I've been thinking about it.
And I've decided, January is still my least favorite month of the year.
I've believed that for many years now. But I decided to give it a decent chance this year.
And, to be fair, this has been one of my better Januaries, as far as Januaries go. First, our Christmas Break lasted all the way until the SEVENTH!! -- which knocked out one whole week, right there.... nice days of sleeping in, lounging with family and friends, continuing the glorious holiday-style gluttonous eating, and putting off the New Year exercise regime for a few extra days. Not a bad way to introduce January, I suppose.
Yes, I admit the ENTIRE MONTH has been freeze-your-bum-off cold out there. (Sorry for the crude expression, Mom, but it's just too true.) But, I got an electric blanket for Christmas this year (thanks Mom and Dad!), which has been practically life altering for me, in a I-can-tolerate-frigid-January-much-better kind of way. I could write A LOT about the new blanket, I bet... but I won't. ;)
Also, I've been taking my vitamins. Religiously. And I can see a difference. Or, more accurately, I can feel a difference. I actually wanted to write a completely separate post about the glorious transformation of taking my daily vitamins consistently, ... but I might as well include it here with a testimonial that this one little step has really made a difference for me. I have more energy, my hair has stopped falling out, and I'm not feeling so seasonally down, like I have many other Januaries. The Vitamin D and the Fish Oil are my real charmers. Good stuff right there, I tell you! And, I take those yummy gummy vitamins for the other multi-daily pack, since I hate swallowing those horse pills. Highly recommend it, I'm telling you!
Another "bright side" this January is the fact that I haven't really gotten sick with lots of the crud that seems to be going around right now. I usually do. But not this year. Hooray! That's something to be thankful for, eh? Maybe I should chalk that up to the vitamins, too??
Anyway, all that said, here I sit on the 24th of January, thinking, hmmm... it's STILL January??
It's always that month that seems to drag on forever, even when I'm sure it should be February already!!? One year, when I lived in Boston, I remember I didn't see the sun AT ALL for 21 days straight in January. I counted.
I'm not counting this year, but I'd say we're running close to that, with the ugly inversion going on out there. To make things seem even less pleasant, Brian's on some killer deals right now, which means we've seen very little of him, and he's seen even less of his bed, poor guy. Plus, the kids are.... restless? sleepless? stir crazy?? (They really do deserve their own post, hopefully coming soon.) ... I'll just say, I guess they have a bit of January fever, too, it seems.
So... I say, sorry to all you people who have special occasions that fall in January -- birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Maybe those events help to "perk up" your long January days?? I personally hope you get to go to Hawaii or to the Southern Hemisphere occasionally to celebrate your special dates. That's what I'd prefer to do, if I had "occasions" in January. Phew.
Instead, I'm still just hunkering down, thanking my lucky stars that it hasn't been that bad this year. But I'll be ready to see it end, for sure. Move along, Bleak January Days. Move along.
Anyone else with me on this one???