Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hello December

For me, December is always synonymous with Christmas. The holidays. The rush of excitement that comes from finding the perfect gift. How cozy I feel when I bundle up in my coat, scarf, gloves, and Uggs.
Lights? Check!
Where to put them? Uh...

So whenever December officially arrives, I always get really excited.

I mean, extra excited. I put up my tree weeks ago. Before Thanksgiving. And I'm not ashamed. I have my wreath hanging, my candles dispersed, my lights—okay, well they aren't hung yet. But it's my first holiday season at my new apartment, and I'm not quite sure where to put them yet. I discovered there's no outlet on my balcony. So I don't know. We'll see. I need to at least get some garland. But you get the idea.

Cold weather just makes me feel very warm, safe, and cozy. Even when it gives me a runny nose. Although frankly, I blame that on the bipolar weather here in College Station. Example—Right now it is 59º according to my phone. With a high of 65º. However, Saturday the forecasted high is...79º.

Yes. Almost 80º. It kind of makes me sick. I'm wondering how this city didn't get the memo about it being officially December! It's seriously conflicting with my cold-weather fantasies.

But I'll live. I'll just turn my AC back on and pretend. I have a very good imagination.

In other news, finals are fast approaching. Monday is the last day I'll actually have normal class, then the week after...finals.

I have mixed feelings about this semester coming to a close. On the one hand, I have spent a lot of time stressing and complaining about the classes and workload I've had going on these past few months. I'm burnt out on writing papers, reading—especially reading theories that I completely disagree with. I've had several classes where I can do nothing but sit back and keep my mouth shut, try not to roll my eyes, because really...disagreeing isn't worth running the risk of making an enemy out of the person who's ultimately deciding my grade for the class. It's kind of annoying. But then, on the other hand, if all goes as planned, next semester will be my last semester. Then I'll graduate. And while I can't wait, and am super excited to graduate, I'm also starting to realize that I really do enjoy college. For all of the complaining, I enjoy classes. I even enjoy going to classes. And taking page after page of predominately useless notes. I'm not sure that I'm ready for life after college—but I'm also not sure that I'll be pursuing grad school. At least not right away.

So there's that. A conglomeration of mixed feelings about the end of this semester, plus excitement about Christmas and all that it entails. Like a break from school, seeing friends from out of state—I'm lookin' at you, Matt—holiday shopping, hot chocolate, and Christmas lights.

I can't say for sure, but I have a feeling that this holiday season is going to be awesome.

I spent way too much time making this stupid flow chart. I apparently am not good at making them. But here is a really poorly portrayed layout of what I spend my December doing. And/or thinking about.

Fig. 1.1—Crappy Little December Flowchart


Matt Bukaty said...

Hell yeah, son!

'Scuse me...WHY is our Christmas lights-looking escapade not on your crappy little flow chart? #justsayin


Sarah said...

I started running out of room on my crappy little page! But our Christmas lights-looking escapade is absolutely included under "Being Excited for Christmas!!!"


Mike "Kigen" Suazo said...

Lol that's cool, we're prob gonna graduate at the same time. My next semester is my last one as well. Kinda exciting but also damn terrifying. Nice to know someone's excited for Christmas, I'm too annoyed about finals piling up and all these last minute assignments that need to be done. Cool lil chart btw.

Sarah said...

Right on! Yes, I'm enthused about it. But at the same time, the whole being-thrust-into-the-real-world thing is pretty intimidating.

I hope your classes all wrap up well! THEN you can be excited for Christmas. Good luck on your finals!

Madde said...

Since I'm a swede I just love talking about the weather, and since your weather is so different from mine I get all excited when you write about it. In the south of Sweden we currently have about 20° F (I don't even want to think about the northern parts). Add to that a foot deep of snow! Love it!
I love christmas too and would like to wish you a very merry one. Also, I loved your chart!
Good luck on your finals and keep up the good work (as in don't you dare stop blogging).


Sarah said...

Oh, I'm the same way! I think it's really fun to hear what weather is doing in other places. 20º and a foot of snow! AH! I can literally only imagine that. I don't think I've EVER seen a foot of snow. Awesome!!!

Thanks for the Merry Christmas and the good luck, and Merry Christmas to you, too! And I'm glad you liked my chart! I can't believe how long it took me. But it was fun!

And don't worry, I'm definitely not going to stop blogging. ;-)