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Jane D., a professional writer with ADHD in her early 40s, blogs about dating and relationships, working and losing a variety of jobs, and surviving and thriving with attention deficit, along with depression and anxiety. She lives and works near a big city on the West Coast.

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Archives: December 2007

posted: Wednesday December 26th - 9:18am

Holiday Blahs

My ADD self thinks about New Year's resolutions and promises to show up to places on normal people's time.

There's nothing like spending Christmas eve with the father, the stepmother, the sister, and the insane single aunt who gets drunk after a mere two glasses of red wine. Is it the Asian syndrome or what? Tonight, at dinner, it was hot pot, basically the Chinese version of the fondue—minus the cheese. The crazy aunt started to say inappropriate things once the wine started going. During...
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posted: Wednesday December 12th - 4:27pm

You're Funny

There are so many days when I wish I could go through a day without stressing, without the magic pills, without the apology ballad, without wondering whether someone can see through to the ADD me.

The mystery man keeps saying, I'm funny. I can't tell what he means, if he’s teasing, if this is a backward compliment. It’s kind of like saying, "I like your hairstyle; it's so 70s-like." He says it in that, "You're very odd, very weird" tone. It makes me feel funny. I've heard that a lot from the loved ones: "You're so funny." The thing is, I don't...
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posted: Monday December 10th - 8:15am

Birthday Blahs

In celebrating yet another year, let's hope all things fall into place.

Thirty-two. The numbers kind of jangle in my head like disbelief. I spent the birthday on the pool deck, screaming orders at the poor students who couldn't understand my wrath. One of them said that the whole thing felt very disorganized, and I couldn't help but feel the same way. The pool people are a mess too, having scheduled things that they didn't even put on...
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posted: Sunday December 9th - 9:42pm

Mind Boggle

Arriving one molecule at a time is tough work. Could it be the winter?

This morning a graying old lady in the pool locker room observes the gear, bags and other crap I have spread across the locker room bench and says, "Doesn't that drive you crazy?" It isn't the first time someone has commented on how much stuff I have. Rather than chew her out, I feel somewhat dismayed by the whole thing, and agree with her. "I know, I...
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posted: Friday December 7th - 3:40pm

Losing Season

32 suddenly sounds incredibly adult and somehow depressing.

Winter to me is "losing season." Losing gloves, socks, that extra layer of clothing. There’s little order in my life anyway. This morning, I shut off the alarm, slept like a pig until 8 a.m., swam, and then hopped into a cab in a frenzy at 10 a.m. to arrive at work, at a very, very tardy 10:30. Lucky thing that I’m not at some widget...
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posted: Wednesday December 5th - 10:52am

Apology Parrot

I am perennially late for meetings, the morning swim dates. "Sorry." "I'm SO sorry."

Life has taken a turnaround over the last few weeks. Love is in the cold, frigid December air. My mind is no longer totally fixated on the she-boss, churning out more pieces, but rather on the mystery man who so far has revealed fragments of his life that seem, well, odd. Doorman, bartender, kick boxer... and then there's the travel. I imagine that the only place...
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