The Seven Week Itch

21Oct09

Hey boos! Today has been a day. I was in some kind of funk for the first half of the day, which I can only blame on the seven week itch. It’s the seventh week of the quarter here at OU, and every quarter I become restless at this point. At this time, I often feel excited about nothing, worried about everything and verging on a breakdown. Somehow, though, I’ve overcome this mood throughout the day and feel fantastic.

It all started when I woke up 50 minutes past my alarm. Sleeping in always freaks me out! My schedule was thrown, but I was determined to have a delicious breakfast:

And delicious it was.

And delicious it was.

In the mix: 1/3 C oats, 2/3 C water, 1/3 C So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage in vanilla, cinnamon, 1/2 naner and a drizzle of peanut butter. Turtle Mountain knows what’s up! This coconut milk upgraded my oats from good to gasmic. I was amazed.

I was off to class with enough time to print off my paper and works cited page that was due at 9:30am. This went well until I opened up my Gmail only to find that I’d sent myself the wrong works cited page. I tried not to lose it.

Instead, I told my professor and she said it was fine and to email it to her later. Thank you!

After my 9:30am to 11 class, I jogged home and finished some last-minute reading for English. Another symptom of the seven week itch: not wanting to do any work. I whipped together a to-go lunch right before I jetted again:

Carrots, Jonagold and wrap.

Carrots, Jonagold and wrap.

English class was unbelievably depressing. We discussed two fiction pieces we had to read; one was about a lynching and the other was about Auschwitz. I normally participate, but I was silent the whole time. Topics like those make me emotional and I get teary when I talk about it. A little sensitive? Maybe. Thankfully, the girl next to me was incessantly clicking her clicky pen and annoying the piss out of me keeping me distracted.

After class I found a spot in the sunshine in efforts to lift my spirits. It made for an enjoyable lunch spot:

Hummusy equals happiness.

Hummusy equals happiness.

In the wrap: Classic Sabra, TJ‘s Chile sauce, mustard and spinach. Simple but perfect.

While I was devouring this, at least three lady bugs landed on me. These friendly, spotty beauties known as symbols for good luck made me laugh. I was being completely ridiculous for being so negative all day. Negativity is useless. You have to choose your attitude, and I let myself forget that.

Next up was Film 201. We started to watch Citizen Kane! Admittedly, I started to doze off during the first 20 minutes. I discovered that the perfect antidote to this was braiding my hair. I swear, it got my hands and mind working together, thus keeping me awake. Then I began to realize how monumental Citizen Kane is. Can’t wait to finish it!

I dashed off to the library immediately after class and scooped up all the books about German Expressionism in cinema that I could find. I have an enormous paper due Thursday for which I plan to work my booty off tonight and Wednesday.

Speaking of booty, I snapped a picture of my ‘fit after I visited Muffin and work and made it back to mi casa:

Chill outfit. Nothing too fab.

Chill outfit. Nothing too fab.

These dark jeans make me more bootylicious than normal, and I’m not hatin’. Just realized I have no neck in that picture. MamaJ is going to tell me this–I feel it already.

I was beyond ready for dinner after the shoot! Someone in Muffin’s office was eating a Chipotle salad, and I knew I had to have something similar:

Best Big Ass salad. Yes, I said it.

Best Big Ass salad. Yes, I said it.

In the mix: baby greens, yellow bell pepper, cucumber, chickpeas, sweet corn (the canned kind made with shoog–won’t kill ya, kids), salsa, Sabra and toasted half of a pita. This was magical. I’m tempted to go back to the kitchen for more corn and chickpeas! Might do that…

Though I was a wreck this morning, I feel 100 percent back to my obnoxiously perky self already. Perhaps this seems crazy, but I think it was all in my head. Seven week itch, you don’t scare me.

Ciao for now,

Kailey

QUESTION: Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? What do you do to get out of a funky mood?

Obviously, I am all about the positive thinking. It’s the only way to go! Gotta send out that positive energy to get it back! Yaa mean? When I feel funky, I have to sit down and ask myself, “Kailey, what’s really wrong here?” Most times the answer is “nothing!” I need that time by myself, though, with no distractions, to fully understand what’s going on in my head. Today’s frustration stemmed from my not knowing what I’ll be doing for winter break and after graduation, but nothing was “wrong,” per se. To an extent, I can’t control that and I can’t worry about the future right now. Therefore, all I can do is enjoy now, this moment. This turned my ‘tude right around! It’s a beautiful thing.

