I’m from a tropical country. I’m used to loads of sun, rain too, but usually the sun comes back out after the rain. I’m also used to warmth – not cold and certainly not the kind of cold that seeps through your bones. Actually, the cold isn’t the culprit here. I can handle the cold, especially since you can battle away the cold with the heater, a warm lovely fire, a hot-water bottle and of course, dressing up for winter. I love that bit! I love the layering, lovely jumpers, cardigans, silly wooly hats, scarves and boots, must not forget the boots! 🙂
What I absolutely hate though is the waking up to dreary-grey-weather day in and day out and that it’s dark by 4pm and it stays that way for about four bloody months! It’s enough to drive anyone crazy! And before moving to England, I’ve never heard of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) And when I did, I didn’t really believe it either! I thought “C’mon, there’s actually a name for that? You guys are British! Whatever happened to the stiff upper lip and keep calm and carry on attitude?”
But I understand now and I know that it’s so easy to get sucked into a deep dark hole and keep falling deeper and deeper, until you feel there’s no way out. There are days when I feel myself sinking, but when you’re a mother, allowing yourself to fall deeper is totally out of the question. Apart from my daughter, I have a remedy for S.A.D you see and it doesn’t involve popping a pill. That old age is true you know, laughter is indeed the best medicine.
And my medicine is called Miranda Hart. For my lovely American friends, in case, you haven’t heard of her, she’s a British comedienne. I’m not big on comedies actually. I prefer depressing movies remember? But I’m afraid introspective movies are a big no-no during winter-time. Stay away from them! Did I mention that I love Miranda Hart? I do. I really do. I’m such a fan. I adore this woman, because she makes winter bearable for me (though of course I don’t only watch her during winter). She makes me laugh. My husband and I watch her and laugh our heads off. When I feel the clutches of gloom suddenly tugging on my sleeve, I go online and watch Miranda episodes after another and laugh myself to oblivion and suddenly it doesn’t matter if it’s gloomy outside, because I’m too busy laughing and answering my daughter’s questions Why are you laughing Mummy? Good thing her show is on LoveFilm instant, so I get to have my Miranda fix anytime I want or need it.
If you’re wondering if that’s her name, it is, and is also the name of her character in her show. There’s really nothing unusual about the show’s storyline. You know, thirty-something single woman with wacky friends, a hot love-interest who sees her as a friend, a mother who embarrasses her so on and so forth. What’s different though is that she addresses her viewers directly – you know while doing her dialogue, she’ll suddenly turn her head and speak to the screen, that sort of thing. So it kinda makes it personal, as if she’s speaking directly to you and of course, I reply back. It’s rude not to and besides, she’s Miranda – you absolutely have to reply back! We are the best of friends, she just doesn’t know it nor me … yet. I Hart her.
Like I said while I’m not a big fan of comedies, especially stand-up comedy, but I wouldn’t mind getting myself and my husband a couple of Miranda Hart Tickets though, especially if it means going up to London! Babysitters anyone?
Watch the video below for some sample of Miranda Hart humour.
Do you have any remedies for the cold, depressing Winter months? Do share!
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