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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blue

Happy Light

You guys, I've lost my personality.

I just kind of feel like I have nothing to say. Nothing really to contribute.  And I mean in real life as well as on this blog.  It's the normal winter blah crap, I know, but it is always a little bit alarming to me when I feel like this.

This year, my amazing friend Hilary bought me a SAD light for Christmas.  Seriously, isn't she amazing?  From all the way in California she could tell I was having a hard time with my seasonal issues and a few days later a package showed up on my doorstep. It's an alarm clock and it wakes me up with bright blue light, and I also try to sit with the light every morning for around a half hour. I can carry it around the house with me, so even if I'm making lunches or breakfast or getting the kids bundled up for the bus I can still benefit from the light.  I have to say, it has definitely helped with the energy levels.  I can tell a huge difference on the days I didn't use it for whatever reason (usually dead battery--I am so horrible at remembering to charge things up) and I get so much more done on the days I bask in its glow.  It also seems to be helping with my circadian rhythms, since I have to get up so early.  I'm actually falling asleep earlier and more quickly than I usually do.

However, it doesn't really seem to be helping with the personality loss.

I am a boring, boring person.

In other news (or perhaps it's the same news?), I am bored of the cruise pictures.  Mostly because I am boring.  I promise to get a few up tomorrow, because I'll have more time than usual.  And since I have nothing else to say, I may as well talk about our amazing vacation.

Stay tuned.

PS  Goodness, I think that next time my light runs out of battery power I can just look at the picture!  I'm sorry if you needed to pull out your sunglasses to read this post.

31 comments :

  1. Lara, you are one of the least boring people I know. So chill! lol You are so dilgent with your blog, you deserve a "block" or "boring" lapse.

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  2. Give yourself permission to take it easy for a few days! find a poem or a short story to share, and than blog about why you shared it. I think it is totally acceptable to have an off day or two. Sometimes we need to be the one lifted instead of the one doing all the lifting.

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  3. Hang in there... it's a tough time of year and I can't imagine being as far north as you are (the darkness... the snow... the cold). You're not boring!

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  4. I hear ya, sweetie, and I'm right there with you. It always hits me mid-January, and I just have to grit my teeth and hang on. Of course, it doesn't help that I live in the frozen mountaintops and probably won't see grass again until May... I keep thinking I'm going to try one of those SAD lights- glad to know that it helps you.

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  5. I SSOOOOO feel the same way. I feel boring. We've had a fair balance of sunny and cloudy days, but the days that I try to save money and keep the lights off leave me depressed. But I relate to the boring thing quite a bit.

    Yay for being boring!

    {I'm laughing at my lameness.}

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  6. I have never heard of that king of light. Cool!

    Oh, I love being in such good company! I'm totally boring, too!

    You know what, I was thinking just this morning of my blogging friends and how I perceive them and which ones I would really like most to meet and which ones I think I would get along best with in real life and you were way up there on the list. Just so you know. I guess I just like boring people. :)

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  7. Boring people are not opera singers. They don't have children with distinct, fun personalities. They don't have the will power to not eat sugar for a year. And they don't undertake to make Halloween costumes. Ergo, you are not boring.

    But I totally get the SAD thing.

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  8. Winter time is rough. Seriously. Talk about the blah-est time of the year. I am sure you are having a harder time of it than a lot of people, being in such a cold and snowy state.
    My advice? Find something that makes you happy every day. Focus on it. Then, for just that little bit of time you will be happy, and possibly even longer.
    I love the light, and I am so jealous. I think I need to invest in one of those.
    I hope you come out of your funk soon.

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  9. It's 66 and sunny in Vegas. And I still go through this every January. I think we underestimate how keyed up we get during the holidays, and how long it takes to find a normal rhythm again. It's like we go from sixty to zero by way of a cinderblock wall, and while all that stress and pressure aren't great, neither is the inertia that follows. It usually takes me til mid-March to start to find my groove.

    And sometimes, life just isn't handing you things that bring out your highest energy. I think performing artists deal with this a lot.

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  10. Lara is not boring. The end.

    Seriously, not even boring. :)

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  11. Lara is not boring. The end.

    Seriously, not even boring. :)

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  12. Dang--I could have written this.

    I'm hoping to get one of those lights soon.

