Monday, June 13, 2011

Wearing My Cranky Pants

I find myself wearing my cranky pants a lot lately, almost all the time.

I don't know why I do this.  They aren't very comfortable.  They're constricting, showing too many of my flaws.  They are not flattering at all.

And yet, day after day, I wear my cranky pants.

Maybe I've been getting dressed in the dark too often.  I reach for my pants and think I've got the ones I want.  Then later, in the light of day, I find I chose the wrong ones again.  I reached for my comfy pants or my peaceful ones.  But because I was in a hurry and didn't take the time to turn on the light, I ended up miserable.

And I've noticed that when I wear my cranky pants too many days in a row my family starts to think it's the new uniform and they all put on their cranky pants, too.  Before you know it we're one big, cranky family.

I guess I need to find my other pants and keep them closer.  I need to quit going with what's easy and look for what is really best for me and my family.  I need to plan in advance and work to have what I want available.  And most importantly, I need to turn the light on.

And maybe, after I change my wardrobe, I can help my family find their happy pants, too.

Do you know where your happy pants are?

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24 Comments:

Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS!

June 13, 2011 at 4:30 AM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

Ha! I love this! I agree wholeheartedly that it sometimes takes a measured, concerted effort to change something. Biology plays a huge role, and neuropeptides aren't something to disrespect, but our decision and planning DO make a huge difference. I just love the idea that cranky pants are tight and restrictive! Ha!

June 13, 2011 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Well said.
I guess being cranky is a lot habit, like how we choose our favorite pants without thinking on a busy day. I'm at a place right now where I think everything we do is habit and habits can be broken and new ones formed as we move on.
I find I am at my crankiness when my security is threatened in some way--something as simple as the car broke and I don't have the money to fix it.
It sounds like you've turned the light on already.

June 13, 2011 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger SHARM said...

hello I am visiting from SITS... I like this post. Sometimes I feel like waering my cranky pants but the best thing about it that I am aware of it...

June 13, 2011 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Jessica Grosland said...

My happy pants have lip-prints all over them. :)

But my cow-print pants are pretty happy too, I guess...

June 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Beth Zimmerman said...

Great post, Miss Robin! It made me laugh. Mostly because I could relate far too well. Also because it's very well written!

Thanks for visiting me on my SITS Day! I'll be back! :)

June 13, 2011 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Yarell said...

i'm not entirely sure that my kids (the teenagers at least) even own a decent pair of happy pants anymore.

June 13, 2011 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger MaggieJo said...

My cranky pants seem to be more stretchy than restricting.

June 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Leah said...

I can relate! Sometimes no matter what clothes I set out to wear, the cranky pants always come out. Let me know if you find your happy pants.

June 14, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Urban Gypsy said...

I have no idea where my happy pants are....my cranky pants however are getting pretty worn out! :)

June 15, 2011 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

i end up wearing my cranky pants more than i want to... but as soon as i notice i do what i can to change.... bleh

June 22, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Life with Kaishon said...

I know JUST what you mean : )

June 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

my problem doesn't seem to be cranky pants, but rather my lazy pants. Just popping in from SITS!

June 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Everyday Mama said...

Stopping in from SITS and I totally agree -- I need to find my Happy Pants...it's summer after all!

June 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger KrisD Mauga said...

Luv it! Great post! Thanks for posting on my SITS day! I was out of town during the feature and couldn't even blog about it! So thanks again! I luv your blog!

June 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Mama Bub said...

Oh, I'm in my cranky pants entirely too often. Sometimes I just have to force myself to look at all of the little things that make me happy, but I think my default setting is cranky.

June 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Everyday Mom Ideas said...

Verry creative! I have those phases as well. Im going to have to start using this phrase.

Also I wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. It was really nice.

June 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Saretta said...

Now what you're saying...sometimes I feel like I have a whole cranky wetsuit on! Good luck with finding a happy hat!

Visiting from SITS!

July 5, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Fabulous post! It made me giggle and think oooh this is good! I'm following your blog and want to thank you for coming over to mine and commenting on my post "Not Guilty" @ Her Cup Runs Over.

Thanks again!
Shannon

July 6, 2011 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Aleta said...

I'm married to a husband who only wears happy pants (doesn't that sound naughty though?)... but it's true, he's one of the happiest people I know :) The only time it doesn't rub off on me is early in the morning... I'm just not a morning person.

Visiting from SITS :)

July 8, 2011 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger mangiabella said...

sigh....boy can I relate to the cranky pants, I'm certainly cranky today, and I most definitely have been wearing those cranky pants quite often lately. Maybe being pregnant in my late 30's with baby #3 while caring for a 3 year old and a 1 year old in the blistering summer New Mexican heat while enduring low energy levels, low iron levels, and contractions that are too early to happen has something to with it...sometimes I think I just need a little rest and that would really make a huge difference. Nonetheless, reading your post today really made me smile, it made me feel a little relieved too, that perhaps I wasn't the only one with cranky pants syndrome...but I earnestly desire to put those happy pants on...working on that change of attitude right this very moment...thanks :) visiting from SITS

July 8, 2011 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger trininista said...

I totally believe that habits can be broken and recognising that goes a long way. Thanks for visiting me on my SITS Day.

July 8, 2011 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Snuggly Monkey mama said...

Stopping by from SITS - I love this post. And boy can I relate! I struggle with the cranky pants uniform and even though I try my best to put on the happy pants in the morning, I always seem to find myself in the cranky pants by late afternoon. They are like those ratty, old college gym shorts that you should have thrown away years ago, but somehow always end up back on... Great post!

July 11, 2011 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Ugh, I think at some point in my sleep I had my cranky pants sprayed on permanently...

July 20, 2011 at 1:02 PM  

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