Monday, December 30, 2013

B is for Bothered

Things that are bothering me, but not in the order of importance:

* It happened already. Remember I told you about the dental student who cruised the produce section while I hid in the back at the deli? Remember that I said someday I would come face-to-face with a professor or student? Yeah, well, that happened today. I had to show someone where to find beef broth, and as I was walking back to the deli, passed Laura, a girl who I used to hang out with at dental school functions. She said (in an incredulous tone of voice) "Marcy?" I kept walking. Didn't hesitate or turn around or even cry. Just marched back to the deli. I feel bad because she was really nice, but there I was in my stupid hat at my stupid job and I just couldn't face her. I'm sorry I suck, Laura.
* I am greatly bothered by wondering if my older sister's family is still in touch with Ex. I don't want to ask, because I don't think I could tolerate it if they were. It's too much. The betrayal is too harsh. I don't need to know. I want to know. Oh, how I want to ask...

* My landlord bothers me because he JUST NOW cashed my rent check from October. Um, it's almost January and you are cashing this check now? Now that I have no money? Now that I have stupidly quit my cushy job at the doctor's office? Thanks. A lot.
* I am seriously bothered because I met a Dude who I really like. He is really nice and sweet and I really like him and I really don't want to, because these things do not generally end well for me. Plus, I haven't talked to him in two days, so that bothers me, too. Is he done with me already? I know he is really busy these last two days, so on the surface, I am not bothered. Under the surface is turmoil like you would not believe.

* My dreams are bothering me big time. I have been having nightmares about school and not measuring up as a child. These dreams are so realistic that it is hard to come out of them. I have had spurts of bad dreams throughout my entire life. The dreams start out just barely disturbing me and get worse and worse until along come the nights when I wake up screaming or crying. Good. Times.
* I'm bothered because I have a friend who was in my therapy group and stopped because she disagreed with her therapist, and now she is lost. I tried to help her set up an appointment with another therapist, but it didn't work out. My friend does not seem to be the most stable of people. I don't know her very well but I think she is really nice. It bothers me that she may be in danger from herself.

* I'm bothered that my house is messy and maybe that is why Dude hasn't called me the last two days. I am sure I am projecting my own insecurities. Easy to say, hard to own.
* I'm bothered by breathing. Sometimes I just get sick of breathing and want to stop.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A is for Afghan


I feel like typing this in all upper case today. But that is hard to read and sounds like yelling. I want to yell. This subject bothers me.
Here is a picture of Ex sitting on the couch, wrapped up all nice and warm in the afghan my mom made for us. He loved that afghan and would spend most of the winter on the couch, on unemployment from getting fired from his latest job, snuggled up in the afghan. He rarely shared with me. Who am I kidding? I never tried to share. Like a dog that has been kicked too many times, I had stopped trying to snuggle with him or get any sign of affection at all. There was none.
I think my sister and her family still see Ex. My older sister, to clarify. The one who stopped speaking to me for over a year because of her messed up thinking. Yeah, that one. They were here a few days after Christmas and I swear my nephew whispered something about Aunt Marcy and Uncle Ex. My sister frowned and shook her head violently; my little nephew looked at me and bit his lip. A few months ago, I was at their house, hanging out in the backyard while my brother-in-law grilled. My little nephew said "I'm related to everyone in my family except..." and then stopped talking abruptly and gave me a look.
Am I just paranoid? I'm curled up in my afghan now, wondering. I almost left the brown afghan for Ex. I have several others and knew he would enjoy it and get more use out of it. Luckily, I came to my senses before leaving and took it with me. Ex didn't deserve the mud on my shoe. He had better not be messing with my family. I'm afraid to ask them because if they do still see him, I don't think I would be able to be around them anymore, and I really love my nephews. What a mess.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Z is for Zero

Zero is round. I am zero. I am round with no corners. I used to have edges; then I started taking a certain medication and my edges and corners rounded out. I hate that I am zero.

