And so it’s begun: the arduous three-week slog leading up to Thanksgiving break. The days are shorter, the wind is chillier, and the homework load has hit a fever pitch. That’s right, boys and girls–it’s November, the metaphorical Thursday night of the Western calendar.
Unfortunately, you can’t fast-forward to the holidays, but you can beat the November
panic-induced freak out blues with a few suggestions.
- Obtain a rake (I found a few in the Timberlake basement, if you’re feeling brave) and take advantage of Kenyon’s abundance of trees by creating a giant leaf pile. Abandon rake at safe distance. Jump in leaf pile. Repeat. Return rake when finished.
- Participate in any of the following super-exciting November observances: No-Shave November (those without facial hair can always forgo leg- and underarm-shaving), National Novel Writing Month, National Blog Posting Month (represent!), or National Pomegranate Month (they’re an aphrodisiac, to boot–use protection, kiddos). A full list of month-long observances can be found here.
- Get your Hebrew and Shebrew pride on. Hanukkah starts early this year, and it’s never too early to start celebrating, Jewish or not. Nothing beats the November malaise like fried potato products and chocolate.
- Have a stereotypical moment and enjoy all of the spicy, pumpkiny goodness that surrounds you. Coffee, pie, bread–it doesn’t matter. Consider it a preview of the Thanksgiving desserts to come. Make sure to check out Wiggle Ground’s Pumpkin Cream Cocoa.
- Listen to this. Educational, confusing… bafflingly wonderful. Remember, confusion is not depression, and that’s the most important thing.
Carry on, wayward Kenyonites. You can do it!