It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year

Brief note: I apologize if my writing is shot and not very coherent, my ethics paper is doing weird things to my head. And I have a full belly and just want to sleep for days.

Thanksgiving has come and gone once more, Black Friday started even earlier than years before, and finals loom once again, and Christmas is in the air 😀 This holiday was a lot of fun, as usual, and filled with a lot of work, also as usual >.< But getting to see my best friends again and enjoying some holiday shopping was well worth the wait.

Wednesday was a brunch at our favorite diner – one of only 2 in town. I love my small little town. A few left turns and you’re back to where you started. Wonderful. So we met up at the diner to eat, and as we walked in, ran into several of our younger friends, who were on holiday from their first year at college. After the initial hugs and excitement, we made slightly awkward small-talk and then continued to our table. As we sat down, my best friend exclaimed, “We’re OLD!” I could not agree more. I didn’t think a few years was that big of a difference when I was in high school, but boy do I see a difference now. I mean my life changed drastically during one year, so I can only imagine how much a few years might change someone.  It was just weird seeing them and feeling so much older than I used to when I was around them. I guess it comes with the territory of getting older, but it doesn’t stop being strange.

My two best friends…God bless them. Things are still the same. It’s like nothing really changed since the last time I saw them. We pick up from our latest email or text conversation and we’re off to the races, not stopping for breath. It’s fantastic. Christmas break will be a lot more fun, when I’m not bogged with as much work, so I can actually see them for more than a few hours. My friend J’s choice of boyfriend is still a bit confusing to me and Gabs, simply because we still don’t think she’s over her ex. And it’s been a while, but with the frequency she still mentions the ex, we’re not sure if she’s properly grieved. But, as long as she’s happy, so are we.  And she seems happy right now. So hoping that continues for her.

Thanksgiving is always an interesting affair at my house, seeing as Indian culture & vegetarian parents = no traditional turkey feast. Instead, we usually go out to eat at a restaurant and see a movie. This Thanksgiving was spent indoors, due to everyone’s workload. But we made time to make a pretty mean Mexican food feast for ourselves 🙂 Non-traditional Thanksgivings are fun.

Then it was the time I had been waiting for. THE TREE. I had to put it up. I don’t care if it was too soon or not. I LOVE PUTTING UP THE TREE. We have a fake one that I decorate the hell out of every year. My mom and I go nuts in the dollar store looking for decorations. This picture isn’t very clear, I know, but there’s candy canes, mittens, snowflakes, doves, and of course, a crapton of lights 😀

When I come back for break, we’ll be putting the lights (both colored & white!) up on our porch and around the house 😀

Black Friday shopping with my dad is always so much fun. We usually go at like 7am or so and hit Target and the mall, and maybe Walmart, if anything’s left. My best friend Gabs and her mom go at like 4am and are the first ones. They’re pro. So I know where the best stuff is when I go 😉 But this year all the stores opened at midnight (or 10pm, if you’re Walmart). So my best friend and her mom were right there. My dad and I still went Friday morning, and found good deals without the huge lines. It was pretty nice, actually. I had good luck finding gifts for everyone, and thankfully my holiday shopping is complete. But the most amusing thing of all came during the mall, in one of the big department stores’ Christmas section. My dad and I were wandering around and I found some pretty entertaining snowmen tree ornaments that were mad expensive but still fun to look at. I took pics of my two favorites, which reminded me of some close friends:

Overall, a pretty good holiday break despite being bogged down with work. Made some time to have fun and enjoy the break before heading back for the final stretch of the term. As a final note, this is my second-to-last term of undergrad ever. EEEEEKKK. Commence freak out.

Hello jackets, scarves and boots! How I missed you all

Winter is upon us! Well, at least for the weekend. Just in walking to school (with several layers, plus a coat & scarf) I got a severe case of the sniffles and a wee little cough as well. But despite all this, I can’t help it. Winter is my favorite season. Or at least, it is until New Year’s. January goes by quickly enough, but then after the Superbowl, it’s really all for naught. Then winter just toys with us, pretending to be done by giving us glimpses of the beautiful spring to come and then taking it away with a snowstorm. Although I must admit I enjoy freak snowstorms. I’ve been stuck in enough of them to know it’s not always pleasant, but I still love the snow more than anything in the world. There is nothing better than a white Christmas 🙂 In any case, early winter is my favorite time of year.

  • Allll the clothes – as with most seasons, there’s cute clothing for winter too. But I get far too excited getting out my big coats, scarves, gloves and boots to prepare for the winter. Having lived in Canada, I used to also take out bright pink snowpants as well, for the walk to & from school. While that’s long gone, I still feel the same sense of anticipation when I take out my winter sweaters and jackets. I enjoy getting all bundled up to waddle outside into the cold.
  • Warm food – let’s face it. Summer can get so hot that all I want is a salad, ice cream, or a cold drink. Or all of the above. The heat just makes me not want to eat. But winter! It’s so freezing outside that all you want is warm food, and it feels extra-special delicious when it hits your tummy (at least it does in mine 🙂 )
  • Hot Chocolate – nothing better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day/night. with marshmallows. mmmmm.
  • My Santa hat – I finally got a Santa hat last year, and I wear it almost every day after Thanksgiving. It’s just too much fun not to.
  • CHRISTMAS – the stockings, the gifts, the tree!!!!!!!!!! I love decorating a Christmas tree. I put it up, I decorate, and I leave it up as long as humanly possible after the holidays. Yeah, I’m that girl.
  • Christmas Lights – my mom and I hang up the Christmas lights after Thanksgiving every year. We wrap them around our small porch and over the benches. Anyone driving down our street will see two small Asian women, one teetering dangerously on a stepstool (me), attempting to get the lights as high as possible. I always think that my house looks like a Gingerbread House with all those lights around it 🙂 We leave those up for as long as possible, too. Although never until the Superbowl. We found out in ’08 that was a bad idea (I’m so sorry Pats).
  • The city preparing for Christmas – the store decorations, the wreaths on the lampposts, the lights everywhere. It’s a gorgeous gorgeous time of year.
  • Christmas Village – the most adorable section of the city. A little bazaar set up for random shopping, beautiful lights and trees everywhere. And PUPPIES all over the place (people bring their pets. I hug them.) It’s a Christmas tradition for my roommates & I.
  • SNOW – God, I love the snow. Ever since I was little, I’ve had a white Christmas (and birthday, since that’s pretty close to Christmas, too). After we moved in 6th grade, though, I had to learn to deal with a not-so-white Christmas. Which sucked. A lot. But here in the city we usually have some snow on the ground at some point during December, which is all I’m asking for. Last year was interesting, since I had to drive in it, but for the most part I managed well enough. Still, snow = snowball fights, snowmen, and wonderful fun. I will always love snow, and snowstorms (when I’m inside) 😀

Here’s hoping for a Winter Wonderland this year!