Last Updated On December 6, 2017

 

jingle all the way

 

 

December 5, 2017

Hello my holly jolly elves of happiness, welcome to Day Five!

I’m writing this as my husband hovers, loudly sighing and pacing past the door because the cable guy was supposed to come three hours and six phone calls ago. *Irony alert* getting cable was my idea for treating myself according to DAY TWO of this calendar. I’m kind of feeling like right now I hate everything- Time Warner’s ridiculous strangle-hold on the cable market, our furnace that is practically brand new but inexplicably gets overwhelmed and turns itself off (wish I could do that), and my dog who will not take a shit (outside) when its cold out. Its like, I WANT to have a good attitude but how can that possibly be expected of me right now? And that expectation feels so much greater during the holidays.

So how come this regular BS feels so heavy this time of year? I always have the sense that things are coming to a head in December. The hustle and bustle of holiday prep culminates in a few celebrations then a precipitous dropping off into deep winter and its all forgotten. The ratcheting up is echoed in my non-holiday experience too, with things breaking, unanticipated expenses emerging, accidents happening, tensions overflowing… I feel victimized like, “of COURSE this is happening during the holidays..” but the thing is- these things happen all year ’round, to all of us, and guess what? WE HANDLE IT.

Go ahead, yell and shake your tiny fist at the universe, or metaphorically burn it down, bulldoze it off a cliff but take it easy on the arrows you start flinging at yourself. And try to avoid aiming your ire at those around you, because that release only feels good for like thirty seconds but you’re left with an “I suck” hangover for much longer. And you are already having your mini disasters, you don’t need to create any extra drama for yourself.

Stay the course, people. We are going to be just fine. And nobody is going to ruin Christmas (or whatever we celebrate) because we are feeling a little grinch-y and put upon right now.

So in honoring this fifth day of advent, I invite you to…watch a disaster movie. I’m serious. Nothing makes me feel better than a fire, shipwreck, avalanche, plane crash movie at times like this. I know normal people would tell you to watch the Hallmark Channel (IF YOU HAD CABLE!!) but I think escapism and survival is key. It makes you less stress about your own circumstances when you can lose yourself in an amped up in HD shitshow  of cinematic proportions. I’ll include some suggestions below and Happy(ish) Holidays to you!

Alive, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106246/

The Shallows, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4052882/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Everest, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2719848/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Perfect Storm, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0177971/

Deepwater Horizon, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860357/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I Am Legend, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

 

Last Updated On December 6, 2017

 

jingle all the way

 

December 5, 2017

Hello my holly jolly elves of happiness, welcome to Day Five!

I’m writing this as my husband hovers, loudly sighing and pacing past the door because the cable guy was supposed to come three hours and six phone calls ago. *Irony alert* getting cable was my idea for treating myself according to DAY TWO of this calendar. I’m kind of feeling like right now I hate everything- Time Warner’s ridiculous strangle-hold on the cable market, our furnace that is practically brand new but inexplicably gets overwhelmed and turns itself off (wish I could do that), and my dog who will not take a shit (outside) when its cold out. Its like, I WANT to have a good attitude but how can that possibly be expected of me right now? And that expectation feels so much greater during the holidays.

So how come this regular BS feels so heavy this time of year? I always have the sense that things are coming to a head in December. The hustle and bustle of holiday prep culminates in a few celebrations then a precipitous dropping off into deep winter and its all forgotten. The ratcheting up is echoed in my non-holiday experience too, with things breaking, unanticipated expenses emerging, accidents happening, tensions overflowing… I feel victimized like, “of COURSE this is happening during the holidays..” but the thing is- these things happen all year ’round, to all of us, and guess what? WE HANDLE IT.

Go ahead, yell and shake your tiny fist at the universe, or metaphorically burn it down, bulldoze it off a cliff but take it easy on the arrows you start flinging at yourself. And try to avoid aiming your ire at those around you, because that release only feels good for like thirty seconds but you’re left with an “I suck” hangover for much longer. And you are already having your mini disasters, you don’t need to create any extra drama for yourself.

Stay the course, people. We are going to be just fine. And nobody is going to ruin Christmas (or whatever we celebrate) because we are feeling a little grinch-y and put upon right now.

So in honoring this fifth day of advent, I invite you to…watch a disaster movie. I’m serious. Nothing makes me feel better than a fire, shipwreck, avalanche, plane crash movie at times like this. I know normal people would tell you to watch the Hallmark Channel (IF YOU HAD CABLE!!) but I think escapism and survival is key. It makes you less stress about your own circumstances when you can lose yourself in an amped up in HD shitshow  of cinematic proportions. I’ll include some suggestions below and Happy(ish) Holidays to you!

Alive, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106246/

The Shallows, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4052882/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Everest, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2719848/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Perfect Storm, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0177971/

Deepwater Horizon, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860357/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I Am Legend, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Last Updated On December 6, 2017

jingle all the way

December 5, 2017

Hello my holly jolly elves of happiness, welcome to Day Five!

I’m writing this as my husband hovers, loudly sighing and pacing past the door because the cable guy was supposed to come three hours and six phone calls ago. *Irony alert* getting cable was my idea for treating myself according to DAY TWO of this calendar. I’m kind of feeling like right now I hate everything- Time Warner’s ridiculous strangle-hold on the cable market, our furnace that is practically brand new but inexplicably gets overwhelmed and turns itself off (wish I could do that), and my dog who will not take a shit (outside) when its cold out. Its like, I WANT to have a good attitude but how can that possibly be expected of me right now? And that expectation feels so much greater during the holidays.

So how come this regular BS feels so heavy this time of year? I always have the sense that things are coming to a head in December. The hustle and bustle of holiday prep culminates in a few celebrations then a precipitous dropping off into deep winter and its all forgotten. The ratcheting up is echoed in my non-holiday experience too, with things breaking, unanticipated expenses emerging, accidents happening, tensions overflowing… I feel victimized like, “of COURSE this is happening during the holidays..” but the thing is- these things happen all year ’round, to all of us, and guess what? WE HANDLE IT.

Go ahead, yell and shake your tiny fist at the universe, or metaphorically burn it down, bulldoze it off a cliff but take it easy on the arrows you start flinging at yourself. And try to avoid aiming your ire at those around you, because that release only feels good for like thirty seconds but you’re left with an “I suck” hangover for much longer. And you are already having your mini disasters, you don’t need to create any extra drama for yourself.

Stay the course, people. We are going to be just fine. And nobody is going to ruin Christmas (or whatever we celebrate) because we are feeling a little grinch-y and put upon right now.

So in honoring this fifth day of advent, I invite you to…watch a disaster movie. I’m serious. Nothing makes me feel better than a fire, shipwreck, avalanche, plane crash movie at times like this. I know normal people would tell you to watch the Hallmark Channel (IF YOU HAD CABLE!!) but I think escapism and survival is key. It makes you less stress about your own circumstances when you can lose yourself in an amped up in HD shitshow  of cinematic proportions. I’ll include some suggestions below and Happy(ish) Holidays to you!

Alive, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106246/

The Shallows, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4052882/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Everest, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2719848/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Perfect Storm, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0177971/

Deepwater Horizon, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1860357/?ref_=nv_sr_1

I Am Legend, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/?ref_=nv_sr_1