Monday, August 18, 2008

When the going get's tough....

Some will tell you that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Well, I just want to take a nap. I'm exhausted. Spent. Aching to the bone tired. I have tried to put a finger on the cause of my situation. Could it be that I am still reeling from Craig being gone? (he returned yesterday but he's leaving again on Friday. This time for a recruiting trip....{{sigh}}...) Or could it be that Ragan has had never ending homework and volleyball for the last two weeks?? It could possibly be due to the fact that my reproductive organs are trying to do me in. It could also be that I start sweating the moment I step out of the tub and don't stop all day long. Maybe I am subconsciously worrying about Mark and his being sick, especially since his mission call is due to arrive any minute. Or, I am anticipating Makenzie announcing impending nuptials. (I have heard that Makenzie and Justin don't want to "announce" anything because they are afraid of Craig. While that would usually make me feel really bad, I am going to let Craig's intimidation factor remain in place a little while longer just so I can keep my baby here with me.) I am certain the the whole frontal lobe of my brain resembles oatmeal at the moment. I cannot keep a clear thought in my head. Hence my obsessive list making. Only now, I am forgetting to refer to my lists. What WILL become of me?!?! I need a vacation. A proper vacation. One that doesn't include a track meet. All you bloggers out there....Tell me what you do when life comes to a stand still for you read, create something, listen to music? I can't wait to hear what you have to say. In the meantime, I'm gonna keep on keepin' on. ;)


Gail said...

For me I try to takr a long bath with lots of bubbles, soft music and candles. Then have Keith rub my feet, take a sleeping pill and go to sleep.

This does not happen often, as it is hard enough for me to use the bathroom with the door being knocked on a thousand times or fingers under the door and lots of whining on the other side. But when I get the chance I love my baths.

Amanda said...

So sorry to hear you're feeling so frazzled. For many years I worked through feeling that way, and now I'm retired I have developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So my advice is to STOP - let everyone know you're NOT DOING ANYTHING for a few days and that they're to look after you for a change. Then lay back (not sit) and enjoy some old films, preferably on DVD so it doesn't matter if you doze off. Eat healthily - every three hours - doze, switch off, be selfish and you'll be feeling better in a couple of days.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Have a rest...and SEW!!!
Love all the ric rac...and the bag looks very cute!
LOVED all the family shots, those hairdoes, I have a few very similar! Tracey

Lauriej said...

I eat :-)

I can't wait to hear about Mark ( and Makenzie!!)

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Oh Jo Anne!!!! I can only imagine what you're going through. I'll be thinking of you :-)

As for what I do... well,... I just keep plugging away. A little each day and keep thinking "God won't give me more than I can handle right????"

SHHHHH.... whispering Congrats!!!!

I have a surprise for you on my blog come on over and check out Monday night!!!!


This Country Girl said...


Reading your words, I could really identify! For me, I have to just stop sometimes and sit back in my recliner and rest (although sometimes my brain still works even then while I'm sleeping so it's hard to get REAL rest). I mean sometimes I have to do that if it's only for 20-25 minutes setting the timer and tell everyone don't bother me or wake me up unless someone is bleeding or the house is on fire! They've learned to respect that. And other that, just doing something away from home with the family for fun (like the vacation you talked about) are the most refreshing things for me! I feel bad for you! Take care of yourself and I agree....let Craig's intimidation factor work in your favor! :)


TaraB said...

I feel for you! I have had this same problems for about the last 6 months when my husband suddenly quit the job he had dreamed of, came home and did nothing - that' right nothing, okay it felt like nothing- he did work, but not what I had expected. Then it was car problems - which still haven't let up - so it never ends!!

My answer CHOCOLATE and QUILTING and GIRL'S NIGHTS! These seem to take away some of the stress.

I also focus on the positive things that are around me, remember who I am, and where I came from. I also visit the temple often to reflect.

My prayers are with you!

Linda said...

Now that the kids are on their own, I haven't had days like that for awhile, but I used to get those too and usually when David was gone too and the kids had things going on and work was crazy and so my life was crazy. I would get in the car and go someplace like a park and if it was nice out, I'd walk. If not, I'd sit in the car with a CD on and enjoy the view and regroup. Someone once told me to get out of the house and away from it - it was better than being stuck WHERE I was stuck. It seemed to help me.

Good luck Jo-anne - being a mom is hard enough, it's even harder when DH is not always at home!

Julie said...

Joanne--Have you had your thyroid checked? I have thyroid problems and all the things your listed are symptons of that---fatigue, sweating, memory stuff...I actually posted about it today!! I'm sure you could find info on it by googling thyroid problems. It also could just be LIFE--and some times you just need to get away with just YOU!! I go for a walk, go to a quilt store or eat chocolate!!! Take care. Julie

Anonymous said...

I know this would be hard for you considering where you are, but when I am stressed, I love to go sit by the water (here in WA there is ALOT of it) and just let my mind empty. Maybe that is just what you need, a chance to let your mind "empty". Find something or someplace you can go and just do nothing. Try it. It will help your hormones too. PS, I never felt better than after the big "H".
Love you, Pennee