Mighty Life List
Jan 4 2011

I’m Avoiding You

Apparently I’m having trouble writing about my teeth. They’re so damn symbolic. Ugh. So! Let’s talk about something else for a minute while I regroup.

This makes me laugh. (via BB-Blog)

This makes me cry.

Tell me what makes you laugh or cry, and that way I can use comments as a reward for getting through the dental post. Ready? Go!

43 Responses to “I’m Avoiding You”

  • Kizz Says:

    Last night I wrote a post about the anniversary of the death of a friend and the writing of it made me cry. So I included a picture at the end of the post where she was being incredibly goody, which made me laugh. Scroll down on this post for that picture, which I think will make you laugh, too: http://tinyurl.com/2ugj4hn

  • Katie Says:

    I’ll get to the laugh/cry, but I want to tell you that the following phrase that you wrote, and I’m probably paraphrasing here, has had a huge impact on me in the last week: my body is an ecosystem.

    I’m going through my own health issues, employing eastern medicine, western medicine and everything in between, but honestly, that sentence gave me SO MUCH CLARITY. It’s all related. All of it. Everything. All the time.

    It’s like seeing this, all of a sudden I have magical powers. Thank you.

  • laurenbgood Says:

    This makes me laugh:

    This makes me cry:
    Watch the youtube, at about 12 seconds in you will love it.

    Bonus: Friday mixtape idea:


  • latenac Says:

    This has been making me laugh –


    esp the part where Alan acts like a little monster after one says Aha!

    As for cry my grandmother is very ill so I’ve been needing the above to not cry lately.

    I did read an interesting article once about fear of dentists and how teeth have always symbolized power (power to chew if nothing else) and thus going to the dentist so often represents a loss of power that that is part of why we’re afraid to go.

  • Erica O'Rourke Says:

    The video of Craig Ferguson and Paula Deen cooking Thanksgiving dinner made me laugh so hard I cried, because apparently I am twelve. Does that count?

  • Erica O'Rourke Says:

    Duh. The link:

  • Megan G. Says:

    I laugh and cry at the same time a day or so before I get my period. My knees go weak, and I collapse in sobs and cackles at the slightest (and patternless – although it is usually over something little, like, I don’t know, losing a pen cap) provocation. I feel crazy while feeling utterly sane; there’s something about shifting hormones that lets in light about the absurdity of life.

    And that’s the story of my period! Good night!

  • smallstatic Says:

    Laugh: The League, cherpumples (WSJ), the article about Sandra Lee’s kwanzaa cake on Salon, Christopher Eigeman movies, the cast of Stella and the Variety Shac

    Cry: recent episodes of Parenthood, weighing the costs of changing my life, the very real possibility I’ll never have a child

  • agirlandaboy Says:

    Watching my dad prepare to have his cat put to sleep–the one he picked from the litter and declared “mine.” That makes me cry. :(

  • Ange Says:

    This made me giddy and happy. Probably because Michael Buble is the most awesomest guy ever.

  • Katie Says:

    Okay, this makes my cry laughing. Does that count? It’s maybe past it’s seasonal appropriateness, and already made its rounds, but ZOMG, funny: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/12/year-kenny-loggins-ruined-christmas.html

  • Joelle Says:

    I got my mom laughing hysterically the other night at something I didn’t think was that funny.

    According to America’s Test Kitchen or Cook’s Illustrated, or whoever, the color of your bread pan makes a difference. I was complaining that my goddamn black non-stick pans were going to get tossed because they over flowed banana bread into banana burnt caramel on the oven floor.

    Which I had just spent 3 hours cleaning. That made me cry.

    She thought it was hysterical that I thought the color of the pans mattered.

    But for real crying? Discovering the new dog, who I’d probably gotten too early after losing the last dog to cancer, was going to have to go through a long, painful and difficult treatment for heartworms.

  • Jen Says:

    What makes me laugh: My 11 year old son learning Tom Lehrer’s Elements song. Or my 6 year old daughter pretending she’s mad. Heck, she can’t even keep a straight face through it.

    What makes me cry: Every time I think about what my 14 year old went through when he was suddenly very sick a few years ago. We are so lucky he’s alive.

  • stephanie Says:

    laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg

    so funny.

    I recently went to the dentist for the first time in five years. (I know, that is horrible.) It resulted in me getting my first dental crown (of the 4 that I need) and I felt such happiness, and relief, that I cried. My teeth had been weighing on me so much that I dreamed about them all the time. I am so curious to read what you have to say about symbolic teeth. So curious!

  • Anna Says:

    Makes me laugh: Drunk History is the best!

    Makes me cry: I recently saw Next to Normal, the Tony award winning musical about a woman who struggles with bi polar. My youngest brother was recently diagnosed. I cried the entire show.

