Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Breaking out of Winter Purgatory

Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah (boy is that hard to spell), Happy Kwanza, Merry Fesitivus, and Happy New Year. Phew, glad we've gotten that out of the way.

Seasonal affective disorder, the big D, the black dog (ya'll know I love dogs, but this one I could do without). Whatever you want to call it, depression always comes to visit during the darkest days of the year.

Wah waaaaaah.  Yeah, this was me the last month and a half.

Seriously, dark at 4:30 PM??? Wisconsin is bullshit. I bought a headlamp just to go to the dog park (as well as a can of mace, as my mother is convinced that I'll be mugged). I had to hook Sammy up with a rear bicycle light on his collar just so he wouldn't get lost.

As most of us do around the holidays, I've been all over the place. A trip to Washington state for work (that was the last time I posted), off to Illinois for Thanksgiving, then to Indiana for Christmas. It was almost as if since I couldn't get away from my real life, I withdrew from my online persona. But I've had a few signs that I need to get back to it.

My sister-in-law got me a gift certificate to Stitch Diva Studios, inspired by blog posts (genius!). I had relatives I was unaware that they even read my blog saying "Are you aware that you haven't written since Nov. 15? What's up with that?" I even had a bloggy friend inquire to see if I was dead in a ditch (I'm not and it was very sweet of you to email, Heidi!). So I've hit the reset button on my reader feed and am ready to catch up with my fellow knitters. Here are some dog pictures to entertain you in the meantime:

'His' recliner
Stuck after an attempt to get the last bits of cereal from the bottom.
Testing the ice at Devil's Lake
In his uncle Rocky's bed (a Yorkshire-Shih Tzu mix)

(I posted this from my phone, so I'm curious to see how well it worked...)


  1. Seriously funny doggie pictures!

    ... and welcome back to the land of the living. :-)

  2. I've been missing your posts. I'm glad to see you are back!
    (It really is weird when people you rarely talk to or hardly see read your blog and know more about your life than you thought they did.)

  3. Whoo Hoo! The AC is back! I can so understand the weather thing...a couple of years back (who am I kidding? waaayyyyy back....), I went to Europe to travel around and stopped off to see my grandma in Brussels (I am Belgian although I've never lived there!) during December...well, the sun came out at 11am and went down at 3am...I was there for a day when I realized that I would go bats**t crazy if I stayed much longer, so I tolerated a day more and then went off to find the sun...I live in South Africa and guess I am just used to the sun, so the dark winter weather just killed me!
    I have to tell you that you have one amazing hound! I love the head-in-the-box picture :) What are you planning to knit next? That keeps me focused when Cujo comes calling...

  4. Welcome back :)

    The good news is, the days are already getting longer!

  5. Yay, you're back! Also, the picture of the dog with his head in a box is too much. Silly pup.

  6. Welcome back! I sympathize completely with what you've had going on (in fact, the dog's head in a box speaks to me). Glad that things are getting back to normal though!

  7. I totally sympathize. And I'm laughing my butt off: "Wisconsin is bullshit." LOL!!! (Alabama is bullshit, too.)

    Love the doggie pictures!

  8. Glad to see you back :-) and *love* the dog photos :-) x