Thursday, June 30, 2005

muchisimas gracias

You may have noticed that since I posted on my sadness, I have been feeling a bit better. It seems that getting it down on paper, and acknowledging that I wasn't doing that well, actually improved my outlook on life. I think that my trying so hard to ignore the problems sleeping and concentrating were making me worse, rather than better. And perhaps the realization that I was halfway done, which meant I had halfway more to go, and it felt like an eternity.

I have to tell you though, I think it was more than that. Your kind comments made me feel better. It made me feel less crazy or ridiculous. Those of you that said it was perfectly reasonable for me to be so down without my hubs allowed me to sleep better that night than I had in two weeks.

So, in short, thank you. Thanks for the nice comments, the generous emails, and for making me smile. After tomorrow I'll be meeting Josh in Costa Rica, and I am hoping that when we return I'll be feeling light years better. I figure that my life returning to my state of normal will improve things. And if not, you'll be hearing about it again, at least on Phantom Scribbler's Wednesday Whining.

Enough sappiness, though. I have another secret to share.

I do affirmations with my dogs. You know, affirmations, like Stuart Smalley's ("I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me"). It started off as a joke because one of my puppy training books said it was good for the dogs' self esteem (I know, I know, crackpots clearly write these books), and we all found it so hysterical when Tango would literally PREEN with happiness at my sing-songy voice, that I continued doing it whenever I remembered.

So when we have company, I demonstrate by telling him that he is the smartest dog in the neighborhood (wags) or the best looking dog on the block (wags and licks) or that he is getting more treats than any dog in the metro-Boston area (full-on puppy dancing).

My friend Y G & B and I also send each other random affirmations via email. By the way, she is the best dancer at any of the New York law firms.

And my dear blog readers, I've decided I should include all of you in my random affirmation goodness, so here you go.

Halloweenlover's readers are the most interesting bloggers on the Internet,
and you have very shiny hair.

Have a nice day.

22 comments:

Ninotchka said...

OMG that is hilarious! I love Stuart Smalley. lol Thanks for the affirmation. (wags and licks)

ROFLOL

Phantom Scribbler said...

We do this with babies, too. We use the happy sing-songy voice, and they get all proud of themselves. It's particularly funny when the actual words being said are, shall we say, in contrast to the affirming tone of voice: "You are the worst sleeper in the whole world! Yes you are! What a cute little rotten sleeper you are! If you don't let mama get more than an hour of sleep at a time, you are going to be the cutest little bundle left on the sidewalk come morning! Sweet little baby!"

I'm impressed that you actually know YG&B. I went over to her blog on your recommendation and... wow.

Phantom Scribbler said...

Oh, and my main point -- I'm so glad you're feeling better!

YG&B said...

halloweenlover, you are a much better decorator than pottery barn and crate & barrel put together. they have nothing on you.

thanks for the props, phantom scribbler! i've decided that if i ever have a baby i'm going to call it "mommy's little cluster...." and it will never know what cluster is short for because i will say it in the sweetest voice ever.

Angry Pregnant Lawyer said...

and you have very shiny hair

Thanks. It's all the protein in our kibble.

Chris said...

LOL. And here I was thinking my hair looked like crap today ;-)

Have a fabulous trip.

SuzanH said...

Hope you enjoy your trip, and I love the affirmations thing. I used to do it to my daughter, too, when she was a baby. A wonderful way to blow off steam.

Jill said...

I'm glad that you're feeling better and will see your husband soon. (I have trouble sleeping when my husband is away, too, so you're not the only one.)

And thanks for the affirmations!

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