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christmas already?

Hello.

Sorry I’ve been gone awhile. My life has just been so crazy, so much going on. Not really. I’ve just been lazy.

Plus, the writing part of my brain has been seriously blocked recently. I sincerely apologize for the inevitable low quality of these next few posts.

Even though I am currently sitting at my desk, freezing my butt off, I love this time of year.* The leaves are finally (FINALLY) starting to change and fall to the ground; the weather is turning cold (not nearly cold enough, in my opinion); and it’s just the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year.

That’s right. Thanksgiving is in 3 days, and you know what that means: It’s time to start thinking about Christmas.

I usually don’t start thinking about Christmas this early. I’m usually able to restrain myself until at least the day after Thanksgiving. This year, however, I’ve already been stressing out about the gift-giving season.

It started when I received a text from my best friend: “READY FOR FRIENDMAS!!!” This was accompanied by a picture of her already decorated tree plus perfectly wrapped presents sitting underneath. Unfortunately, this text didn’t quite have the effect she intended. Instead of excitement, it only brought only panic. Well, okay, it did bring some excitement. I’m always excited to hang out with my best friends. But, mostly it brought panic.

It was in that moment that I realized that I am completely unprepared for Christmas. Where has the year gone?!

It doesn’t help that my sister, Bethany, has been watching Hallmark Christmas movies non-stop since she got here for Thanksgiving last Friday. I despise Hallmark movies. It’s been torture.

Usually, I love gift giving. It makes me happy to make people happy. And, usually, I’d say I’m a pretty good gift giver. These past few years, however, I’ve been finding gift shopping harder and ever more stressful. I’m in a slump.I’ve just been having so much trouble thinking of gift ideas. I’ve even resorted to pinterest for ideas. It’s sad. My small income certainly doesn’t help, either. Last year, all I managed were some little daubles and some baked goods.

I know some of you are probably thinking “Why not just skip the gifts this year?” I will just say to you this: Christmas isn’t Christmas without gift-giving. It’s a must. At least, it is for me.

Fortunately, I had a tiny spark of inspiration the other night. I would totally tell you my ideas, but I don’t want to run the risk of my friends catching wind of it. My lips are sealed, at least for now. I’m just missing that final umph. My friends always show up with something awesome they know I’ll love. That’s what I need. The something special.

And, all that panic was just thinking about my friends gifts. I don’t even know what we’re doing for our family Christmas. 

Wish me good luck.

*This may have been posted at night, but I actually wrote it at work this afternoon. Don’t tell my boss.

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alive and…nearly sane

As I told my best friend earlier today, my brain has been like a whirlwind of torrential insanity these past couple of days. For anyone wondering what on earth that means…yeah, I have no idea, either. Christmas has come and gone, the decorations have been taken down (except for in my room, of course), and time almost seems to have stopped. Christmas this year was a strange event. It’s not that anything was really any different than it ever has been: my crazy family came together, ate pie, sang carols, exchanged presents, and actually managed to keep the Christmas carnage down to a minimum. But, experiencing Christmas as an “adult” is…thought provoking. I would try to take the time to better explain what I mean, but it’s not something I can really put into words. Besides, I’m sure my philosophical musings wouldn’t be nearly entertaining as, well, anything else. Back to my torrential insanity…

If you live in Oklahoma, you know that the weather is….well, very bipolar. Take these past few days, for example. Friday, Christmas Day, was nice, sunny, and cool. Saturday, I woke up to a thunderstorm that lasted most of the day. And, Sunday, the snow queen decided to pay a visit and blast us with ice and snow. Most of the town, well, most of the state, actually, was without power for quite a while, and some still are. Luckily, I was only without power for about 24 hours. But let me tell you, I have never been more thankful for electricity in all my life. I have never been more restless and stir crazy than I have been these past few days. At least I now have the internet to entertain me for a while. There’s nothing like an ice storm and a power outage to show how truly dependent you are on all things electric. When the lights first went out on Sunday afternoon, I thought I would be a pro at living in pioneer times for a while. Boy, was I wrong. At least I got the opportunity to pleasure read, something that I have sorely missed this past semester. Though, I don’t recommend trying to read by candlelight. I also got to enjoy getting some use out of our fireplace, and making baby s’mores using mini marshmallows, mini chocolate bars, and a candle.

Now, I get to spend the next couple of weeks preparing for, a.k.a. majorly stressing out about, my final year of college. Yay, me.

TIny tim
If you’ve never seen The Muppet Christmas Carol, you’re Christmas experience is incomplete.

P.S. I’d like to give a shout out to all those who were affected by Winter Storm Goliath. It stretched across a few states, and, though I don’t know the full extent of the damage, we should all send a quick prayer or spare a thought for those who may have been seriously injured or affected.