My Stress Mirrors Seinfeld

A high school friend of mine and I make a point to talk on the phone when we’re stressed. Not because we’re wanting a nice ‘ol fashioned teeth gnashing session, but because we try to make our worst situation into our best stand-up comedy routine. I know, sounds weird doesn’t it, but I’ve always found humor to be the best way to handle my stress.

Sometimes I feel like my life is a Seinfeld episode, you know, the show all about nothing. I seriously find myself in awkward and stressful situations that are straight from the Seinfeld files:

Young woman lying back on a couch talking on a mobile phoneI once had to speak to an employee about NOT having sex at work. George Costanza had sex with a cleaning woman. Remember his response, “Was that wrong? Should I not have done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing, because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing is frowned upon… you know, cause I’ve worked in a lot of offices, and I tell you, people do that all the time.”

While a relative was visiting, who was famous for racial slurs, I worried that a derogatory comment would be yelped when a friend of mine (who happened to be of color) came to visit me. Remember Kramer and the wooden cigar store Indian (a stereotypically demeaning portrayal of the Native American).

Last, but certainly not least…my husband and I watched a friend of ours double-dip a chip at one of our newly married, annual Christmas parties. We were thinking what Timmy said to George that day, “Did you just double-dip that chip?”

While we may feel like a Hoover Wind Tunnel is sucking the very life out of us, having a friend that can push you to your comedic limit is the best cure! Many a nights I crawl in bed and thank God that I have several friends that can access that type of crazy to keep each other laughing even during the toughest of times.

XO to my friends Michelle, Catherine and Quita!

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Take the High Road; Find Your Kind Nature and Giggle

Are you having a hard time dealing with daily annoyances?

Perhaps each spring the neighbor’s roaming cat uses the side of your house as a litter box.

Or the neighbor’s kiddos consistently throw landscaping, pea rock into your grass; resulting in you cursing each time you mow the lawn.

And then there’s Bob, the Neighborhood Watch organizer, who lurks around the house, ringing your doorbell after 9 p.m.  This usually happens when your husband is travelling, scaring you, and the “you know what” out of the cat at the side of the house…possibly causing the whole litter box problem. Well, maybe the cat and Bob situations aren’t related to one another, but it added a little humor.

In case you are wondering, all of the above stories have actually happened between the two houses where my husband and I have lived.

What’s the solution to these daily annoyances? It’s challenging yourself to find the humor in a situation and flip the stress to laughter. Let me give a couple examples.

As I listened to my husband rant under his breath, criticizing the neighbor’s parenting skills, while doing his best to pick the pea rock out of our lawn for the ninth time this summer. I think how can I make him laugh? So I say:

“You want me to take care of it? Just think of me out there in my housecoat, curlers in my hair, cold cream on my face and cigarette in hand, yelling in the raspiest voice I can muster, you kids get out of my yard!”

It took the edge off of his anger and gave him a mental picture to reference each time he went pea rock picking before a mow.

Then, there’s the cat that kept using the side of our house as his personal toilet when spring arrived. I did some research for my husband and found three ways to handle this delicate situation:

  1. Outfit my husband in camouflage, night vision goggles and a can of spray paint.
  2. Scatter a couple of bulk, black pepper containers at the side of the house so that the pepper would adhere to the cat’s paws, a couple of licks later, that cat wouldn’t want to come back to our house.
  3. Purchase a super soaker water gun and lay in wait. Continue reading