UNIT 4 Feelings
Yesterday I got up on the wrong side of the bed. I’d been feeling down in the dumps since I
quit my job.
At first, I enjoyed advertising. I worked hard and I loved it. Then I changed companies.
My new boss began to drive me up the wall. She was always blowing hot and cold about my
project proposals. One minute she was positive. The next minute she wasn’t interested. I was on
edge all the time. It was time for something new. My heart just wasn’t in it anymore. So I quit and applied to work overseas as a volunteer.
After breakfast I went to check the mail. There was a big envelope on the floor. That was a
sight for sore eyes! I opened it.
I got a job in Africa! I’m going to teach in Africa for two years! Suddenly, I was walking on
Get up on the wrong side of (the) bed: to start the day feeling unhappy or uncomfortable Down in the dumps: feeling unhappy
Feeling happy or good:
Over the moon, / walking on air: to be very happy
Pick you up: to make you feel happier
Be swept away, / be carried away (by something): to feel very enthusiastic or emotional A sight for sore eyes: something that you are happy to see
Whatever floats your boat: to do whatever makes you happy (sometimes sarcastic)
Have a lump in your throat, / get choked up: to feel very emotional
Cool down. / cool off: to stop feeling angry or emotional
Blow hot and cold: to be positive sometimes and sometimes negative Your heart isn’t in something: you aren’t interested in or excited about it On edge: nervous or worried
Out of sorts: in a bad mood
Up in arms: very angry
Touch a (raw) nerve, / hit a (raw) nerve: to cause an emotional reaction Drive someone up the wall: to make someone very unhappy, angry, or anxious
Write about a time when something was a sight for sore eyes for you.