It ain’t dancin if you don’t pick your feet up, unless you’re gettin down.

If you are from the DFW area, you better stick around until the bottom of this post or I will have to cut you!!!

You know how when you’re down- people start talking your ear, and your ass, and your face off about how if you have a positive attitude good things will start happening?

It reminds me of this corporate job I used to have that was probably the most boring/yet fun/ at least I had health insurance – where they made us watch this “Fish training video”, that was supposed to teach us to choose your attitude. If you haven’t been forced to sit through “Fish Training” -it basically is about these dudes in Seattle who work with smelly, slimy fish all day and LOVE IT because they get to throw fish around to each other and entertain people even though they smell of 27 day old underwear.  I don’t remember the details, but I do remember that they said the phrase “choose your attitude” about fifty bajillion times. At the time, all it made me do was buy a big bag of yummy Swedish fish and try to hit my unsuspecting co-workers in the head with them. And that WAS fun. Kind of.

Sooooo…I spent the majority of last week moping around the house listening to the Grizzly Bear’s and Elliot Smith’s most depressing songs, and purposely slow-walking through the rain (ever notice John Cusack does that in pretty much every movie?) because sometimes it just feels good to wallow in depression. Or not good, but if you’re already there, you might as well make a movie in your head about it.

After I got tired of being wet and cold and mocking Kristen Stewart’s facial expressions-I finally was like, What in the name of Oprah are you doing? Dude. Life is good. Being all passive aggressive and fifteen-year old angsty about shiz that you probably don’t even really care about and won’t matter 2 weeks from now, is just… donkey shit. Life can be hard, families have problems, and work and boys can both suck… Get over it.

Except this face looks more like someone might be following her...

Except this face looks more like someone might be following her...

The truth is, when I get like this- more than anything, I find that I’m just bored with life and so I start creating drama in my brain to spend my time obsessing over. At least I can admit that I am an emotional cutter.

So, being the non-nonsensical person that I am, I totes decided that I’d bite the bullet and give this fish/choose your attitude/ positive thinking -a chance.

And by gee golly, paint me purple and sparkly and call my grandmother- I think it’s working.

Good things are happening people.

My shuffle function on the ipod is my friend again. Last week during my semi-mediocre depression it was just pumping out the sad tunes. At one point it even played Jann Arden’s “Hanging by a Thread.” I didn’t even know I had that song. I mean you could have just found out that you won the lottery, that you don’t have any cavities even though you haven’t been to the dentist in like 9 years, and that Zach Braff  has been the one calling from an unknown number and breathing into your ear the last few weeks, and you will still want to cry when you hear this song!!!!

Now my ipod is back to being all jokstery with me and playing Copa Cobana every time I get in my car, and that’s totally cool. I laugh and say “ohhh youuuuu…. you get me every time,” and I change the damn song.

And other good stuff has been happening too.

I got word from the awesomeness that is Candice that the magazine that she writes for wants to run my weight loss story, which made me nearly pee my pants from excitement. I won tickets to go see Timbaland, whom I normally wouldn’t have gone to see, but this whole “positive” thinking led me to believe that it might be fun even though I haven’t listened to “that” kind of music since I quit dancing. And you know what? It was a blast. We danced and met a ton of people that I have already added to my friends for life list. Or at the very least, to my facebook friends  for life list.  In addition, I’ve been really trying to balls up and go for new opportunities in things that I have been avoiding (like performin some funny,) and now it seems I even get some stage time next week. But more about that later…

I think that’s enough butterflies and sunshine for one post.

Except for one thing. I told you a couple days ago that my friends and I got a little noshed last week and made a few dance videos. Well, I finally got my hands on the first one we did.

The sound is a little off and you have to skip to about 1.40, but I promise it’s worth it. LA’s the first one to boogie- and I have been cracking up at the image of her first moves all week. I’m the third up to bat- and I swear- it’s like I literally tried to dance out of my pants, I was so excited.

Enjoy internets. I would only do this for you.


Pee Ess (what,what???? thanks “Julie”) (go read her she’s fantabulous with three scoops of ice cream a cherry on top) ( Julie -don’t leave yet, there’s one more down there for you)

Attention Dallas Peeps!!!

A few of us Dallas bloggers have decided to blatantly plagiarize off of the D.C.-ERS and have planned a night of kickassery and drinktivities next Wednesday!! This will be my first time to meet ANY bloggers in real life and I am so totally pumped I actually googled “Real life Time Travel Techniques,” with no avail. So even though I have to wait, I figure it gives a few of you DFW’ers time to jump on board!!! Since we are all kind of spread out (TWHW) (That’s what he wishes) we are meeting a bit later than happy hour, but I can guarantee you there will still be happy hours to be had.

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When:  Wednesday, February 10, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

Where:  Sherlock’s @ Park and 75

Who’s Coming: Shine, Gofahne, Graygrrrl, Natalie, Mary, and Carissa (me)  (and hopefully you?)

Let us know if you’re interested!!! We would love to have you!!

email me at carissajade@gmail.com

And “Julie” if you want to make a four hour drive, you can totally couch it at my house or in between my gayboy roommates since I know you will love them so much!!

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  • http://www.nikkidz.blogspot.com/ Nikki

    Um…is that guy loadin' up “everybody dance now” one of your gay roommates? Cause if I squint…he kinda looks like John Cusack, and it would totally be a John Cusack movie if he was in front of your face this whole time and you didn't even know it. Oh and he must love dogs…

    Congrats on the article, I can't wait to read it. Things are looking up indeed! Have a great weekend!

