|Current mood:|| grateful|
|Current music:||Kenny G's Miracles:The Holiday Album. I'm in love with this.|
i love christmas!
hi. it's me again. it's been ages since my last update. whoops. thanksgiving break came and went, but in my mind, i've been on break ever since that day i went to the farm. i'm pretty excited for these next few weeks. classes are done in a week. A WEEK! my last final is next thursday and i can't wait. i'm not going to germany for break....is that good? is it bad? i don't know. i'll get to spend time with friends here in the cities and spend more time with the family....now that- i wonder- is THAT good or bad? oh...i just love the holiday season. i've spent more than my usual share of time in downtown minneapolis lately, and i've just fallen madly in love with it. you can definitely feel the holiday mood in the people and the atmosphere. i just wish everyone could be here to experience it with me. it's a different holiday mood. maybe a little more modern and trendy than what i'm used to...but it's a nice change. no christmas markets and gluhwein here, but nevertheless, i can feel christmas in the special apple cider that is sold only at christmas time at the caribou coffee chains throughout the cities, and definitely in the decorations...it's beautiful to stroll down summit and selby and gaze at the gorgeous houses all decked out in their holiday "threads!" people back home never decorated their houses the way it's done here...i suppose the holiday is more traditional back there too, though...anyway...i'm super excited for this weekend. i know i should be a hermit and spend all my time studying for finals that i have next week- but i can't. it's christmas! it only comes once a year. tonight (friday night) i'm going to the minnesota orchestra- they are performing beethoven's 9th...honestly, i'm so excited i can barely sit still....it's been such a long time since i've heard really amazing music...and orchestras do that for me. sitting in the hall- it's a magical feeling that i can't describe. i get warm fuzzies all up and down my back from watching the musicians perform. i think it's going to be especially perfect this time- being in minneapolis at the orchestra hall with all the beautiful people in their winter coats and evening wear....*sigh*. i'm really looking forward to it. saturday, a buddy of mine and i have a date for the science museum. i've been dying to go ever since i got here a year and a half ago. we're going to spend all day at the museum looking at every little gadget and gizmo. hopefully, i'll be able to squeeze time in there to go pick up my something corporate tickets! woot! saturday night, i'm planning on going to the holidazzle parade in minneapolis. i didn't go last year and i don't know why- dims and i tried one time- and it didn't work out quite as we planned- however, we still had a blast with big cat at the starbucks in nicollet mall taking random snapshots in really comfy, overstuffed chairs...:) it should be a great time! sunday, i think i'll call heidi over to work on our christmas gifts- we're being extra spunky and going the extra mile by making some of our own gifts- i always did prefer hand made gifts anyway...yeah, i'm DEFINITELY looking forward to this weekend. maybe we'll go ice skating afterwards and then head over to vespers that night....we'll see.
so...what's been going on with me lately? well...i've fallen in love with dill pickle chips all over again. who cares if they aren't the baked kind? they're fantastic. i dyed my hair (again). this time, all black. i know what all 3 of you that read this are thinking....you already had black hair though, tara...no. i didn't. my hair is naturally dark brown. now, it's black. black black black. i was tired of the red and wanted a change from the brown- so i figured black was a safe enough bet. i did it myself too! damn proud, i tell ya! granted, i still have some of the dye on my left arm, nail, and on the web of my right hand, between my thumb and index finger, but i did it myself and that's important. :) i like it. and i'm working on growing out my bangs- potentially transforming them into side bangs....maybe not. i have my fingers crossed for a job at a perkins by school. i would just love love LOVE to work there. it's in a really crappy and scary part of town so they close at midnight, not like most of them that are open 24 hours, which is fine with me. keep yours crossed for me too! honestly, i'd give my left big toe to work there....and i'm not even kidding. oh....i hope i get it, i hope i get it, i hope i get it. another thing i'd love to do next semester is be an RA on my floor in wollager. my RA is transferring to a school in wisconsin, so the position is open. i talked to the housing director, Sharon, today and told her that i was interested. i love the girls on my floor and i know that we'd have SO much fun together! geez. it sure sounds like i'm asking for a lot this year for christmas....a job and an RA position....oh...and side bangs. :)
hmm...i'm super psyched for the spring semester. i think my classes are just going to rock. really. i don't know- i never know. but i can hope. that's all we have anyway, right? hope. i have this gut feeling that next year is going to be a year of big things. a year for me to say all the things i need to say to all the people i need to say them to, (my mother, maybe?), big self realizations, growing up, making scary grown up decisions, etc. i've just barely gotten my feet wet this past year, and i'm sure that the next year will certainly be beneficial and super important for me. a big part of me hopes it is anyway. there it is- that hope again- :) and dims and i are still hopefully (and AGAIN! :)) going to europe for a bit in the summer. i can't wait! spending quality time in europe with the coolest gal in the midwest? count me in! i <3 you dims!
so don't tell anyone, but i'm im'ing people right now and telling them how much i cherish and value their friendships. i feel like my friendships this year have made me a better person. it's an encouraging thought. my friends give me hope- hope for something new and better- hope for a worthwhile tomorrow. i'm feeling super grateful and thankful and wonderful and so many other words that end in "ful."
oooh speaking of "ful", i had sushi earlier tonight- and the entire dinner was just spectacular! our cms food group went to a japanese hibachi grill/bar called ichiban in minneapolis. it was one of those entertainment type shows where the chef throws food all around his audience and prepares the meal right before your very eyes....truly amazing! i was in awe the whole time. it was a bit on the pricey side though- 15 people--> almost $500.00 big ones....yup. eh- it was totally worth it though- i would definitely go again...next time a bunch of people and i are going to the all you can eat sushi bar- $22 for all you can eat sushi!....YEAH BABY! :) i also, had liver and green tea ice cream for the first time ever! oh, and i had a taste of xeing's ginger ice cream which was actually and surprisingly amusing. i want to take all my friends there- well- only the cool ones. yeah- you know who you are.
.....i have to pee. really badly. so i'm going to go for now. ciao! :) and happy christmas!