A Remedy for S.A.D: I Hart Miranda

I’m from a tropical country.  I’m used to loads of sun, rain too, but usually the sun comes back out after the rain.  I’m also used to warmth – not cold and certainly not the kind of cold that seeps through your bones.  Actually, the cold isn’t the culprit here.  I can handle the cold, especially since you can battle away the cold with the heater, a warm lovely fire, a hot-water bottle and of course, dressing up for winter.  I love that bit!  I love the layering, lovely jumpers, cardigans, silly wooly hats, scarves and boots, must not forget the boots! 🙂

What I absolutely hate though is the waking up to dreary-grey-weather day in and day out and that it’s dark by 4pm and it stays that way for about four bloody months!  It’s enough to drive anyone crazy! And before moving to England, I’ve never heard of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)  And when I did, I didn’t really believe it either!  I thought “C’mon, there’s actually a name for that?  You guys are British!  Whatever happened to the stiff upper lip and keep calm and carry on attitude?” 

But I understand now and I know that it’s so easy to get sucked into a deep dark hole and keep falling deeper and deeper, until you feel there’s no way out.   There are days when I feel myself sinking, but when you’re a mother, allowing yourself to fall deeper is totally out of the question.  Apart from my daughter, I have a remedy for S.A.D you see and it doesn’t involve popping a pill.  That old age is true you know, laughter is indeed the best medicine.

And my medicine is called Miranda Hart.  For my lovely American friends, in case, you haven’t heard of her, she’s a British comedienne.  I’m not big on comedies actually.  I prefer depressing movies remember?  But I’m afraid introspective movies are a big no-no during winter-time.  Stay away from them!  Did I mention that I love Miranda Hart?  I do.  I really do.  I’m such a fan. I adore this woman, because she makes winter bearable for me (though of course I don’t only watch her during winter).  She makes me laugh.  My husband and I watch her and laugh our heads off.  When I feel the clutches of gloom suddenly tugging on my sleeve, I go online and watch Miranda episodes after another and laugh myself to oblivion and suddenly it doesn’t matter if it’s gloomy outside, because I’m too busy laughing and answering my daughter’s questions Why are you laughing Mummy?  Good thing her show is on LoveFilm instant, so I get to have my Miranda fix anytime I want or need it.

If you’re wondering if that’s her name, it is, and is also the name of her character in her show.  There’s really nothing unusual about the show’s storyline.  You know, thirty-something single woman with wacky friends, a hot love-interest who sees her as a friend, a mother who embarrasses her so on and so forth.  What’s different though is that she addresses her viewers directly – you know while doing her dialogue, she’ll suddenly turn her head and speak to the screen, that sort of thing.  So it kinda makes it personal, as if she’s speaking directly to you and of course, I reply back.  It’s rude not to and besides, she’s Miranda – you absolutely have to reply back!  We are the best of friends, she just doesn’t know it nor me … yet.  I Hart her.

Like I said while I’m not a big fan of comedies, especially stand-up comedy, but I wouldn’t mind getting myself and my husband a couple of Miranda Hart Tickets though, especially if it means going up to London!  Babysitters anyone?

Watch the video below for some sample of Miranda Hart humour.

Do you have any remedies for the cold, depressing Winter months?  Do share!

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  1. I’ve seen gifsets of her stuff on tumblr, but haven’t gotten to watch her show yet! I’ll definitely have to now! 😀

  2. Life in the Wylde West

    that was pretty funny. I may have to Netflix this after I finish Mad Men, which I’m almost finished with! I used to watch the Young One’s when I was a teen on Mtv, do you remember that? I really love being introduced to new things and you seem to hook me up quite a lot! My sister and I grew up here in Southern California. She found herself a French husband and moved to France for 5 years. We always looked forward to gray rainy days here, celebrated them (I still do) but when she lived in France she also began to understand all that S.A.D. business.

    • How is your sister coping with the winter here in Europe, especially having grown up in sunny California? I hope she’s in the South of France near Spain, it’s supposed to be warmer there 🙂 Yes, do watch it. It’s hilarious 🙂 I’ve been hearing about Mad Men, will see if it’s available on LoveFilm instant.

      • Life in the Wylde West

        She moved back to California this past summer. It would get her so down. They lived in Laille. Do u know of that city? In the Brittany region.

        • Oh that’s nearer England! Yes I’ve heard of it, never been there yet. We’re planning on doing a road-trip to France next year 🙂

  3. hurrahforgin

    Urgh the dark gets to me too! 4pm in the summer feels like the middle of the day!
    Love a bit of Miranda though 🙂

    • Ah, summer in England…. now that’s one good thing to look forward to! I love the summers here…. long days, BBQ, Pimms… love, love summer in England! 🙂

  4. Charly Dove

    I think we all suffer from SAD syndrome!! Miranda Hart is brilliant though, always makes me cackle like a hyena. Not sure hyenas actually cackle but it’s funny anyway! Lovely post 🙂

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