Everyone knows that finals week consists of a lot more than long tests and studying. First of all, let’s talk sugar. The cookie jar is full and the house smells like brownies. The brownie pan sits in a centralized location to allow for easy drive by bites. Second, the TV gets lots of use. We are way too cheap for cable, but a constant stream of movies plays most of the night. The list includes, Walk the Line, the Count of Monte Cristo, Almost Famous, Patch Adams, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and Phantom of the Opera. Have no fear there will be more, after all, it’s only Monday.
A myriad of household chores also ensues. While finals week may be bad for your brain, it does wonders for the state of your home. Epic procrastination takes the form of cleaning the bathroom, doing a month’s worth of laundry, changing your sheets, taking out the trash, taking out the recycle, driving the glass to target, vacuuming, and doing the dishes right after you eat (and maybe even your roommates’ too). Decorating your house for Christmas is right up there on the list as well. Paper stars and snowflakes galore, and while we only have two ornaments on our tree, the fact that we have a tree at all speaks volumes.
And after the epic procrastination combined with many hours hunkered down doing some solid studying are over and the test are behind you, it’s time to tie up all the loose ends before heading home for a much deserved 3 weeks of vacation time. Step 1, sell your books back to the bookstore (go early in the week for maximum refund). Step 2, pack the car, or if you are flying, check in online to save time waiting in line at the airport. Step 3, eat all the perishable food in your refrigerator, and when you feel full, throw the rest out. Remember to take out the trash after step 3. You do not want to come back from break to a house smelling like 3 weeks of rotten garbage. Then you’re golden.
Have a great winter break! See you all in 2012!