Stabbing plus Poison plus Slicing equals…

…nothing less than a pissed off being who might know that it is time to stop, but refuses to do anything other than whatever the hell he wants. 

My Piano Man and I were supposed to go Salem seeing, today. But I wasn’t in the most glorious of moods, and shopping isn’t wonderful when you are mad (and by “you” I mean me). So we decided to do two things that never fail to consume Magaly Rage:
1. We visited a secondhand bookstore (I got Licey’s Story by Stephen King—large print! My Piano Man found a copy of one of his favorite children chapter books, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.
2. We went to see a movie about things blowing up, ninjas dismembering and disemboweling people, and my dear Wolverine getting tortured as he kicks serious behind and glares a lot while he deals with PTSD…

I was nervous about watching The Wolverine—the last movie wasn’t fabulous. I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I was taken by the relationships and the setting. My heart didn’t skip any actual beats, but when the sight of Nagasaki filled the screen the sound of my rushing blood filled my ears.

The movie was just what I needed after my bad day. I won’t say much about the plot—because spoilers are the scum of the universe—but I will say that seeing Nagasaki being destroyed put certain things into perspective: when we are upset, we do (and say) all kinds of stupid things… and we can’t take them back.

Sometimes we can see the wrong right away, and do our best to fix it. Other times we need decades to understand the effects of the damage, and say, “Goodness, what have I done?” In the saddest cases, we go on thinking that we’ve done no wrong… Then, the Wolverine-like character sticks a huge claw into one of our eyeballs and… Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. There wasn’t any claw-to-eyeball action, but you have to admit that the imagery is disgustingly rich ;-)

So… when I’m too livid to make sense of what’s going on in my own head, I get lost in books or watch movies about things being torn apart. What’s your sit-and-recoup poison, my Wicked Luvs? 

42 comments:

  1. Apparently I tear things down and rebuild them. My lovely blog is going through another revamp as we speak ;)

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    1. I'm into building and rebuilding, when I'm frustrated. Hence my sidebar changes so many times... Blog revamping is great therapy!

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    2. No kidding, Kourtney! *hugs* :D

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    3. Oh my, Kourtney! I just went back to Kindred Kollections, and I'm loving the pink and the skulls and the fonts... totally cute ;-)

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  2. I chain smoke... and/or furiously clean the house. :P

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    1. I'm a mad scrubber, too. My kitchen and bathroom never look as shiny as right after I've had a particularly terrible day. Sometimes, the paint suffers LOL

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  3. Oooh...a shirtless, sweaty, enraged Wolverine sounds like the perfect way to let out a good mad. I break plates, and burn dinners, and sweep a lot.

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    1. I love burned food: burned bread, burned rice, burned meat... so I think I might have to get you a little mad every time I'm by you LOL

      But don't worry, after it we'll watch a Wolverine movie and pretend we are a wedding and start braking plates ;-D

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    2. Burned popcorn is my favorite. Hubby puts it on top of the cabinet where I can't reach it cuz he hates the smell. lol. Opa!

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    3. I can see your pixie self standing on a chair and burning the popcorn anyway. I burn mine, too. And my toast.

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  4. Cleaning and/or baking in the kitchen. No other house cleaning, just the kitchen. Something about getting lost in the space with a few good recipes just makes me forget everything else.
    ~Sunfire

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    1. There is something abut cleaning the kitchen (while listening to a book for me) that takes care of the uglies. And cooking! Yes, "forget everything else," indeed ;-)

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  5. When I am in a fowl mood I usually need comforting impressions, because my irritation usually comes from fear of this world and the people inhabiting it.

    Last night we watched the two first episodes of a British show called 'Black Mirror'. It was good, but also very disturbing and depressing. And it totally brought me down, gave me a headache that didn't go away until this morning's coffee, gave me nightmares and bad sleep.
    So this morning in the car I was saying how, if we watch something tonight, it has to be either escapist, adventurous and fast paced, or comforting and with a happy ending.

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    1. I've already said how I deal with anger... when I'm sad, I obsess over: cleaning and rearranging and stuff. I read old letters from friends. And yes, I like watching a sweet science fiction movie or anything that takes me somewhere else and ends in a nice way.

      Sorry about the nightmares, they suck dish water ;-(

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  6. Well I have been known to bang doors so hard they break,and I have smashed stuff up and thrown my dinner across the room on occassions, but now I try to go sit under trees and let the wind blow my cares away(tis a lot cheaper and easier to clean up after) :D XXX

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    1. Oh man, and there I thought I had a temper. I don't throw things (I'm cheap enough to remember that they might break and then I'll have to replace them lol). I hope you never throw spaghetti across the room, that would be a bitch to clean!

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  7. Firstly, Wolverine in Japan? *fights the urge to run to the movie theater yelling "Take my money!*

    Secondly, my first line of attack is to lose myself in busy-ness. So scrubbing, dusting, etc. I also make time to involve myself in my favorite comfort media. Every now and again I throw myself in a creative endeavor, because that energy really can help when I'm stuck with a project.

