This morning I was thinking about the differences between my parents' house and mine. I love not living with them but being able to come visit them and stay with them. And I miss them a lot. I wish I was closer.
Anyway, differences. None are necessarily bad or good; these are mostly just observations.
For instance, my parents have a woodstove and a furnace. We just have a furnace. Our thermostat is set at 65 (which I'm pretty sure drives Toad crazy). My dad gets cold, so my parents' house is more like 70 degrees or higher (which is funny because I freeze at their house in the summer; it's like he has to feel the opposite of the weather outside while indoors). Last night I had to turn the heater off and sleep without my comforter to be comfortable. Granted, I was in flannel pajamas, but it's been really cold outside here and I thought I could get away with wearing them. Apparently not.
My house has a fair amount of cat hair because I have two cats and Hunter hasn't been shaved since August, so he's all fluffy and pretty. My parents' house only has a little cat hair now because they have one indoor/outdoor cat and one cat that is outdoor only. However, since my dog became their dog when I left for school, there is Lab hair everywhere. Even when he's not shedding that badly. I wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't been wearing black socks the day I got here. And if it wasn't all up in my yarn all the time. I constantly have to pick it out of my projects. I guess I could just make a bunch of doggie sweaters. Then I wouldn't have to pick it out. But he's so cute I can't really say this is a negative thing.
My house has insane water pressure and tons of hot water because we had our hot water heater replaced last year. My parents' house has medium water pressure and medium hot water. They also have hard water, so after being home for one day my hands were insanely winter-dry.
My parents have a gigantic tv with satellite and a blue-ray player. At my house I have a laptop. My internet is probably twice as fast, so it's easier to watch movies on my laptop than it is here anyway, but having the giant tv is so convenient when I'm doing crafty things. I feel like I have to pay more attention or I lose more details on my laptop.
I feel as though I have difficulty finding things to eat at my parents' house because they don't really keep a lot of food around anymore. Or maybe it's just not food that I like or is easy to make. I stock foods I use and they stock foods they use. Therefore I end up eating a lot of crap when I come home to visit for more than a day. Delicious, salty, sugary crap.
I think after I finish with my undergraduate degrees I would like to try to find a job somewhere that I can be a two-ish hour drive from them. I miss them and and a four-plus hour drive isn't always possible, but a two hour drive I could manage more easily. I also want them to be able to see their grandkids often. We'll see how that works out.
Overall, I'm really happy to be home for winter break. I think I'm having the opposite reaction of most people when they go away to school. I was very un-homesick at first and the longer I'm away the harder it is on me.