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    a new strategy to be a better person

    By heather | April 1, 2008

    Did you gag a little when you read that title?  Me too, even as I wrote it.  On with the post!

    I despise April Fools Day.

    That’s right.  Bah humbug.  I hate stupid jokes.  I hate clowns and mimes even more.  I don’t think you’re funny.  Get a life.

    I have a sense of humor, I just like to think it’s a little smah-tah than an email with a subject line about alien abduction (in my work email which is already overflowing with “Your Mailbox is Full” messages – thank you for continuing to add to my clutter).

    Perhaps I’m just in a bad mood in general today, but it’s not helped by web links that I click on only to get a “ha ha fooled you” page.  And it seems that in spite of me trying my damnedest to ignore this crap, it is continually stumbling onto my radar and annoying me.

    Last night I was so irritated about something work related that at 9:40pm, I sat down at the kitchen table with a bag of salty, greasy delicious potato chips, a glass of apple juice, and a Pottery Barn Kids catalog to try and calm myself so I could sleep.

    Boy I sure showed them, whoever them is, by ingesting about a gazillion calories and then going to bed feeling like puking.  And waking up 2 hours later with a killer stomachache.

    So my new calmer, finding atman-like path is this:  when I’m irritated, before I do something rash, or take someone’s head off, or throw my laptop across the room, or eat 800 potato chips in a single sitting I WILL FORCE MYSELF TO HANG IN DOWN DOG FOR 5 MINUTES.

    Besides being good toning for my arms, this will force me to re-evaluate my position and will take my mind off whatever I’m annoyed about, because then my mind will be focused on how frickin’ long 5 minutes really is when you are supporting yourself and 20 30 extra pounds of baby weight.

    As an added bonus, this emits just the right amount of crazy, don’t f-with me right now aura that hopefully if you come into my cube or the kitchen and see me doing it you’ll know to quietly turn around and WALK AWAY.

    Topics: self improvement, whining, yoga | 5 Comments »


    5 Responses to “a new strategy to be a better person”

    1. anglophilefootballfanatic Says:
      April 1st, 2008 at 1:04 pm

      Sorry if my April Fool irritated you!

      anglophilefootballfanatic’s last blog post..I Pity the Fool

    2. jen Says:
      April 2nd, 2008 at 12:08 am

      dude i could totally punk you and you’d love it.

      jen’s last blog post..foolery

    3. Sarah in Disturbia Says:
      April 2nd, 2008 at 11:19 am

      I’m going to have that picture in my head all day! I think I’ll try that one . . .

      Sarah in Disturbia’s last blog post..What are You Thankful for Today?

    4. Miss Says:
      April 2nd, 2008 at 1:52 pm

      I’m not big on April Fools either. And please show me that position. Hopefully when I am in it all day at work, no one will say anything.

      Miss’s last blog post..SPF – Numbers

    5. skiplovey Says:
      April 2nd, 2008 at 7:05 pm

      That’s a really good idea, I should try that too instead of going around all huffy and puffy.
      Seriously though, potato chips and apple juice? That’s just sounds like a stomach ache in the making. One or the other but both, hmmm just sounds bad.

      skiplovey’s last blog post..A molehill, a mountain, a molehill again.


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