Kat Atwell is a freelance writer, blogger & stage presence telling stories that deliver laughs, validation & community.

Mental Health | Wellness & Self Image | Experiential & Reviews

If kisses were snowflakes, I'd send you a blizzard.

Whoever came up with that delightful quote

  • Has never actually been in a blizzard

  • Doesn’t live with a brain condition

  • IS VERY CREEPY AND LIKELY FREAKISHLY CODEPENDENT

Thanks to the weather that is presently attacking the Eastern half of Colorado, my brain has gone into overdrive, which works to all of our benefits, because the thoughts showing up are either legitimately funny, or horrifying (yet relatable). So, today, for your reading pleasure, I present KAT’S BLIZZARD EXPERIENCE 2019.


Monday:

My brain: We slept last night! Everything is wonderful! I am so lucky! My friends are amazing!

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Monday night:

Me: Makes offhand, lighthearted remark about what the meteorologists are saying about the storm expected to hit on Wednesday.
Friend: Stress-free chuckle
My brain, four hours later: vivid images of enormous car pile-ups on the highway, power outages, people getting trapped outside
My brain, six hours later: Well, eating pistachios in bed in the dark hasn’t helped. Maybe cereal in the family room. Nope. Fudgsicle? Unsure. Another fudgsicle? Dang. No. Let’s go back to the pistachios.
Anxiety: BECAUSE STRESS EATING IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA AND WE TOTALLY WON’T ATTACK AND SHAME OURSELVES ABOUT THIS LATER

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Tuesday:

My brain: It’s really nice outside.
(hops on Twitter)
My brain: Wow, we’re really tired. Could be the sudden dread we’re trying to deny. Perhaps we need to recognize our pattern of actively seeking out the most dire predictions. This is why you’re not allowed to go on WebMD. Maybe pistachios would help. I’m never sleeping again. Let’s be angry at everyone. WHY IS EVERYTHING SO LOUD.

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Wednesday - Blizzard has begun

Brain: This is fine. I am FINE. Oh, wait…

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Don’t worry about what you can’t control.
— Anonymous

Brain: OH FUCK THAT GUY.

Actual thing that is happening right now: Lights are flickering on and off.

Also Brain: Fetal position is good. Maybe some meditation. Ear plugs? How early is too early for wine? WAIT. I HAVE A SOLUTION.

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Back later with updates. And pictures. And more neuroses.

Spring hasn't quite sprung, but it gets points for effort.

Binge.