Friday Gratitude: Still Standing

“Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid.” — Elton John, I’m Still Standing

Well, we’ve reached another Friday. I’ve been in Kosovo for nine months now, which is 1/3 of the total time I’ll be here. Crazy to think …

Despite my recent blues, teaching has been going really well. I love my counterpart and we have a blast with the students. Several people have asked me if I’m considering becoming a teacher after Peace Corps. While the answer is NO, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy doing it for the moment.

Three of my 8th grade girls cornered me after class last week to give me a present out of the blue. I was really touched by their sweet gesture.


It would be easy to feel discouraged here if my professional life weren’t going well, but it is. I’m also working with my counterpart and another teacher on writing a grant, so that’s felt productive, too.

And, of course, the puppies make me happy.

(Though I am tired of rescuing them whenever one escapes from the doghouse. C’mon, mama dog, corral your children better!)

Media Consumption this week:

  • I’m all caught up on the most recent episode of HBO’s Girls. Does anyone else watch this show? Since it’s the last season, I am curious to see how they’ll end it. So far, the characters are still exhibiting every bit of bad behavior they always have.
  • After years of having it on my “to watch” list, I finally saw The Salton Sea. It tried way too hard to be cool, but it was watchable.

As always, thanks for reading! Have a good weekend. XO

2 thoughts on “Friday Gratitude: Still Standing”

  1. It’s always so heartwarming when a student gives you a gift!

    I too am up to date on Girls. The episode where she spends the whole time talking to that guy she wrote about was the most boring episode EVER. Get it together Lena Dunham! And yes, same old shinanigans! What’s going to happen with Hannah? The only one who seems to have it together is Shosh. She’s my favorite! My favorite scene is Hannah and the wet suit the first episode. LOL!

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    1. I agree, most boring episode ever! Shosh has had nothing to do all season (kind of like Jessa in one of the last seasons). And so far, nobody has really evolved. What’s going to happen to all of them?


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