Friday, August 13

Comic Relief

I live a high stress lifestyle. I manage a restaurant, I write, I design websites and design jewelry. I’m not tooting my own horn; I’m just pointing out the opportunity for stressful situations pops up fairly consistently in my life.

Like when the lady cursed me because we didn’t carry the right kind of salad dressing.

When the cat ran off with one of the earrings I’d just sold.

When the guy from Texas wants his logo moved. No, move that to the left. No, down a little. No….

It gets a little stressful.

What do I do when the stress levels peak? Admittedly, nothing takes the edge off like a little chocolate and Jack Daniels. But man cannot live by chocolate and JD alone. (Ok, technically I might try that sometime just to prove the point.) (And I hope you realize I’m joking.) (Mostly)


So when I’ve JUST HAD IT!!! I look for some comedy relief. How?

By watching a funny movie -

Young Frankenstein :
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [to Igor] Now that brain that you gave me. Was it Hans Delbruck's?
Igor: [pause, then] No.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?
Igor: Then you won't be angry?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby Someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby Someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.

And I laugh hysterically every time.

Stress level goes from 100 down to 88.

If watching Young Frankenstein with Orville Redenbacher’s Pour-Over Movie Theater Popcorn? It will drop to 72.

Cats :
My cats are insane. When I come home from work, and pull into the lane, the cats are waiting. Lying in the driveway. We’ll creep in a few feet, and Spook (he’s the worst one for it) will walk a few feet forward, then sit. He looks at the sky, the stars, the moon. As if he has no idea there’s a ¾ ton truck sitting behind him with the engine idling. Hubby has to get out of the truck, cursing the entire way, and pick up the cat, dragging it to the front door. I can hear him lecturing the cat in his English accent, and I just giggle. The other night, three cats played the game. Picture my husband trying to gather all three cats pretending to be sound asleep in front of the truck?

Stress level drops to 57.

Books are always a great de-compressor.

Kristan Higgins All I Ever Wanted –
The latest book currently on my nightstand. It’s perfect. I admire the writing, the humor, the wit. I giggle about the prosthetic, the dog, the funeral parlor. It’s so well written I don’t want to put it down, I don’t want it to end. On the other hand, I can’t wait to pick up the next in my TBR pile – Christie Ridgway’s Crush on You.

Stress level drops to 41.

Munchies -

Gardettos –
Nectar of the gods. Just the right amount of salt and crunch. Now if they only made it in a resealable bag. This darn humidity.

Stress level drops to 27.

Email/Facebook/Texting –
A little last flurry of venting, name calling, day sharing, plan making, plot devising, moaning, wardrobe tips and dirty jokes are the final call of the day. (thanks jen!)

Stress level drops to 12.

Lights out.

Sweet dreams, carrie. 



  1. Well, Carrie.... It looks like you've found effective ways to de-stress, so let's forget about the carbonated vodka idea.

  2. Wonderful post! I read that same book by Kristan Higgins this week, along with another one of hers--I'd never read her before! Oh, and my cats do the same thing, but not if my husband's driving--I think he's got them convinced he'd go ahead and hit them.

    Hugs on the customer--the rest of the weirdos were at the P O this week!

  3. oh no..carbonated vodka will be the next huge hit! it'll be worth millions! we'll be able to retire and live in aruba!

    if only we hadn't posted it here for the entire world to see.

    gosh darnit.


  4. liz.....sorry you got your share of weirdos...on the other hand i'm tickled i didn't get them all!


  5. De-stress?
    is there such a thing?
    Where do I get this carbonated vodka? I don't drink, but the bubbles might good for me.
    Actually, for me, the horses are the ticket. Tonight, I was really down and I went out and watched them eat, and it helped me calm down and relax.

  6. PS. You didn't have any claim on should have been at my job this week for the back to school rush.

  7. Jose Cuervo shots if I'm really bonkers. Sex in the City episised always help too. Could watch them all day. Ah, I miss NY. Hey, how much do you charge for web design?

  8. D'Ann....whatever works! I'd think being surrounded by horses would definitely be a de-stresser....

  9. Em...just depends on how big of a site you need! 1 page, 5 pages or shopping cart etc..=)

  10. I don't drink vodka or Jack Daniels. Not a cat fan, but I love my dog. Never heard of Gardettos but will have to check them out. But I love books and blogging and chocolate. They all do it for me. And sex. No one mentioned sex. I'm sorry. Can I say that here?

  11. bet. bring on the's also a great stress reliever. so are hot baths, jacuzzis and massages. and birtually any combination of the above! sex in a jacuzzi while nibbling on chocolate...that would be the life!