Tuesday, July 1, 2014

my happy switch is broken.

As a creature of habit, I've created this awful habit of never allowing myself to"let it all out" but rather, I tend to shove most of it down until my emotions are so full that they erupt like the largest volcano could possibly imagine.  

I hate myself for it because it hurts.  Not just me, but everyone around.

I keep saying that I'm tired of wearing a mask and I am, but it's almost as though the mask I wear has become a part of me.  It's like a security blanket that I keep with me to shield me from myself.

I wish that I could effortlessly be happy.  I wish that I could erase a lifetime of memories.  I wish so hard that I was someone else. But I'm not.  I'm me and it fucking sucks to be so most of the time because even all the amazing things about my life can't seem to reach that place in my mind to turn on the happy switch.  Sometimes I'm afraid it's been disabled and will never work.

There are things that make me feel happy for a moment or two, but they soon become buried under all the shit that's made me so fucking sad for so fucking long.

I should have never gotten married.  I wish that I would have never fallen in love.  My emptiness makes me a terrible wife.  My depression makes me a terrible person.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

One family's trash is another family's treasure

I know I've never been a fan favorite in my family.  I'm moody, outspoken and I'm tattooed.  This mainly applies for my paternal side of my family.  My maternal side of my family doesn't mind my tattoos because most of them have some.  They also think I'm quite funny.

That being said, although I knew that speaking out against my cousin molesting me would cause some breaks in the foundation of my family, I never thought that they would completely alienate me.  I never thought that I would feel like an outsider.  I never even imagined myself completely breaking away.

It had to be done.  I hurt silently for over 25 years.  I could no longer repress my tears.  I could no longer wear the mask that hid my shame.  I'm not sorry that I lost my family because in my eyes, they aren't my family any longer.  A family wouldn't choose to associate with someone who could hurt a member so badly.  A family wouldn't make me feel like I was nothing.

I try not to make myself the victim, but sometimes I can't help but remember that I am a victim.  A victim of incest.

I wish that I could change what happened to me from the age of 4 to 12.  I wish that I wouldn't have these random flashbacks that make my heart want to crumble up and die.  No matter how hard I try, I can't wash all images from my memory.  The things that were done to me as a child make me want to vomit.  I get infuriated every time I hear of another child suffering as I did.  My heart has this huge scar that will never heal.  It will always be tender and I will never be able to get a replacement.

I thought that I would have support.  I thought that I would be given love.  I thought that I was a link in the familial chain that was crucial and people would want me around.  I never ever thought that I would be tossed aside like garbage that ruined that gleaming facade.

The day that my family allowed me to be treated like an unwanted untouchable, was the day that everybody died.  I still have a couple of great aunts, one cousin and my grandmum that survived the holocaust of my heart but everybody else is buried.  I had to mourn the loss of an entire family at once.  It sucked and sometimes I'm still not over their deaths, but you can't always control who will love you and who will treat you like you are nothing.

I want those who are "family" to be those who love me.  Blood means nothing.  I've had an infusion and my blood is no longer theirs.

No, this is all my paternal family that I am talking about.  I don't want there to be any confusion of who is dead to me and who is still alive and kicking.

Although I have lost my family, my heart still cries when someone is actually hurting.  I feel bad and I want to fix things.  I'm not sure why since no one cared/s about my well-being.

My therapist told me that I never have to forgive.  Forgiveness has to be earned and not one fucking person has even attempted to earn that by treating me like I'm an actual human being.

I've gone way off course of what I intended this blog to be about, so I will say now what I originally wanted to.  My "uncle" is having issues with his heart again and although he responded to me with, "what do you want me to do about it?" in a crass tone when I told him about my cousin molesting me (when I was coming clean to everyone about why I didn't want to be around my cousin).  I still feel bad.  That is my dad's brother, my grandmum's son and at one point, I considered him my uncle and someone I loved.

Although he hurt me, I don't think he deserves to suffer.  I will pray for him.  I will pray for his family.  I will even shed tears for him because I am not the monster that everyone makes me feel like.

