Thursday, November 28, 2013

I'm Thankful for being...Sick

Yes, you read my title post right, I am thankful for being sick!  Well, it's not 100% accurate...I hate being sick.  I'm pretty sure I had food poisoning from my lunch out on Sunday and Sunday night into the wee, early Monday morning was TERRIBLE!  I didn't think I could puke my whole stomach out, but I think I was very close to doing so in the last 48 hours.  I'll save you the utter, gross details for another post.  On that being said, I am still thankful for being sick because now I found a good time to write on my blog (which I do miss since I started my new job in China).*
Trying to stay warm (and not sick) during recess!
Since Thanksgiving is coming up, I wanted to count my blessings and share what I have been thankful for this year, especially in the last 4-5 months since I left America for China.

I thank God for:
2. My Family: Leaving my intermediate family in the U.S. to start a new adventure in China was a huge leap for me.  However, everyone was gracious to me and I was very fortunate to connect with my extended family in Hong Kong when I visited my grandma for her 80th birthday a couple weeks ago.
3. My Boyfriend: He should receive the Ultimate Boyfriend of the Year Award (or maybe decade?).  He has been so loving, patient, and understanding with me.  I just can't believe how lucky I am to have him and call him my own, even though we are on different time zones and continents!  6 years and we are still going strong. :)
4. Technology: FaceTime, Skype, Instagram, iMessage, email, internet, YouTube, Facebook, iPhone, SmartBoard...etc. The list goes on and on!  I truly don't think I could survive transitioning into a new, strange world without these things. I'm sounding like a typical Gen Y kid, but hey it's on my list of things I'm thankful for!
5. Starbucks in CHINA! Being able to see, smell, taste, something from America once in awhile (ok, maybe everyday...) is very nice to be thankful about.
6. Turkey!  I thought I wouldn't be able to taste Turkey until I landed back in the US or ordering an expensive, imported whole turkey, but thank God for Subway!
7. My readers and my blog: Connecting with teachers all around the world with diverse backgrounds, creative ideas, and teaming up as a global community gives me the chills!  You guys are the best!
8. My friends- Old and New, Near and Far :)
9. Fall weather= scarves and fall clothes
10. The Blue sky and clean air- It's strange how I check the pollution more often than the weather app now. 
11. My Ikea bed
12. My 8 precious students and TA- We are a small class but we are family and I love them all so very much!
13. Roommate nights- Being able to hang out and get to know my new roommate has been amazing so far. She is really God-given to me and I'm thankful for going through ups and downs with her.
14. Camera- To capture moments which may be hard to explain in words.  Just look up these hashtags to name a few moments: #sleepingchinamen #expatproblems #expatlife #livinginchina
15. Taxi Drivers, marketplace workers, waiters...people of China- For being kind and gracious to be when I ask them to take me somewhere in my broken Chinese or give me the benefit of a doubt when I say "Ting Bu Dong".  My favorite phrase meaning, "I hear you but I don't understand". 
16. My Ayi- Our cleaning lady (ayi=aunt in Chinese).  She is amazing when she comes and cleans our apartment.  Life is just better when you walk into a clean house.
17.  My School- I'm so lucky to teach in a school where everyone truly cares for each other, students and colleagues.  I love my ECC team!
18. China- As a foreigner in a country I'm not used to, I'm glad I am having a great working/living experience of a life-time.
19. My Oven- In China, people don't typically cook with an oven. I'm glad my job provided our apartment one so we can make yummy foods like cookies and stuffing.
20.Music- Life is just sweeter with music.  Anyone else listening to Christmas music as you are preparing for Thanksgiving dinner?
*I was so sick on Monday, I didn't finish this post until today- just in time for Thanksgiving day!

Having a Thanksgiving luncheon with kinders and their families!
Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of my special readers. :)


  1. Andrea, I just found your blog today, and I'm so glad I did! Your experiences in China look fascinating, and I'll definitely return to read more of your posts. I'm very, very curious about the differences you've noticed between kindergarten in China and schools here in the US. Can you describe it, or maybe you wrote a post about that comparison?

    I'm thankful for many of the same things as you. I do enjoy Starbucks once in a while, myself, and my sighted friend, who helps me with some school things here and there, can't live without it! And of course friends, family, technology - I am definitely thankful for those too!

    If you'd like to browse some other ideas for kindergarten and maybe download some freebies, come and visit my blog. :)

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

    1. Hi Sharon, I haven't written many posts between the differences I see in an international school vs US public schools. Hopefully by the end of this school year, I will reflect more and write my thoughts between the two. Glad to know people are interested to hearing more about school outside the US. :)

      I've always enjoyed reading your posts! Stay warm!


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