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  13. Lara, you are anything but boring! Thank you for helping me through my down days... I have a few of your posts bookmarked that I like to read when I'm feeling blue...

    What an awesome light! Hang in there, there always seems to be a few bad days along with the good. It's just part of winter, I guess.

    Please put up some cruise pictures so I can warm up over here...

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  14. PS I really like what "Barbaloot" said -- I say DITTO!! :)

    Now, I am boring for sure.

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  15. Your SIL's blog often reminds me that boring is so very good. ;)
    I'd take boring almost any day...
    And I'm glad it's helping.
    I am a genius, it's true.

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  16. This post describes how I have been feeling EXACTLY.

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  17. I totally need one of those SAD lights, but I'm too lazy to buy one. That's a dilemma in and of itself.

    You are not boring.
    I miss you.

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  18. I need to get me one of those. My only relief is that we have had a couple of sunny days and I take FULL advantage.

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  19. don't panic! every now and then I feel like throwing my both blogs out of the window. I actually can't do that, so i sit back, relax, forget about it for a while and then, as by miracle, I start posting again. I guess it's a normal thing to lose the inspiration for a while. thank Goodness it always comes back thou :))

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  20. That's funny,I usually get bummed out right around September when it has been nothing but 100 plus degrees for months and months...I love it when it's cloudy and cold. But there's always such thing as too much of a good thing.

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  21. You are so far from being a boring person!

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  22. I am completely convinced that this has been the worst January on record! I predict we will all feel better very soon1

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  23. Do you know you can basically substitute "Jesus" for "SAD light"? And I bet He doesn't think you're boring.

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  24. I have never, not once, thought of you as a boring person! No way! But I do totally understand how you are feeling...but I tend to not post when I am down, because I don't want to post anything negative. But maybe if I did, would I feel any better? I know I don't mind reading about other people's struggles. It's interesting to see other everyone else deals with them. Maybe it's just the way I am dealing with my troubles is not interesting enough to write about...oh well, thanks for letting me ramble on here...I am glad you are feeling better. But I have to say it again - you are NOT boring!

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  25. Oh my gosh I am sorry, sorry, sorry about how you are feeling but you are ANYTHING but boring! I'm glad the light is helping at least.

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  26. I, too, have a special frustration with this time of year. I'm not even sure if it's the weather, or the cold, or what--but January usually finds me unbelievably somber and (yes) feeling like I am boring. For the record, I don't think you're boring...at ALL. I love you!

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  27. I feel like that sometimes. I hope the light helps!

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  28. Oh, my goodness! I finally get back to your blog after reading your lovely comment to me, and this is what I find! Oh, Lara. I know the seasonal thing is hard (speaking from the place where there's only 8 hours of dark-grey daylight in the winter), and I'm glad the light is helping you. But you are not a boring person! So, so not boring.

    In fact, the biggest reason I read your blog is because your words, your images, and your whole life just sparkle with personality! But I can understand how hard it can be to find something to post about when you're not excited to share anything (I'm in the same place right now), or when nothing seems like it's a good idea. But you *do* have good ideas, and they'll come back to you, ready to share.

    And we'll all be here when they do—happy to hear from you, and thankful that we know you! Sending you lots of good thoughts.

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  29. You're not boring at all! Silly girl. Coming to your blog is like having my own blue light.

    But I do understand the feeling blue thing. Especially in winter. The lack of sunlight just kills me. I may have to look into that light for myself.

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  30. Puleeze! You are most certainly not boring, or I would confess, I would stop lurking around.

    I need me one of those lights.

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  31. I enjoyed reading all the Finnish names in your other Posts. I must say I'm envious of where you live. But I can understand your "blah" feeling.

    That "blah" happens to people in Finland too during the winter months. I was too entranced with having the sun come up at 11 a.m. and go down at 2 p.m. to notice the blah feeling at first.

    A Finnish winter, especially for a first-timer, is a wondrous experience. I imagine it's boring to those who live it every day, but certainly not to a first timer like I was.

    The sea between Sweden and Finland freezes over and the sunsets refract off the frozen water. Needles to say, the sunsets in a Finnish winter are stunning. I suspect you're about as boring as a Finnish winter--which is a compliment--Finnish winters are wondrous.

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