Everbody loves Charlie Brown. :)
Charlie Brown is ok, but I love lucy ;)
I wish I could say something that would change the way you feel, but it sounds like that would take a change in work climate, and just a lifting of depression. I'm sorry you feel funky.
And the baby jesus probably loves your front yard.
LOL at the comment about the baby jesus.
I should get a light up pink flamingo to complete my yard look. THAT will amuse my neighbors.
Oh, I saw some at walmart the other day that lit up and had santa hats on them! I almost got them. LOL!
Ha!! We used to drive around looking at lights and my dad would wait until he saw a house that was really over the top and comment, "Now THOSE people are going to go to heaven!!"
It took me until I was an 'adult' before I understood that remark, but now its my favorite.
Regardless of how many decorations one has, its the spirit of the holiday that counts.
Don't forget your hair.
Your hair is the envy of many people.
Someday I am going to make you take me make up shopping so I can find a sexed up look.
I am hoping you can escape and come to my house for a girly slumber party where we plan to drink wine and do makeup and hair on one another (hopefully not in that order or we will have some regrettable hair and makeup). Tentatively planned for Jan 5th.
Those neighbors have had YEARS to amass the thusands of dollars in decorations! And I really doubt (save perhaps one or two of them) that any of them looked like they do now their first year in their house!
And N is right, everyone loves Charlie Brown. :)
My sister is going through the same thing this season...she's the Charlie Brown house, too. But this is the first year in the house.
And the best time to buy Christmas decorations is afte Christmas! When we put it up, we have a million dollar display...all for about $600 amassed over two Christmases... :) Totally awesome :)
The other things I'm not gonna chime-in on, I'll just give you a ((hug)) and remind you that you are healthy, you are here, you are obviosly loved by many peole, and you are TOTALLY allowed a crapola day! *smile*
True, also, those neighbors don't have the added burden of having just paid a huge downpayment using most of the savings, then having a cat get very ill and both cars break down, so in light of all that has happened, we are lucky that we can pay our bills and have a tree and decorations at all!
I was thinking that after I get paid next week I could add a whole lot of life to the yard for about $30 worth of little lights from Walmart on the shrubs. Why not? I think it would be worth it. I can get better stuff on a steep sale after the holidays.
So Charlie Brown or not, the fact that you have anything in the yard is FANTASTIC!!!
I won't comment on the other stuff, other than to say that you're beautiful and loved and I bet your charlie brown lights rock. :)
But, I have seasonal affective disorder and get bummed out every winter. I bought a "broad spectrum" lamp to sit on my desk (it has all the colors of light, just like sunlight) and I notice a SERIOUS improvement. They're expensive ($100+) but very worth it.
Didn't you say last year that you thought you had SAD? It might be very worth your while to invest in a special light; or, do what used to work for me when I lived in Seattle: every morning, before I got in the shower, I'd sit under a heat lamp in the bathroom for 5 minutes. Did wonders for me.
Craig has a small light like that. I will try it out later. Unfortunately, we have no heat lamp.
One thing that helps me through times that seem impossible is to do one thing at a time. It's cliche, I know, but it helps me. It's easy to get overwhelmed.
And be easy on yourself. The holidays can really give you a beating.
I did make a list, and my boyfriend is doing some of it for me (luckily).