Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Extreme Whirling

Moderation is unknown to me. As I went through my modest stock portfolio today I saw all too vividly that I'm both an idiot and a genius. My stock picks were either superstars defying the S&P, or complete abysmal failures. If I sold each of my stocks, the balance would be exactly zero, half of them being duds, half goldmines. (This is the first time I've ever been able to perceive myself as in any way "balanced"!)

My frugality is legendary- I'm the one who always knows when the Salvation Army is holding its next 50% off sale. What most people don't know is that I'm also capable of blowing $99.99 plus tax on a whim, on a robotic dinosaur at Target.

Even my Chihuahua has fallen prey to my extremities. He has no idea what "NO" or "SIT" or "STAY" mean, but he knows "BRAUWNSCHWEIGER".

My house exemplifies my proclivity. It's either immaculate, after hours and hours of deeeeep cleaning, or it's a shambles. As demonstrated by the fact that I rarely allow people inside, you can guess which state it's in most often.

I spend a fortune every time I shop at Wild Oats or Whole Foods Market, on only the very highest quality organic delicacies. Then, as a previous post describes, I'm very likely to devour a box of Oreos, often after consuming (or trashing) the organics.

Sometimes it's hard to be Whirling Betty.

8 comments:

garnet david said...

Oh, WB- your whirling is magic in all its ups and downs. You are the embodiment of integrity in the extreme. Your honesty with yourself in particular is part of your charm. You are a vibration or rich and varied tone, unique and vivid, never, never, dull. Keep whirling, never stop. You are spinning great depth.

Sideways Chica said...

It may be hard for you to be Whirling Betty, but thank goodness for the rest of us you are. I saw that robotic dinosaur at Target...and if the lady in the purple coat hadn't grabbed up the last one, then I might have some 'splainin to do.

Keep on Whirling...and here's to those oreos!

Ciao,

Teri
www.herestohappywomen.blogspot.com

Someone Anonymous said...

You know Betty, I am like that too. Especially about my house cleaning. I guess it's because I feel the need to do it so well. Like the saying says, "If your not going to do it well, don't do it at all." So instead of just picking up like the clothes and stuff, I have to clean the whole house, including the toliet and shower, and washing every dirty article of clothes. And it upsets me at how much there is to do(cleaning your whole house) so I do nothing. Because I REALLY have a HARD time doing anything simple, any one thing. I have to do it ALL. So, I'd rather have my house messy than get stressed all day.

Betty said...

Garnet,
Your validation is a relief. I think I'll bask in it for a while....

Betty said...

Teri,
I'm glad the robotic dinosaur caught your eye, too. It can be very reassuring to learn once again that we're really all in the same boat, pretty much, more or less...

Many Oreos to You,
Betty

Betty said...

Someone Anonymous,
I'm sorry that you too suffer from the "all or nothing" syndrome, and especially regarding housekeeping. I don't consciously use perfectionism as an excuse, but it's immobilizing. As I told Teri, it does help to know that I'm not alone!

garnet david said...

No, you are not alone.

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