A good cry can be great medicine

Most weeks, I shuffle along, get my work done, and feel pretty good about the whole thing. This week, however, I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday. It honestly feels like I’ve done about two weeks worth of work in the past three days, and I’m wiped.

When this happens, I have a surefire solution: sappy movies and hokey crafts.

So, this weekend, I’ll be making fleece dog beds for my car (I want my boys to be warm and comfy on car trips) and decorating my pumpkin for the bookstore contest next week. I’ll also be digging out some of the sappiest movies in my collection, the ones that make me “ugly cry” no matter how many times I watch them. It may be a girl thing, but watching tragic, romantic, painful movies indulges the part of me that’s feeling icky, and usually peps me up for the coming week.

Here are some of my favorites:

• Legends of the Fall: This movie has everything. Sweeping landscapes. Family drama. A gorgeous heroine with perfectly imperfect hair. And, Brad Pitt. The story is gutting and emotional, but so beautifully done. I love it.

• Out of Africa: An oldie but goodie that makes me want to move to Africa and fight off lions with a bullwhip. Plus, young Robert Redford is a can’t-miss.

• The Way We Were: Just thinking of Robert Redford launched me into this wonderful movie, which is universally loved by loud-mouthed, less than gorgeous women everywhere. Anyone who has loved deeply and lost will understand how incredible this movie is. Ahhh, Hubble.

• Jude: This lesser-known Kate Winslet gem is an adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Jude the Obscure, the most painful story ever written. I love Thomas Hardy and this movie is very well done. I cried. A lot.

If you’ve had the sort of week I’ve had and you’re looking to let it all out with a good cry, these are all good places to start. Please post your favorites in the comments section. I’m always looking for new tear-jerkers!