Rambles & Babbles

Thoughts & rants.

Boxing Day Musings

I’m not sure if it’s the post-Christmas blues, but this was possibly the quietest Christmas I’ve ever had – and I’m pretty sure my uncle is the loudest human on earth.

When I was younger, Christmas and Thanksgiving were my favorite holidays because my entire family would gather in someone’s house (usually my cousin’s) and we’d all sit, watch television (or go on the computer) and veg out for hours. Some time during the day, we’d all go out to the park and go on the swings, or go bowling, or go catch a movie. I always looked forward to bowling or the movie since it was fun to just hang out with my cousins and be silly without the grownups.

Once my cousins started moving away, I feel like we’ve stopped making the holidays a big deal. In fact, the only holidays that are huge in my family nowadays are Chinese New Year and my cousin’s babies’ birthdays… and even then it’s hard to get everybody in my family in one place at the same time. I’ve arrived at a quite a few celebrations only to find out that my cousins had already made a stop and left.

Anyway, this was the first Christmas where I was the only one from my generation with the family. My brother didn’t even make it out – I guess he didn’t want to brave the traffic or something. I saw two of my cousins the day before Christmas Eve for dinner, and I got to see my cousin and his family on Christmas Eve for a hot second, but it’s just not the same. It was just really weird being the only one at the kid table this year.

Again, maybe this is just my post-Christmas blues talking, but I miss the magic of Christmases past. I miss actually seeing my whole family and our annual cousin Christmas pictures and just catching up with everybody in one place. Maybe things will be different when I have my own family or am in a serious relationship, but for now… Christmas is a pretty quiet affair in my household. (I mean, I haven’t even opened my gifts yet.)

But I bet it was rather lovely for my mum to be able to hang out with some of her family this weekend… even if it was a bit louder than usual.


2017 – The Year I Get My Sh*t Together

2016 is almost over… and no lie – I’m so ready for this new year. 2016 was a crazy rollercoaster for me personally and professionally, and I’m ready for a fresh start (and I think the rest of the world is ready too). So step one in my fresh start: new 2017 resolutions!

Since I’m ready for a fresh start in the new year, I thought it’d be a good idea to restart this blog. The previous version of this blog was filled with my random ramblings and sporadic writings. I’d write, then forget to write for months at a time, and then come back in time for the holidays. This year, I’m determined to actually continually write – after all, I’ve missed writing!

I’m also determined to read more in 2017. Every year, my goal on goodreads is to read 100 books… and each year I don’t get past 15 (if I’m lucky). I’m determined to actually reach 100 books this year, and to actually review all of them here as well! (The two that I’m reviewing here but read in 2016 don’t count.) I already have 60 ebooks on my iPhone so that should keep me occupied for a little while…

2017 is also the year I will make a dent in my tea collection! If you know me, then you know that I have this massive collection of tea that seems to be never-ending – probably because I keep buying (and being gifted) more tea! I swear I don’t have a tea problem… can you even have a tea problem? Is that even a thing? I don’t think so. There’s no such thing as too much tea!

Oh, and I want to learn how to drive. This shall be the year it FINALLY happens. (I’ve been saying this for the past 6 years.)

I also really want to work on my abs… and to drag more of my friends to my exercise classes.