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Friday, March 18, 2016

I'm feeling trollish today. Like the grumpy antisocial creatures who live under bridges, not like the cretins who wander the internet to pick fights! I am mostly a stereotypical geeky introvert, but get stuck on a lot of committees for balance because there are not a lot of women at work. So this week I have been on a committee interviewing candidates, and had to ask questions and make small talk and appear professional every day, and it is wearying.

And because the kid has a hard time hobbling on her crutches, I play sherpa in the mornings - I carry her heavy schoolbag, follow her into school and walk her to class. Which means some more small talk and appearing friendly and answering questions and fighting my inner introvert.

Then we have a work lunch today. More politeness, small talk, being professional, etc. I know this all comes easily to a lot of people, but for nerds like I, being social and not talking about nerdy things requires conscious effort.

So I was looking forward to a quiet Friday night. The kid has a birthday party to attend, so I was going to make a grownup meal for just me and the hub, but then he reminded me that he had rsvp'ed to a St. Patrick's Day party. So ... more socializing!

This probably all seems ridiculous to a normal person. I guess this is just a long indulgent rant to say, I'm kind of tired of pretending to be a normal person all week, and want some time to hibernate!
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    I'm sorry you were feeling grumpy, Bemused, but you made me laugh--AGAIN! You "play sherpa" in the mornings and are forced to "appear friendly"! And "being social and not talking about nerdy things requires conscious effort"! Love it!

    It's natural that you feel grumpy if you have to keep doing things that you don't enjoy. This past week, it was suddenly sprung on me that my husband's sister's twenty-year-old daughter needed a place to stay in our city, as she was doing a university workshop nearby. This was totally out of the blue and I wondered why they had not asked me much earlier, as she must have known about this trip long ago. Of course, I could not refuse to let her stay here, but I was given such short notice that it required a HUGE effort to tidy this place up, air out extra futon, scour the bath, go shopping, cook, shuttle her back and forth from the station, etc., all in addition to my regular jobs, AND my live-in daughter is going through a bad phase and a houseguest would only exacerbate her troubles. I wasn't feeling too generous, as my niece is not easy to talk to--a good girl but in "conversation," one-word answers and no give-and-take, etc.--so after two days of this, I was definitely feeling like Ms. Grumpy myself!
    1858 days ago
  • PJDANIELS
    I feel you Sister. I also need down time, time off the hamster wheel. I have a girlfriend who is in constant activity, and to me that is just exhausting. I need alone time or at least home time with the hubby.

    Your daughter seems to be healing really fast. That's wonderful. And you're getting all this extra exercise!
    1859 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2016 10:38:49 AM
  • GRANDMABABA
    We all need down time. I hope you find a place of peace for just you this weekend!
    1859 days ago
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