Zero means no quantity or number. I am zero. There is nothing to quantify my presence here on Earth. "Take a number," they say. I took a number. It was zero. Zero is never called. It is skipped over. I am zero.
Zero has no meaning except as place holder. In 405, for example, the zero is not usually even said. Four-oh-five. Zero is forgotten. I am zero. Zero is sometimes confused for the letter "O". They look alike. They have entirely different meanings. Zero does not even have its own shape. It is not worth the effort. I am zero.
I used to count. I used to matter. I used to be of use in this world. I was much more than zero. Then I gave Ex all that I was and he showed me that, to him, I was zero. I didn't matter. I didn't count. I didn't exist. Ex was the one person in the world that I thought would put me first. The one person who would love me more than he loved anyone else. He was my husband. Shouldn't I count? No. Ex made that clear. To him, I am zero.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Y is for You

Has anyone ever sat in a room with one hundred and eight peers and been told that you are the best and the brightest? That the odds of you succeeding are 98%? That your intelligence is so far above average that you are in a different class now?

I have.

Getting into dental school was not that hard. It should have been nearly impossible. Most people who start on the predental track in undergrad don't finish because it is too hard. Most of those who do finish don't have a high enough GPA or score high enough on the DAT or have enough volunteer hours to compete with those few who do. The few who are invited for interviews stammer and don't give the correct answers. Very few applicants are accepted to dental school.

I was.

You think I'm bragging? Nope. I'm not proud, not even that I got into dental school TWICE. That's impossible, you say. What would even be the point of that? Because my divorce was finalized July 29, 2010, and school started ten days later. I was a mess. Couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, couldn't concentrate, couldn't pass the tests. All of my class grades were dismal. The only thing that barely saved me was my lab grades. I was good at that. My GPA didn't measure up for two semesters in a row, which means automatic dismissal from dental school. I appealed and they let me take a year off and start fresh.

I did.

Then I flunked out again. My GPA was something like 0.02 points lower than it needed to be. The Academic Standards committee decided I wasn't dental school material after all. I was not one of the best and the brightest. I was the two percent. My intelligence did not measure up. I was a failure.

I am.

X is for Xmas

It is 12:27 on Christmas morning. I don't actually like the abbreviation to Xmas, but I needed an X and Xmas is timely. I was going to write about Christmas 2013, but, in keeping with the theme of this blog, will write about a past Christmas instead. We had two as husband and wife. Which one was worse? Hard to say.

I keep rewriting this. I can't pick. I don't feel like telling you in detail what happened on either Christmas, so I think I will tell you bits and pieces.
First Christmas:

* Ex and I went to dinner with my sister and mom on Christmas Eve. He pulled his chair out and sat at the end of the table instead of beside me. I told him I wouldn't bite and he grumpily moved his chair back beside me. As we were leaving, Ex harshly grabbed my arm and started telling me how he did not appreciate my manipulation and what a bitch I was. He was saying this very loudly in a room full of people while gripping my arm. I finally got away and just left. I was so embarrassed. I just wanted to disappear. Ex followed me and nothing was ever said about his actions. I hope my mom and sister didn't know what was going on. They had walked out first and I think they were just waiting in the lobby for us, not knowing what was taking so long. I hope.
*Ex's mom called him on Christmas morning and Ex immediately stopped talking to me. He didn't sit beside me at dinner and if I tried to join in a conversation he was having, he would get up and leave. My brother-in-law invited Ex out for coffee and when they came back, Ex wanted to talk to me in private. He told me that his mom wasn't doing well and he was upset. I asked why that would make him not talk to me all day and he just shrugged and left the room. We hadn't been married long enough for me to know that this would be a continuing theme in the relationship: his mom would upset him and then he would take it out on me. Happened a LOT.

*We had a family picture with all of the relatives. Everyone hugged their significant others and sat with their kids. Everyone except me and Ex, anyway. The picture of that Christmas gathering shows a glaring Ex sitting cross-legged on the floor. He looks zoned out and angry. I'm standing beside my mom, who saw I was hurt and put her arm around me. I'm trying not to cry in our family picture. (This was, of course, the same day Ex had not been speaking to me. He was charming and nice to everyone else and ignored me completely.)
Second Christmas:

*I'll keep this short and sweet.
*And personal.
*And embarrassing.

*Ex had been working out of state for about six months. He came home one weekend and told me he had a wart on his penis. From then on, we used condoms. Why did I still sleep with him even though he was almost undoubtedly cheating on me? Who knows. Sex was rare, at least. I've come a long way since then. Bastard. What does this have to do with Christmas? Because a memory that is burned in my mind is the one of him throwing the used condom in a field after we had sex (for the first time in months) in the car on Christmas. He-Who-Does-Not-Litter, littering. With a used condom. Do you have no sense of shame? On our honeymoon, he told me he would divorce me if I ever littered. And he was serious. What a hypocrite.

