Today I had a few "freak-out" moments. Ok I admit it, I am high-strung at times. But when something sets me on edge I have a hard time shaking it. One of the things that freaked me out today was when I dropped my iPhone. It bounced. Twice- and the sim card popped out. When I put it all back together it was telling me "no service". I thought for sure I had broken my iPhone- which by the way is my only phone as we don't have a house phone. And- I was across town with a car that was sounding like it wanted to die.
I walked across the street to the cell phone store (at least I dropped my phone in a convenient place). I handed the phone to the polite Japanese girl and told her what happened. So she starts fiddling with the phone wearing a very concerned look on her face (at least that is what I interpreted that look to be). It turns out she was checking out her cuticles. And voila!- she got it to work again. I wanted to hug and kiss her- but that would probably "freak" her out.
Here is my top ten list of things that freak me out. This is not the same as things that scare me- the things that scare me include losing my family, getting in a horrible car crash- legitimate fears that I am sure I share with a majority of the population.
These are things that cause me to go into panic mode. Usually it's all internal, but everyone once in a while people can tell I am freaking out. ;)
1. When my car sounds like it is going to die on me in the middle of traffic. It did that today- on a hill. You know- that little sputter thing that cars do when they want to just take a nap right there on the spot.
2. When animals run across the road while I am driving. I hit a cat once- I felt so bad. I tried to find the poor thing- and almost got hit myself in the process. I avoided that road for a long time after that. Hubby has been angered more than once when driving and a cute bunny rabbit hops across the road- and I freak out like we are about to slam into a large semi.
3. Running late to the airport. I hate that feeling that I am going to miss a flight and possibly ruin a trip I am about to take. I am one of those people that likes to get to the airport like a day in advance- to be on the safe side.
4. Thinking I lost something- like my wallet or car keys. This is especially true now that I live in a foreign country.
5. When the phone rings at 2 am. No one calls at that time in the morning with happy news... Unless of course they have a wrong number. I have a hard time going back to sleep after that happens.
6. When a major household appliance does not work. This is especially true of of our house back in Washington that we are renting out. I got an email early this morning saying they (the renters) were having trouble getting the heat to come on. Turns out it was just a light switch that needed to be flipped up. I was convinced we were going to have to buy a new furnace. (That still could happen so I will knock on wood.)
7. Thinking that I made someone mad at me. I am very sensitive to people's moods. So if someone is having a bad day I automatically think it has to do with me. (Because it is ALL about ME, right?) This true for hubby too. I start feeling bad about something I didn't know I did or didn't do- just based on his bad mood or if he is too quiet.
8. When I have a wardrobe mishap- just before I am about to go somewhere. I had a beautiful silk dress I bought at Macy's before we came here. I meant to wear it to the Khaki Ball. I should have taken it to the cleaners to steam out the wrinkles for me. I tried ironing the day of the event- only to get a huge water spot on it. So I had to wear something else. I was so distraught that I didn't even want to go the event- even though I was the one who insisted Hubby get us tickets. (I did have a good time that night inspite of myself.)
9. When my computer acts up on me. This applies to technology in general. I get so upset thinking about all the money spent- only to have the damn thing not work. GRRRR
10. MOVING. It is stressful- that is a given. But so many aspects of it just send me on a whirlwind of freak-outs. Read my posts about getting a passport- there is a good example. My co-workers got to see me freak out every time I called those damn people in the passport office. I was completely over the top freaked out that I wasn't going to get a passport- therefore not be able to move to Japan- therefore not be able to see Hubby for a long long time. DOUBLE GRRRR
I think that is it, it should be, well maybe I could add a few more things, or a lot more... I told you I am high-strung didn't I?
What freaks you out?