Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Back Again.... or Am I?

So.... I inadvertently took a 2 week break from blogging.  I wasn't planning on it, but due to Life, and company, and then more company, well, here we are on November 14.  I thought that I would wake up this morning feeling vigorous and ready to get back to "normal", but instead I find myself saddled with the doldrums. I wanted to plan our meals, replenish the pantry, catch up on the 6 loads of laundry that are piled high, and maybe bake something spicy .... but instead I tidied the guest room, played online, and felt sorry for myself.  It is cold and rainy outside, and my mood matches the weather.

It struck me last night that next week is Thanksgiving.  Next Week!  Where has the year gone?  Where are my Christmas plans?  I haven't even given a thought to the Big Meal.  I'm trying to battle the downward spiral of my Grinchy heart by making a Christmas planner a la eighteen25, but even the time spent cutting and pasting have not relieved the tightness in my chest.  I am hopeful that once I begin to take real action, I will feel less like stapling antlers to mice* and more like Bob Cratchit.... but my budget is looking distinctly Cratchity, and that doesn't help.  I think a day or two of lethargy is in order, and then.... well, then it will be time to shake it off, start stringing up Christmas lights, and blast a little Michael Buble Christmas.  And maybe a homemade Salty Caramel Hot Chocolate will help, too.

What do you do when the Holiday Blues strike?

*This is from Scrooged, one of my many favorite Christmas movies.  I would never condone stapling anything to a mouse.  Glue is much more effective.    


Matt and Erin Pitcher said...

Thanks so much for the advice you gave me regarding painting. I totally followed everything you said like it was the Painting Bible--except doing trim work w/o taping--I am no good in that arena.

Good luck with the holiday festivities coming up. Holidays on a tight budget can be rough. Seriously. I feel like money is tighter now than it ever was during med school!

Anonymous said...

I go through down periods, too... ones that defy explanation. And I hate it when they happen close to holidays. One year I started a gratitude journal where every morning I wrote down 5 things I was thankful for. It helped.

You might also try one of those natural light therapy things...they have them at Costco

Hope you feel better soon