I had to flip my calendar page to December today. Actually I looked down at the date on my computer and freaked out first. Where has the time gone. I only have a few weeks before my semester is over, and I’m still trying to get my final exam planned for the students.
Yesterday some of the other foreign teachers and myself got together to celebrate Thanksgiving. It hasn’t really felt like the holidays yet, but after having a day of way too much American food, with Turkey, green bean casseroles and sweet potatoes it finally felt like Thanksgiving. I ate way too much, of course and spent the day watching Christmas movies like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Life (actually I slept through most of that one, curled up on the couch).
We spent a the afternoon talking and laughing and I taught them how to play Honeymoon Rummy which I lost with a finesse that only comes from years of practice. I love my China family so much, but there is still a hole in my heart that is missing home right now. I wish there was a way I could be in two places at one time because I really feel pulled in different directions.
I got to skype with Mom and Dad on Thanksgiving day and they passed the computer around the entire room so I got to talk to everyone. My cousin’s husband even showed me his dinner plate like “Yep, here’s what we’re having for dinner today”.
I guess what I’m trying to say is I love you all very much and wish I could be with you for the holidays.
I did get my Christmas decorations up a few days ago, and yes I managed to find a Christmas tree! It turned out really nice which I’m super excited about, and there is even a wreath on the door. I had to make the wreath out of tinsel and a cardboard ring but I think it turned out pretty good.
It’s getting colder here, thought not as cold as some of you all back home that have had snow already, Wow! I’m planning a Christmas Cookie exchange like my good friend Vicky always does back home. The idea of baking cookies in my oven is a bit comical considering it probably will only hold 4-6 cookies at a time, but the fun part is the process, and possibly teaching my chinese friends to bake.
I’m also planning my trip for winter break in between semesters. I’m thinking somewhere warm would be nice…