Can watermelon drag me out of the doldrums? 9


I’m in a ‘meh’ mood as Amy Ruttan calls it – I love that word, I hadn’t heard it before I met her but it so describes the feeling I’ve been in this week. I’ve read a few blogs and had a few emails from other people who are feeling the same so it’s not just me. Maybe we can blame the moon. I know there’s a bit more to it than that for me, but it’s easier to blame the lunar influence.

Sam’s story has stalled a bit – I realized the story had taken a wrong direction and cut almost 14K from it and have spent the last couple weeks wrestling it back along the right path. The remaining scenes are sketched out and now it’s a matter of filling in the rest so I’m on the home stretch.

Yet still I’m meh. So I’ve taken a couple days just to fiddle around with other things. Other than reading a ton, I designed a new icon/avatar thingy for here and over on the Romance Diva’s forum, and I’ve been working with Rae Monet designing a business card and driving her crazy, I’m sure. I finally got them ordered while wondering why I was bothering. (Did I mention I’m feeling meh?)

Knowing I was feeling down, Gizmo Guy suggested we go grocery shopping and buy a watermelon. Or two. Why? Well, apparently he read this article that watermelon contains viagra-like effects.

“Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. “Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.”

Of course most of the ingredient – arginine – is contained in the rind, but you can get enough in the flesh. If you eat six cupfuls. But I’m willing to humor him – the article says there’s more of this Arginine in the yellow-fleshed watermelons. So it looks like we’re going to the farmers’ market this weekend …


9 thoughts on “Can watermelon drag me out of the doldrums?

  • Wylie Kinson

    Sorry you’re feeling ‘meh’ Leah. You know what cheered me up today? Seeing that the iPhone was coming to Canada on July 11th. I can’t wait!! Cause I’m getting one *squee*
    Find something that makes you smile and hang on to it 😀

  • Amy Ruttan

    Wylie you are too funny. Susan, I spewed my coffee across the screen.

    Ahhh Leah, we talked last night. Hugs. I get the Meh’s all the time. The Pleh’s are worse.

    Okay, seriously I need some Amy speak dictionary. hehehe.

    Mmm watermelon. I also heard that watermelon curbs morning sickness. I believe that, because when I was sick with Boo (didn’t have it with Sumo), watermelon anything calmed my tummy. I took to sucking watermelon candies.

  • Leah Braemel

    Susan – I don’t care what induces one, LOL! Hmm, that’s probably TMI.

    Wylie – I was reading about that but a lot of people are complaining about the price – Rogers isn’t giving you much download time so they’ll be able to charge even more if you go over your limit.

    Amy – yes, an Amy-speak dictionary would be very interesting. Watermelon worked for your morning sickness, huh? For me it was grapes. Wonder if the scientists have looked into either fruit for those properties. I know they say ginger is supposed to soothe nausea.

  • Dani

    Leah, I’m sorry you’re having a ‘meh’ day. If it’s nice outside, maybe spend some time at a park. Something about being outdoors can kick start those anti ‘meh’ feelings.

    Watermelon induced hard on? I love it! Thanks Susan!

    And I’ll have you know that absolutely NOTHING worked on my morning, noon, and night sickness for the ENTIRE, yes entire, pregnancy.

    I’m so jealous of those that had pleasant pregnancies. 🙂

    Wylie, my sis has the iPhone and she really likes it. She uses it a ton for work. I still refuse to check emails on my phone. So the iPhone would be wasted on me. Have fun with yours!

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    We have worlds of watermelon down here so of course we get them often. The good news is you’ll be up all night anyway because the watermelon is worse than drinking a lot of water.

    Odd, I’ve never noticed this ‘side-effect’ you mentioned but it would be worth re-testing.

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    Wait a minute, does viagra drag somebody out of the doldrums? Or is it the activity, er, research invoked by the drug?

    This sounds like a man’s idea of helping. lol

  • Leah Braemel

    Marley – it’s the activity, um, I mean research that’ll drag me out of the doldrums *VBG*

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