I remember what that was like when I was in school - always a pretty hectic time. As far as the festive season (as the Aussies call it) goes, I'll spend Christmas with my family on the Illinois side of St. Louis, but past that, I'm not sure. Good luck with your finals!
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Welcome, Misty. Sorry to hear of the estrangement of your friend. This happened to a friend of mine years ago and recently we found each other again. Fortunately she has had a deconversion and I can now support her through this adjustment. You never know.