Tuesday, December 7, 2010

So that's your opinion of me, is it?

Today Nate was playing at a friend's house, so Grace and I went out to the mall to do some Christmas shopping, or as I like to call it: feeding Grace raisins to contain her rage while I look for things that aren't actually in the stores. After we came home, Jason was there working, so I put Grace down for her nap and then went out again on my own.

The malls are already packed with people here, and there is that frenetic, half-crazed, forced-cheerfulness feeling already in the air. Driving home, I realized that I was feeling really stressed, as if it was the day before Christmas and I hadn't gotten anything done. It's a busy time of year here: combine the holidays approaching with school ending for the summer and all the stuff that goes with that. I had to remind myself that I had a couple of weeks still, that everything was fine, and basically to just chill the heck out.

When I got home, I told Jason how I'd been feeling over the course of the day. He asked me why I was stressed. I didn't know, I told him. Maybe I needed something to distract me from mom and dad leaving, I mused. "Well," he said casually,"You do like to have something to be stressed about sometimes."

What? I just love when he throws stuff like that out there. I think he does it just to mess with me, cause he knows I'll sputter and object and argue. It's the adult version of poking sticks at an anthill. And then he just smiles and goes back to emailing or sermonizing or whatever it is he's doing over there.

First off, I am not that person. Internet, I am not! I've had friends in the past who needed to have a crisis or an "issue" in their lives at all times, to provide a soundtrack to their existence. I don't seek stress out, that's for sure. Second off, (hee--anyone remember that line from Napoleon Dynamite?) maybe he can be all relaxed about Christmas shopping and kids and planning and school scheduling cause I'm stressing about it!!


Huh? Huh? What do you say to that, Calmy McCalmerstein?

Remember in A Few Good Men, when Jack Nicholson's character is all, "You enjoy the freedom I provide, and then question the manner in which I provide it? Whatever!" Or something.

You can't handle the truth, Jason. That's all it is. You're Tom Cruise and I'm Jack Nicholson. It's that simple.

I'm really feeling much better now.

In other, less-silly news, it's my sister Becky's birthday today! It's been a year that none of us could have expected, yet she's come through it all with such grace, strength and humor. I'm so proud and inspired. Oh--and she finished her PhD, while fighting cancer. No big whoop. Go say hi and happy birthday, if you get a minute.

Happy Birthday, Beck! xoxo


  1. Don't even get me started on the role of women and the holiday prep and the back-to-school-prep, et. al. If you weren't stressed you'd be heavily medicated.
    Off to say hi to Becky!

  2. Oh, Amy, I can just imagine trying to go Christmas shopping with Gracie. The picture of cooperation, she is. Very funny about Jason trying to psychoanalyze you. Dad's been doing it to me for 42years! I feel your stress across the miles. There ARE a lot of plates to keep spinning, aren't there? You make it look so easy!

  3. You might have to give you husband a code red tonight to keep him in line. Nothing major like putting a pillowcase over his head and pummeling him. I'm not suggesting that. Like, maybe put some saran wrap over the toilet? Or maybe shave off an eyebrow. That'll teach him.

    Becky, she is exceptional, isn't she? I mean, this past year she beat cancer and finished her PhD. What's she gonna do this year? I'm thinking she should put ending world hunger or peace in the Middle East on her to do list.

  4. One of my favorite expressions was on a poster at work..."if you can remain calm right now, then you just don't understand the situation"
    I continue to be amazed how Evan, every year before Christmas, says, "You know, this year we ought to....". Then he proceeds to list all the wonderful things WE should do when he clearly means Marie should do.

    I am sooo proud of you and your sister and brother! I love how supportive you are of each other!

  5. Aw, thanks for the birthday wishes guys! You are sweet to think of the elderly.

    And Amy, you are totally Jack Nicholson. Totally.

  6. It's a woman's job to stress about domestic issues - isn't it? :)

  7. Ooooh... great quote. I'm going to paint it on my living room wall. Heh.

  8. Loved getting caught up on the last few entries. And for the record (Jason), you are so not the stress case type and I love that about you.

    And your conversation with Nate, oh my, so cute.

  9. Thanks for the support, y'all! I feel totally validated. And Jenni your code red suggestions really did make me laugh out loud.