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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Things that make me nervous

I am sitting here at the computer with my heart pounding, not able to focus on even basic things, like finding the right browser to open from the start menu.

As I sit here thinking about this, I wonder if other people get bouts of nerves like I do. Sometimes it's the silliest thing, too. What's set me off right now? My publisher asked for my phone number. Which means someone is going to call me.

No big deal, right? But oh my heck, it freaks me out.

It's in response to an email I sent where I asked a question. So, logically, I can presume they want to answer my question in person. But I feel like a kid being sent to the principal's office. Am I in trouble? Is someone angry at me? Did I break a rule?

OMH. (I'm experimenting with these fun little acronyms. This one and OMW--oh my word--pretty much sum up the extent of my expletive vocabulary.)

Other random things that make me nervous?

* checking my bank account (what if there's less money than I think there will be??? But come on, isn't it better to know??? Ignorance can be bliss...)

* checking my email (especially if I'm waiting for something important)

* driving in reverse (i.e., exiting a parking space)

* making phone calls (I've addressed this particular idiosyncrasy in some detail in a previous post)

* waiting (yeah, pretty much waiting for anything. the suspense kills me)

* checking Amazon.com for reviews (I hardly ever do. Can't stand the anxiety attack)

* any time anyone says anything to me along the lines of, "I need/want to talk to you." (It's that "yikes" feeling again! What did I do??)

So, am I a little strange? Or do these things make you nervous too? Or is it something else entirely?

19 comments:

BIKE LADY said...

I feel nervous and get anxious about some of these things as well. I don't think you're abnormal. ;-)

Carrie said...

Checking my bank account makes me nervous too. ignorance is bliss. Also I agree that driving in reverse is a little scary. I have a little car so sometimes I can't see around the bigger vehicles.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

hi Bike lady! Thanks for stopping by!

Carrie, my problem is the opposite...big ole car...sometimes bigger than I think it is! and glad I'm not the only one nervous about my bank account!

T.J. said...

Just reading this post made me nervous.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

lol T.J, you're funny! still trying to get tootsie roll stains out of baby's shirt... :)

Angie said...

I don't like making phone calls either. I think having a publisher call would make me nervous too. But don't worry. I'm sure it'll be fine.

Aaron and Emily said...

Tamara, I need to talk to you about something.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

oh Em! You totally had me for a mment!!! Like seriously! My heart rate just quickened and I was like, Okay, should I call her? just respond on here? LOL!

Jolene Perry said...

Bank account.
Email.
Totally with you.
Also, saw your book in the Storymaker conf bookstore - pretty fun :D

Cami Checketts said...

Thanks for sharing. I know you're too young for this but I get nervous when my 12yo comes in from school, work, or lacrosse. I'm praying every time that I'll respond correctly to all his questions and things he's had to deal with that day. And we haven't even hit the teens!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

yikes, Cami! Now I'm nervous just thinking about it...

Jolene! I don't think I got the chance to meet you!

Charity Brown said...

Checking my bank account totally makes me nervous! I am the exact same way. It's like I would rather THINK I had more money in there than realize I don't have enough or have to calculate if I have enough to cover expenses. I can't totally relate!

Stacy Henrie said...

Definitely checking e-mail these days! Every time I see that 1 unread in my inbox, my heart speeds up a little.

Kari Marie said...

Oh, Now I'm anxious for you. I'm always nervous when checking the bank account and oddly when making a phone call. I hate talking on the phone.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Exactly, Charity! That's how I feel!

Oh Stacy, I can only imagine why you'd get nervous! Thanks for dropping by! Great to meet you Saturday night!

Don't worry, Kari. My publisher called today and we had a lovely, awesome conversation. I hadn't done anything wrong. :)

Emailman said...

Checking my bank account never makes me nervous, I already know it will be empty haha!! No surprise there!

We all get nervous, Tamara, however confident we may seem. And normally over silly things. It's a human thing, don't stress out over it :)

Nisa said...

I don't think your strange at all, but then I have these bouts of nerves too. I worry WAY too much.

M Pax said...

I don't like making phone calls either. I'm with you on these things.

Julie Daines said...

I agree with T.J. Just reading about the stuff that makes me nervous makes me nervous.

Nice to see you at LDStorymakers again. Thanks for your advice!

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