Finals are done and I’m finally getting chance to go home an extended time for the first time in a really long time! I have almost 4 weeks at home. That’s four weeks of my favorite people, home-cooked meals, and the best ice cream ever.

Winters in California aren’t really what you expect for a normal winter, with snow and cold weather. We have what I consider cold weather (high 50s to mid 60s), where you need to switch your long sleeved t-shirts for sweaters.

From my favorite little ice cream shop

The street I visited with the best lights

As of yesterday, this is week 2 at home and I’ve been spending a lot of time with family and friends, and I’m very excited about it! As usual, the first two weeks of break are usually spent just catching up on sleep…we’ll see if I need more time for that after the last semester. I’ve also been keeping up with different TV shows, watching lots of series on Netflix, from the Greatest British Baking Show to Black Mirror. I’ve also been able to spend time with my little cousins, taking them to see Christmas lights and fun events around the Bay Area. It’s been really nice to do all the fun Christmasy things with them that I haven’t done in so long, from building gingerbread houses to watching the Polar Express (multiple times in one week). I’ve also had an unreal amount of milk tea and Philz Coffee…which is probably a problem, but I’m going to use break as an excuse. With all my friends from school on different schedules, this is the one time of the year we all are coming home, with no work or school to worry about. I’ve been watching a lot of movies (and am going to see The Greatest Showman tonight), and again, finally getting a chance to reset my sleep schedule. 

My plans for the rest of break include going to some family-friend dinners, which is what we usually do for Christmas dinner. Lots of White Elephant games are planned, and there’s going to be a lot more time spent with my younger cousins and family. I’m going to be doing a lot of cookie-baking, and probably spending more time with my friends doing some super last-minute holiday shopping and just catching up after so long away from each other. One of the cool things about having lots of new development in the city that we’re from is that we have so many more options of places to go – but a lot of those places are restaurants, and getting food time after time gets a little bit repetitive, so it’ll be nice to do some day trips and explore more of the surrounding areas.

Happy Holidays!!


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