College students are mostly gone home for Thanksgiving break. We had snow the beginning of the week, but Thursday and Friday were warm and it's all but gone now.

Thanksgiving break started a half day early for us on Tuesday morning when the school nurse called to say Silas was not feeling well and we should come pick him up early. He may have had a bit of a cold, but by Wednesday morning he was feeling better. With the colder weather and windows closed the allergen quotient of our indoor air is steadily rising. We have one humidifier set up, and will break out a couple more over the weekend.

We spent Thanksgiving Day itself with friends in town. It's the first time in several years we didn't travel.

In the spirit of online shopping, I ordered myself a pair of boots for Christmas. I've never been a boots kind of person before. The boots I ordered are tall, black motorcycle boots. It came as a shock when I told Brooke that I was considering it. Heck, it came as a bit of a shock to me, too.

"Who are you?" she asked me.

"Maybe I'm having a mid-life crisis," I said.

"Well, if that's the extent of your mid-life crisis, I'm okay with it," she said.

Our friend at the Thanksgiving table asked if I was going to get myself a motorcycle to go with the boots.

I'm not planning on it.

Over the past few weeks, I've spent a lot less time on Facebook. It's not that I've abandoned social media. I've actually been more active on Twitter. So I had to be told second hand that my brother had announced to the Facebook world that he intends to close down his account as of December 31.

I briefly considered leaving a note on his announcement about how it must be because he couldn't keep up with the excitement of my Facebook feed. But I didn't. Maybe I'll tell him in person next time I see him. Or maybe he'll read it here.

I posted a couple weeks ago on my geek blog -- -- about another friend who closed down her Facebook account last year. It was the right decision for her. I'm not closing down my Facebook account. Facebook is like anything else: useful in moderation.