We have cabin fever. The worst. Miserable. Yes, spring is coming. But it's not here, cuz we're still stuck in the house. It's still too cold and windy to spend much time outside. We went and tramped around in the field a couple days ago because I just couldn't stand it any more. But when the wind came up and Evan started sucking breath, we had to bring our snotty noses back inside. I'm tired of bopping around this box all day with an endless stream if toys and clutter and laundry and dishes. Guh. I long to be outside all day.
I recently heard about something called "Earthing." Yes, it's for real. It seemed a little crazy to me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I think that's why my sanity deteriorates so quickly in the winter, in spite of all the cod liver oil I take. My feet have not touched the ground in months. The premise of this is that we are made to absorb the natural energy frequencies from the earth, and many people never even touch the ground with their bare skin. It makes sense to me. I always anticipate going out barefoot in the spring. To me, it's like and electric shock, but pleasant and addictive. I look forward to it. In fact, just thinking about it makes me want to do it, but the snow and wind is a bit of a deterrent. I'm convinced that this is half my problem. Lacking sunshine on my skin is the other half. I actually want to buy or make a grounding device to help get me through the winter.
I'm trying to cope, but I'm loosing my grip. The boys are bored. It doesn't help that Evan is teething miserably slowly and nothing pleases him at all. I've been getting out toys that I've had stashed away that the boys have not seen. We read, a lot. We've been watching Jacques Cousteau documentaries. (Yes, actually.)
Today, we had a "yes day". I said "yes" to pretty much everything.
Make a boat with an egg carton? Absolutely.
Test it in the bathtub? Sure thing. (Actually that turned into a fun "science" project in which we try to see how much stuff we could balance on the carton before it sunk. Fun! Educational! Distracting!)
Popcorn for lunch? Why not, let's do it.
Deep sea diving in the bathtub all afternoon? Yep. (Wait, snorkeling with a straw? Um, sure, but only under supervision.)
Sit and rock in the rocking chair to avoid the screaming? Do I have a choice?
I also said "yes" to myself about ice cream for a snack and online shopping for diaper covers and reading blogs all afternoon.
Maybe I'm not being productive today, but I'm not tying up my kids, either. And they're having some fun.