November is Here
I don’t remember the rhyme that I learned in November while in elementary school. In fact, I only remember the one from October, so very sorry for that! For some reason, I wished I did because it’s always fun to go back and remember things from when I was a kid.
When I am in the USA, this is the start of the time of year that I love. In Texas, it’s cold but not too cold so that I am miserable.
Thanksgiving, I have to admit, isn’t my favorite time of the month mostly because I am usually sick. So, I can’t eat much and want to sleep all day. In the past, my family would either go spend time with my mom’s parents or my dad’s parents. We’d alternate who we spent time with but we’d end up visiting both sides of my family. As I got older and my cousins have grown up, gotten married, had kids and stuff, it has changed a little bit. My mom has started doing it at her house now. I’ve always loved my mom’s cooking. I don’t think I have been back since my mom started doing this, but I am looking forward to the change. Our family dynamics have changed a bit so I am not sure how I am going to contribute. This is the first time that I have been back since I came out as gay to my family. My dad’s side of the family has a problem with it. If my mom’s side of the family has a problem with it, they’re not as vocal about it and that’s okay.
For those of you who don’t know, the day after Thanksgiving is our big shopping day. I guess you could compare it to the sales happening on Boxing Day except it’s a bit more dangerous. They sell TVs for $30 and of course stores stock about 100 of them and 3,000 people want them. So you have people murdering other people for a cheap gift for their kids. I will sometimes go if alcohol is involved the night before since these sales start at 4 or 5. A few times I have been drunk when I go (but I never, ever drive… we go as a group). People who know me well know that I hate shopping and find it exhausting. When I shop for 30 minutes (and don’t know what I’m getting), I feel like I have worked for 12 hours straight. I hate it. Unless I find a really good deal, I may just chill out for a while and relax. Since I’m not much of a drinker, I’ll probably skip the drinking.
Black Friday Battlefield
Between Thanksgiving and my birthday, there is about a week or so. I don’t do anything special but I start thinking about what I’m going to get people. My Christmas shopping is usually done in mid December. Since I am a bit broke at the moment, people are getting cheap gifts! (Surprise, family members who read this!!!)
I’m excited and a little depressed thinking what the holidays are going to be like. I am happy to spend some time with my family but my grandmothers are getting older. I know this is sad, but I want to remember them as being indestructible. I know I can’t stop this from happening. I think this is something that every family has to go through at some point though. I’m sure my mom went through the same thing where she would go over to her grandmother’s house and then it just stopped at some point. I should soak up all of this before it’s too late, I think. I am so happy that I am going to be spending time with my mom and sister and the rest of the family, though. I know they’re excited to see me. I know that without my friend’s help, I wouldn’t be able to do this either so I need to get him a few goodies while I’m there. Maybe before I go too!
I’m still fudging around with my return date. I am thinking about moving it to early February. I’d have to pay extra though since there’s a fee for changes but I sorta know that the length of time that I’m staying is way too long. My other option is to get a job when I am there to earn some USD before I come back.
If you don’t know (or want to be investigative), the reason I had booked so long is so I could spend time with a certain someone in Texas. I thought about it and I think that it will just be a waste of my time and plus, I have already met someone here.
I know this is a long one (lol), so I will go for now. As you can see, the usual things keep appearing in my head. I’m in such a bind because I love this country and there’s a guy here that I have to leave behind for a while. Thankfully, he’s understanding about this. He’s trying to talk me into going to India (Kerala) at some point next year. THAT makes me nervous because I fear the unknown.
That’s it for now. Talk to you guys later! Busy few weeks ahead but I’ll try to write here regularly to calm these anxious thoughts in my head.