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About Inferiority Complexes, Stubborn Pets & Stressful Sisters

Status Update

It’s like I have the same song on repeat in my head, a broken record: I must blog more. I must make a new schedule. I must not fail.

I keep saying sorry for being too busy or too stressed and this, unfortunately, is nothing short of another such a message.

First things first…

Okay, so I have not yet conquered my inferiority complex. I thought I had, but I haven’t. And it made me feel very bad for the past couple of weeks, so bad I felt like throwing in the towel. What’s the point of trying to fight something that, eventually, keeps popping back up again?

Of course, I’ve already travelled a long, long way to get to where I am today. And just because I am not quite as near to the finish line as I thought I was, does it mean I should give up. It doesn’t. It was merely a wake-up call to show me I am not there yet, but I am on my way. So I need a breather and get my mindset back to positive. And this takes time away from blogging.

…And then there were…

Gerbils come with a lot of drama, did you know? For real though: they’re worse than cats or dogs.

One of my pet gerbils has managed to catch a wound below his left ear. It was nothing bigger than the prick of a needle in size, but the stupid animal kept scratching it open, enlarging the wound enormously. Seriously, it’s at least 15 times bigger now!

And nothing helps, either! The vet taped in his hind leg so he couldn’t use it to scratch, but by the time we got home Mister Darwin had already undone himself of that hindrance. So step two was to give him some kind of a neck brace, made out of an egg box:

Yeah… that lasted for about ten minutes. And in the mean time he keeps scratching at his wound! Every time it looks like it’s about to heal properly, Darwin scratches it back open and makes it worse!

My next move was to go back to the vet and get a honey-based cream, which is supposed to speed up the natural healing process. But the cream smells funny and makes the wound itch so… You get where I’m going with this, right?

Eventually, I gave Darwin another neck brace (this time one made of stretchable fabric and band-aid so I could adjust its size), as well as a taped-in hind leg. Result: after going through several lengths to get the neck brace off (one of them included faking to choke – not lying! He had more than enough room left to breathe, I checked), Darwin found out that if he just covered the band-aid with enough sand from his sand bath, the glue failed to work and voila! Easy escape.

After the neck brace his attention swiftly turned to his hind leg and I’m pretty sure he broke his own personal record at getting free.

Eventual result: Darwin now misses a few hairs in his neck and may or may not have gotten an accidental wax on his left hind leg from where he pulled free from his hind-leg-hindrance. His initial wound is still there, as annoying as ever, and he keeps scratching at it and making it bigger, while I am reluctant to give up and keep smearing honey balm on it.

I swear my gerbils are out to drive me crazy!

…And finally

Oh dear Universe… my eldest sister is a mess. She’s in a fight over custody of her children with her psycho ex, while simultaneously holding dinner parties, booking vacations, falling behind on her work, taking her kids to multiple museums on multiple days and hosting game nights with friends.

Did I tell you she’s already got a new boyfriend? No? How about adding to that I am the only person who knows about this? And that my parents are fully convinced she’s given up on men in general since her ex is such a narcissistic ***hole? And how I feel guilty towards my parents for not telling them, yet I refuse to tell them since it’s my sister’s business? (Plus I don’t want to be the one having to take in all the crap my parents will spill when they do find out).

The worries about my sister trouble the minds of my parents deeply. And mine, too. Double, actually, because on top of my own worries about the whole situation I am kindly delivered my parents’ worries as well. So my shoulders are double loaded.

Good thing my shoulders are awesome and strong.

Anyway, that’s the three main reasons why I’ve been slacking off on here, lately. I used to be so on top of things, not only writing frequently but also making sure to read up on everyone’s posts as well. I miss that 😦

I am sorry I don’t have the time for all that right now. I keep promising to better myself, but honestly I don’t know how to pick things up. I suppose that’s because I have other priorities right now. But fact is I love being on here, and I love the little community I feel part of, so I will be back.

Occasionally at first, probably. And hopefully full-time when things get better. I know they will 🙂


7 thoughts on “About Inferiority Complexes, Stubborn Pets & Stressful Sisters”

    1. If I knew he’d be doing that, I’d have filmed it! But seriously, he’s tried lots of different moves to break free from all the stuff I literally put on him. He’s a little Houdini, my Darwin. But his wound is growing smaller nowadays rather than bigger, so there’s a small improvement.

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  1. I’m so sorry you’ve been struggling so much – overcoming something like what you’ve been dealing with around the inferiority complex is huge, so don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s like a continually work-in-progress, and you’ve achieved so much already. I think a breather like you said is a good idea.

    Aww poor little gerbil. I hope he’s doing better soon. The DIY neck brace was such a good idea, shame it didn’t last. Given all of the escape tactics and destroyed efforts to help him, he’s certainly out to give you an epic challenge!

    I’m sorry your sister is in such a difficult situation, too. It’s wonderful how much you and your parents care so much and of course you’re all worried. Just make sure you don’t neglect yourself while taking on the weight of so many worries. You can only do so much.

    I think having a bit of time to deal with what’s going on in your life is a good idea. There’s no need for apologies at all! Take all the time you need. Dip in and out of blogs, we’re always here. Will be thinking of you Samantha. Sending hugs  ♥
    Caz xx

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    1. Thank you, Caz! I’m feeling a little better, especially now that my sister’s secret is out (not thanks to me, though – she told everyone herself). Darwin is doing a little better, still not healed but it’s improved. And I’ve been sleeping like a baby and things are becoming a little brighter, so fingers crossed for an all in all good outcome 🙂

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  2. Poor Darwin! I hope he lets himself heal.
    And you certainly have a great deal on your plate. You owe the blogging world no apologies (although we of the blogging world always enjoy hearing from you). As for an inferiority complex, I think that such a complex is always lurking behind the scenes, waiting to strike. The goal is to deal with it, not to kill it.
    I hope you have a great week with reduced stress and increased hope. J.

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    1. Thanks, J. I think you are right on the inferiority complex. Sure sounds better than having to kill it again and again. It’s like a zombie constantly coming at me, haha.
      As for Darwin… he’s too stubborn for his own good. But I won’t give up.

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