We celebrated Christmas at my grandmother's house this year, like we do most years. I'm trying to get in the habit of taking more photographs with my SLR, but of course I brought it with me and didn't take a single picture. Ha! I need to make that my new year's resolution.
We packed up all of our wrapped presents and headed down South. Once we arrived, we carried on conversation in the kitchen while my mom finished up the cooking. Finally, we had our Christmas dinner, opened presents, and played a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity.
Last month, I got word from my mom that my Dad was interviewing for a job in Tulsa. The interview being with one of his old colleagues within the same company. I entertained myself with the idea that my Dad would accept the job and they would move much closer to me. However, in conversations with my Mom, she made it sound as if he wasn't that interested in it so I forgot all about it. Until a few weeks ago, when she oh so casually tells me he accepted the position.
Of course, I'm over the moon about it for so many reasons. One, I don't have to drive 2 hours to visit family which also goes for them as they visit us quite often. Two, in case of an emergency, I'll have them closer to home. Three, more outings and time with the family (including shopping trips with my Mom. ;) ) Ever since I moved away from home, it's been kind of lonely not having people who live close by. It is nice knowing we will have someone closer that we can rely on.
My Dad starts his job on Monday and will be staying in an apartment for the time being. They are currently in house hunting mode while they fix up their house to sell. Some of the houses they have been looking at are only 35-45 minutes from where we are currently living which makes me quite happy.
It'll sure be sad saying goodbye to my childhood home. That whole town is made of memories. But fuck it, here's to new beginnings in 2015!
Despite being alone for New Year's Eve, I started off New Year's Day with one of my closest friends today. Lindsey came to visit me for the first time since I moved fffaaarrr away. As luck would have it, she happens to only work on the weekends, which is my only time off so trying to plan for visits has been difficult. However, with me being on Christmas Break for two weeks (oh, the perks of being a teacher) and some convincing on my part, she drove 3 hours to see me.
There's always a period where I start losing contact with friends. Sometimes we get busy and we start to drift apart which happens, of course. But I occasionally get this little tinge of worry that things won't be the same. Like it'll be awkward. People change, so you just never know if you'll be on the same page.
Luckily, that wasn't the case today. Deep conversations were had, which I realize now how much I missed with her. I practically lived at her house while I was going to college so we became really close. We reminisced on things from the past and talked about our plans for the future. We share a lot of the same views now, which we butted heads on before. A lot of things that I was surprised we had in common. It was nice to just talk shit and hang out. I'm glad for the time I got to spend with her today because it's rare that we get any time alone now that she has a family.
Also, she brought me wine and vodka. I guess I'll be drowning my sorrows. ;)
And now for a little Throwback.
Driving down backroads in Arkansas, September 2008.
The Christmas Tree lives on for one more day! Only because I'm not ready to put away my new ornaments. Cute, eh?
I'll be bringing in the new year alone tonight. I'm not usually a big fan of celebrating the new year, but I do have some vodka and Minecraft on hand. I know, I'm a wild thing. Someone put me on a leash.
Alex sent me a video of the New Year in the Netherlands. He's 7 hours ahead of me. So he's already left my ass and took off to 2015. :P