Blue Monday – definition = a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) purported to be the most depressing day of the year. There has been some debate whether it is the 19th or the 26th this year. Either way, I admit it, I subscribe to the Blue Monday doldrums…well, sort of. Of course I’m certain the concept is entirely hokum, invented by a crafty travel agent trying to convince the world, or at least us northerners, that it is absolutely essential to our well-being to take a vacation at this time of year to alleviate the mid-winter blues that have settled in. Well I can say that I am more depressed than usual but even worse is the fact that I am always tired. Every morning…I’m completely exhausted and have zero desire to get out of bed. I eat relatively properly, get enough sleep (usually 8 hours), my environment is neither too hot nor too cold, nor is it neither too moist nor too dry and I definitely get enough exercise. I just don’t get why I’m so tired. Ergo I blame the sunlight…or rather, the lack thereof. It is virtually impossible to get out of bed when it is still pitch black out in the morning. Just this past week I finally broke through the leave-work-while-it-is-still-light barrier. Unfortunately by the time I make it home it is already dark and I’m already lethargic and eyeing my warm bed. Yes I see sunshine out my window during the day but it’s not the same. I need the sun to wake me up. This daylight savings time is crap…it just doesn’t function properly in the winter. Truthfully, I’m not sure a warm vacation will do me any good. The last thing I want right now is to spend some time in the tropics and then have to RETURN to this sub-zero climate. I think the best plan is to schedule a vacation circa mid-March (the schools are bang on with this one)…gives you something to look forward to and keeps you motivated. Plus once you do go away in March, by the time you return you really only have a few weeks left till spring. That said, no plans for vacation for me…unless the lottery comes in. Even then, I’d likely be going to London, not exactly a tropical paradise…LOL.