Monday, November 29, 2010

gotta kick at the darkness 'til it bleeds daylight

(The title of this blog post comes from a song called "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" by Barenaked Ladies, also known as one of my all-time favorite BNL songs ever. EVER.)

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's dark practically all the time now. I know we have three weeks left until we reach the shortest day of the year (December 21), but, friends, it feels like we are there already. I loathe this time of year. I want to live where it's light all the time, where people don't know when to go to bed because it's light at, like, midnight. I think this happens in Alaska for part of the year (of course, the trade-off is that it's dark practically 24 hours a day the other part of the year. But I would leave then.) Add in the cold, and the impending snow season, and I can whip up a serious case of the winter blahs.

Of course, Drs. Google and WebMD (along with myself) have diagnosed me with this. Now, the internet has diagnosed me with many things, some only slightly deadly, most very, very deadly, but this is the most accurate diagnosis I think I've ever gotten. Never have I nodded so much whilst reading a summary of symptoms (except for those many times I read the symptoms for various types of cancer). But seriously, I have this. And it sucks.

I want to get one of those light therapy boxes that simulates sunlight, but it turns out they are hella expensive for something I'm not sure would actually work. Since I get no actual daylight in my bat cave office at work, I make sure to get outside at lunchtime for some (albeit cold) air and sun with my lunch posse every day.

I've also started filling up my winter with activities to get me out of the house after the new year, which I'm sure I will talk about in December during reverb10.

But what I really want to know is this - do you love winter? Why? Seriously, I want lists. Inspire me.


Debra said...

Sorry A. I'm just going to agree 100% with your take on cold dark winters. If I could afford one of those light boxes at Costco I'd absolutely buy it. Shouldn't an individual's physician be able to write an Rx for one? Hmmmmm..... may need to check that out.

Dwayne "The Train" said...

so for my penultimate nablopomo-related blog comment, i decided to complete a facebook meme. i promise to play by the rules:
1. open your itunes library
2. put it on shuffle
3. press play
4. for every question, type the song that's playing
5. when you go to a new question, press the next button
6. don't lie and try to pretend you're cool (as if i would ever need to lie to be cool)

here we go:

opening credits:
totally f****d - spring awakening cast

waking up:
my humps - black eyed peas

first day at school:
city of blinding lights - u2

falling in love:
the world has turned and left me here - weezer

fight song:
burning man - third eye blind

breaking up:
minority - green day

a heart full of love - les misérables cast

life's ok:
the luckiest - ben folds

mental breakdown:
me and julio down by the schoolyard - paul simon

clap back - ja rule

glycerine - bush

getting back together:
ants marching - dave matthews band

don't worry about it - n.e.r.d

burning of birthday cake:
close to me - the cure

funeral song:
the greatest man that ever lived (variations on a shaker hymn) - weezer

end credits:
sliver - nirvana

ps: this blog comment is relevant because you mentioned barenaked ladies.

pps: when i started this, i intended to provide funny commentary for all the song selections, but i am just too fcking tired.

ppps: regarding my funeral song, i promise that i played by the rules; obviously, the universe is just confirming what we all already know.

Greg said...

Lovers in a Dangerous Time is not a BNL song -they covered it. The original is by Bruce Cockburn. I like BNL's version, but the original is better.