One family may have been lost, but when I married my husband I gained another.  It's a lot smaller than the one I had before, but they never make me feel unwelcome and they never make me feel like I am nothing.  I also have my friends that have become important family members to me, including a best friend who is my sister.  My parents and I have also become so much closer in the last 2 years (I know it's hard for some to imagine us being closer, but we are).  All is not lost in heartache.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I just hope these people don't mistake my kindness for forgiveness in keeping them in my prayers.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Adventures in food

(alert!:this is a repost for those who've already read)

  I haven't been wanting to cook in my kitchen lately since the ants moved into the wall between my kitchen and master bedroom bathroom.  However, after constantly cleaning my kitchen and keeping up with natural remedies to get rid of ants, they aren't as bothersome as normal.  I just have to make sure there are never any dirty dishes and I have to clean the microwave pretty much daily.  I guess it's not really a bad thing, a lot of people constantly clean their kitchen and don't let dishes pile up. 

  Today's blog is actually about cooking.  I love cooking.  I love baking.  I essentially love making things for people to enjoy, that includes food.

   I'm going to share a "recipe" (I use the word recipe pretty loosely since I cook by mood) that is healthy and a not so healthy recipe.

  As summer looms over most people (or in the case of those of us in the desert, it hits us like a rock),I've come up with a recipe for a yummy summer drink.

Black and Blueberry Freeze
about 1 cup of blackberries
16 oz of concentrated blueberry green tea (I'll explain)
1 cup of ice
Sugar to taste if desired

This recipe can be easily modified to suit your taste.  I took my blackberries and blended them while my water was boiling.  I then took 2 blueberry green tea bags and let my them steep for about 4 minutes since my water wasn't boiling hot.  I then added sugar (I love my tea super sweet, but if you don't you can skip this step.) After sugar, I added a few ice cubes and stirred.  I then added my tea to  my blender and added the rest of the ice and blended until all the ice was crushed.  I tasted to make sure the flavor was to my liking and here you can add a little more sugar if needed or ice if you want more of a smoothie type drink.  I just wanted something cold.  This will make a full pitcher and you can share with friends or place it in the fridge and drink throughout the day (evening, whatever floats your boat.)

Now for the not so healthy recipe:
Stroganoff  Casserole
1-2lbs ground beef
3 cups cooked rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
your favorite seasonings
shredded cheese

I used minute rice and as that was setting (I also want to add that I season the water as it boils with garlic salt) I cooked my beef with chopped onion and chopped bell pepper.  I also used garlic powder and a bit of smoked paprika for seasoning.  I didn't want to use anything salty because of the cream of mushroom, this is only a bit of guideline for this recipe and I suggest seasoning for your tastes.  After the ground beef was cooked, I drained the grease and then added the cream of mushroom.  This was a concentrated can that you add water to, I only added about 2/3 of the suggested amount though to keep it a bit thick.  When that was finished cooking, I got my casserole dish and layered rice then a bit of cheese then my beef mix on top and then another layer of cheese.  My oven was preheated to 350F and I popped the casserole in for about 15 minutes, however that may differ on your area/stove (I've found that my stove cooks things pretty quickly per other recipes I've made).  Just check and make sure all the cheese is melted.  

The taste reminded me a bit of beef stroganoff, hence the name of the recipe.  I recommend experimenting a bit, that's pretty much how I cook everything.  I rarely measure things so I have plenty of screw ups along with lots of happy accidents.  I cook the way I crochet, I just go with it.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

faux smiles make me sad

I was perusing a few pages on Facebook, one of them being my little cousin (I haven't seen her in a few years) and it made me pretty effing sad to see her page.  She may be happy, but it seems as though she doesn't know how to smile.  The smile never really reaches her eyes and the actual smile looks forced and strained.
   This made me think about the art of a smile.  I never smile and show my teeth in a pic, the reason being that I hate the way I look in pictures with my teeth showing.  Yet my smile still reaches my eyes.
   You decide, am I just being an assholes or does her smile look strained?

Friday, April 25, 2014

... Everyone else can fuck off.

