Two months between posts isn’t the worst I’ve ever done. I wish I could blame my absence on something, but in reality it has just been my poor time management skills. So, rather than go on about how time is important, make sure you don’t waste it, I’ve learned my lesson, blah blah blah, I’m just gonna pretend like this is a regularly scheduled post by a regularly scheduled individual.
This is the first time I have been loving fall. Taking a break for the fall semester was one of the best decisions my broken wallet has ever had. Instead of taking every morning to roll out of bed, rush to class, skip lunch in order to make it to work on time, and spend the evening cramming in homework, I’ve been able to enjoy the changing color in the leaves. I’ve been able to rest when I need it, spend free time doing fun stuff I’ve wanted to do. I’m actually writing again pretty regularly outside of the internet. Unfortunately, my job doesn’t allow me to do anything in the evening and my weekends have been packed, but I don’t really have any reason to complain. I still get to enjoy my mornings without the threat of a homework deadline. I’ve also been working out on a regular basis, as I had hoped I would.
My favorite part of October is definitely pumpkin carving. I grew up in a house where all things Halloween were considered Satanic. I still remember October 31st’s spent hiding behind couches with the lights out as young children dressed in costume came to our door. Later, we had Halloween alternative parties where we received candy, which made me just as excited for the day as if we actually celebrated it. Kind of a loophole to enjoy the day without feeling guilty. Now that we’re all older, we’ve put away our fear of the Holiday. I am not here to give a list of reasons why there’s nothing wrong with Halloween, or to start an argument about the religious implications of the Holiday and that all of the holidays we celebrate today are from pagan origin (check out Easter. The Easter bunny makes a lot more sense now). I’ve had enough debating this year to last till way past November 8th.
What was I talking about? Right, pumpkin carving.
A few years ago, I finally started a yearly tradition of pumpkin carving. Mine have included a Totoro, Navi from Legend of Zelda, and a Companion Cube. I’m still trying to think up one for this year. While I’ve failed this year to go pumpkin picking, go through a corn maze, or go on a hay ride thanks to time restrictions, I refuse to miss out on carving a pumpkin, dang it. I will not be robbed of my childhood any longer.
So this post isn’t a complete waste of your time, I’ll give you an update about my New Year’s resolutions. Nope, I haven’t forgotten about them. Here they are, as copied and pasted from my January 1st post:
1. Keep up my blog (AKA don’t go months between posts)
2. Take lots of pictures (enough to fill a photo album)
3. Keep a jar of good things from throughout the year (I have done this the past two years. I’m very forgetful of it, but it still manages to get full)
4. Make music with my friends
5. Read. A lot.
1. Well, I don’t think it was a complete failure. I have posted more than twice this year.
2. Eh. I didn’t take them with a camera like I had hoped to, but since I didn’t put restrictions on it when I wrote it down, I’m gonna say photos taken on my phone count.
3. Nope. Didn’t even try. My jar from last year is still sitting full on my desk. Maybe next year…
4. Sadly, adulting has gotten in the way of this one. My fellow ukulele player/band mate has been just as busy as me. But the year is not over yet, so I guess there’s still hope.
5. Depends on your definition of “lots”. I’ve read several books, some of them pretty long, but definitely nowhere near as many as I read when I was in high school and didn’t have a job or social life. But I completed at least two books, so I’m checking this one off my list.
Odds are you’ve had a more productive year than I have. My plan for next year’s resolutions is to think up stuff I already do and make that my resolution so I’m pretty much guaranteed to be successful. And carving a pumpkin in October will be one of them.