November has been rolling by. The Cabin Party weekend feels like it was just yesterday, but it has already been over two weeks. I mentioned in my last Life Lately post that a couple of weeks in November would be really low-key while I dealt with some medical matters, and I’m glad to say that all of that is behind me and I’m feeling like myself again. Though, that is literally all my life has been since we returned from the cabin weekend, so “life lately” hasn’t been much to talk about.
What is exciting is all that is in front of me.
The holidays are upon us and the chaos of the season has already started. Does anyone else feel like people are a little more manic than usual already? Dan and I attempted to visit the grocery store this weekend and other people—those walking or driving—seemed a little more rushed and a lot more careless than usual. We actually never could find a parking spot and gave up because there was nothing we needed that much. I’ll just go one day this week and hope it’s not as wild. And just think…it’ll only get worse between now and Christmas.
Besides the chaos of being out in public during this season, I’m so happy to have so much family and friend time before us. It’s worth it to fight the crowds so we can all gather and share a great meal (or five) together this week and again at Christmas. These holidays are the only times we see some family members and far-off family friends; the thought of us all being reunited warms me.
Ever since Dan and I moved in together, we have never really decorated for Christmas. I had a little three foot tall tree that I decorated as a child that we used for a couple of years, and then Chelsea bought a similar one for our California apartment, but we’ve never had a full-size tree. I’ve also never set out other holiday decorations or bought seasonal home decor. I think the closest I have come to anything like that is buying tree-scented candles from Bath and Body Works. I credit some of this to the fact that we move so often and those things are “just more stuff to move,” while I credit some of it to the fact that we always spend the holidays anywhere but our own home, “so what’s the point?” I’ve also always been firmly on team “not-until-after-Thanksgiving”…so I don’t know what kind of Christmas bug bit me this year, but I suddenly want ALL THE THINGS. Give me a tree, and lights, and matching Christmas themed pillows and throws, and I need garland all around that doorway, and that one, and that one! I don’t understand it, but I feel like I just need it this year.
I’m also counting down to one last getaway before this year ends. It has been on my bucket list for years to take my cousins to New York City, and while I’m not completely crossing that off the list, I am taking one of them over Christmas break. Sarah will be 18 in the spring and then will be graduating and heading off to college, so this little getaway to the city is sort of her Christmas present, sort of a graduation present, and completely a present to myself. (I will take her sister Amy in four years when she graduates from high school.) She has never been anywhere like Manhattan, so it’s exciting all around. I start buzzing just thinking about it. I still feel my pulse increase every time I see the skyline come into view, and I’m especially excited to give that experience to Sarah and share it with her. We leave in about four weeks and it can’t come quick enough!