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This weekend has been filled with family, food and Christmas shopping. Amidst what is to come this week, it was a nice period of normalcy to see. . . or so I mostly thought. Upon returning Friday night, my mom told me that her car had died as well earlier that day. The car made it back to the house, but after that it just won’t operate. She’s on holiday, but she’ll have to figure out how to take my dad to his operation. So now, we have two cars that are no longer working. Both of them are from the early 2000’s, and most people typically get new cars every 8 years or so. I’ve been saying we needed new cars, but my family tends to wait till it’s the very end to say “okay, it’s time”.

I keep saying I’ll get a new car soon but, after this visit, it appears it may strongly happen over this winter break. I’m excited about it, but I also know my finances will pay the price once it officially happens. However, the car will be under my name so I can literally do what I want with it. That means I can still take road trips, and I plan on doing so once I get my hands on those new keys. I have keychains and a decal already waiting the moment it occurs. And as things appear to improve with life up here, I feel better about committing to things like volunteering. While I had hoped this chapter would kick off with a bang, these few months of struggles has taught me a lot. But I’ll talk more about that another time.

Today, I woke up and checked my phone to see a missed a call from my best friend. He called me at midnight, and he never calls unless he really needs to talk. I texted when I woke up, at 6:15 a.m., and he actually was awake too. Turns out his girlfriend broke up with him last night. She did it through text. This is the friend who was with someone ten years older than him, and it is odd that she handled it this way. Well, this holiday break I will definitely hang out with him and help cheer him up. I talked about getting in touch with people that I haven’t spoken too in a while, and I feel this week and holidays will be most ideal. I feel friends from the past will pop up on my phone to say happy birthday, which is nice but the thought of reaching out any other time besides then will come to mind. During the break, I’ll also try to see old friends from grad school as well as my old coworkers. I have been meaning to do that for a long time, and I want to remedy what should’ve happened already.

While things are both getting better, and a little nervous, spending time with familiar faces will be good for me. This can be discussed later, but although I enjoy the holiday season I usually get a little grinchy as Christmas day approaches. But that’ll be saved for another day, for now I must try to survive another week at work before I can enjoy the two weeks. One more Christmas party to go to, and I cannot wait to restart my diet and workout routine. Today, I ate so much and had a slice of early birthday cake. When my body doesn’t eat sweets in a long time, I feel miserable almost immediately after. As we approach the new year, I do feel a bit excited where it might go. If these few months are any indications, there will be more unexpected things coming but perhaps they will be more positive. Either way, I will be ready and surely you will be too. . .

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