Bad Day Blues

July 23, 2010

I am just having a poopy day.

My dad was supposed to settle on a house that was only 5 minutes away from mine today and now it looks like that's not going to happen.

I was really looking forward to bringing the girls over and celebrating this afternoon. I even cleaned out my garage and was ready to bring some of their old toys over to keep there.

Ultimately I know it's the right decision for him but man am I feeling down about it.

I'm trying to distract myself from this bad news by working on a sewing project but my swim fabric hasn't arrived yet. I'm also waiting for an ipod nano battery to arrive from Japan and I'm excited about taking the nano apart and using a soldering iron for the first time.

Brian's been working REALLY long hours in Philadelphia which is a four hour commute every day, tomorrow is his only day off and it's really starting to wear on me.

Normally I don't post stuff like this on Grosgrain but it's only available for my Followers and not on my front page (a little html trick I taught myself) I'm just so dispirited, any advice to get me out of this funk? What do you do to lighten a bad day?

Image courtesy of In My Spare Time.

49 {comments}:

Sandi said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry that you're having a poopy day! I can't do anything to help except to offer a prayer, but God is faithful and I'm sure things will pick up soon.

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm having a little pitty party for myself today too.

My co-worker/friend has been kind of crappy to me.

My Grandma is ill and we do not expect her to make it through the weekend.

And I totally dropped the ball for my daughters birthday yesterday. No cake, no balloons, no gifts. And that is what I feel the worse about....

cchrisco said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry you're feeling so down! I hate days like that, where everything seems to go wrong and all the little things catch up with you. I always give myself a little wallow time (feelings are there to feel!) but then have a treat (I like chocolate ice cream), hang out with people who make you happy and focus on all the positive things in your life.

Kitten said... Best Blogger Tips

Invite over a fun friend and eat good food and chat with them while doing some sort of craft. Or bake my favorite cookies. Or watch silly shows like Gilmore Girls or Vampire Diaries and have a lemonade. :)

Ironically, my husband is also working many hours commute away with long hours, but if he were working in Philly, it'd only be a 20 minute commute. Sigh. Tell your husband that if he is any where near 11th streeth, that Reading Terminal Market is a great place to get lunch. I miss having lunch there every day from when I worked in Philly. (But, seriously, if he needs lunch recs or dinner recs, let me know. My friend actually writes a Philadelphia food blog.)

Kimberly said... Best Blogger Tips

Ditto Cchrisco: take some time to be sad about it and then go outside! It's nice and cloudy here today. If it's not there, then something fun. Laughing and moving will help put things in perspective.

Leah said... Best Blogger Tips

I was having a bad day yesterday, so while the kids were down for a nap I had some time to myself and painted a picture I had wanted to paint for a long time.. a really bad picture but it sort of brightened my day.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry you're having an icky day.

I suggest:

- eat a treat
- go for a walk
- listen to a soothing/inspirational song

Leisel said... Best Blogger Tips

I suggest lots of chocolate and sewing. And a few kisses and hugs for the girlies seem to help, too! Hope your day gets better! Just remember how many people out there love you! ;0)

Ashley W. said... Best Blogger Tips

First off...I would love to know the html trick of getting posts to only show up for followers! That is way cool!
Well I hear you on having a poopy kind of day! That has been my whole week...when I'm down I bake! I made these peanut butter m&m cookies earlier in the week ( and today I made these orange creamsicle cookies ( and boy are they delicious!

Tennjenny said... Best Blogger Tips

That pillow is ADORABLE. I have never heard of a four-hour daily commute in my entire life. I think I would move, but of course I don't know the whole story about that.

I too wanted to recommend a dessert treat to cheer you, but that isn't really the healthiest indulgence. I love your blog. Hope it gets better soon.

Alexa said... Best Blogger Tips

My little girl is sick and I can't do much to make her feel better. So I bought myself an ice tea.
Maybe bring the kids someplace to play that they love? Whenever I see Liv laughing and having a blast it cheers me up.
Don't worry it will get better.

LKP said... Best Blogger Tips

my husband's a long-haul trucker, who used to drive truck on the oilfields of wyoming...which was about 3.5 hours from our home. he'd work 1-2 wks on & hopefully have 1 wk off with us at home. in addition, he was also a soldier in the national guard. so i know what you're feeling.

it'll sound like no fun, but i organize when i'm in a funk...or, if you've ever considered checking out a certain blogpost i did a week or so ago, i update! usually when i'm in a funk, i'm not motivated enough to CREATE, but a good update kinda wakes me up. last week i painted a skinny wall in my house. it's only like 49" i in one evening punched it up with a lovely pop of warm green ("glidden's rainforest fern" to be exact). turned out lovely & i felt like i had control of some great outcome somewhere in life. maybe sounds silly. but that's what works for me. on top of it, i feel VERY accomplished after a cool update such as my skinny wall.

