Bad Day Tonics

20 Jul

I think I'll move to Australia

Bad day today. Very bad day. Can’t even form complete and grammatical sentences. (Pronouns = too much work.) 

Started to write post about bad day. No good. Started to write a different post about bad day. Nope. Just started typing words that seemed appropriate.

discouraged, embarrassed, disgusted, frustrated, hungry, wimp, idiots, inner angry dialogue, outer strained smile, sweat, tears, hangnail, BIG idiots

End up with big mutant pile of words. Not a post. Not a story. Not even a cathartic rant. 

There’s only one thing to do in a time like this. Time for some Bad Day Tonics.

Cute kids:


Inspiring songs:


Always-good-for-a-laugh television:


Quotes that say it all:
“Some days you’re the dog, some days you’re the hydrant.”

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

” ‘What?’ said Piglet, with a jump. And then, to show that he hadn’t been frightened, he jumped up and down once or twice more in an exercising sort of way.”
–Winnie the Pooh

Sheldon: This is for you
Penny: Ice cream?
Sheldon: I’ve been familiarizing myself with female emotional crises by studying the comic strip, “Cathy.” when she’s upset she says, “ack” and eats ice cream.
Penny: Ack.
Sheldon: If you were a cat, I would have brought you lasagna.
–The Big Bang Theory

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.”
–Abraham Lincoln

Add a milkshake, 4 snuggly dogs, a nap, crazy solo dancing. Repeat if necessary.

So, what do you all do to cure the Bad Day Blues? Come on–spill.

11 Responses to “Bad Day Tonics”

  1. durdlin July 21, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong never fail to make me smile:

    • Oh My Words! July 21, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

      LOVE IT!! How can you watch that without smiling? 😀

  2. Kim Pugliano July 21, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    First of all, those kids were all I really needed. The boy with his itchy nose and no clue of any words and then that adorable little girl!!!! Priceless!

    As for bad days, I take some time for me. Me and my dogs. And a good book. If you could throw in a grilled cheese sandwich followed by a hot fudge sundae (delivered) I’d have nothing to frown about.

    I also get cheered up by going to my neighbor’s and snuggling with her 3-month-old.

    • Oh My Words! July 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

      I love the sound of your bad day tonics–how perfect! Snuggling with babies = instant cheer…not to mention grilled cheeses and fudge sundaes 🙂

      I LOVE that little boy with the itchy nose and made-up lyrics–there are other videos of him doing the same “creative” singing and amazing ukulele playing and I don’t get tired of watching them

  3. corianne July 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Yay for Alexander there at the top! “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” always cheers me up. Well, that and carbohydrates and chocolate–cakes, cookies, whatever, visiting a old friend that lives inside of a book, and Kings of Convenience on a loop if I want to feel better:

    Operatic marches if I want to wallow in my bad mood (it happens).

    Thanks for the Lucy clip. I think that’s my very favorite in all of Lucy-dom. I wasn’t having a bad dya, but that makes it so much better.

    • Oh My Words! July 22, 2011 at 12:19 am #

      Glad you got the Alexander reference Corianne! (I still quote that book when the mood strikes….) Oh, and I definitely relate to your Bad Day Cures–especially the carbs and chocolate bit.
      Glad you enjoyed the Lucy clip! That’s my favorite too! I think it’s under-appreciated, what with the Vitameatavegamin episode, the chocolate factory one….
      Thanks for the Kings of Convenience song! I confess, I hadn’t heard that one before–I love being introduced to new music!

  4. idiosyncraticeye July 26, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Find my duvet! 🙂

  5. saramitchell July 28, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    I love Alexander at the top!!

  6. Mendaxxx August 26, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    I’m a medical school student so I get a lot of that and end up loitering around in deserted rooftops with Dostoevsky and a few random, crazed outbursts of laughter.

  7. creatingafairhaven September 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    I love this post! So many of the videos and quotes that you listed lifted my heart and made me smile. I hope that, with the perspective of time, that horrible day that you experienced has made sense and/or made you stronger, but I have to say that I, for one, benefitted from your attempts at self-medicating. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Oh My Words! September 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

      HOORAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed my tonics. Next time I have a bad day, maybe I should just read lovely comments like yours.

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