Monday, January 14, 2013

The Irrational Fit of Rage










You know those days where you find yourself in an irrational fit of rage equalled only by the enormity of a pulsating pimple on your chin?

No?

Just me then.

On such days there is only one thing to be done. Turn the music up and sweat it out.

With Roxette as my shameless soundtrack I scrubbed the house from top to toe. Harmonies, melodies - it's all the same to me,* I screeched away at the top of my voice while wiping clean every dusty surface, every crusty milk splatter and every last hint of wee residue on the bathroom floor.

It was energising and renewing.

The pimple remains but my floors are now clean and these days, lets be honest - clean floors trump a clean face any day of the week.


I hope you got to wipe up wee today too.


Just out of interest, should you one day experience an irrational fit of rage, what would your soundtrack be (i feel a good 1980's- 90's share fest coming on)?


*your talking to the woman who's husband asked her not to sing lullabies to her babies lest she teach them to sing out of tune.


74 comments:

  1. I'm all for a hormonal fit of rage - my only excuse is Aunt Flo (have I told you that I actually have an Aunt - a Great Aunt - whose name is really truly Flo?)

    I must be in for a doozy in a week or two because I'm sporting two pimples - big ones. One on my face (sigh) and one in the lower-middle of my back! (Urgh!)

    Oh the joys of womanhood, hey? :(

    {I don't listen to music when I'm angry, it makes me remember later on that I was angry when I heard that song, so I wait, or walk it out and then try something soothing.}

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    1. Oh, and if an irrational fit of rage results in such great photos - then all the better I think! :)

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  2. I wish that's what I did in a fit of rage! I usually just go for a walk! If the rage remains, fancy doing another house? Or one room? No wee, I promise.

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    1. ahahha thanks for the offer Vanessa but tell me, how do you manage to have no wee?

      ;)

      xo em

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  3. I wish I had the energy to conjure up a fit of rage.

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  4. I've been known to do such things when I'm in a frenzy! ha ha....and I have a few pimples that could easily compete with yours at the moment. Post pregnancy thing I'm hoping. Just lovely x

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  5. It must have been love!
    But it is all over now.

    And now I am shrilly screeching...I love Roxette!
    And why do the pimples always appear on the chin? I still have a mark from one pregnancy pimple...that thing was a monster.

    Anyway, glad that your house is clean...that is always the best feeling...I hope you got to enjoy it for a moment or two as well!

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    1. Pimples on the chin are related to the ovaries.

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    2. I shrilly screeching with you my friend!

      she said 'hello, you fool, I love you'

      xo em

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  6. That is the most productive fit of rage I've ever seen.
    Actually, I can empathise. Often when I have my meltdowns, I like to knuckle down, declutter, throw things out and re-organise every nook and cranny in our house...
    LOVE the look of that cake - send me some pls!
    Ronnie xo

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  7. wow, your home looks utterly gorgeous, such constructive rage, i am impressed, oh yeah and cake too!
    when I need cleaning music, i usually shuffle the ipod until something inspires me and then I hang onto that. Never know if it will be The Cure, The Clouds, Doris Day, Cyndi Lauper, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros or something as random.xx

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  8. My soundtrack is usually Pink.. OR Rage against the machine. Pink if I want to sing (yell) along.. Rage if I just want to be full of rage inside my head without my horrible singing.

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  9. Love those pics - Orla canisters, Whitely book, pretty linens - so much eye candy!! Wish I could achieve so much during my irrational fits of rage. Hoping to work on less fits of rage this year and more productive use of time, so thanks for the reminder, must go clean wee off bathroom floor now, with 2 little boys it's ever present!

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    1. why must boys ALWAYS wee next to the toilet?

      xo em

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  10. Em you have such a lovely home! And I love Roxette! I had two older sisters throughout the 80's and I remember going through and playing all of their cassette's while they were out at work - I think my fit of rage sountrack would have to be Madonna - hands down! Like a Prayer baby!

    Sophie xo

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  11. My soundtrack is Bon Jovi - New Jersey, Gins n Roses - Appetite For Descruction. Or if I feel like moving into the next decade it's Hole or Nirvana. Something screamie like that!

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  12. I'm with natasha - bon jovi all the way. or the spice girls. just thinking of geri in all those sparkly union jack tops (she thought they were dresses) instantly makes me happier. the irrational fit of rage was totally worth the production of that beautiful cake! hope tomorrow is a better one x

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    1. thanks lady.

      You know, i'm with you both. Whilst scrubbing the floors I CRAVED bon jovi but alas, my cd's are long gone. My love remains though ;)

      xo em

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    2. Spotify lady - get on it! any music at your fingertips. x

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  13. My husband knows I'm in a foul mood when I'm cleaning like mad and I hate to admit it because it is so painfully uncool but I crank up the soundtrack to the movie Amelie - Melissa

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    1. thats perfect cleaning music! sometimes I also do data analysis (ie menial excel spreadsheet work) to it. It definitely makes me go fast!