   A few days ago, a good friend of mine asked me about writing and if it helps me.  As I was messaging with her back and forth, I had to recognize that yes, yes it does help me to write.  However, I haven't been writing as much as I should or would like.
   I have a lot to say about a lot of things, but I push much of it down.  I keep it locked away.  Why?  Because I'm worried about hurting people's feelings.  I refuse to hurt others while hurting myself.
   One thing that has been on my mind is that I found out that one of my cousins is hanging out with that disgusting bastard.  The thing that hurts is that she knows how much I have been affected by what he did to me as a child.  In fact, I worked hard to make sure she was never left alone with him if I were present.  I did this because I never wanted her to suffer the way I did.  Now that I am estranged from the majority of my family, I hear that she is spending time with him.  That's fine, she is an adult.  She can take care of herself.  I am no longer anyone's protector.  I can only protect myself.
   It hurts.  I feel betrayed.  What can I do?  I don't spend time with anyone in my family anymore other than my grandmum and two great aunts.  I never wanted people to choose sides.  However, by choosing to keep him in their lives, they have essentially chosen sides.  I cannot associate with people who think it's okay to be around someone who did such horrid things to me.  If anyone actually knew the shit that bastard did to me, I wonder if they would really be okay with him.  Everyone just knows that he molested me.  They don't know the extent of it.  Most of it it is pushed so far back in my brain for my own protection, but some of it, some of it won't leave my memory.
   I constantly have dreams about telling everyone how I feel about them, but yet, I'm polite if I see them.  I don't want to be polite.  I want to hurt them as they have hurt me.  I want them to feel the pain of loss, the pain that I felt and still feel to this very day.
   It may sound harsh, but most people are pretty much dead to me.  I've already mourned the loss of my family and I'm learning to live life with a much smaller family than before.  Those who are there for me, are there for me and I will always be there for them.  Everyone else can fuck off.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Who Takes Care of the Non-Mothers?

   Some days I am fine with the fact that I will never be a mother.  Other days, it makes me sad that my parents will never be grandparents.
   Today is one of the days that I feel shitty about not being a mom.  I was thinking that I am 31 and when I was born my grandmas were in their early to mid forties.  My mom is fifty.  She should have been a grandmum by now. Unfortunately, she has a daughter who has a broken reproductive system.  The most shitty part is that my parents would be amazing grandparents.
   The thing is, I'm kind of relieved that I'm not going to be a mom because I think I would be a terrible mother.  I would like to be a good mom, but in all reality, I know that I can't be.  I wouldn't be.  I just don't have the energy to be there for someone as often as they would need.  Some days I don't even have the energy for the bare necessities.  Those are the days that I am thankful for the way life is.
   I mean, I have furry babies, but they can't take care of me when I'm on my deathbed.  I'm alienated from my family on my dad's side.  I'm not going to have anyone to take care of me when I'm old.  I mean, that's why most people have children right?   To have someone for them later in life.  I will have CW, but how can I expect him to take care of me when he'll be old too?  I just get so scared at what the future will be.
   I can't say shit to anyone about how I really feel because  seriously, what could they say?  There's nothing that can be said to make anything seem right about this situation.
   My stepson hates me.  I don't blame him.  I suck.  I said some crappy stuff about five years ago that I can't forgive myself for and I'm sure he won't forgive me either.  I get all weird hen he's around because my husband acts weird when he's around and I'm not sure if it's because of my vibe or what the fuck.  So of course, he won't be there for me when I'm an old asshole.  I wouldn't be there for me if I were him.  I mean he doesn't even think of me for mother's day or my birthday or Christmas, so why would I think he'd want to take care of me when I'm dying?
   Fucking sucks.  Days like this I curse the broken uterus and everything else in the world.  I hate it all.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I'm going to miss you, Don.

  I was a senior in high school when my mom and dad brought Don Vito home.  I remember the day very clearly.  I was home while my mom and dad were out shopping and my mom walked into the house and told me they got a puppy and my dad was outside with him.  I walked into the front yard and saw my dad laying on the grass and playing with him.  He was so freaking cute with his floppy ears and giant paws.  Little did we know then that he'd be a short, stocky little thing!
  I have many fond memories of Don.  He would sit with me while I studied, he would attack my ponytail when I laid on the floor... he would dance for my mom and the cats loved him.
   He became a grumpy old man in the last few years but he would still melt your heart when he'd look at you with those precious brown eyes as you pet him.
   He reminded me a lot of a puppy once again in his last few months... He was such a loving soul.  I'm going to miss him so much.  I knew the day was coming that we would lose him but his death still stung .  Losing a furry baby always breaks my heart. R.I.P. Don Vito.  You will be greatly missed.