Judging by the responses to my last post, it seems there is/was a general funk spreading throughout the lands.  We simply must eradicate the funk with extreme prejudice.

I’ll be spending the day getting caught up on grading (oh, sophomore lit essays, they made the word “sophomoric” just for you!), but while I’m doing that, maybe you guys can help.  What are your suggestions for ridding the funk?  Do you have a tried-and-true suggestion (or, as my students would write, “trite and true”)? Does it involve whiskey? Shopping? Dogs?  Let everybody know.  Maybe we can all get defunked and back to normal.


  1. Whiskey? Shopping? Dogs? How did you know my remedy? Ugh. I’ve got nothing. Of course, the second I shook a little of my metaphorical funk off, I got the very literal funk in my sinuses and chest. So I am not a good funk-solver this week. Hope others have better ideas…


  2. Dogs are pretty awesome for defunking, definitely! Snuggling, scritches, walks, etc. Also, a good Hitchcock film – something to suck you in completely.

    (Clarabella, don’t apologize for complaining about all your tech issues – they’re legit! My funk doesn’t cancel out yours!)


  3. One remedy for autumnal funks in the PNW.

    Step one: Pumpkin beer.
    Step two: Pumpkin enchiladas.
    Step three: Pumpkin cheesecake.

    Repeat until funk symptoms begin to abate. Consult a doctor if condition does not improve within seven days or in case of extreme bloating.


  4. I would suggest comfort books or comfort movies. My comfort movies are happy, goofy comedies that I’ve seen a million times. Might I recommend The Jerk?


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