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If I can't be happy, I can be productive [May. 25th, 2009|09:21 pm]
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So, what do you do with a day when you are in a foul mood and don't want to talk to anyone, in person or online? This was my day:

1. Sulked. This is crucial. I got up a good head of self-righteous steam up and pushed it through the pipes. Recognize your bad mood and give it its 15 minutes of fame, that's what I always say.

2. Did a chore. Seriously. There was a mess that had accumulated in the corner of my bedroom that needed to be sorted out, and I did that. I also emptied the dishwasher and loaded the couple dishes that were in the sink and bugging me. Getting things cleaned up a bit always makes be feel better.

3. Went for a walk. Walked down to the grocery store to pick up some Sugarfree Lipton Iced Tea Mix with Lemon. (I am out of the Peach version, not available in any stores in our area, and our standing order for it from Amazon hasn't arrived in the mail - I attribute at least 50% of my bad mood to withdrawal.) It's about a mile each way, which is no great distance, but it got me outdoors into the sunlight and got my blood moving.

4. Did some work on the baby quilt that I'm racing to finish before baby...turns one next month. Craft work is remarkably soothing.

5. Watched something light and frothy on TV. This is one of the few times when my general distaste for romantic comedies fails me; I really was in the mood for something funny and sweet. Or maybe it didn't; we do own 50 First Dates and When Harry Met Sally, but they just weren't quite it. If I owned a copy of My Best Friend's Wedding, that would have been perfect - I always think I do when I see it in the $4.99 bin, but alas. Instead, I went for Kenneth Branaugh's Much Ado About Nothing, which is always tremendous fun.

6. Worked a little. I have a editing project that's due at the end of next month, and I need to settle down into working on it. Tonight I cracked it open and did a little.

7. Going to bed early. I haven't been sleeping that well, and I've been tired and listless during the day. Looking back at how well I thrived on the hideous law school schedule, I fear that it's due to sleeping too long in the morning. I am going to attempt to turn my schedule back around, get to bed at a decent hour, and get up early. I know - completely and totally know that that schedule works better for me. I just HATE it with a fiery passion.

I am decidedly less crabby than I was around 1pm, so that's progress. Now, off to bed.

[User Picture]From: supremegoddess1
2009-05-26 01:52 am (UTC)
27 Dresses is a great frothy movie.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-26 02:30 am (UTC)
Yes! Alas, we don't own it yet because it hasn't been in the "cheap enough" bin.That would have been perfect.
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[User Picture]From: puckathon
2009-05-26 02:36 am (UTC)
Ah, the voice of Kenneth Branagh brings me joy... maybe I should've watched it too, today! If I could combine the dreaminess of Kenneth Branagh with the wit of Emma Thompson, I might find The One!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-26 03:46 am (UTC)
Dude, if science can combine the two, they'd better be ready to clone!
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[User Picture]From: greybeta
2009-05-26 03:08 am (UTC)
A warm shower and nice nap does wonders for my foul moods.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-26 03:45 am (UTC)
I'm afraid that napping is contributing to my insomnia.

So much for going to bed early. Crap.
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[User Picture]From: alexmegami
2009-05-26 03:52 am (UTC)
I sadly can't nap. :( It gives me headaches and makes my lethargy far worse...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-26 11:21 am (UTC)
If I limit it to a fifteen minute power nap, it's really helpful. But of late they've been way too long, and therefore NOT helpful.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2009-05-26 09:17 am (UTC)
My vote would be for The Wedding Singer.

Good luck with the sleeping schedule. I hate getting up in the mornings, and Julie hates it more. Sadly my job insists on it.

I assume that cutting out caffeine, exercise, etc. didn't help with insomnia?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-26 11:32 am (UTC)
I have no tolerance for Adam Sandler. 50 First Dates is the only movie of his that I've managed to finish.

Caffeine never seems to make a difference, one way or the other. I had caffeinated beverages during the day - otherwise it would have been The Day of the Screaming Headache.

Not up as early as I would have preferred, but functional and so far less moody!
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2009-05-26 11:34 am (UTC)
The Wedding Singer is the other Drew Barrymore one - and the only movie of his _I've_ made it all the way through :->

Edited at 2009-05-26 11:34 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-26 11:39 am (UTC)
I tried it, due to the Barrymore factor, but couldn't manage it.
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From: wildcelticrose
2009-05-26 06:21 pm (UTC)
I will be "celebrating" my bad mood today.

I think I'm over trained and over tired, so I'm going to stay home alone rest.

I'm sure the leftover Buffalo Chicken Pizza I'm about to consume will help ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-05-26 07:28 pm (UTC)
Good for you. Enjoy!
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2009-05-26 11:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you feel better. Good advice too.
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