Monday, August 15, 2011

When the going gets tough

What do you do in the face of adversity?

I bake.  Over the last six months, I have baked countless batches of cookies, cinnamon rolls, zucchini bread, homemade breads, pies, cobblers, you name it. I probably could have salted everything with my tears - there's a Like Water for Chocolate moment for you.

I clean.  You should see my house.  Not only have I been cleaning and organizing, but I've been repairing walls and painting too.  Don't get me wrong, the house is still old and in need of tons of repair, but at least it has shiny surfaces and neat closets.

My husband and I quote movies.  We laughingly say that movie quotes got us through.  Whenever we're feeling especially unglued, we start quoting our favorite funny lines from movies.  Some of our best pick me ups:
       "Prepare to die obviously!" - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
       "With wove, twue wove" - The Princess Bride
       "There is some blue sky, let us chase it!" - Sense and Sensibility
       "I'm not going into the toilet. I'm going into show business!" - The Producers
       "If I am wrong, and I am never wrong." - The Princess Bride
       "Never go in against a Sicilian, especially when death is on the line." - The Princess Bride
       "But it's a talking dog!" - Up
       "Scott Pilgrim (or insert other name like our own) you have earned the power of love!" - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
       "Light bulb." - Despicable Me
       "We have to get out of here before they eat Guy." - Galaxy Quest
       "I don't even have a last name!" "You have a last name Guy." "Do I? Do I?" - Galaxy Quest

And lastly I sing. Very badly. Very off key. But I sing and it makes me feel free somehow.  I started out listening to the saddest songs including a lot of Damien Rice.  Then I made my Happy Songs playlist
and the sun started showing up in the kitchen.  Thank goodness my family loves me as much as they do, putting up with my out of tune embrace of life.


meno said...

I research, read, organize and panic. Some of these are useful, some not.

jaded said...

I make self-deprecating and inappropriate jokes about my ability to handle the situation...then I bake cookies.

Lynnea said...

Meno, one of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn't the same. Can you tell which thing is not like the others?

Jaded, usually I would say self-deprecation is a detrimental path, however, if it leads to fresh baked cookies, I'm not so sure.