Why is dinner so difficult?

I know the title of this sounds whiny, but I don’t care. I feel whiny.

I was just talking on the phone to someone who worked a full day at a job, then worked out at the gym, then finally got home to rest for just a bit before having to suddenly go out and take care of a sick family member. I spoke to her just after she had gotten home and she was completely exhausted. She was having trouble just getting up and moving around. She was completely worn out.

So was I. That’s why I feel whiny. What did I do today? I had a quiet morning. I met a friend for lunch. We walked over to an eyeglass store and I tried on glasses while she gave her opinion on each. I came home. I read, checked Facebook, answered emails. I was doing pretty well until dinner. Some days cooking isn’t too bad, but this wasn’t one of those days. The oven was on and it was too hot, even though the windows were open. In a tank top, I was sweating. I made something new, and it took too much mental energy. I had to leave the kitchen to sit and rest twice. And that was just preparing the meal. Never mind the effort to eat it or, even worse, wash the dishes.

I’m lucky that I can prepare meals most days. I know that. But still, sometimes I just get so frustrated that cooking one dinner can exhaust me as much as a healthy person on their most hectic, stressful day.

What daily (or near-daily) activity wears you out? What do you feel is so much more exhausting than you ever thought it would be?

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6 Responses to Why is dinner so difficult?

  1. Jess says:

    I’m actually writing a post write now about something similar. Sigh. Chronic life, right?

  2. samanthatimms1 says:

    Besides everything else, I am result and limited to very little now. I cannot do anything other then just sit and watch tv or sleep because I’ve become so poorly, what’s annoyed me is. When I am like this, I’d read through websites, watch videos, do WordPress, read others WordPress, read a book. I never thought it would get to that point where even reading now makes me even more poorly, to the point of sickness. It’s crazy as I never thought much energy was used to just read. I took that for granted. Now being bored with tv and films, I just wish I could get engrossed into a good book. Which is now a rarity.
    So yea crazy crazy!! Who’d thought!!

    • chronicrants says:

      Yes, I know what you mean. I was shocked when I first had trouble reading books. Some days I did better with audio books, but other days I couldn’t manage those, either. Now, I just do what I can on the good days. I’m so sorry to hear about your reading problems 😦

  3. run4joy59 says:

    I’m so thankful that I’m not at the place where reading or working on the computer bothers me…I just have trouble doing housework. And this was the first year I haven’t had at least a container garden. I kept telling myself I’d go to the farmers market to buy great produce, but I never did…always too tired and in too much pain.

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