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Monday, September 10, 2007

I've got my grumpypants on

GAH! I'm feeling grumpy.

The last few weeks, I've been sort of miserable. I'm not happy with my life. My marriage, my job, even my kids. I've been moving on auto-pilot for about a month now. Get up, go to work, make dinner, go to bed, rinse, repeat.

I think I need a attitude adjustment. I'm trying everyday to think of only the positives.

I'm in excellent health.
We have 2 healthy, beautiful children.
I have a husband who makes me laugh.
We have a home that we love.
We are able to afford a weekend place at the beach.
I have a job.
I have a car that gets me where I need to go.

You know what works? Believe it or not, smiling. Yep. That's it. Yesterday, we were on our way home from the shore, and I had just finished snapping at Maggie for whining about a toy that she had dropped and now couldn't reach. After I apologized to her, I looked in the rearview mirror and saw her smile at me. I smiled back. I felt better. The tightness left my chest. I took a deep breath and felt some of the tension leave me.
Even now, as I sit here typing this, I'm smiling. Not a full-on pageant smile, more of a pleasant, relaxed Mona Lisa type smile. Give it a try. Yes, right now. Sit back a bit, take a deep breath and release. Now, give me a little smile. Feel that? Pretty neat huh?

Wow, Tony Robbins had better watch out.

I'm going to try be grateful for all the things that I do have instead of worrying about the things that I don't have and see if this breaks me out of my funk.

If this doesn't work, maybe I'll try a nice bottle of Merlot.

What do you guys do when you're in a slump?


DD said...

I put on my most fave pair of foam flip-flops and do the cha-cha up and down the hallways.

Now of course that doesn't necessarily cheer me up but the thought of you wanting to tackle me from behind to light my flip-flops on fire?

See, that's funny!

Christy said...

I usually ask my husband to take Porgie somewhere. Then I get in the shower, watch TV, and eat junk food. When this isn't possible, I usually just try to get out of the house.

t_cole said...

smiling feels good.
thanks for the medicine, doc. it really hits the spot.

Kate W. said...

Smiling does help! Merlot is a close second-teeheehee
Blog friends that make me laugh are great too! Thanks Cat!

Jenny said...

I needed this. Really.

I usually try to get some exercise but right now that's just not happening so instead I just wallow in my own pity. Smiling is a better idea though. :)

All Adither said...

One thing that helps me is to do something that I find really productive and fulfilling and making myself make time for it. For me, that's creative writing. In fact, my husband just left the house with our zoo to go to the zoo. And I'm going to write. If I can get off the darn blogs :)

Sugared Harpy said...

Oh, smiling? Huh! That works??!!

My only other solution is a little self-love. Go on, give a shot. I spent a whole crabby week just to have the crabby disappear with one five minute session.

Swistle said...


Bake (and eat) cookies.

More lights on.

Buy something small but fun.

Get a stupid chore done as long as I'm in a bad mood anyway.