No More SAD for Me

I didn’t realize how much an entire week, (that’s seven entire days, in a row) of rain, wind, cold and early dark) had affected me, until the sun came out. It had been so long, that I almost didn’t recognize it. Kidding. But once I did…

However, I am not kidding when I tell you that during that endless
week of dullness, I was definitely exhibiting all of the following symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Feeling sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious

My husband, John: Are you crying?

Shelley: No. Maybe.

John: Why are you crying?

Shelley: It’s this commercial. This company has done so much for the people.

John: Honda?

Shelley: Yes. Shhhhh…. The next one’s on. Ahhh! How sad is that?

John: Are you OK?

Shelley: Of course. Why do you ask?

John: Well, it’s just that…

Shelley: I’m fine. There’s nothing wrong with me. Today I just feel like crying.


Shelley:  You do think there’s something wrong with me. Don’t you? Go ahead, just say it. Say, “Shelley, I think there’s something wrong with you.”


Shelley: Arghhhhh! What is wrong with me?


Shelley: I know what it is. It’s the weather. It’s getting to me. It’s wearing me down. Chip. Chip. Chip. We can’t even go for a walk without fear of drowning. Just look outside. Oh no, I’m sorry. You can’t. You know why you can’t? Because the rain is pelting the windows so hard, you can’t see through them. And, even if  it wasn’t raining, it doesn’t matter. Want to know why?  I’ll tell you why. Because it’s  turned pitch black at 4:00.  Holy S!@$!! I’ve got to get out of here. Leave Vancouver Island before I really lose it. Are you coming with me?


Lose interest in your usual activities

John: Want to go for a run?

Shelley: You’re kidding, right?

John: OK. No run. Let’s wrap up in rain gear and go for a walk. At least we’ll get outside.

Shelley: No.

John: Want to do an “Insanity” workout?

Shelley: God. No.

John: Weights?

Shelley: No.

John: Squash?

Shelley: No.

John: Watch TV?

Shelley: No.

John: “Paranormal 3?”

Shelley: I’m experiencing my own “Paranormal 3.” F@#%$!

John: So sex is definitely out of the question?

Sleep more and feel drowsy during the daytime.

Shelley: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

John: Shelley you need to get up. It’s after 10:00.

Shelley: 1:00. Time for a nap.

John: But you never nap.

Shelley: I do now.

Eat more and crave carbohydrates, such as bread and pasta

John: Hey! What are you doing? Didn’t we just eat?

Shelley: That was over 10 minutes ago. I’m starving.


Gain weight

Shelley: Blechhhh…. I feel like I’ve turned into one gargantuan overcooked spaghetti noodle. Euuhhhhh… I hate my body. I should work out, or stop eating so much…. That’s it. Enough of this moaning about the weather. There’s nothing I can do about it. I need to accept it and get off my A$$… Not at this very instant, mind you. That’s silly talk. First thing tomorrow.


Scary, right? Not to worry. Next time the “weather” hits, I’ll be prepared.

Shelley and John



2 thoughts on “No More SAD for Me

  1. Shelley,
    I suffer from this disorder (mental nuts behavior). I don’t even know how to get rid of it and stay in Oregon. That is the main reason we go to Arizona for many months. However, I have learned to turn on the lights and not allow myself to think or talk it. Whole day will go by when I don’t look out the window. If I do I take a cup of coffee outside and just embrace the outdoors. Sigh!

    So, until tomorrow when we begin exercising, be well.

    I love the new blog page. I would move my Retire in Style Blog to WordPress if I hadn’t invested so much effort into building the tiny business on blogger. If I figure out how to do this without lossing all the past, I will. It is lots of fun though isn’t it?

    I do have a blog on WordPress called It Crossed My Mind Blog (



  2. b,
    This from the WordPress Team. As I had a whopping 16 followers I just contacted them to go to the new site. There are some online helper sites that give advice how to move over your followers. But, I couldn’t figure out what they were saying.

    Hi there,

    You can import your Blogspot/Blogger blog to easily:

    You will want to let your 16 followers know that you are moving your site, so that they can come over to and follow you here. They can do so either by email or with a account.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions.


    Happiness Engineer |


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