Tag: agoraphobia

  • Meetings Rethought

    I had three meetings yesterday. There was a time when three meetings in one month would destroy that month for me. Gradually, by dint of reframing and paying attention to the positive, I got to the point where I could tolerate three meetings in a week. Now I’m up to three a day without undue […]

  • The Downside of Paris

    Well, no, there isn’t any downside to Paris. But there have been moments which were less wonderful than the other moments. As you walk through Paris, for example, you can take a deep breath of lovely, light air perfumed with fruit and flowers. Then you expel that breath and take in another lungful — only […]

  • Die Fledermaus

    I enjoyed last night’s performance of Die Fledermaus a great deal. This was true even though I didn’t feel like going when I left, even though it required driving at night on a scary stretch of road (that is, the kind of road that triggers my agoraphobia), even though I had rather dreaded going. Since […]

  • Skipping the Watch Party

    I was planning to go to a watch party tonight. Here’s why I’m not going to it (nor to the symphony, my other invitation): It’s going to start in 10 minutes and I’m not yet through working, never mind things like dinner and getting dressed. Over 500 people have said (on Facebook) that they’re going. […]

  • Up for Renewal

    Cathy Alter’s Up for Renewal is her story of how she improved her life by following advice in women’s magazines. She seems to be a bit of an underachiever when it comes to self-improvement. Her first month, she took her lunch to work, having learned from Real Simple how to wrap a sandwich in Saran […]

  • Refrigerator Curriculum

    My new soap mold has a very elaborate embossed design, very pretty, and well-nigh invisible in an all-white soap. This bar will be for household use. It’s scented with Lily-of-the-Valley, and will be a pleasure to use even if it doesn’t show off the design well. That was the end of the day, though. The beginning […]

  • Kitchen Week

    What a day I have ahead of me! My husband wants me to do errands for him in a neighboring town. Since he has, at 4:45 a.m., already left for work, this does not seem unreasonable. However, as many of you know, I suffer from agoraphobia and have an unreasonable response to the thought of […]

  • Evenings Out

    Here is an important note to myself: I enjoy Chamber Singers rehearsals. I need to make this note to myself and perhaps also to remind myself to come read it next Thursday, because I never want to go, and once I get there I really enjoy the singing. Last night was unusual, because we were […]

  • The Valley of Death

    “Half a league, half a league, half a league onward, Into the valley of death rode the six hundred.” This is a very accurate evocation of how I feel right now. Because I have to go with #1 son for him to take his driving test. Not for me to take the driving test. I don’t even […]