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Spring? Is that you?


Okay, no, it’s not spring yet. But almost! Did you know we spring forward this weekend?! Yes, already! (I think Evan is going to be a little annoyed when he finds out, considering he finally got around to setting the kitchen clock above the refrigerator back an hour just a couple of weeks ago…)

I’ve been feeling kind of grumpy and sad lately. I think it’s mostly because of some stuff that we have going on that’s pretty cruddy and lame, but I’m also sure I’m just ready for winter to be over. I know, I know…I’m the one who looooves winter, but really, this winter has been exceptionally aggressive in its winteryness. I’d be totally fine if it were, say, 65° and sunny tomorrow. Just sayin’.

I tend not to post much when I’ve got the grumpy sads (especially when I’m also really busy with work stuff, which I am…which is good, but stressful), so I apologize if things are a little quiet around here for a bit. (I’m always on the Twitter, though!)

It’s not just me, right?

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  • Reply belinda March 8, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    it’s not just you. i am so grumpy. i need sun on my back & colour in my garden!.

  • Reply Adam March 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I feel the same way lately Anna. I’m so ready to be done with winter. Except for my trip to Florida I don’t feel like I’ve moved around at all this winter because of the cold and snow. Not to mention I’m trying to decide if I want to radically change my life or not. I’m sorry you have cruddy things going on, if you need anything you know I’m always here for you! xoxo

  • Reply Anna March 8, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    It’s not just you, it’s me too. Cruddy and lame are two words hanging on my lips at the moment! Love your blog!! Anna

  • Reply jen : painted fish studio March 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    nope, it’s me, too, in a huge way. i am not me and i am miserable. here’s hoping the ick lifts for all of us.

  • Reply Loren March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Definitely not just you. I have been fighting a mean case of SADs. I’ve been trying to get more exercise, sunlight, and vitamin D.
    If the sun isn’t out soon I’m moving to Florida.

  • Reply megan March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    nope- totally annoyed with winter.

  • Reply jennifer_in_sf March 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I have more a case of the blahs, but I don’t even have proper winter to blame it on. Blah 🙁

  • Reply Kathleen March 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    You wouldn’t know it from my manic smile on the blog today – but I’ve got a case of the grumpy sads too. An inexplicable amount of stress and irritability is weighing me down. I’m ready for change – even if it’s just the weather.

  • Reply Kathy March 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Hope you’re able to relax and take some time for yourself–hopefully things will be on the upswing soon.

    And thanks for the reminder on daylight savings… had no idea!

  • Reply ModFruGal March 8, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Nope…not just you. I’ve had a serious case of the grumpy sads myself. Here’s to a speedy spring and some happy hopefuls.

  • Reply Josh March 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I have it too. I think we need to start a support group. Mango Klonopin Smoothies for all!

  • Reply Jenna @ sweet fine day March 8, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    I *just* got over the grumpy sads. It was rough though. Hope it passes soon for you

  • Reply Audrie March 9, 2011 at 12:06 am

    It’s not just you… I love winter too but this winter’s been ridiculous. Eagerly awaiting Spring!

  • Reply jennski March 9, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I’ve been grumpy and sad too. I just lay on the couch with my computer. Even my cat looks down in the dumps. We still have piles of snow every where.

    I need to post more about plants, it makes me happy to see green.

    • Anna @ D16 March 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Jenn, your hosta post made me feel so optimistic! More plants!!

  • Reply Ellen L March 9, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Grumpy sad is how I’d describe myself this past week too. Blah.

    I don’t drive my car very often and I was just about to finally fix the time on the clock yesterday when my husband pointed out that it would be right next week. Procrastination success!

  • Reply Marisa March 9, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Goodness, no, it’s not just you. Spring cannot come soon enough ’round these parts!

  • Reply lisa kjellerød March 9, 2011 at 2:11 am

    No, you are not the only one! I moved from London to Oslo six months ago and have experienced a winter like no other (snow on the ground since Nov 28th, deep snow,temps of -25c) I am so ready for spring! (and my poor husband is waiting for me to stop moaning about the weather so I’m guessing he is looking forward to spring also!)

