Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Seriously it’s already Christmas


I’m headed up north soon to attend a photography workshop. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. It’s up north. And photography. What’s not to love?

So, anyway, I went shopping today for a couple of things. Waterproof boots, mittens, warm socks. Things every up north photographer should already have to shoot outside in the winter at night. I guess it’s not officially winter yet, but it will feel like it when I’m north of here, especially in the dark.

It feels like it at the mall too. I don’t do a lot of shopping and haven’t been out to a store aside from the grocery store in weeks. It was something of a shock to my system. Christmas music is blaring from the speakers, the store windows are decorated. Santa is already sitting on his big throne and there’s a line of little kids and parents waiting.

The few stores that were empty last time I was there are filled with seasonal merchandise now. There’s even a gift wrapping store. Complete with holiday paper and bows and people eager to make your gift festive.

The whole thing was sort of overwhelming. But I left with my purchases, one pair of socks and some mittens, whistling Christmas music. And I turned to the ‘all Christmas music’ station on the car radio for the drive home.

Guess it tis the season whether we’re ready or not.

PS: No laptop yet, and my photos are held hostage on an external drive that I suppose I could learn how to use. OR – you could use your imagination and visualize Santa and kids and decorations and music. Whatever you come up with will be perfect. I have faith in you.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

15 thoughts on “Seriously it’s already Christmas

  1. Have fun at the workshop! Good luck with the cold. I’ll let you know when we have something down south. Short and T-shirts will do just fine… 🙂


    • I was talking to my sister down in Georgia the other evening. They had the windows open and it was in the 60s. Today I’m ‘up north’ in Michigan and it’s in the high 30s, going to 29 tonight. Windy, little sun. Feels really really cold.


      • Yikes. Here in the FL Panhandle, we might get one or two nights in the low 30s. The freeze warnings go out and everyone throws sheets and blankets over their plants to ‘protect’ them. It makes the morning drive to work quite interesting.


  2. I’m glad for you going to a photography workshop … but I am not envious of a nighttime shoot in the cold that requires mittens. Brrr. But I will look forward to seeing the photos you take. Should be lovely. Sorry about the computer but glad your photos are safe. Mine are on the cloud, supposedly. I need to back up!!


    • This weekend is supposed to be perfect for star shooting because it’s prime meteor shower night. But we are going to have clouds. 😦 That’s just so sad. But we’ll find something to shoot (with a camera, not a gun!!) and I’ll be sure to share what I’m learning!


  3. Are you going to be studying with Heather? What a great experience that will be! Think you might want more than one pair of socks and maybe foot and hand warmers. I’m avoiding stores, other than grocery. Not ready for Christmas stuff or music for a couple more weeks.


  4. Enjoy the workshop! I am not ready for Christmas yet, although I have listened to some Christmas music and I have my Mom’s small ceramic Christmas tree out. Stay warm!

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    • I think I’ll get my aunt’s ceramic Christmas tree out after next week. I did see it in the basement this morning, so at least I know where it is!! I am looking forward to the workshop. You’ll hear all about it.


  5. Sounds like you are headed to the UP!!! Or as my friend Dan says it, “Yoop!!!” Have a great time. And yes, it is ridiculous how early Christmas starts these days. I’ve been seeing the crap in stores since before Halloween! Halloween!

    Some of my friends love it and even have multiple trees! And no worries about the lack of photos. I was able to see the Santa Claus at the mall with the line of kids, very clearly in my mind, thanks to your written words. 🙂


    • Not quite to the UP, only to the upper part of the Lower Peninsula. Over near Traverse City, which is very near Lake Michigan, at the base of Michigan’s little finger. If you know what I mean.


  6. No laptop yet?? Well, at least you get to play with your photography equipment instead, right? Personally, I think they’re rushing the season. We haven’t even had Thanksgiving yet and already I’m seeing Christmas decorations. Sheesh!!


  7. So funny to hear you say you’re going up north, from an Alabama latitude, you’re already way up north!


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