Let me start this post with late Happy Birthdays to Meghan and Colin and a timely Happy Birthday to Sean. I love you all!
The past few weeks have been so jammed packed with activity, it’s been hard to have time to sit and think, much less reflect and process. This past weekend, especially, was a very busy, crazy time. Friday night was full of friends, loud singing at the Beer Nest, dumplings, and lost glasses, but the weekend really revolved around Saturday night, when Ashley and Josh threw a murder mystery party. Everyone dressed up, crowded into a Chengdu apartment, and acted out their parts. I had never been to a party like this before, but I had a blast getting yelled at by my Director (completely part of the game) and bossing my Director of Instruction around (humorously part of the game). I was wanted by the FBI for murder, on the lam, skimming money from my business, and lying through my teeth about nearly everything (according to the instructions I was given). It was a wonderful evening and I was thoroughly impressed with many people’s acting abilities. No one ending up solving the murder, but a bunch of us went out afterwards, still costumed up, to grab a bite to eat.
On Sunday, Kristen and I went to see some of the high schoolers perform The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) at a local hotel. I ended up sitting next to my buddy Franscios (who reminds me a lot of my brother Colin) while we watched his brother and a few others perform. It was a hilarious production, well worth having to wake up early on Monday to finish lesson planning. Monday, yesterday, was yet another busy day. After working late, I went out with a few friends to Peter’s for Mexican food. Afterwards, my friend Adam indulged me by watching a few episodes of American Horror Story. After that, I tore open The Fault in Our Stars (oh, man, our secondary school’s library is awesome! because books. in english. yumm.) for yet the thirtieth time which, I believe, was the perfect end to the night.
But the part of the week I’m most excited about is still to come. A few families are hosting a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday night. It should be crazy, loud, and basically everything an American Thanksgiving usually is…(or…is…not…for my family?). It’ll be a good way to see how I handle the holidays abroad. Although, Thanksgiving I never really get choked up about. Christmas, however, will probably be a very different story…