Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas music is now on repeat in pretty much every store. Like many, this isn’t necessarily my favorite time of year but I cope with various mechanisms such as:

  • Withdrawing from social interactions.
  • Rolling up the sleeves and working through it.
  • Running on the treadmill until the point of exhaustion.
  • Searching for and starting personal projects, books, etc.
  • Some good ‘ol fashioned, solitary, heavy-drinking.

Certainly it doesn’t help that it’s wickedly cold and snowing outside. I believe this is what some refer to as, ‘the silly season’. Luckily, my partner employs the right amount of cheer to balance out my general despondency. So today we ventured out to the lot and picked a modest tree, got it upright in a corner of the house, and as she cranked up the holiday music and began unwrapping ornaments I retreated into my office where I poured a vodka and jumped into this 1998-era trendy practice of blogging.

Pretty soon I’ll be sharing recipes on Facebook.

In all seriousness, this is a good opportunity to get a headstart on the yearly tradition of introspective evaluation and goal-setting. The good lord’s year of 2019 is right around the corner, after all, and if 2018 has taught me nothing else it’s that I need to make two or three overly-ambitious goals for myself to work towards and everything else will just fall inline.