Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Staving off the Gloom" Friday Five

Sally writes this week's Friday Five:

Candlemass is past, and Christmas is well and truly over, here in the UK February looks set to be its usual grey and cold self. Signs of spring are yet to emerge; if like me you long for them perhaps you need ways to get through these long dark days. So lets share a few tips for a cold and rainy/ snowy day....

1. Exercise, what do you do if you can't face getting out into the cold and damp?
I ride my stationary bike and channel surf. (That might count as two exercises.)

2. Food; time to comfort eat, or time to prepare your body for the coming spring/summer?
Umm, both?


"Me want fooooooood!"

3. Brainpower; do you like me need to stave off depression, if so how do you do it?
I don't really find that I need to stave off depression per se, but I do like to keep the ol' noggin functional. Reading and making my little slide show videos both work well for this.

4. How about a story that lifts your spirits, is there a book or film that you return to to stave off the gloom?
I tend to read and watch new things rather than repeat... but if I want a good laugh I'd probably watch one of the Pink Panther movies. Peter Sellers and Steve Martin both crack me up.

5. Looking forward, do you have a favourite spring flower/ is there something that says spring is here more than anything else?
We have tulips planted in our yard. Those say spring!

Bonus; post a poem/ piece of music that points to the coming spring...

It's gotta be Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra!

15 comments:

Sally said...

I love tulips :-) and had forgotten abot ELO!

Pastor said...

Tulips, YES! And I'm loving the idea of channel surfing as exercise. Think I can convince my doctor?

Ruth said...

Mr Blue sky - I feel better already! and have you seen the flashmob Cork version
http://vodpod.com/watch/2519266-its-a-beautiful-new-day-youtube-let-mr-blue-sky-in-flashmob-cork-

Fabulous!!

angela said...

I so admire that you are balanced enough not to have to deal with depression. I didn't know that was possible. And me too on the tulips.

LutheranChik said...

Love the ELO clip!

altar ego said...

Oh, fun! I LOVE tulips! They were a favorite of my grandfather, so of course I was going to love them too. I had them in my wedding bouquet! Alas, it's too hot here to plant them successful, but in a northern climate long ago and far away, I had red and yellow tulips bloom against a white picket fence.

Nik said...

Oh wow - ELO!!! A wonderful blast from the past :D

Auntie Knickers said...

Ah, you must be a lot younger than I -- not at all familiar with ELO. I guess I'd have chosen the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" if pressed for a rock song. Fun!

Jan said...

You always get the best picts and videos with your posts. I like tulips, but love daffodils. That's why I'm so excited about the new USPS stamps for the lunar stamp.

Mrs. M said...

So few people can say they surf during the winter...

=)

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

surfing... video making... your so eclectic!

Mompriest said...

One of these days we have to meet IRL and go out to eat! LOL...and somedays I too get my exercise channel surfing...

David said...

Mr. Blue Sky is a great song :)

Purple said...

I think surfing does qualify for excercise...does not matter "where" it takes place. I enjoy hearing about your bike travels as well.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Tulips do say spring, don't they?