Monday, 21 January 2019

Blue Monday, Yellow Daffodils ...

So today is Blue Monday, that is, the day in the month where we are all feeling yuck and poor, we want to ditch all our New Years resolutions and eat, drink, smoke and wave bye-bye to our new gym subscriptions because it's all Just Too Hard in January!  Hats off to anyone doing Dry January, keep going only 10 more days!

Sound familiar?

Anyway I quite often feel like this I don't need a specific day in the month to feel blue.  And it's not necessarily hormonal either, some days are just really hard and I feel bleurrgh.  I actually feel ok today, I mean it's Monday, it's cold and it's dark but that's just January isn't it?  I've been thinking all day of things that I've got to look forward to and I thought I'd share them incase they inspire you too.

1.  Daffodils

Here is a picture of my daffodils, I bought them in M&S last week and they only took a day to come out, such is the power of my central heating.  I love yellow and I love flowers and they make me feel happy so I've spent all week looking at them and thinking how lovely it will be when the flowers come out.  That does sound a bit soft but when you're down these little things make all the difference don't they?

2.  Buddy

My beautiful dog.  He's always good for a cuddle even though he drives me crazy with his mucky paws and whinging to go out all the time to bark at the pigeons/rabbits in the garden.  If you've got a pet, give them a hug or a stroke, it works wonders for the blues and I love mine to bits.


3.  British Summer Time

British Summer Time is basically noted in my diary as "Clocks" meaning the clocks go whichever way they need to move in order to give me an extra hour and enable me to get up in the morning in the light and make my evenings lighter and therefore my mood will also be lighter as will the bathroom scales as I am always heavier in Winter.  I love the "Clocks", thank you very much.  Only 68 days to go.

4.  Sales

By sales I mean the sales are over (or almost) which means that very soon the shops will be full of sandals and summer wear.  Obviously it will be completely useless to us because we're still going to be freezing our butts off for another couple of months (ha, we WISH it was only a couple  ☁ ☂) but even so, it makes us think of summer and holidays and sun cream and that's a really nice happy thought. So, yay to the strappy dresses and flip flops even if we can't wear them yet.  Obviously if you get hay fever for months as half my family do the Spring and Summer are a double edged sword but at least it's not dark!

5.  My OU Course

I'm currently on my first module of an Open University degree.  I started in October for two reasons, firstly to challenge myself as it's been a long time since I studied at that level and I wasn't sure I could do it, and secondly to learn something completely different.  So I'm doing Psychology.  It's really interesting but it's not easy as you'd expect.  So while I do wake up at 3am sweating slightly at the thought of juggling my academic reading and essays with the kids and everything else I'm still pleased that I'm doing it and looking forward to achieving something.   Also it's part-time so I will be finished in May, the next module starts in October.

Finally ...

6.  The Spice Girls

Yes, as you know they are reuniting, almost - Posh Beckham has decided to stick to her new clothes designer career which is fine.  But I'm super excited because my sister and I are going to see them in Manchester doing their first gig for a long time.  I can't wait!  Zig a Zig ah!  I'm so interested to see how they've changed.  I'm literally the same age as them so I can't help wondering what they will look like and how they'll sound.

That's it for Blue Monday, don't worry it's Tuesday tomorrow!

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