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53 Responses to “The Seven Week Itch”

  1. i definatly belive in the power of postive thinking!
    To get out of your funk.. keep saying that no matter what, TOMORROW, or next class, whatever is going to be great šŸ™‚ BECAUSE IT WILL BE !

  2. I’m watching “Citizen Kane” for my class too! šŸ˜€

    Ugh, I NEED to have more positive thinking – been in a “funk” as well. Hang in there, my dear! xo

  3. What were you reading about Auschwitz? I went there two summers ago and it broke my heart into a million pieces.

    As for positive thinking … it works 95% of the time, the other 5% I’m usually too far gone.

    • 4 snackface

      Tamara – We had to read the short story by Tadeusz Borowski, “This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentleman.” Though it was fiction, the author was in Auschwitz and ended up committing suicide in 1951. It’s a horrific and riveting story about Polish prisoners who are responsible for taking other “lesser” prisoners to the gas chambers. Haunting.

      • I definitely need to look into that. I have a morbid fascination witn the Holocaust …people think different of me haha

        PS: I forgot to add this, but the 7 week itch is the perfect explanation for my irrationality lately! I have had two breakdowns in the last 24 hours and am in the midst of studying for a midterm. I feel better now that I’m not alone šŸ˜€

  4. I completely fell asleep during Citizen Kane in college.

    Yes on the positive thinking. I’m a big believer in the fake it til you make it theory.

  5. You know how to perk up a gal’s attitude. Your right about positive thinking. I have been in a funk this week, and honestly, I need to stop and just be happy for NOW and not the future. Things will fall into place, I think…thanks twinnie for making me feel bets.

    P.S. your outfit is killah…and u do to have a neck. lol.

    xoxo
    Lo

    missing u this weekend….road trip it another time šŸ™‚

  6. Awesome outlook! I think we all get that way sometimes…at least I know I do. That’s a great way to handle it…focus on the here and now! Cute outfit! šŸ™‚

  7. is the seven week itch why i’ve been so BLAH today? literally, i want to cry for no reason. i have been SO homesick! šŸ˜¦ i’m going to try to be more positive – thanks for the reminder – you look BOOTYful, btw! ā¤

    • 10 snackface

      Lyss – I swear something is in the air! Muffin was feeling down today, too, and at one point I was literally fighting tears! For no reason! And homesickness has been plaguing me this week as well. You’ll make it through the funk, I promise! xoxo

  8. i keep wanting to try your wraps, they look so good!!
    jenna

  9. Ahhh so that’s what my problem is – the seven week itch! I’ve been feeling super lethargic, annoyed, and unhappy myself recently, and I guess it really is at that point in the semester where everything is going and there is no end in sight. Well, to get to the end means way more work and way less sleep.

    Being outside in the sunshine always does wonders to clear my head. Yesterday was the first time in 9 days that I saw the sun and I feel WAY better already.

    http://lookthroughmyspecs.wordpress.com/

  10. 13 Lizzy

    love your chill outfit girl! so cute!

    When i’m in a funky mood positive thinking def helps! like you said, you choose your moods! I’m glad you got back to your norm self by the end of the day! šŸ™‚

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  11. I have the same green and white shoes and I LOVE them!

    I usually believe in positive thinking, but I also believe in the therapeutic value of a good sulking/brooding session now and again.

  12. 15 Rebecca

    I’m kind of a half-way believer in positive thinking. It’s good to an extent, for motivation and things like that. But I think it’s also really important to immerse ourselves in tragedy once in a while. I don’t like it when positive thinking becomes avoidance of what is real. And what is real is sometimes not so positive.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now (never commented), and I really enjoy it. What prompted me was your very, very accurate description of the “seven-week itch.” Perfectly said! I actually teach college English, and I can assure you that teachers experience this too! Honestly, I’m fed up with the whole thing at this point in the term–something about the seven-week marker. I was a student not too long ago myself, but this was a nice perspective from “the other side of the desk.” šŸ™‚

    • 16 snackface

      Rebecca – Thanks for commenting! I think you’re absolutely right that sometimes people use positivity to ignore true emotions. Positive thinking is awesome in situations when I’m freaking out for no reason (papers due, readings due, internship stuff), but if some hugely tragic thing happens, people absolutely need to experience that and sit in those emotions. It’s also so interesting to hear that teachers are feeling the same way at this seven-week mark! It’s close to the end, but not really because there are still weeks 8, 9, 10 and THEN exams. Exhausting! I don’t know how professors have the energy to get through it, either. Thanks!

