My papers are handed in, finals are finished, my commuting to campus is kaput, and I'm listening to Christmas carols as I write this. My mom came up to Binghamton to pick me up from school earlier this week and along with stocking up my apartment with bulky non-perishable items for next semester, we went shopping at the local mall and attempted to start our Christmas shopping to less than stellar results. Mom crossed some gifts off her list, but I left without a clue of what to get anyone. She stayed the night and the next day we made the journey home after I made a simple breakfast of hard boiled eggs, toast and tea (I'm still trying to hone my culinary skills and refused to let her help me out) We hit Woodbury Commons outlet which has been our four year tradition of ending my Fall semesters and immersing into the Christmas season. Though the air is chilly, there are carols playing throughout the area and we always enjoy our time wandering through the high end outlets.
I came home greeted with simple yet beautiful white lights decorating the exterior of our house and warm colorful figurines inside our house. My favorite is of course our tree peaking out of the front window with it's twinkling lights and the smell of freshly baked cookies that Nicole made earlier in the evening. Casey greeting me at the door excitingly is always the bow on the gift! Eleven days until Christmas morning!