Category Obsessively-Compulsive in a Mad Mad Mad World

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (October 2015)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  It’s 2 am, and I’m wide awake. After three nights of sleeping 5-6 consecutive hours like normal folks, Insomnia strikes AGAIN! Ugh!   It’s very frustrating. After forcing myself to go to bed before midnight for the last three nights, I made the mistake of taking a nap around 9 this morning, […]

Jill of All Trades (or How to Turn Manic Depression and A.D.D. into a Plus)

I’ve held over 20-something jobs in my working life… .

The Intrepid Insomniac Chronicles

I’ve had trouble sleeping for as long as I can remember. From my very earliest recollections, I seem to see myself standing up in my crib, looking at the light coming through the partially-opened door of my bedroom, hearing cheerful, but unintelligible voices, and wishing I could be a part of whatever activity was occurring […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (July 2015)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015. I found this frightening picture online, but immediately, a humorous caption sprang into my head!   Don’t blame me for finding the obvious outrageously funny. I’ve only slept three hours in two days! The reason: pure pain from intense itching. You see, I’ve been the victim of a vicious, three-pronged attack: mosquitos, […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (April 2015)

Sunday, April 19, 2015. Spring has sprung, as they say, in all its fine glory. And, it’s a very welcome time of refreshing, renewal and change. One spectacularly nice sign of renewal has come in the form of an owl nest in our yard. As my husband climbed up a ladder to the top of […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (November 2014)

Thursday, November 20, 2014. I’m watching the sun come up again! I’ve been up all night again! My poor, faithful cat, Buttons, is waiting patiently for me to exhaust myself and drop into bed. You’ll notice that I have on my snowflake pajamas, in honor of the temperature dropping to 29 degrees yesterday. Today, it’s […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (October 2014)

Friday, October 24, 2014. It’s 7 am, and I’m listening to the far-off whistle of the train. I am so thankful for the cool fall air and this calm morning sunrise. I don’t see or hear any birds, though. It’s either too cold for them, they’re sleeping late, or the parish has sprayed so much […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (July 2014)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014. This has been a month for wildfires and bad weather throughout much of the country, with high winds, torrential rains, and even some tornados. And this week, an arctic cold front has dropped temperatures in the upper Midwest into the 40’s! Here in Louisiana, it’s a mild 74 degrees, after a […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (June 2014)

June 15, 2014. Well, we finally got to get away for a vacation, but since I’ve procrastinated about getting a passport, my husband and I couldn’t go on a cruise this time out. Instead, we opted for a car vacation, traveling East from Louisiana, due to the recent wildfires in the Southwest: Panama City, Florida; […]

Clutter Monster Diaries, Part 3

Here is our joint progress for Day 3. My daughter did the corner counter and the back hall. I can feel some of my depression lifting. Teamwork has made all the difference. That, and tackling only a small sub-area at a time. Picking an area that will give the most dramatic effect with the least […]

Clutter Monster Diaries, Part 2

This is the progress report for Day 2, in my bold plan to dismantle the invasive “Clutter Monster” that has insidiously taken up residence in my home. Although it took years for the relentless “Monster” to develop, the work of de-cluttering seems to be off to a good start. I neglected to mention earlier that […]

Clutter Monster Diaries, Part 1

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign? ― Albert Einstein A Hoarder’s Lament I have experienced a momentary and curious flash of fear, at the prospect of clearing away a substantial portion of the clutter that has surrounded me for years. I […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (April 2014)

It’s that time of year again: time for spring cleaning. Ugh! I know Spring sprang on us in March, but the weather was late in changing this year. So, I feel perfectly justified in having delayed the start of this traditional marathon ordeal until now. This past winter took its toll in my battle with […]

Signs You Might Be a Hoarder

Who, me? Like many people, I have enjoyed watching some of the many TV shows which feature sensationalized looks into the deep interior recesses of the homes and minds of individuals known as “compulsive hoarders.” However, not until recently, did I ever dream that I had drifted, ever-so-slowly, down that slippery slope myself. First, it […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (March 2014)

Sunday, March 2, 2014 It’s 7:30, and I’ve been up (after only 3 hrs.) since 5 am, when my husband left for work. He’s working 7-10’s, so he has no trouble sleeping. I, on the other hand, can’t seem to maintain a normal sleep schedule. For two or three nights, I’ll sleep eight hours a […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (February 2014)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014. It’s quarter to three in the morning, and I should be sleeping; but Facebook, Words with Friends, Candy Crush, Pet Rescue, and good old Dr Pepper are keeping me awake, as usual. I try to get on a normal person’s schedule, where one sleeps at night, stays up during the day, […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (December 2013)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Well, the Thanksgiving holidays have passed, Cyber Monday is over, and I spent most of the day yesterday sleeping in to recuperate. Right before Thanksgiving, I spent over $400 on groceries, even though I knew I wouldn’t be fixing that holiday meal at home, not to mention I only cook when […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (November 2013)

Saturday, November 2, 2013. It’s 2:30 am, and I have been up for two days and two nights, working on my blog, reading my blog to any unsuspecting friends and family members who happen to venture too closely, and compulsively checking for badge notifications on my Words with Friends app. It’s been exhilarating, but this […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (October 2013)

I am sitting here this fine, sunny Friday morning in southern Louisiana, clad in my pj’s (which, incidentally, I technically woke up in yesterday morning), and ideas for blogs and blog posts are popping into my head like coins tumbling into a change counting machine! I haven’t slept in two days, I’ve uploaded three blog […]