Thursday, February 28, 2013

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Packages from home.  I got a package from my mom, with this giant Reese's heart in it.  Yes, I ate the whole thing in one day.  Yes, I enjoyed every bite.  

Skype calls with old friends.  The kind of calls that are filled with catching up, with serious discussions of US foreign policy, taxation, and crazy politicians  with talking about books and movies and music, and with remembering why you're still friends, all these years later :)

Exams.  Maybe this makes me weird, but I don't really care.  I love taking tests.  This week has been full of cram sessions at coffee shops and hands stained blue from handwritten essays.  I'm thankful that the exam period is over, but I also enjoyed the tests.  

Teaching. I never thought I would say this, but I am really enjoying my english classes.  I tutor four kids in english, and I feel like I learn just as much from them as they do from me.  They're great kids, and I'm going to miss them when I have to leave.

Opportunities to educate.  After spending a lot of time with my super-feminist friends, it's always a bit of a jolt when someone questions the necessity for feminism.  Lately I've engaged in a few mini-debated, where I've gotten to air out my feminist opinions.  It's interesting for me, because I feel like I'm usually on the learning side, instead of the lecturing side.  Now that I'm away from my super-liberal circle, I have to defend my positions, and try to explain my opinions without becoming defensive, or offensive.  A few of my friends here have just never really questioned their ideas about femininity and masculinity, and it's exciting to see new possibilities expand for them.  I'm not saying that I'm going to convert the whole program here into raging feminists.  That would be nice, but isn't realistic.  I'm just excited about being able to express my opinions, and that my friends are at least listening, even if they don't agree.  Yet. 

Indulgence.  Since we've been spending a lot of time in cafe's, I've been eating a lot of pastries.  Of course, I also have my chocolate stash in my closet that I've been picking away at, too.  I love sugar.

My brother.  I skyped with my brother this week, for the first time ever.  I don't know why we've never done that before.  I hadn't laughed so hard in ages.  My brother is the best.

This week.  I'M GOING TO SCOTLAND.  I've always wanted to go to Scotland.  Tonight I'm hopping on a plane and meeting a very good friend, and tomorrow we're setting off!  I couldn't be more excited about the coming week. I get to spend time with this awesome friend, meet my Grandma's cousins, and possibly my long lost penpal, all while exploring a gorgeous country and hopefully eating some delicious food!

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