Calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean

Was it Claudia in the Baby Sitter's Club books who once chanted "calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean" to herself during a time of stress? Google is not helping me on this one. Maybe it was when she was being patronised by her brainy sister Janine? The phrase has been in my head for years and popped out at work today when I was about to combust from terror. Tomorrow is my boss's last day before she goes on maternity leave and I'll be doing her job for the next six months or more, so this week I've busy extracting every last bit of information from her in a calm and orderly fashion. This is in sharp contrast to the ranting, pacing, cursing and bursting into tears of December, when I was first getting to grips with the idea of added responsibility. Hooray for progress! Mwahhaha.

Speaking of fear, are any of you lovely UK peeps watching The Brain: A Secret History on BBC Four? Poor Little Albert! If you're curious about what's going on in your noggin it's well worth a look.

Thank you everyone for your kickarse comments on the last entry. Yer all legends 🙂

More on the weekend when the giveaways begin. Woohoo!

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17 thoughts on “Calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean

  1. 6 months’ maternity leave?! Geezus. That would make me want to get knocked up, just for the vacay. Hang in there, though. You’ll kick arse! 😀 P.S. My search for “calm blue ocean” brought up this: link to simpsons.wikia.com

  2. Bloody hell mrs you’ve come a long way from temping to be covering the manager! Just remember all the useful skills you’ll pick up, and it’s a cracking thing to put on your cv! I’d kind of like to hear more about how you’re journey with intuitive eating is going – I’m just setting out but it’s so hard, for example today I ” intuitively” ate a mcdonalds! 🙁 good luck next week and let us know how you get on xxx

  3. I don’t know, but random BSCisms often pop into my head. And I never see the word “decorum” without thinking of Kristy Thomas. Or eat filet mignon without thinking “fill-ut mig-none.”

  4. OHHHH I loved BSC when I was growing up. I’m sorry I can’t help you on the quote but that does sound like something either she or Stacy would say!

  5. Hang in there girlie, I know you can handle it!

    Try repeating “toy boat toy boat toy boat” out loud.

    It doesn’t do anything for calmness, but it’s impossible to say more than a few times without mangling it.

  6. I used to be obsessed with the babysitter’s club!! I think I read them all like 10 times! That said, i can’t answer your question, lol. And yes, poor Little Albert – I can’t imagine how his parents ever consented to that research!!!

  7. Of course!! Lisa’s teacher from the Simpsons!! I use that phrase A LOT! I think Sandra Bullock may also have used it in Miss Congeniality, probably ripped it off the Mighty Simpsons….

    I hope it works for you in the future, good luck!

    Lesley xx

  8. You’ve got this Shauna. I too freak out when I feel a wee bit overwhelmed, but I started reading a book called Bring The Joy by Jen Yost and it’s really helped my inner calm. I also have post-it notes with the words Breathe and Focus all over my office walls. hehehe You gotta do what works for you.
    link to bringonthejoynow.com

  9. I’ve been saying “calm blue ocean, calm blue ocean” forever. I got it from “Honeymoon in Vegas” that movie with Nicholas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker. Nick Cage says it as a way to meditate and control his anger. Funny movie, either way.

  10. Calm blue ocean can help.
    I also like to envisage swearing at or assaulting people who are annoying me. Also making a written (secret) list of people who annoy you and dreaming up creative ideas to get back at them is a good stress buster. (The angry-girl Cilla is BACK!)
    But seriously, I have had many years of whup-arse, being a doctor in a public hospital, and I have learned that you can only do what you can do. This involves calmly plodding through things, finishing one thing before starting another, taking regular breaks (including for lunch) and being assertive. This is really important. And learning to delegate if you can. Maybe something you can talk about with your counsellor.
    If you wanna yap, you have my number. Love ya darls.

  11. I say this too! And while I don’t remember if it came from the Baby Sitter’s Club (which I did indeed read) I am certain it predates The Simpsons… Good luck with the new role, Shauna! You’ll be great.

  12. Have you thought of screaming “Serenity Now!” Costanza style? 😉 But seriously, I’m sure you’ll be great.

  13. Like Isabelle, I always say to myself, “serenity now”
    Picturing Mr. Costanza makes me laugh and that laughter combats the irritation and frustration (sometimes)