Monday, December 19, 2005

Stinky the hamster

I have just come back from a gruelling couselling session where I cried uncontrollably and shook with fear for an hour. I think all this is getting to me as we approach Christmas and the 6 month anniversary

So to cheer myself up, I have adopted a virtual hamster. You can find 'stinky' at the bottom of the page.

If anyone has any more ideas that you think might cheer me up (as well as other readers of the blog) please let me know. I could really do with a laugh at the moment.

Thank you.


Blogger R said...

Not sure about hamsters, but there are some badgers here.

And the surrealist version of a Destiny's Child song I've ever heard here.

Hang on in there - the six month mark is a bastard of a time, but it does get better.


December 19, 2005 3:59 pm  
Blogger R said...

PS - first link didn't come out right. Second attempt.

And here are some singing horses.

December 19, 2005 4:08 pm  
Blogger Spirit of 1976 said...

I'd recommend the Foamy the Squirrel toons at for some misanthropic squirrelly fun.

December 19, 2005 4:08 pm  
Blogger Ally said...

So sorry you had a bad session - better out than in I suppose, but not very nice while it's happening :/. Hot bubbly bath, bottle of wine, a nice marshmallow movie and someone friendly to rub your feet?

Also, there was an article I read recently somewhere about reinforcing positive pathways in the brain, or something similar. I'm a bit fuzzy on detail (and can't remember the source, sorry), but the one thing I took away from it was a kind of 'counting blessings' thing (my paraphrase) where every day you list three things you've achieved and why they are positive for you. I mention it because initially I was reluctant to do it because I thought it sounded like claptrap; but B persuaded me and it does seem to help if I am feeling down - even if the positives are very small things like 'getting dressed' or 'blogging', as opposed to 'saving the world' or 'finding Eldorado'.

Be kind to yourself.


December 19, 2005 4:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is cute. And I wonder what Miff will think of it.

She might also like this one, I haven't quite managed to get Fanny up on my desk - too podgy, and Cilla isn't interested at all, but Miff strikes me as a Infinity Type feline.

December 19, 2005 7:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big hug btw. xxxx

December 19, 2005 7:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel
Although I cannot begin to imagine how tough it must be for you, you wanted ideas to cheer you up so I thought I would recommend
to make you smile.
Merry Xmas

December 19, 2005 10:34 pm  
Blogger Ken said...

OKay... Why not get a real hamster? They live in cages and don't cost too much brass to feed. Mine used to sit on the dog's head when let out of his cage.

Other things to cheer you up? Get yourself up to Manchester and say hello to your hubcaps. The last time I was home I parked up near Old Trafford. Some kid asked me if he could mind the car, so I told him to take his hook 'cos I had this bloody big dog in the back.

"OK," said the kid. "It can put out fires, can it?"

Cheer up,

Ken in Mexico.

December 20, 2005 2:44 am  
Blogger Davide Simonetti said...

Hi Rachel. I don't know what these creatures are but they are very silly. I hope it cheers you up.

Happy Christmas or whatever.

December 20, 2005 9:10 pm  
Blogger Clare said...

I always find watching an old episode of "Friends" cheers me up and it's forever on TV even though the show finished years ago. Not to everyone's taste but just a thought.

December 20, 2005 10:31 pm  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thank you everybody, you have really cheered me up.


December 21, 2005 1:06 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hiya rachel,

go watch some simpsons episodes,especially the one where they all go to the UK !!!

seth :)

December 22, 2005 8:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel,

Everyone is different, but it took me 18 months to 2 years to get back to normal after something similar. It never leaves, but it becomes a real "back of your mind" issue, rather than hovering near the front. It can still pop out on occasion but with patience, time and enough good things as a counterbalance it really does stop after a while. Just hold on and look ahead.

December 26, 2005 11:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better late than never.

A woman is talking about how she's too old for things, including using a scale (to weigh herself).

She said she was standing on one in her bathroom and sucking in her stomach. Her husband, whom she said can be rather comical sometimes, walked in and said, "Dear, I don't think sucking in your stomach is going to help move the numbers."

To which she replied, "I'm not trying to move them, I'm trying to SEE them."

Burke, VA, USA

July 08, 2006 8:27 pm  

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