Life Lately: The Winter Blues, The Flu, and a Birthday

Thursday, February 5, 2015
The shortest but longest month of the year has descended upon us. February. It's the month that keeps on going, and going, and going.

Every year around this time, the winter blues set in and I find it hard to get motivated to do much of anything that requires me to step outdoors. I despise the cold weather. My dislike for snow runs deep. My general disdain for winter clothes makes me not want to get dressed in anything other than yoga pants and hoodies.

I spend most of the month in a foul mood, relying on Starbucks and comfort food to keep my spirits up. Before Harper was born, Emma and I would spend the entire month of February in Florida with my sister. It was glorious. I managed to avoid this dreadful month for several years. But that's not an option any longer.

But there is an upside. This month Harper celebrates a birthday and the anniversary of her diagnosis with type 1 diabetes. Both of which are worthy of celebrating. I'm so proud of how she has taken ownership of this disease and hasn't let it stop her.

To top off this fabulous winter weather we are having, we had a case of the flu in our house two weeks ago. It hit Emma hard, and she was down for 6 days. She had a strain that is covered by the vaccine, but of course, she refused to get the vaccine when I had mine. I had to keep her quarantined for 4 days. Quite frankly, she couldn't do much more than sleep, so being stuck in her bedroom wasn't all that bad.

We knew she was feeling better when she started arguing with her sister. My few days of peace and quiet were short-lived, but it was good to have our Emma back.

Harper and I are knee deep in birthday party planning. She loves to help, and I am grateful for her input and impressed by her decision-making abilities. As the youngest child, it's surprising that she has those qualities. She's super excited, primarily because we had to cancel her party last year because she had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

On that note, I'm off to binge watch Gossip Girl on Netflix. It's my latest Netflix guilty pleasure!

Do you have a TV or Netflix obsession? Do share!

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