  • Deidre Says:

    Giant pencils make me laugh. I don’t know why.

    animals on the brink of getting hurt or actually getting hurt, I could never watch Lassie

  • dina Says:

    Laugh: Muppets! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZP6TDJj6w0

    Cry: This Bulgarian song, that talks about a girl not going out dancing while her sweetheart is off at war and thinking about her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Quv-qX7yV8

  • Jill Says:

    this makes me laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5apZmwR9UI

    this makes me cry:
    every. damn. time.

  • Elizabeth Says:

    I have spent the last 15 years getting my teeth worked on. I was terrible to my teeth growing up and didn’t listen to anything while I had braces, and ended up with a MAJOR mouthful of problems. I have more crowns than the Queen. I don’t even want to count the rootcanals :(

    I know your fear and your pain (both physical and money) I am finally ALMOST done (only 3 more crowns to go!)

  • Rebecca Says:

    I recently went through my first IVF and blogged about the process. Until we got our negative beta test on 11/3. I didn’t write for my blog again until 1/2 (like, 2 days ago). I totally get the can’t make yourself write about it business. The failed IVF doesn’t make me cry, just annoying. I’m practical about it, because it’s the only thing that makes sense. So, next?

    What makes me laugh? Lots of things. I love the commercial where the plucked chicken, afraid of MSG, hops out of the grocery cart and runs away. Really bad jokes. As in, “Did you hear about the two antennae that got married? The wedding sucked, but the reception was great.”

    What makes me cry? When my church choir sings with orchestral accompaniment. Strings, horns, along with sacred choral music socks me in the gut. Also, thinking about my dad, who passed away 13 years ago this month. I miss him like crazy.

  • Rebecca Says:

    My apologies: it’s a turkey, not a chicken.

  • Anne Says:

    This blog has made me laugh for years and now it is making me cry.


  • Megan G. Says:


    Cry: Beethoven every time.

    (The second movement of the 5th symphony in particular and most specifically 3:44-4:20 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijiHzheK4GQ)

  • Megan G. Says:

    Laugh: The earnest Beethoven vs. Mozart bickering in the comments of the clip above.

  • Notorious MLE Says:

    http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com makes me laugh. So does this awesomeness http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Axzxe1a78E. I won’t bother with what makes me cry, that could be anything from delicious peaches, to stubbing my toe, to any movie/book.

  • Martini Mom Says:

    Cat vs. printer (with translation) cracks me up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSK1D3bZhRs

    And Katie Makkai’s poetry piece, Pretty, makes me cry… but in an “amen, sista!” sort of way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSK1D3bZhRs

  • Jenn Bo Says:

    Cry: reading Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain”

    Laugh: mindless movies with no-so-stellar ratings (“little fockers” “bounty hunter”)

  • Beth Says:

    This old post makes me laugh and cry:


  • Kim M. Says:


    Josh Groban singing Kanye tweets. Tomorrow I am having ANOTHER periodontal treatment. I feel your pain about teeth.

  • Amy Says:

    This makes me laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmF7jnwJoJg

    But then I think about it too much and it makes me cry simultaneously. It was made by some awesome high school kids I know.

  • shannon Says:

    this makes me smile

    this makes me cry

    and this makes me smile/cry

  • Carrie Says:

    This makes me cry, a million times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhsfHNZHo9E DAMN YOU ARGENTINA ZOO!

  • Cindy Says:

    This is dorky, but my husband always seems to make me laugh. We laugh all the time. It’s stupid silly.

    I get sad when I find reminders that my nephew is no longer with us.

  • Laura Says:

    Marc Maron’s WTF podcast makes me laugh most of the time and cry only now and then.

    The Avett Brothers’ song I And Love And You makes me cry when I’m homesick for Brooklyn.

  • Jan Says:

    Okay, proof I suffer from Schadenfreude – it’s probably wrong to laugh at this but it always makes me giggle:

  • Tamera Says:

    My students are constantly making me laugh.

    Little boy: What are testicles? Are those the popsicles they sell in stores to see how well people will buy them?

    Me: That is an excellent question… for your mom and dad to answer! (Laughter ensues after child leaves the room)

  • Kelly Says:

    Watching the Fireworks video the other day, (yes heard song, never the video) made me cry. Big real tears, choked up, cry out of the blue in my livingroom. Nice release, thank you for your perfect cosmic timing!
    Makes me laugh: My younger geeky brilliant male coworkers and their banter and wit. So many fart jokes, so much innuendo and “that’s what she said” — there are days we laugh til we cry.

  • r8chel Says:

    {LAUGH} – “Why I Can’t Make Mom Friends” on Mompetition – http://www.themompetition.com/2010/09/why-i-cant-make-mom-friends.html

    {CRY} – nothing yet today, and I’d like to keep it that way. :)

  • jenG Says:

    (Anne @ #22, thank you for the link. I hadn’t been over there for a while and…yeah, exactly what you said.)

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