Monday, May 11, 2015

#MicroblogMondays: Voldemort Day 2015

I survived.

This year's Voldemort Day (The Day That Shall Not Be Named) wasn't incredibly painful, as it sometimes has been in the past.  It was just... exhausting. By Thursday, I was complaining to some online friends that I had reached the saturation point:  all the pre-weekend hoopla -- the incessant media ads & store displays, the mounting crescendo of Facebook posts and photos, even the ones directed at ALI-ers -- was starting to get to me, and I just wanted to crawl under a rock (with a carton of Haagen-Dasz) until it was over.

In addition to the lead-up to Voldemort Day, I was recovering from the lack of accumulated sleep while the Squirrel Saga played out (all quiet overhead this week, thank goodness (& knocking wood)....!); increasingly warm & humid weather (which always makes me feel lethargic); the onset of tree pollen and related seasonal allergies (ditto);  and an impeccably well-timed (not -- as usual) visit from Aunt Flo to cope with :p , among other factors.

My usual preferred method of dealing with Voldemort Day is avoidance -- specifically, hiding out in a dark movie theatre. But there weren't any movies right now that I wanted to see (that I hadn't already seen).  I didn't really have any alternate plans in mind -- but in the end, the day unfolded in a pretty nice way.  Dh & I went for our usual morning walk around our neighbourhood, and as we headed home, we talked about what we should have for lunch. We often have eggs for lunch/brunch on Sundays, but we didn't have any in the house. Then the idea popped into my head that if we postponed our post-walk showers (!), we could head to Tim Hortons & treat ourselves to breakfast sandwiches before the breakfast menu expired at noon (Tim Hortons being a far less loaded place, emotionally, than brunch at a nice restaurant would be).  Dh offered to go himself and bring them back home while I cooled off from our walk, and I happily accepted.  After lunch (still in our walking clothes), we headed down to the waterfront for another walk. (We were amused to observe more than one grim-looking dad in the nearby playground, coping with a toddler in full meltdown mode, screaming, "Mommy!!!"  Presumably Mommy was at home, enjoying some much-needed quiet time without the kids, lol.)  And then, since we'd worked off some extra calories ;)  we swung by Dairy Queen for ice cream, before heading home to shower. 

It turned out to be an OK day after all.  But -- TGIO (Thank Goodness It's Over). ;)

How did you cope this weekend?

You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.       


  1. I didn't cope as well as you did, but it wasn't bad!

    I'm not sure where you live, but it sounds like you might live near me! LOL!

  2. Was thinking about you yesterday. Glad you found a good way to spend the day.

  3. I love knowing that not only do we share infertility in common, but also a love for Harry Potter. Why did I never think to call it that?

  4. I stayed offline :-) That helps a lot. I hung out with my mum, and my sister came into town for part of the weekend, too. And I played 80 Days.

  5. Glad to hear you had a nice day! We went to Dairy Queen yesterday too! The Salted Caramel Pretzel Blizzard was not as good as I'd hoped it would be (too sweet!).

    Hubs also made me a F*** Mother's Day steak dinner. I spent the rest of the afternoon reading and drinking wine. For the most part I handled it well. Better than I expected to, actually!

  6. That sounds like a great way to spend the day (minus the screaming toddler). Me, I try to avoid any public place where I will be reminded. Being whisked away for a birthday getaway certainly helped this year. Glad it's over, and glad the squirrels are quiet, hopefully for a good long while!

  7. Glad to hear you day turned out okay. Sometimes okay is progress or satisfying. I'm sorry the day is tough every year. You seem to know what are the better choices for the day to minimize your pain.

    It was not an easy morning for me. I had a really hard time getting out of bed. Once I did, I knew it would be best to get out of the apartment with my fiance. Oddly, we went to Disney's Epcot. We live in Florida and have resident annual passes. It was the Flower and Garden show, so there wasn't any focus on the holiday. It wasn't terribly crowded and had the usual flow of families, nothing out of the ordinary. But, thinking back on it, we did see a good number of older couples strolling about the park together as we stopped in the shade to people watch now and again. Disney is strangely a good place to hide away from the typical May holiday routines. You can be out in the sunshine and among families without it being the focus. Epcot also tends to be a favorite among adults, too.

  8. Was thinking about you and all of our tribe. I raised a glass (Gin & Tonic, to be exact) and spent the afternoon chillaxing.

    p..s. Saw the Age of Adaline on Saturday night. Really enjoyed it...

  9. We actually had to go to a family Mother's Day dinner, which I thought might be horrible. But, it ended up being nice and the kids gave me a sweet card. I did avoid Facebook and for most of the day laid in a bed reading book. I think avoiding Facebook is key for me as that is the worst on Mother's Day.

    Congrats on making it through the day!

  10. Ohhhh...I'm so glad it all went well for you. Loving the sound of the walk with your DH as well as your breakfast and treats! :-D This year I escaped from M Day here by doing an impromptu trip (I actually hadn't realized it coincided with M Day when I booked the trip).