Starting as I mean to go on

Oh, hai Monday! You know how I promised you (in my own fool head, natch) that I’d make the absolute most of you, getting up with the larks (when do the larks get up, anyway? Please say 10am.), heading to the gym, and then returning home for a super-productive day of work, and maybe even novel writing?

Yeah, sorry none of that happened, Monday. I’d say I tried my best, but clearly that would be a dirty rotten lie so, meh. I DID take delivery of a pair of new shoes, though, so at least I’m keeping SOME of my resolutions. Just not, you know, the really important ones.

So, yes, the gym and I have been strangers for over a month now. It’s very sad, I know.  Especially given that I managed to eat my own body weight in chocolate and cheese over the course of the holiday – and by “the holiday” I mean, “the one that started on December 7th and continued until yesterday”. It’s tough trying to motivate yourself to get back into a normal working routine when you’ve been doing nothing (well, nothing other than getting ill repeatedly) for an entire month, and this is probably why I’ve failed miserably today. Also because there is a bunch of white stuff outside the house, which could be just frost but which could also be snow, and I don’t DO snow. Or frost, come to think of it. GOD, I need a holiday.

Anyway, as Rubin mentioned in his post last month, one of the things my parents got me for Christmas was a SAD light. Seriously, that’s its actual name, not S.A.D. light, but SAD light. Sob! I’ve placed it on my desk and am trying to use it every day, my hope being that it will totally revolutionize my life, and I’ll be miraculously transformed from a miserable sloth into a super-motivated person, who will just rattle off that novel in a couple of weeks and then be free to spend the rest of the year buying shoes. Or something like that, anyway. Of course, for that to happen I’m going to have to remember to switch the thing on occasionally. I’m working on it. In the meantime, I WILL go to the gym tomorrow. Feel free to reach through the screen and slap me if I don’t.


7 Comments

  • Hilary says:

    Monday can totally keep it's holier-than-thou mouth shut, in my opinion. I am so curious about the SAD Light, I have a friend who has one as well. How does it work?

    <abbr>Hilary´s last blog post..2009</abbr>

    • Amber says:

      Well, it's basically just a lamp – I have mine sitting on my desk, just beside the monitor, and the theory is that you switch it on and it provides you with a substitute for all the natural daylight you miss out on during the dark days of winter, so you feel happier and have more energy. (Very technical answer there, clearly!) That's the theory, anyway: I've only been using it for a few days so haven't seen much difference. I'm thinking of getting a SAD alarm clock too, though, which wakes you up by simulating the dawn. I hate getting up (OK, WAKING up) in the dark!

      Totally agree about Monday, by the way: the sanctimonious thing!

  • Tracey says:

    What Hilary said.

    Good work on the shoes though. I bought two pairs last week.

    <abbr>Tracey´s last blog post..Monday musings</abbr>

  • As much as I would like a SAD Lamp, I do know that the winter is not the cause of my laziness. I am equally lazy in the summer. I do not discriminate.

    <abbr>Kristabella´s last blog post..When Writer’s Block Attacks</abbr>

    • Amber says:

      This is a good point, atcually: I've been thinking of getting one of those natural light alarm clocks too, but then I think, "Do I find it any easier to get up in the morning when it's summer? No, I do not."

  • Sally says:

    Ah, January is just trying to make everybody feel bad. I find that trying to repress the fact that it is January actually makes me a lot more productive and would suggest trying it. Although really my productivity is limited to buying sparkly eyeliner and nail varnish and ordering books from Amazon. Bum.

    I am totally getting a SAD light now, thank you Amber! :)

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