Thanksgiving has probably always been my favorite holiday. There are no gifts to worry about, no huge amount of decoration, and depending on your location, a lot of the really crazy weather hasn’t quite settled in yet. Thanksgiving is the most relaxing holiday, where the only thing to worry about is food. And I love worrying about food. My personal tradition of over analyzing the Macy’s Parade is going to be starting as soon as it’s on TV (time-delayed because I’m on the West Coast), and I can’t wait.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday filled with delicious food and good company. I know I will.
Happy Labor Day! Welcome to a silly, random holiday sponsored by the US government! Not that I’m complaining, but I actually have no clue how labor day got started or why we “celebrate” it. I suppose some celebrate more than others, but it seems to me that it usually involves barbecuing things and swimming.
There is no Writing About Writing this week, as I’m taking the weekend off from the internet and would rather not post an incomplete assessment. Instead I’ll put in a double helping next week for you to make it up.
I hope everyone is enjoying their last day of summer before the fall. Tomorrow I start a week of interning and schooling and planning (oh my!), but today is for a retreat from the world and doing my best to take on this heat. Wish me luck!
One of the really awesome parts of being home this month is that I get to hang out with my mom on Mother’s Day. We are going up to Muir Woods in the morning for a hike and then my dad and I are making dinner and desert. I also helped get her a few gifts which is better than I’ve done in the past two years of being in Chicago. Whoops.
My mom is pretty rad. She done good with my sister and me, and while I didn’t always agree with her, I’m glad she’s mine. She taught me about life, faith, and myself in ways that I didn’t even notice until after the fact, and for that I am grateful.
With all the moving my family did while I was growing up it couldn’t have been easy, by my mom always was able to figure it out. Chalk drawings in front of our high rise? Sounds good. Destination toy store? Okay. Scouring the city for every Oz book we could find? Yes.
To all the mothers and moms-to-be out there, and especially to mine: Happy Mother’s Day.
December has been a month of endings, as it usually is. The end of the year, but also the end of the semester, the end of my time in the Uptown apartment, and the end of my time in Chicago, at least for a little while.
The month started with Renegade, the moved through the last weeks of the semester and a full scale photo shoot. Along with the end of school can saying goodbye to good friends, classmates, and co-workers. Some of these people I’ll see in LA in a few months, but others were hugs to last for a long time away. I will miss them all terribly. Yes, the internet helps, but chance meetings are rather infrequent on facebook (we should all switch to Twitter and Google+).
Meanwhile, I packed up my apartment to the tune of Annie and cleaned the place like I don’t think it’s ever been cleaned before — with mom’s help of course. A whilrwind of family and boxes has followed me to San Francisco where I am uncertain of where to settle in to. My time here so far has been saturated with good friends, lots of tea lattes, and a healthy dose of rain.
Christmas was tons of fun and has left me now working on projects and watching lots of TV (and not all that I’m in control of either). I’m now wrestling between trying to come up with a schedule for myself for the new year and wanting to leave my time more open. So many decisions, so little time.
Today I will get up early despite how late I was up flying in to San Francisco. It is my first full day home and, for the past three years this has involved me going to see the Shepard’s Play, a nativity play that my high school puts on every year.
I was convinced that this year I would miss the play because my timing is different, but somehow, so is theirs. I am ecstatic to get to see old friends and participate in a tradition that has been going on for longer than I’ve been alive and will continue on for years to come.
Traditions come from all sorts of places and usually have entertaining origin stories. My family does Chinese food on Christmas Eve ever since the year we were in the midst of a renovation over Christmas. After a performance we go for ice cream. The first weekend after I come home we go to the farmers market for breakfast.
Whatever your traditions are, I wish you the best of all seasons in the coming week and we prepare for the last of the years holidays and gear up for a new year. I’ll be back next week with the obligatory Christmas post, and a few more before the new year, but allow me to be one of the first to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
As of 3:30 this afternoon I am done with this semester. As much as I am glad to be through with it there are some things I’ll miss from this set of classes. This semester taught me a lot both in classes as it was supposed to and how to deal with classes and assignment that I don’t like or understand.
I finished a show bible (description and set up) and pilot for an original series. It’s a thing that I really want to work on more and I don’t quite know where to go from here. Anyone know a a writing group in SF? Any writers want to give me some feedback?
I did have mostly gen eds this semester, which turned out to be a fun thing. I met a lot of people outside my department, some of whom I’m sure I will keep in touch with in the coming year as I continue to develop my ideas and career goals. I am so blessed to know people going into so many different fields, growing my network to include people I can call for all kinds of questions. In fact, a few weeks ago I needed to have a realistic-sounding measurement of energy for my pilot and I asked it as a question on Facebook. I had three answers within five minutes. My network of friends is awesome.
