9.11.2007

It's Not Just Our Kitchen That's Blue

I'm getting a little blue myself. Job hunting is the worst. Many resumes have been sent and a couple interviews have occurred. I'm sure decent employment will come my way soon, and in a few weeks I'll be wondering why I was complaining about not having a job. But now, I'm antsy. I miss routine. And I'm anxious to meet more people here. One thing that's helping me beat the blues in running. I really look forward to getting my heart rate up once a day. At least there's some consistency in my workout schedule. My run yesterday made me wonder, what do you do the beat the blues? Got any great ideas for getting un-blah?

I do have one other sure-fire pick me up. Receiving a surprise package of vintage hankies and scarves in the mail - like these, from my sweet sister, Maryanne! Perfect timing.

26 comments:

capello said...

oh yeah, that everything-up-in-the-air feeling sucks.

Artsy Momma said...

I love going to an antique stores and thrift stores. I get lost in them and feel so much better after the hour or two I spent just appreciating the past.

Hezza said...

I have been looking for a job for over two months now. It is a dis-heartening and nerve-wracking experience. The best thing I have done to help myself through this time is to laugh as much as humanly possible.

My friend and I had a good laugh this morning when instead of offering sensitive encouragement, she said "yup, there are some problems that only cash can solve".

I have also been keeping a gratitude list, even though sometimes my attitude is so bad it pisses me off to even look at it...it does help.

oh, and nice people I've never met send me earrings and sweet messages. That always helps.

linda p said...

I've been dealing with it by not really looking. which is not really a solution, but there are so few relevant jobs (and my definition of relevant is streeetched) that i don't worry about it 24 hours a day. maybe you can dedicate a couple hours a day to it and for the rest, do what it is you always wanted to do "if you didn't have to work."

i'm going a little crazy too- no idea how to meet people, really...but i realize that it's a temporary thing and i'm sure it will be for the both of us. good luck!

Karin said...

really long walks usually does the trick for me. it really clears out all the bad thoughts. and of course, creating stuff. even if it's just making cookies or planting a seed it usually gets me in a better mood.

i love your original intent thing! great idea and really great results!

Connie said...

hey, i hear ya... if i don't run for a day, or two in a row, i feel all outta whack. good luck with the job hunting, i understand the craving for routine.

Chickenbells said...

Hang in there with the job thing...something great will come soon! (it's hard to watch someone search for jobs, I've been doing that with a special someone in my life too...so, I will keep my fingers crossed for you!) Having routine is very good isn't it? I don't know what I'd do without my daily walking...

amandajean said...

hope your blues are gone soon. good luck on the job search.

(I cry when I get the blues...but I wouldn't recommend it because then I get all stuffy and get a bad headache.)

Jamie Welsh said...

A shot of whiskey might help, while playing some old records. Also thinking about how awesome you are could help, and perhaps calling your Mom. They know what to do. Also buying really dorky and / or cool postcards of Portland or any kind of postcard, and mailing them to your friends for fun. That might make you feel more cheerful. Also buy some a sheet of cute stickers.

Robyn said...

For me, just riding it out is all that seems to really work, though a funny movie or a romantic comedy can also help. You'll get there. :0)r

Jamie Welsh said...

Yes to Robyn's comment! I went out to water the yard and thought, DOH! Renting that movie you've secretly wanted to see like "Legally Blonde II" but didn't want to rent in front of your husband, you know, that kind of movie. That helps a lot, with a blanket on top of you.

Patty said...

I go swimming when I feel blue. water's my relaxing and soothing secret.
sure you'll come through this! change comes when least expected! believe me!
I'll be posting photos of my outfit pretty soon (the wedding's on saturday)...I 've been resisting. I'm determined to keep the earrings you designed for me for that special occasion but it's difficult! I'm mad, I know.

good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
keep my fingers crossed for you!
xxx

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

YES too all of the above- exercise is truly the best relief for the blues- I love loosing myself in thrift shops too, but if $$ is an issue then I get a little down thinking about what I can't buy, even at thrift store prices, so maybe that's out. Long ago when I moved part way across country with only a backpack in hand I was down, really down + I played old records REALLY LOUD on a turntable I found at a thrift shop + lost myself in my art. Sorry I can’t think of anything witty to say on the subject.

