‘Tis the Season…

…for magazine articles, going home for the first time since starting school, Thanksgiving, officially starting work, snow in New Orleans, finals, AND Christmas. Did I miss anything? I hope this will help you understand why it’s been so long since I last posted. My life is hectic and I’m doing my best to keep the blog updated, but it can be hard. I’m still trying to get used to this whole “adult” thing.

If you haven’t seen, my first article was published with The Crescent Magazine, Tulane’s online lifestyle magazine. I posted a link a few weeks ago, and my next article should be going live within the next week or so. You can check out updates on my writing at http://www.tulanemagazine.com and I’ll try to keep posting links to my personal stories/articles, for those of you that are interested.

For Thanksgiving break, I was finally able to make it back to my home in Minnesota. I flew into Fargo, where my older sister Emily lives, and had the amazing opportunity to see her senior exhibition show. Hopefully I’ll be able to write a more in-depth post about the exhibit, but in short, it’s a brand that provides resources for children that are affected by alcoholism. I could not be more proud of the work my sister has done for this project.

After a day in Fargo, Emily, Danny and I drove down to Truman. We intruded on turkey bingo at the school–and won–so that we could see the twins sooner. It was weird to go back to the high school after so many months away. I can’t say that I’ve missed it, but it was nice to see some familiar faces. One of my favorite familiar faces to see was a furry one at home, though. If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with my lovable, clingy, 22lb cat named Charlie. Emily put up with him being glued to my side, despite her allergy to him. Thanks for being such a good sport, sis. 🙂

Later Wednesday night, my aunt, uncle, and cousins all came from Indianapolis and Minneapolis for some quality family time. This made our Thanksgiving dinner a bit larger than we were maybe expecting, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The weekend was spent exchanging stories, drinking wine (soda for those of us underage), and making up for lost time. It was extremely difficult to leave my family again, but it was a little easier knowing that I had only three more weeks, then I’d be back for winter break.

These few weeks though, have been… interesting to say the least. I had my first non-training shift at PJ’s and have loved every minute of working there. I took a midterm that brought back my hope of doing well in chemistry. I witnessed it go from 80 degrees to 45 degrees to actually snowing within three days. The amount of people who had never seen snow up to this point is absolutely astonishing to me. I can’t imagine. And this wasn’t even a “real” snow!

This next week is finals week (wish me luck!) and then I’m heading back to the tundra of Minnesota for almost an entire month. I can’t wait to be with family and old friends again, but I know I’m going to miss my college friends like CRAZY. I had the cutest Christmas gift exchange with my suitemates, and I realized just how lucky I am to have met these beautiful, wonderful ladies. It’ll be great to be home, but it’ll be tough to be apart from them. They’ll make it easier to come back.

Wow, writing it all out just makes me realize how much of a whirlwind I’ve been living in. I’ll do my best to keep things better updated in the future. Thanks for bearing with me.

Stay tuned for more updates!

xoxo, second sister suzie

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