wrapping up things around the house before vacation is tough. this will be our first christmas away from ‘our’ home in 4 years. fortunately we have enjoyed the tree for almost a month, and while ninja is nowhere near over it, i feel OK. the holidays slip by every year and i never feel like i have enjoyed them enough. it isn’t about the gifts and the anticipation of christmas day for me. it is about the season, the lights and music, the warmth. i’m not sure ryan understands it, but you really need only look around to see the special events that surround this season and no other. yes, consumerism – but isn’t that always present these days? i don’t feel pressure to give gifts, to shop for meaningless things because the TV says that i must, but i know others do. that is not what slips by for me.
regardless, i’m looking forward to being back on the road, visiting new as well as familiar places. ready for a little change.