According to a group of scientists at Cardiff University, last Monday was officially the most miserable day of the year. They've come up with a formula that takes into account six factors: weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our New Year's resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take action - and it turns out the Monday of the last full week in January pretty much fits the bill. However, when I opened my eyes this morning to the dark grey January light and the sound of rain beating against the windows, I thought today had to come at least a close second.
On the plus side, I didn't have to go to work this morning, so I counted my blessings and decided to stay in bed with my book. I was desperately close to the end and would have finished it last night if I could have kept my eyes open another 45 minutes or so (easier said than done when it's already gone 1 AM). Only after I finished it, and had a breakfast of Coco Pops with Devonshire Fudge Yogurt (well, Devonshire-style, but it tasted pretty good anyway) and a cup of strong Assam tea, did I feel ready to face the world.
I only hope the weather improves by the time I have to go to work this afternoon, but I don't care if it doesn't - I'm going out this evening to celebrate my friend Ginny's birthday at the local Mexican, and I intend to have a good time whatever a group of Welsh scientists might think. After all, it's Friday and that makes it sooooo much better :-)
In case you're interested, the formula for the day of misery is:
1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA
I was never good at formulas, but apparently W is weather, D is debt - minus the money (d) due on January's pay day - and T is the time since Christmas. Q is the period since the failure to quit a bad habit, M stands for general motivational levels and NA is the need to take action and do something about it.
I *knew* there was a good reason for not making New Year's resolutions, and now I have scientific proof. Hehe.