Sunday, October 14, 2012

Crabby Moods to Happy Moods

I have a student this year who is moody. I shouldn't start with that. I actually love this kid. He is super funny, very cute and such a nice friend to his classmates. He could be a model student and friend. Except… all of a sudden he will get in a bad mood and suddenly he is whiny, frustrated (aka pushing everyone around who gets in his way or interrupts what he wants) and very difficult to get through to. 


In a way though, isn't this what we are all like? At least, this is absolutely what I'm like. What separates me and most of my other students from him is that we have all learned to hide our moods from most people, and my little "moody friend" has not. Well, and that he tends to yell out super dramatic statements like "School is stupid. I am NEVER coming to school again!" when angry. It's hard to keep a straight face when kids say things like this. Sorry bud, about 1 month down and 13 years to go… just before graduating high school...


Well last week, I felt like say "Life is stupid. I am NEVER doing life again!" Nah, not that dramatic. I was just in a little rut and/or crabby mood. I've mentioned before that fall is a rough time of year for me. Sure I love the pumpkins and beautiful leaves, but the beginning of the year is hard at work. My students need endless help and support and it's not usual for me to do work for several days straight without coming up for air. It often feels like there will be no end in sight, even though I know December will happen, and I'll get a vacation and this will go uphill from there. It's happened six times before so I know it will happen again. And yet… I was just in a super crabby mood. 


The weekend came around and I knew I needed a quick attitude adjustment. Since I subscribe to Amber's thoughts that happiness is a choice, I decided I had to do something and it wasn't going to be easy because I knew had (more) work to do as well. But just like that I looked for all the good in this weekend that I could… and of course, it ended up being a fabulous weekend. 


In case you want to share in my joy, here is what I loved about this weekend. 


1. A delicious Italian food dinner on Friday night with Eric, Caroline and Jimmy

2. A successful 5K race on Saturday morning with Caroline and Jimmy. Believe it or not, this was Caroline and my first time EVER running together… can you believe that? We did a great job telling each other stories and the 3 miles went by in a flash. The race we did was the Welles Remy Crowther race, which is the 9/11 hero that Erin's son Welles is named after, yay!

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3. Eric and I did a little day trip (yes, what makes me happier than trips?) up to Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. I spent way more than I normally do on some new clothes at the JCrew Outlet (love that place!) and then we headed to Redhook Brewery. This is probably our fourth or fifth time at this brewery and I love it every time. Our most recent visit was this summer to the Woodinville, Washington location. Memories! Finally, we walked around Portsmouth downtown and ate dinner a delicious pizza place called Flatbread Company. Happiness. 

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When we got home, Eric and I decided to buy a new TV. It sounds impulsive but actually Eric has been trying to convince me for years, and has researched it pretty in depth. The TV he wanted was on sale, so I figured why not get his Christmas present early and have one less thing to worry about. The funniest part was that when we tried to buy it my credit card shut me off. I guess it looked suspicious that I spent close to $200 on clothes in one state and then decided to buy a TV in another. Definitely not my usual activity! But hey. Who says retail therapy is not real therapy? 

I guess that's also the difference between five-year-olds and me, I can snap myself out of a bad mood. 


What do you do when you need to be snapped out of a bad mood? 



  1. Love the picture of you on race day!!! Do I have permission to share it on the Supporting Welles page? Your weekend sounds wonderful---though I had to laugh about your credit card situation. I saw your little blurb about it on Twitter and wondered what purchases you were making?!?!? As cheesy as it may sound, Welles is usually the "thing" to snap me out of a bad mood. If I'm frustrated with anything, I just get him to smile at me and suddenly I feel 1,000 times better. But, 3 months ago, I probably would have answered that getting together with my friends for a few adult beverages often snaps me out of a bad mood. Or making plans with Jason to get out of the house (even if it's just going for a drive)

  2. That is awesome that you and Caroline ran a race together - and for Welles Crowther - so cool! I did not know about him until Erin introduced me to his story!

    I have been in a pretty cranky mood lately, too, due to work stuff and travel annoyances. I really about wanted to have a kindergarten outburst in the security line last week in Philadelphia. Seriously. We were late getting to the airport and the security line was moving SO SLOW.

    Oh wait, I am supposed to focus on what snaps me out of my funk... Ha. Ok, for me it's running outdoors, savoring a pumpkin spice latte, spending time with family, knitting, reading, and playing cribbage. I did pretty much all of those things this weekend!!

    I am glad you had a wonderful weekend!! Sounds it was just what you needed!!

  3. Yay! love this post, I'm glad I contributed to turning your frown upside down. We should run more races together, you keep me from making dumb decisions : )

  4. That sounds like a really good weekend! I am in a bad mood this week too so I feel you. Nothing in particular is bothering me I am just feeling super busy and tired. Also the dark, icky fall-but-almost-winter weather is getting to me. I had to work till 6 pm last night and it was practically DARK by the time I got home. Soon it will be dark when I get off work at 4:30 pm. So depressing.

    Anyways! On a happy note, I like to do things I love to snap myself out of a bad mood; run, go to yoga, read, eat good food, spend time with Eric, go for coffee, get outside etc. Sometimes it is hard to fit in fun things during a busy week though! I'm glad you came up for air from work last weekend and did some fun stuff :)

  5. I was at the dentist with my five year old last week and he was sobbing "I HATE THE DENTIST," the whole time. I told him that I did, too, because sometimes we just need to speak the truth, right?