Friday Gratitude: Sweater Weather!

Now that September has come, the temperature in Kosovo has dropped and it feels like autumn. I am happy that my favorite two-month stretch of the year has begun. πŸ™‚

For the start of the school year, I decided to deep clean my room and re-arrange the furniture. I spent a lot of time in my room this summer. I needed the space to feel different. Living in someone else’s house is hard, so being in control of my own space feels good psychologically.

I was a little nervous about moving stuff around for fear of scratching the floor, but I was careful and that didn’t happen. After years of living alone, I am a champion furniture mover. The only thing I didn’t move was my bed, which is way too heavy, and I don’t know where else I’d put it.

Peace Corps Kosovo bedroom 2
Look! The rug I WILL NEVER STOP TALKING ABOUT, because I love it so much.
Peace Corps Kosovo bedroom
My little couch is perfect for reading and watching movies on my laptop. πŸ™‚
displaying crochet projects
My bedside tables always break because they’re old/crappy. I fixed these drawers yet again, and used the top to display some of my crochet projects.
bedside book storage
The bottom drawer of my other beside table was beyond hope, so I removed it and use it as a place to store books and electrical chargers.
Serbian Cross
I bought this cross for myself at the Serbian Monastery in Peja, Kosovo. It hangs on my bedside lamp.
organized desk
My desk. I bought the wood carving on my first trip to Tirana, Albania. I think of it as my “future island,” something that will one day hang in my home to remind me of my travels. πŸ™‚

When we first moved to our permanent sites, Peace Corps gave us a “settling in allowance.” I wish we got another one our second year. I’ve bought several new things for my room this summer, including a fan, a better pillow, and an electric kettle.

Media Consumption …

  • My mom suggested that I read Dolores Claiborne, a timely choice of fiction about a woman who kills her husband during an eclipse. The narrative was strange, but I enjoyed the story.

Monday was our first day back to school. As I looked at the familiar faces of my students, I thought about how I won’t be here next year. It made me sadder than I imagined feeling.

I went to Skopje, Macedonia on Wednesday, and will be posting more pictures next week.

Today, I am going to Rahovec, a Kosovo city I haven’t yet visited. I’ll be attending their annual wine festival with some friends. πŸ™‚

Happy weekend! Talk to you on Monday.

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