Thursday, August 4, 2011
I've been having a lot of these days lately. Could be the fact I'm in between houses and everything's in boxes. Or it could be because I start work at 4am five days a week and deal with disgruntled airline passengers. Or maybe it's because my kids are out of school and require my undivided attention til the sun goes down. Or maybe, just maybe, it's the cumulative of all of the above... plus the fact I should be hearing back on a full request any day now.
But I do know stress is an ugly monster who can get a hold of your nerves and stretch them over an invisible rack and go crank! crank! crank!
lol. Okay, now I'm scaring you. Sorry 'bout that. *insert coy smile*
So how do we keep our stress levels in check?? I'm sure everyone has their own remedies. At least, I hope you do. Because stress is bad... very bad ...
Know what I use? Humor. I seek out funny media to make me laugh as much as possible. Or else I will spontaneously combust and brains, blood, and guts will be everywhere. Ewww. Lately, my source of stress relief has been The Far Side comics by Gary Larson. Remember him?
Of course, he has a website here, where I just learned of some cartoon shorts on DVD and simply must have. This guy just makes me laugh out loud. I have four volumes of his cartoons, and throughout the years I've perused them again and again. In my twenties, I used to visit the neighborhood pub alone with one of these books in hand and laugh myself silly so that everyone around me had to know what I was reading. Yep, I'm one of those comfortable-to-be-alone-with-a-book kind of girls. It's been awhile since I've read The Far Side books, and last week, during my uber stress overload, I sought them out and buried myself in the first volume until I was chuckling like a kid at Christmas. Gosh darn I love that guy.
Seriously, I don't know what it is exactly--maybe his unique way of seeing the world through animal's eyes or even through the eyes of fantasy creatures--or maybe the subtle, but formal wording paired with a picture of a nerd with a cowlick and crooked glasses, but it just tickles me silly. Not that I laugh at every single cartoon, but the ones that do make me laugh, just brighten my day all around. It's like crack--I want more and more and more. (at least, that's what I hear anyway)
So I'll leave you with a few to start your day off right ....
You can Google Gary Larson and get a slew of his cartoons for free right off the internet. Makes for a nice break to an otherwise busy day.
BTW I totally forgot to mention the last two random winners of books from my guest author posts. Congrats to Florence Fois who won a copy of Karen Walker's Following the Whispers and Old Kitty who won a copy of Liz Fichera's Craving Perfect. Happy to support both these talented authors. Congrats, ladies!
Tell me, my friends, how do you deal with stress? Are you a sucker for The Far Side like me? Please share ...