Thursday, April 28, 2011

meow

I don't know what to talk about. 


So why waste perfectly good internet space with pointless rambling, you ask?


Well I don't have a good answer for that one. Sometimes you just need to ramble. 


Is it sick that this makes me laugh a lot?


3 Year old crying over Justin Bieber


Y'all may have noticed that the pics from the top of the blog are gone. They're actually not gone--I just moved them to the bottom because I can no longer stand to look at that photo of myself at 96 pounds. 


I've been on the Spiru-tein fast for 2 days now. I'm actually running out of Spiru-tein, but I discovered not that long ago that the Fairway Market carries every single flavour (it's impossible to find that stuff anywhere else). I want to try the chocolate fudge crunch one, and the cappuccino. 


There's some more new photos up! And hopefully, I'll be getting that last set back tomorrow (the ones the photo place screwed up). I don't even remember what was on that roll...


I feel like a failure because I have no fun MSPaint drawings. I'm even out of back up emergency silly stuff. (That's the name of the folder on my desktop where I save random fun things I find on the internet; it's currently empty).


My room is clean!! Just spent the last 2 hours tidying. I get into these psycho cleaning moods sometimes--I'll start by putting away something small, like a book back on the shelf. And then it suddenly escalates and I tear around the room like a maniac because I MUST CLEAN EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW!!!


And now I can see my desk. It's really exciting. 


Kitty is downstairs HOWLING. I don't know when she developed this habit. Most likely we've just spoiled her too much over the years. 13 years of spoiling built up, and now Callisto will follow you around the house with the non stop meow meow MEOW MEOW MEOW MEOW until you eventually lose it and go psycho to scare her out of the room for a few minutes of peace and quiet.


She'll be back in 5-10 minutes, and start over. Especially if you go anywhere near the refrigerator. She can hear the fridge door open from upstairs, on the other side of the house, behind a closed door. 


But she's such a sweet little muffin. <3
She's a midget--only 6 pounds. She also has an eating disorder I think, because she will flat out refuse to eat for days if we don't feed her something she likes. And then other times she'll inhale her whole bowl of food in under a minute and go puke it up right after she's done.


And I spoil that cat rotten. 


We would spoil the other one as well, but she's not interested.
Daisy likes sleeping. She likes eating, too (as you can see^--Daisy weighs 13 pounds), but she's not that into human food. Once in a while, when we're giving Callisto bits of our dinner, Daisy will come and get some; but mostly she just likes her dry food. She pouts a lot because the vet put her on a diet of less dry food. So she just sleeps more.


Ok if I've reached the point of cat stories, I think maybe it's time to call it a night.


<3

Monday, April 25, 2011

You're not like the others. You like the same things I do: Wax paper. Boiled football leather. Dog breath. We're not hitchhiking anymore. We're riding!







Here's a photo of my dessert from fancy dinner out on Friday:


That's homemade vanilla ice cream on a bed of coconut shavings, with semi sweet chocolate drizzled over it to form a hard chocolate shell. It was almost as good as the ginger-and-coconut veggie crab bisque I had for an appetizer.



There is NOTHING on the telly. 

Like seriously. Feckall. We pay for this. 

I mean ok yeah we have the cheapest possible cable package so there's not that many channels; but a few years ago before The Depression Part Deux hit us, we had satellite with like 2,000 channels including ALL the movie channels, and even then sometimes there would actually be nothing worth watching.

We're PAYING for these things with our hard-earned money. I think the people in charge of television need to get their shite together and put a bit more effort into their programming. 


Why the eff isn't my show on?!

So there's a bill or something that the senate is voting on (I think?[can you tell I'm totally into politics and government and how the country actually works? Lol]) that's going to cut all federal funding for public broadcasting. 100%. No more money for things like my classical radio station. Or Nova. No more Keeping Up Appearances marathons or opera on the radio on Saturdays. 

No more Arthur.


(He's an aardvark, but apparently he had some serious rhinoplasty before going on TV)

The government is taking away all of Arthur's funding. They may as well be slaughtering Arthur and his whole family. 

