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The Mood Changer

27 May

It’s a three-day weekend and for most people this Memorial Day Weekend means a mini-vacation — an escape from yourself and your life. I’m sad to say that I didn’t escape anything or anyone the last three days.

I felt pretty much like a dud stuck in my overcrowded part of the hemisphere. But I couldn’t let myself or my family completely drown in the boredom of staying-in-town–for-the-weekend routine. So I did what any poor writer with financial technical difficulties would do … I had a stay-cation at the beach, appreciated the moments with my kids, and gave thanks to the fallen soldiers from the past. This stay-cation proved to be better than expected.

I have to say, the Pacific Ocean rocked. It’s a total mood changer. But in addition to the beach all activities were accompanied by barbecue.

 

 

Touching the Pacific Ocean

Touching the Pacific Ocean. This was the shy beginning … but by the end of the day everyone was jumping waves and needing to use the beach showers to get sand out of everywhere.

 

 

A beach trip is not complete without building sandcastles. And everyone was hard at work, but as you can tell I didn't dress my kid. Pink would never have been an option for my daughter. In fact I have no idea how this swimsuit made it. It's a good thing the Pacific Ocean had magical mood changing powers.

A beach trip is not complete without building sandcastles. And everyone was hard at work, but as you can tell I didn’t dress my kid. Pink would never have been an option for my daughter. In fact I have no idea how this swimsuit made it. It’s a good thing the Pacific Ocean had magical mood changing powers.

 

 

Snack time was pretty tasty.

Snack time was pretty tasty.

 

 

Our tasty side dishes.

Our tasty side dishes.

 

 

For the vegetarian side of the family.

Ceviche … for the vegetarian side of the family. I had two helpings with my steak.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for the Mood Changer Barnes & Noble

28 Nov

Image via some card at Barnes & Noble

Sometimes you run into something that moves you. It strikes a chord and you feel something. And after having a really tough night I didn’t quite feel like myself today as I plopped out of bed.

Sometimes not even a good night sleep can erase the crappiness of the night before. I tried all sorts of methods to try to shake me out of it, yoga, deep breaths, profanity, the Today Show, and music, but I still had that underlying emotional grime sitting there. Festering.

Then I had breakfast with my kids and that just seemed to annoy me. It wasn’t anything they did or said, other than the normal endless series of questions regarding Frosted Mini Wheats and the blue bowl instead of a green bowl, it was my own crappy mood that was festering. The very situation that created this emotional hangover remained unresolved and I hadn’t said my piece, I hadn’t let it out. Everything was still stuck.

I had to get out, raining or not.

We headed to Barnes & Noble where I hoped reading funny biographies would help me forget. Humor usually does it for me. And then I ran into it.

I was checking out the Quotable Cards section and I saw it. It wasn’t humorous ha ha … it was funny and warm. Like a smile.

And just like that … the crappiness seemed to escape into the air and land on some chic who was on a date with a dude that didn’t get the right kind of mocha latte.

I don’t know who took the picture but I was glad they took it. It made me feel different. It changed my mood and the rest of the day went a lot better.

Sometimes you just need witness a moment to turn things around, even if the moment has nothing to do with you. It changes the direction in which your world spins.