Friday, December 10, 2004
if you suffer from depression... and an essay on baggage.

well that's a dramatic title - but let's just say yesterday was NOT a good day a the casa de allie. this is what my day looked like

5:30 - alarm goes off, get up take dog out, go to brush teeth...start crying

5:45 - get back in bed, go back to sleep

8:00 - call work and tell them work isn't going to happen

10:30 - get up, put on enough clothes to go pick up prozac refill

11:30 - back to bed

1:30 - up and snack

2:00 - back to bed

7:00 - wake up, eat dinner

10:30 - back to bed.


but today is a different day and i'm' trying to feel better ... and so far i'm faking it pretty well. last night stacey and i were yakkin' on the phone { duh - we do that like everynight } but we got on the subject of baggage. Like the baggage we carry around with us that effects our relationships.

I have a friend who coined the phrase ( or if she didn't coin it - i heard it from her first so she gets credit for it ) "that girl's got baggage, and that baggage ain't got no wheels" that phrase still makes me giggle. Stacey and i then, in that nerdy way we do - broke the baggage down into several categories.

1. backpack
2. fanny-pack
3. carry on
4. 21" roller
5. big ass suitcase
6. steamer trunk
7. those "pod" things for storage
8. cardboard box held together with duct tape and boogers.

so, let's look at all of these and see where we fall in the baggage continuum.

1. backpack - all of us have this baggage. it's the sorta easy stuff that we carry around with us- and we can totally function in life - have use of both hands ... but when it gets too heavy, it can be hard to get up and after a while your back will start to hurt.

example: hurt from an old boyfriend who maybe said something that hurt you, but you didn't tell him or he didn't know it was an issue - you don't really acknowledge it and you move on. but sometimes the next person will say the same things and the pack gets a little heavier.

2. fannypack - the extra fat that we get after a breakup, someone hurts us to the core, we're disappointed in ourselves or others, and the subsequent delight in the frozen style crack known as ben and jerry's One Sweet whirled.

example: guy that you dig thinks of you as " friend", " nice", "sweet" and uses you as the sounding board for what should he do for the girl he really likes. .. you help out, and inside you die a little bit - and get a big butt from the ice cream.

3. 21" roller - the only good thing about this one is the fact that it does have wheels. you have a lot of crap to carry around....can usually be traced back to parent issues.

example: dad took off on mom so you always sorta figure men will take off OR you refuse to take off cause daddy did and you live in misery as a martyr instead. makes for fun holidays...and lots of anger disguised as jokes

4. big ass suitcase- this is getting bad people. this is married to the wrong person, have kids - wish you didn't....stuff you can't carry around without involving other people and making them carry it for a while.

example: raging alcoholic .... not even thinking about going to meetings - cause meetings are for quitters, and you're no quitter

5. steamer trunk - aren't those the things that people used to pack things on the Titanic. 'Nuff said.

6. Pod thing - this is for when you have SO MUCH SHIT it no longer fits in your personal self - you actually have to store it....

example: you're gay and married to a woman or man ( depending on type of gay ) there are no wheels on this, it's not able to be carried, it HAS to be dealt with, but for a while and a fee - you can keep it somewhere else for a while.

7. cardboard box - initially stacey suggested that this is held together with duct tape - i think it's more likely to be held together with boogers - cause it's that poorly constructed - it's carried around - but subject to being destroyed by any element at hand - too much sun, wind, water, is a proverbial house of cards and can be crushed at any moment .... worst kind.....

and that's the lesson for the day - perhaps later this afternoon i'll go on my annual rant about the dreaded holiday sweater

{ NEVER acceptable unless you teach kindergarten or sunday school }

posted by Allie @ 12/10/2004 08:17:00 AM


At 9:25 AM, Blogger M'Ary* said...

You KNOW how much I love this kind of list. I call it the "The Universe Hates a Dichotomy" rule. The more levels, the better I like it.

But easy on the holiday sweater, cause I have one that has like snowmen and beaded snowflakes and the zipper pull is a little Christmas package. In my defense, the only place I have worn it so far is to read to Kindergarten.

