Friday Gratitude

“It’s really good to be here and as I always say, it’s really good to be anywhere!” — Keith Richards

Happy Friday! I’ve been settling into my new (and permanent!) site this week. It’s so nice to be fully unpacked — that means even my winter clothes are out of my suitcase now. My host family has been very kind thus far; happy to include me in things, but respectful of my time and space, too.

Here are some things I am grateful for this week:


I’ve been enjoying my morning coffee in my new mug, which was a sweet gift from a friend.


My host parents brought this bracelet back from their vacation in Albania. I haven’t taken it off, not even to shower or sleep.


One thing I love about being in other countries is the sheer randomness of everything. I don’t know what the difference between “sheep” or “butterfly” is when it comes to clothing … maybe a fluffy wash versus a light wash? My clothes are clean, at any rate.


I (stupidly) did not bring any printed photos to Kosovo. With the help of my friends, I found a printer and pulled some photos off my phone to have printed. It’s nice to be able to look at my family, friends, and our pets in the States. (Also, I plan to post my photos of my new room once I am a bit more settled in.)


I found yarn at the grocery store without even l00king for it. I just rounded a corner and bam! There it was. I’ve got a couple of ambitious crochet projects in mind … we’ll see how they pan out.


I bought a lamp for my new room … and managed to break it the next morning. My host father made a new lamp stand for me. Isn’t this so cute?! It seriously made my day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I downloaded The Joy Luck Club to my Kindle (thanks, still-working Chicago Public Library card!) and re-read it this week. I think I was a teenager the last time I read it … I’d forgotten what a great novel it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a greatย weekend, everyone!

5 thoughts on “Friday Gratitude”

  1. I think Lisa is right, I googled it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Nice to see pics of your new permanent home! I’m sure you will fill up that photo section of your room in no time! Not just with older photos, but with photos of this new chapter in your life.

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