In which I have a meltdown in the middle of a Red Robin.

19 Dec

YummmaaarRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!! Source

If only I had just eaten the well-done burger.

Let me say this now: whichever one of you finds my body – oh, who am I kidding? When the neighbors complain about the smell and a rep from the condo board (yeah, I finally moved in to my grandpa’s old place, whoopee) has a maintenance man break down my door and finds me a.) naked and dead on the stairs, having fallen to my death because I put off getting a runner; b.) naked and dead in one of the upstairs bathrooms, having slipped to death on one of the many loose tiles that I can’t yet afford to replace; or c.) fully clothed and dead, having finally followed through on something in my miserable life, ending it all by my own hopefully exquisitely manicured hand, please see to it that my tombstone reads as follows:

Ambrosia Prudence Jones

19somethin’somethin’-20somethin’somethin’

“If only I had. . . “

Bury me in something chic, black, and tastefully (think Beyonce tasteful, not Jackie O tasteful) sequined. DO NOT let my mother make any decisions about my hair or makeup. Find a Fabulous Gay to do that. I want flowers, flowers, and more flowers, and completely inappropriate music at my funeral. The women in attendance should be wearing hats and heels, a la American Horror Story: Coven.  Send them away if they aren’t.

Enough about my funeral plans. And look, I get that it’s. . . macabre that I have a rough sketch of funeral plans at my age, but in the four months since we last met, dear reader, life has handed me no bright moment that has led me to plan, even prematurely, anything other than my eventual demise. It is the only thing I can count on happening. There are, as always, no men in my life, and I sadly have yet to discover or develop a taste for women. Though if I did, I’m sure I’d find that things would be just as dismal on the dating front.

Remember that whole thing about my probably not being able to have kids? Um, yeah, so I couldn’t get pregnant if I had sex with Shawty Lo. Or Kevin Federline, who may be more immediately familiar to white some readers. I am at the moment infertile, though I’m not supposed to use the term infertile. I was told in my sort of support group thing that I sometimes attend that we’re not to ever say we’re infertile until the doctors have taken away our uteri. We’re “reproductively  challenged” or some such nonsense. I have a giant fibroid inside my uterus AND a super fun thing called PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Not only can I not find a human male to have sex with me that isn’t homeless and/or over the age of 50, if I did and wanted to have a baby, chances are I wouldn’t ovulate. If I somehow did ovulate, there is no where for the baby egg thingamajig (yay, science) to go because my whole mother oven is blocked. Surgery is extremely risky, with hysterectomy being an unfortunate possible side effect. If the surgery was successful, the surgeons have no way of guaranteeing that I’d be left with enough healthy uterine tissue to successfully carry a pregnancy to term, in the event I were to ever meet a man and then, of course, ovulate. It’s a supremely jacked up Circle of Life. Despair and hope indeed.

For a number of weeks now, I’ve been getting shot up with a drug I won’t name in an effort to maintain one last sliver of privacy since I thought it was a FANTASTIC idea to post selfies (like three; I’m in my thirties and not that particular brand of ridiculous or beautiful) under this nom de plume on fucking tumblr in the hopes that someone, anyone (hopefully with a nice face and penis) would tell me I was beautiful and not a monstrosity of epic proportions. The drug is supposed to make me temporarily menopausal which is in turn supposed to shrink the fibroids and Jesus Christ I bet you’re all wondering what the hell my uterus has to do with Red Robin. I’m getting there, I swear, I’m getting there. This is what happens when I don’t write for four months. Sorry.

I’m not so sure about the menopausal part, considering the fact that I’ve been. . . um. . . bleeding (sorry, I know, so sorry) for almost two months, and the shrinking isn’t happening at a rate that my doctor is pleased with. What I’m certain of is the drug is causing me to feel sadder and angrier and far more emotionally raw than usual AND NOW WE’RE FINALLY GETTING TO THE TITLE OF THE POST I ALWAYS GET THERE WE MIGHT HAVE A LAYOVER IN DALLAS BUT WE ALWAYS GET TO OUR DESTINATION. And I’d like to think it’s because of my general unhappiness compounded by the goddamn holidays and the cold and the knowledge that I may never be able to have children and the ongoing pain and discomfort and blood and mood swings and loneliness and the unshakable feeling that I don’t really matter to anyone at the medical practice because I’m not there for IVF or egg extractions and the feeling that I don’t really matter to anyone at all anywhere and the worry that men can smell my defect on me and that’s why they stay away, between the no babies and the sociopath ex, I am Damaged Goods and now I may have lost my new friends all because of a burger.