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Champagnelady59 said...

I have to agree with the baggage thing. What happens when you deal and get rid of a 'bag' does another one replace it?

At 10:33 AM, Blogger christ*el #3tx said...

can i just staple my baggage to me, that way it hurts more when i get rid of it? and so everyone can identify what it is, whether its the abandonment issues or the i require personal space issues.

on a side note, have you missed me just the littlest bit?

At 10:40 AM, Blogger Allie#3ga said...

have you ANY idea how much i love you and miss you ... come live with me.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Chaz B in NC said...

OMG sounds like someone needs the ZACK with A PAXIL chaser. U know as well as I that you should NEVER MISS A DOSE. And your thoughts of going off the Zach? Hope that is on hold for a while. Even then cold turkey will not be what you need. I totally relate the the baggage thing. Been there done that, took the whole family along for the ride! Boy's often suck but then they occassionally redeem themselves, well almost! Mine tried last night. Fun yes, fullfilling, no but C'est La Vie Ma Cherie! Glad to hear you are recovering and know that my ear is always open for you. I would have hauled my happy, unemployed, ass to Marietta to get you the Zach if you needed it. Dont let this happen again, oh damn I sound to much like a parent. Forget that do whatever in the hell makes you Happy and if you wanna Cry I got shoulders with loads of tissues and rubber sheet if necessary! LOVES YA BUNCHES AND CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU NEXT WEEKEND!

At 11:51 AM, Blogger tinyhands said...

Minor details-
The backpack occassionally slips off your shoulder making you spill your latte.

Fannypack- Despite their necessity, you don't ever want to be seen actually wearing one of these.

The 21" roller will fit into the overhead bin, but please be careful as contents may shift on landing.

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Smashlee said...

I'm sorry yesterday was crappy. I have to say that today I wish I had stayed in bed. Not a good day for me.

I am with you on the holiday sweaters for the most part.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Tasty said...

With love from the girl who isn't quite sure if her baggage has shifted during the flight. (With the occasional visit to the POD.)

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Allie#3ga said...

tiny - if i spill my latte .... can you help me clean it off??

chaz - you know i adore you - and big hugs will be a great help - and i'm sleepin in your bed even if greg is home that weekend - so scooch over

ash - crappy days suck - go home and go to bed. i said so.

At 4:35 PM, Blogger gonebabygone said...

Funny you should mention baggage today. Last night one of my friends got engaged. Both had been married before and as a joke he proposed to her in the baggage claim of the airport. How's that for a sense of humor?

At 12:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the little make-up case. It's essential to all the other baggage and you have to take it out each day. The worst thing in the bag? The little hand mirror you use to remind yourself that you do indeed exist, because it would seem that according to the way you are treated each are invisible.

Ex. You're married to someone who after 30 years, hardly acknowledges your existence.

At 2:11 AM, Blogger Madley said...

You guys KICK ASS! I travel light... but I commit "light" too...

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Wendy said...

Hey woman! Guess who? You got it. It is me, Wendy. I know it may be hard to remember me as I have been a complete and total looza about visiting. I so soddy. Please forgive. I knew you would becasue we roll like that. Hee Hee.
Unhappy days for allie are unacceptable. And you KNOW you are supposed to call me on such occasions! Please do better next time.
FYI---The neighbor.....good golly miss molly. That is all I have to say about that!

At 10:34 AM, Blogger M'Ary* said...

OK, so if I rent a pod and then make my husband live it it, what does that mean?

Or how 'bout if that's where I hide the body?


At 12:28 PM, Blogger devilboss said...

How about if you have to rent another house? I need somewhere to put my baggage. I have at least one of each, but need a airplane hanger for my Cindy baggage! How 'bout helpin' a sister out.

At 6:42 PM, Blogger se7en said...

Very amusing list that, I love the examples!

How about: Lost Luggage, it misses the plane on your flight home.

example: Your boyfriend just dumped you and you fly home and meet a really nice guy on the plane.

At 9:17 PM, Blogger christ*el #3tx said...

ok, i love seven. he has an amazing sense of optimism.


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