    Sometimes I'll pick a well loved book (or even one of my kids' young adult books because the best of them can be just the sort of "pez reading" I need at the moment). Other times, I'll head straight to my favorite anime. The funny thing is that people have said I am like the heroine of the piece which sometimes annoys the shit out of me LOL. But I have to admit that her unflagging optimism mirrors mine at times, and its nice to see, at least in a fictional situation, that sometimes it all works out. And recently I've been reminded that a nice play list, with carefully selected music, can be therapeutic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X23v5_K7cXk

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    1. Music is my I'm-Sad-but-All-Will-Be-Well thing. I totally agree about the right "play list, with carefully selected music" being therapeutic. My current music therapy goes from Florence + The Machine to Rocío Durcal to Chopin to Luis Vargas to... well, it's really random... and totally me.

      And you know that I'm all for pouring our moods into our writing. It adds real emotions to a tale, making it "real."

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  8. Mrs. Frisby (Brisby?) and the Rats of NIHM... that brings back memories. I loved loved that movie when I was a kid. I learned to "sword fight" on the playground from that movie! Did you know the actress that played Mrs. Frisby's voice ended up committing suicide by jumping out of a window several stories high?

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    1. Oh my, the actress committed self-defenestration? I had not idea. I haven't seen the movie, and I had never read the book--I missed a lot of children books because I wasn't born in the US and they weren't very affordable in the Dominican Republic. I'll watch the movie after I read it. How sad for the actress...

      Oh, and I actually googled the title because "Mrs. Frisby" sounded a bit strange, and yep, it is Frisby. Kind of funny, actually ;-)

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  9. I lived in Japan years ago (Eisenhower was president)but never went to Nagasaki. We did go to Hiroshima. The miasma...it was years later when I understood why everyone cried.

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    1. Like I said, some events/places/lives make us look at ourselves and our world and say, "Why!?!" So sad... I've never been able to stomach battlefields, memorials, and things of the sort. I go, and learn--for no learning from our mistakes is a worse crime--but it hurts every time. Human stupidity can reach inconceivably limits.

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  10. Die Rammstein played loudly. Dvorak New World played loudly. Blow them up movies. However, if the brands are up, embroidery or knitting to calm down so that the don't have to pay for my bad mood.

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    1. Hm, "Dvorak New World played loudly" sounds pretty delicious right now...

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  11. I hadn't heard of that King book, so I went to Amazon and that may be on my endless list!. looks interesting for sure... The 'Frisby' book was one both daughters read and loved.. I think one of them still has a copy!. For me, I usually escape into a book.. Right now its Life of Pi.. and gf, if you saw the movie- that was an eye opener.. the book is magical and takes u to where most people discover a lot about what they can do-especially on things they never could imagine doing under normal circumstances...

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    1. Licey’s Story is deliciously creepy. Hope you enjoy it. I'm waiting for Doctor Sleep to be published in September. It will be so awesome to read about the characters from The Shining all grown up ;-)

      Books are magical things...

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    2. how about 'the sound of things falling'? by marquez? I just saw it advertised on amazon..

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    3. You almost gave me a heart attack! thinking that Gabriel García Márquez wrote something I didn't know about--I'm kind of obsessed with the man's writing lol

      The Sound of Things Falling is by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. I haven't read anything by him, but read the blurb for this book and I'm intrigued...

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  12. Mags, please tell your man that not only is he handsome, charming and a musical master but his taste in children's books is impeccable; that is one of my all time favorites as well!

    When I'm having a bad day, I put on some heavy music, Killswitch Engage is a favorite, and belt it out, curl up with a favorite book or clean the house. I like to keep my mind busy so I don't drive myself (or others) batshit crazy.

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    1. The message has been related, and got a wide grin in response ;-D

      I totally understand trying to deal with our demons, in order not to go off on the ones we love. When I'm having a terrible day, I make sure that I tell any bystanders... then I find a good book or something that needs cleaning...

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  13. It depends, actually. Heavy metal music is a great way to release a lot of tension, but meditation has been my go to cure lately. Ranting works well, too. And, I usually have a lot of those.

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    1. Heavy metal music makes me even angrier. I listen to it before a run, a hike and anything that requires lots of energy.

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  14. When I am really frustrated I go sit in the woods or my flower garden. Sometimes, I get online and look for beautiful images. Beauty stills my soul. Once I am calmer, I almost always call Izzy and say, "Do you have a minute to put me on the couch?" To which she always responds, "Always, sweetie." ;-) Of course Hugh Jackman could put a smile on my face under the right circumstance. (wink wink) Happy Saturday sweetie. Mina

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    1. It's wonderful to have someone to put us "on the couch." And Hugh, well, you know...

      Happy weekend, right back at you, my Mina ;-)

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  15. I go in my garden or walk barefoot in the soil and grass,either one works and if its raining its even better, if I can get to the Ocean I go there....

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    1. My darkness moods, those that arise from sadness, can be only be calmed by nature: soil, wet grass, wind on the trees... So I totally get it ;-)

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  16. I garden, or clean, if it's winter, I shovel snow! LOL!

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    1. At this moment, my hot flashes are saying that shoveling snow sounds really nice!

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  17. Depending on the circumstances I either (1) throw a childish tantrum, (2) clean house, or (3) go for a drive in the woods, take a walk and let Nature sooth me. LOL

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    1. I think, this describes most of us... and some of us might do all of the things at the same time LOL

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  18. Running. Or baking. Never simultaneously. ^^

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    1. Oh! I thought your said running and barking!! LOL

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