From a young age, I’ve been fairly self-entertaining. Even now, as an adult, I can find ways to amuse myself whether I’m among other grownups, or if I’m spending all my time in the company of toddlers and young children. This has worked out particularly well in helping me maintain my sanity while subjected to countless episodes of Dora and friends. It is also an aid against the winter blues which I find are in full effect for me this time of year.
In the weeks following Christmas, especially in winters such as this, where the lack of snow leaves the landscape brown and barren, I need something to pick me up and get me through the short, colder days.
Humor has long been my weapon of choice. You may have seen my nonsense dance to The Nutcracker around Christmas, and that was no accident. When I start to get stressed and anxious (as I was around the holidays), I do something to distract and entertain myself. Many of you commented on the video and said that your “favorite” part was that my kids didn’t seem the least bit phased to see their Mom dancing around the house in a leopard leotard, Santa hat, and tutu. It really is because I’m that stupid on a regular basis. My kids, all being little, are quite taken by my antics and we sing and dance like no one is watching. I’m sure as they get older, I’ll become the most embarrassing parent of all time (a title which I plan on earning). For now, I’m entertaining at least to the three of them and the one of me.
Which brings me to last weekend. I was feeling particularly sullen while sitting in my house which has been stripped of holiday cheer, so I decided to do some retail therapy. Not that I need a reason to look forward to the arrival of Spring, but I thought I’d buy something I could wear when the seasons finally change would brighten my mood.
I’m attending a great charity event in April, The Real Charitable Housewives of Delaware’s Positively 80′s Mom Prom, which will benefit The Andrew McDonough B+® Foundation (you can read about their fabulous work helping critically ill children here). This event is benefiting a great cause and I’ll be bringing a gift basket to raffle (and hopefully some other goodies too), along with my big hair and my radical 80′s prom dress that I ordered from Etsy this weekend.
Instead of a pair of new Spring sandals, a bright colored bag, or a cute outfit, I cheered myself up by buying a fabulous dress to wear to the event April 20th. When it arrived yesterday I knew I could never wait that long to wear it. My kids loved the sparkles and told me it was beautiful. I tried it on…and wore it most of the day.
Doing laundry never felt so good.
My whites have never been whiter, and this Mom sure feels a lot brighter.
I’m sure this is not the last you’ll be seeing of this dress. I spent a fair amount of money on it, so aside from Mom Prom, I plan on getting my wear out of it.
Do you have any tricks for cheering yourself up? Leave me a comment and let me know! And while you’re here, please click the banner below and vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs. Just one click is all it takes. Thanks!