An Incredible Cure for What Ails Me

I was not a happy camper this weekend.

Not only did I have a houseful of teenage boys for the better part of the last two days (The Young One was playing host to a couple of his friends and I was up to my elbows in homemade pizza and monkey bread), the hormones my doctor prescribed for my menopause symptoms were, to put it mildly, a miserable failure.  Not only was TOM over a week late, I was bloated to roughly the size and shape of the Goodyear blimp.  While I appear to be on the downside of it now – I woke up in something that resembled a good mood, my rings were loose again and I didn’t need to oil up my ass to get my pants on – to say I was less than pleasant this weekend would be an understatement of some magnitude.

Don’t get me wrong – I tried very hard not to dismember anyone, and because I didn’t want The Young One’s friends to think his mother was channeling Joan Crawford, I managed to refrain from any beatings with wire coat hangers.  So, I was merely grumpy, and poor Beloved bore the brunt of that.  He almost always does, and he deals with it exceedingly well.  Of course, he knows me exceedingly well, and for the most part just stays out of my way, while occasionally asking, “Is there anything I can do to help, dear?”  And when he just can’t bear my grumping around the house any longer, he pulls out the Sure Fire Cure for My Bad Mood.

The Incredibles.

I love this film.  I love Pixar movies anyway, and this one is by far their best (WALL*E is a close second).  I tender my sincere apologies to any die-hard Toy Story or Finding Nemo fans, but as much as I like those two movies (and Monsters, Inc. and Cars and Toy Story 2 and Ratatouille) I don’t think any of the other films can quite match The Incredibles – it never fails to make me laugh, cry and cheer.  The writing and voice acting is inspired, and the character of Edna Mode alone makes the movie worth watching; Wally Shawn as the downtrodden Mr. Incredible’s boss at InsuraCare is another gem of a performance.  The movie is also smart and perceptive, taking not-so-subtle jabs at our affinity for frivolous lawsuits, suburban conformity and increasing need to celebrate everyone as “special,” regardless of an individual’s talents or abilities.

Every time I watch this film, I end up scouring the internet, searching for some bit of news heralding a sequel, and I am always disappointed – with the exception of Toy Story, Pixar has yet to make a sequel to one of its films, although there is apparently a Cars 2 in the works (which puzzles me, frankly – Cars is the least of Pixar’s offerings to date).  So, I content myself with snuggling on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate when I’m feeling out-of-sorts and watching this wonderful film.  It always turns the trick.

What’s your sure fire cure for the blues, menopausal or otherwise?

12 thoughts on “An Incredible Cure for What Ails Me”

  1. OK, I’m back. And here we go again. I… LOVE… ‘The Incredibles’. It has to be one of the best movies ever made, and like you, I could watch it over and over. I _always_ feel better after watching it. Everything about this movie is, well, incredible: the animation (duh, Pixar), the voice acting, the SCORE (which I think makes this movie).

    Yup. No manopouse here (typo intended), but I love this movie. 😀

    Sorry you didn’t have a good weekend. I admire you for holding it together…

    goodfathers last blog post..Shiny shriny

  2. I haven’t seen the Incredibles, but with a raving review from you, my next stop is Netflix.

    I’m so sorry to hear the weekend was tough and that you’re dancing with the blues. There’s certainly a case of it going around. I wonder if our blogs are contagious. Am I going to come down with your sniffles from last week?

    I don’t have a cure for the blues, except my current fake it till I make it mantra. I keep hoping wine will help, but that doesn’t seem to do the trick either. I really do need to try the Incredibles movie. I hope your blues turn into sunshine. {hugs}!

    tricias last blog post..Fake It Till I Make It: My Tells

  3. I love the incredibles too! What a surprise – we have something in common Jan! 🙂 When I’m in a bad mood? I don’t know if I have a cure. I tend to withdraw and turn hermit like till I’m ready to snap out of it. Or snap someone’s head off … whichever comes first.

  4. I asked HBL what brought me out of a bad mood and his response was “time”. LOL It’s true. Just ignore me and I’ll get over it. Sometimes he drags me out of the house if I’ve been holed up inside too long and that helps. I’m not one for watching a movie more than once so I hardly ever do that (on purpose)but I have watched Cars and Ratatouille several times (again, not on purpose).

    Get those hormones straightened out, girl!! You’ll feel like a new woman again. 🙂

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  5. walking…as lame as that sounds…it helps. Sorry…you probably didn’t want to hear that.

    But i also have not seen ithe incredibles, or quite frankly anything animated…’cept Toy Story (and that was the Ex’s idea) and yet everyone raves about them all so i guess i should try a little harder to see them…

    hope you’re feeling better…and i usually suggest Estrologic…it’s a herbal that worked for me when i was having PMS from hell…

  6. I like to watch friends. it’s always happy. And scrubs. Anything all about funny and no sad bits. Even the incredibles has sad bits doesnt it? I think I’m a bit of a wallower though, when I’m in a bad mood everything seems pointless and I feel sorry for myself. Bah!

    SSGs last blog post..What not to write

  7. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having such trouble with menopause.

    I’m one of those brats. I eat healthy and take my vitamins. I sailed through without a problem.

    Try eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and taking vitamins –

    My friends doctor had her add more B12 and E, and the hot flashes stopped. (She was already a healthy eater)

    I hope this helps 🙂

    Caroles last blog post..More Vitamin Trashing

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