packing for a trip

Ahhh! Wait, going on a trip? and we have to like, PACK?

Nevermind that I’ve known for it for like 2 months; everything’s always put off until the day/night before- THAT’S THE WAY WE DO IT…Running around like a “chicken with its head cut off” [what does that mean anyway??] 

I just googled it:

What’s the meaning of the phrase ‘Like a chicken with its head cut off’?

In a frenzied manner.

What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Like a chicken with its head cut off’?

Poultry may sometimes run around frenziedly for several minutes after decapitation.

The phrase was known in the USA by the late 19th century. It is recorded in print being used as a simile from the 1880s; for example, this piece about an escaped prisoner in The Atlanta Constitution, July 1882:

“Finding himself free from the heavy shackles, he bounced to his feet and commenced darting about like a chicken with its head cut off…”

[as taken from:]

In a frenzied manner, distractedly, crazily. For example, She ran around the station looking for her lost bag like a chicken with its head cut off. This graphic simile alludes to the fact that the body of a chicken whose head has been cut off sometimes totters about crazily before succumbing.


I just went to Walmart, grabbed all my travel toiletries, [Danielle, I think you’re making too big a deal about this, my husband tells me] I’m checking the Milwakee, Wisconsin weather report every second and laying out far too many different outfits to wear, talking on Facebook messanger to my one friend about how bad cheese soup tastes and how I’m so anxious right now and don’t know why, I look over to find I haven’t taken the anxiety medicine that I need to take each day for the hormone imbalance that has resulted from my brain injury.  

WE ALL GOT OUR OWN PROBLEMS, just as I told my father in law when he was discussing a cousin of ours drinking problem.

We all got our own.

Thankful for us each having our own problems, and not being afraid to realize that No, we are not perfect- and it’s all alright.

About Danielle!

A young professional Longwood University alum, with a traumatic brain injury having previously worked in the Therapeutic Recreation field with the elderly at nursing homes in Fairfax, VA. Now as a TBI advocate, trying to help others learn more about TBIs is involved in support groups, as well as very involved in my church, child care, and working part-time at a library
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