Tuesday, January 29, 2013

How to Cheer Up

Disclaimer: This is how I cheer up.  Maybe you have a completely different way of cheering up, but perhaps this could help you on the path to cheerfulness!  All I know is, when I am in a funk, this always does the trick!

When I studied in Ireland, our friends used to make us cups of tea when us poor Americans were too cold and rained-upon to stand the weather any longer.  Very strong tea with milk and copious amounts of sugar.  They called it a mug of skald, which is slang for "tea".  We would drink it while eating biscuits (cookies), and watching "Home and Away", an Australian soap opera that everyone was crazy about, especially the boys.

Ok, reminiscing time is over!  Sorry for the trip down memory lane!  So, when I need to cheer up now, I make a mug of skald.

I brew some very very strong tea (usually Irish Breakfast by Twinings).  Really really squeeze the tea bag before removing it from the tea, so you get that strong flavor.

Add about 1.5 tablespoons of sugar, or more!  This is not one of the healthiest things that I make, but it's definitely one of the tastiest!

Add enough milk to cool the tea down to a reasonable drinking temperature, and stir it all up!  

Once you have your mug of skald made, get on Youtube.com, and search for Dean Martin videos, particularly from the Dean Martin Show.  I recommend starting with Foster Brooks as a drunk airline pilot.  I promise, it is impossible to be downcast or depressed while watching Dean Martin videos.  Try it.  

How do you cheer up??  


  1. I LOVE your mug of skald! It really is perfect for a gloomy day, or just a gloomy mood.
    As of late, I cheer up by eating mint chocolate chip ice cream and watching this video that Summer turned me on to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK8mJJJvaes. I'm a woman obsessed.

  2. Just watched that video--it is so goofy and awesome! I think I have found my new catch phrase :)

  3. Miss Shelton, don't know 'bout the skald...but you have spoken the huge truth when you said, "I promise, it is impossible to be downcast or depressed while watching Dean Martin videos. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool...oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth.
    Know that your reflections are bein' shared this day with all the pallies gathered 'round ilovedinomartin.