  • http://twitter.com/Carissajaded Carissa Jade

    LOL noooo he's not a gay. but I do like the fact that he might kinda sorta look like JC. Hes freaking awesome.

  • http://thepqnation.com/showandtell SillyJaime

    I feel like I've been in a funk for months and I just can't get out of it. In the morning I'm going to try this positive thinking thing. I hope it works. I hope I can keep it up. I love to be happy, but it's like a chore these days…

  • lifeonahanger

    i think jimmy (?) and i could be dance partners for LIFE. Dude, get me in front of that camera and get me loaded enough and SHIT.WILL.HIT.THE.FAN. in the best way possible of COURSE.
    uh, you SO know I'd be in DFW in a split second, but I have fucking stupid grad school, but I'm actually supposed to be headed up there soon, and why the eff am I commenting when I should be emailing you back…oh wait, because I'm tipsy and my priorities are outta whack.
    hearts and glitter,
    check your emailz

  • moooooog35

    I've tried the attitude thing and it didn't work.

    OH.

    GOOD attitude.

    Man. I wish I'd known that..cuz now it's really tough to quit taking Ecstasy.

  • http://www.lifeofanewlywife.blogspot.com/ Tara

    Jealoussss about the gtg!
    And love love the dance party- total awesomesauce.
    Andddd congrats on the article!

  • http://matthewjenks.blogspot.com/ Matt_J

    I wish I found anyone in the Raleigh-Durham area who didn't suck. And blogged.

    Last Thursday, for whatever reason, I totally convinced myself I was getting fired on Friday. I didn't sleep well that night, got up, was surly, made extra coffee so that I could warm it up when I came home in an hour, and actually carried an empty box out to my car so that I could pack my shiz up from my desk.

    Got to work, sat through a meeting, went to lunch with my boss as usual, came home still employed.

    Inventing drama isn't totally unique. I do it way too much, too.

  • http://techparent42.blogspot.com The Technical Parent

    I so wish I could, but that's a 12 hour drive for me.

  • http://cathyhasantsypants.blogspot.com Antsy Pants

    Best Video Ever? Uh yeah!
    I'm glad the positive thinking thing is working. And yay for your story getting published!

    Also, I live nowhere near Texas, so bummer.

  • hiphophippie

    OMG congratulations on your story being published!!! That's so freaking terrific! I'm so happy for you!!! And your Kristen Stewart commentary made me crack up!! xoxo

  • beckeye

    I found an error in this post. It should be “Kristen Stewart's facial expression.” Singular. You're welcome.

  • meredithmh

    BAHHHH why? I just moved from Dallas and now I find other people who like dance parties. WHY GOD WHY?

    Ef. I'm totally having a dancing party in my house and filming it the next time I get loaded… Which should be very soon.

    Oh, and everybody dance now instantly flashes me back to the skating rink circa 1995.

  • gofahne

    First, I just realized your blogger WASN'T in my reader and I was very upset about it. I've fixed it and we're fine, but how the hell did I miss that. S
    Second, BRING on the sunshine and butterflies any day! I like the positive thinking and I wish I had to click on the fish video link because I wondered what it was, but I've had to watch it at my job. As in, REQUIRED to watch it. Ick.
    Third, that video brought me more happiness than I'm sure is healthy.
    And LAST….OHMYGODICANTWAITTOMEETYOU. I'd apologize for caps, but I can't!

  • graygrrrl

    Why is it that when you're depressed, you seem to attract the perkiest people in existence? It makes me want to stab them with a badger!

    PS- Thank you for saying what I've been thinking forever! Kristen Stewart has one look- smelling something bad and squinting.

  • JAngeles13

    You know, I actually just read a majority of your blogs and dude…….it's fucked up how much our heads are alike. I'm not fucking kidding. I know this because I don't usually drop this many f bombs and call chicks CHICKS or dudes.

  • thebacksofmyeyelids

    I watched the dancing……cute and funny….and very, uh, white. 😉

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com/ Candice

    Oh man, I can only imagine the sheer ridiculousness you and I would get into if we were partying, baaaahahaha. Good things are happening indeed!

  • http://megsrantsandramblings.blogspot.com/ meg

    congrats on the story!! that is very exciting.
    i had to watch that video with the sound off, and it was still pretty damn funny!
    i'm glad things are looking up for ya!!

  • kimwithak

    Good for you being able to be positive! At my current job we had to watch that Fish video in orientation. It was actually quite interesting, even though at the time I was angry for having to go to a stupid orientation (so much for choosing my attitude on that count). But it does have a great message.

  • Pollypoptart

    Well, I just met my first bloggers in real life in this weekend and it was an absolute BLAST! Hope you have a fab time!

  • http://megsrantsandramblings.blogspot.com/ meg

    congrats on the story!! that is very exciting.
    i had to watch that video with the sound off, and it was still pretty damn funny!
    i'm glad things are looking up for ya!!

  • http://perfectlycursedlife.com/ Kimwithak

    Good for you being able to be positive! At my current job we had to watch that Fish video in orientation. It was actually quite interesting, even though at the time I was angry for having to go to a stupid orientation (so much for choosing my attitude on that count). But it does have a great message.

  • Pollypoptart

    Well, I just met my first bloggers in real life in this weekend and it was an absolute BLAST! Hope you have a fab time!