I actually wrote to my local congressman about this. (I looked up "congress" in the index of the Lawyers' Diary and found a whole list of them, organized by county.) Basically I said that if You People are responsible for the discontinuance of my radio station, I will go on a murderous rampage as a result of the offal that's on the all other radio stations, and then I will sue Rihanna, her song and music writers, the record company, and everyone else related to the composition of Rihanna's music because she is an agent of Satan and it is impossible NOT to get her songs stuck in your head for days, sometimes weeks at a time just from hearing it for 30 seconds. 

I could probably get a lot money out of that, too. The Boss might be a grasshole sometimes, but he seems quite good at what he does. I've seen some pretty huge checks come across my desk just for things like some dude slipping in a bit of spilled water on the floor of Macy's. It upsets me a little every time I have to take one of those checks to the bank. Boss only gets at most a third of the total settlement, but it's still a helluva lot of money. Like I'm holding a little piece of paper worth three times my yearly salary. 

Wow I'm rambling. 

I ate a lot this weekend. 

Like Holy Mother of God, I ate A LOT. Most of it was meat. Easter candy came in a very close second. Cereal wins third place. The dairy-chocolate-carb overload rash is on my neck, chest, and stomach. 

Guess what I came home to on Friday evening? 

Wild guess.

COCOA MOTHERTRUCKING PEBBLES.  

It took me 2 days to eat the whole box, which is a large improvement on the usual 18 minutes. 

But I worked out loads for the past three days, so I'm not freaking out. 


Totally not freaking out.

I miss that show. Little Sis's dad introduced me to it (before Little Sis existed, when her dad was still just Mum's Really Cool Boyfriend With The Red Motorcycle). 






Oh heeyyyy vitamins*  !   !!

Wassup? It's been a while. 

It's funny how I can see myself going through these patterns of behavior, and I know exactly what's going to happen during each phase of my psychologically disturbed episodes. Yet I still continue with that behavior, knowing it's bad, knowing it's going to lead to negative consequences, and an Aftermath, etc. etc. 

The behavior itself never varies. I follow the same predictable pattern from one step to the next. 

1.) Get vitamins* by chance or by accident (i.e., friends getting drunk and extremely generous, receiving them as payment in lieu of cash, or being drunk myself and weak-willed, and subsequently convinced to buy large quantities of vitamins*).

2.) Take some vitamins 3-5 days later, just as a "treat" in advance for doing a good workout. 

3.) Burn 800 calories with no effort whatsoever. 

4.) Have a bad binge.

5.) To make up for Bad Binge, plan a fast for the following 4 days (that's an average, it could be up to 6 days).

6.) It's tough exercising while liquid fasting and only having 200 calories a day. But not exercising = death, so let's have some vitamins* to ease the exercising process. Just while fasting, then we'll go back to eating the usual 500-900 calories a day. Because we don't want to go crazy, right?

7.) Burn 600-800 calories working out.

8.) We're just doing it while fasting, then we'll totally go back to normal.

9.) Burn an average of 700 calories a day while only consuming up <200 for up 5 consecutive days.

10.) Binge.

11.) Repeat steps 5 thru 10 until we run out of money or supplies of vitamins*, or until we suffer a serious injury. Whichever happens first.

So yeah right now I'm on the second lap, just beginning step 5. (Nothing but coffee and Spiru-Tein all day tomorrow, the Spiru-Tein only sipped when I feel faint). 



mmuuuuufffffffiiinnnnn

I uploaded four new albums from the last bunch of Sunday Adventures.  It's missing a roll though, because some idiot mixed up my film with someone else's, so one of the sets of negatives I got back had photos from some kind deep sea scuba diving expedition. 

Pretty cool, but still not my photos. 


Night-night all!! I think the sleepies are finally kicking in....






*I know I've said this before, but.... DRUGS VITAMINS ARE BAD. Just don't start. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.

