November Is Serious Business

Have you noticed how extreme November has become? I was sharing some thoughts with one of my office-mates about the cost/benefit breakdown of blogging everyday during the month of November when I saw this on Facebook:

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The photo is for No Shave November, where men don’t shave beards or mustaches for the month of November.

Think about it:  NaNoWriMo, where you write a novel (50,000 words) during the month of November. NaBloPoMo, where you blog every single day for the month of November, whether you have something to say or not. Movember, where men grow mustaches. No Shave November, where men don’t shave their faces for the month of November. (Do any women do No Shave November? I’d love to hear from them – the women who are heading into December fuzzy-legged and full of bravado.)

If you are in any way connected to an academic calendar – faculty, staff, parent, student – you know that November is the final countdown. It’s after midterm, which means students are 1) in a desperate free fall and are scrambling to find excuses, loopholes, and escape hatches; 2) flatly indifferent and so over their classes, the food, the weather, etc.; 3) over-worked, under-nourished, exhausted, and trying to finish strong. (I’m sure there are gray areas in between, but judging from what I’ve seen this week, these are the three options.)

We have Thanksgiving, with its big wind-up of shopping and preparing food. Then we have Black Friday (which has begun creeping into Thanksgiving night), Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and now (apparently) Giving Wednesday?

Don’t shave your beard! Blog everyday! Write a novel! Have Thanksgiving! Recover from Thanksgiving quick enough to get back into school mode for two weeks! Go shopping (you lazy glutton)! Go shopping at a small business (you corporate whore)! Shop online (you liberal hippie – you stink like a local coffee shop)! Give to my charity (or did you spend all your money on material possessions???)! Oh, and by the way, here’s a huge-ass hurricane to hit the east coast.

Y’all, November is serious business. It is intense this year!

Let’s just make it to December, okay? And when we get to December, let’s make cookies, do a little shopping, sip wine or cider or hot cocoa by the fireplace, holiday decorations, or just in a quiet corner of your home. Let’s take time for music and movies and staring out of windows. As we curl ribbons for gifts, let’s also make time to curl up with good books, loved ones, and cats. Because frankly, I can’t do another November. December is my only hope. And I’d rather not spend the whole month wishing I had a river I could skate away on.

This post is part of NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month. It’s also a part of the Open Grid at yeah write, where you can read my blog and other great blogs and vote for the ones you like. Like, maybe mine? And others? Vote all you want by clicking the yeah write link above, starting tonight at midnight!

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