October 21, 2011

Take One Alex And Call Me In The Morning

In recent times I have got myself a little stressed. I know that most of you think I am super cool and laid back (and the sound you can hear is the guffawing and eye-rolling of all my closest friends at the idea that I am a) super cool, or b) laid back [and yes, I know that 'eye-rolling' doesn't make a sound, it was just a figure of speech]) but I am quite a stressy little person (and yes, I know that 'little' is debatable, but let's not get picky here, okay?).

Well, a couple of days ago I decided it all had to change. Which is not quite true. My husband The Architect decided it all had to change. He sat me down, gently stroked my angsty brow, and said:

"Sweet honey pie of mine, if you feel you can't relax a little more I will have to send you to a resort alone for a few days. It pains me so deeply to see you so uptight."

And if you believed that, clearly you haven't read my book. Or this blog. Or have had much contact with the male of this species.

What he really did was sit me down, look at me firmly, and say:

"Can you pull yourself together please? You're a total nightmare at the moment."

(And that, friends, you can believe.)

So I decided I had to destress at once, not just because The Architect told me too, but because I really was feeling horribly tense. Over the past few days I have engaged in many attempts to relax my body and mind. Some have been successful, some less so, but I will share them all with you today.


  • Did online Sudoku puzzles. This worked wonderfully initially, as it refocussed my brain and gave me a rush of elation whenever I figured out where to put one of those little numbers. And then it backfired horribly when I got stuck about an eighth of the way through, and had to call my twelve year old son to help me finish it. And then, to rub salt into the wound, he got bored before it was completed, and wandered off with a breezy "You can take it from here, Mum". Which of course I couldn't. Bloody stupid Sudoku. Makes me bloody crazy.
  • Watched Alex Dimitriadis running around in his swimsuit in 'The Slap'. This made me feel fantastic.
  • Ate Nutella sandwiches for dinner, followed by spoonfuls of Nutella straight from the jar. This was fun and relaxing for the first twenty minutes, but rather less enjoyable when I lay moaning and bloated about ten minutes after I finished the jar.
  • Took my kids to the beach. This was really gorgeous. We played on the sand, they buried my feet, I read my book, they buried my legs, I lay in the sun, they threw sand in my hair, I got really thirsty, they drank all my water, it was really beautiful, I got hot and sandy and had to get out of there that minute.
  • Drank a great deal of alcohol. This has proven to be very effective.
  • Read some books, watched some TV. Particularly 'The Slap'. That was great.
  • Had a bath. Baths really do ease the body and soul. I just have remember to be more careful whilst acqua-texting. Still, I think the phone is drying out nicely.
  • Nah, that's it. Though did I mention Alex Dimitriades?

23 comments:

  1. Kerri, it's no good trying to make Simon Baker jealous, by multiple mentions of some obscure actor with a Greek name. Simon and I had coffee while he was making the ANZ ads, and he said he was far too busy to read your blog. Sorry, but I thought you should know, so you don't stress over it..... :-D

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  2. Sounds like you have moved on from Simon Baker. Good choice now that he has that silly American accent.  :P

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  3. That small creaking sound was a little piece of Simon Baker that just died.

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  4. You know I write about both Simon and Alex just to make YOU jealous baby...

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  5. Leanne Shea LangdownOctober 21, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Thank you for giving up Simon! Now we don't have to share ... 

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  6. I liked Alex and the scene with the handily hung roll of kitchen towel. X

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  7. I ate cooking chocolate this week...while hiding in the pantry - I taped Alex...I can watch him over and over

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  8. Ha ha! I'm quite new to your blog Kerri but I really enjoy it! Great post, it's given me a good laugh on this wet Friday morning in Liverpool! Good stuff! Love Chez. xx

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  9. I SO should have done that (the taping, not the cooking chocolate...)

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  10. Yes, one did get the feeling that was strategically placed....

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  11. My god that man is hot.  I have just sat here tonight with my husband watching last nights ep on iView and even though it fucking stopped every 1 minute or so, I DID NOT CARE, because he is amazing.

    A bastard, but amazing.  

    Hope you are feeling less stress love x

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  12. Alex was best man at my cousin's wedding.  He is as medicative in real-life as on the screen.  I may or may not have danced with him...

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  13. I may or may not need to befriend your cousin.....

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  14. I think the fact that it stopped every minute was a benefit. More Alex time onscreen! xxxx

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  15. Thank you for reminding me that I have Nutella in the pantry! I have loved Alex since Heartbreak High.

    Hope the de-stressing goes well ... a solo movie outing works best for me X

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  16. This post is the first time I've seen or heard of him. Isn't he a bit Enrique Martin or Ricky Iglesias?

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  17. I literally laughed out loud.  As one who has had their husband confront them with the "can you relax, PLEASE" notion, more than once, I can relate!  LOL!

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  18. Quite a funny story! Nutella sandwiches -simply perfect!

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  19. It is really wonderful you did all these things I liked all your gorgeous ideas - especially the beach and the books... I wish I could have some time for relax too!

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  20. Dimitriadisis such a stress reliever. I like watching him when I need a little refreshing time.  

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