Battling S.A.D with Humor


“Get a grip of yourself, woman!” is something I’ve been saying to myself the past dreary, wet, depressing weeks.  Sorry folks, if I’ve been rambling on and on about the blimming weather.  I know I ought to get used to this, but hey, I’m not alone, even my British husband feels the same!  And yet he plods on, as I hide myself under the duvet every morning after little T is off at school.

I’ve also been having really bad nights, ever since we arrived from my in-laws just after boxing day.  I can’t get to sleep at night.  I’m like a zombie, checking in on little T (even when she’s happily nodding away in the land of sleep), as I toss and stare and not even my mind-videos which usually help me sleep, work anymore.

And just when I’m about to drift away, my bloody alarm goes off.  I used to have Nina Simone’s version of “Here Comes the Sun” as my alarm.  But the song only rubs salt on my wound, there is no freaking sun Nina Simone so shut the ____ up!  I’ve now changed it to Ricky Lee Jones’ song “It must be love”.  Yep, definitely must be love indeed, that’s the only reason why I’m still here!  I really ought to not use songs I like as an alarm, I always end up hating them after a while.

Yes, I’ve been down in the dumps, bluesy, depressed, sad, sorry sight, a sad state of affairs, call it whatever you wish, in fact, this might even be what they call the S.A.D syndrome!  For those who aren’t aware of this “disease” it’s the acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder.  The NHS refers to it as a type of depression that has a season pattern, usually during winter.

Seriously though, it’s really just the weather, I’ll be fine as soon as the sun is out.  Anyway, for those who follow me over at Instagram, you might have seen the following photos:


As I made little Ts bed, I glanced out the window and saw the scene above.  Quickly, I took a photo of it, and my husband and I had a few giggles, creating captions of it.

Suddenly inspired, I made the scene below with two of little T’s favourite toys:


I keep wondering how Woody would react to all the “new” toys right now, as opposed to the “toys” he had in his gang from Toy Story 1-3, especially to little T’s collection of Monster High dolls.

Then if all this fails, I have yet to open my DVD box set of Miranda (part of my husband’s presents to me last Christmas), to those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a British comedy show which really gives me the giggles, too bad the show recently ended though.  I’ve once written about how much I like her here.

What about you?

Apart from small joys, what lifts you up when you’re down?

And also,

what’s your alarm “song”, if you have one?


  1. Can I confess that I thought of you as lucky cuz I am the one who is always whining and I was thinking you are living the perfect life here.

    I am also just sitting and hiding after school run. I don’t even understand myself. Why I need to just sit and not productive and why I am sad.

    It is the weather.

    I am also finding comfort in food.

    My only consolation is that summer will come and it will be okay soon. =(

    • Oh goodness me! Perfect life? Nope, not at all. I do whine a lot too, especially about the weather. And yes, don’t worry, Merlinda, this time, it’s okay for us to actually really blame the weather. You’re not the only one. So hang in there 🙂 x

  2. The other day I pulled out my heating pad and put it on my feet. They were that cold! You can complain about the weather all you want… I do! I don’t like the cold. I hate the cold, I don’t have enough clothes to survive cold weather and I’m not turning up the heater and wasting that money!!

    Anyhooo… Love the pictures and the fun you are having with them! And the weather won’t last forever, eventually there will be sunshine!

    • Thanks Kate! It’s actually been a mild winter here in England. I don’t mind the cold, and admittedly I do like dressing up for the cold. What I absolutely abhor is the long, dark, dreary and wet days… Day after day, after bloody day. That’s what really gets me down. The good news though about the part of England, where we live – down here in North Cornwall, spring actually comes early! Earlier than the rest of the UK. C’mon spring!

  3. Nothing lifts me up when I’m down, so I have to find the funny in the little stuff. And we have a very similar song, mine is Nina singing “Wild is the Wind”

    • I never really believed that such a “disease” or “state” or however you want to call it, existed. But I understand now why. To have days after days of extreme, dark gloomy days, it’s perfectly understandable to get really down, isn’t it? I don’t really think I have S.A.D, just a little bit “down” but I’m fine most of the time 😉

  4. Urgh i sympathise Dean i have had my own demons with sleep in the past – it’s horrible. The thing that helps me now is just thinking sod it who cares, sleep or don’t sleep you will get through the day anyway.

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