I just feel…woken up. What have I been doing for three years? Is it culminating to something?
In six days it will be the third year anniversary of the fateful trip “-” took with the woman he married after me.
#metoo Jennifer Willoughby. Hash-fucking-tag.
It would have also been my 26th wedding anniversary. And, of course, it’s a lot of other things. Good people’s birthdays, the day after Valentine’s Day.
I hate being a cliché, but I’m pretty done. All the books said three years was it.
Am I headed to more commitment with my bf? Am I ever going to change jobs to something I won’t loathe until I’m 67? Or 70?
Will I be forever menopausally fat?
I’m engaging in EMDR soon. I hope this will help, and yet, I hope it’s not just another method I’m going to try to be comfortable in my life and skin.
I get tired. You know? I’m tired of “trying.”
And yet, what’s my alternative?
My id has a binge mentality — food, alcohol, Netflix — the more the merrier. I could moderate, but, I can’t ever think of a good reason to, so I just end up doing it.
My super-ego, on the other hand, keeps a balanced checkbook. Has a budget. A list of alternative activities to binge eating and/or drinking — take a shower, walk my cat, learn a language. She believes that one day…maybe even tomorrow…she will convince the id and the ego to take her well-researched-reasonable-practical-rational baby steps. And she also believes she can convince the other two to take the steps over and over again into oblivion. The id and the ego think she’s a super naggy constipated bore.
She is delusional, and my id and ego want to throw their beer cans at her.
My ego…I don’t know. I never seem to be the same person from day to day.
On a related note — gin is my kryptonite. I try to lay off, because it’s hard for me to just have one, and when I have more than one, I start gin-texting. Nasty texting. Or emailing. For some reason, last night I wrote out a gin-fueled email, the first in a long time, correcting the spelling and getting the jabs just right, and then I deleted it without sending it.
That may not sound like too much of a feat to you, but believe me, it is.
One for super-ego buzz kill! Way to show up just at the right time, for once.
From the daughter:
Dad bought a truck that looks just like your boyfriend’s.
Dad is taking me to Paris on an overnight train.
Dad is doing a lot of biking.
Dad bought a sailboat.
From the old neighbor:
They’re painting your house. It’s sage. Looks nice.
From the mom:
I’M FRIGGIN’ FINE! THANKS FOR NEVER ASKING…
She was supposed to have her last chemo on June 19. I can’t believe it is here after learning about her diagnosis last Thanksgiving.
But, she has an infection, and couldn’t get her treatment. She can’t get it until the infection is cleared up.
The cat lady t-shirt and dangling cat earrings I was going to send her as a, “Well you slayed that dragon,” present haven’t come yet, so, there’s that…
She doesn’t Snapchat me anymore with her trademark goofy optimism. I think I already said that.
I’m copied on group blasts, like the one about the infection, but she doesn’t communicate with me directly at this time. Does she feel sicker than usual? Depressed? Does she need someone pushy to insist on doing things for her?
Shocker, I know. Me. Worried.
She isn’t acting like herself, but let’s face it, she’s a whole new tempered self.
What does a person act like when their marathon’s finish line keeps moving farther away?
It’s such a kitchy, catchy phrase, I wish I had a whole blog post to back it up, but sometimes, you just get hit with the title.
I imagine the syndrome would include:
paranoia that the first wife will find you and throw a pie in your face,
low self esteem, trying to make up for the first wife, which is futile, and
jealousy of the less-than-worthy, heed-no-warning-signs, juvenile, third wife
Or, you could just say she’s FREE-AS-HELL!
Why all the hyphenated word strings?
Yeah, that about sums us up.
You didn’t have to change:
Your Social Security card
Your bank account
Your credit card account
Your driver’s license
Your credit rating
Your tax bracket
Your home to renters insurance
Your car insurance coverage
Your health insurance coverage
Your depression prescription
Your therapy schedule
Your ability to entertain
Your ability to travel
Your wardrobe size, twice
Your shame meter
You only had to change:
— Your mind —
To recite marriage vows
To wife #3