After a really long and sucky drive down the ever-boring I-5 on Sat., I made it home in time to have dinner with my family to celebrate by birthday. 24.... that's mid-twenties. It's honestly a really weird age because I see it from two different angles. From my fading college perspective, that's damn old. It means I'm no longer a kid (no matter how much I want to be) and that it's time I start making a place for me in the Real World. From my solidifying workplace/Real World perspective, I'm still a kid, bright-eyed bushy-tailed and overly ambitious. I think that's why older folks get jaded, because when you're young and you're just becoming jaded by something, it changes. You go to a new school, get a new job, travel to a new country. Life keeps you on your toes. But when you get older and you have your family and you have your steady job and you have your Career, you get jaded and you stay that way because nothing forces you to uproot yourself and move on to a place where you're the rookie again.
Anyways, returning from the tangent, yes, I'm home now, in Chatsworth for those of you who don't know. I've loved every second if it except for the fact that, despite the area being criss-crossed with bridle trails and surrounded by horse ranches (this is the last outpost of the Wild Wild West in SoCal), I can't find a darn place that will take me a on a trail ride in my own "backyard". Instead, I get to watch everyone else ride their horses around my street and up into the mountains where I want to go. Bastards. I'll have to call around more tomorrow. I think I'll resort to bribery this time.
Finally, I have to begin preparations for our 28 person family reunion which officially kicks off tomorrow and continues through New Years. Amazing. I haven't seen these people in years. I can't wait to hang out with them all, though the old and jaded part of me (see above) thinks it's a pain in the ass to prepare for so many people. But yeah, this should be the most fun winter vacation in a while.
Happy Holidays everyone. And if you're sad that you don't have someone cuddly around to keep you warm, try a blanket and a heater or fire. Works for me.