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Hello December!

Whoo! November just flew by for me! I can’t believe it’s already December — but I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see this beautiful month.

I wrote a 53,000 word novel last month for NaNoWriMo and am, therefore, a winner. Woop! I knew I could do it, though it was a bit more difficult this year finding time to write with college. It was good to write again. :) I also really love my novel – I haven’t completely finished it yet. I probably have another 10,000 words to write until “The End” but at least I’ve got a huge start! Last year I also won, but I’ve not touched my novel since. This year, I’m pretty excited about editing and revising, and perhaps publishing in the future…? We’ll see how revision goes. :)

If you’d like to learn a little about my novel, you can head here for an excerpt, summary, and my stats through the month of November.

Next week is finals week and I have a million and two things to complete between now and then. :/ But it’s okay! I’m a little stressed, but I know that I can do it and besides… there’s only four more weeks until CHRISTMAS! So I will rant at a later date about my dumb French professor. :)

Last week-end, me and Alysha decorated our dorm room and we got… a bit creative. :)

I am now in full Christmas spirit and I can’t wait for my month-and-a-half long break! The more the year goes on, the more I start to love college. Kinda crazy from my attitude when I first began, huh.

OH MY GOSH. Yesterday I had an interview to work in the Psychology Department as an administrative clerk, and I for the life of me had no idea how the interview went. I was just checking my student email and I got an e-mail saying I got the job! WOOOOT! Not sure about the details yet or my pay but man, today’s been a good day! Plus I’ve been pretty stressed about finances, so this is a huge relief. The only bummer is that I’m thinking about minoring in psychology, and if I go through with that, I will have to quit after a semester or so because you can’t be a major/minor and work there (because you make copies of tests, etc.). But that’s okay, at least I have a job for next semester! :D

Not a whole lot else happened in November. I got a week long break for Thanksgiving which was really good for me. I’d been really missing my family and my dog, so it was good to be home for a while and eat good food. :) My mom’s side of the family all came over for Thanksgiving day and we bought a 22lb turkey. :P Yum! That night I went and saw Skyfall, the new James Bond movie, with Andrew and his family. I loved it. I’m a huge James Bond Daniel Craig fan an it was probably my favorite Bond movie yet. (Not sure though, I’d need to watch Casino Royale again.)

And as always, I went Black Friday shopping with my mom. We go around 10AM so all the crazies are gone by then. :P I really just got some DVDs for myself and a few other gifts for friends/family for Christmas. (Can’t be specific because Andrew tends to lurk on here. :P)

I signed up for classes for next semester, which is kind of exciting and kind of not. I’m taking 14 credit hours, so it won’t be a real difficult load and I’m taking Statistics, Environmental Science Lecture and Lab (yuck), Economics, and Theatre Appreciation (also yuck). Not bad, not bad.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good month. :)

I’m Being Shoved out of my Comfort Zone

I can’t believe I’m writing this right now from my college dorm room, approximately 250 miles and four hours away from home. That thought makes me really sad since I miss all of my friends and family but I’m also really excited. Maybe I should rewind a little bit?

I didn’t start packing until the night before we were set to leave like a pro so I was scrambling around my room, trying to decide what to take and what not to take. It doesn’t help that I wasn’t sure how big the dorm room was (I figured small) or what type of furniture was in the dorm room. So I just winged it because I couldn’t remember from about a year ago when I originally checked the campus out. I packed most of my clothes and really just essentials… though I did bring all my pillows… I couldn’t resist! My mom, sister, and I went shopping for toiletries and school supplies, etc. It was so difficult, trying to pick out things that I thought I would need without knowing what I needed.

I stayed up until about 2:00 AM packing and was making a list as I went along of things that I didn’t have and still needed. So we had to go shopping again in the morning, LOL. It was terrible and lesson learned that I will not be procrastinating for so long college packing. My brother Steven wanted to take me out to lunch afterwards so that was really sweet of him. It was nice to eat with him and my mom and just talk about stuff before I left. Aw, I miss my family. :love:

We had to wait for my dad to get home from his chemo treatment. (And while I’m talking about him he’s doing fantastic! He’s just taking chemo as a precaution so that the cancer doesn’t come back. It’s been such a blessing that he hasn’t had any side effects except for the hiccups, which is pretty funny. :P)

It didn’t really hit me that I was leaving home until everything was packed up, my room was bare (and clean for once) and my parents were waiting for me to get in the car to go. Not going to lie, I started to cry when I had to say good bye to Tabor. I wanted to stop by Becky’s house before we left to drop off a few things and just to tell her good bye, too. I started to tear up then too. I mean, I’m leaving the girl that has known me better than I’ve known myself since the 2nd grade, and leaving the only place I’ve ever called home for my eighteen years of existence. Growing up sucks.

The drive was uneventful, which I am thankful for. Trying to get into the dorm was the most frustrating thing of the day – but that’s just because traffic was backed up from everyone trying to turn into the street the dorm was on. Once we were able to pull in, I checked in, got my keys and we unloaded. Within minutes, a pack (and I mean pack) of guys helped me carry my junk up to my dorm room. And like a loser, with all the guys watching, it took me a while to get the door open. x_x

Walking in my dorm for the first time, I was unimpressed, but now that I’m moved in and settled, I really, really like it. Me and my roommate, unintentionally, have the same exact teal and green comforters and sheets. We both had green lamps and I had a blue square ottoman while she had the same one in green. It was just really weird since we didn’t plan it at all. :P The rooms came with a mini-fridge and microwave unit which is :)

My roommate is really sweet and so far, we get along really well. She’s a Christian, which is an answered prayer for me and we’ve been doing a lot of the different activities together on campus.

The first night I was extremely homesick. It was kind of embarrassing. My mom called me on the phone and I was trying to give the shortest replies I could because just talking to her was making me tear up and I didn’t want to cry in front of my roommate. I’m just an emotional person. D: Which is actually why this post is a little over do because I couldn’t talk about home without tearing up…But today was a lot better! Andrew, my roommate, and I explored the campus so we knew where certain halls were located and which rooms our classes were in. Just staying out of the dorm really helped. Staying inside my dorm is just kind of… depressing, haha.

Tonight a group of people met up and we played capture the flag and zombie tag. If you haven’t played zombie tag, it is so much freaking fun. It’s just like regular tag, with one person starting it and they’re a zombie. When they tag other people, they turn into zombies as well. So we had all these students running around campus acting like zombies. It was a ton of fun and great to meet some new people! ;D

So while my start to college was a little rocky, I’m meeting a few more people and having a bit more fun. I’m a bit nervous about classes starting on Monday, but I’ll be fine. I’m probably going to go to bed soon because I’m so exhausted! I swear by the end of this semester I’m going to be super skinny with all the walking I’ll be doing on this campus! :P