For kicks, the travel bentos I made for the bus ride to the airport last Wed. My roommates liked the shaped eggs. N squealed a little and M said she thought they were “really sweet” 🙂 (The foil-wrapped things are ham/avocado/cheese sandwiches):
There’s just two short weeks before finals and I’m already incredibly behind!
N, M & I traveled to my parents’ home in NJ for the Thanksgiving holidays and we had lots of fun – with (among other things) a day trip to NYC, dim sum and shopping in Philadelphia (during which I introduced M to boba/bubble tea/pmt – unfortunately, the place we tried wasn’t very good, but I guess only I really knew the difference heh), and of course, my family’s huge Thanksgiving Dinner event on Thursday night. As a consequence, however, I got almost no work done over the break. Nor was I in the mood to complete any homework yesterday, my first day back on campus – instead, I grocery-shopped, summer-job-hunted, budgeted my money for the next month, and began making Christmas gifts. I’m afraid I’ve gotten rather caught up in the holiday “spirit” already (I use quote marks because it’s admittedly a very commercial version of the real thing). When we visited NYC, it was the first day that all of the decorations were up all over the city, and it was wonderful. I love lights and ribbons and greens (though I’m allergic). If I were actually going to be in South Bend for the rest of the holiday season I’d be tempted to splurge on beautiful decorations for my apartment (I know exactly what I’d want: icicle lights and paper snowflakes in the windows, fake greenery with red bows from the pendant light and ceiling, a small tree for the phone table, glass bowls of ornaments, maybe a wreath on the door…) but alas, I’m a student on a small budget. And what the heck would I do with all those decorations once spring came around, anyway? So instead I bought a $1 bag of mismatched ornaments from CVS (I think they come from random sets that were broken in transit) and scattered them around the living room. We have a cereal bowl of colored balls on our coffee table, a wire reindeer in the glass patio door, and a rather ugly 5″ soldier standing at off-kilter attention on the telephone table. It looks sparse and grim, for Christmas decor. But it’s better than nothing. And it only cost me $1.
I’ve also already decided (mostly) what I’m going to give to various people. My classmates will each get something small stuck in their department mailboxes – a nice holiday chocolate (the kind from Ghirardelli’s that is sold in individually-wrapped squares) wrapped in a paper sleeve that I’ll write a greeting on. The department admin will get a nice box of home-baked cookies to thank her for all the good work she does to keep us from accidentally running the program into the ground with all of our logistical mixups. I’ll probably also give my friends who always give me rides some cookies, too. Roommates are getting some beautiful Etsy purchases (that arrived in the mail yesterday!), stuffed with bits of my handmade jewelry and some Kit-Kat (I figured I’d give them some quintessential American candy, since the good European brands are all old hat to them). Various friends who live far away will get nice, long cards. Grandparents – ND mugs (they like to collect mugs for each place that their grandchildren have gone to school / spent the summer; hence, they have MIT, Stanford, UMich, Cornell, Brown, Columbia, possibly JHU gear – though I don’t think my brother has thought to buy them Georgetown stuff? I’ll have to suggest it to him). Mom and Dad – either Etsy finds, handmade art, or donations made in their name. The brother and the boyfriend – um, still thinking about it. (20-something boys are so infernally difficult to shop for, because everything they like is usually gadgety, electronic, and expensive!)
I also now have a list of 3 teaching positions I will be applying to for the summer. I really really hope I get the CTY one, because they provide housing on Stanford’s campus, which would be perfect (since rent is, for the most part, astronomical in the Bay Area).
That said, there is a possibility I may have to present on the paper I’ve just barely started to collect sources for this Thursday. Eek! The rest of this week is going to be massively stressful. 0.o.
The holidays are almost here.