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  14. Oh lovely...rage and nesting powerful house cleaning combo...me I love blasting some Pink..or on the weekend just crank up Rage on the tele and scrub away xx

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  15. alanis morrisette. hands down. she's the best for an angry cleaning fest. x

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  16. Foo Fighters, some of their heavier stuff so I can just SCREAM. I have been completely irrational today, perhaps I should have just done that instead of being near people, it did not end well.

    Your house. All kinds of awesome, Em.
    xo

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  17. I read your post title and then scrolled through the photos thinking there's no rage here..and then it all made sense, they were after .. My not guilty pleasures are westlife-when you're looking like that, macklemore-thrift shop, Mariah Carey singing o holy night and anything by journey especially don't stop believing

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    1. Ah posted too soon. You basically described my weekend, I even hummed to the vacuum cleaner whilst doing the stairs! X

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  18. Two words....Cold Chisel......thank you and goodniiiigghhht! X

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  19. Your place looks absolutely stunning Em, irrational fit of rage all completely worth it by the looks of things. Oh how I love Roxette, I have the best of CD, haven't listened to it in years, but am now feeling very inspired to do so :) xo

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  20. I wish my irrational fits of rage resulted in the above! I usually have to sit myself down, do some calm breathing and count to 10, lest I begin smashing plates and throwing shit around. My best cleaning/organising/purging/general-nest-feathering occurs when I'm at the opposite end of the emotional scale. However, I do enjoy a backing track to my outbursts...more often than not it's Madonna or Pink, or if I can't be bothered, something random that I can sing at the top of my lungs.

    May this week be filled with cake, colour and clean (pee-free) floors!

    Sar xx

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  21. I'd have to go with Alanis Morrisette for some rage filled cleaning! Or Madonna.

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  22. Tahnee's comment about Geri is hilarious!

    Feel free to come and have a little fit of rage cleaning spree here if you like? If not I might just to have one of my own tomorrow, I'm thinking I'll be listening to something more like The Counting Crows or The cure or if I'm really in a foul mood maybe Nirvana.

    Your place looks divine. I love that feeling when everything is SO clean. So rewarding.

    xo

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  23. Forget about the man, we're washing the rage outta our heads. I would feel more excited for you except that I know that that beautiful home will be trashed within minutes in the morning. Ah well, enjoy it all night long, Em. All night, all night loooong... x

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  24. I said hello - you fool, I love you. Come join the joyriiiiiiide.

    Your house is fabulous and beautiful. And clean, my goodness. I want to eat all your cake and sleep in your bed.

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  25. oh i have been there. i always go for old depeche mode. can't go wrong. lovely home you have Em

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  26. emily, your home is beautiful!

    i would have to say some janes addiction for the rage tunes.

    xoxo

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  27. What a beautiful
    Post and such a beautiful home you have! Adore your photos!!!
    Are we still on for a guest post on managing it all? I hope so. I so adore your blog!!! Let mw know:)

    Hanna
    www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com
    hanna.villarrubia@gmail.com

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  28. My husband knows that I am really, truly angry about something if I clean. I don't usually listen to music, but I do sing. Often something show-tune related.

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  29. Oh I hate those days, but I'm the same way, cleaning usually helps me calm down a bit! Beautiful pictures by the way, your home is gorgeous!

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  30. Such pretty photos for the title of this post... ha! I know how you feel, though - I need to give our home a good sparkle.

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  31. I don't clean when I'm mad, wish I did-- I take long walks or go into the bathroom, turn on the bathwater and have a good yell or cry... I usually go into a rage whilst having to clean hahaha...your way is much more productive. I adore all the colors in your yummy home!

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  32. How BEAUTIFUL is your home!!! Makes me want to clean NOW. Xx

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  33. Hendrix. I am also an angry cleaner. AND NOBODY TOUCH ANYTHING I JUST CLEANED!! No you can't sit there. Or there. Just, go outside. (your lovely lovely place has inspired me to a. clean, and b. go op shopping) have a happy wee-free day. I got me some weesheets to wash. :)sarah

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  34. Mumford and Sons are my faves at the moment - so now, though. If I was to go for the 80's I'd go for Aussie Crawl or Your The Voice [Johnny, my love}. I was mad for John Farnham in high school. Your home is delightful, Em. just gorgeous!!! Feel like being a Guest Nester for my blog this year? wink, wink, nudge, nudge:)

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  35. Ah Roxette. Might have to add that one to my list. Haven't listened to them in years. I think Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are good to clean to, you can sing along but they have a wee bit grunt to them too.

