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Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Got me some January blues. Got me a banana man.

Today, something rather traumatic took place in the world of Kathy B. After 2 blissful weeks of rolling out of bed at lovely o'clock, getting half drunk in the afternoon, and actually having a juicy social life, I had to return to that awful thing that adults must do to maintain an adequate blazer collection- work.

With a homemade carrot soup in the fridge (just call me Delia), my choice of attire hanging miserably on my wardrobe door, and my brand-spanking-new 2012 diary laying open, attempting to seduce me back into my daily routine, it's safe to say that when my ridiculously irritating 'quack, quack' alarm pierced my fragile mind this morning, I was more organised for a day at the office than I ever have been. Unfortunately however, alongside the joys of actually putting my 'be more organised' resolution into practice, came the perils of my completely unprepared mind, which most strenuous thought over the past fortnight has been 'how many glasses do I have left in that bottle of wine?'

Yes, it's safe to say, that with the dawning of a New Year also comes its dangerous mistress; The January Blues.

While I'm not feeling 100% hideously miserable at present (the majority of today has been spent swapping mistletoe stories and working out when to take more leave), I know that come January 31st, even I, who has previously been referred to as 'disgustingly optimistic', will have spent at least 3 hours and 38 minutes resenting the fact that I can no longer wear my Santa Claus onesie or decide to spend the day walking round naked, taking a slurp of wine every time someone on TV says the word 'Christmas'. Evidently, I like to live life on the edge.

On my lunch break today, I wrote a list, of ways to beat the January blues. Admittedly, the main focus of my attention was creating this hunk (don't you dare consider munching on him, you naughty blogger), however, please be aware that I did spend a good 4 minutes contemplating the following fabulous things that will ultimately save your sanity this January. Well, half of it anyway...

- Book an afternoon/day/week off work, so you can start your next countdown to wildness/relaxation.
- Take comfort in the fact that those awful 'do you want a bit of breast, or a bit of leg?' jokes between your Dad and your Uncle are now at rest for at least another 353 days.
- It is Valentines day soon! Santa may not have been able to bring you Ryan Reynolds in nothing but a crimson bow, but Cupid might have other plans...
- Pick yourself up a bargain in the sales, that you don't particularly need. Make sure you like it though. It would be rather silly if you didn't.
- Focus on those oh-so-important New Years resolutions. January may not look like such a fiend when you realise you've burnt off those mince pies/saved £65.59/finally completed that thing that you were meant to do 4 years ago. Halle-luj-ah!
- Detox, baby. And stock up on things like blueberries, almonds, tuna, spinach, and bananas. A little birdie told me they are amazing stress busters.
- Talking about bananas, make your very own banana man. You have no idea how much joy this task brought me. Who needs feel good music when you can have feel good banana men?!
- Christmas is a state of mind. Well, it isn't. But it could be! Give some of your unwanted gifts away, say a cheery hello and have a cheeky chinwag with everyone you know as you see them, and make sure you're doing a good deed or 5 every single day. Your efforts might just put the biggest smile on someone's face, and this will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, you lovely human being, you!
-Feeling a little rubbish in January most probably means that we have just had an absolutely fantastic time with the people we love. This is a beautiful thing, and shouldn't be lost amongst the grumpiness!

I wish you the very best of luck in combatting the January blues, and for everyone who went back to work today, or, dread to think it, before now, congratulations on making it this far!

Does January get you down, or is it a great time of year for you?! Do you have any tips on how to remain cheerful and chirpy through what statistic junkies label as the most depressing time of year?



  1. your writing is so beautiful and really liberating to read :) I don't really suffer with the january blues although I probably will when I return to uni in a couple of weeks! your smiley banana is so cute :)
    <3 Holz oxo

  2. Awww I bloody hate the January blues but I love your Banana Man haha!! Think I'll have to try that one. Great post =)

    Jen xx

  3. Kathy B.....

    I have no idea how you came to find my blog and follow it.

    But it must be my lucky day. As I read your girl behind the blog. My mouth moved and moved till I had a mouth like your banana man. Really made me laugh.

    I love this post too, and even though we all hate to admit it. You gotta secretly love the breast/leg jokes at christmas!



  4. Thank you so much girls! :) I've actually been overwhelmed by the number of lovely comments I've had over the past couple of days. I definitely owe you all a big glass of champers!

    Glad you like my banana man! Xx

  5. It's official, I want a banana man! And maybe a couple of orange men to surround it. . .

    Fabulous post as always! Is it wrong that if my nan wasn't at the dinner table, I would probably make the breast/leg joke myself? *hides in shame* xx

  6. Brilliant read once again my sweet cheeks! I feel the exact same when getting back to work, I am always wondering when I can next take some time off, luckily for me I have already managed to pop in 3 days for the February half term – result!

    Sorry to say that Mr Reynolds won’t be available for Valentine ’s Day for you, as I have booked in into a hotel covered in chocolate body paint and fluffy handcuffs (could you imagine)!!


  7. Aww don't feel to bad! You should start looking at holidays for the summer, that will help! Its awful going back to work/school/uni after Christmas, thank god I don't have to do that anymore! Really good tips, I think the Asos sale is calling! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.com/


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