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Jan. 19: The Most Depressing Day of Your Life?

Today's not just Martin Luther King day or the day before an historic presidential inauguration, it's Blue Monday — the most depressing day of the year. Factor in the economy, which you can really blame anything on, and it's the most depressing day. Ever.

Well, at least since they started keeping track! But, it's true . . . ish. UK psychologists devised a formula that took six factors into account: weather, debt, time since Christmas, average time New Year's resolutions last (or don't last), low motivation levels, and feeling a need to take action.

If that wasn't enough, separate research found today to be the day people are most likely to have accident or call in sick. Maybe they're just mad they don't have MLK day off? Fine. The research comes from the UK so it's not taking such American things into account. And with so much hope floating around for inauguration, I have trouble believing the research translates. So, next Monday?

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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Gah I never do drive through there! For that exact reason :)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
It bothers me more when I'm in the drive-through. Drive-throughs are supposed to be about speed and convenience! :irk:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
The In n Out in my city is a pretty well oiled machine. But I hear ya Jude. Sometimes it's not very lunchtime friendly.
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
I didn't find yesterday to be depressing at all. Being that we've come so far in America and we still have hope after all of our troubles that have arrived over the past 8 years (and some before that) I think is amazing and wonderful. I was only thinking about how I wish all the great African American leaders could have been alive to see this moment. I was also thinking about how today would have been even greater if Barack's parents and grandmother was around to see him take the presidential oath this afternoon. But at least the rest of the world far and wide got to see a historical moment that most of us honestly believed would never come.
dino-dino dino-dino 8 years
evry day is just as depressing 4 me
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
You know, I've never been a big In n Out fan. It's not that their food isn't delicious for fast food, but I just can't bring myself to wait 45 minutes in line for it :(
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I felt good yesterday, I feel GREAT today! :D Hain I love In n Out too. Best fast food burger in my area hands down!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Nah, I felt pretty damn good yesterday.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
did somebody say BACON?!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Mmm, I love the smell of sour grapes in the morning. ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Yesterday wasn't the most depressing. Today is. ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Oh no, mydiadem!! Yeah, I think they close at 4 PM every day, so I'd recommend going there on a Saturday morning. Be sure to check their website before you go--sometimes they have wonky hours, and they take a lot of vacation time here and there. You won't regret it, though--it's at least worth going once (or more if you can swing it, of course!).
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Em - I've been trying to go to Hot Doug's for ages but since its only open until 4pm or something like that every time I've gone with the Chicago BF its closed!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
mmm burgers. friday's.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
In and Out, it is the only place I go for a good burger. But unless you live in Cali or NV, you can't get them :( I was not bummed yesterday. I had a good day and finally got to see my friend's baby who I have been too sick to visit. It was 70 + degrees today. Although the sun does go down early, I have been feeling good this week. Tomorrow, a whole other story. I will turn my tv on at 8:30 am watch the 10 minutes swearing in ceremony and then turn it off. The obama lovefest will drive me straight to a therapist's chair!
vanilla19 vanilla19 8 years
Wow. Today was my birthday, I definitely wasn't depressed.
em1282 em1282 8 years
My bf likes his rare. He always teases me when I order something medium--"Why are you ruining a good piece of meat??" The well-done steak thing just involves a lot of marinating. Well, first poking the steaks with a fork, and then marinating overnight. Works wonders!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
When it comes to steaks...I'm a rare girl. I used to be a well well done girl but I always wondered why my steaks tasted like shit. :rotfl: Congrats on making a well done steak taste good!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Mmmm...bacon... :) I like the 'usual' stuff on burgers--lettuce, tomato, cheese, and pickles. Sometimes onions, but that's about it. I also am not a huge fan of well-done meat. Medium is just right. Whenever I cook steaks/burgers for my family I have to make them well done, so I had to learn how to cook them well done without drying them out completely. There's a way to do it, but I still like my meat medium.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I'm a bit of a burger purist, I don't like a lot of stuff on them, pretty much just cheese. At most I'll do grilled onions and bacon. You can tell the burgers are good cause they don't need any of that stuff on them (even though they offer like a million different toppings). That and they automatically cook the burgers medium, you have to tell them if you want it more well-done. Which I'd never do!
robinlh912 robinlh912 8 years
Today was supposed to be depressing? Haha, I had a great day!
em1282 em1282 8 years
Superburger sounds awesome. Harm, I love that place! (And Andersonville in general!). I also like Kuma's Corner on West Belmont, and Hot Doug's in the same neighborhood (ever been? They have crazy encased meats--they make bacon sausage, wild boar sausage, even rattlesnake...never had that one though!). SO good, but I wish they were closer to where I work :(
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Mmmmmm I love bloody marys!! They're my pre-flight drink requirement. And my hangover drink of choice :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Not depressing for me. So far, it's been a lovely, easy day. I just got back from a jog, and I feel terrific.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Em have you been to hamburger mary's in adersonville? They have AWESOME burgers and awesome bloody marys!
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