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11/30/2020 Back to it

While it's too bad we weren't able to have any visitors, it's been a pretty nice and relaxing holiday, which I really needed. But now, I've got to get back to work. Fortunately, I don't have any grading to do this week, so I can focus on my book (nearly done with the second draft!) and some assorted other tasks and issues. And hey, there's really only a bit over two weeks left in the semester. Hopefully we'll be able to visit my parents afterwards though, for various reasons, the trip wouldn't be until late December or early January anyway. Regardless, it'll be great to have a longer vacation wherever it is, though I'll still need to spend a lot of time writing. But hey, writing is usually something I enjoy.

Anyway, here's hoping the semester, and the year, finish on a strong note.


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11/27/2020 Happy...Black Friday?

Actually the sales I've seen so far this year don't interest me much. I picked up a couple games online, but that's been it. Maybe Cyber Monday will be more interesting. Not that I really "need" more anything right now. Sure there's some things I want, but I've got more then enough books, games, and TV shows / movies to keep me busy for ages and I don't really need anything for the house either.

Anyway, Thanksgiving was nice, even without guests, though I do hope we can get a group together next year. It was both fun and relaxing to spend a while cooking. Not to brag, but I'm pretty good in the kitchen. I used to make one or two fancy meals every week but, over the past couples of years, I've gotten busier and busier to the point where, these days, I seem to rarely make anything that takes more than 20 minutes of work. Not that I don't want to cook more, but it seems like I always feel that there's something more important I should be doing with my time. Fortunately, if things continue as planned, my schedule should become more relaxed come summer. For now though, it's really nice to have a break, even if only for a few days. And hey, winter break isn't all that far off either, even if travel plans are going to be tricky.

Anyway, I hope everyone (or at least everyone in the US) had a good Thanksgiving. Enjoy the weekend and I'll see you Monday.


11/25/2020 Happy Thanksgiving!

Honestly, at the moment I don't feel especially happy. This whole year has been insane, of course, but the past month has just been one thing after another for me, starting with that whole mess with my laptop. Right now, that issue I mentioned before is ongoing and while, as I said before, I'm past the point of driving myself crazy about it, there's some back and forth involved that keeps it in mind. Then, we just discovered another water leak (honestly, what it it with this house and water damage?). Fortunately, we caught this early and it looks like it shouldn't be a really big deal but finding yet another leak certainly hasn't done much for my mood. Hawaii also keeps making things more complicated in regards to travel, so out winter vacation is looking more and more iffy.

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving though, as previously mentioned, it'll just be myself, Connie, and Zack. Now that my brother's family is living in Hawaii along with my parents, it doesn't really make sense for any of us to visit each other for Thanksgiving. Even without the mess COVID has made of traveling, it's too long of a trip for such a short break. Especially with winter vacation coming up. And the other friends and relatives we might normally celebrate Thanksgiving with are more worried about COVID than we are so they aren't going out.

Sigh... On the bright side, I've got the latest Brandon Sanderson book to read (he's one of my favorite authors) and, even better, they just announced a sequel to The World Ends With You, one of my favorite games ever. And it's coming next summer! Hopefully by then, at least, things will be back to normal.

Anyway, I hope things are going better for all of you than they are for me. Have a great Thanksgiving and I'll see you Friday.


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