Merry Christmas...ho ho oh well

Sunday, December 22, 2013

W is for Water

I've told you before that Ex's dog came to live with us when we got married. She had been at his mom's house for years, but Ex's mom was glad to get rid of her as soon as possible. I loved this dog. She was seventeen, arthritic, diabetic, going blind and deaf, and just the nicest dog ever. She was my best friend while I was married to Ex. She needed someone to take good care of her and I needed someone to love me. Ex didn't do either, so she and I took care of each other.
Ex and I went to the lake one summer afternoon and took her with us. She needs a name. Her real name was stupid. Ex's friend's girlfriend's name. Shante. SO, Shante was happy to be at the beach and was having a good time wading in the water with me. Neither one of us ventured in very far. I didn't because I couldn't swim, and she didn't because she was old.

Then stupid Ex decided she needed to swim like she used to when he was a teenager. He came charging up, grabbed her collar, and began dragging her into deep water. She got a panicked look on her face and began feebly paddling. Stupid Ex (that's all I can call him for this post. Stupid Ex.) was holding on to her collar and making her paddle in circles.
He got really (!) mad at me when I saved her. He yelled at me all the way home about that one, telling me that she loved to swim and that I was an idiot for not letting her. Then he stopped speaking to me for a few days. I rarely stood up to Ex, but Shante was my friend and she needed help, so I helped her. I kind of hate him right now.

If I'm not crying, why are my eyes wet?

Friday, December 20, 2013

V is for Voltaire

"Tears are the silent language of grief." ~Voltaire

I have been crying a lot lately. I cry myself to sleep almost every night. I wake up crying in the middle of the night. I wake up in the morning and want to cry but have to make myself numb so I can get through the day. On a great note, though: I don't miss Ex anymore. I still think about him often and wonder what he is up to, but I think I am FINALLY teetering towards the anger portion of grief. Here's hoping, anyway.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." ~Voltaire

I don't agree, dude. Or do I... Do I really want to be free of Ex and all of the pain he put me through, or do I want to continue to wallow in sorrow and say "Poor me"? I like to think I want to be free but I don't think I really do. Maybe that is the breakthrough I have been working towards in therapy. Nah, I already knew I didn't really want to get better. I feel that I deserve to be miserable. I don't deserve happiness and love. So I guess I do agree. Bummer.

"My life is a struggle." ~Voltaire

Getting up in the morning is the hardest thing I do every day, because in getting up, it means I am going to have to face my life. Some days, I am lucky enough to have the morning free, and on those days I just take care of my dogs and then we all go back to bed. Which means, of course, that I just have to get up again, but it seems like a good idea at the time. Oh, Ex, the power I have given you is ridiculous.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

U is for Upset

I am writing this post under pressure, because I took an Ambien so I can sleep and not cry myself to sleep. Again. So I have approximately 20 minutes before I either pass out or start doing really weird things.

 I will tell you all what happend and fill in the details later.I was at work at my lowly grocery store deli clerk job when I looked up and saw "Stephen"cruising towards me with an "I want a sandwich" look on his face. I told my coworker tnat
[Um, what? This, my friends, is what happens when one takes Ambien and types. Not a good plan, yo. Who is this mysterious "Stephen"? What is "tnat" and "//////////////////"? I most definitely should delete it but at first I found it very funny. Now I find it terribly sad. Either way, it made a clear statement: my life is unlivable at this moment. Things can get so bad so fast that the only way to cope is to drug myself into oblivion.

What did happen was that I was working at the deli and looked up to see this guy from dental school cruising the produce section. Luckily, I saw him first, so I went in the back and hid. I'm pretty sure he didn't see me. At some point, however, I'm going to have to face someone, whether it be a student or old professor, while I'm working at the deli. My therapist says I need to radically accept the situation. I refuse to accept that I work in a deli when I was well on my way to becoming a dentist.
I already have to deal with people who knew me when I worked there three years ago, asking what happened to dental school. I tell them it wasn't for me. This is true. It was beyond the scope of my capabilities at the given time. I can barely work 30 hours at the stupid deli without being completely exhausted. I can't do this much longer.]

