Thankful. Awkward. &. Awesome.

This week I'm thankful for:
-- The opportunity to be here in this amazing country that I love so much. 
-- The friends that we have made since coming here.
-- Family, of course. 
-- Entertainment. Seriously, when you live in the middle of nowhere, things can get pretty interesting, and I'm so glad I have movies, books, and the internet to keep me company.
-- Food. We have not had to struggle to put food on our table, and I know that so many people in this world wonder where their next meal is going to come from, and when it will be. I'm so so thankful that I am not in this situation. 
-- Love. I'm thankful that I have the capacity to love - to empathize with others, and to be overwhelmed with emotion. This is not always a good thing - sometimes love hurts. Especially when you are overcome by emotion for a person you cannot help, or barely know, but I would never give up the ability that I have been given - the ability to love freely. 



-- I've been on a sad Holocaust movie spree (don't ask me why, I have no idea). This, combined with hormones, has caused a ridiculous amount of crying while staring at a laptop over the past few days. I can't help it - I even cried during Toy Story 3. Yes, I know The Pianist is rated R. Doesn't count - we're in Germany, and they don't have ratings here.
-- A girl in the 13 grade yelled at me today. Because I told her to find a synonym for the word sad (she used it like, 7 times in a half page letter). This proceeded to me telling her (very calmly) that she has had English for 10 years, and should be able to write better than a 5th grader. It's okay, I can say those things because I'm not in America. She just rolled her eyes and sat down. Oh, Germany. Your students' lack of respect for teachers makes for interesting days. 

-- I fell on the ice while walking by a large group of elementary schoolers. Who then proceeded to make fun of me.
-- Doing the potty dance while standing in line at the library, the grocery store...  I really need to pee before we run errands.
-- Dreaming that Anthony Hopkins is trying to murder me.


-- It's Thursday, which means that tomorrow is Friday. I'm ready for the weekend.
-- I finished my first German novel (okay, the first one that I've ever read for pleasure). It was 400 pages, and I read it in a little over a week. Go me!! 
-- I went to the library today, and got 2 more books to read!
-- Traditional German Breakfast. Don't believe me? Go to your local baker (if such a thing exists wherever you are - if you're in the US, it likely does not), get some Brötchen, slap some butter, meat, and cheese onto that puppy, and eat it right up. Heck freaking yes. 
-- Christmas Decorations on the Zeil (shopping center of Frankfurt). There is no Thanksgiving here, so it's okay to get pumped for Christmastime!! 
-- Choir. Yay music!! 

Happy Thursday, you lovely people, you!!! 


Libby's Life said...

I love both of those movies!!! :) And I cry at them too!

Unknown said...

I am so proud that I am responsible for introducing you to German Breakfast. :)

We should get together one day when you're free and watch La Vita e Bella, it's a sad holocaust movie that is also super funny and inspiring....odd right? And it's in ITALIAN. I tried watching it dubbed over in english and it just doesn't work...we have to find it in Italian with english subtitles. It's probably my favorite movie of all time.

Anonymous said...

I love all of the things you are thankful for. Every single one of those applies to me and I need to remind myself more often not to take them for granted!

I teared up at Toy Story 3, too. :o) That movie was precious!

Anonymous said...

The Pianist is one of my favorite movies. It's not even a "feel good" movie, but it's so haunting, and devestatingly true . . . I love that movie.

Happy Friday!

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Anna said...

Love those films there, and the cheese-food-stuff platter you've photographed there looks absolutely delicious! I'm dropping by from Friday Friends on FTLOB :)

his little lady said...

so many beautiful things to be thankful for. and don't worry girl, i cry EVERY TIME watching toy story 3 at the very end. such a beautiful ending!
xo TJ

Michelle said...

Pianist is a good movie!

haileynicolle said...

the holocaust is intriguing! thats why :) as for reading a book in german. what up! if i could read i book in chinese... then i would be able to read characters. and that ain't happenin anytime soon. i'm pretty sure.

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