My shrink doesn't think I should find stronger anxiety meds. As I was leaving her office today I asked her about her opinion about what I should tell a doctor. What part of my current shit is the most physical in origin and what is likely the best thing to do about it. She thinks I should talk to the doctor about my stomach hurting and probably something for sleep. As much as the smoking isn't great for my lungs she thinks that having to go spend thirty minutes away from the kids is better than taking stronger meds so I can endure more pressure. She may have a point. As much as I have this inner resistance to it, I kind of think I may need to make a schedule for us and stick to it. We could all use the predictability. I need to have breaks from the kids most days. Luckily, we now have a Sarah.
Is it really nerdy that I am going to make a big graph and highlight things and move them around? I need to figure out something though. I hate smoking. It feels shitty. I want to not need it. Plan A right now on getting my shit together involves ridiculously scheduling my life so that I can try to find a way to balance my moods. It feels like a New Shiny Neurosis. If I want to stay off meds I need some way of reacting to my bio-chemical stress loads. I don't know another way. What do I need in order to feel like I can stay calm. I feel very weird about the fact that my therapist considers marijuana significantly superior to other potential anti-anxieties for me. I suspect it is partially because of my ridiculous conflict around what I'm doing. I won't use it if I have to drive. I am very careful about proper supervision of the kids, etc. If I had pills that I could use when I was out I would probably end up trapped somewhere feeling unable to drive and get hysterical. I suppose this way I always make it home because I don't bring pot out of my house. I've tried bringing it with me a few times and I never have the nerve to sneak off and use it. It's pretty funny. Even if I am sitting amongst a group of people passing a pipe... I just can't bring myself to smoke in front of people. I have problems.
Today I told my therapist about the second time I broke my arm. I was 12. I had to call my mom at work to come home and take me to the hospital. She worked 90 miles away in City of Industry. She screamed at me a lot about how I had better not be lying. I was scared shitless my arm wasn't actually broken. I had to endure a lot of pain before I was willing to call her and ask for help in the first place, but I didn't have other options. It was broken. And to put the icing on the cake when I went back for the actual cast I told her I wasn't feeling well. She told me I was a hypochondriac and a whiner. I vomited on the floor in the waiting room. The hospital staff was really nice to me as I sobbed my apologies for making a mess. My mom yanked me by my unbroken arm away and told me how disgusting I was for making the mess. Sometimes I wonder if I am more fucked up by my mother or my father.
Now as an adult I get why my mom was so harsh with me. She was walking a tightrope financially and she truly couldn't take time off frivolously. I was sick a lot (I've had stomach problems since I was a child) and Tommy needed a lot of time off. His care would have been a full time job. It was for more than one person, actually. It's interesting thinking about my mother now that I have children. When I think of the things my mother didn't know about me... I wonder what things I will miss in my children. I'm absolutely confident that I am already a better mother than my mom though. That's kind of a weird thing. I have already provided my children with more stability, security, attention, and kindness than my mother showed me. In less than six months Shanna will have lived in this house longer than I have ever lived anywhere else. This house, this life that I am building with my family... this is the only stability I've ever had.
Every time I move I mostly change friends groups. I change everything about my life. And I have done it every 3-18 months from age 3 till I was 19 years old. Then I stayed at Tom's for three years before moving around several times in two years before moving here. I'm getting the feeling this is my forever home. We may add a second story some day. I'm trying to meet most of the neighbors on our street. I am floating the idea past all of them for a block party. So far everyone has indicated that they would try to come. For better or for worse this is where my children will grow up. These people will be their community. I get a lot of say in how that works. I want a Leave it to Beaver style community where everyone knows everyones business. I guess I had better start meeting people and learning their business then. It's frightening to consider. They will see me go through stages.
I am having trouble with this whole 5% thing. I can't shake the feeling that it is bad. Like I should be culled from the herd for daring to deviate. I'm trying to decide how and where I will deviate from the norms in my home and in my community because it isn't fair for me to alienate people. My children have to live here. I am weird. I know it. The thing is, why am I so convinced that everyone will hate me? Yeah, yeah... polarizing figure. I've mellowed with age. I'm a lot easier to be an acquaintance with. I think. It's really hard to go meet my neighbors but Shanna thinks it is easy. I'm trying to remember that part of me that sees every person as a potential friend instead of a potential judge. Most people don't care enough about me to bother to judge me.
In completely other news, Sarah is preserving food for winter. I have succeeded in my way of being a provider for my family. I win. At the rate these tomato plants are going we might be able to eat a tomato based dish (pasta, chili, stew, etc) a week for almost a year. That's really cool. We haven't really gotten to eat much of the other veggies I've grown. I think the cabbage is too tough to eat now, but I watched the full growth cycle and that has value. It was neat to see these plants emerge. I feel like as a science experiment it was a fabulously productive summer. I failed on most of it in terms of providing food (with the huge exception of the tomatoes), but that's what I was supposed to do. I was learning what to do and not do. I have to learn at some point.
Random feedback question, oh those who read this blog: I tend to keep a window open and add to it for a few days. Are more frequent little posts easier to read? Would you like visual breaks so you know when I walk away and come back because it's often a very different thought? Do you not care because my verbal diarrhea is hard to follow anyway so it might as well be a huge blob? Feedback welcome on that topic. Solicited, even.
