Been a rough week indoors with all the smoke, still not as rough as the people in Paradise. I keep thinking it’s OK to go outside, then park to walk to lunch and can feel it in my throat. My heart actually hurts? Don’t know how to explain that besides it’s tight.
Overall, I’m pretty healthy and not too worried about the smoke besides not feeling well all week. Rain is in the forecast, this should be over in a few days when my only worry will be cold and dark at 4pm.
Usually this time of year I go for a running start into the cold, dark days. Kind of like riding your bike fast downhill to make it up the next hill with little effort. I try to stay busy and outside because I know I’m going to be inside for months, I’m not a very productive indoors person. This smoke is like putting the brakes on for that uphill climb through Winter and having to walk your bike up the hill with flat tires instead.
Yes, I try to gear myself up to avoid seasonal depression (SAD). Not to be Debbie Downer, just that Christmas coincidentally is a few days after the shortest day of the year. Sometimes I wonder if bright lights and gift giving isn’t a way to just get us out of the house to look forward to something? A big party on New Years to get us out of the house with friends.
The short little ebooks (on drones & golf) I wrote in Tahoe when I was stuck indoors, just to give me a project. My drone work was weather permitting, that got me through a few Winters just because there used to be so much trouble shooting involved. I’ve passed that all on to my husbands engineering firm, there are 2 drone pilots there now.
This is the first year I haven’t actually had a job, my time is my own.
I can do one of those cheesy “5 things to get you through seasonal depression.”
- Stay outside as much as possible while the weather is still decent (I’ve already blown that one).
- Stock up on home projects, like cleaning the closet or drawers for 15 min a day. Then write a to-do list to replace items like light bulbs, moth balls, stuff that forces you to get out and go to a store. We’ve lived here for 20 years, it’s a Winter project.
- Organize all your photos for Christmas gifts – another huge project. When was the last time you had prints made? I have digital photos all over the place, on several computers/CD/USB/Cards. Nothing is in one place, there’s no more room on this particular laptop I’m writing on. Yesterday I made an attempt and uploaded my film cards to Shutterfly, which BTW has unlimited storage. They also automatically suggest photo gifts.
- Plan a trip to look forward to, like surfing in Mexico in Jan.
- Get outside no matter once at least once a day, even if it’s pouring. The gym, a coffee shop, anywhere!
This list is mostly for me, I’m excluding holiday shopping only because the parking and people out for the holidays makes me lose faith in humanity & doesn’t help the cause. I’m just not a shopper.
Other things on my personal list is writing, either another mini ebook just to practice writing or continuing this blog. Sometimes I get how Stephen King thought of the idea of “Misery.” Maybe it takes being totally stuck doing nothing else but writing while you lay around getting limbs cut off? Kidding, certainly being house bound is WAY too much free time!! Free time is not my friend.