think that is what is going on.
    Scott – Xanax and a glass of wine helped immensely.

  6. Nikki says:

    Me too. I have major anxiety, and it is BAD BAD when I am not exercising. Did I mention it’s bad? I’m not kidding. I’ve even had panic attacks. Running is the only thing that really helps. Sorry to hear you are having anxiety. I know you are doing your best, but don’t forget to take care of yourself.

  7. Steph says:

    Right there with you. The exercise helps keep my mind busier with other stuff.

  8. Carrie says:

    Lack of exercise can be the culprit but the weather plays a factor. Lack of sunshine totally kicks my ass. The Holidays kinda have that affect on people as well.

  9. Dogwood Girl says:

    Okay, now I am concerned by the number of folks who are experiencing anxiety. What is wrong with us? Or is it something to do with the fact that people these days have too much time on their hands, use their minds too much, and their bodies not enough?

  10. Dogwood Girl says:

    Sounds like we all need to get off our computers and take a walk around the block!

    It does make me feel better to know I am not alone, though. 🙂

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