This year I had my own usual personal deadlines for November 30th: finish Christmas cards and chocolates. Done. (Tis the season for burning the candle at both ends.)
Then there was the additional deadline for BYU early-consideration application (tomorrow, technically). Also done - not that I did much besides obsess over whether they'd receive Jaclyn's high school transcripts in time, or at all. We sent them priority mail, which is track-able and darn if those documents didn't sit in a post office somewhere for ten days after they crossed the border and before they were delivered. What was with that? Though the greater headache was the international applicant requirement to provide official bank statements showing an account holding $20,000 cash in U.S. funds. I'm pretty sure that was an American government requirement, not something unique to BYU. I guess they don't want anyone to enter the country on a student visa, only to stay and not have the money for college. Still. How many of you have a bank account with a balance over $20,000? Neither did we - and they didn't want to see mutual funds or anything like that. Cash only, please.
Speaking of money, I've been spending plenty of it and not on Christmas shopping. Carmen got braces. We bought Steven a new snowboard (Technically a Christmas present, but early. And don't worry about us, we're very good about holding strong and not buying more when Christmas gets closer.) Then I took my DSLR camera in to get fixed, and since that's going to take 6-8 weeks I walked out with a new point & shoot camera, which is counting as my birthday present.
But tomorrow is December 1st, the beginning of family fun and traditions. Good night, November.