Saturday, December 14, 2013

T is for Tantrum

I have been contemplating this post for a while; trying to decide how much to share. It's embarrassing. I would rather not think about this at all, but decided I need to get it out of my soul. So here it is: The Tale of the Epic Tantrum, in all of its glory. This is longer than my regular posts, but there was so much to get out that you'll just have to bear with me.
Ex's temper was legendary. I don't know how he kept it under wraps while we were dating, but somehow he managed to hide that huge aspect of his personality. Once we were married, however, there was no filter to the temper. It came out early and often. On this particular occasion, we were at his mom's house, where Ex's fuse was always incredibly short. Well, shorter than usual, anyway.
Ex had one remaining friend in his hometown. I should be completely open here - Ex had one friend in the entire world. We met Matt (we'll call the friend) out for dinner and drinks and I was having quite a nice night. Ex was animated and joking, laughing and teasing, friendly and drinking... He ordered a pitcher of beer and drank the entire thing except for the one glass Matt drank. I didn't care; I was driving, and Ex was having a great time, so I was happy. I loved seeing Ex having fun.
It was around 1:00 AM when we left the bar, but Ex was not ready to go home yet. He told me he knew of a parking lot he wanted to stop in to have sex before returning to his mom's house. (This is the embarrassing part, if you couldn't tell.) I was game at first, being the overly accommodating wife that I was. But Ex started being incredibly rude, putting me down, calling me names in his "joking" manner, and just being a complete jerk.

I drove back to the house instead of the parking lot. And Ex began his tantrum of the century.

He started screaming at me, telling me that I hated him and had never loved him. (I have to think hard here. I blocked this out. It was too much to bear.) His face was bright red, his eyes bulging out of his head, his fists and jaw clenched...does this sound familiar? Yes, Ex had tantrums all of the time, but this one went on and on and on. He called me a liar and screamed that he didn't know why I was with him when I hated him so much. He screamed at me for three hours before finally getting out of the car and going in the house.
I sat there. I wanted to drive home but knew that Ex would be furious. So I just sat there. Didn't cry. I had learned that lesson. Ex hated it when I cried and it only exacerbated the situation. Ex came out about an hour later and gruffly told me to get in the house. The sun was coming up when we went in and lay down on the air mattress. I didn't sleep even though I was exhausted.

I guess I'll make up for not crying then and have a good cry now. Amazing how badly it still hurts.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

S is for Static

I have gone back in time to a place when I thought I was happy and everything was okay. I was married and worked in the deli at the local grocery store. I was still working on my undergraduate and was working there when I found out that I was accepted to dental school. I was working there when I left Ex and then found out that he was trolling craigslist two days later for a date. I quit because I was afraid that Ex would come in and find me. He knew my schedule and that was back when I still (!) thought that he cared.
Now, I have flunked out of school twice, have a virtually useless degree in chemistry, have a humongous load of student loans, am divorced, have been in the hospital for mental issues twice, have spent hundreds of dollars on therapy and medication that doesn't seem to be helping at all, and am back at the deli.
The same core group of people still work there. The managers and the full-timers are the same. The product is the same. It is like stepping back in time. I got a twenty-five cent raise. I still won't make enough to make ends meet. Christmas is coming up and I doubt I will get to see my family. I don't have the money or the time off. I tutor on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but only a few hours each day, so it doesn't add up to much.
I don't have the ability to have a "real" job right now. I've had about nine jobs in the past three years. Can't stand to stay at one job, can't make myself get up every day, day in and day out, and go to the same, boring job. I'm stuck in a downward spiral and I don't see a way out.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

R is for Roses

It took me a long time to be able to write about this. No one knows. Until now, that is...

We had just barely started dating when Ex asked me to go to his cousin's wedding in Colorado. I told him I didn't think I could afford it, so I wasn't sure I could go. Really, I just didn't know him well enough and thought it was too soon to travel with him. Ex decided this meant that I was going with him, so when the time came and I didn't go, Ex got really upset. He thought I was dumping him, even though we had been going out for over five months.
Ex came home from the wedding and didn't talk to me for almost two weeks. This was back when I was still independent and didn't have the self-esteem of a slug, so I didn't really worry about it. When Ex asked me out to dinner, I said yes and thought nothing of it.

During dinner, Ex confessed that he went on a date during that week of silence. I got mad and dumped him on the spot. Again, this was back when I was smart.

