Once A Month, I Deserve a Teeny Rant

Once a month-I'm allowed to hate

I really try to keep it positive here. I try to keep it positive everywhere.

In fact, I think my overall attitude has really improved over the last year or so. Not that I have ever been a surly person. Anyone who barely knows me would probably consider me to be pretty happy.

Those who know me well though, (and those who listen to the radio show) know that  my  sensitive, emotional, and sometimes irrational tendencies.

But hey, I’ve been working on it.

And at least now I’m able to recognize when I’m letting my emotions drive my behavior and my decisions. True, it’s sometimes after the fact, but it’s a start.

A lot of my dialectical behavioral therapy sessions revolve around emotional regulation. The goal is to not ignore your emotions, but to recognize them and to know when and how to react to them. I know it’s ok to feel uncomfortable. It’s alright even to feel downright melancholy. It’s good to share those feelings. But it’s not a great idea to start crying in the middle of dinner before you even have time to figure out what’s even going on.

That being said, sometimes no amount of meditation, mindfulness, gratitude lists or positive thinking is enough to squash the irritation I feel at the pit of my stomach.

And usually “sometimes” occurs every twenty eight days and coincides with my need to by tampons and cookie brownies.

Unfortunately for me (and my boyfriend,) sometimes is now.

And right now, I am allowing myself to get a few of these annoyances off of my chest.

First of all, why are some things so difficult to open?


That’s right. I’m looking at you immodium.

When I’m having a bad case of the stomach gurgles, the last thing I need is to break all of my teeth trying to open up these tiny plastic labyrinth like containers.

I totally get that they have to be baby proof, but why not just put a picture of a monster on them or something?


I get it. My truck isn’t pretty. It has a giant dent on the side, but I blame that on the orange poles at Whataburger.

That doesn’t mean it is a place for you to dispose of your fast food bags and beer cans. It’s really gross, and I’m really lazy and don’t like to have to throw them away.

Furthermore, Stop Calling me -MARKETERS!

I don’t know when or how I got on the list to be surveyed about home protection when I don’t even own a home, or why I am constantly being hounded to and get a degree from internet college, but I want it to stop!

Unless you are selling spicy beef jerky or rides in a Tardis, I don’t want any part of it.


And while I’m not on the subject, PUT YOUR GROCERY CART BACK WHERE IT BELONGS!

I know it’s not my responsibility to be your mother, and I definitely don’t have to go out of my way to put your grocery cart back in the rack, but it’s an OCD thing and I can’t help myself.

That doesn’t mean I’m happy about it. I’m also wishing you a bad case of diarrhea, just in case you were wondering.

And by the way, I will never ever ever ever want you to wash my windows.

So please stop accosting me while I’m peacefully listening to Radio Lab in my car. Yes, I’m aware my car is dirty-I’m the one who hasn’t washed it in over a year. I like it that way.

I happen to enjoy the game of trying to see through the sap on my windshield.

Also, I don’t have any cash.

Whew. I feel a lot better. Now I don’t have to take this out on my loved ones. Thanks for being my emotional punching bag.

What’s on your nerves today? I’m all ears.



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  • ElleSees.blogspot.com

    i can’t stand when ppl just leave cart out! i always put it back or give it to someone walking in. drives me cray. thank you so much for your comments on yesterday’s post. your words are a comfort.

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    I am with you on not getting things open. I mean it’s not children’s medicine…no need to make it that difficult!

  • SuzLyfe

    Boss at work : LEARN TO COMMUNICATE. You are talking to me (in marketing). “Brochure” isn’t going to cut it. Need details.
    Husband (again, love you babe): PUT YOUR FOOD BACK ON YOUR SIDE OF THE FRIDGE WITH THE REST OF YOUR FOOD. I do that for a reason. Because otherwise? You will ask me where it is!!!
    And no. I do not want a shoe shine. You are on crack (literally) and I’m not going to help you get more.
    And no. I do not want 145412642535 bags to carry 3 things home from the store. And Yes. I will bag it myself. Because otherwise you will ruin my food.

  • Allison Renner

    Did you sign up for the Do Not Call registry? I did a couple years ago and haven’t gotten any calls. I think you have to renew every so often, though. And my mom signed up, but still gets calls because she has a tracphone, so maybe it doesn’t work for everyone? But worth a try!

    – Allison

  • http://www.adventuresofadreamcatcher.com Lisa K

    I hear you on getting annoyed with stuff that’s difficult to open. I live alone, so it’s irritating when I can’t get a lid off of a jar, etc.

  • Dance With A Dolly

    Ha!! I am sometimes guilty of not putting my cart back but it’s when my toddler is in the car and the cart rack is really far away. Don’t want to leave her in car alone or I’m lazy. Please forgive me!! Wink, wink…

  • http://www.carissajaded.com CarissaJaded

    You’re welcome, it was so touching-your post!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com CarissaJaded

    Right? Or provide scissors or something. SOMETHING!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com CarissaJaded

    Hahahaha best. comment. ever. I feel much better after reading this.

  • http://www.carissajaded.com CarissaJaded

    I think it’s been a few years, definitely something I need to revisit. But … it takes so much effort!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com CarissaJaded

    Yeah. I’ve bruised my palm many a time trying to open a pickle jar.

  • http://www.carissajaded.com CarissaJaded

    I’ll forgive you, as long as you don’t judge me for opening up a bag of pretzels in the car and stuffing my mouth.

  • http://www.champagneforeveryday.com/ Jill @ Champagne for Everyday

    I am curious as to the difference between dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy. I should Google it – it sounds interesting. Personally. I think the entire world would be a better place if everyone did some kind of behavioral therapy, but maybe that is just the psych major in me!

    xx Jill

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  • http://www.carissajaded.com CarissaJaded

    I”ve done cognitive behavioral therapy too, and it’s quite similar. The main difference (from my understanding) is that in cognitive you focus on changing your thought patter in the present, and don’t much go into WHY you have those negative thoughts. Dialectical behavioral therapy is more of a mix between that and “talky” therapy, where you change your negative thought patterness through mindfulness, ect, but also discover WHY you have come to think that way. You learn a lot more about regulating emotions-at least in my experience.

  • http://www.heartoflife07.blogspot.com/ Lora

    HA! I couldn’t agree more with the marketers…STOP CALLING MY CELL PHONE!!!
    Also, yes! I cannot handle when people don’t put the shopping carts back…seriously it’s not that far to walk why are you so lazy?