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January Is The Worst Month | Loepsie’s Life

Greetings to you, my lovely readers! Last week I was sitting here, laughing in the face of blue monday, but alas… It seems to have hit me a day late, and lasted a whole week for good measure. This past week wasn’t great for me, even though I had no reason to feel down whatsoever, and so it happened that I ended up fulfilling my last new year’s resolution much sooner than expected. I had told myself that if at any point this year I felt like I could use a bit of help in the emotional department, I’d go ahead and get it. So here we are! I went to see the doctor and we’re currently looking for a therapist who would be a good match for me. Going into the process I was expecting to be really nervous about the whole thing, but actually I just feel relieved and excited to finally start working on my anxiety issues with a professional. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes!

I feel like a part of why I’m struggling a bit at the moment is that I still haven’t been able to regain a structure and/or routine after the move. I used to rely quite heavily on my routine and not having one is starting to get to me. Right now it feels like all I do is take care of the rats and do house work, and I’m having a hard time with finding a good work/life balance. I do feel like I’ve been able to cut down on the rat care last week though, by moving everybody into a new large cage, as you’ll see in my photo diary. Less to clean, woop! Let’s take a look.

Monday, typing up my photo diary with little Diarmuid and Pádraig hanging out in my scarf. These boys are so cuddly! I wish I could stop them from growing up so fast, it seems like every time I look they’ve gotten a bit bigger.

It was raining all day so I only made it to the grocery store at the end of the afternoon, and by then it was super crowded. I just managed to get all of my things and cook a quick dinner before I needed to head out to dance class.

The new cage arrived! Since the rats moved here, we’ve been meaning to buy a new cage for them. Now we can leave the old cage at my parents’ house so that the rats can stay here if Robbert and I go away for a few days. Affordable, decent sized rat cages are pretty hard to find though, so we ended up going for one that’s a bit bigger than we initially wanted. It came in a huge box, which luckily had two much smaller boxes inside. Assembly will have to wait until the weekend, so I just opened one box to get a quick sneak peek. Looks good so far!

Another mini food haul to get us through the weekend. I didn’t buy a lot this week as we were using up some stuff we still had in the pantry and fridge. I got tissues, avocados, juice, cauliflower pizza bases, vegan mayo, spicy hummus, a carrot and dried garlic.

I received a giant package from T3 Micro! They sent me a bunch of absolutely gorgeous hair tools. There’s this blow dryer, but also a curling iron with lots of interchangeable barrels. Everything is white and rose gold and so beautiful. Thank you so much, T3! I’m sure you’ll see me use these in a video soon. The rats love those little paper thingies, by the way 🙂

I got tired of feeling down, so I called a movie night to cheer myself up. I lit the candles around the house and turned on all the lights, made some nice food…

Then I put on a face mask and watched a bunch of movies with Robbert. He put the Spongebob movie on for me (apparently it’s on Netflix in Dutch, haha) and then we watched a Dutch romantic comedy. Nice and light-hearted!

The next day I filmed a video, and in the evening I wanted to do something fun again. We gathered all of our cushions on the fuzzy rug and watched Netflix under a blanket, enjoying the cauliflower pizzas. We started watching Homeland.

Be still my heart, look at them! The boys are becoming great friends and it makes me so happy.

I’m so glad the sun is out for longer again. Looking at the sunrise in the morning is currently one of my favourite things to do, especially when it’s extra beautiful. It was this day, I just couldn’t capture it well through all the trees, haha! I can’t wait to see what the view from our window will be like when the leaves start growing back in spring.

A bit of an interior update for the babies. Only a few more days left in this cage, before they move in with the grandpas!

I met up with my friend on Friday and we headed into central Amsterdam to…

Have dinner at the Vegan Junk Food Bar! We ordered all the food. So much food. And it’s all so good, ahh! Love this place.

Next morning I headed over to scouting help out with the little kids. They all put on large fluffy socks and we played a bunch of indoor ice skating games, it was lots of fun. Unfortunately the only photo I have of this day is this very unflattering one, so it’ll have to do 😉

In the afternoon we headed over to Robbert’s family for dinner and to watch Wie Is De Mol together. We used to do that every week when Robbert still lived there, so it was really nice to go back and do it again!

On Sunday we assembled the new cage. I wasn’t expecting it but setting up the cage actually took up all day. Especially the interior was a lot of work. This thing is so giant I easily fit inside, haha!

