Friday, January 13, 2006

Christmas, New Year's and Back to School...

Hi everybody!
As usual, my apologies for my lateness in posting...
Anyway, it seems I have some catching up to do.
My holidays, spent at home with my family, was both good and bad. Bad, in that it was relatively unexciting and uneventful, but good, in that I got lots of much-needed rest and a great break from school work, and that I got to spend some quality time with my family before coming back here for my last semester of university.
Our family Christmas itself turned out to be very odd, and not as wonderful as I had hoped, having missed it last year (being in Mauritius with all of you!). Indeed, my grandmother and uncle showed up at our house on Christmas Eve. as they do each year, except this time the stairs to our deck were icy, and my grandmother ended up slipping and breaking her leg in two places before even getting into the house. I called 911, and we spent most of our Christmas Eve. in the emergency room at the hospital. As it turned out, she needed to have surgery on her leg, as her bones basically shattered within it, and so most of our Christmas Day was spent in the hospital as well, with her as she waited to go into the operating room... So yeah, not a super great Christmas experience, overall. The good news that I have to keep in mind, though, is that she's doing fine, and the accident could have been a lot worse.
My father, of course, also spent the Christmas holidays recovering from his heart surgery, which went really well. He is feeling much better than he has in years, and seems to have taken on a whole new attitude towards life. Needless to say, I'm very happy that everything turned out so well with that.
My sister was also home from England, and it was really nice to spend some time with her, especially since we have no idea when we'll see each other again after this. She's having a great time over there; I am so jealous of all her adventures!
Apart from the poor health of everyone at Christmas time, it went well otherwise. I got some really nice gifts, and we ate like kings and queens... oh yeah, and that reminds me, guess what? I'm not a veg-head anymore! Surprising, I know! I decided to make the switch when I first got home for the holidays, as I had been feeling really unhealthy before, and I thought it was in part because my iron was low... I do feel weird about eating animal flesh still, but I do feel so much better now that I get more protein and iron in my diet... So I actually got to enjoy the Christmas turkey this year, for the first time in ages! Yum, yum!
As for New Year's, my sister and I dropped over at our neighbourhood gathering (with our parents) for a while, before driving into Halifax to see a Joel Plaskett Emergency concert... The neighbourhood thing was surprisingly fun, and the concert was also amazing! Apart from the fact that we were driving, and thus couldn't drink, it was a really great New Year's, and probably the highlight of my time at home.
As I mentioned, the rest of my holidays were pretty boring, but I was still really sad to leave when I flew back here on Monday. I guess I was upset at saying goodbye to my family, not knowing when I'll see them again, and I was slightly depressed at the thought of returning to school and feeling completely alone here, as I don't really have any close friends or people to support me. Not to mention the constant pressure of school work...
Anyway, being back here hasn't been nearly as bad as I thought... I was happy to see and hang out with my roommates again, and I drank and went out on Wednesday night for the first time in a long time! It was a lot of fun... It's hard to believe that I only have three months left in my university life, and I'm not sure whether I'll be sad or filled with joy when I'm done. Most likely some of both...
Anyway, that's the news with me. Hope everybody's doing well out there, wherever y'all are!