I’m coming back to the blogging scene with the new year!
In November, my computer broke. I wouldn’t say it completely crashed because I could (usually) turn it on, but it had a million different things wrong with it. Whatever you would call it, my computer was definitely not usable. In fact, I wanted it to crash, because then I could just get over it and head to the store to get a new one. But no, my computer’s death was long and agonizing, and the Apple people were determined to see if they could make it usable for me instead of just letting me get a new one (I had a stellar warranty on the computer). So I had to play a game of waiting around without a computer. That’s a big problem for someone who’s entire job revolves around a computer.
Craig and I spent a few weeks trading off with his computer. I would use it for work during the day while he was at class, and he would use it at night for whatever med-school-related activities he needed to use it for. So for me, that took updating this blog I have come to enjoy out of the picture. By the time the folks over at Apple decided that fixing my computer was going to cost them more than giving me a new computer (yes, there were that many different things wrong with my computer), we were in full swing holiday season mode, and there was no turning back.
So, now, here I am, back in Charleston after a whirlwind of holiday travels.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving, Craig and I headed to Greenville to visit his cousins and for Craig to give a talk at Furman. Apparently they wanted him to talk about medical school to the Health Sciences Department as a part of their monthly career nights to show students different options within that major. I know, you ALL are wondering why they didn’t ask me to talk about the coffee cup printing industry as a career option for Health Science majors. To this day, I still do not know. 😉
We then headed on up to Rock Hill where we spent a couple days with Craig’s dad, stepmom, and their kennel’s worth of animals (three dogs and two cats) before heading over to spend a couple days with Craig’s mom and her new dog. It was a wonderful trip (besides the frustration on not having a computer) that got to end with watching South Carolina beat Clemson during their rivalry weekend game. So awesome!
Then began the Christmas chaos of holiday shopping while Craig studied for his last exam of the term. To be honest, I was definitely feeling overwhelmed at this point. Besides feeling like I was in charge of all the shopping and needing to come up with a presentation for the McKinney family Christmas, I was also dealing with some health issues in my family and trying to hold it all together. Thank goodness we serve our wonderful God who can actually hold it all together when we can’t, because I could not handle it myself.
FINALLY, Craig finished his exam and we were free to enjoy our break! We traveled a ton over the break: to Rock Hill, to Greenville, back to Rock Hill, to Georgia, to North Carolina, back to Georgia, and back to Charleston. I think that even more than the driving, the constant packing and unpacking is the most exhausting part. Of course, I shouldn’t complain, because Craig did most of the packing and unpacking. In fact, I was feeling super appreciative after the first time he loaded our car, but then he called his dad to say they needed to clear out a closet for all my stuff. After that comment, I just called it even. 🙂
Here are “a few” snapshots from our crazy holiday season. Craig and I got a new “grown-up” camera for Christmas, so I’m a little picture happy right now…