I Survived the Blizzard of ’17

I survived the blizzard of ‘17!

Not that big a deal but it sounds impressive.

Beastie Baby is generally beside herself, though. Her doggie door is snowed closed and she cannot go for her walk on the tractor path we often use. The snow is just about over her pointy, little head. All of the ‘pee mail’ she wants to answer is under two feet of snow.

Every time we go out she looks around at the snow and then looks at me as if to say “What is going on here? Where is my world?”

It would appear a number of people feel that way, too. Going through town my husband and I noticed dozens of houses that looked like no one had ventured out in the last 36 hours. No attempt at snow removal. No footprints. Nada. Closed until Spring.

Perhaps we are just the intrepid types. Sounds better than saying we are too dumb to get in out of a blizzard; yes? We were the only people to go to the recycling center. I had called. Really, I did. The message said open Wednesday 7 to 5, but it wasn’t. Open, that is. I asked the guy plowing if we could still sort and leave our recycling and he directed us to the back door. One job done.

I was going to write this page on the fine art of asking for a favor, but it turns out the rules in WikiHow are just about identical to the rules we went over in another page (Kicking and Screaming).

Then we were the only customers in Subway. The police came in as we were leaving, but they have to be out on the roads. They are always intrepid.

Then we were the only customers at AAA. When we walked in they were taking pictures of one another! I guess it was to commemorate the occasion of their all being intrepid souls and getting to work.

The online dictionary gives as synonyms for intrepid the following: fearless, unafraid, undaunted, unflinching, bold, etc. I think you’ve got the idea. The essential concept there is overcoming fear. Probably something we should cultivate in dealing with AMD.

Back to the web, I discovered an article entitled 33 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Fear….Right Now. The article runs down the usual suspects. You know, being aware you are afraid, identifying what you are afraid of, journaling, talk therapy. It also talks about some stuff I have never heard of like Emotional Freedom Technique and the Sedona Method. Unfortunately, you can get the ones I have never heard of for “only four monthly payments of….!” Ignore those. They are apparently the way the author pays for his site. Pay attention to the ones he offers for free. [Lin/Linda: You can actually check out the Sedona Method for free, click here.]

Remember, free is one of my favorite words.

Another online article I found was entitled 5 Sure-fire Ways to Overcome Fear and Anxiety Today. This article goes over the basics and uses some of the DBT techniques. It also has its own, catchy acronym: AWARE. This stands for accept, watch, act normally, repeat and expect the best. Accept is the same as DBT and watch is DBT’s observe. Watch/ observe allows you to get comfortable with the fear and the fear to extinguish. That is psychology talk for go away.

This page has gotten a little long. Maybe get back to this topic later. I am apparently going to have some time. Just got the call. No school again tomorrow!

Written March 15th, 2017

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