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  36. Aw man, I know all about zitties - I think they cause my irrational rage! I'll remember your strategy next time. PS your house is beautiful!

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  37. I love irrational rage- especially directed at the right target. The house deserved that cleaning- asshole house.
    My music for those moods- angry appropriate- hole, a little Courtney is good for bringing my teenage grunge girl back to the surface (now there's a moody creature). But I also had a friend introduce me to stevie wonders "we can work it out" then just dance the grumps out. Soul soothing stuff- trust me!
    Love your posts and the truth they hold, em.
    Xx Ashley

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  38. Not. Just. You.
    I confess - As a teen I cleaned to Mariah Carey's Music Box...
    These days it's pretty much anything from the 80's or 90's that takes my fancy. And at the end of it all I feel GREAT! (If not a little grimy and sweaty).

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  39. Man, you should get irrationally rage-filled more often!

    ... Look at the flipping sparkle!

    For me, it's been Mumford & Sons lately. It's kinda like they've been playing the soundtrack to my life :)

    x

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  40. This is totally me! When I get mad, I clean too! Depending on what is making me mad, it's usually Sarah McLachlan Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Or anything Pearl Jam works too! Really anything you can sing to works.

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  41. My soundtrack when I'm angry is always late 90,s/early 2000's emo rock, like Linkin Park and My Chemical Romance. Then I can scream and shout and rail on at whoever the songs are about, rather than flip my lid at real life people!

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  42. Oh yes, music helps me too & Fleetwood Mac is my favourite choice. I'm really loving all the colour in your house - so uplifting!
    And by the way.........i really HOPE i don't have to clean up wee today!

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  43. Oddly I go for calming soothing toons when the rage bubbles up - Eddie Vedders' Ukelele Album always helps. The pimple - a pregnancy bonus - along with the fat ankles, the heartburn and the back ache (soooooo good to get a baby out of all of it don't you think?) I want to give a you great big back slap (or perhaps a high five will do) for even attempting to clean your house in a state of rage... I must try it sometime. PS - Roxette rules.

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  44. LOVE that clown pillow. Kellie xx

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  45. I go back to my pathetic days of raving like a loony and connect with my brother by thinking of him MC'ing along to some dirty drum n bass.. right thats it.. I have a Thomas backdrop to make for a party table and I am going to be doing it to the junglist massive!

    Put your hands up in the air people!

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  46. Usually cleaning frenzies are helped along by Madonna's Greatest Hits..or 90s Soundgarden or similar..

    Nothing like a clean floor...how I get my kicks these days...

    House is looking gorgeous! Which room did you put the mirror with the green glass panels I wonder??

    Alison x

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  47. I'm feeling comforted by all the admissions of rage- we are all so human. I can't go by NIN With Teeth for shifting heavy stuff out (although on headphones if the children are present), and then for some reason Tori Amos's cornflake girl makes it all okay again. And then if I need a big cry right from my heart I'll move on to Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, especially with Sarah Blasko. Ah, feeling better already.

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  48. Your house is beautiful. So many sweet colourful pieces . Now you make me want to clean and take photos of my house. If only it could look as half as good as this!

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  49. your house, sigh, you decorate so beautifully! I had one of these rages on the weekend too. Johnny took the kids to his Mums, so I cleaned - who am I??!! My soundtracks were Calvin Harris (uh huh!) followed by the sweet sounds of Fleetwood Mac.

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  50. I love this - with 3 boys in the house i swear i spend everyday wiping up wee! You have inspired me to go and scrub my shelves though!

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  51. Your house is really lovely, so full of light and pops of colour and pattern. Sometimes it's so therapeautic to have a massive clean. I too have those rages. Roxette - love them! For me, any power ballad would do nicely. Or Madonna, The Immaculate Collection.

    Gillian x

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  52. Such a wonderful bedroom! I should get a rage fit so that I could get my house cleaned :)

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  53. Ha! You're not the only one Em. I find Lenny Kravitz's Are You Gonna Go My Way played extremely loudly cures most ills.

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  54. Sometimes I think I am all alone when I feel this way! Sadly I don't use the energy well to clean... part of it may be because I am halfway through moving into a new home, out of the city (thank goodness!). Your home is lovely and an inspiration for details that make a house a home.

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  55. KC and the sunshine band - baby give it up. On repeat. One particularly bad day I put it on to distract me from the screams of my overtired, refusing to sleep baby and he instantly "gave it up" and fell asleep. (hasn't worked since though ;) )

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  56. I'm listening to my 3yo pee on the floor as we speak... he is standing at the toilet.
    I better crank up some rage as that is the only motivation I have these days for cleaning . . . or yeah and rental inspections which was yesterday.... I turn on the music after the cleaning as there's usually enough noise in my head to move me... if I listen to music I might just stop and then do just that, listen. Your house looks so lovely and indeed fruity. xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em