Sadly, this was my last semester with my German class. Most of us had been in German 1 last semester and the smaller class size this semester meant that twice a week we would hang out and try to speak German together. I mean, we learned stuff too, but it was absolutely my favorite group this semester because it was such fun to hang out with these people.
I have been surprised with how well finals have gone this week. I’ve gotten to sleep in twice. Last night I even go t a chance to go to a preview showing of The Hobbit. So much awesome, guys, absolutely go see that movie with Christmas. It’s been a really calm week in what can sometimes be a hurricane of stuff to be done.
While this is the end of my semester and the end of my time in Chicago (at least for a little while), this day also marks the beginning of a lot of other things including the Christmas season, time spent at home with family and friends, and my time as a semi-professional working towards my Semester in LA next spring. I don’t know what these next few months are going to bring, but I’m excited for the outcome.
December is a month of finishing. This month I am finishing the semester (and only just realizing how much needs to be done). I’m packing up my short-lived apartment and putting all my things in storage. I can’t help but feel that I am finishing a phase of my life that I wont return to again.
Having finished the majority of my work last month gives me the freedom to devote all my extra time to finishing out the semester strong. I’m working on a TV show bible, a cookbook compiled by season, a marketing event, and two presentations. I’m going to be a busy bee for the next few weeks.
And the buck doesn’t stop there. As soon as the semester is over I will be packing up and moving on out. I have no idea how I’m going to get it all done. I think my mom is going to be coming to help me move out, something I’m immensely grateful for.
Followed quickly on those heels is the Christmas holiday and all the preparations and festivities that are involved with that. Never mind that I have no clue where I’m going or what the plan is for beyond the winter break. All this uncertainty can make a girl anxious.
My hope for the month is definitely that I will be able to keep calm a midst all the crazy that is sure to come. I have a few crafty/bloggy/photoy thoughts in mind as well, if only to help relieve some of the stress that this month is sure to bring.
I am in awe that November is nearly over. Really I am. This has been a month of waiting. Waiting to hear back from study abroad, from Semester in LA (SiLA). Waiting for a camera charger to come in the mail (it’s still not here and it’s driving me nuts). Waiting for my show to wrap.
All good things mind you, and saying that I was waiting for them doesn’t imply that I was sitting around twiddling my thumbs in the meantime. There was plenty of working and socializing to do while I was in stasis elsewhere.
As mentioned, I wrapped production of my show for work. It was a fun project to do and put me in touch with a lot of first year students. There was a lot of nostalgia in there for me, leading to a lot of thankfulness that I never have to return to that period of my life again.
This never-repeating-freshmen-year sentiment was echoed in my trip to Boston to see my sister. It was great to see her, and a lot of fun to meet her friends, but I feel no need to return to the early days of college. Lot’s of sleeping in and not-quite-thought-through plans.
That said, it was fantastic to see her and the rest of my family over the Thanksgiving weekend. I went on a segway tour with my mom, ate lot’s of wonderful food, and watched the Macy’s parade (my favorite holiday moment, seriously it’s possible that there were happy tears).
A midst all the holiday and family-seeing bliss there was also a few options filtering their way back to me. Acceptance into SiLA and Study Abroad leaving all my options open and a big choice to be made, but one thing quite clear: wherever I’ll be, I will not be spending next semester in Chicago.
I wanted to share a few pictures from this weekend as I not only found my camera charger at home (after ordering it on the internet three weeks ago and it still not being here), but I also got a new phone while I was at it. My old one had been teetering on the edge of the abyss for a while lately and it was time to change.
This weekend was wonderful. As previously mentioned, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday since the only major event is eating. I managed not to overeat, but hit up some of my favorite San Francisco things along the way. Burritos, the Ferry Plaza Market, and my dad’s cooking (it’s a San Francisco staple, what do you mean you’ve never heard of it?).
Other highlights included a (very) mini What Moves You reunion on the beach, a new hat, and finishing the scarf I was working on for my sister (she elected to receive it now instead of as a Christmas gift leaving me not quite sure what to do for her Christmas gift). I also sang until my sister hit me and did eurythmy in One Embargadero. Because when the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 5th comes on I can’t seem to help myself.
As I take stock of all my blessings I am becoming more and more aware of how far I have to go. Not only for the rest of the school year, and the rest of my academic career, but beyond that as well. I’m in it for the long haul and if I’m going to make it in the big bad city then I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. I’m excited to see the road ahead and looking forward to future holidays spent in San Francisco and around the world.
Side note: These pictures were taken with my new phone on my walk home from the bus stop. I live on a massive hill and pretty much any way you slice it I get to walk uphill to home. No complaining here, it’s gorgeous.