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jennifer / December 3, 2008 1:40 AM

grading my students papers', worrying about my final paper presentation next week in african politics, and fear over preparing adequately for my stats exams. and, as always, the arrival of darkness at 4:30 each afternoon.

boo boo boo.

charlie / December 3, 2008 8:15 AM

I got me a hankswaller in me boonlifter.

p / December 3, 2008 8:51 AM

i fear my landlord is gaslighting me into coo-coo town.

eatin' pomegranates tho- so i'm AG

Nuke LaLoosh / December 3, 2008 9:01 AM

Unfortunately, Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis.

Also, I'm $50 short because of the way a "friend" split the restaurant bill last night.

mary / December 3, 2008 9:05 AM

that white rabbit candy i just ate. harder than a rock, it also contains traces of melamine. my teeth are now a bit sore as well as coated in sugar (& melamine?).

oh, also, my job. my job ails me.

zoenotcool / December 3, 2008 10:24 AM

Mysterious pains (teeth, thumb joints, lower back) that come and go - old age or something else?

No energy and dry winter skin.

Does the continuing urge to hibernate until April count?

Gaigen / December 3, 2008 10:36 AM

The beginnings of a cold (sore throat, sneezing, general meh-ness), as well as the regular general malaise of life itself.

Elizabeth / December 3, 2008 10:40 AM

My boss. I fear he has a learning disability (no lie!) and am trying to be patient with him, and to forget that he makes at least 3 times my salary, though he can't write a coherent letter and repeats himself a lot ala Rainman.

Come to think of it, I hate that I'm so impatient with others. I know I need to be more understanding.

Jasmine / December 3, 2008 10:58 AM

Cough in the morning -- onset of a winter cold or do I just need to vacuum and dust the apartment?

Mucky Fingers / December 3, 2008 11:11 AM

Two of my clients. They are neurotic nail-biters incapable of prioritizing the easiest set of tasks. The hand-holding I have to do with these insecure basketcases is painfully embarrassing.

Oh yeah - they both exceed me in age & formal education, presuming me to think they are seasoned professionals with far more experience. No! They have to idea what they're doing. I'm sure, though, that they're making more money than me.

You asked.

Lauren / December 3, 2008 11:21 AM

looking for jobs, simultaneously with my husband. eek!

Carlotta / December 3, 2008 11:47 AM

A knee that I injured about a month & a half ago -- my foot got caught in a sidewalk crack and I fell down. I'm going to Stroger Hospital to see if I can get a proper diagnosis. Also, my hamstrings are too tight.

Brandy / December 3, 2008 11:51 AM

Only how to make this mess of an apartment friend-ready by Sunday. *sigh*

Irisheyes / December 3, 2008 2:08 PM

I overextend myself. Too much time accepting drink and meal invitations. Going to the gym with my friend when it suits her and not me. Too much time with the boyfriend. I just want to crawl under the covers (alone) and not come out for a week. I just want time alone and stop being such a "yes" girl. I'm so tired.

Irisheyes1212 / December 3, 2008 2:19 PM

Also I fogot the 1212 after my name.
And forgot to add...I am stuck in this vicious rut of not having time to take care of myself. Then I get down. I am unhappy with my health, body, everything. When I get down, I am more open to saying yes to others...for a distraction from myself. When really, I just need to take time for myself to get my shit together. Aaaaauuugh!

Mo / December 3, 2008 2:58 PM

Physically: I just got over a horrendous cold, and I pulled a muscle in my side coughing. General fatigue.

Life-wise: There aren't enough hours in the day. This month I have to finish my thesis, apply for more grad schools, AND xmas shop. eep!

jen / December 3, 2008 5:27 PM

fresh as of yesterday. filing for unemployment today was fun -- getting there 15 minutes after they open and being the 26th person filing a new claim...

this, after spending thanksgiving day in the hospital in ohio after a trip to the ER for some bacterial GI infection. and having the first meds give me a rash.

can this month get any better? who wants to buy me dinner and/or a drink? i'll take it.

fluffy / December 3, 2008 6:55 PM

What ails me? Not being sexually active (with another person) for over 6 months! I'm going nuts! Also, I miss Chicago.

Livvy / December 3, 2008 8:05 PM

I worry about every disease du jour. The Red Eye has all these ads for someone doing research on vaginal atrophy. Now on top of everything else, I have to worry about that?!

crystal clear / December 3, 2008 11:11 PM

My rotund stomach. Since I hit my mid twenties, no matter how much weight I lose all over, my stomach is still pretty much the same.

Trying to create a schedule to check off my never-ending to-do list.

Trying to not worry about being single. Trusting that someone will come my way. Hopefully before I turn 30 in May.

Leelah / December 3, 2008 11:51 PM

Chapped lips, lack of sleep, and a general lack of exercise, coupled with my steady, inevitable drift into spinsterhood.

ash / December 4, 2008 9:04 AM

An actual Recession, apparently.

Oh, and Crohn's Disease.

eee / December 4, 2008 9:39 AM

I fell down on black ice in my office parking lot. Two days later I am sore and stiff. Stupid ice!

Elizabeth / December 4, 2008 10:13 AM

@Leelah: I too, am terrified of descending into spinsterhood. The only thing I'm missing is an applique cat sweater.

Irisheyes1212 / December 4, 2008 10:52 AM

@ Leelah & Elizabeth: I think I actually have an applique cat sweater. And the cats to match. And I'm turning 30 on 12/12 and my ring finger is bare. Oh man.

Hal / December 4, 2008 1:24 PM

caffiene withdrawal.

Off my back, you damned monkey!

Moss Derringer / December 4, 2008 1:28 PM

Unemployment :(

GreggF / December 4, 2008 2:04 PM

Jesus, what a sorry bunch you all are.

Let me guess, you're all Obama supporters too.

Carrie / December 4, 2008 3:13 PM

A hot water heater that won't stop running. Sounds like the fan (or something) just runs and runs and runs. I realized recently that sounds kind of bother me... I think it's b/c my pipes at my old place burst a few years ago and I'm convinced any click in the cold is a pipe bursting. I feel like Mrs. BigEars sitting on the couch, listening for anything weird.

Spinster girls- maybe you should change your definition of spinster to mine... a cat lady is a cat lady, we know that, but a spinster, while she can have cats also has a few men (or women) around to satisfy her. Juuuust sayin'

Gregg you sound like a sore loser

Baldeesh / December 4, 2008 3:59 PM

Carrie - that's the definition of spinster that I've been rocking for years. I kind of enjoy it.

caitlin / December 4, 2008 4:12 PM

The little drummer boy who works above my office and jams out most afternoons with no consideration for people who work below him...

Seriously people. If you have hardwood floors, please think of the poor individuals below you.

Steven / December 4, 2008 11:55 PM

Other people.

new subscriber / December 5, 2008 10:08 AM

Carrie and Baldeesh, I wanna subscribe to your blogs! Please tell us more about your life and living w/o the slavery of marriage (while still getting some)! Yay! Girl power! (GreggF, shut up.)

Carrie / December 5, 2008 7:18 PM

new subscriber- I should admit that I am in a relationship now, but I was fully prepared for spinsterdom had I not met him. Having said that! confidence, guts, sometimes a couple of drinks and knowing what you're doing and enjoying it is what it takes! (the last part isn't about the bed action-though knowing and enjoying are good there, too-it's more like you know where things stand, don't expect more, but enjoy it, ya know?) :)

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