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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday 7/30/2015

Wow, it's Thursday again! The weeks sure do fly by, especially in the summer!

What am I thankful for this week? I feel like I have a lot to be thankful for this week. I'm grateful for the standards: having a roof over my head, food on the table, and a clean environment. I'm also thankful for my co-workers and former co-workers, for the support they've given me this week in regards to a certain thing. I'm thankful for their friendly advice and their patience. I am also thankful for the friends I have, especially some local friends I have. I'm glad they open their hearts to me and invite me to do things with them. I'm thankful that they are there for me, as I'm thankful for my parents.

I'm thankful for the opportunities I've been given thus far in my life. As I looked back this week, I am grateful to have had the experiences I have had and am grateful for the privilege I had studying Arabic and everything else I've studied in college. Not everyone gets that privilege or opportunity.

I'm also thankful that dad lets me use his camera. It might seem silly, but when I picked up my photographs last Saturday from Bryn Mawr, I was so happy with how good the photos turned out. I'm glad my dad still has a film camera and lets me use the camera if I supply the film. I love experimenting.

Yes, I will post the photos again or some of the ones I feel are my best. I am just so proud of them and grateful about the trip and being able to use the camera.


  1. Tempus fugit! XD It doesn't matter when it happens.

    What are you most grateful for out of the many things you've studied thus far? ^_^ I like playing the music, going to all those crazy places, meeting the people, and handling the keys to so much more incredible knowledge.

    1. Arabic definitely! I got to experience so many new things. Belly dancing, exotic cuisines, going to NYC and Queens for the first time! But, I am also thankful for my English training as well. That also opened up new experiences: being published in an anthology, reading a poem at the Poetry House, being able to be published in the Quad, landing my paid internship as a technical writer/instructor. Then of course, philosophy too! I think everything I learned was important.

    2. Very similar to my experience with Russian, it sounds. But I am also thankful for my musical training as well! (Now that I'm paralleling your sentence structure I notice you say "also" repetitively there...)

      With Russian, I got into ballroom dancing (think Anna Karenina - the waltz, the minuet, the rondo, the polka). As far as cuisine goes, with that I went Chinese and Thai. I knew how to use chopsticks in high school but NOT THOSE ENORMOUS HONKERS THEY USE IN THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC X_X I needed to strengthen my fingers considerably for those five weeks I spent abroad!!
      I was used to the little pipsqueak disposable things they give you at restaurants.

      My parents have friends in NYC (Manhattan) so my UN trip with WCU was not my original sojourn there...

      I am glad for what I've considered with philosophy thus far - Plato, Confucius, Xenophon, et al. (I'd offer another Chinese philosopher to be balanced but Confucius is seriously the main deal.)

      I am grateful for the student government position I landed, myself - even if most people just ended up talking over me more than I would have preferred. It ended up mixing with my Russian studies since my primary political instructor... we spoke in Russian to each other most... and the president of OCCA was, seriously, a Russian major...

      So, while I can't point to any major publications I have made in the Quad or any similar publication, I felt like I contributed sufficiently, what with that weekend they sent me and the other government officials to Rutgers for the student affairs conference!
      (Then I'd also gone to a Chinese conference elsewhere for other reasons at a separate time...)

      I'm not trying to compete with you, I'm just explaining how my experiences differed. ^^;;;

    3. I know! We both had different experiences - you were more political, law, and linguistics.I was more creative and somewhat linguistic.

    4. That does not mean that your experience is any lesser by any means! I got dizzy in the drawing class since I looked up at the model and down at my sketchbook too fast.

      The experiences I relay are more of the positive ones. I have never been sicker before in my life.

    5. That is dizzying! I never took a drawing class in college, but I will admit the photography class was a bad experience.

    6. That's unfortunate to read. At least you got the chance to learn some photography techniques, right?

    7. Not really too much techniques, but it made me love film and I do love shooting in film. I also bought a really good camera and taught myself how to use it fully. I'm grateful for those two things regarding that class!

  2. I am thankful that the breeze picked up. It was so still for days in a row. That's all!