Sunshine finally came back to warm up these parts today. A balmy 61 degrees was listed on my car thermometer on the way home in my car with the slightly cracked windows. It’s so easy to get the late winter/early spring cabin fever blues. I know some people who swear by sun lamps first thing in the morning, melatonin at night, tanning beds, and even cruises or vacations to warm locales. I admit that after the vicious stomach virus this past weekend, the deluge of rain off and on, and the general chill in the air that I was feeling kind of glum. Here are my tricks to help speed up spring or at least that springy, happy mood..
- Actually doing my hair and constructing some sort of hairstyle that does not resemble an old-school school teacher bun
- Fruit with breakfast really brightens me up even if it is frozen and then defrosted for my first meal of the day
- No more black, grays, or dark jewel tones – bring on the pastel colors in my daily dressing!
- Flowers in the house even if it’s just a daffodil – I make no bones about it. I can’t grown things, and I don’t want to grow things. I’m currently growing a baby up into a little boy and that’s about all I can handle. Honestly, he’s just an excuse. I don’t care about growing things. If it’s ivy or another extremely hardy plant, that’s fine. I’ll look at it and maybe pick it if pretty. However, I will not weed, water, or plant unless the Mr. makes me. So there! That’s my rant. 🙂
- Special treats – seasonal desserts like jelly beans (I’ve currently gone through a bag this week. Oops…, a delicious bakery chocolate chip cookie, Tazo tea, new seasonal decor (just purchased an adorable metal bunny for the entryway table from Target!)
- Outdoors time – walks, park time, just sitting in a sunny spot
- Lighter food like tonights recipe –
Chopped Salad for 2
1 cooked chicken breast
1/2 red onion cooked just until soft in olive oil
bag of microwave edamame
1/3 c. parmesan cheese
1/3 c. mixed blend shredded Italian cheese
salt, pepper, dried rosemary and thyme leaves, red pepper flakes
1/2 cup diced baby carrots
bag of lettuce
- Cut up chicken into bite-sized pieces while microwaving edamame.
- Cook onion and then mix with chicken.
- Pop edamame out of pods into the bowl they go!
- Add cheese, carrots, and a good bit of all spices to taste plus about 2 tablespoons of dijon and about 2 tbsp of olive oil.
- Stir and let sit about 30 min in fridge. Serve on top of bed of lettuce greens. I also served with a piece of toast (lightly buttered with just a sprinkle of garlic powder).
All in all there are many tricks to try to keep your spirits up. It definitely seemed easier today with some help from Mr. Sun. Do you have any tricks up your sleeve to perk up? March is on its way, coming in like a lion and going out like a lamp. Hopefully, it will be more “lamb days” coming our way.