We waited 29 minutes for someone to take our order. We watched the people next to us get served their meal, eat their meal, and get their check before one of my friends got up to find out what the heck was going on. They, the people at the next table, even asked us if anyone had come to take our drink order, and they were literally a middle school couple. They could not have been older than 14 years old and they knew things were bad. The hostess was kind enough to take our drink order and serve  us before a shiftless manchild came to take our food order. Here’s where things went downhill: I ordered guacamole bacon burger cooked “a little bit pink”, following Red Robin’s ordering instructions. I got an impeccably dressed hockey puck. I took two bites and decided I couldn’t enjoy the gristly meat husk masquerading as hamburger and waited 10 minutes or so for The Dude to wander back to our section so I could reluctantly send back my meal. He never came, but the on top of it and super apologetic hostess did.

At some point between my waiting to receive the meal I’d ordered in the first place and my eventual meltdown, The Dude appeared and attempted to give us our check. We all sort of looked at him as if he were insane; was he even remotely aware of our kind of shitty experience? Did he think that maybe we wanted that big ass ice cream pie crime against humanity that they serve, because um, yeah, we did? We  kindly mentioned that we wanted to order dessert; “Uhhh, I’m pretty sure we’re like, closed though” he replied. I think it was here that I lost it, but didn’t realize that I’d lost it. Everything happened so fast, like when a perfectly gently boiling pot all of sudden loses its ever loving shit and starts to barf all over the stove. That’s how it was with me. I didn’t even have a chance to turn down the flame or grab a lid or scream at my mom to do something while I played “Candy Crush Saga” in the bathroom.

If the kitchen was closed, what about my burger? I didn’t say this; I didn’t say anything. I just stared at him, at the neon “YUMMM” on the wall, at nothing in particular. My friends went from fierce warriors against dining injustice to sniveling diners worried about being nice to terrible service people. “Oh, you’re closed? Oh my god. We’re so sorry. Never mind. No dessert for us. Just the check.”

“No, wait. Why don’t you check to make sure that the kitchen is in fact closed. You know, since I’m waiting for my dinner and all.” I tried to say it kindly, but I was hungry and tired and annoyed and I hate people speaking and apologizing for me, and that’s what my friends were doing. Simultaneously, my friends said the following: “Oh my god, I feel so bad!” “Now I feel like such an asshole!” and that’s when I saw red. You feel like an asshole because they fucked up my food, made us wait more than 30 minutes before they even took our order, and I’d, no, we’d like to simply order dessert???? Moments later, the hostess came over to assure me that my burger was on its way out and began to loudly apologize. And wouldn’t stop apologizing. She offered dessert. Free dessert. All the dessert. To get her manager. To do my taxes. Find me a husband. Help me unpack. All the while, my friends are turning her down; her efforts are unnecessary because they’re fine. The restaurant is closed or going to close or something. Even though we’re surrounded by full tables. I am fucking fuming. It’s no longer about burgers. It’s about principle and fairness and me having a voice and getting what the hell I asked for for once.

So I snapped.

I took off my glasses (bad sign) and I stopped smiling and doing that stupid “no, it’s not you, it’s me, and it’s fine” bullshit that women feel they’re supposed to do when trying to get a service that they are paying for and it’s going wrong and I said in a voice that scared myself “What I want is the meal I ordered the way I ordered it. It’s not your fault. You’re the hostess. Thank you for trying. It should be the waiter doing all of this. But now my friends care more about the fact that you might be closed than your trying to make this right, so please, just get me my food so I can eat it and they can stop feeling like assholes.”

My friends got mad at me, but said they weren’t. I was mad at them and said I was. One of them wouldn’t speak to or look at me for the rest of the night and while the other made a big show of hugging it out with me afterwards, she stormed off to her car. So, I guess that’s done. A perfectly nice evening was fucked up because I couldn’t just shut up and eat burned meat. But I feel like my entire life is nothing but shutting up and eating burnt meat I didn’t order, a terrible analogy, I know.

