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Blogmas 24: The End

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Happy Christmas Eve, everyone. Is that the correct terminology? Is it Happy Christmas Eve and then Merry Christmas? Or is it Merry on all accounts? Merry Christmas Eve? Whatever, you get the gist of what I'm trying to say. Christmas is tomorrow and all is calm, all is bright.

So today's the last day of Blogmas. We made it guys. As promised, I write something every single day leading up to Christmas. I hope you all had fun and maybe learned a few things along the way. I definitely did. For one, I learned that I have really wonderful supportive people in my life who truly want the best for me. That's always a nice reminder, especially during this time of year. I also learned that blogging is a lot harder and more time consuming than people realize, especially when it's part of a daily routine. Serious props to professional bloggers who do this for a living.

In all seriousness though, I've loved Blogmas. Sure there have been days where I had no idea what to write and …

Blogmas Day 23: Canned

Hello friends! Happy Tuesday! I had a really nice, very jolly day baking cookies with friends while listening to the perfect mix of 1989 and Christmas music. It was one of those days that made me thankful for the people in my hometown and how wonderful they are. Now it's time for Blogmas though, and I've been saving this one for a while. I wanted to share with you all a piece that I wrote for my creative nonfiction class I took this past semester. I'm really proud of the way this turned out, but I will admit I'm very wary to post it online, where information is readily available to whomever seeks it. This piece is incredibly personal to me and contains a large part of my soul, so needless to say it's taking a lot out of me to send it off into cyberspace. I think it's a good step though: this past year, one lesson I've really learned is being committed to the truth and allowing myself to be more in touch with the rougher parts of my past. I've come to th…

Blogmas Day 22: Why I'm Up Late

Hello friends! In one hour it'll be Christmas Eve Eve which is so hard to wrap my head around. I know I say this every day, but the big day really snuck up on me this year. Luckily my gifts are wrapped and my spirits are generally bright, but where did the time go? Before I know it I'll be heading back to school and starting another dreaded semester. That's still a few weeks in the distance though, so for now I can forget about my looming science classes from hell. For now let's talk about why Blogmas always goes up so late.

I got into the habit of posting late at night a few days before I came home for break, simply because with the whirlwind that is finals, packing, and checking freshmen out of their dorm rooms, I would only find myself with half an hour to spare right before bed. It kind of stuck though: somewhere along the line, I started working Blogmas into my late night routine, the first task in a series of hours spent awake.

Something about being home turns me…

Blogmas Day 21: Last-Minute Christmas Tips

Happy Sunday! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend, because as of tomorrow it's officially the WEEK OF CHRISTMAS. For those of you who celebrate, I hope your trees are decorated and your presents are wrapped with bows. But let's get real, that's hardly the case for most of us: while the days leading up to Christmas should be stress-free and jolly as hell, odds are most of us still have to do some shopping, some baking, and some therapy before we visit our extended families. I wish you luck with whatever your to-do lists entail. May your patience and budget be abundant. That's unrealistic though, so today I thought I'd share with you some last-minute Christmas tips for the most wonderful time of the year.

1) Shop with a Mission
Let's get real here, y'all: you should've shopped online. So many options, so many niche Etsy shops. The real benefit though is you can get your shopping done without leaving your bed, assuming you keep your laptop next to you wh…

Blogmas Day 20: Christmas To-Do List

I was starting to write my blog much earlier in the evening these past few days (read: 9 or 10 PM instead of 11), and yet here we are again at 11:15, rushing to meet my midnight deadline. Honestly, I don't think anyone really notices when I post my blogs later at night, but something about trying to hit that "publish" button before Saturday switches to Sunday makes me feel like I'm a real life professional writer getting the draft of my column to the editor before the clock strikes. That's very overdramatic, but whatever gets me motivated, am I right?
Well anyway, today went by incredibly quickly, which again is due to the fact that I took a 3 hour nap in the evening. Not a great habit. It's a habit I'm trying to break, though admittedly I'm not trying that hard. I just keep watching The Office on Netflix until 3 AM then wake up the next day at noon. And then I give into tired eyes around six and wake up disoriented and hungry. So yeah, my winter brea…

Blogmas Day 19: Feeling Alive

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week and your weekend is off to a good start. If you're me, your riveting Friday night entails drinking gin and tonics (not really, Mom! I'm not stealing your alcohol while you sleep in the room across the hall! I love you!) and listening to Ed Sheeran. It also means recounting the first truly good day in while, spent having good conversations and eating good food with good people. The day I had was surprisingly ordinary, but it made me feel particularly alive. You know those little things in life that make you feel really in your element and in love with the universe? Those moments are the best.

