OT: The winter doldrums
This time of year seems the perfect breeding ground for the winter doldrums.
The holidays are over, so there aren't as many cheery lights up and the days are still short. It's cold outside. Most of us are sporting our Covid blubber in addition to the holiday blubber.
Due to the holiday blubber, it's not fun to MOVE or easy to fit into our exercise clothes. It's too cold, too icy, too whatever, to take our bikes out. A flurry of football games has enticed us to be slugs gnoshing on appetizers and beer. LOL
I farked my knee up something special while moving my son into the new house. I'm in less pain, but the knee is quite stiff and something is "catching" in the joint. Ugh. Therefore, I haven't been using my stationary bike just yet.
And now, we have the dark stretch until spring. Add to it all the recent turmoil in the nation's capital and the fear of more insurrection.
My SO(BF) has been OBSESSED with a certain snarky political site. He has had either his phone or laptop in his face for nearly 3 weeks nonstop. I'm suprised he's not perusing the site while on the toilet, honestly.
It's been SO boring even watching TV with him because he's got his nose in the computer. I've started finding other things to do away from his house. I was busy for much of the day last Saturday. Each night this week, I've hung out at my house after work or met with a friend for dinner instead of going to his house (to watch him with his nose in the computer).
I find that the best way to get SO's attention is to pay attention to myself and have fun on my own LOL.
Welp, he noticed. I came home to an amazingly clean bathroom last night. And we talked this morning. He's been blue over the lack of exercise, poor diet, state of the nation, and winter in general. I told him I was concerned about his seeming obsession with that site and seeming like he's being pulled into some vortex. I said I understood how it seemed relevant or informative due to the upheaval in DC, but I hoped with the inauguration happening today, he'll be able to spend less time there since it doesn't seem to be helping his moods.
This morning we watched as the president made his departure. Despite our different political leanings, we were both relieved that this chapter has finally ended. Naturally, he's ecstatic about the new president and all that's possible. I am neither concerned nor delighted, but cautiously optimistic. Mostly, I'm confident in our system of government. I was afraid this recent election would really strain our relationship, but we made it with only a handful of hiccups.
Hang in there, people. We have GroundHog Day, Valentine's Day (collective UGH) and St. Paddy's Day to look forward to. And, in late February is Fasnacht when we can burn old man winter in effigy to usher in spring!! Spring is coming and every day gets brighter (for those in the northern hemisphere).
Don't let the doldrums get you.