I started this around midnight last night. Was going to just delete it because I think it's mostly rubbish, but there's a certain raw, straight-from-my-subconscious feel about it. So I'll leave it posted. 
There is, however, a disclaimer--I DO NOT agree with, condone, or wish to promote any of the self-destructive behaviors I talk about in this post. I know it's wrong. I know I should not be doing these things. But I do them anyway. If y'all have even the smallest shred of common sense, you will not follow in my zigzagging footsteps.


I can't sleep.


o.O


Waaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh


I don't understand how I can be high as a kite on the sleeping pills (100 mg diphenhydramine, 25 mg doxylamine) and yet I still can't sleep. I don't want to dig into my Xanax supply, because I like hoarding the good stuff. 


Feck.


I'm  trying to catch up on all the blogs I'm following (like 300ish?). An impossible number to keep up with on a regular basis, so I am sorry if I don't get a chance to comment on your blogs as often as I'd like. I generally go through my commenters first--seems fairest. So if you think I'm ignoring you, feel free to come yell at me, and I will stop. ;)


This ad almost made me wet myself laughing:


Just the bit with the rainbow. ON FIRE!!


OMG I need sleep.


One more night of house sitting, and then I can finally go home. I don't know why I agree to do this every year. All it does is stress me out because their dogs SUCK with the barking and vomiting and lack of proper house training. It also makes me extremely aware of the fact that I should never live alone. I've only been in friend's house for a week (as of today, Friday since it's past midnight) and I am completely and totally indulging in the worst of my habits:
- I have not eating anything solid since Sunday night. During the day, I have coffee, and carry around a Spiru-Tein shake for when I feel weak or faint, and have soup at night if I feel brave. I have not gone over 300 calories all week.
- Despite the lack of intake, I've been working out like normal. 45 minutes to an hour on friend's exercise bike every evening, plus power-walking around the neighbourhood.
- I recently came into a new supply of vitamins* as well, hence being able to work out that much on so little nourishment. I'm having some trouble breathing through my nose.
- Oxycontin does not make you vomit like morphine and oxymorphone do. 
- Since the dogs barked until 3.30 AM on Monday night, I ended up taking a lot of xanax and then slept for 14 hours. Somehow I managed to get up at 7.30 and text Boss that I was sick without being consciously aware of doing so at the time.
- I haven't spoken to anyone other than people at work and my mother since Sunday.


As much as I do enjoy solitude, there is a big difference between having lots of quiet alone time and actually living alone. The closest I ever came to living alone was my third year in Philadelphia. I really hated it there at that point. I had wanted to come home after the fall semester, but the 'rents said absolutely not--finish the year, and then you can think about transferring to a local college. 


My roommate pretty much lived in the printmaking studios at school, so I spent the spring semester of 2005 skipping classes, not speaking to anyone, and spending most of my time shut in my room bouncing between marijuana, OTC sleeping pills, the occasional black tar opium, percocets, and vodka. And alternately binge-eating and starving. That was also when I started cutting again after 4 years of self harm sobriety. When I went home for a long weekend in the beginning of May, just before finals, I must have looked like a total trainwreck because Mum was like HOLY FECK, what the hell is wrong with you?!?


There was no more "discussion" or "maybes" about transferring colleges after that. I went fleeing back to New Jersey before finals were even over. (I hadn't bothered to do most of my final assignments anyway, so there was no point in sticking around).


So yeah I think I'm a bit of a danger to myself if left completely isolated. Like a pig--they can turn from domesticated farm pigs into wild pigs in less than a year if they escape (it's nuts; they're whole appearance changes in a really short time--there was a National Geographic documentary on it).


At home, even though I spend a good deal of time alone doing my own thing, I have my cat, and Mum and Little Sis living there, which keeps me social and forces me to interact with other humans on a regular basis. And Mum keeps me in check without being overbearing (most of the time) so I don't completely fall off the anorexic-pill popping-self harming cliff edge. This happy environment keeps me mostly sane.


But when left completely alone and isolated, it's amazing how quickly my mental health disintegrates.


Just like a farm-raised pig released into the wild. 


..... Xanax was taken after that. And I actually had  a good night's sleep!


