I've been stressed out the past few weeks. Isn't funny how life always finds a way to replace old problems with new ones? Just as my back finally got fixed and I was so excited to be engaged, new stresses emerged. Largely, two reoccurring antagonists in my life made their appearances.
The bad neighbor: I've been pretty lucky when it comes to neighbors, about every other set is nice and considerate. Our man upstairs has just been getting louder and louder since he moved in a few weeks ago. And not only does his night owl nature keep us up past our bedtime, his recently installed bird feeder ensures that we'll be woken up at 5:30 am by huge flocks of pigeons and finches. I keep text messaging him to turn the TV and stereo down, but that is mostly just frustrating to both of us. I'm exhausted and starting to look at top-floor apartment listings on HousingMaps.
The office bully: I've also had about 50% luck on this. I have a mean co-worker who was just hired a few weeks ago and has been driving me crazy. I'm thinking about finding another job. But aren't the chances pretty high that I'll only be trading the current bully for a new bully? I've rarely met someone who works in an office of more than 5 people without one co-worker being a little "off."
I tried to work-out my stress at the gym last night but it didn't help much. I've also tried baths and spa therapy without much luck. Being sleep deprived isn't doing much for my overall emotional stability. I'm thinking it's time for a vacation :)