Was I out of line? I don’t think so? I don’t even know. Am I just one big hormonal mess, incapable of any healthy, normal human relationships, destined to live and die bitter and alone? I think that’s pretty fucking clear. I wanted it to also be clear that in the four months since I last checked in with ya’ll, the only growth that’s occurred has been in my uterus. 

5 Responses to “In which I have a meltdown in the middle of a Red Robin.”

  1. CHope December 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I. LOVE. THIS. POST! I don’t like the hormonal, physical and emotional drama whirlwind that you’ve been in for a good while, but I love what you wrote!

    Ambrosia, what you said at Red Robin to that hostess was right-on! You were putting blame where it belonged, on your flunky server’s lousy people skills and your friends’ sham of shame that you didn’t deserve to begin with.

    I don’t understand how someone so intune with herself and the world around her is infertile. Be pissed, it’s not fair, especially as we look around and see parents who beat, rape and murder their own children. How is it that they have the ability to reproduce? It all seems so unbalanced. I am truly sorry that this is your reality. I hope it changes for you somehow.

    As far as the dating thing’s concerned, don’t stop being you! Stay strong, honest, articulate, brave and beautiful. There are men who are good, not perfect for we’re not, but good. There are men who love the kind of woman you are. They don’t want a wall flower, they desire a wild flower.

  2. Kay December 20, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Not out of line. In fact, I think you showed remarkable restraint. The piss-poor waiter and your friends were the ones who made things awkward and shitty; you merely kept them from getting away with it. Good for you.

  3. Ryan Simpson December 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    To me it sounds like you made your final comment to the staff of the restaurant in a mature and direct manner. It’s not like you starting throwing plates and utensils allover the place while swearing in some waiter’s face. The friend thing, hey, some people just can’t deal with live social situations that may get a little uncomfortable. It’s a risk you take when going out in public. They’ll all live though.

    The medical thing though, wow. I can’t imagine what you must be going through – myself, not having the desire to have a child, I find it hard to understand your feelings. As I was reading it, my greatest concern is for you and although (and this is going to sound ignorant, like man ignorant, I apologize in advance) my biggest concern is ultimately how the PCOS impacts your physical health/well being. I guess what I’m saying is, if not being able to have a child is the only impact of this problem, I can understand how much must be weighing on your mind….but if the PCOS leads to other health issues, from my man standpoint (again, going to sound ignorant, I apologize a million times), I feel like it’s important to focus on making sure you’re around and healthy forever and a day.

  4. Glittersparkle March 10, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    I have cystic fibrosis. My period wouldn’t come on for months at a time. I think it started in my teens. When I was younger, late teens, early twenties, remember going several months without a period. Then finally having one. The cramps felt like labor pains and I’ve never been in labor. I broke one of those ceramic black angles because the contractions of my uterus were so intense. I crushed it with my hand. It’s my weight and pre diabetes that has put me in this situation. Last year I bled for 4 weeks. Might have been more, can’t tell you because after a while I just lost count. If you have some weight to loose, once you get it off, your disorder might go away……………or at least that’s what they tell me. I’ve been suffering for about 10 years. I’ll be 30 in a few months. So I am feeling this blog and entry. I’ve been a big girl all my life. I lost a significant amount of weight once, as a teen. Then I gained it all back because this boy who I liked, didn’t like me back or some crap and I hated high school. Now, I’m afraid that all the abuse I’ve placed on my body from being overweight has ruined my chances of ever finding a man. When I was 26 people would mistake me for being in my 30s………………..sigh. Now the only man I’m attracting is the weird, 50 year old, janitor at work. ……………….with processed hair. Who now comes to work in suit and tie trying to catch my attention :(. I’m trying my best to be nice to him. I know I’m being really shallow, but I want to tell him to get the hell out my face. I want to tell him to stop making advances toward me in front of the children I work with. That’s just where I’m at now. Oh and every time I look at my Michael B. Jordan screen saver ( yes, I’m almost 30 with a Michael B. Jordan computer wallpaper.) I feel even worse.

  5. Glittersparkle March 10, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Oh and you did right by addressing the waiter the way you did. I’m starting to realized that not standing up for myself and being proactive about life, is contributing to my weight gain. The more you stand up for yourself ( in an intelligent, respectful, way) the better you feel. Then you don’t go home and stuff your face like I do. I am learning.

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