Home to all my creature comforts in a few hours. I never appreciate Home as much as when I'm away from it. Mum is taking me out to Esty Street tonight, because she knows I had a rubbish week. As terrifying as dinner out can be, I'm not that scared. Esty Street is pretty fancy delicious fine dining, so I will allow more than my usual consumption for that. Plus since I haven't' really eaten anything all week, it's about bloody time I had a decent meal.


The girl weenie dog is humping the boy. I'm a bit disturbed by this. 


Hope you're all handling the upcoming Easter holiday ok. I plan to allow myself a little Easter candy. And we're having our usual morning fry-up, plus dinner at Step-mom's parent's. I pretty much only eat meat for Easter, so since it's carb-free I figure it won't be too bad. 
We do a serious fry-up for brunch--all stuff from the supermarket that carries the Irish meat (proper sausage and rashers, and my ultimate favourite: BLACK PUDDING :D)

And then step-grandmother always does a rack of lamb for an early dinner.
So yeah I refuse to get over-anxious. 


Have a happy Easter weekend, my luvs!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A is for AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Sorry I've been a bit absent from Blogger. This past weekend was BAD. Basically it included:
- Drunken bingeing and purging on Friday (for some reason I can make myself vomit when drunk? Which kind of defeats the purpose because by the time I'm drunk enough to purge, I've already digested a ton of alcohol calories).
- House sitting for a friend, minding her two weenie-dogs. They barked ALL BLOODY NIGHT Friday (like they're doing right now and I want to feed them to a large and possibly saber-toothed animal and watch, and relish every second of it (I hate small dogs >:O)). Then they started up again after 1 hour of silence (at 6 AM). So obviously I couldn't sleep, was drunk and herbalized and feeling sick and disgusting and suicidal because of the bingeing, and for some reason thought it would be a good idea to watch The Last House on the Left at 4 AM while in that fragile mental state.
- I love me some movie violence, but The Last House on the Left was f*cked up. It left me deeply disturbed. I couldn't even finish the film.
- So Saturday I had a really really bad alcohol/food/exhaustion hangover and pretty much spent the entire day debating whether or not to just drive off a cliff.
- Sunday was slightly better, but then of course ended in a binge (on ribs and chicken wings).


So all in all, I've been tired, cranky, fat, depressed, full of rage, and I just want my mummy.


Work today was at least busy, so I could keep my mind out of dark places and crawl out of the head-funk. Between Boss bouncing from one case to the next faster than I can work, and him redecorating his office, I barely had time to breathe. He got fancy new chairs. I wish he would replace the chairs in the main office, where Other Secretary and I spend our days.


We have these chairs in our office:

Every time I look at them, there is the slightest quickening of my pulse and raising of my blood pressure. I'm starting to get used to them, but bad memories and classical conditioning are not easy things to combat. 

These exact same chairs stood outside the principal's office of my elementary school. When you were bad, teachers would sometimes punish you by sending you to sit in those chairs. It was like a slightly more humane version of being put in the stocks.

Forgot your homework? Failed a test? Talking during lessons? Mouthing off to your teacher? Wearing non-uniform shoes? It could be anything really, and some teachers seemed to enjoy sending their terrified students to the chairs outside the principal's office. You would rarely come face to face with the actual principal unless you had done something really awful (like setting off all the alarms of every car in the teacher's lot (how they figured out that was me remains a mystery)). Instead, you had to deal with the public humiliation. 

The principal's office was in the front lobby of Our Lady of Mercy, near the main office, the nurse's office, the library, the computer lab, the stairs to the gym and cafeteria, and four of the school's bathrooms. Basically in a spot with a lot of hallway traffic. When some delinquent child occupied a chair outside the principal's office, it was customary to taunt them, or point and laugh, or make unkind remarks. None of the teachers put a stop to this, because I'm pretty sure that was the whole point of sending a kid to those chairs. 

I spent a good deal of time sitting outside the principal's office between grades 1 and 5 (age 6 - 10). The first few times--in first grade, when I was sent to The Chairs by the supremely evil Miss Murphy

...I swear I nearly wet myself. It was especially stressful because you never knew how long you would have to sit there. Eventually, either your teacher or someone in your class would come and get you, but you could be left there anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour. 