  13. I am all for positive thinking. I’m far from a general optimist–but when I catch myself in a funk, I’m pretty good at snapping myself out of it. Sometimes I need to tell myself–“dearest Sarah, you are not a weirdly introspective emo teenager. quit poutin, yo.” Does the trick.

    Also you should wear those jeans every day. And pop, lock and drop it. An alternative to positive thinking…

    XOOOO,

    Sayrah

    PS are you coming back to NYC for TG with HG???

  14. I would be a sour, foul person if it weren’t for positive thinking / an overall optimistic attitude. Seriously! When you feel those thoughts creeping in, take a deep breath and think of something you’re grateful for. I remember getting negative and frustrated about my college education… I scraped those thoughts right off of my brain by remembering – hello! – it’s incredibly wonderful to have the opportunity to get to college, so many people in the world barely graduate from high school or even get to go to school at all.
    Anyhow, I am all for the positivity šŸ˜€

  15. i mainly believe in one thing…
    hummas = happiness. TRUE DAT SISTA

  16. Oh Kailey, I know what you mean…but YES I totally believe in the power of positive thinking! Our mind is a VERY powerful and miraculous thing, and actually, I do believe that our mind controls our fate! Stay positive, and even if you’re crushed by stressful circumstances, FIGHT back by desperately looking for things to sustain you, think happy thoughts, and list out reasons to give thanks. then you’ll soon be chuckling at how silly you were worrying about stuff that does not really matter so much in the long run. After all, our true pursuit in life is happiness and peace, right? Makes no sense to lose them while trying to ACHIEVE them…uh, am I making sense?

    anyway. Those topics discussed in English class…I would have become rather emotional too! This afternoon in my Lit class we were talking about the ancient Greek pornography through poetry (heard of Ovid?) and my face was bright red!! Eee! At least you had that annoying pen-clicer beside you to distract you, huh? One more thing to be thankful for! >.<

  17. WHohoo that salad looks UNREAL. I will remember that next time I am tempted to spend $8 on Chipotle.

    Aaaaand I am ALL ABOUT the power of positivity. When I wake up in a funk, I make myself sit down and write 20 things that I am grateful for, and that usually does the trick. But if it doesn’t – I just force myself to smile and act like I’m in a good mood anyway, and then I am inevitably in a good mood.

  18. I’m so proud of you for pulling yourself out of that funk! I think tomorrow you are going to dress sassy, hold your head high (giving yourself that elusive neck), and put your worries behind (no pun intended) you!

    My guy just finished reading a book about the power of thoughts. I can’t remember the name of it right now, but he said it was amazing. I’ll check into that one and get back to you šŸ™‚

  19. I truly believe in the power of positive thinking. Because that’s what made me recover… for real! Our minds are so powerful and I love your outlook on this subject. (Although I don’t believe in things like ‘you can heal yourself from cancer by thinking positive’, as you can find in the Secret and those books…that’s so wrong!)

    Have a great day!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  20. Oh my gosh, this is so weird. I’ve been in the same mood lately too. Like yesterday was so bad. I almost didn’t go to school I was so overwhelmed with emotions. But I stuck it out and went. By the end of the day, my friends had made me feel so much better and turned my day around!

    Keep up the positive thinking girl, it really works wonders!

  21. ALLL about positive thinking.. my hubby used to be a school psychologist and has given me tips into how to “take things in”… anyways, your oats looks super YUM.. What a delightful breakfast šŸ˜‰

  22. I hate waking up late–then my whole day feels frazzled and rushed!!

    My new attempt at dealing with bad moods, bad situations, etc. is to breathe
    and then count all the blessings and things I have to be thankful for in life. By
    the time I am done coming up with a list, usually my bad mood has subsided!

  23. I definitely think positive thinking goes a long way – it won’t always get you out of a funk, but it does make you focus on the good things you have going on and not make such a big deal about the smaller things that don’t matter in the long run.

    Here’s to a better day today!

