Bob Barker and Irrational Fears

Today’s lunch was a bowl of secret sauce with whole wheat ziti, broccoli and meatballs (no picture since I assume you guys are over all the saucy pics and I was feeling lazy).

Instead I thought I’d present you with a new smoothie recipe since I made myself a delicious smoothie for a snack around 10 a.m.

strawberry orange smoothie

In the mix:

  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Splash of half & half for creaminess
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 packet vanilla Instant Breakfast
  • 1/4 pint raspberries

orange strawberry smoothie

This one was a winner! Definitely not substantial enough to constitute a meal, but it was a great snack.

Bob Barker

It’s no secret on this blog that Sadie cracks me up every day. Her antics never cease to amaze me.

A lot of my laughter stems from Sadie’s lack of courage. She’s easily spooked by the most random things.

Her current arch nemesis is this little guy that’s floating around in our pool.

scary shark 001

She hates him and is convinced he is going to cause her serious harm.

We named the sunglasses-wearing shark thingy Bob Barker, in reference to Adam Sandler’s line in Happy Gilmore where he says, “I hate that Bob Barker,” since we’re pretty sure that’s what Sadie says every time she sees him.

Occasionally I’ll let Sadie out on the porch when I’m right inside the kitchen and inevitably, within five minutes, she’s barking up a storm, clearly trying to rip Bob Barker apart with her nasty words and trash talk.

Apparently I should put her in a Thundershirt every time I let her on the porch.

Irrational Fears

Sadie’s fear of Bob Barker got me thinking about some of my irrational fears.

I am claustrophobic. 

I’ve never particularly liked small, enclosed spaces, but I didn’t realize just how much enclosed spaces affected me until a trip to Epcot with Ryan a couple years ago.


(Throwback pic! Tram ride to Epcot in 2007.)

The first line we waited in at the park was for Mission Space, a motion simulator thrill ride. I saw signs warning riders about motion sickness as we waited, but nothing about small spaces.

We got into the little “cabin” (I don’t what what you’d actually call it) and were strapped in as the screens came in close to our faces (closer than in the below picture).

mission space

The side doors locked us in completely.

The ride didn’t start. I started to feel trapped. I couldn’t get out of my seat and I began sweating and breathing heavily.

“I want to get out,” I said to Ryan.

“It’s okay. It’s going to start in a second,” he said.

It didn’t. It was delayed.

“Seriously, I need to get out of here. How do I get out?” I said, my voice becoming breathy and more panicked.

Ryan knew then that I was serious. He told me there was an emergency exit button he could press.

“PRESS IT!” I yelled.

“Okay, there isn’t a button, I just told you that so you’d feel better. I don’t know what to do.”

(We laugh hysterically about this now, but at the time I was freaking out.)

Right after that, the ride began and air started blowing in my face. I closed my eyes and breathed my way through the experience.

I honestly couldn’t shake the feeling for the rest of our day at Epcot. I knew I was acting completely irrationally, but I just couldn’t stand feeling trapped in such a small, enclosed space with no way out.

I now really hate most small, enclosed spaces and really dislike elevators. When they take too long to start, I feel incredibly antsy. (It doesn’t help that my sister and I got stuck in one for a few minutes during our trip to Europe.)

I think this fear is similar to the ones certain people have with heights or flying in an airplane. You know in your head that your fear is irrational and logically you know you have no reason to be scared, but you just can’t talk yourself out of your panicky feelings.

Question of the Afternoon

  • Do you have any irrational fears?


  1. says

    I am competely clastrophobic too! I can’t stand elevators if they are crowded, and if they aren’t the ride better be quick. Or being trapped in the middle of a really large crowd. Granted you are really “trapped” the same way as an elevator, but the feeling of not being able to move and constantly bumping into someone gives me crazy anxiety.


  2. Danielle says

    Snakes, elevators and clastrophobic too. I actually didn’t start to feel clastrophobic until I gained weight about 10 years ago. My fear with elevators stems from a fear of being trapped in one. I kinda think it started in the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. My dad totally played it up too. I think that made it worse for me. I was only 6 at the time. Snakes? I think that came from grandmother. I can not be in the same room as one.


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  4. Jillian Mitchell says

    I know this is an old post, but I am seriously afraid of chickens and wild birds. I cannot handle them and feathers ahh feathers make them so much worse!


  5. Jillian Mitchell says

    Oh I forgot to mention I cannot eat or allow my children to eat a Baby Ruth candy bar. My mother once bit into one as a teen and as she pulled away the entire thing was full of…gag…maggots! Even though I was not around and never witnessed it myself the story has stayed with me my entire life and I just can’t stand it! Good thing there are numerous other candy bars to indulge in:)


  6. says

    I share the same fear as you. I’m not sure if you have ever had an MRI but it is TERRIBLE. I had an open MRI of my leg a few years ago and I was fine. However, last week I went to get an MRI of my Brain and I could not do it. I tried in both an open and closed machine. When you get an MRI of your brain they make you wear a cage type thing on your head which is only a couple of inches off of your face and locks you down to the table. I can’t even describe to you how terrible it was. I actually let them send me back into the closed MRI machine and I began to panic so immediately asked to be taken out. The doctor even gave me a sedative which did absolutely nothing! It’s the worst feeling in the world.


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