Posts Tagged ‘december 2008’

Well, three more days of actual classes and five exams and Fall 2008 session is over. Then three weeks of deep housecleaning, catching up on sleep, some short family visits and on to Spring 2009. Wow – how is it possible that we are already looking at 2009? I must have slipped through some wormhole or something because it simply doesn’t seem like we could be that far along in the year.

The good news is that the Winter Solstice is only 20 days away – that makes me very happy. Just a shade less than three more weeks of shortening days, then we start to get a little more daytime each day (I’d say sunlight, but hey, I live in Oregon, so…). Yippee! Anything that makes life a little brighter is a good thing. Although I have to say that this fall has been absolutely stunning. Unseasonably warm, more sunlight than usual, and truly spectacular days. We were even into the low 70’s as late as mid-October, which is almost unheard of here.

The hardest part about the Oregon winters is the damp cold and the lack of sunlight. It may not rain every day, but you can go 7-10 days without seeing any real sunlight, just diffuse light coming through the overcast skies. And damp cold that bites into my joints (I know, I’m trying very hard not to think about the long term ramifications of that statement). Even my little dog gets seasonal affective disorder. But, thanks to my brilliant mother, we have a couple of full-spectrum lights that we run when we are home and the skies are grey. The cat doesn’t seem to care much, I’ve noticed. Well, she doesn’t care much as long as there is canned food in the bowl at the proscribed time and she can supplement her diet with a little “ala carte” now and then.

All of this is my way of saying “Welcome” to the holiday season. We don’t do presents much any more, just stocking stuffers for the girls and magazine subscriptions for the boys (different sets of kids). Mitch asked me what I wanted for Christmas, and since he can’t give me a renewed planet all by himself, he’s going to settle for taking me to see “Singin’ in the Rain” at the movies this coming Weds night. I love old musicals and this one is a particular favorite. Having never seen it on the big screen, this will be a treat. And him being willing to sit through it with me will be extra special. I’ll have to control myself and not sing along with it.

Enough procrastinating! Devo studiare per l’esame finale d’italiano domani.



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