On Being Down

Lately I can’t figure out which way is up and which way is down. Just a little depressed I guess.

I lost the dog battle. Master and K didn’t want to keep Sadie because she is too high energy. I could have continued to fight it, but why? I can’t do it by myself, not with a dog that energetic and three children. Why rage against it if I can’t fix it by myself? I can’t help but feel anger and resentment about this. I feel I bought into yet another thing for all of us that didn’t pan out because not everyone was committed at the same level as me. The kids are also very upset. That doesn’t help my guilt level.

The other dog gets to stay – for now. If he can overcome his issues his personality is more in line with what the rest of the family expected. That is to say, he doesn’t need much exercise to stay sane and happy. I hope he continues to make progress with his other set of problems, because he is absolutely a sweetheart. I am a little consoled that he is still with us, but mostly I’m just sad. I fear losing him too.

Today is K’s birthday. I’ve tried a number of things leading up to today to try and make it special, but K and Master can’t get on the same page. She’s been depressed for weeks now about this, and just when I finally thought things were working out, another wrench got thrown. They seem to have this pattern of building up expectations with each other and stressing out about things and then…exploding. Nothing I do helps. It seems mostly that whatever I do doesn’t matter much if K and Master aren’t right. We try to say we have individual relationships, but it’s hard to completely separate them. I just want her to be happy. I want us to do something special for her and for her to know she is loved. Why is that so complicated? I’m trying to chill out for my own sanity, and because I genuinely want to do something nice and fun. I hope we are able to make that happen for her.

I am trying to find the balance between serving Master, being a good wife to K, and a parent to the children. Lately it seems I don’t have much energy. I have to find a way to get back on track and focus on the right things without depending on my partners to validate me. I’m going to start focusing on keeping a peaceful household as much as possible.

A few things, in no particular order: Find something productive to do every day so I don’t feel so useless. Focus on empathy with the children. Don’t get caught up in arguing and being right with anyone. Add scent to the house. Exercise. Try new recipes. Knit something (and finish it). Regular sleep cycles. Initiate more overt D/s behaviors with Master. Get focused on a slave mentality instead of a mother mentality. Any other suggestions?

Things I’m really enjoying lately: having K with us. It was empty with just the two of us. I feel we are complete again. Our sleep schedule. I get to sleep with both K and Master on a regular basis and it makes me really happy. It used to be very rare for me to end up in Master’s bed, and now I have two spouses to sleep with. It’s great! I’ve gotten to spend more one on one time with the older boys this summer than I have in a long time. They are much more interesting and neat separately. Together they can still be very overwhelming. It has given me some faith that they are actually heading on a good path. I’ve learned how to care for my hair in a way that actually makes me happy. Master and I went for a walk last week. It was nice to have some quiet time to connect with him. Finances are improving. We are starting to work out the budgeting mishaps that adding a 3rd person has highlighted.

I think I also need to focus on keeping my mouth shut more. I over communicate, that’s what Master says. I don’t have to get my opinion in about everything. I need to just go with the flow and enjoy things as much as possible. Things are overwhelming. I am a little depressed. I think I can come out of it, though. I just need to shift my focus. Our family is worth it, I think.

Marriage

Master and K are getting married! Some day we will have a ceremony for all of us, too. It just seems like the sort of thing you’re supposed to announce. Be happy for them! That is all.

Just Writing

I’m considering giving up my paper journal. Master doesn’t like reading paper, it takes me a long time to write, and … I don’t know. I’m just considering getting rid of it. It’s weird to have some things here that are so personal and open and some things in this paper book that I only pull out periodically. I don’t know.  I’m still thinking this through.

There have been lots of things going on in my world! It seems this time of year is always a whirl wind starting in September and going right through the end of the year. First the kids all have birthdays, then it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Master’s Birthday…it never ends. I think things are going really well, though!

I’m still super happy and extremely smitten with K. She’s been down every weekend and despite a few small glitches I think things are moving in the right direction. I think having her here on the weekends has been a really good way to ease into family life rather than doing the awkward “dating” thing that I seem to have issues with. I’ve really enjoyed and appreciated her help around the house and her company. I enjoy seeing Master enjoy her too, even if occasionally it’s hard to see him falling hard for her and not feeling the same sort of spark with us.

I feel like this is something that could really work. I don’t know what the details look like, but it feels like all the elements are there, and things feel really serious. My relationship with Master moved really slowly for a couple of years, with me being integrated in small ways over time to ease things for CC. I was never totally sure if she wanted me fully involved or not.  By the time she left I was under the impression she did, but obviously our family broke down so I guess I was mistaken there. This time has been really different. It all happened right away and we are all feeling it. I hope we aren’t rushing into anything we will regret, but right now it all feels good.  It’s weird because I am under the impression we are moving forward together, but I am not sure what language is appropriate to put on things at this stage. Is she my partner? my wife? my giiiiirlfriend? Maybe all of the above… I wish labels didn’t matter so much to me, then I could be carefree like Master! 😉

Thanksgiving was also great. We got to go see Master’s family and everyone was there. I got to meet his grandma and she showed me how to make pie and promised me some goodies. I’m super excited about it actually! It’s really nice to connect with his family because they are so accepting and non judgmental. And I got everything I wanted in a Thanksgiving feast, complete with Turkey, Stuffing, Candied Yams and Green Bean Casserole. I wasn’t sure how it was going to end up since Master’s family isn’t big on planning.  But yeah, this is one of the nicest stress free holidays I’ve been part of in a long time. I’m really glad I got to share it with Master and his family.

