Slice of Life: Instant Bad Mood

slice of life

This was my morning.

In a perfectly good mood.

Sitting at the coffee shop, skimming Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s wonderful book, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, looking for excerpts to share in my Composition class this afternoon. Take a break to check email and find a link to the Grade Report for my fantasy football draft. Feeling very good about my draft yesterday. It went exactly–EXACTLY–according to plan. Running backs in four of the first five drafts. A much better QB than I was counting on. Postponed wide-out on purpose and targeted older players who aren’t getting much love in fantasy drafts: Steve Smith, Greg Jennings. Decide to click on the Grade Report. See that Yahoo graded me at a B.

Instant bad mood.

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With thanks to Amy Krouse Rosenthal for the inspiration and format.






20 responses to “Slice of Life: Instant Bad Mood”

  1. LInda Baie (@LBaie) Avatar

    Since I’ve never played, & know little of what you speak, I re-read, & then read Amy’s too. I read that book a couple of years ago & didn’t remember that part. Funny & awful all at the same time! A click & the emotions roll in! Happens even faster (it seems) with adolescents!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Ha! I am not sure that what I wrote is very comprehensible to non-football fans! There is so much in Amy’s book. I meant to just skim a few pages for excerpts to share and ended up reading far more because it’s so fun to dip into.

  2. Stacey Shubitz Avatar

    Neat format, indeed!

    My day almost changed to a bad mood day in an instant this morning. I cannot remember what it was that went wrong (or how it went back), but I’m thankful my day was saved.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Isn’t it so silly how very small things can affect our moods so strongly? I can have very large things go wrong and not bat an idea and then get very cranky about all kinds of things that don’t matter!

  3. elsie Avatar

    A true slice of life as the emotions fluctuate with the happenings around us. Good luck with your football.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you! My plan is to crush and destroy!

  4. Tara Smith Avatar

    Great idea for a slice (I loved that book!). Too bad about the grade, though…..

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I don’t tolerate B’s very well. (Said this perfectionist.) I love Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life–I’ve read it a couple of times but not recently so perhaps a reread is in order!

  5. Juliana Ellington Avatar

    What does yahoo know?? You have been a winner your whole life–oh, wait, this is not the time for a “mother-defense”, lol. You actually have been a winner with your fantasy football teams in the past, so just ignore yahoo.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Thank you, Mom! I have never placed below 3rd in the league, and that was just once. The other years have always been #1 or #2. I have a reputation to uphold!

  6. readingtothecore Avatar

    Like Linda, I don’t follow football or have any idea how fantasy leagues work, but love Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s other work, so I’m intrigued by this book. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Definitely look for a copy. It’s a most unusual autobiography and a terrific mentor text for students, though teachers do have to be choosy with selections since it’s written for grown-ups.

  7. Beth Avatar

    Love the Krause text as a mentor text for writing…thanks for the sharing!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Isn’t it a terrific mentor text? I am looking forward to sharing it with my students tomorrow.

  8. Michelle @litlearningzone Avatar

    What fun! Instant good mood reading this slice! And what does Yahoo really know about fantasy football? Aren’t we trying to get away from grades? Just forget about it and snatch that good mood back! You’ll get an A for that! 🙂

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      You’re right, Michelle! Who needs grades?! I like to have a few of my classes self-grade, and I self-grade with an A+!

  9. jarhartz Avatar

    Instant bad mood! So funny. Is there an antidote? Maybe reading some slices. I want that book. Thanks for the tip.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      That’s what we need: antidotes to the instant bad mood! (I cured mine with sweets and coffee!) You won’t regret getting the Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Creative, clever, amusing, and poignant.

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