I'm just making a short update.
For Thanksgiving, I visited family. I spent a night at my grandparents' house the Sunday or Monday before Thanksgiving, and the next day, Grandma and I went to my cousins' and stayed until the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was incredibly fun, and my cousins and I have acquired yet more inside jokes. We also played Mario "Bubs" one night and were up eating weird concoctions of things that Allie made until two in the morning. (Mario "Bubs" is the new Mario game for the Wii, which includes a feature where you can hit "Start" or something to keep your character from dying by putting it into a bubble.) Also, the stuff Allie made wasn't that weird, and I guess she'd ripped a recipe from Alissa.
On Black Friday, I went shopping with Alissa and her boyfriend. I ended up not buying anything, but I have some ideas on what to get loved ones for Christmas. First, we drove to Best Buy, and the checkout line was winding almost a quarter around the store. Next, we went to Jamba Juice (I think; it was a famous juice place) and then Target. We finished up at the mall.
This week and next are very stressful and are going to be very stressful for me. My last class session of the semester is next Thursday, when I take my final exam. The rough draft for my final essay is due tomorrow, and my final draft is due on Tuesday (it has to be six to eight pages).
I have several goals for the winter break, at least two involving writing (my fiction writing).
Trying not to freak out.