Funky Finds said...

job hunting is the worst! i don't think anyone goes through that process w/o getting down occassionally. hang in there & know we're all rooting for you. you rock - and good things come to those who rock (that's a rule!) can i get your new address, please?

true nature said...

nothing like mail to perk up a blue day! :)

dad said...

I found the perfect (for me) blues killer and it worked every time I tried it...except once!!! Getting
out on a two-lane, feeling the road rushing by below, seeing and smelling the great northern Ohio countryside, and feeling one with the bike and the world. But that last time robbed me of the
routine that I so like in my life...everything was
changed for a while...but I have to admit all is better for it!!! Routine will return...I'll find comfort
in it and bitch about it. The really important things, your Mom, our family and friends were with me all the while...as they are with you!!!

The Lenart's said...

Library! When I had to wait for 6 months before getting a permission to work I had mornings filled with chores and afternoons were mine. Lots of visits to the library, reading, learning to knit, crochet, cross stitch and cook. And all this was free as we were broke. And to get out of blues - loud music while running. Good luck on the job hunt!

ambika said...

Mochi. Lots of mochi.

I'm sure the jobs will come. I have a friend who teaches in Camas, just over the border, but lives in Portland. Would you like her contact info & see if that connection helps at all (I know you taught before so not sure if it'd be a total shot in the dark...)

erin said...

feeling a bit lost myself, you know. i am running, too - that definitely helps. and the knitting...not my normal therapy, but it is working right now so i am not going to stop. hugs!

Erin said...

Oh Susan I am sorry you are feeling so blue. I wish I could come over and have cup of tea with you and cheer you up. I do find exercise always makes everything seema bit better, as does sewing, baking, and creating!

I hope the job situation improves. And that you find some routine to your life. It is a bit unsettling not being in a routine I can relate. Sending ((Big hugs)) your way.

kat said...

When I'm feeling blue... or out of it, especially now with my routine out of whack, I make a list of all that I want to do + accomplish.
Then I figure out when and how I'll get it done. This way I stay productive doing things that I don't necessarily want to do or need to do, but at the end of the day, I'm all happy with what I've done.

We've been going to the gym lately and I have to say it feel terrific.

Just hang in there Susan! I'm sure a job is just around the corner! Has Barry found a job? I'm sure it will be a matter of a month and you'll both be employed and wishing you had a bit of time to yourselves!

amisha said...

oh the job hunt... ugh... i remember those first months in florida waiting and waiting, resume-sending... it is truly blah. but i think you're right... once you find one you'll be all, "that time off was awesome!" :)
beating the blahs... good question. i've got them intermittently here. it's very up and down right now. i *should* be beating them by running... instead i'm drowning them in cupcakes. hmmm.
xo

Hip Mama Crafts said...

I know how you feel in some ways... I haven't had to do the job search thing in awhile . But I know the blues. I recently moved across the country too (from Mississippi to Wisconsin)It's hard to leave your regular routine behind, all the things you loved about that place and even the things you hated. But I have found one good friend who shares the same ordeal (amandajean) and we get eachother through it with "crafternoons" :)Good luck with your job hunt, your routine, and finding crafty friends. It will come....

Bitterbetty said...

In Portland, when I got blue and antsy, I hit the galleries..And the thrift stores, and I planted stuff.

And When I was blue and sulky, I would watch movies and have beer.

And don't forget music.

Lesley said...

Ah Susan, I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling down in the dumps.

Things I do to cheer myself up... go for a walk (just being outside makes me feel better), call my sister (she always says the right thing), feed the birds and feel good that I'm helping them to survive, and something that always works for me is planning something whether it's the garden, a t-shirt design, Halloween, dinner, a painting, the perfect date... I love to plan and make lists! Plus it's always good to have something to look forward to when things are unsettled.

mariss said...

Susan, I'm catching up on your blog entries, but backwards...I'm glad you're feeling better, and your Dad's comment was so sweet.

I guess when I get the blues, sometimes it helps to stop looking for things to further add to the snowballing effect. Sometimes you feel sad and have to acknowledge it and then move on if you're able to. In your case, it sounds like you've gone through some big changes, and you'll feel out of sorts at times.

Things I do to cheer myself up: being outdoors, going to Rittenhouse park to see all the dogs!, escapism in a light book or movie (Blades of Glory!), running into hilarious kids at the bustop, doing a good deed, etc.