Sunday, April 30, 2006

SAD notes - Belle Arts Tarps update


After much begging and making a nuisance of myself, the Bellevue Belle Arts plastic tarps finally came down.

My relief knew no bounds. I had been losing my mind. I kept trying to follow up on WHEN the damned things were to be removed. No one knew. It became obvious that few people take Seasonal Affective Disorder seriously. The work on the windows was finished weeks prior and it was not just an inconvenience to have them left up. The thick white tarps were turning into a health problem for me: they were adding a deeper level into my SAD depression that I had not anticipated or planned for. I moved up here from sunny CA and AZ, after all.

I am surprised that in Seattle, of all places, SAD isn't given due respect. I figure, it's got to be worse here, and more understood here, than in, say, San Diego.

Although it's possible that anyone with SAD just doesn't stick around Seattle, either. Perhaps I am being foolishly optimistic about living here. I do have a plan to make this work, though. And summer is coming, the best time to be in the Pacific Northwest.

So when the tarps came down, I was deliriously happy. I drank in the view - although it's a north-facing courtyard view, I was so plainly happy to see actual sky.

It was even sunny for three or four days in a row, just for me.

I could have cried. Instead I handed Starbucks Double-Shot Lattes to all the construction workers hanging on the scaffolding. I felt like throwing money out the window, if I'd had any. I spent the next few days drunk on sunshine. Ridiculously, absurdly happy.

It's overcast this weekend, drizzling, and I am off my high. But at least I can see out the window.

5 Comments:

At 11:28 AM, Blogger JMHO said...

Nice Blog:)

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Oz said...

You're right that more people should be aware of SAD and it's effects. In today's world it seems like to be normal a person has to have some disorder, dysfunction, dystopia, dys-something. Come to think of it, people that are in perfect health, seem to be nice and friendly, have no apparent problems are the ones that we're afraid of. They're the ones that murder their families and then commit suicide.

So kudos to you for having a nice healthy disfunction. :-)

 
At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like dropping in here and reading your blog. it sounds like you're really warming up to Seattle!
Jen

 
At 10:56 PM, Blogger JillyFlorio said...

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the support and feedback. :)

And Oz, I am beginning to suspect it's far healthier to have a disfunction than to suppress every bad or weak tendancy until it spills out in REALLY bad, aberrant behavior. Look at what just happened with the very recent muders in Capitol Hill.

Anyway, you are probably on to something...

 
At 11:30 PM, Blogger Smart Escape Artist said...

Hi Jill,
Just came across your blog and love the colors, pictures and writing. How have your plans to remedy SAD worked? I am thinking about relocating to Seattle for a good job but remember the 2 yrs I lived in Portland and the grey winter days really got to me. Any advice and your sincere opinions are appreciated.
Cheers,
-Karla

 

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