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04/27/2007 Entry: "AMY'S DOWN IN THE DUMPS MI-5"

Amy of Badgroove Fame says:

"I was in a major funk last week...it has finally started to lift....here are some funk related questions..."

1. You are in a funk. What is something that you do to try to get out of it?

Usually music. I have a whole list of CDs I reach for when in a funk. Carole King's "Tapestry," Sarah McLachlan's "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy," and Counting Crows "August and Everything After." The Decemberists "The Crane Wife" is going to be a new favorite too. All these albums are depressing albums, mind. Sometimes when I'm down, I'd just as soon stay blue. These are the albums I listen too then.

2. Sometimes music helps when I am in a funk...name a song that always makes you smile.

Anything that Satchmo sings on. He always makes me smile.

3. How can you tell you are in funk? Can others tell?

How can I tell??? There's no way you can miss it. I don't smile, I don't have fun. I don't want to talk. Everything seems like it's going against me. And yes, others can tell. They can tell immediately, just by how I carry myself. And, as my sister alluded too, it happens rather frequently. I can even remember the song she made up for me when I was a kid. "He's got the negative blues..."

4. I know when I am in a funk I don't feel like doing the stuff I usually like to do. What is something you do when you are in your funk?

Get away from everyone, and listen to music. Maybe read some depressing poetry. Maybe Plath, maybe Sandberg, maybe Lucille Clifton, maybe some Dickinson.

"Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me."

5. If you are going to crave a food...is it usually salty or sweet? What is your favorite cravebuster for each?
Some of each, I guess. Actually, my categories would be crunchy or chocolate. Sometimes I have a crunchy craving (chips, crackers, whatever), and sometimes chocolate. Just about any chocolate will do.

Replies: 1 person has rocked the mic!

Hey Bill!! Your long lost office buddy here- Tara Lee.
Ron mentioned he saw you recently and I found your blog!! Good stuff.
My homepage is actually a very new photoblog I just started featuring my sweet boy Owen, of course.
Glad to hear you and Susan and the kids are doing well. Take care of yourself and I'll drop by from time to time!

Posted by Tara @ 04/29/2007 08:46 PM EST

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