So Ex showed up at my house the next day. He had bought a guitar and taught himself how to play "Open the Door to Your Heart" and brought dozens of huge, beautiful red roses. I made him stand outside, and can still clearly remember him propping the door open with one knee while singing and playing clumsily, while trying not to cry. Then he cried.
Told me how he thought I didn't love him anymore, and how hopeless he felt, and how he had never met anyone like me before, with such a capacity to love. Told me how sorry he was, and how stupid it had been, and that nothing but a dinner had happened, and that he loved me more than life itself. Told me that he wanted to be with me forever. All but proposed.
You all know I ended my era of being smart right then, and took him back. This was the one and only time Ex ever bought me flowers. I've never been one for flowers, but now I hate red roses. They remind me that I had escaped Ex, only to take him back when he came crawling. Stupid.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Q is for Quiet

Before we were married, Ex used to come to my house just to hang out with me while I studied. He would bring a book and lie on the couch, using me for a pillow while he read. It was so peaceful and it made me feel very loved. Then we got married. Oops.

I noticed that Ex spent an inordinate amount of time with a book open on his lap, but he would just stare at the wall. I wondered if he was just thinking about what he had read, or what, but I never questioned him about it. I thought it was a little strange, but still a lovable habit. It was cute, I thought, and I quietly left him alone with his musings.
Towards the beginning of the end of our marriage, Ex enlightened me. He told me that my mere presence was so annoying to him that he couldn't stand to even read with me anywhere nearby. Even when I was quiet, Ex said, I disturbed him so much that he would stare at the wall instead of reading because he couldn't stand the interruption of my presence.

So instead of sitting there being cute, Ex was sitting there actively hating me. Good to know.

P is for Pie

Here, as promised way back in "I is for Instead", is the pie story. It was my first Thanksgiving as a married woman and we were spending it with Ex's mom. Things were strained, because his mom wasn't doing very well mentally and that stressed Ex out, which made him meaner than usual. And that's pretty mean.

Ex's sister invited us all over to a friend's house for Thanksgiving dinner, since Ex's family was so small and his mom wasn't up to cooking a huge meal. His mom decided to make a pie, and I helped her. It was a lot of fun; I mainly stirred the ingredients while she got things out of the cabinets. It looked delicious and I couldn't wait to try it.
As the pie was baking, I decided to study, since I was just on break from school and had finals as soon as we got back home. I was at the dining room table when Ex came in and curtly told me he was going biking. I told him to have fun and went back to my books. Ex went into his mom's office and began playing on the computer. I thought nothing of it; he often got distracted with the computer.

A few minutes later, out he stormed. His face was bright red, his eyes were teary, his fists and jaw were clenched. He screamed that he couldn't take it anymore. Just couldn't stand it. I was shocked. I didn't know what he was talking about. Then he sobbed that he hated me and wanted a divorce, because I had been snotty when I told him to have a good time biking.  
His mom disappeared and Ex continued his tirade. He finally wore himself out and went biking, right when we were all supposed to leave for dinner. It ended up that Ex went biking, his mom and sister went to the dinner, and I stayed at the house and sat in a lonely fog of despair. I didn't cry. I had already learned that tears just made things worse.

The saddest part of the story? I made a pecan pie for the first time and never got to taste it.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

O is for Oh

Ex loved animals. He had a black cat that he had adopted from the local animal shelter, and his mom was currently keeping his dog because she was lonely and needed companionship. Then we got married and took the dog, because it turns out his mom was just keeping her for Ex until he got himself settled. Ex never walked the poor dog and rarely fed her. And most definitely never gave her the diabetic injections she required every twelve hours. He didn't really even like animals.


Ex was a great outdoorsman. He loved to camp and took me camping before we were married. He had a great time and told me how much he loved being outside and listening to the birds at dawn. He loved to hike and climb mountains and I really enjoyed doing these things with him. Then we got married and never spent time together outside unless I suggested it. Ex would go along and gripe the entire time, telling me what I brat I was being and how much he hated me.


Ex really cared about his mom. When we first met, he told me what a terrible mother she had been. He had only negative things to say about her. I pointed that out to him. Instant turn-around. Suddenly, she was a great mom and when she visited, things were wonderful. Ex was loving and attentive and caring towards both of us. Then we got married; his mom's slight dementia worsened considerably, and she needed to move in with someone. I suggested that she live with us but Ex said that under no circumstances would she be welcome in his home. She ended up locked in a nursing facility. I went to visit her and take her for walks, but Ex couldn't be bothered. I couldn't see her after the divorce. She was basically abandoned at that point. Last I heard, they were changing her sheets three times a day because she was crying so much. Ex moved back to his home town and moved into his mom's empty house and never visits her.



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