It's my birthday now. Noah made me breakfast and let me sleep in. Him making me breakfast is actually an every single day thing. That's one of the things that makes me feel loved. He gets up every day and thinks about how to feed me. Food = love.
I've been thinking a lot about Mo's post on submission. It's kind of funny because I don't play much these days. And I haven't been in anything like a D/s or M/s relationship in eight years. Not really. It's weird to think about because I don't think people recognize how deeply ingrained my impulse towards service is. I go clean my friends' houses. I always have. I always feel like I must do physical labor for people I love. Shared work is one of the quickest ways to bond with me. I don't bond well in party situations because I'm not one to relax while sitting in a room with people who have the ability to stop and stare at me. They have to be distracted and looking somewhere else so that I don't feel tense.
This is a problem mostly because I have this simultaneous issue that if I am the only one working I am a martyr and no one loves me. This is a problem because I am much more bothered by visual disarray than anyone else in my house so I am constantly working and they truly can't do that with me. I am at an unhealthy place with my level of getting upset over doing house work. I don't like to feel taken for granted. I need a lot of acknowledgment. Even if I am the only one working, if I get frequent, sincere comments on my work I feel seen.
I think that I have been working in my head towards how to feel like my position in my family is one of submitting my work to the common betterment of my family. That sounds really stupid and weird. Ok, bear with me. I "grew up" in a weird generation of perverts and I have all this bullshit about slave hearts going round and round in my head. I miss the stillness I got in my head and in my heart when I was a slave. I was able to shut off my background chatter of negative self talk and just work because that was my place and my job. I was to facilitate Tom's life. It would be fair to think of it as dehumanizing me, or at least minimizing my importance in life. I did everything with the specific goal of pleasing him. It took enormous focus and energy. I could lose myself in it. I could stay present in the moment in a way that eludes me these days without enormous physical output. Rototilling the yard keeps me in the same head space. It's probably what other people attain through meditation. I can't meditate for shit. But I like bringing that calm focus into my work.
In the bdsm community you can spend a lot of time and money going to classes to help you learn how to cultivate a relationship where you can dictate the narrow limits of your life to allow you that kind of focus. No matter what your side goals are: making money, buying a house, having kids... the only real goal is pleasing your Dominant/Master. It's a much more immediate thing to check up on. Handy in the immediate feedback sense. Easy to get obsessive with. I was certainly obsessed. I ate, slept, and breathed Tom's happiness. It is intriguing to think about that level of intensity. I like to think that Noah is a great person to have an affair with. When he turns the full power of his gaze on someone... it's intoxicating. I know some of his ex's read this, you had better be nodding.
Noah is a crack boy. He's easy to get obsessed with. Part of the reason is that it is always clear that there are big chunks of him that are simply not available to me. I can never fully understand him no matter how many years I stare at him. If someone is too available to me emotionally, I don't pursue. I have nothing to chase. It's terrible, but I don't see a point in lying. I like complicated people. On the day Noah asked me to marry him he told me he also wanted me as his slave. Neither of us really knew what that meant then. I'm not sure I do either. But I'm thinking about it. I need an obsession. I really do.
I have nothing to keep my brain from dwelling all day on how it is not fucking fair that by Shanna's age I was giving out blow jobs to neighbor kids. My parents were divorcing. I had already been raped. Very soon we were about to be homeless. I think of those things and I look at my wonderful girl, who if anything is getting bored with how safe her life is, and I feel rage. I'm burnt out though. I've had all the rage my body can take for a while. I desperately need a distraction that won't fuck up my life. My therapist is right that I should not try to get stronger meds so I can be more of a zombie all day long. That's not really the solution.
So I've been thinking about my wonderful husband. I've been trying to deliberately think in terms of serving his life. What would actually serve his life better. It's kind of funny that phrasing it in that way changes a lot of the discussion for me. If I drop my set of living-life-expectations... it's weird. I should call a cleaning company tomorrow. I should never dust again. It makes his life worse because I don't have the physical body load to do as much as I am doing and be in a good mood. The reason I am so beat down is because I am trying harder and harder to take the shit work off of Noah because I need him in a good mood. I need to make Noah happy. I have to. If I don't I am failing at this life and Jesus H Christ I am the biggest piece of shit ever. Not that he thinks that. But as much as I love my friends, Noah is the only person on the planet I am going to see every day for the rest of my life. Not my kids. Not anyone else. I want a happy marriage. I really do.
So whereas we are not in a place where we can get the M/s thing to work right now I'm thinking about the future. For the record I have changed some of my opinions. I no longer go by Lenora, that was an in-the-closet-while-teaching thing. How's that for crossing the streams?
Anyway, I've been obsessing about Noah during my time off lately. It seems the most benign and cheerful way for me to pass a little time while letting my body rest. The last few years have been hard for him. Any effort at all is pleasing. I've already been reading more. I've already read two books this week and I have a couple more I am working on. He likes it when I am really on for verbal banter. Oh man does that require more rest than I am getting. It's really nice for me to realize that some of the best things I can do to serve him and make him happier is eliminate as much work as possible from my life so I can sit around and read and pamper my body so that my interest in sex returns. I've had a few glimmers lately and that's been comforting. But it's not really back yet. Next on my desk is Les Liasons Dangereuses and I really need to read The Prince again. And I should probably review a rhetoric book because my arguing skills are shitty. If I'm going to keep up with Noah I need to get crackin'.