Hello all! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving yesterday (unless I happen to have non-American readers, in which case: I hope you had a fabulous Thursday 🙂 ).

My school isn’t too far from my permanent home, so I came home for the holiday. Despite being home for all of four days, I managed to bring my entire apartment with me.

Okay, maybe not my entire apartment, but it sure felt that way. I stepped on the scale with and without this duffle bag when I got home just to get an idea of how much it weighed. Unofficial result: 30 pounds. I think I have a problem. In my defense, though, a lot of the stuff I brought home will not return with me to school on Sunday. As much as it pains me to say this, I really doubt I’ll need many pairs of shorts, nice short sleeved shirts, and tank tops between here and a week or two before graduation. Winter is coming, and once it arrives I know all too well that it won’t be going anywhere for quite some time.

I spent Thanksgiving with my extended family, per usual. My family is nothing if not grounded in tradition, so this Thanksgiving looked much like every other Thanksgiving of my life: church in the morning, Grandma’s house for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes…you know, all the classics), lots of digesting, an intense hour of bowling, a light supper of leftovers, and family game time. I love it ❤ My family is very close, and I really treasure the time I spend with them. They are a fabulous blessing in my life.

I also had my first taste of wine at Thanksgiving, and I’ve got to be honest: I hated it. Despised it. The red wine tasted like cough syrup and the white wine was just disgusting. You know how I mentioned after my 21st birthday that I’m not much of a drinker? Well, not much has changed since then. I have yet to find any sort of alcoholic beverage I can even tolerate. People have told me that alcohol is an acquired taste, but I don’t really do acquired tastes unless it’s worth it. I’m a senior in college and I still don’t drink coffee because I don’t like it. I don’t see myself making any major life adjustments to acquire a taste for a lot of expensive liquid calories.

(Sidenote: I told some of my friends at school we always go bowling on Thanksgiving and they looked at me like I had grown two heads. Does no one else do this? The bowling alleys around here are usually packed when we go, so I was shocked to find out no one else seems to do this).

This Thanksgiving was “special” in that we expect it to be the last family gathering without my oldest cousin. My cousin graduated from college in 2009 and joined the Peace Corps in 2010. I haven’t seen him since October of that year. If all goes as planned, he’ll be back in the United States on Friday. SEVEN DAYS FROM TODAY. My cousin is a lot like an older brother to me, so I’m really excited to have him back. Although I’ve got to be honest: it’s a little unsettling that he’ll be home. When he left, I remember thinking, “When he gets back, I’ll be a senior. I’ll almost be done with college. My life is going to be so different when he’s back.” And while my life isn’t different in the way I expected it to be, a lot has changed since he left. It seemed so far away at the time, though, and now it’s here. I’m almost done with college. My impending graduation (five and a half months, ish) doesn’t usually faze me too much, but when it hits you it hits you. This is real life, folks.

I spent most of today pretending to do homework, which is my normal weekend pastime. I’m never very productive at home (or anywhere other than the library, really). I did manage to get other life stuff done, though, like going on a run to help digest the massive food baby I grew yesterday. I haven’t run at home since August, and it was nice to get back on my normal running routes. Plus the weather was fabulous.

sorry I’m lazy and took the picture through my window

50+ degrees on November 25! I ran in shorts today and it was amazing. I do like living in a climate where I get four seasons per year, but now that I’ve gotten more into running I’d be perfectly all right without winter 🙂

How was your thanksgiving? What traditions does your family have?

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