how is it that i celebrate my holiday like every other american? eat turkey? check. see loads of family? check. watch football? check. spend hours in traffic? check. but i love it nonetheless. the shouts rising from the men’s section of the table (yes, the women tend to flock to one another during this time of the year), the popped bottles of champagne and prosecco, the nursing of our food babies, the last-minute scramble to draw names for our christmas grab. it’s all so comforting. even the fact that we have the same varieties of wine on hand is nice, Chianti, Pinot grigio, Korbel. nothing changes. it’s a tradition. perhaps the most comforting tradition i have. but to be honest, this year was different. my mother stayed in maine, while i made the trip to cambridge. it was weird to be truthful. unorthodox, and borderline painful. but it was nice. it gave me a wake up call, a vibrant one at the least saying, 2010 is almost over. that’s true. it is almost over. time has sped up two or three notches since i’ve entered high school, and it’s crazy. i realized that i have very little control over what happens and when things happen. but i’m not bothered by that. i may admit that i kinda sorta prefer it that way.
but moving on. my holiday was fantastic, how was yours? just as good i can only hope, or better! christmas is a month away, it’s been four years since my boston mom and dad tied the knot officially, and i’m very happy to see what the next three months bring. december promises to be eventful. spending the holidays (yes christmas and Chanukah) with loved ones, celebrating birthdays, making weekend trips to boston and the surrounding area, making the house festive, and working more than i want to. it’s busy and wonderful. my dearest buddy is coming up from florida right before christmas, and exams end on the 16th of december. i can’t believe the semester is almost over (almost, perhaps i mean practically)? meredith is traveling up for new years and christmas from the dirty durham, and then of course, NEW YEARS EVE. after that celebration there’s a mere five days until my birthday, and with that comes smiles and more trips to wonderful cities. i have a feeling that this winter will be absolutely delightful in comparison to others. but in the near future, i have lunch reservations at bistro du midi, right across from the boston commons, a mani/pedi appointment, an evening at the beach house, and then a reunion with someone who makes me very happy! what more can i ask for? … a bottle of wine or champagne? i don’t need em, things are going to swell for me to want more than what i need.
i’m going to go take a soak, read some of the alchemist, and maybe even start Tess of the d’Urbervilles but we’ll see. it can probably be assumed that i’ll just pass out in my chair, even though i’ve consumed 10x the average amount of coffee i do on a day-to-day basis. happy shopping for all those braving the black friday madness. i’m ENTHRALLED that i’m not you.
(nevermind the racy photo…)