1. Seeing your pets
Needs no explanation. Generally people’s top priority.
2. Getting coffee from *your* Starbucks
Or, like, taco place, mall outlet, favorite DMV building, etc. That sort of thing. Personally, I buy my coffee at home from an unaffiliated coffee shop with pretentious bookshelves, lots of hipsters, and, allegedly, roaches. A dealbreaker for many, but luckily I haven’t yet seen one with my own eyes, so I will continue to order my tall coffee latte boba with medium ice about once every two weeks and very deliberately not look under the furniture.
3. Seeing your family
Haven’t you missed throwing down with your siblings physically and verbally over your/their clothing while your mom stands in the doorway telling you to eat more fruit? Ah, those were the days.
4. Pets again
But will Geoffrey the banana snake remember me?? (Hint: It’s unlikely.)
5. Your home climate
Some of us are going home to a nice balmy 65 degree winter with minimal wind, fashionable but not particularly durable sweaters, and hot chocolate mainly prepared for aesthetic reasons. Some of us are going home to wear six layers in ten inches. If you belong to the latter category, please know that as a Californian who dodged the wildfires and heatwave-induced power outages, I will be laughing at you for the entire break.