FINALLY the Christmas music can officially begin! I’ve been trying to contain my urge to listen to Christmas music for about a month now (since they played Christmas music on the plane back from Chicago).

I LOVE the holiday season and this year, for some reason, I’m looking forward to it more so than usual. I think my internal clock is still adjusting to the Ithaca weather because that wintery, Christmasy feeling has been in the air for a few weeks now, which is much earlier than it would be here at home. I can’t wait to go back to school and put up my tree and lights. I’m a dork, I know. The tree is like a foot tall and the ornaments probably about an inch tall. It’s cute ;)

I woke up early enough for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time, in probably ever. It seems like this year they’re going to have some trouble getting the balloons up! It’ll be only the 2nd time ever in the 80 years the parade has been running. If I woke up early and these balloons aren’t up, I’m going to be pretty mad!

Now that all of my random thoughts are out of the way, onto the real stuff. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, what am I thankful for?

1: This break. As terrible as that sounds, I REALLY needed a break from school!

2: Finally getting to the point where I feel more “established” at Cornell. I don’t feel out of place and clueless anymore.

3: “Growing up”. Although I miss my childhood, I’m definitely growing used to the idea of being an “adult”. Yes, I’m still probably about a 5-year-old at heart, I’m ready to be an adult now. I’m ready to grow up and go onto graduation, work, etc.

4: My friends and family. I’ve met so many wonderful people this year, from RYLA to school to anyone else I may have met along the way.

On the eRC email list our VP of Membership decided to make our “what are we thankful for?” emails a bit more fun. I thought it’d be cool to post my own version on here for you to answer if you comment :D

What breakfast food are you most thankful for?

I’m most thankful for Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwiches with ketchup :D

What 3 computer programs are you most thankful for?

Firefox. Definitely Firefox. Second would probably be Mail for organizing my life and the millions of emails I get for the classes I TA. Third… tough but I’d have to go for Adium. It’s so much nicer than having 3 different IM clients open.

What movie are you most thankful for?

Wow, I should have picked an easier question for myself! It REALLY depends on my mood. I ALWAYS love the Sister Act movies, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Music of the Heart, Mona Lisa Smile, and Pirates of the Silicon Valley. I’m sure there are so many more that I’m not naming, but this list could go on for years.

What color crayon are you most thankful for?

My top 4 used to be Jungle Green, Cerulean, Magenta, and Dandelion Yellow. I haven’t really ventured into a crayon box lately, but I’m sure they’d be something similar, sans Jungle Green possibly. There’s a pink crayon I really like, but I can’t remember its name at the moment.

What TV show are you most thankful for?

Gilmore Girls. Grey’s Anatomy, House, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, and Law & Order would closely follow (at least in terms of TV shows that aren’t in reruns).

I’d really love to hear your answers! Have a great Thanksgiving! And to those of you outside of the US with no Thanksgiving equivalent today, Happy Thursday!

Until next time…