Monday, May 11, 2015
#MicroblogMondays: Voldemort Day 2015
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.