How to Depress Yourself in 90 Minutes

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately. If I work from home, generally I stream a movie in the background so I don’t have to listen to Pants dig in her litter box all day. The only catch is, I have to watch something that hubs doesn’t want to watch. If one of us watches something alone that the other wants to see, the non-watcher is instantly not interested in watching that thing anymore. I can’t explain it. It’s just what happens. That basically leaves me with two kinds of movies to watch: depressing dramas and depressing romances.

First I watched Young Adult. (I think Charlize has Bitchy Resting Face there. < — Clicking that link is worth it, trust me.)

I actually heard this one was a comedy. It is not a comedy. Charlize’s character is so sadly pathetic, it was hard to even watch, but somehow I powered through because I was hoping for a happy ending. Didn’t get it.

So after the movie was over, I was sufficiently depressed but oddly feeling good that at least I wasn’t a delusional alcoholic trying to break up the marriage of my high school boyfriend.

I needed a little pick-me-up, so I decided to watch Blue Valentine. (Spoiler: It didn’t pick me up.)

I read good things about this movie awhile back so I’ve been wanting to see it. Plus, it’s a love story. It stays it right there on the poster. And, the V in Valentine is a heart! If that doesn’t say happiness, I don’t know what does. Ok, I guess the “Blue” in the title doesn’t but I didn’t think that part through.

I was completely depressed and stressed out for two days over this movie. My God. Ridiculous. It was all I could think about. I’m not even a big Ryan Gosling fan but why would someone do that to him? WHY!

I was so bothered by it that I had to get “grief counseling” from my co-worker. Grief counseling about fictional characters. (This is my life.) I don’t know why I even try watching dramas and romances anymore. I’m way too emotional about it. It took me five years to get over the ending to Beaches, I should have learned by now.

Luckily, I was cheered up last night when hubs and I went to see This is the End. For the love, go see that movie. It is so, so funny. It’s worth it just for Michael Cera alone.


I just realized we have less than a month before Google Reader goes away. I’ve tried out Feedly (dislike) and Bloglovin (not bad) but I’m still using GReader for all my blogs because I fear change. I think I’m going to go with Bloglovin at the end of the month. What are you all using now?


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35 responses to “How to Depress Yourself in 90 Minutes

  1. I hate all the things that are not Reader.

    Thank you for the non-recommendation. I will NOT have to watch Blue Valentine. Just stick to Veronica Mars reruns. And the Before movies. Those are always good.

    • Paula

      Yes, do stick to Veronica Mars reruns so you will be sufficiently prepared for the movie…which starts filming Monday!

  2. Jim

    Man I loved Young Adult. Definitely not the happiest movie ever made, that is for sure. You and FF have convinced me to go see This is The End, so I’m holding you accountable if it isn’t a laugh riot.

    • Paula

      I am willing to take that chance. Perhaps I will buy you a beer if you hate it, which you won’t. You’ll love it so much, you’ll want to buy ME a beer for recommending it.

  3. Oh God, Blue Valentine. I had successfully blocked that movie from my brain but it all just came flooding back… Thank you for that.

    I’m still using Google reader. I was planning on switching to Feedly, but am now second guessing that after your glowing recommendation. I’m sad that Google Reader is leaving.

    And now I would be completely depressed…if it wasn’t for Michael Cera’s bright shining face!

  4. I’m using Feedly. What do you not like about it? If you tweak the settings, you can get it to look pretty similar to GR. And the Android app is much better than GR, in my opinion. Stop being a hater 😉

  5. Ron

    I don’t always comment on your blog (BUY GUCCI PURSES 75% OFF) but I feel obligated to after hearing you talk about Blue Valentine at work for a week straight. I cried a river of tears for Ryan Gosling. Hopefully, this post, and my subsequent commenting, will give me closure.

  6. Autumn

    I hate that GR is going away. Maybe I need to give Bloglovin’ more of a chance, because I haven’t been too impressed with it. Whomp whomp.

  7. I’m going with Feedly because I feel its the closest to reader. I need the list feature.

    I actually liked Blue Valentine. I think it was because I was in one of those moods and so the movie made me realize…like not all love stories are happy endings, you know? But it doesn’t mean that the relationship can’t be valued for what it was and how it affected you.

  8. Megan

    I am still in serious, serious denial that Google Reader is going away. I have a feeling I’m going to wake up on July 1st and have a nervous breakdown. It’s not going to be pretty.

  9. I use Feedly, I like it better than GR now that I’m used to it. Thanks for the heads up on the movies, this is why Netflix cannot be trusted.

  10. Blue Valentine put me into the coma of sadness too. Depressing stuff.

  11. Feedly has updated their “looks” so it’s pretty much exactly like Greader now – but BETTER. You should try it again.

  12. Ali

    Holy crap this post is helpful. Both of those movies have been in my queue for months now and I just haven’t been in the mood. Now, I will delete.

