I very nearly posted on this about 4 hours ago but the kids needing to go to bed put the jinx on that.
Then you replied to my post in the newbies
so I don't feel too weird commenting on your post now!
What I was *going* to say was it sounds a very familiar story. My partner could have written that word for word, so you're definitely not weird. Are you better on some days with 'neighbours and acquaintances' than others? In our house we talk about spoons.
No, bear with me. It's like each day you get an allocation of spoons, that you need to spend on doing things (talking to people who aren't close, dealing with noise, dealing with conflict, doing chores and doing the things you want to do). Each day the number of spoons you wake up with is different and once you've run out of spoons, that's it for the day - sploof - into a heap. When you're using your subconscious as well (worrying about stuff, fending people off, sorting out problems) that saps spoons from your pile.
Hope that makes some kind of cutlery/psychology sense.
And thanks for your pyjama support on my thread
. Even the fact that you feel you can help someone else out when you're feeling rubbish yourself makes you ok folks in my book.