I am incredibly, incredibly homesick. Something I never in a million years thought I would say about my hometown, but it's true.
A couple months ago several of my co-workers were working on a project not too far from my hometown and when they got back and were talking about my summer hang out places, I was really missing home and now that I've been working on the report, I've been pretty nostalgic lately.
I don't get to visit the area very often, maybe twice a year and I haven't been there for Christmas since 2009. As I was listening to Diana Krall's Christmas album while at work today, it really hit me how much I need to spend an extended period of time there. A hurried three day weekend just doesn't cut it. I saw photos old friends posted on Facebook of the Santa sign and it brought me back to the days when we used to play holiday music during the lighting in high school and how everyone takes their kids downtown to see "the sign." We've started creating our own traditions here, but this is just one of the things that I miss from my childhood.
My family isn't all that close, but I really miss listening to Diana Krall, or Manhattan Transfer or the NRP Jazz All-Stars while my grandma and uncles drink coffee after opening presents.Obviously my grandmother isn't around anymore, but as much as it could be pretty lonely at my house during the day, I really do enjoy those quiet Christmas evenings hanging out with my cousins.
Sorry for the rambling, my thoughts have been all over the place today. At least I get to go "home" in January, right?