Home for (early) Halloween

Hello, World.

This weekend I went home for four days because my school is amazing and gives us a nice little break after midterms. Its a really great chance to recuperate, gather yourself together, and just de-stress for a bit. I was really excited to be going home because I hadn’t seen my dad in over a month and a half, and I hadn’t seen my mom or sister in a while either. Also, there is my best friend, Rossy, who I always miss when I’m gone. She and I have been friends for five years and counting, and we’re those friends that may not be talking every single day, but the minute we hangout again, we’re right there for each other. She’s what I like to call my 2am friend, that friend that I can call at 2am and know, without a doubt, that she will be there in a heartbeat no matter what (2am friend created by Sarah Dessen, like most brilliant things).

Anyway, being home is fabulous because I absolutely love spending time with my family, and it was the first time I was able to hangout with my dad, and just talk to him, in a while. He’s truly one of the best people I know. He always knows what to say, even if he usually ends his statements with, “I don’t know if that helps.” Just so he knows, he usually helps! On another note, my mom gets SUPER into Halloween. Personally, I think Halloween is slowly dying from modern culture. Other than watching scary movies, most people decorate for “harvest,” and most of the costumes are because Halloween “is the one night a girl can dress like a total slut and no one can say anything about it.” But hey, that’s just my opinion, whatever floats your boat I suppose.

So, here are some photos of my break at home:

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I wasn’t lying! My mom gets super into Halloween, and she is a phenomenal decorator. She makes all of her decorations (well, kind of), and I always feel like its definitely fall when I visit home in October. On Saturday night, we went to a Halloween party at my cousin’s house, which was great fun, and I dressed as a raccoon! I will probably post more photos of this outfit on Halloween, considering I loved this costume more than anything I’ve worn in previous years. As I mentioned, I got to see my best friend, Rossy, and visited her while she was working (I also snagged a beautiful pair of boots from the shoe store she works at!!). I ate at T. Bar, the best food place in Chico, in my opinion. If you’re ever in the area, GO THERE. :) My sister, my beautiful lovely talented sister, did my hair while I was home. I wanted to go darker for fall, and she was happy to make that change, and as usual, it turned out great and I love it!
The funny thing that did happen, is my mom put out some of my grandmother’s books as decoration, and I happened to pick up one (probably the bibliophile in me), and it was entitled, “Best English Poems.” I used to play with this book all the time when I was little, and would pretend to be a schoolteacher for imaginary students (yes, I was that kid). BUT, revisiting it the other day, I realized now I actually know, have read, and have researched the poets in this little leather book. I felt, for a moment, that maybe all this stress is actually useful to me, but who knows. Anyway, being home with my family was great. I feel like I spent most of my summer hating Chico, hating being away from school, and hating being away from friends, but having a few days to remember why I love Chico was really nice. I also had a chance to catch up on Vampire Diaries, go on a coffee date with my mom, drive around the rice fields with my dad, and just be me. Not to toot my own horn, but I finally remembered that being me is the best I can be, and its a pretty good thing to be. Anyway, I’m exhausted, and I’ve gone on for more than enough time about how wonderful my loving family is. Enjoy your night, morning, or afternoon (depending on when you read this). And remember, fall is the best time of the year. Everything begins to prepare for a new year, and a new beginning.
Truly,
Callie Leigh

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