It’s ironic to me, with all this good stuff going on and me making an effort to be more positive, Master has expressed that he thinks I’m “always having an issue” and that he’s stopped being willing to rearrange his life around my emotions because of it. I have tried to show him that I am not always upset and to let the little things go, but so far he’s pretty stuck on it. It seems if I bring up even a small thing it sets him off. Also it seems he doesn’t always believe what I say. I told him that I am fine with a girl coming to visit us for a week in the new year and he said he thinks I’m not actually ok because of my “demeanor” when I discuss her.

I don’t want to put on a false “happy” attitude, but am I required to be chipper and June Cleaver in order to be “ok” and not “always have an issue” ? How do I break this negative impression he has of me and show him I love him and I’m pleased with our relationship? Also how do I express the actual issues when they come up in a way that will convince him to take notice and do something about them? How can I stop being blown off over everything because he assumes I will never be happy? I need to be able to be “negative” on occasion to keep things good over all… this is a confusing issue for me. Every effort I’ve made so far has fallen on deaf ears/ been ignored.

At any rate, things are going well over here. I’m busy but happy and trying to find new ways to look at life and my relationship. What is there to say? Life is good.

More Thoughts On Service

I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone yesterday and she was able to put something into words for me that I’ve been struggling with recently. She told me, “I know that your being able to do service for your Master is extremely important to you. It’s the entire reason you put up with all the other crap in your life. You have to find a way to push past the exhaustion and tell yourself, ‘this is an opportunity to do something that he wants.’ ”  It’s so ironic that all the “other crap” I put up with in order to have this fundamental dynamic with Master is the stuff that is preventing me from being able to really embrace it.

I am starting to feel that both Master and I have a problem with giving the best of ourselves to other people rather than putting the energy needed into the relationship. I’ve felt this way for a while, but the comments from my friend really put some clarity on it.  I work, and I put a lot of energy into that and my coworkers. I put a lot of energy into parenting our admittedly difficult kids and keeping the household functional. I put energy into friends. All of these things I do with a pretty good attitude, but when the day ends I’m exhausted and cranky and can barely pry myself off the couch. I’d rather just play on my computer, read a book, or watch the TV.

Master has a similar issue. He works, he is a Mason, he parents, he dates. I’ve watched him give tons of time and attention to all of these things, and like me he does them all with a good attitude.  Do the Masons need someone to come early and stay late at lodge? He’ll do it, no problem. Does the girl he is seeing have an issue and need some extra attention? No problem he’ll call her up or make time to see her. He has hobbies, and in fact is in the process of planning a motorcycle trip.  And still, when we are home together he is more likely to veg out and play a video game, chat on his computer or text with a girl than to plan a date night in with me.

Both of us are guilty of grumping at the children when they are difficult rather than using empathy and positive parenting.

It’s true that everything I do in my life I really am doing for Master. I clean this house because he wants it clean. I go to work because he wants/ needs me to do so. I raise the kids because, though I love them, they were also the price of admission to the family.  I cook dinner because it’s part of the deal and he wants it. Our lives are arranged around the things that he wants, and I try to give him the space to go in the direction he desires.

If I were living on my own I wouldn’t do most of these things to the degree I do now. I doubt I’d be a total slob either, but all of this is stuff I took on for Master. Since I never really was on my own before him I can’t speculate too much on what it would look like, but it would absolutely be different.  Sometimes I feel a little bit sad that Master doesn’t seem to see the things I do on a daily basis as service because they fill so much of my life/ our , and I’d like him to see the value there. Maybe that’s just the reality of living together for a number of years – you start to lose perspective on the daily and familiar.

On the other hand, it’s really different now that CC is gone. My friend also pointed that out to me. She recalled a time when I shared that CC had been sad to learn Master preferred the way I made oatmeal to the way she did it. I personally remember feeling a large pang of jealousy when Master let someone else make his bed.  I’m not sure that competition is the best way to think of what we had, but we definitely encouraged each other to keep a proper attitude and to provide good service. And we took care of each other. Nowadays Master doesn’t get a choice in the way his oatmeal is cooked or the way his clothes are taken care of. I just do the best I can and often things do  fall short of the way he wants them to be.

I guess I think we both  (and me especially) need to make sure we aren’t taking each other and our relationship security for granted. We need to re prioritize and stop allowing all the “other crap” to take priority over the people we have chosen. This stuff comes and goes, but our family is supposed to be our refuge not our burden.

I need to find some way to put the thrill back into this.  I’ve wanted for a while now for Master and I to set one day a week that is sacred for us, that we use for reconnecting and enjoying each other, but he doesn’t think that’s realistic. My friend suggested something more simple, such as putting a finger to my throat when he asks me to do things to remind me that I’m collared.  I don’t know if that specific action would work for us, but maybe something little can be incorporated.

All I know is that I want to find a way to move reorient myself. I can’t keep up the pace otherwise.

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