I've been back in Boston for a couple weeks after a six-week holiday break. I can't remember the last time I had that much time off. By the end people kept saying, "You're still HERE?!"
At first I went a bit stir crazy without my regular routine (I like to keep busy or else I start thinking really deep thoughts...like how the "ombré hair trend" is the best conspiracy since gas station collusion. A bunch of girls just decided to stop highlighting their hair and gave it a fancy french name. "These aren't roots, it's OMBRÉ." GENIUS).
After a day of being stressed about not being stressed, I slipped into relaxation mode real quick. My Mom says I've been a natural couch potato since I was in diapers & learned how to put in my own Winnie the Pooh VHS. Naps are tiring, okay?!
The holidays started off with a hit of Vitamin D in Punta Cana with my family. My favourite part was our early morning family walks along the beach. Not very many people were around and it was nice to stroll along for an hour or two (the beach was insanely long!) It's rare to have everyone's undivided attention since technology addiction spread like the plague. When we weren't chatting away (my poor Dad, estrogen overload), we'd just wander along in pleasant silence. I know it sounds cheesy but I really missed being able to hang out with my parents and sisters. Full bias: I think they are the greatest people in the galaxy.
Playing in the salty ocean was another highlight. The waves were ginormous (why does that word always sound fake?) I got badly barreled in one and mooned a group of kids (they were European so I think they'll be fine). I also love any excuse to say "barreled" like Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush.
Not to brag or anything but I also finished three books (yep, total brag) and somehow managed to avoid a sunburn (I applied SPF 60 like I was Carrot Top).
I tried to see as many people as possible while I was home but with little trips to Barrie, Collingwood and Kingston I only got a quick fix, not my fill. I got to know Toronto slightly better in the process, dusted off my skis, worked out with my Mom (once, then I couldn't lift my fork for a week), OD'd on gummy vitamins, stared lovingly into people's eyes (mostly friends, sometimes strangers), ate a lot of good food and saw a couple good shows.
I know people from Toronto will roll their eyes at this ("old news, Lou") but I'd never been to the Dakota Tavern before and the Jack Nicholson doppelgänger + band that was playing made me SO HAPPY. Twinkle lights above the stage too, I mean come on. Hamilton Leithauser at The Drake was another great show with some great people.
I'm happy and excited to be starting my second (re: FINAL) semester but after being home for so long, the separation was harder than usual. My heart had time to fuse. Family and friends, there really is nothing better eh?