  24. 28 MamaJ

    I didn’t notice the no neck thing even after I read your mamaJ comment. I did notice that you were still wearing summer clothes. I know you have a fabulous box of sweaters.
    As you know the positive thinking and me worrying are two different things in my head. I am trying to train my mind not to worry so much . So far in my lfe I have worried far too much for no reason. I have found out the why now I will fix it. How is that for positive thinking.
    P.S. See you friday.

  25. Mmm your “chipotle” salad looks amazing.

    And I agree, positive thinking can totally change your day. Whenever I’m in a mood like that I try and think “why?” I have no reason! I’m healthy, living, and fortunate to be where I am! I’m glad everything turned out better for you, and hope you have a good day!

  26. Hey boo!! So I was chit chatting with miss Banana Cabana Monday via texts and we were just talking about how we have ZERO motivation for school right now. This little slump is outrageous!

    OMG! Click pen!! I can not stand that. I would have strangled the girl on the spot! Seriously, MAY-JAH pet peeve of mine. Sorry about the depressing discussion – both of those are sad, sad reminders of the past.

    Is that TJs chile sauce the sweet chile sauce or something different?

    Viel Gluck with the Deutsch paper! I do believe in the power of positive thinking. I think that half of the time when people are upset it’s just because they keep thinking about why their upset over and over. It’s a vicious cycle.

    Much love, boo!!

    • 31 snackface

      ksgoodeats – Ay boo! The TJ’s Chile sauce is a spicy hot sauce, actually! I love it because it has a nice roasty heat, not a jabbingly spicy heat. Thanks for the luck! I need it!

  27. That salad looks amazing! Yummm!

    I totally believe in the power of positive thinking. I consider myself actively positive – gotta work at it, ‘cus it doesn’t always come naturally!

  28. that hummus wrap i am sure brightened up your day!! it looks amazing, sabra really knows their stuff!

    i always believe in the power of positive thinking. I posted on my blog a few days ago when it was gross, rainy and gloomy that I try to be in the best of moods on those days because I notice those around me are down and blue and blahh. To keep everyones spirits up, I always try to keep a smile on my face and be as upbeat as I can!

    have a great day! LOVE your outfit!

    • 34 snackface

      Naomi – Thanks for the ‘fit props! And I adore your outlook on positive thinking! The way you feel about gloomy days and how you treat others is how I feel when I talk to cashiers/servers. I know what it’s like to be on that side and I loved when people were perky and chatty. Thus, I try to spread that on the daily!

  29. 35 lowandbhold

    Ah, the 7-week itch. I know it well. I especially know the horrors of emailing myself the wrong thing! Ugh! Glad your teach was koo about it though. Makes all the difference.

    Yay for turning that frown upside down. I definitely believe in the power of positive thinking. And wine + chocolate šŸ™‚

    Good luck with your paper!

  30. gosh, i love you! i feel the EXACT SAME WAY about positive thinking. now, i am not perfect and sometimes find myself being a cranky biatch, but at the end of the day, it is important to send GOOD, POSITIVE vibes in the world. i mean, the world is a negative, crabby enough place without anybody adding to it, ya hear?

    mmmmm…your salad looks amaze! citizen kane is amaze too! love you lady!

  31. I love that wrap, great combo of flavors!

    I’ve actually never seen Citizen Kane, might have to do that – keep us posted on how the rest of it is.

    I’m generally an optimistic person but luckily I seem to have a short attention span so when I do get angry/annoyed/down in the dumps etc. I normally forget about it not long after. Sometimes I do have to zone out and really get myself together again though.

    I can’t hold grudges because of all this – my husband loves that about me.

  32. I’m pretty sure the seven week stretch is a worldwide epidemic. I’ve been suffering from major blahhhh syndrome for a few days now — I thought it was from my lack of food versatility but im pretty sure it’s just ’cause school sooooqz the big one!

    I am totes guilty of crying during movies in class. I seriously died during last of the mohicans and of course wasn’t wearing waterproof mascara. Not pretty, not pretty at all

    citizen kane is one of my fav movies! such a snoozefest in the beginning but when you really get in to it it’s so epic. I can’t wait till you find out what Rosebud is a simple for šŸ™‚ I am a toe-tul English geek-burger.

    as far as positive thinking… READ “THE SECRET” by Rhonda Byrne. I’ve read it 3 times now .. seriously changed my life.
    http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Rhonda-Byrne/dp/1582701709

    Keep smiling sweetcheeks šŸ™‚
    *p.s. ā¤ your badoonkie.. she get it from her mama!

