I suppose I have to admit, reluctantly, that the holiday season is finally here. I have managed to send out my Christmas cards and mixes — If you’re in the U.S. you should have yours in hand in a couple of days, if you’re elsewhere in the world I’m afraid I must reveal that the lady at the post office told me it could take up to two weeks to get there. Ugh! Bad planning on my part.
At any rate, holiday tasks continue in spite of my unpreparedness. I just seem to keep hurling myself at the things I have to do and hoping something sticks. I am still trying to drum up some gift ideas for a few people on my list who are especially hard to shop for, but I have had no trouble at all finding gifts for myself. I am extremely easy to shop for, because, as it turns out, I know exactly the sort of things I like. Funny how that works. Wouldn’t it be easier if we all just bought our own Christmas presents? I think so.
Tomorrow the dog and I will be heading North to the family homestead for a few days of good cheer (a.k.a. adult egg nog) and relaxation, and there might even be snow! You people KNOW I will be dancing in celebration if that is the case! Then, for Christmas and the 5 days after, I’ll be in lovely San Francisco for the Huge Mega Conference where I will likely make little to no progress on Mission: Get a Better Job. (Did you know tenure-track jobs in my field are basically nonexistent this year? It’s true.)
In spite of the sour job prospects, I am going to try to have fun. I have just returned from a pre-travel trip to Sephora and also found a decent blouse to go with my suit, so at least I will be looking good. That always helps. I’ll also be getting to see friends and colleagues whom I haven’t seen lately, and we’ll be in one of my all-time favorite cities, so I think in addition to all the interviews and panels and “networking” (barf), we will surely find ways to amuse ourselves.
And you, Reader? What are your holiday plans? I would love to know!