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SAD

Every year, around this time, I get a case of the sads; seasonal affective disorder that is. It’s totally a thing you know; depression caused by winter. A friend who used to be a nurse told me that it was one of the first things she learnt about at uni; to look out for the SADs. She said that the incidence of depression and suicide sky rockets during the winter months and I believe it too.

It took me a few years to figure out that my depression would usually rear it’s ugly head during the winter months but now that I know I try to take steps to prevent it happening. Being aware of it is always the first thing. Experts say to try to keep up the exercise and eat well…I know I definitely find it harder to do this in winter. It’s too cold to go outside for a walk and its much easier to eat healthy in summer when you feel more like eating salad or fruit. This year I’ve also tried to just embrace it and focus on the positives of winter; camp outs in the lounge room with blankets and a good movie is never better than in the dead of winter. One of my best memories from this winter is the day that I spontaneously picked up my niece  and nephew, rugged up my son and told hubby to hurry home from work. Then we drove about thirty minutes to the top of a mountain in a nearby town where it had been snowing that day. It was the first time all three kids had seen snow. There was lots of throwing snow and lots of laughter…it was the best day.

But this winter has been long… it seems to be lasting forever and my patience is wearing thin. I’m craving sunshine and warm air. I’m craving being outside…maybe I’m just craving a holiday. I’ve been googling tropical holidays like it’s going out of style, knowing full well that even if we could afford to go anywhere right now (which we can’t) hubby just wouldn’t be able to get the time off work anyway. But still, I continue to torture myself. Spring started a few weeks ago but it would appear that Melbourne has yet to get the memo. It’s been all rain and cold wind here. We’ve been blessed with a few sunny days and we all get very excited. My son made me fill up his little outdoor shell pool the other week when it was only 19 degrees, we ate icy poles on a twenty degree day. Yeah, we’re really hanging out for summer here as much for our own sanity as our past white skin!

This week it looks like much of the same; cloud, rain and wind (it’s been so so windy!). I see a little picture of a sun next to Friday and hold out hope…bring on the sunshine Melbourne!

Have you ever experienced a case of the SADs? Or are you one of those lucky people that I see on my instagram feed living in a warmer climate, wearing a pretty dress and smiling? I’m not jealous at all…..ok I’m totally jealous, can I come for a holiday?blog signature, www.sarahdipity.com.auP.S. Did you know that you can subscribe to this blog and receive every new post direct to your email inbox? Well you can! Just pop your email address in the box below. I promise I won’t annoy you with daily emails or spam (cause ain’t nobody got time for that) but it’s the best way to ensure you never miss one of my posts.



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Singin In The Rain- Melbourne

Please note: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Nuffnang. As always, all words and opinions are my own. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t tell you did!

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to the preview screening of the musical stage production Singin In The Rain which is currently showing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. A night out without any kids? Count me in! I hadn’t been to the theatre in years so gratefully accepted and invited along a good friend of mine who I knew was also in need of a fun night out.

We dolled up (any excuse to put on a pretty dress) and headed into town excited to see the show. After a discussion over dinner we realised that we both knew the song ‘Singin In The Rain’ (who doesn’t) but didn’t actually know the story behind the show. Some quick research on our phones told us that it tells the story of the first Hollywood musical movie in a time when it was all about silent films. It promised to be charming, romantic and funny. The show has received great praise from both critics and audiences and honestly, it did not disappoint….

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Adam Garcia is fantastic in the lead role of Don Lockwood and he is joined on stage by some equally amazing co-stars; Gretel Scarlett, Jack Chambers and Erika Heynatz just to name a few. They all make it look so easy; the dancing, the singing, the acting. I found myself really drawn into the story and the characters. There was quite a bit of laughing and lots of clapping; even a standing ovation from the audience at the end. My favourite part of the performance was definitely the rain scenes. There is 12,000 litres of water used throughout the show to create the rain scenes and it’s pretty spectacular. We had to giggle at the people sitting in the front three rows (aka- the splash zone) who were provided with waterproof ponchos to protect them from getting wet as the performers danced and splashed on stage. Fun!

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 The sets and the costumes were pretty amazing too…

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We thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the show. If you’re thinking about going or get the chance to, I highly recommend it. Singin In The Rain is now showing in Melbourne until early July when it will move on to Sydney, followed by shows in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. To find out more about the show, performance dates and to purchase tickets head here.

Have you been to the theatre lately? Do you love a good musical? Do you now have the song ‘Singin In The Rain’ stuck in your head like I do?

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