According to British researcher Cliff Arnall, yesterday, January 21, was supposedly the "most depressing day" of the year. Factors that create this "perfect storm" (forgive the overused cliche) of gloominess include: weather, Christmas debt, failed New Year's resolutions, lack of motivation, and nothing to look forward in the near future.
I, for one, had a terrific day. I agree that we are having bad weather. Big City, Brazil is very unlike my home state of Colorado where it can be snowing and freezing in the morning and then reach the high 60's by the afternoon (or vice-versa). Here, when the rain starts to fall you'd better grab some good DVDs because once it starts it doesn't usually stop for a few days.
My New Year's resolutions are still hobbling along-I'll post about them sometime before January's over. Motivation levels? Fine. Christmas debt? None. Something to look forward to? Three trips to the States-one in February by myself, our summer trip in June/July and now a fall trip to California thanks Guapo's little brother who just got engaged and is planning to get married in September.
And how could I possibly have bad day when I start it off with a bowl of frosted mini-wheats???
And how is it that I have normal, American cereal in my house?
Because my dad is here for a visit!
He came in late Saturday night and will be here until Friday.
Despite the weather we took a couple kids and saw some of the historical sites of Big City.
Then I made chocolate chip cookies:
And to finish things off right, we went out to dinner at my favorite Brazilian Steak house.
It was a perfectly non-depressing day!