Moments like driving while blasting good music. I'm talking about the country songs that you usually only listen to during the summer months or the Fall Out Boy songs you haven't heard since middle school. As the iTunes shuffle gods would have it, those forgotten favorite songs come on right when you're driving a little bit above th…

Blogmas Day 18: Resolutions Revisited

I read once that the best way to get kids to obey their bedtime is to slowly put them to sleep earlier and earlier every night until things are back to normal and they don't notice a difference. I think the same strategy can be employed here: every night it seems like I'm posting my entries an hour earlier than the night previous, so if I keep this up eventually I'll be writing at a normal time again. That's the goal at least.
Hey, guys! I hope you had a good Thursday! Mine went really quick--admittedly that's largely due to the fact that I slept until noon, but that's neither here nor there. I went to the gym for the first time since before finals, and while I could've done without all the old people giving me the side-eye (the gym I go to at home is majority senior citizens), it was nice to get my heart rate up again. It's crazy that once you incorporate exercise into your life how much your body begins to genuinely crave it. By getting my ass on an e…

Blogmas Day 17: Creative Rut

Well, I can't exactly say this blog post is being written early, but I'm strangely proud of myself for at least sitting down to write before 11:15. Baby steps, guys. If you want to know a secret though, part of the reason why Blogmas has been going up so late these past few days is because I've been in a really bad creative rut lately. It's bizarre, because last week when I was in the middle of final exams and should've forced my nose between textbook pages, all I wanted to do was write stories and pour myself into my creative endeavors. Now, when I actually have the time to devote to writing, it seems as though all of those great ideas have left without a trace. It's like the stress of my finals caused all that creative energy to shrivel up, which is supremely unfair if you ask me.

But regardless, Blogmas must be posted even when I'm not feeling up to par. I could always skip a day (because I'm sure only a few people would even notice), but I'm way…

Blogmas Day 16: Fourthward Thinking

Wow here we are again late at night, nearing midnight with me wearing a face mask. You didn't need to know that part, but I tend to be an oversharer. So today I thought I would do something kind of different to celebrate us being 2/3 of the way through Blogmas. Typing that it seems unreal--Christmas is only 8 days away. And for those of you that celebrate Hanukkah, that's officially started now. What I'm trying to say is the holidays are creeping up on us and Blogmas is nearly drawing to a close. So in memorandum, I've decided to post something I wrote for my Creative Nonfiction class that I took this past semester. This piece is about my fourth grade teacher and it's something I'm really proud of. The other piece I really worked on in that class was much more cathartic and is incredibly personal, so I'm keeping that one more sacred for now. I'm thinking though that as a finale to Blogmas I might post it, depending on how y'all feel about this one. …

Blogmas Day 15: Old Lady Lauren

I swear, one of these days I'm going to start blogging before 11 PM. Every day for the past week, I've thought to myself around two in the afternoon, "I really need to write my blog!" and then before I know it it's almost the next day. Where does the time go? Today it went to watching How I Met Your Mother and baking cookies and peppermint bark. Another riveting installment in "Lauren Comes Home For Winter Break." Maybe tomorrow I'll watch 30 Rock while I fold laundry. Crazy stuff, man.
Anyway, today's blog post might be a bit on the short side yet again, as my bedtime is vastly approaching. If I'm going to wake up tomorrow morning before 10 AM to get my day started, I should hit the hay soon. I'm being totally serious here. Look, I can tell from your furrowed brow and questioning expression that you don't believe me, but I'm an old lady at heart and I don't care who knows it. That's what I wanted to talk about today.
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Blogmas Day 14: My Ten Most Fanscinating

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Happy Sunday, everybody. Yet again Blogmas is coming at you just before the clock strikes midnight, so like Cinderella at the ball I'm rushing around to make sure I leave the right impression before time runs out. I had a genuinely good, lazy Sunday in which I got to wake up at nearly eleven o'clock in my own bed. I slept more soundly than I have in weeks, which is exactly what I needed to get back on my feet. Amidst decorating the house for Christmas, going to the grocery store, and eating dinner with my parents, I had the type of homebody day that I dearly miss when I'm away at school.

Among those staple suburban activities, tonight my mom and I watched Barbara Walters's "10 Most Fascinating People of 2014" annual special, and honestly it was lackluster.  Of course we tuned in for Taylor Swift's segment, which was too short and too surface if you ask me. Barbara must be losing her touch, because it seemed as though this year she picked her most fascinat…