Locally - and nationally.
Some of my added stress, I'm sure, has to do with the fact that my bedroom is in my living room, my closet is in the hall and my bathroom is - gone - and I'm showering in my kid's bathroom whilst a plastic frog ogles my jubblies.
And, moreover, we are adding another member to our household. I would love it if I could swell with pride and tell you that it is going to be small, cute and bubbly --- a new cat! But no, I cannot. Instead, we are moving my hub's granny in to our Below Apartment (it's not really a basement) so that we can keep a better eye on her aging self. We're not sure how well this transition is going to go for her, or for us, hence the massive stress-thing.
AND the kid has hit the Terrible Twos like a Ton of Terrible Bricks.
Lord help us all on that particular torture.
So I'm a bit of an Emo-wreck. Smudged mascara and all.
Which, of course, prompts everyone to ask "What is WRONG with you?"
Which prompts ME to ask "What is WRONG with everyone else?"
When did having emotions go out of style? When did it become passe to be upset about something that was upsetting? When did crying become such a horrible stigma?
Why can't we just enjoy our moods?
I blame the golden age of Medication, Facebook, and Television.
Medicate yourself enough and you can stop crying - FOREVER. There are LOADS of stuff out right now that will help one forget their problems, their fears, their lackadaisy life, and, more than likely, their name.
Facebook has given us such instant gratification that we can post a status update and see how much our online buddies value our humor, insightfulness or clever deductions on solving the Nation's most pressing crisis. And our computer screens can't see us cry.
Television has glorified emotions to the point that we are now trained to only emit a response if someone has lost a lot of weight, or got caught with a hooker (or two), had their house remodeled, or is in denial of their hoarding ways. Nothing else is worth crying over. Or caring about.
All that being said, I love modern medicine, Social Networking, and Must-See TV.
I just wish I was "allowed" to shed a few tears when I stub my toe, or can't find my shoes, or burn a pot-pie in the oven.
Until then, I shall line up with the rest of humanity and try, very hard, to shut off, shut down, and shut up.
Wait - scratch that last one. :)