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Monday, October 10, 2005

Monday Questionnaire

1. How do you deal with stress?
1a. Does it make you sleep and eat more or less?

2. Would you rather that your favorite consumable item be unavailable forever, or only available in a crappy form? For example: If you love coffee, would you rather that you can never have coffee again or you can only have 7-11 coffee for the rest of time?

3. What's the weather like where you are today?

8 Comments:

Blogger Eric said...

1. Wait a minute, wait a minute--there are ways of dealing with stress? (I kid.) Here's how I do it: eat a good meal, call a friend and remind myself it's not just me alone with my brain, watch good (or bad) television. If all else fails, drink myself into a stupor.

(1a. Usually sleep less, and fitfully. Usually eat more, though not by much--though I usually eat more of the wrong foods, which is why I try not to have them in the house in the first place.)

2. I love this question. Crappy form, I suppose. Orange juice is my coffee, and even bad, watery orange juice works in a pinch. On the other hand, if I chose french fries, no french fries are better than crappy french fries any day. Crappy french fries are more than crappy. Crappy french fries are revolting.

3. Cloudy. Chilly. (Low fifties, I think.) Looks like it'll rain sometime today. If I had my druthers it would be about twenty or thirty degrees lower, cloudy's fine, but no rain today. Had enough rain this weekend, thanks.

(That said, I rarely if ever get my druthers. I think someone else took them. If anyone knows where I can register and have my druthers mailed to me regularly or something, please contact me in care of Float.)

11:06 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

1. Meditation and exercise.
1a. Eat more. Sleep...depends on whether I'm feeling defaeted (sleep more) or anxious (sleep less).

2. I'm ashamed to say, I'd rather Hershey's than no chocolate at all.

3. Cloudy, chilly, and raining. GRAY. Sort of gloomy, if I may editorialize.

Don't druthers sound like something to do with horses?

11:13 AM  
Anonymous ben said...

1. I find just the right amount of stress deals with itself as a motivator. Too little or too great a level of stress is when things start to go wrong. A good way for me to deal with it is to mow the lawn. The not so good way, which is more likely to happen that lawn mowing, involves TV and sleep (see 1a).

1a. Something like what kstyle said about sleep. Most often a lot of stress causes me to sleep more, but there is a certain kind of stress that keeps me up in an anxious way. That's usually more positive types of stress, like when something exciting is coming up but I still have to get ready for it. I am more likely to choose unhealthy "comfort" foods and larger portion sizes when under the influence of stress, but it is not a guaranteed thing. Very rarely stress can make it so I don't get hungry for a few days.

2. Is part of number 2 to assume that a crappy version of a consumable isn't what makes it your favorite? I can't think of a specific example, but especially when under the influence of stress (see 1a) the consumable of choice for me may be more likely to come from a crappy source. However, I would rather have no socks at all than crappy tube socks.

3. Slight drizzle, 51 F. Possibly gloomy with a 60% chance of causing inner reflection that results in positive self discovery.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. My brain switches to autopilot, and I stop thinking. Then, when I have a chance, I sleep or watch movies.

1a. It's harder to get to sleep when I'm stressed, I sleep more lightly, and I don't dream. I eat more junk; I find it difficult make good decisions about food when I'm stressed.

2. If Hershey's is the crappy form of chocolate, then definitely the latter. However, I want no part of chocolate if only Palmer's is available.

In a more general sense, I guess I'd prefer the crappy form, because then I have a choice.

3. Outside: lower sixties, bright and cloudless. Inside: approximately fourteen degrees, fluorescent and cloudless.


I'm selling my druthers, if anyone's interested.

1:17 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Ben: It's funny, lots of people talk about stress as a motivator, but I feel like I'm perfectly motivated in a stress-free environment. Perhaps I'm even more creative.

Ann: Ooh, I hadn't thought about Palmer's...That IS bad. I guess there are levels.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. I make a conscious effort to eat wisely, exercise frequently, get enough sleep, and drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.

1a. Given that the way I deal with stress involves making a conscious effort to ameliorate the effects of stress on food and sleep, I'd say that I tend to sleep a little less and WANT to eat more but actually eat a little less.

2. I agree with Eric on this one: it depends on the product. Some things, I'll take a crappy form, but other things, forget it, I'll do without.

3. Beginning of fall--chilly (though I'm fighting a cold, and am therefore more chilled than I might be), partly cloudy. The weather is, in short, a reminder that winter is coming. Feh.

7:02 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Emma: Yes, FEH! Feh to this chilly weather!!

9:58 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

If by "Feh" you mean "Welcome! Join us!", then I agree heartily.

10:06 AM  

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