It seems the today, January 22nd is Blue Monday – the "Unhappiest Day of the Year".
I may have found a way to combat this…
Today was a day of puttering, and cleaning, and the continued purging of the too-much-stuff that we seem to have…
As I started tidying, I came across one of my favorite presents that I received at Christmas… a tiara.
I have been asking for a tiara for years now. Every time Bubba asks me what I want for birthdays/anniversaries/etc.
I usually reply, "I dunno. (pause) A tiara."
Which always leads Bubba to inquire, "Just what exactly do you want with a tiara, anyways?"
I reply, "I dunno. (pause) I just think I need one…"
Each gift-gifting occasion came and went - and no tiara. I think Bubba was reluctant to encourage any additional "princess-like" behavior on my part. (I have been accused of being high maintenance… If you can imagine that...)
So - in December, when I once again put "tiara" on the GimmeGimme list, I didn't really think much of it. At this point, it's kind of become a habit.
Imagine my delight when, on Christmas Day, I unwrap the shiniest, sparkliest tiara of my dreams.
I was elated.
Then I thought, "OK - what exactly did I need with a tiara?"
So - it got packed up with the rest of the stuff we brought home with us from Tennessee, and I hadn't given it much thought.
Until I stumbled back across it today, whilst puttering.
Do I dare?
Apparently, I do.
I wore my tiara all morning as I went about the cleaning drudgery.
All the while thinking things like "Vacuuming sucks.* But it sucks less with a tiara on." "Dusting the blinds is the worst job ever. But I'm wearing a tiara…"
(Seriously, it just takes that little to amuse me.)
And while I doubt that I will wear a tiara every single time I toil around the house, it is an experience that I highly recommend that everyone try.
At least once**.
Just remember to take it off before you go pick up carpool…
*did you see what I did just there?
**The only thing better than a fabulous tiara? A fabulous tiara at a great price. I highly recommend ebay seller cutebride - she's got fabulous stuff, many listed at "Buy It Now" for under $10. Or you can do a traditional bid and aim for even less. I think Bubba got mine for under $6!