  • Reply Tamara Styles March 9, 2011 at 2:14 am

    nerp..its me to. i cant wait for spring break

  • Reply maria March 9, 2011 at 2:37 am

    no it’s not you. this new year so far has been hard and stressful. a little bit of a rest would be nice. I hope things settle down for you and that the grumps go way.

  • Reply maria March 9, 2011 at 2:39 am

    no it’s not just you. this new year so far has been kind of hard and stressful. a little rest would be nice. hope your grumpy sads pass soon and things settle down.

  • Reply Monica March 9, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Ditto here. I haven’t touched my blog in almost two weeks and I sure all 11 of my followers are up in arms. Ha. Ha. I am feeling a little frozen at the moment. Have a lot of stuff going on and I have this idea set in my mind that if the tulips in my garden were blooming all would be better. 65 and sunny would be nice too.

  • Reply Jane March 9, 2011 at 4:04 am

    Me too. Tough times and wintery weather. We need spring. The last couple of days have been really sunny where I live (South-East UK) and it makes such a difference to how things seem. Spring is on the way.

  • Reply sparris March 9, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I’m not grumpy, but TIRED! So, so tired… Here we’ve entered that in between period of not quite winter anymore/not really spring either and you know it’s gonna be another month or month and a half before temperatures are halfway decent.

    But a bunch of tulips always helps! I buy ridiculous amounts from the beginning of January onwards.

    (Do you happen to know where the little vase on the right comes from? I have a thrifted one exactly like it in green, and another one which looks like it might be part of the same set. IKEA?)

    • Anna @ D16 March 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      The two brown vases (both glass) came from Bo Concept…maybe 7 or 8 years ago.

    • sparris March 15, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply cat@flutterbymama March 9, 2011 at 4:54 am

    I love winter and I hate winter…this one has definitely been a long one! Sunny days please stay. We have been going through some pretty cruddy stuff lately, I wish I could say it was lame. Good things, at times, come from bad so we’ll see.

    At least we have our health! Chin up and remember you’re not alone.

  • Reply Sara March 9, 2011 at 6:45 am

    We just got 2 feet of snow! Yep, spring is right around the corner, it has to be.

  • Reply Mindy @ Heart Maine Home March 9, 2011 at 7:21 am

    I’m feeling the same way lately! I need all this snow to melt (still got plenty here in Maine!) and some warmer weather pronto.

  • Reply BmoreKate March 9, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I’m glad I’m in good company! The BF and I are both full of blah and grumps. The weather here has been absolutely beautiful and warm for two days at a time, then straight into a rainy, icy mess. It tears at my heart!! I need spring – and your tulips photo just made my morning. Chin up Anna! We can make it to April!!

  • Reply Amanda March 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Never fear, Spring is on it’s way. I can feel it in the still chilly air. Can I ask you where you found the vase with the tulips in this shot? I have a similar on, but it’s a tiny bud vase. Mine is vintage and made for Pan Am airlines. I’d love to find a larger one, such a cool shape.

    • Anna @ D16 March 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

      It was a housewarming gift from a friend, Amanda — I believe it’s from West Elm (about 5 years ago).

  • Reply Sally March 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Winter is rough. Especially at this time of year when Spring still feels far away. Like you, I have a pretty long commute. Sometimes I don’t mind, and it feels like forced relaxation/reading time, but lately it’s been wearing on me. Any tips for how to feel like that time isn’t wasted?

    I love your blog by the way. Your style is truly impeccable. I always have the urge to gravitate towards bright colors, but I think that’s because the nuances and details sometimes feel elusive. You’ve inspired me to embrace black and whites, and spend time truly putting my space together.

    • Anna @ D16 March 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm

      Sally, I usually spend commuting time reading manuscripts for work. It wears on me too sometimes, of course, but I try to tell myself that at least I don’t have to sit in a car. 🙂

  • Reply Anna H. March 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

    So sorry about the grumpy-sads, Anna. I swear, Spring is almost here — this last storm (up here in Vermont) was just winter’s last hurrah!