prayers help. your fave music of all-time up a few extra notches help too. playing with the kids help too. go on that little daytrip adventure you've wanted to go on, or visit a new park you've guys haven't frequented. those things definitely take the mind off worries. snag your dad & go fly kites. go for a walk/nature walk. go to the library. build a dog house. don't have a dog? well, once you have a dog house, you might need a dog! (our dogs help lift my spirits tremendously.) pull weeds. help someone in need on your block. help someone from church. give your neighbor/friend/church patron some respite by invited their kids over for a few hours of playing in the water or at the local pool or dress-ups & tea or painted fingernails.

just some thoughts. focus on what you do have, in the way of blessings, and celebrate it! works wonders, i promise.


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I reverse to the simple pleasures of life and if children are involved, as much stress-free as possible. For example, I go and have an ice cream with my daughter in sun in the park or our garden, listen to the birds, forget about the laundry undone or the messy home. Keep it simple. Lots of hugs to you

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry. I would suggest scrapping any plans for productivity for the rest of the day. You could:

1) Take the kids to a movie complete with popcorn and cold drinks.

2) Pull out all your cookbooks and plan a dinner of comfort foods.

3) Snuggle up on the couch with the littles and watch brainless comedy sitcoms or cartoons.

4) Go to the library and get a whole bunch of new books, magazines, and cds. Come home, order pizza for dinner, and spend the rest of the evening indulging in the library finds.

5) Pack up a picnic dinner and go to the pool, or a park, or a nearby lake.

That's a cool HTML trick, by the way! While I'm not glad you are having a bad day, I *am* glad to see the real person.

Susan said... Best Blogger Tips

I suggest hugs from small children...or puppies. :)

Kelli said... Best Blogger Tips

Must be something in the water, I'm feeling the same way and I should be on top of the earth!

~Kelli @ Smidgens

Marybeth said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry you're having a bad day. My husband travels a lot too for work and it can wear on you after a while. I cope by calling my sister or a good friend who can really make me laugh, putting the kids to be early so I can indulge in my passions (sewing and drawing), and having ice cream for dinner... Hope this helps! You're not alone - we'll all send good vibes your way :)))

Marie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I like Steph's library idea. Few things make me as happy as the library.

If I have a bad day at work, I come home, put on grubby clothes and sit in the backyard with a really cold beer and a magazine (library books would work too, but nothing you have to focus on too deeply). Thumb through magazine, enjoy beer, and pet the cats with my feet. Repeat until feeling relaxed.

If it's really hot I bring a box fan out and sit right in front of it which helps with the mosquitos too.

Kellie said... Best Blogger Tips

sorry you're having a yucky day! i try cranking up some really fun dance music. i'm kind of partial to the glee soundtracks for these kind of days. if that doesn't work, i move onto the ice cream. :) you could plan something fun for your husband's day off? nothing extravagant, something happy and fun that you'd both enjoy. hope you feel better soon!

liza jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Ice cream and Lifetime Movie Network. Works every time.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Whenever I'm in a funk I (and actually want to get out of it and not mope all day), I either dance with my kids to some upbeat songs or I color in their coloring books. Revisiting some of those childhood favorites always seems to lighten the mood. :)

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

So sorry! If you are like me and don't love to cook, I can lift my spirits by announcing it's a healthy-fast-food-for-dinner night! That frees up my time during nap time and post-nap so I don't have to do meal prep. Automatic happy. :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

My week has been grouchy. I mean, I've been grouchy all week. ;) I'd suggest loading up the little cuties in the car & going to Starbucks of Dairy Queen for a treat for all!

Sabr said... Best Blogger Tips

for me, the best way to get out of a funk is to dress up pretty, do my makeup and get together with some supportive, hilarious girlfriends. cuddling with my daughter works well too. just remember, all bad feelings pass and everything happens for a reason. feel better!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

:( Sorry about your yucky day. I've been super grumpy lately for no good reason. Blah. I ate some chocolate and took a nap. I think a delicious bubble bath with candles, a lovely nature-y walk, or a visit/call to a dear friend would also make me feel better. Hope your weekend is happier. :)

Kendra said... Best Blogger Tips

aww sorry you are having a bad day. :(

When I get a little depressed I have to make myself get out of the house...anywhere..just go. A change of scenery will do you good.

usually I take the kids with me to my moms or I take the kids some where to eat or to the park.

Cas... said... Best Blogger Tips

Sorry you're having a disappointing day. It happens.

But an answer to your question is simple for me.

Do something you really enjoy doing or what to do. Right now that answer would be ICE CREAM! or better GELATO!

happyfamily said... Best Blogger Tips

I went through a rough spot lately too. I think that counting blessings and prayer are really where it's at. We're with you!

