Winter Without Christmas

I believe that today is the Nativity, or the last day of Christmas or whatever.  It is also the day I am heading back to school, back to the daily grind…  Actually, I shouldn’t complain.  My quarter is relatively light, and I’m used to the schedule and the campus.  All and all it will be great, even if I do have to get up and think each day of the week.  (Well, think about school, not that I don’t think otherwise…  You get the idea.)

Well, as anyone who reads this blog regularly has probably figured out I like to talk about the weather.  And I must say it is looking great outside, snowy, and sunny.  Not too snowy, but it looks like winter.  Now that the first set of Winter holidays are wrapping up it is becoming quite clear that it is really only the beginning of winter.  Yes, we’ve got a ways to go, at least up here.

Now, the funny thing is, a lot of people complain about winter.  And rightfully so; I hate digging my car out and the like.  But I also love the snow, and I think more appreciation needs to be paid to it.  I mean, if you live in an are in which a huge snow storm is pretty much the worst disaster you would expect to occur somewhat regularly, consider yourself lucky, I say!  Because after all is said and done, it melts.

So I am looking forward to some nice days this winter.  The sun is there; the days have been getting longer since the Solstice, and they will continue to get longer until the summer.  Admittedly it’s harder to like winter without Christmas (at least I could see that), but it’s another season, and I say that as long as there’s sun out to keep the spirits high be happy.  Gray days suck, but they don’t last forever.

Well, on a different note I would just like to point out that this place actually gets a ton of comment spam.  You wouldn’t notice it thanks to the Askimet plugin I installed, which intelligently detects spam and marks it for me to look at and delete en masse.  Now, it’s not perfect, so I do check it over, but I will appologize now if I missed a legit comment.  If it was something basic, like “Thanks, great post” then it may get marked as spam and I might very well just delete it.  But I will do my best to look for intelligent thoughts.

Happy New Year

Well, here we are in 2008.  And so far, things are off to a good start, so it would seem.  I didn’t do much today (well technically yesterday, as it’s past midnight on Jan. 2nd now), though I did go see Across The Universe, which was an interesting movie.

Well, most of my break is over with, and soon I’ll be picking up where I left off with my classes again.  Not bad, I guess, though I wish I had three weeks instead of two.  But what are you going to do?

On another note, it’s been kind of warm here.  Not very warm, but a bit above freezing.  Over the weekend I was in Endicott for a Christmas party, and it was almost like spring out side.  Here are a few pics:

endicott1.jpgendicott2.jpgendicott3.jpg

These were taken from my hotel window in the evening this past Saturday.  Pretty crazy.  It was a little cool out that day, but other wise like spring.   Hopefully this is not a permanent trend; I like the snow.  Luckily we got some here at home earlier, so that’s nice.  Who knows, winter is really just beginning.  Maybe there’ll be a nice, bigger snowfall coming up.

Well in any case, have a good year.  Before you know it it’ll be December again…  (Not that I have a big problem with that, of course.)