  • Reply Katja March 9, 2011 at 11:11 am

    It’s not just you, I’ve been feeling the same way. I think it’s the long winter that makes many of us feel like this. But spring is soon here! And hopefully things turn non-cruddy soon 🙂

  • Reply Vicki @ Piccolo Takes All March 9, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I have been in hibernation mode all winter… not feeling social AT ALL. After thirty-four years in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic, I’ve seriously considered packing up and heading to Southern California (where I’ve heard it’s 65° and sunny every day of the year)…

  • Reply Samara March 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    This month has been kind of a bitch….I think something is in retrograde. I can’t wait until spring, it kind of takes a positive bite out of things when it’s nice outside.

    I’ve been reading this blog for a while but this is my first time posting.

  • Reply Karrey March 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    It’s definitely not just you, and I don’t think it’s just SAD for me, either. This winter has just been kinda gross. Here in the midwest, we’re dealing with cold, sleety rain right now, which is almost worse than blizzards. Spring is coming, though!

  • Reply dean March 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    ugh, I know what you mean. and I totally LOVE winter too…love the snow, the grey, the darkness, the quiet. but it just hit me this week…I’m soooooo ready for some warm breezes, green grass, and brighter days. and the chance to open my windows! and go to the park with my dog!

    also, I refer to those kinds of days as having “heavy boots”. it just feels like the right description…

    • Anna @ D16 March 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

      So maybe the trick is to start wearing ballet flats as soon as possible!

  • Reply Jessica (Goodbye, Small Heart) March 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Huh. Maybe I will just blame my cranky stressy-ness on this grumpy thing that’s going around. Ahhh, now I don’t feel so bad about it!

  • Reply Rachel Kay March 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    No need to apologize Anna! I totally know where you’re coming from. And I was just beginning to feel a bit better myself because we had a few sunny (albeit cold) days, and now they are saying we are going to have a white St. Patrick’s day next week. Snow is the last thing I want right now – bring on the warm spring days!

  • Reply c. lynn March 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Having recently moved to the Pacific NW, I am desperately trying to adjust to all of the gray skies day after day. I totally understand. Vitamin D seems to help.

  • Reply Rebecca Mellor March 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Sorry that you’ve been feeling down Anna. I really hope the things that have been making you feel sad get resolved soon. This is a lovely picture btw.

  • Reply dkzody March 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Please come to California. Our temps are in the high 60s today with lots of sunshine. Although we have had lots of rain this year, it has not been a bad winter like you all have had back east. Cannot imagine living in that kind of snow and cold.

    I too love to get purple tulips at this time of the year as they brighten the day, the room, and the mood.

  • Reply Grumble Girl March 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Are you kidding? So sorry for (virtually) vomiting all over you the other day… I think my winter sadness took on a mild case of the Crazies for a day or two – I can’t seem to post much lately either.

    But? Change is coming. Indeed, this winter has been long and harsh (at least, for me) but it’s almost over. Praise the lord.

    And tulips do tend to make everything better, no? I should get some…

    • Anna @ D16 March 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Oh, don’t worry, I’ll be virtually vomiting all over you back again soon enough, just you wait! (That was a weird sentence…)

  • Reply Laura Williams March 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Me too, Anna!

  • Reply Ariel March 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I feel like the entire world around me is in a sad and sick of winter mood. I have never been more ready for spring weather let me tell you.

  • Reply Kim March 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Love your blog! And no, it’s definitely not just you.


  • Reply Lonely Wife Project March 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I live in San Diego and i’m still grumpy sad so what’s my excuse? Flowers always cheer me up though. Hope your grumpy sadness goes away. It’s the worst.

  • Reply me @{life or something...} March 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    i thought it was just me. knowing its not makes me feel a teensy bit better. thank you D16 readers. 🙂

  • Reply Pistachio March 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I am so with you girl! This past weekend, I was so blue for no real reason. It will be good to have longer days. Looking forward to that for sure!

  • Reply CindyE March 10, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I, too, have been feeling rather down. I think it is healthy to just admit it (as you have, Anna) and then move forward – things change daily, things get better. It’s just feelings & life! I heard a quote or saw it recently – I think it was from Lena Horne – “It is not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” Every single person I admire, from my Grandma to Martin Luther King (and so many in between)carried a huge load with such grace and dignity. And, at times, they too talked about their feelings. We’re OK kids! On a good note – Hey, Congratualtions on being in Dwell – thats great!

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