Eight Days Before BREAK

roasted turkey
Day 327.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. My extended family is quite enthusiatic about food, and we typically go a little crazy cooking for Thanksgiving. This year was particularly extravagant: for a dinner with 23 people (4 of whom were under 5), we had 26 different dishes, including 4 pies, 3 other desserts, 9 vegetable sides, 3 kinds of stuffing (plus savory bread pudding), 2 salads, 2 kinds of cranberry sauce, turkey, and gravy. It was amazing.

Despite this abundance, the turkey is undoubtedly the start of the show at Thanksgiving, and so is my picture for the day. This turkey in particular, from Hettie Belle Farm in Western Mass and cooked by my dad, was incredible. A few pictures of sides and desserts are in the comments.

I don’t know about you, but with Thanksgiving so late in the semester this year, I am truly running on fumes in order to crawl across the finish line right now. There will be no celebratory leaping into the void of vacation because there is a distinct possibility that I will be on my hands and knees groping my way to the end of next Friday with a few too many too many understudied exams behind me and pumpkin pie in my mind’s eye.


That said, I’m doing my best to keep my head above water to overcome the procrastination and the fatigue and make the most of these last few days ahead of us, because there are only EIGHT of them left! Here’s how I’m doing it.


Eight days before break.

TGIF. There was a lot to be done last week and there is still a lot to do in the next couple days, but for the moment, the healthiest thing to do is forget about it all and relax. I’ve totally earned it, right? Let’s get hooked up with a cup of tea.


Seven days before break.

Saturday has struck! I have recently noticed that the Cats at the Movies tickets that I’ve been hoarding and forgetting to use all semester expire on December 5th! Therefore, this is one of the last weekends to use them. I guess this means a night (or two or three) at the movies with me and a few of my nearest and dearest movie buffs.


Six days before break.

Sunday = work day. Time to make up for all that procrastination. Trying to avoid a crash with these tips!


Five days before break.

Mondays start (far too early) for me with an 8:30am geology lab, and they stay pretty busy from there. I find that the best way to self-motivate is with a treat at the end of the day…Hendersons’ chai latte; here I come!


Four days before break.

With everything that happens this time of year, it is far far too easy to forget to head outside, but despite how much I moan and groan, I always know that some fresh air will get me back on track in no time. For some ideas for some quick walks to get the blood flowing before launching back into the madness, check this out.


Three days before break.

Happy Hump Day! We’re nearly there, I promise. Here’s to last-minute late night essays, midnight cramming sessions, and putting it off just a liiiiiiiittle bit longer. Oh, hello there my old friend Pinterest.


Two days before break.

Because I’m one of those strange folks who would rather do their laundry at school than truck it home to throw it in the familial wash, this Thursday is laundry and packing day. It may be a drag, but guess what? It means we’re almost there!



Hooray! Huzzah! We’ve done it! Even if you’ve decided to roll to class (good thing we live on a hill) or have downgraded to an army crawl at a snail’s pace at this point, we’ve all made it. And that’s what counts. We’ll see you on the other side UVM-ers! And don’t forget to tag your vacation Instagrams with #BoredOnBreak to let us know how you’re making the most of the time off!


Good luck with the last few days and lots of ♥ from Ruby & the BORED Team!