Hives, and Not the Bee Type

How do you react to stress?

I normally break out in hives, thanks for asking.

Social anxiety does that to me.

As if I wasn't already self-conscious enough.

Out sprouts a large red bump on the middle of my cheek.


Like a mutant-Rudolph.

Then I can't stop touching it, or covering it up, bringing even more attention to it. To me.

Not good.

So heading off to a strange city to meet strangers new friends freaks me out.

But, alas, I am on a plane to Chicago as I type.

In-flight wi-fi is so stinking rad!

Plus it's sorta calming my nerves a bit.


It may not be BlogHer, but baby steps.

I so far have only taken an antihistamine, and left my Xanax at home.

My cheek feels hot.

Bonus though, my brother's friends are picking me up from the airport for a tour of the city.

Me alone in the windy city is slightly frightening.

Hopefully my skin stays under control and I don't flare up and scare everyone.

It's bad enough I may have to use an airline restroom for the first time. Ick.

I'll probably post more than usual too.

You understand, the whole therapeutic thing and all.


Is it normal to think of the passengers of LOST while mid-air?


Thanks Marsie and Rich!

13 supporters in group:

  1. Formerly known as Frau said...

    Breathe, breathe okay now ask the waitress in the sky to bring you a bloody mary and drink up!! Okay now breathe again! Better?!
    Say hi to Oprah if you see her walking Michigan Ave!

  2. Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

    Hives, for sure. I also have started peeling the skin off my fingers,which is not only really awful to look at, but it hurts!! Go figure.

  3. Liz said...

    I eat. And bite the insides of my cheeks. And cry...oh Lord I cry. But then again I do that when I'm happy or sad or frustrated too. Oh, and I write. And talk, too.

    Can't wait to hear about your hives-less trip!

  4. kristi said...

    I get fever blisters and my neck breaks out. UGH.

  5. Ranch Girl said...

    Hope you arrived safely and hiveless!

  6. mollybloom said...

    You'll do fine! (((Jen)))

  7. Erin said...

    Oh yes..hives here too..and of course always on the face. That and sweat, like under arm sweat that I fear will create a circle of wetness on my shirt in front of everyone.

    I like Frau's recommendation of a Blood Mary.

    Drink up, relax & have fun!

  8. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

    I sure hope you are having a great, hive-free time!

  9. Rachel said...

    YOU CAN DO IT! :)

    Once you land, get picked up, see a familiar face or two, the nerves will melt off. . . you'll be awesome (so much better than I was, lol).

  10. Unknown said...

    Just know that other people feel exactly the same way you do!

    Sadie at heyMamas

  11. Michelle said...

    Try not to stress too much!

    Having gone to my first two blog events within a week. I will tell you it gets easier but I always feel out of place at first. Good luck and have fun!

  12. Cascia Talbert said...

    Take a deep breath. You will have a lot of fun and it will be a wonderful learning experience. Enjoy it!

  13. Anonymous said...

    Okay. After meeting you I would have NO idea that you had social anxiety. You're as cool as cucumber lady. At ease, smart, easy to talk to, and just fun to be around. I didn't notice a thing.


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