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January 6, 2014 - 7:12 am

The first Monday after the holidays has come to be called Blue Monday.

You’ve finished all the mince pies, the weather is terrible, Christmas ended up being horribly expensive and most of us are back to the daily grind.

So it wouldn’t come as a surprise if you had started to feel down in the dumps.

But don’t worry, you aren’t alone, because today is Blue Monday – supposedly the most miserable day of the year.

Blue Monday was originally identified in 2005 by academic Cliff Arnall, who thought it fell on the last full week of January.

He calculated the date using a variety of factors including weather conditions, debt levels, failed New Year’s resolutions and the number of days that had elapsed since the end of the Christmas holidays.

But over the past three years, researchers analysed more than 2million tweets posted by Britons in January looking for negative language and phrases indicating a drop in mood.

They found that today, there will be nearly five times the average number of tweets relating to guilt, as people abandon their promises to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Yeah. It’s 19 degrees as I write this in central Texas. 19 degrees should not happen in this part of the world. The heater is running so hard it’s either going to launch itself into orbit or it’s going to throw me into catastrophic debt. The holidays are done, so the fun is done. Visiting with family is over. Vacation and break time is over. New Year’s came and went and nothing really changed. If you bothered to make a New Year’s resolution, you’ve probably already broken it, and you’re depressed about that. If you have trees in your lawn, they have turned on you and are dumping several metric tons of leaves that you’ll have to clean up. But it’s too cold to bother with now, and anyway, you have to work. Maybe it’ll warm up to 25 degrees by the end of the week.

Ugh.

Yeah. I get it.

But things could be worse.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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“It’s 19 degrees as I write this in central Texas. 19 degrees should not happen in this part of the world. The heater is running so hard it’s either going to launch itself into orbit or it’s going to throw me into catastrophic debt.”

Up in Blue Land - O'Malley's Utopia, at zero with heavy breezes and top of the line energy costs, I am managing despite it all thanks to my Chicago/Michigan inspired "Outfitter" style thermals. I plan to bring them all along where ever I escape to, should I escape.

You might want to invest in a set for potential assignments and unexpected frigid thermal events.

Glad you're back in any event! Hopefully for all of us, this too will pass.
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I'm not depressed at all. In fact I'm positively giddy after watching the flawless launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 this afternoon. It launched the Thaicom 6 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit, and is the second successful launch in 34 days. That is the fastest turnaround they've achieved to date.

It's also nice seeing commercial satellites once again being launched on American rockets. The Europeans and Russians have almost achieved a monopoly on commercial launches over the last several years.
33 weeks ago
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Can't say I have this problem. My Blues usually come during the run-up to Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year. Mind you, I like all the time off from work. It's just that there's this cultural pressure to be jolly. I'm sort of glad when it's all over. Blue Monday means we can all stop acting weird and get on with our normal lives.
33 weeks ago
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Indeed. If there are projects that need to get done or, God forbid, started, the holidays drop a six-week-long monkey wrench in the works.

The first Monday of the New Year means people finally get back to work, and the things we've been depending on them for finally get done.
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