Catching Up

Goodness, is it really already December? Here I am, trying to figure out where the year has gone, which isn't all together different than how I pass my time every year about this time. I'm always in awe of how the year just manages to fly by, always wondering where it went. Of course, this year, more than any other recent year, it doesn't feel at all like December yet. It's still in the high-70s here, with the occasional day in the low-80s, and an even more occasional day in the high-60s. It's ridiculous how warm it still is, but thankfully I have a beautiful Christmas tree this year to remind me that it's the holiday season.

I was going to write about Thanksgiving, do a post about what I'm thankful for, but we were really busy the week of Thanksgiving, including a trip to Waco early in the week, so I never got around to doing it. When Matt's home, he tends to want my undivided attention--though, to his credit, he's been amazing at leaving me along the last few days while I wallow and brood, as I'm feeling both emotionally and physically ick. All in all, our Thanksgiving day was quiet, a nice respite from a busy week of Christmas shopping. I'm actually done Christmas shopping, except for a few things here and there. Quite pleased about, other than being ticked at FedEx, who keeps delaying the shipping on something we ordered last week.

Above all--and I know it's a little late, but better late than never, right?--I'm thankful husband, family, and friends, and for my health and the (relative) health of my loved ones. I'm thankful for Ani, Chewbi, and Galileo, because without them I'm certain I'd be in a much gloomier state of mind, especially since Chewbi is really such an amazingly affectionate little guy. I'm thankful for a husband who works hard to make our lives comfortable, he's the most amazing part of my life. So yeah, I know that list of "thankfuls" sounds pretty generic, but it's all quite true. It's also the best I can do right now because, most times, I feel like it would be easier to make a list of all the things I'm not thankful for, like my stormy mental state.

Let's see, we did Black Friday at Wal-Mart. I figured that living in a small town, that it would be no big thing. Wrong. Fortunately, we were early enough, but Wal-Mart was a mad house! I've never seen that many people in our Wal-Mart. They were everywhere, there were cops, we couldn't move and a rude woman kept hitting me with her buggy. I think the only reason I didn't lose it, because I am terrible with crowds, we're talking full-on anxiety breakdown, was my anger at the overall rudeness. Anger > anxiety. Also, having Matt there was awesome. I'd never have been able to go alone. Of course, the highlight of our Black Friday experience was wait for an hour and a half to get a 32" HDTV that was on sale for $150. We got it and I got a digital picture frame for $20. I seriously don't think I'll be doing Black Friday again for a long time.

Otherwise, I'm starting to gear up to go back to school in January. Since Matt and I are both going back, it's double the prep and I found out tonight that one of our books is going to be $532. One thing I didn't miss at all was buying books, especially since I haven't done it in a long time. For my last year of grad school, it was all internship and thesis, so there were no overpriced text books to buy. It was awesome. Oh, and I'm starting to look for work/waiting for something to come along that would be right for me in town. It's not easy, particularly living in a tiny place like Stephenville, but I'm hopeful that something will come along, if not in the next few weeks, then after the new year. Or, maybe I can find another assistantship, I don't know yet. We'll see.

Okay, I think that pretty much sums up what's going on here. Nothing too exciting, I know, but maybe now that I've taken the opportunity to play catch up, I'll write more. It's so hard to blog when I've been neglecting it for a while. The longer it has been, the harder it gets, but I always come back. Oh, what do you think of my Christmas theme? I saw it and really liked it, and it's helping me get into the season (right along with my house decorations). Okay, back to pet battles in the great land of Azeroth, I was about to hit 400 pets when my realm went down a bit ago. :)

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