The past few weeks were full of “repair” stuff. Mechanics, repairman, but worst of all multiple visits. Waiting around. Some companies have come a long way from “we’ll be there sometime Friday” to specifying time frames – 8 to noon, 10 to 2, and 1 to 4. It’s better but I’m never the first on the roster. *fingers thumping on desk*
These are first world problems. It’s irritating though. Especially when you have several of them running together. (I’m not even complaining about the cha-ching, cha-ching! That’s a whole different post and requires multiple margaritas!)
After a particularly trying day where I found out that two visits that happened that day would require two follow-up visits. I needed to decompress. Get my petal off the metal. Ease on down. Take a deep breath. Inhale, exhale. Right foot, left foot.
I couldn’t go for a walk (exercise is a fabulous way to work out the kinks and annoyances). I was hanging around for a call and follow-up trip.
I went on-line. (What did we do before the internet was discovered?) First I looked at cats on Facebook (I purred). Then I moved to blog comments (always a winner). I clicked on my family tree to revisit my newest entries, looking for inspiration or a new research angle.
The ancestry project can be very frustrating. Everyone has the same names in the same small villages without exact records. Anyone who knows anything is gone (I need my Mom!). Yet, there is something peaceful just looking at the chart. Good memories flood back along with some ache. It was nice. No action required.
I chose this BEFORE playing Free Cell on my Kindle which is my all-time “go to” for calmness. It’s Xanax for my frittered nerves. If I play Free Cell in a waiting room, the time flies. I don’t get agitated (they are always late). I’m delightful to deal with (ok, that’s hard to believe). My day doesn’t get ruined.
I have found a new drug-free soothing activity. I will need this for taxes. Those are planned for next week. It will be a very cranky week. I’m getting an IV ready. Just not sure if it will be margaritas or mocha lattes. We’ll see. Stay tuned.
How do you ratchet down when life is irritating?