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So... The holidays are upon us. I've already seen the Grinch on TV (the original, thankyouverymuch). I'm actually looking forward to Christmas this year. It will be a nice ending to a sort of depressing past couple of months. Not to say I'm in a state of depression. But it's not been the best autumn of my life.
Just look in the sidebar there and see the sad state of affairs for my football teams. The total of losses from all three teams this season is more than the total of all three teams for the previous 6 years! The Griz had their first losing season since 1985. Carroll missed the playoffs for the first time this century, and ended their streak of conference championships dating back to 2000. And Capital High was expected to play in the championship game this year, and barely made it to the playoffs, where they lost their first game. Not that I am a super fan of these teams, but when they've been winning as much as they have, it's a downer. Of course, I'm not thrilled by the fact that the Griz lost their game against the Bobcats. That means I lost my bet with Gucci, so you know what that means. Look for the result here in the next week or so...
Other things bringing me down? A slight change in meds has been making a little tired. I can nap at the drop of a dime, anytime, anywhere. And I had a nasty 10 days after my August road trip where I had some sort of stomach flu that drained me.
Maybe it's because yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of my dad's sudden death. Still seems like yesterday.
Maybe it's because I found out last month that a high school friend of mine had died. But she wasn't just a friend. She's the one who explored with me just exactly what "first, second and third base" are. And we never went to a baseball game together, if you know what I mean. Granted, we had lost touch over the years, but still...
Maybe because of the ridiculous amount of snow we got right after Halloween. We broke snowfall records here, with one storm dropping 17" worth of snow. Blew the old record of 5" right out of the books. I don't really mind the snow, but that much this early??
Of course there's some things to improve my mood. There's five full weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and that's a wonderful thing. I'm used to only having four, with two or three of those wasted away with symphony rehearsals and performances. This year, we'll be done on Dec. 9th, giving me three entire weekends! As an added bonus, we won't be doing the Nutcracker this season, so the additional headaches associated with that are gone!
Of course, since there's the maximum days possible between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, that means even more Christmas music!!
And then there's the new season of "The Walking Dead". Ignore the grossness, the gore, the undead (all of which are excellent!). The writing is pretty damned good, and they aren't afraid to kill off major characters in mid-season. I'm not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two when Laurie died!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Even those of you who found it necessary to celebrate it last month! If you're traveling, travel safe! And be sure to take time out during the day to give thanks for the things you've been blessed with. Then get back to the turkey and football!