This weekend was my first “real” expat holiday. I’m not counting Halloween, because Halloween isn’t even that great. Anyway, Thursday felt kind of weird for me. I got my nails done and went to writing circle, and then Gina and I went out for wine. Maybe I was a little tipsy, maybe I was just homesick, but I came home and (full disclosure) cried myself to sleep. I missed my family and friends so much, and I even thought the phrase that all expats dread hearing… what am I doing living across the world?!
I woke up on Friday determined to have a good day. I even said to myself “self, today will be good.” And it was! I made all my students stand around in a circle and say what they were thankful for. Even though (as they reminded me many times) they aren’t American, it was sweet to hear what they were thankful for.
Friday was also my first ever Friendsgiving! My friend Browder’s parents live in Shanghai, and he invited a few of us from school to his family Thanksgiving. It was SO MUCH FUN to get dressed up and drink amazing wine and enjoy yummy food. My feelings of homesickness went away when I was surrounded by my amazing Shanghai family. I felt so lucky, so happy, so fulfilled that I could have cried. Is that cheesy or what?!
Saturday it was Black Friday in the states #13hoursahead so my friends and I decided why not shop?! We headed to the fabric market, which is just like what it sounds… a market to buy anything fabric! I got two coats made that I can go pick up next week (it’s so cheap and I guess really good quality? I will report back next week ;]), a pair of pants, some gold flats, and a scarf! Saturday night was also the OSU/Michigan game #gobucks, so some coworkers and I went to the bar to cheer on the team! The game started at 1am our time, and let’s just say I left at midnight. There’s no way I can stay out that late.
Sunday I tutored for a few hours, then it was time for church and brunch with my girl Keri. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; finding a church home in China has helped so much. It’s a lot more singing then I’m normally used to in a church service, but I really love it. I came home, cleaned my apartment, made chicken tacos, and graded while watching 3 episodes of Greek (why is that show so stupid yet so good?!) I’m excited for what this holiday season will hold… even though it will inevitably be difficult at times, I’m determined to stay positive and enjoy living in an amazing city!