Darci said... Best Blogger Tips

Hang in there. Yuckie days are, well, yuckie by nature, but the best thing about them is that they make you really appreciate the good days.

When I get to feelin' dumpy, I take a walk outside and breathe in the wonder of the world around me. I also come up with 100 things I'm really grateful for. 'round about #20, I find things start really looking up. It's all about changing your perspective.

This, too, shall pass. :)

Darci said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh! Dancing all crazy to an Abba song usually helps, too. Don't forget the waving arms and stomping feet.

No one can be unhappy listening to Abba.

LunaMoonbeam said... Best Blogger Tips

Ugh......bad days are no fun! When I have a rotten day, I take a deep breath and find a good book. Tomorrow's a new one, anyhow.

Erica said... Best Blogger Tips

Take up crocheting! Choose a simple pattern that will have you repeating the same stitches over and over.. so all you do is count the same patterns a million times. It keeps your mind off of all the crap going on in your life!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope you have a better day tomorrow:) To get you through today why not treat yourself to your favorite dessert....twice:)

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips

It is ok to feel poopy! Have a good cry and feel sorry for yourself. Then have a champagne and chocolate and hopefully you will feel better.

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

take everyone out for ICE fixes a lot!!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

when I'm feeling like that I drop everything (leave the kids with Grandma if you can) and go to B&N or Borders, grab a drink and drown my self in celebrity rags. Something about reading about their lives always makes me feel better about my own.

hang in there!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Spoil myself, of course. Failing that, I have to sit down and tell myself that it's okay (in fact, healthy) to feel down every once in a while, that I shouldn't waste my emotional energy on feeling guilty about feeling down (do you do that? I do and it's dumb of me), and then I distract my brain. Internet, books, whatever so long as my brain doesn't get two seconds of its own to rub braincells together.

It sounds a little off; complete avoidance of the issue rather than dealing with it, but sometimes, if there's nothing you can do to fix the problem, all that's left is getting through the initial emotional burst with as little misery as possible. Batten the hatches and ride it out. Then, with time, I can go back and handle things without as much emotional stress screwing up my perspective.

Jessie said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so sorry that you are feeling down. My husband travels every week so I am where you are often. I hope that tomorrow is a better day. (((hugs)))

Morgan said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the html trick! So smart!

Just wanted to say I'm so sorry you're feeling down. I know the feeling and hope you're feeling better soon. In the meantime, maybe a little treat for you? My favorite a shopping trips and chocolate chip cookies. (Don't tell my husband! :)

Steph said... Best Blogger Tips

Two words for you:

Bubble Bath.

(this too will pass, by the way. it always does.)

Miss Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope you're feeling better today hun. Sucks when everything just seems to be wrong and bringing you down.

Hope your parcels arrive soon, that will brighten your day! :)

SewLindaAnn said... Best Blogger Tips

Allow yourself a pitty party for awhile, then write down a few things you can be thankful for even if they're not perfect. Like, my husband has a job, we have a roof over our heads and food to eat. Break it down to simple.

kendall said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry that you're having a poopy day! I always enjoy going for a walk outside, or taking nap!

Tilly said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh boo, I'm sorry to hear you're down in the dumps. The best way I've found to counteract that kind of feeling is to do something physical, preferably something really energetic like aerobics or jogging to release endorphins and make you feel more alive and happy.

Hope this helps - remember it's a temporary state you're in, you WILL feel better soon :)

MJ said... Best Blogger Tips

I know how you feel... sorry that you had a bad day yesterday, I do hope things are looking a bit brighter this morning and that there is a slittle sun behind that (very cute btw) cloud. I had an amazingly bad day also yesterday and have now learned not to discuss serious stuff at work when hormonal as it always ends up worse than it was before. Here is to the weekend! :) Big hugz from London!

Gloria said... Best Blogger Tips

much love & hugs!

Karin van D. said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so sorry to hear you feel so sad. You add so much prettiness to this world that it would be only fair that you would feel happy all the time ;-)

Maybe all these messages of encouragement from people all over the world can help you feel that real distance isn't the most important when it comes to being close to someone. I think it's wonderful that you feel so close to your father and that you want to be near him this much. I hope he will find a place that is still close enough for the two of you to spend a lot of time together. And in the meantime.. well...I'm just sending you a hug. All the way from Holland! Hope it helps a little bit. x

Safira said... Best Blogger Tips

Sad sad. Pity parties for yourself are a good thing now and then. I subscribe to the 'sugar is a good thing' philosophy. Not all the time, not in large amounts, but sugar actually acts like seratonin (the happy chemical) in your brain. Obviously dangerous if you are a sugar hog every day, but on crappy, crappy days, for me- eating chocolate chip cookie dough straight from the bowl does the trick for a little mid-day mood correction.

Johanna said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry to tell you that this post is available to everybody (at least I'm not a follower). And even more sorry that you had a bad day!

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