So, last evening after rolicking with my mother and some friends, I came home. I had been feeling just a little queasy during the day, but I attributed that to the inappropriate amount of food I ate, and decided that the food baby would come in course. I slipped into my sleek Forever Lazy pajamas (click here for more information). With these pajamas, I could finally read a book without the hassle of figuring how to appropriately place a blanket. All joking aside, I love my Forever Lazy. I feel fancy in it. Then, BOOM 3 30 in the morning, the Rage of the Flu takes me by complete surprise. Let me tell you, there is not much more humbling than sleeping on a rainbow tie-dye fold out futon circa 1990 with a Zack Morris comforter. I stayed there for the next 5 hours slipping between consciousness and sweet oblivion. I had a huge list of plans for today, now all shot to hell because my body decided to screw me sideways. I took a shower, a little nervous how it would turn out, but all is well. I toweled off and realize it has been over a month since I posted, so I decided I should probably do something with my life today, and posting is it. So, I sat down in our post-Ugly Sweater party living room, the tree baubled in beer cans, and dishes up the tookus, which I had intended on doing wearing nothing but a birthday suit and towel. I am feeling better, if you were wondering. But, now onto the difficult task of summarizing the past month.
So, Thanksgiving. It was amazing. I spent the first part of the day at Laura's house. It was a new experience to not gorge on turkey right away, because we had to pace ourselves for my family Thanksgiving later in the day. I loved having the support of both of our families during this holiday season. It has been so welcomed.
December I fought a bit of a cold, but pushing through nonetheless. I dislocated my shoulder during a swim lesson, that is to say a child jumped onto me and popped my shoulder out. I taught the next 3 or so lessons before the pain over took me. I pooped it back in and swore underwater while my students practiced bubbles. It was also that day when I truly loved what I was doing. I had a student start with me in September. He refused to ever let go of me. He wouldn't go underwater. He just was scared all the time. And this week in December, he swam by himself the first time. When I complimented him after the lesson to his father, he father looked up at me and said, "You know that it is all you, right?" And that just made everything right in the world.
I moved into a lake house on Nashotah lake. I am living with two amazing women. Both of whom are so fascinating. I am so sad that I have to leave it in 2 months, but I know that skype will happen.
On December 7th, my dear friend Mike and his girlfriend came to visit me. Mike, Jenny, Laura, Gabe and I went to Holy Hill to walk around. I got us only a little lost on the way there. But after our adventure, we went to dinner, and it was an incredible visit.
On December 14th, Laura, Gabe and I went to the Shedd Aquarium. Let me tell you, going to a place like that with a five year old is so incredible. He saw things that we, adults, missed. It was a fantastic drive without much traffic.
On December 16th, it was back to Illinois. We took my mom out for her birthday to Medieval Times. We had such a great time. It was funny, because they served Dragon's Blood soup (that was actually tomato bisque) and Gabe just looked at me and said, "I don't want to drink dragon blood..." He took a Try-It bite, and then looked toward the arena for what was coming next. My mom had a great time. We took some pictures with our knight and by the Christmas tree.
I found out on December 20th, my mom's birthday, I found out that I most likely will be leaving for Busan, South Korea between February 15th-20th. So, let me know if you will be able to skype a ciao, or if I can plan some trips to see people.
Christmas went well. I got so many amazing things. not all commercial, but many of them specifically for me. It made me feel so incredible. I have so many fantastic people in my life. I love you all.
So, with this in mind, I need to go back to bed. This has taken quite a bit out of my self. I am not supposed to be productive in my Forever Lazy, so I will bid you all a goodnight.