By fifth grade, I didn't really care anymore. On the contrary, I liked being sent to The Chairs, because it meant time away from arsehole teachers and the even bigger arseholes in my grade (there was the same group of about 20 of us from kindergarten to 8th grade--IT SUCKED MAJOR BALLS). I didn't care about the ridicule by then, because I was so used to it. Occasionally, one of the priests or nuns would wander by The Chairs and then it really sucked to be stuck there because you'd have to deal with a stern lecture, or awkward conversation, or a terrifying diatribe from Sister Clara, or on one occasion, being invited down to the rectory by Father Carl for lemonade and sandwiches. 

We lucked out with the priests in OLM. They were all very nice and not scary. And even though they had ample opportunities and would never have gotten caught, they were not child molesters. 

Unfortunately, we had an overabundance of incompetent and cranky teachers. I will never understand why people who obviously hate children decide to become teachers. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Klein was an angel, but all the others were evil. We actually even had a teacher named Lucy Butler. PROOF that OLM liked evil teachers. 

It's one thing to be an evil educator, but many of them were also total morons. Not about their subjects, but about common sense things. 

I mostly got in trouble for not doing my homework, and not completing book reports and projects. This brings me to one of the problems I have with elementary and middle school educators. Many teachers feel the need to assign their young students homework and projects and things that students can not possibly complete on their own, without adult assistance. Okay, maybe once in a while that's fine; but doing it all the time is EFFING RETARDED. 

I know all the other kids in my class had nice normal little families with both parents living at home, and loving mothers who helped them with their schoolwork. But I did not. I had no father living at home, my mother worked and went out most nights after work so I hardly ever saw her, and my nanny was also the housekeeper and had too much other stuff to do around the house (laundry, cooking, cleaning, groceries, errands, keeping me from burning the house down or running away, etc.) to help me with homework. And seriously, what seven- or eight-year-old is going to sit and really struggle with homework that they don't understand when there's no one they can ask for help? Not me. 

So I just didn't bother. I hardly ever did homework assignments. Book reports and projects were either late or never finished. And not one single teacher ever thought to question why the weird quiet kid had academic issues. They just punished me for it. 

One of the evil teachers did actually go to my mother about my total lack of class participation and incomplete homework. Ms. Schiller, the "advanced reading" teacher:

She sent me to The Chairs more than any of the other teachers combined. When she eventually reached the end of her patience with me (this was in third grade, I was 8 years old), she dragged me out of class and into the faculty office and made me call my mother. 

Well actually, her exact words were "Dial your home."

I tried to explain that Mum was not at home because she worked, but Schiller-Beast would not let me argue, so I dialed home and handed her the phone. She seemed to have some trouble understanding Nanny's Jamaican accent, but she managed to make out that Mum was at work. 

Now twice as infuriated, Schiller-Beast demanded that I call Mum at work. 

I did as I was told, and handed her the phone again.

When Mum answered, Schiller-Beast proceeded to explain that I had not completed any homework since the beginning of the year, and that today I had not handed in the assignment that was due--a shoebox-diorama of penguins (Schiller was obsessed with penguins). 

I couldn't hear what Mum said, but Schiller didn't seem to very happy about it. Years later, Mum told me that the conversation went something like this:

Schiller: "This is Mich's teacher. Your daughter has not completed any homework assignments in weeks. And she hasn't handed in her project, which she had 2 weeks to finish."

Mum: "Okay.... ..... And?"

Schiller: [rapidly losing momentum] ".... AND this is unacceptable!"

Mum: "Well what the hell do you want me to do about it?"

Schiller: "... She needs to do her schoolwork. She needs discipline."

Mum: "So discipline her."

Schiller: "........ um.... but......"

Mum: "You're her teacher, for God's sake. When she's in school, she is YOUR problem. Deal with it. I have work to do."

And Mum hung up on her.

I sat in the The Chairs for a record hour and 45 minutes for that.