Subtitled: A Requiem for Winter Break
To any person involved in education, winter break stands out as a shining beacon of freedom and laziness. It summons up images of reading by the fire, blinking eyelashes dusted with snowflakes, smiling down on glossy packages arranged under an evergreen tree.
It is very hard to admit that it is over. And it is harder still to admit that, at times, it feels like it never happened at all.
I had an untraditional Christmas this year. Typically, we celebrate in the usual fashion, then drive down to spend New Year's with my lovely aunt and uncle in Alabama. This year, though, my gorgeous sister had a photo-shoot in late December, which soundly interrupted our plans. The dates were juggled around, and finally we settled on a somewhat unconventional traveling date: December 25.
So we wrapped up Christmas a day early. We began and ended on Christmas Eve and spent the day itself desperately searching for open restaurants.
I don't mean to sound self-pitying, and I don't mean to make out my parents as heartless Grinches who ruined Christmas. That is far from the truth. I had a lovely holiday season, and I feel so blessed to be able to spend so much time with my family.
We now stand on the business-side of the semester. A solid four months of work bar us from fleeting, tantalizing glimpses of summer. And I intend to get an awful lot done between now and then.
Remember how I needed help finding a title for a short story? Thanks to your cunning suggestions, dear readers, the short story turned out rather better than planned. So much better, in fact, that certain exciting events have come into motion that will likely merit another post in the near future. But I shan't say more on that until it comes!
Another desperately important event looms in February. No, it's not Valentine's Day, nor Presidents' Day. It is my birthday. And to properly celebrate, we'll be diving into something near and dear to my heart: classic books! We'll take a tour through my top ten favorite classics (like we did last year for books in general), and the ten-day festivities will conclude with a giveaway of a book of your choice from the list!
And because it's only January 5, I'll conclude with a few New Year's Resolutions:
1. Run every day
(As of January 4, I have succeeded!)
2. Finish to-read pile
(My to-read pile is a crate in my bedroom filled with a hundred-odd books that I own but haven't read yet.)
3. Do not buy any more books!
(As of January 2, I have failed.)
How about you, readers? Any New Year's Resolutions?