2 Winter Memories

We’re almost done with 12 Days of Book Lists! This week and a half has flown by. Today I am going to share with you two holiday memories. I don’t have a holiday that I celebrate during the general holiday season, so these are pretty much just things I remember doing frequently during winter breaks.

2. Hot Chocolate
I have lived in the south for the majority of my life. So snow is a very rare occurrence in my life. I generally get to experience snowfall every other year or so. Whenever it did snow, my siblings and I would go outside and play for a bit. And then everyone would go inside and drink some hot chocolate. Lately, I’ve had more of a stay inside and read kind of snow-personality. But hot chocolate is still a thing. Hot chocolate is always a thing. Also, during homecoming week this year, it was really freezing. I think we got flurries at some point. And that was in fall. Saturday morning, before the homecoming game. Most freshman participated in the long standing tradition of the Freshman Cake Race, in which freshman run (more like walk in a penguin huddle) a half mile and get cupcakes at the end. I think the wind chill that morning was something like 15 degrees Fahrenheit. To some people that’s not that bad of a temperature. But I live in Georgia. That’s pretty much the minimum temperature. And it was November 1st. Afterwards, my floormates and I had a hot chocolate party because we were dying from the cold. Hot chocolate=bonding.

1. After Christmas Sales
So in the wee hours of the morning on December 26th, my mom forces me to wake up and go to WalMart, and various other stores, to shop at the after Christmas sales. I’m not complaining because I do usually get a lot of things. Everything is usually 50% off, and since my mother is south-Asian, we must take advantage of all the sales. My mom is now an extreme couponer, but this “tradition” has been part of every one of my winter breaks that I can remember. We also have to go shopping on December 31st and January 1st because that’s when Christmas merchandise that is still in stores is usually 75% off. It is very tiring and stressful. But it is the one thing that I will always remember about the holiday season.

What are your favorite winter memories?

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December Goals

My month of December is split into two distinct periods: the stress-filled, first couple weeks, in which I must go through my first round of college finals, and the relaxing rest of the month, in which I can work on personal projects while on vacation.

My goals for the first half of December include but are not limited to:

  • getting through finals
  • not stressing out too much
  • being very productive
  • not dying

My goals for the second half of December include:

1. Reading 
I am going to read lots and lots of books because I haven’t had the chance to read as many books as I’ve wanted to lately. I don’t have a set goal yet, but I’m working on making a list of books I will read in December. My goal will probably be around 10. Last year, I read 15 books over winter break, and that break was much shorter than this year’s.

2. Watch movies
I need to catch up on some classic movies. There are quite a few movies that I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t seen. So I’m not going to. I also want to catch up on movies from 2014 that I haven’t gotten the chance to watch. There’s also probably some from 2013. Maybe 2012. I need to watch some documentaries, too. I haven’t really seen many.

3. Apply for things
I really want to be a Peer Leader (PL), or Freshman RA, next year. The application has been out, and it’s due halfway through January. I am going to use winter break to write killer answers for the essay questions and making an awesome welcome letter, which is also part of the application.

4. Finish TV shows
There are quite a few TV shows that I have started but have never finished for reasons that I don’t even know myself. Over winter break, I am going to finish the following TV shows: Sherlock (BBC), Merlin (BBC), Parks and Recreation (actually, at the rate I’m going, I’ll probably finish this before next week), Firefly (I’ve only watched the first episode.), and Lost (Again, I’ve only seen the first episode). I thought there were more, but for the last month I’ve been trying to get through shows I haven’t finished. I guess I finished more than I thought I did. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. I also want to watch the River Song episodes of Doctor Who in the order of her timeline.

5. Practice coding
I started to learn HTML over summer, and I need to practice. I also need to learn some more coding languages.

6. Organize
I really need to organize some things on my laptop. Not having them organized stresses me out. I already organized my YouTube subscriptions. But I still need to organize my Spotify songs, and I need to unsubscribe from/organize some Tumblr accounts I am following, as my interests have drastically changed since I first got a Tumblr. I also need to clean out my emails; I read all of my emails, but I want to delete all of the emails that are already read. I also need to unsubscribe from some email lists. My Google Chrome bookmarks have been organized for a while, but I need to clean them out and further organize some of the folders. I might need to uninstall some programs from my laptop because I don’t use them, but I’m not sure. I never really got into Goodreads, but now I really want to try to remember all of the books I’ve read and organize them on Goodreads. I use Wunderlist to collect lists, including my To Be Read book list. It currently holds around 200 book titles. I need to organize these into subcategories, so it is easier for me to find books I am interested in reading at the time that I am looking for them.

7. Build online presence
I really want to grow this blog over break. My goal is to post daily and create lots of new post ideas. I also need to make a LinkedIn profile. I am hoping to start a YouTube channel soon, so I’m going to try to work on that over break.

8. Work out
I have been really bad at working out this since school has started. I am hoping to start working out again over break.

9. Productivity experiments
With all of these goals, I’m going to have to be very productive, even though I will be on break. I am perfectly happy with this, as I like being productive in my downtime. I plan to experiment with various productivity techniques. Some of the experiments I’ve been thinking of trying out are:

  • waking up at 5 am every day (5 am club)
  • meditating for an hour a day
  • watching two-three hours of TED talks every day
  • using exclusively digital productivity techniques for a week
  • only using to-do lists for a week (no time-blocking)
  • reading a book a day
  • doing an hour of yoga a day

I think that’ it. For now. There’ll probably be a couple more items on this list by the time my break officially starts next Friday. Goodbye, and happy finals!

What are your December goals?