I didn’t go anywhere exciting for Christmas break, I didn’t really do all that much looking back. One thing’s for sure, though – it was exactly what I needed.
The main thing I did over break was work. Over this past summer, I was fortunate enough to receive an internship from PVS Chemicals in Detroit, MI. I worked the help desk in the IT department all summer, and I guess I did well because they invited me back for Christmas break! Even better was the fact that I got the lead my own project writing training manuals for people in the company so they can learn how everything works faster.
When I wasn’t at work, I was writing reviews for my website. I posted a fair bit of news as well. I also spent a lot of time at the gym working out with my dad. We went to my cottage in Metamora, MI a few times, and we did the typical family gatherings for Christmas and New Years.
The best thing about break for me personally was being able to hang out with my friends who I hadn’t seen in a while and attempt to reduce our massive backlog of video games. First on the list was Rainbow Moon, a Japanese RPG that I had no business to be playing, but still enjoyed. After that we all got sucked into the mild addiction that is Terraria.
Terraria is essentially Minecraft on a 2D plane rather than a 3D world. We were able to all connect to the same game and build our houses and fight some monsters. The best game I played all break though was Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is one of my favorites of all time, and even though I bought IV when it was released in November, I was saving it for break because I knew how much it would distract me from my school work. Playing a game set in the golden age of pirates was truly a dream come true for me, and meeting the people I was fascinated with as a kid in the game like Mary Read, Black Beard and Callico Jack basically had me geeking out for the entire duration of the story.
Christmas break was a great time to relax for me, and I definitely needed it. Being away from home for months starts to wear on you, even when you don’t notice it, and it’s pretty incredible what a month at home can do for you. Now that I’m back, though, I’m starting to realize how much I started to miss Hope, and also Holland.
Those two snow days were nothing to complain about, either.