    • 39 snackface

      Jenny – Oh ma gah. OK, so I watched an episode of Oprah a year or so ago and she had “The Secret” author on there. That episode of Oprah ALONE changed me. Dramatic, I know, but it helped me so much. That and a vision board. I have yet to read the book, though! And I’m dying to find out what the rosebud symbolizes! xo

  33. im not much of a salad person, but that looks FABULOUS

  34. man, i wish i had the patience with myself to figure out why i’m in a funk, and then to step out of it!!! hopefully your strategy will inspire me to do the same!!

  35. 42 fruitsveggieslife

    I CANNOT read, talk, see… anything related to the Holocaust. I’m ususally the one talkin’ in class, but whenever it comes up, I’m just like you – silence.

    Positive thinking is great, but for me, it can only go so far sometimes. I usually think positive, and then hang around positive people. šŸ™‚

    Love you girl! Have a fantastic tomorrow!

    • 43 snackface

      fruitsveggielife – Thinking positive and hanging around positive people is the best solution. Or just go out. Ya know? Love you too, chiquita!

  36. I love how you’re posting your outfits now! You always look gorgeous and are providing some serious fashion inspiration for me girl! Could never rock the leggings though, so I’ll just live vicariously through you šŸ™‚

    I TOTALLY believe in the power of positive thinking and I agree that you choose your attitude. On that note, have a GREAT day–I know you will! xoxo

    • 45 snackface

      emily – Thanks for diggin the fits, girl! And why can’t you rock the leggings?! Everyone can!

  37. I may be in the 9th or 10th week slump (instead of seventh), but i’m feelin’ it!! I was almost tearin’ up (okay, maybe I was…so emotional, hahah) to my mama last night over how overwhelmed i become at school…i feel like lately, my motivation is lacking, but I also know that i’m still trying hard! Its a pain, why do we have to get into our minds so much!? Positive thinking IS definitely the way to go. I am soooo happy that you turned that ‘tude around and ended the day in a fab way šŸ™‚

    And the food?? Well, the chili sauce/hummus combo has me droolin’….and i’m all over that BIG ASS salad. Some toasted pitas and a little salsa & sweet corn sounds amazing right now!! A little guac would have put that dinna over the top šŸ˜‰

    LOVE YOU! Let’s catch up soon! xox

  38. 47 Jessie

    Oats, cinnamon, vanilla, So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage (my favorite new love), banana and peanut butter? What time are you serving breakfast tomorrow? I’ll be over! And while you’re at it, what time is lunch? That salad looks amazing! Wait a minute, you made that for dinner, right? OK. I can wait until dinner. I’m POSITIVE I can! šŸ™‚

    • 48 snackface

      Jessie – Breakfast will be Thursday, 7:45am, and dinner will be at 6:00pm. I hope this works for you!

  39. I believe in the power of positive thinking….and yoga! It helps me get centered and on with my days…

  40. I totally believe in the power of positive thinking…however, for me its all relative. In order for me to think positive, I have to feel positive…if I start to have the bad, unpositive feelings, I typically resort to exercise. Every time I sweat, I immediately start to feel better.

  41. 51 Carmen

    I totally get what you mean by the 7-week itch. Its like the Wednesday of the whole semester. Who like Wednesdays? ick. Way to stay positive though!

    On another note, I’ve no joke made your pita-popper sandwich so many times i had to get more cream cheese. That stuff is DELICIOUS! I also used whole wheat tortillas, and it works fabulously too. Thank you so much for the recipe. Its my new Crack Wrap. Watch out mamaLovin!

  42. WAIT…WHAT..sugary corn won’t kill me??? Scoreee šŸ˜€
    I oft find myself in a funky funk as well and I have to step back and be like, WHOA car- your life is pretty awesome so u need to shove it and appreciate. Always helps put me in my place! Your cute lil wrappy sunshine pic brought back mems of my school packy lunch when I went back to school in Jan!! It’s so fun to have a blog and look back at the crazy journey and feel a little glow that even though I was the lonely crazed weirdo sitting on the grass at junior college taking pictures of my foil wrap and grapes..that I had bloggie friends that cared and supported me šŸ˜€ Good luck with your paper booskie!

  43. im in a funk . but this helped.

    love youuu and your fancy coats and ronson h-ween costume! that is genius!


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