    UNLESS you recommend keeping Blue Valentine on reserve for those times when you “just need a good cry.” Beaches is what I watch when I need help getting a good one out. This is usually once every couple of years… (I’m sure it doesn’t at alllllll coincide with when I change birth controls)… Vince flees – literally flees – the house when it’s on and I weep. If I can’t get quick access to Beaches, Stepmom is a good back-up. Sounds like Blue Valentine may be on the shortlist for sobfest 2014.

    Re: Bitchy Resting Face. I cannot even handle how awesome that was. Please prepare for me to share it on all social networks. I will try to give you appropriate credit.

    As for GReader: I embraced Feedly but it’s really strange how settings I change on my work computer don’t synch up on my personal computer… strange, and ridiculously annoying….

    • Paula

      Oh yeah, keep Blue Valentine for Sobfest 2014. I really liked it but man, it kills you emotionally. The acting was amazing like whoah and the little girl in it was omgadorable.

      I watched Bitchy Resting Face and thought, “crap, I think I have that.” haha. And please share it on all social networks. People need to be made aware of the problem.

  13. Jenny

    I started using Feedly a while back but didn’t like it. I switched to Bloglovin’ and liked it but they recently changed their android app and I liked the old version better. I’m never happy. 😉

  14. Lee

    I thought Young Adult was awful. And I’m still using Google Reader too. I hate change.

  15. I’ve not watched Blue Valentine because I didn’t want to get depressed and you’ve just reinforced that belief!

    I subscribe to blogs via email for the most part as I prefer to read through each entry and have it in my inbox reminding me to read it.

  16. Amber K

    I hate depressing movies. I forced myself to get through Young Adult and after seeing the previews for Blue Valentine knew I could never watch it. I need comedy in my life!

  17. Liz

    I switched to Feedly a while ago. I hated it at first but it’s grown on me. The iPhone app is really slick (and I saw a comment above the android version is good too). Changing the default view from “Cards view” to pretty much anything else is very helpful. I don’t use pinterest or some of the other services so I had to dig around in the settings to get those turned off too.
    Once I got everything just so, it really started to grow on me.

  18. Ugh, I was so disappointed with Young Adult. I am dying to see This is the End! I have the same humor as a 14 year old boy, so I feel like that’s the perfect movie for me. Oh, and I’m using Feedly. I’d actually tried it once before all this nonsense with GR, but it grew on me once I knew I had to use it. I do really like the iPhone app.

  19. I do the same thing, streaming Netflix while working at home. Right now I’m rewatching Felicity. I have not watched either of those movies you mentioned and I think I’ll stay away 🙂 I’m going to be one of those people switching blog readers at the last second, I just don’t like to let things go…. and I procrastinate.

  20. Verlin

    “5 years to get over the ending of Beaches”. I forgot all about that movie. Thanks for reminding me. I saw it at an early show, sobbed in my seat when it was over, finally had to leave the theatre so they could mop up my tears before the late show, and ugly-sobbed my way through the lobby … only to run into approximately 87 people I knew, 86 of whom I hadn’t seen in years.

  21. I’ve been seeing that Charlize Therone movie pop up as a sugestion a lot lately. Thanks for the feedback, I’ll continue to skip it.

    I want to see “This is the End” so bad! I can’t wait!

  22. Julie16750

    I can totally relate to your ‘spousal movie watching’ rule, it’s the same at my house. I just re-watched Blue Valentine. I love that movie, so depressing. You definitely need to be in the mood for it. Young Adult is on my list of movies to watch too. Hope it’s equally depressing. Have you seen Hysterical Blindness?
    I’m still using Google Reader, I’m in denial that it’s going away.

    • Paula

      No, I haven’t! Is that another depressing one I should add to my list when I’m feeling too happy?

      • Julie16750

        Yeah, the characters are pathetic but it’s set in the 80s in New Jersey so it’s pretty awesome. Uma Thurman & Juliette Lewis are in it.
        Watched Young Adult this morning, I liked it. I actually liked seeing pretty Charlize Theron being so pathetic. Patton Oswalt was great in it.

  23. Ananda

    We actually started watching Blue Valentine and it become so stressful that I had to turn it off, so I’m not sure what happened to him and I don’t want to know!
    I fear change too and I’m sad about Google Reader going away so my plan is to use The Old Reader because it looks EXACTLY like GR to me.

    • Paula

      Whoah, I haven’t even heard of The Old Reader. I just Googled and I’m gonna check it out!

      • Ananda

        Well, I thought I liked it but I just tried to use it and I can’t figure it out now. I don’t know what changed…. the list of blogs over on the left hand side is gone and I don’t know how to get it back. So I guess The Old Reader sucks too, sorry

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