This was such a weird day. The whole last week before holiday break is a little bit slow at the office. I'm doing OK though. I finished a project that I needed to finish. Holiday breaks when I was young were so magical. They seemed to last forever. I wonder how my parents felt. In high school and college, I loved coming home from a break. It was like I could just feel all the stress melting off of my face. I loved going up into my room after coming home and just crashing on the bed for a few minutes. That was such a nice way to enter break after a stressful finals season.
It's a little bit different now that I have a full-time job and I am not in grad school. I'm lucky that I get a nice break between New Year's and Christmas. I don't know what to do with myself as much now though. I'll be spending time with family and friends, but I don't know what else I'll want to do. I think I'm going to go see a few movies. I'm looking forward to taking in a couple of the Oscar nominated films. I think one of them will be the the new Denzel Washington movie.
I'll also be going to the Gophers Men's basketball game on Friday night. That will be an interesting game. I haven't been go to a Gophers game in a long while. Most of all, I think I'll just be looking forward to a bunch of slow mornings reading the paper and reading some books. I like it when I have those opportunities. Those two hours where I feel extremely comfortable just sitting at the table and sipping coffee are a god send. They're just such a nice way to enter the day. I think mornings are underrated, really.
I wish people wouldn't stress out so much about Christmas. Yeah, it's nice to get good gifts, but do people really have to put all their thinking into a bunch of big gifts. I actually really hate stuff. I'd rather get a nice handwritten letter from someone or a bunch of people instead of worrying about gifts. I mean I do have a few things that I want, but if I don't get them now, I'll just wait until I have the money to go get them at some point. Hopefully, that's sooner than later.
Most of all, I'm looking forward to heading up to Saint John's with some of my friends. We spend a day or two out of winter break there just hanging out and spending time with one another. It's some good quality time where we get to drink beer, eat pizza, and just spend time with one another for a while. It's going to be a smaller group this year, which is too bad, but it will be nice to keep the tradition going. I love that feeling of peace I have when I am up there, and it's even better with friends.