Friday, December 24, 2010

2010 Christmas

Every year, around October, I sit down and make a list of what I want to find under the Christmas tree [besides the fact that I don't believe in it anymore, there is still a tree in my house]. This year, I decided I wanted a TV. Mine was really old and had a VCR, and no way to get a DVD hooked up to it.

As I sit in front of my brand new TV with working DVD player, I know that Christmas is more than just getting presents.

Like in the Jewish faith, I believe the holiday is more about the miracle, and THAT'S what we should celebrate.

My miracle this year is the amazing group of people I am lucky to call my friends. I have met so many amazing people this year who I cannot imagine my life without.

That is the best gift I could have gotten this year and I never want to return it. I treasure my friendships greatly and don't know what I would do without you all.

I can't seem to write this post without being cliche, so I'm going to stop.

Remember your non-tangible gifts that you don't have to unwrap; your friends, your family, your health, and so much more.

Today is awesome tv. pretty new tv.
Listening to.... the LAKERRR GAME.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Surprise

About two months ago, one of my very best friends, Liz, texted me.

"What would you say to surprising Dom for her 21st?"

My answer? Pretty simple: "YES!"

After two more minutes of thinking, I knew it would be tough. I'd be flying to England the weekend of Thanksgiving and missing a whole week of classes right before finals. And the prices of plane tickets were out of my price range.

Then I found out that I would be Dom's 21st birthday present and my beautiful friends were going to help me pay for the ticket [as well as get me to and from the airport and put me up for the week].

I couldn't say no. I talked to my parents, my professors, and my boss who were all okay with me going.

I cannot tell you how happy I was. I was going back. and not just back - but back home to where my second family lives.

SO since it was a surprise, I couldn't post anything on facebook or twitter. I had to remain silent. I spoke about it quite often, but my social network life knew nothing (yes, this means I surprised the WGCC too).

Even the day I arrived in England Dom, who we were surprising, checked my facebook and saw that my status about how cold it was. She had no idea I was coming, and was shocked to see me.

But once I surprised in our favourite restaurant, life was....perfect. It was back to the way it was. I was surrounded by the people I love and did not need anything else to be happy.

I love all of my American friends and family, really, but my family here is....nothing like I could have asked for. They go above and beyond for everyone they care about and it's truly clear that they missed me as much as I missed them.

Surprising my other friends here was Their faces were great and they were shocked, but obviously happy to see me.

So I have been having the perfect week. and will continue to have a perfect week.

I don't just love this country because it's beyond anything like America and I love how different it is - I love this country because my favorite people in the world live here. I seriously cannot describe how much I love them. They mean the whole world to me and when I say they are my best friends in the world - I honestly mean it. I want to spend the rest of my life with these people. I know they feel the same, and I hope they continue to - 'cause there's no way they're getting rid of me now.

Today is awesome because.....I'm in England. seriously, AWESOME. oh, and I went to Primark and got a Batman t-shirt. =D
I'm listening to..... EAST ENDERS, BABYY!!