Friday, August 10, 2007

Friday Five: Stress busting edition

Sally over at RevGalBlogPals writes: I am off to spend a few days at the beach chilling out after a hectic few weeks and before I head off for Summer School...

So with that in mind this week's questions are looking at how you deal with the stress monster!!!???

The Typist and I haven't had time to play Friday Five in a while, so we're glad to be back with another team effort!

1. First, and before we start busting stress, what causes you the most stress, is it big things or the small stuff?
The Typist: The big things cause the most stress, but the small things are what usually trigger the meltdown over the big things!
Cub: What's stress? I'm a dog! But seriously... The main thing that gets me worried is small-sized thumb-havers -- the kind who might grab my tail or try to pet me where I had hip surgery. Also, "pet" and "slap" are much the same thing with little thumb-havers.

2. Exercise or chocolate for stress busting ( or maybe something else) ?
The Typist: Chocolate! (And this is Texas, so the something else, by default, is a margarita.)
Cub: Exercise! (Chocolate is Not For Poppies.) I love a good walk, or a good round of chasing The Boy.

3.What is your favourite music to chill out to?
The Typist: Ooh, the British spelling of favourite! Does this mean I need to answer with a British artist? Eh, not feeling it at the moment... Lately I've had Billy Joel back in my car's CD player after a too-long break. The Eagles are also great chillin' music. And so is John Lee Hooker, but I can't listen to him without developing a serious craving for ribs. Blues and bbq, you know...
Cub: Anything soft and mellow soothes this savage beast.

4. Where do you go to chill?
The Typist: This is a harder question than it should be. I guess my place differs depending on the situation. A restaurant, a massage clinic, a comfy spot at home, New Mexico, Alaska...
Cub: If I'm outside it's the tile walkway in the backyard; if I'm inside, the tile by the front door. Tile is more chilly than carpet or a couch.

5. Extrovert or introvert, do you relax at a party, or do you prefer a solitary walk?
The Typist: A small, casual party of good friends.
Cub: A walk! I like walks!

Bonus- share your favourite stress busting tip!
The Typist: Always have at least one friend who can listen without trying to solve your problems. Venting serves a purpose.
Cub: There's nothing like a good post-breakfast waller on the carpet to get your day off to a nice start!


will smama said...

I agree with all answers - typist and dog.

Mary Beth said...

Wallering around is always good!

Rochelle said...

I'm from TX too...Margaritas definitely to the edge off stress. I have a nice recipe that impresses my Washington friends =)

1-4 Grace said...

Great play you two!
And I love a friend who you can vent to and then just say, "You knwo it sucks!?!"
Cub- Excellent play. Mel doesn to like the thumbhavers too much either!

hipchickmamma said...

i'm not from tx but margaritas made my stress busting as well!

wonderful play!

the eagles and margaritas sound fabulous!

Tiria the Shadow Princess said...

I'm not big on walks, but I like the company of my peeps...



hip2B said...

My sweet Max (7) is a bit stressed since we moved, you can tell 'cuz he drools extra. But he's getting happier! Simba (9) would like cooler weather and for our future home to have no stairs.
I think a margarita is a fantastic idea.

Diane said...

Scout says she and Cub have similar stresses... and ways to mellow out! Walks are the best!

zorra said...

Those little thumb havers stress me out too. I just get up and walk away--but they always follow me! If they would just sit quietly and pet me, I'd like that, but they usually don't!