Sunday, 25 November 2012

Winter Blues

 It is that time of year again. Two months ago we were enjoying summer-like weather, but overnight it changed. Now there has been 3 weeks of rain, clouds, and dark days. Presently, I am appreciating it. Lying in bed listening to the rain, staying in and getting some game time in, reading, exercising, hot tea and winter recipes... They’re all things that I enjoy about winter.  Soon, however, the fatigue will sink in. Usually a couple of weeks before Christmas, I start to drag myself around. A few years ago I ended up at the doctor for a myriad of tests, insisting that there was something seriously wrong with me. Thank goodness, there was nothing. After last year, I finally relinquished denial and realized that I suffer from SAD.

Everyone’s symptoms of SAD will vary. I become exhausted. On Groundhog day 2012 (February 2nd) I finally realized that SAD applies to me. I don’t think it was epically sunny or anything, but I suddenly had my energy back! I was at work, and I caught myself singing. I became more talkative and noticed an increase in general willingness to complete my daily tasks. Although I didn’t feel depressed in the winter, I did find myself feeling more positive, and my customer service skills were being put into full use.  I was so relieved.

After that, of course, I had to incessantly read on the internet about SAD. I wanted a sure answer for what caused it. Unfortunately, there is no such thing, just a variety of hypotheses.  Lack of sunlight is obviously has something to do with it, but weather its affecting the chemical balance of our brains, the body’s natural clock, hormone production and distribution, or if it’s just a natural genetic tendency to hibernate in the winter is yet to be determined.  I did find it strange that I snapped out of in February, even though the weather had not improved much.  This got me thinking about my own theories involving gravity, sun distance, and moon cycles, but I am not informed enough to even touch on that!

This year, I decided to take action. I have not bought a light-therapy device yet (more research to be done on that), but I started taking Vitamin D earlier this year. I changed job locations, allowing me to have more time to myself instead of commuting to and from the office, I started to work out and train myself to run.  I focus on eating fairly well and taking multi vitamins, and I started to practice relaxation, specifically these apps that I discovered on the Iphone. I hope these measures offer some relief, and I will let everyone know in February how it went!

Do you suffer from SAD? If so, I would love to hear some stories, theories and solutions!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

More Instagram!

Hey Everyone!

I know that Instagram is old and that everyone is already doing it. I also know that it isn't "real" photography.. I mean, how can it be? I take all the pictures with my Iphone! I do think, however, that one does require and artistic eye in order to decide which pictures to take and "Instagram", and I couldn't resist but to join the hordes of people that post doctored photos on Facebook! Here is a few more pictures that I have taken recently while out and about in Portland Oregon. Oh, and yes, for those who don't already know, I am one of those people that takes a picture of everything I eat. I tend to not Instagram those though; they go into my "Lunch" album on Facebook.

A selection of sauces at Southland Whiskey Kitchen

The ceiling deco at a Vietnamese place. Mmm.. Pho! Disclaimer: the lanterns did not look nearly as cool pre-Instagram.

Yummy lattes (and Crepes) at Vivace

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Right Back at It!

Hello to all my friends, readers and fellow bloggers:

No, I haven’t given up on blogging. I know that it seems that I have because it’s been many many months.  Now here are the excuses: ok, I have no excuses. Sure, there are busy times, but none more than before when I seemed to find the time to blog. The truth is, I was uninspired. I don’t know why, I just was. That being said, I was passive in attempting to recapture inspiration. I found myself more interested in photos than writing, and caught up in my daily routines. Honestly, I was feeling a little negative for a bit, but a couple minor changes has helped me veer towards the positive again.  Nothing serious, just a mundane routine and lack of healthy choices, but those little things can really tire you out over time. Anyways, for those that still click on my page, thanks, and I’m back, Baby!!

In regards to my preference for pictures, check it out, I discovered Instagram!

Cheers! Thanks for reading!