Otherwise known as Surviving After December

And y'all, it's depressing.  We've made it through the holiday hustle and bustle and now it's cold and dreary and rainy and we have so much more winter before we make it to beach season!  I heard on the radio that this is the most depressing week of the year because of this.  But never fear - Monday was the most depressing day of the ENTIRE YEAR and WE MADE IT THROUGH MONDAY!!  So it's gotta go up from here, right?  

Hey, at least we have a long weekend coming up!  To get us through the next few days, here are Five Reasons to Be Happy Even Though It's Cold and Dark and the Holidays Are Over (to borrow a bit from a fellow blogger Valerie Burn.)

1 - The days are getting longer.  The shortest day of the year (Winter Solstice) was December 21.  From here on out our days are getting longer.  In just a few weeks we'll wake up and it will be light outside.

2 - It's a great time to snuggle.  It's cold and dark so use that excuse to snuggle on your couch with your honey or dog or whoever!  Soon enough it will be summer and you'll be outside all the time.

3 - It's okay to gain a little weight.  Again, it's cold outside.  Don't quote me on this, but we need to add a couple of lbs to keep the chill away and what better way to do that than with comfort food and hot chocolate!  And sweaters cover those extra pounds till February when you need to start losing them.

4 - Electric mattress pads.  There is not enough room to explain how in love I am with my dual control (crucial if you share a bed) electric mattress pad.  If you put it on  a timer, the bed is warm for you when you get in and you stay the perfect temperature all night.  LOVE.

5 - Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Now I know that some people think this is a very depressing holiday and it is made up by the candy companies.  But why not put a smile on and grab a bag of candy hearts and embrace the season.  Pink and red and flowers and all the chocolate you can eat and LOVE.  Think of it as a last hurrah before you get in shape for bathing suit season.

So listen up, y'all.  Enough of the Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Enjoy this little bit of winter we get here in the Sultry South.  Turn up your space heater, wrap up in a cute new scarf (things are on sale in January!), and buy some pink hearts because pedicure season is on it's way!