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Saturday, June 11, 2011

What Do You Do?

Okay, here's a question that I would really like to know: What do you do to get out of a bad mood or what do you do to feel better when you are in a funk?

I know the last few posts were not happy, cheery posts and I am working on changing that (my birthday, school being out and Vegas are not helping) but I think I need help. I'd love to hear what others do because maybe I need to change up my normal, "get out of a funk" routine.

Some of the quirky things I do is if I feel like things are too much (too much drama), I start looking at realtor.com for houses. We are not moving. Ever. Leo doesn't like to move. Really, I don't think Leo likes any change at all which is why we live in a house that you can't ever change the furniture. There is one way for it to be and that is it. Personally, I think I would like this house better if I could change things around because it makes me feel like it is new again. I'm convinced it is also why every time I bring up repainting or changing window treatments or carpets, he nods and says "Hmmm...maybe." I also think he secretly would like to live in a jungle because that is what our backyard looks like right now but that is for another post. Anyway, I like to look at the houses and imagine picking up and starting over, sometimes out of state (I don't think I'd ever really be able to do that because of my family and friends) or sometimes just a few miles away. It's not the moving away that appeals to me. It's the starting over.

As every man that reads this cringes, shopping is another one. While that is not abnormal or quirky, I am only talking about online shopping which when you see what I buy, you'll see it is sort of quirky. Ebay is probably the quirkiest. Two of the strangest things I have bought while in a bad mood was an old Sears catalog because it brought me right back to all of the Christmases that we used to look at and circle what we wanted and the old Fisher Price Desk that I had when I was little. From BarnesandNoble.com, I bought an old romance series set that I read when I was younger but had gotten thrown away before I could save any. I reread a bunch of them so far and have surmised that things were a lot more innocent when I was a teenager and they are the reasons why I had unrealistic expectations of falling in love (though, maybe not because all three times there were moments of sweeping off my feet). Shutterfly is a good one to help me be thankful for what I have. It is time consuming and feels good to look at the pictures of the kids growing up. Just to give you an idea of the funk that has taken up residence over here, I made a Gia book, Nico (basketball) book and a Family book. I'm working on a Belle book and a Tommy book and a Nico (football) book.

Barnes and Noble is another one. I just walk through those doors and a feeling of peace comes over me (the same thing happens when I go to church, however, church isn't open at 9:00 at night). I get my hot chocolate, look for books and then sit down and escape into one of the books I am writing. I wish it was open later than 10.

Strawberries and chocolate and wine are nice escapes too but since I threw them up (sorry) three weeks ago, I still can't eat them and I don't like to drink even a little when I'm by myself with the kids. Mostly because of Gia since I have to be more "on".

As I write this, it doesn't take a genius to see that there are underlying themes of escaping and revisiting my youth. I get it. I am okay with it since the escape is only online looking at houses and the neighborhood Barnes and Noble. As far as revisiting my youth, I can't help but remember how much easier things were when the biggest decision I had to make was what I was going to wear that day. If that means I am headed for a padded room somewhere, so be it.

So if you feel like sharing, I'd love to know what you do to get out of a bad mood. It might help me expand my horizons a little.

2 Comments:

At June 12, 2011 at 7:03 AM , Blogger Kendra Mareva said...

I think laughter is the best medicine for a bad mood. Just one good belly laugh when I'm in a funk helps to loosen me up and realize that whatever has got me upset isn't the end of the world. It puts me in the "get over yourself" frame of mind ;)

 
At June 13, 2011 at 8:04 AM , Blogger AnnMarie said...

After reading your comment, I took your advice and watched a few videos that make me laugh and it worked! Just wrote about it. Thanks for the tip! Still mad about Vegas but the laughing helped put me in a better frame of mind. :)

 

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