I haven’t participated in a Wordless Wednesday link-up for ages, so figured the time was ripe. Or perhaps overly-ripe… But here I am nonetheless.
And I thought I’d share some of the coping mechanisms I’ve been employing to keep me sane. I’ve posted some personal stuff recently which has probably given you the impression I’m teetering on the edge. Well, thankfully I’m not that bad (at least during the day 😉 ) but I’ve developed a few interesting crutches.
My father loved Taipei (or Mahjong) back when games first became available on desktop computers. I wasn’t much into it at the time, but I downloaded it onto my iPhone and now find myself playing it several times a day—when I’m stressed, frustrated, depressed, bored etc. Bizarrely I really love it when I don’t get it out first time and I have to backtrack or start the same game again using different and more deliberate moves. In fact I’m pretty sure Mensa or some government agency with an acronym (monitoring our internet usage) will be knocking on my door soon, seeking my superior problem solving skills to consult on national security issues.
2. 7 Little Words
Yes, another game. These are the only two I play. I avoid Facebbok games like the plague but a couple of months ago I discovered 7 Little Words releases a new game every day. It means the insomniac in me has something to look forward to when midnight ticks over into a new day. I’m usually bored and frustrated by my inability to sleep and this way I can pick up my phone, diverting my busy (ADD) mind to… finding 7 little words.
3. Masterchef Australia
I’ve often proudly boasted that I’ve never fallen prey to any cooking, home renovation or dating reality TV shows. However I’ll need to take that fun fact off my resume because I’ve become addicted to the latest season of Masterchef. I don’t know how or why it happened but I (accidentally) watched part of it once and now I’m taping it nightly. I’ve never heard of half of the dishes or ingredients and don’t eat much of what they cook, but I’m loving it. Incidentally, go #Georgia and / or #Reynold!
4. Dr Sandra Lee (aka Dr Pimple Popper)
Even more embarrassing than Masterchef is this site I came across on Instagram. I gather Dr Lee is vaguely famous and is (or was) a television regular. She seems fond of fame and I’ve never seen so many purposeful selfies and gratuitous outfit pics on an Instagram feed EVER. However she’s also a dermatologist and posts pics and videos of her work.
I gather people are either pimple-poppers or not. Sadly (as one can tell from my scarring) I’m prone to squeezing. Now I don’t find any OTT pleasure in watching blackheads and cysts ooze gruesome stuff…. But it is strangely satisfying. I’m kinda horrified and delighted (in equal parts) at some of her
exorcisms extractions, the worst of which I watch through squinted eyes. Dr Lee’s videos are hugely popular and you can check her out on Instagram as DrSandraLee or DrPimplePopper. She also has a YouTube channel for your extended viewing pleasure. Warning – some of the stuff in our bodies is truly gross. #beware #sorrynotsorry
So there you have it—some of the weird and wonderful things I’ve been employing to help ME cope. And of course there’s the usual stuff as well, reading, junk food, diet coke, wine and so forth. But I’m fairly sure they’re not quite as interesting.
Do you have any usual crutches or habits to help you cope?
Are you a pimple popper? Or are you grossed-out?
I’m linking up with Trish and My Little Drummer Boys today.