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The Mean Reds and other Imagined Problems


Maybe it’s the changing seasons.

The lack of light; short days, which start and end in darkness.

Maybe it’s the fact we’ve not had a working bath or shower for four weeks, now.

Maybe it’s because I can’t remember having had a proper, actual night out in months.

Maybe it’s because I’m bickering with one of my best friends, and I hate it, hate it, hate it.

Maybe it’s the 5 injections I had this week, which left me with sore arms and a dizzy head.

Maybe it’s the guy who asked how old I was, then said, “God, I can’t believe how old you are.” 

Maybe it’s because work’s so busy this time of year, trying to get stuff done before Christmas.

But all in all, I’m feeling a bit… meh.


So today I’m telling myself that I do actually believe most people are as happy as they choose to be, and it’s up to me to remind myself that I’m actually pretty happy, if I stop to think about it.

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(I’m also telling myself this is a ridiculously self-absorbed, narcissistic blog post that nobody needs to read, but I’m ignoring that particular inner voice)

So, it’s time for Operation Cheer the Feck Up.

And that means doing things that make me happy. Here are my five favourites, and I’m going to try and squish as many of them into the next week as I possibly can. I’d love to hear how you keep your spirits up in the Winter, though – is it just me that’s struggling to see the fun at the moment?

Get Outdoors:

Everything, but everything is better when we’re out in the open, with space and light, and the sea. So this weekend, we’ve cancelled our previous plans and I’m planning an excursion for us, instead.



Seeing Friends:

I’m looking forward to seeing some of my best blogging buds next week for dinner. A good gossip and a few rounds of Pictionary are always good for the soul.



Box Set Immersion:

I’ve bought the complete Gilmore Girls on iTunes so I can go and snuggle in bed and watch back-to-back episodes on the iPad.



Inventing new games:

This is Flea playing ‘How many Marshmallows can you balance on your face’. Who needs an X-Box when you can entertain yourself like this?




I forget far too often, but putting children in stupid outfits and then making them lie on you is literally the Happiest Thing in the World.



(Oh, and if you’re not feeling the mojo, do check out this post on Lulastic that I read last night – it’s gorgeous)


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.


  1. Cerys

    that first photo is bloody gorgeous! and so is Flea, obviously. Have yourself a good weekend x
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    • Sally

      ah, thanks 🙂

  2. Purplemum

    Thanks for this, just the reminder I needed. Also hoping you don’t really think it’s a self indulgent, narcissistic post, because it isn’t. Also if it is then 80% of my blog is too.
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    • Sally

      It probably is, but heck, it’s my blog – if not here, then where?

  3. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    I have had a pretty tough week myself as my mum flew back to the Czech Republic, my hubby’s nan passed away… but luckily my two girls have made me laugh. Sorry to hear you are down, hope your weekend goes well!
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    • Sally

      Sorry to hear you had a rotten week lovely, hope the next one is much brighter x

  4. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    I think the last week of November is always tricky – it seems that it is Christmas/notChristmas and I personally can’t stand it! Ross has been nagging me to watch the Gilmore Girls! (yes, I know, a bloke!) so I am starting that one myself tomorrow night 🙂 If you can’t say how you feel on your own blog, where can you say it? I wrote a poem about getting more positive yesterday and it kinda helped. Enjoy your get happy times x
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    • Sally

      You’re right – it’s a bit of an in-between period, isn’t it?

  5. Honest Mum

    Can relate to week’s like this, I just this morning wrote a post on being kinder to ourselves! Love your list, after a week with 2 days off, I should be working today but I’m in a onesie (really) watching Christmas films forgetting all about deadlines! Flea is so beautiful and I reckon that man was suprised about your age in a good way. V
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    • Sally

      I read your post, totally agree that being kind to ourselves isn’t selfish at all! Christmas films – I can’t wait 🙂

  6. Natalie Ray

    Aw I know what you mean, so easy to get stuck in a rut feeling crappy about yourself isn’t it? I agree with you on the getting outside thing, makes you feel so much better. Hope you find your spirit soon.x
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    • Sally

      Thanks Natalie, am convinced it’s just gloomy weather making things feel meh.

  7. Lulastic

    What a great list – don’t think you need mine at all 😀 (but thank you for sharing hehehe)
    The Box Set for me is a clear strategy out of a funk. They are mana from heaven.
    (Although what a rude tragedy when they dare to finish! HUH!)
    Hope December is full of cheer xx
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    • Sally

      Thanks 🙂

      Box sets truly are wonderful things – although I’m always a bit scared that one day I’m going to run out of new ones to discover…

  8. Becky

    You should watch the Santa paws movie made my entire little family cheer up yesterday so mushy stereotyped Christmas loveliness (oh and some ferrero rocher helped too)
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