My dad and brother brought over the vintage sewing machine, and I started working on the hammocks and bedding to go inside the cage. People with sewing experience: yes, I did pin the ribbons on the wrong side of the hammock, I did sew it and only realise when it was too late, haha! Rookie mistake, I’ve lost my sewing mojo 🙂

I did manage to make everything (properly) in the end though, and the cage came out great! I’m glad most of the interior is one colour now, and so is Robbert, as this gigantic cage is now a prominent feature in our living room. We put the rats in for a test run when everything was done. The old boys needed a few minutes to adjust to the new system with the holes, but the little ones loved it right away. When I disassembled the other two cages yesterday I moved all the accessories into this cage so it’s fuller now, and all the rats love it. They have so much space! I’ll show you the final result next week.

Here’s a little preview of Llewelyn and Pádraig chilling in their new sputnik 🙂 I’m so glad they all get along so well!

What were you up to this week? And do you agree with me that January is the least fun month of the year? I’d rather we just skip it (and February) and move straight on to March 😉

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11 thoughts on “January Is The Worst Month | Loepsie’s Life”

  1. Mmm well it was tough for me too. My mom went to visit her mom in another country and I had to look after the house (dad and brother) for like half of january while trying to finish finals and stuff. I felt really tierd. I hope february gets better

  2. Aww I’m the opposite of you lovely ladies! I live in an oven most of the time, (Arizona for those of you in America) and when we have our summer that feels like it lasts for all time, I get down and done and extremely jealous of those who don’t have to deal with it. I long for dark skies, cold, snow, “Winter” stuff LOL. We don’t even get that in winter.

    Hang in there! It’s a rough patch and just remember.. even your worst days still only have 24 hours <3

  3. Hi Lucy, I love January because it’s my birthday month. But I agree, the weather is depressing. So many people have a touch of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and I’m wondering if one of those special lamps, which simulate actual sunlight, might be of help to you. Also, you mentioned painting the kitchen a different colour, perhaps a light yellow or green (or whatever colour you find cheerful) might be a good choice? Anyway, therapy is a great idea, most people find it useful – the right therapist can help you blossom! Love to you, hope this is a great New Year for you and Robbert.

  4. Hang in there Lucy and thank you for sharing your experience with us. No one’s life is perfect nor should it be. I always feel down around March/April, because it feels kind of “in between” to me..but believe me, I know that feeling of dreading certain months. I bet you are also grieving a little bit your life in Utrecht, which is normal. It’s a lot of change, even if it’s positive. Just like the little buds on the trees, you are growing and will be in full bloom before you know it. Therapy does wonders for overhauling the thought processes we have that might not be serving us. Take care 🙂

  5. The cage looks awesome 🙂
    And good luck finding a good therapist! I have anxiety disorder since I was around 2y/o and two years ago so much had happened that I went so some sessions and it was the best that could have ever happened to me! Please don’t give up if the first (or second) one isn’t a good fit for you, it is kinda like a dating situation to find a good mental match. And since I work for a company which offers further training to therapists now: There are different forms of therapy out there so you might want to look at those, too. I’m very creative, so I went to someone who offered Gestalt therapy (didn’t know it existed before than) and it’s more about you finding answers yourself and quite fun with methods.
    Sorry if this is unwanted advice I just remembered my struggle with this so vividly 🙂

  6. I am very sorry to hear that you are feeling down; in time you will be happier. 🙂 Remember, with ever high we experience we have a low too.

    Therapy can be very helpful for any type of problem you face. I have gotten help too, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

    I like all the months. They each have something special to offer – even if it’s a sense of appreciation for warmer weather. 🙂

    Best wishes to you now and always.

  7. Weird, how I have to move just as you started your big move to your new flat and now that I’ve made an appointment with a therapist you feel the need to do so as well. Let’s hope for the both of us that we’ll have settled in completely soon an that we overcome our issues in our own time.
    I wish you all the best!

    Oh and by the way, that vegan junkfood looks amazing. 😉
    Love from Germany

  8. What I don’t like about January is that I know I’ll have to wait a whole year for next Christmas..I was moody the last weeks too. One thing that strangely helped me a bit was watching Woody Allen films. I find them amusing and light-hearted.
    Sending you lots of love!

  9. Totally feeling this, too. I despise January and February. I ALWAYS have pretty bad depression every February. It’s just meh, isn’t it?

  10. So fun to see the new rats, their cage, and their gear! Who knew? We have no pets now, but I used to have a cat, so I had no idea what goes into having rats. I definitely agree that January is a tough month. My birthday is in early January, right after New Year’s. It’s the worst time to have a birthday! Everyone is too tired and uninterested in celebrating after all the December holidays, plus New Year’s. January is also the coldest month where I live in the southern U.S., and I’m not a fan of the cold weather and amount of darkness at this time of year. In January, I’m always eagerly anticipating spring & summer.
    Good for you for seeking help if you need it! I think that is great. I used to work as a therapist before my son was born & I became a stay-at-home mom. It is work that I am glad that I had the chance to do, and was such a valuable experience for me to be on the helping end of things.
    Looking forward to your videos in 2018!

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