Christmas Cheer

It's been a busy last few weeks.  Between wrapping up final papers/projects, celebrating with friends, and getting back home for break, I haven't had a lot of time to myself.  So far, this suits me fine. 

I've spent time hanging out with a bunch of different home friends, making cookies and catching up.  We're planning to go and have drinks and talk some more, since it's going to be hard to get everyone together this break.  One of my friends is going back to school for New Years, and another plans to be back shortly after.  Already I can tell we're all getting older.  Hanging out has become something we all do after days worth of texting or facebook messaging, not something spur of the moment.  I guess that's the issue with working around all our respective schedules.  Still, I'm looking forward to that and New Years.

One of the other awesome things about this holiday season has been having my West Coast family in town for the first time in four or five years.  My aunt and uncle flew out from Washington, and the others took the train with their son from California.  Not the kind of adventure I'd want to have, but they handled it pretty well.  We've been over at my grandparents almost every night, playing cards and watching sports, eating, talking, and drinking wine. 

Christmas Eve was particularly magical, as nearly our entirely family was there in the same house.  We played a men vs. women game of Trivial Pursuit–the women won!–and opened gifts.  It's funny; I can get tired of being around certain people after a few hours, but the older I get the more I like spending time with my extended family.  My cousins have all grown into really awesome people, and are a ton of fun to hang out with in their own right.  Not to mention the aunts and uncles have started treating us all like adults, which feels like a long time in coming but isn't, really.  

At any rate, Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Happy Kwanzaa/Happy holidays to you and yours!  I'll try and be back to my regularly scheduled blogging, since I'm on break for another three weeks or so.  It's easy to lose track of time in this in-between semesters place.      


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