Friday frustrations

So, I’ve been generally happy these last few weeks. The cause isn’t hard to discern, but the effect is pretty damn sweet. More patience, less irritation, an enhanced ability to focus on what I need to do–all the usual benefits to being in a great mood.

Unfortunately, there’s a bit of comedy gold to be found in my present, happy state: I’ve grown far more sensitive to the unhappy moods of other people.

Every grumble, complaint, or impatient snap around me seems amplified. Every note of sarcasm, fatalism, or cynicism sounds like a cymbal crash. And, since that sort of thing is rather common these days (perhaps more-so than usual), it’s been downright impossible to avoid.

I’ve kicked nearly all the various social medias to the curb, and when faced with people “in a bad mood,” I’ve kept the conversation to a minimum, but damn…the vibes, man. The vibes.

Still, my mostly happy attitude is exactly that: mostly happy. There have been a few incidents this week which tested my patience in one way or another, and since I have nothing else to write about today, let’s just hit the most obvious low-lights.

  • We seem to have skipped Autumn this year and gone straight into winter, at least in my neck of the woods. A couple weeks ago it was in the 70s. Lately, it’s been in the 20s and lower 40s. That’s not the sort of temperature shift I can easily adjust to, so I’m writing this while wearing a hoodie, listening to the furnace run, and I’m still freezing.
  • Related to the above, I suffer from chronic dry eye, and the constantly-running furnace is turning my corneas into jerky. We have a humidifier running mostly non-stop, but there’s only so much that sort of thing can do. My ophthalmologist has practically begged me to use eye drops every day, but I’m very lazy about that sort of thing, so my eyes are basically on fire all the time.
  • The nagging pain in my neck and head is almost entirely non-existent, except when it’s not. It still annoys me from time to time, and it’s absolutely something I should talk with my doctor about, but…yeah, not a fan of doctors and hospitals. I have an appointment with her anyway, later this month, and I’ll mention it then. In the meantime, I’m just dealing with it.
  • I think I’m finally, this time for sure, adjusted to the time change. Man, that gets harder and harder for me every year. We seriously need to do away with moving the clocks back and forth.

That’s about it. How’d your week go?