Snickerdoodles! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve written an installment of Slowed Down Sunday, my weekly ode to gratefulness and appreciation. I feel like there’s been so much going on that I hardly know where to start…but I’ll try! Many of these will get their own blog entries in the near future, so keep a look out for those! So here, from me to you, is a love-bomb, straight from the heart. Enjoy!
♥Tanzania! How do I sum up Karagwe, Tanzania in one mere paragraph? Good thing I am writing a series of posts about it. (With one coming on Monday!) It was an amazing, difficult, mind-blowing, life-changing experience that I am SO glad I did. I had a fantastic time and met some amazing people who I hope to keep in contact with for years to come. There were so many memories during that trip – and thankfully, my camera lived to tell the tale! (Right on, James Dean! That’s her name, by the way.) I learned a lot about other cultures, international travel and even myself. I gained an appreciation for things I took for granted to a depth I would have never previously imagined. Plus, I learned to co-exist with bugs. Grudgingly.
♥The Lovely People in My Life – You don’t know what you’ve got till you’re on a whole other hemisphere, that’s all I’ve got to say. Even though the short time spent at home before I was back to school for another year was criminally short and I spent it being a hot, sickly mess, they still managed to make that time worthwhile. It doesn’t hurt that one of my best friends for the past decade (JEEZ, when did that happen??) happened to have flown out from California during that short time window. Righteous. Spending QT with the boyfriend and my other loved ones (and you all know who you are) certainly doesn’t hurt either.
♥Black Weblog Awards – Guys. GUYS. Thank you so much. It floored me when I realized that I made it to the finals of the Black Weblog Awards. Thank you, again. SO much. Of course, that means that your votes determine whether I’ve got what it takes to win it! So I guess you won’t hear me shut up about it until August 31st, when voting ends. Please consider voting if you like what you see on this humble little blog. For more information, see this link.
♥Misc love bugs: Short hair! (more info coming soon!) Nine hour cuddle sessions (although they were mostly spent asleep); crazy carnivals complete with greasy stuffed pizza, the experience that is The Zipper, riding on flying swings to Justin Beiber, and to top it all off, a huge cup of taro flavored frozen yogurt with tons of mochi! Sweet potato fries, cuddle sessions with my puppy, discovering the greatness that is Antoine Dodson (which is now my ringtone), enjoying Kinder Bueno bars (is there any way to get them Stateside??); getting totally absorbed in fiction for the first time in a while (I absolutely love the No 1. Ladies Detective Agency and the Millennium Trilogy); moving back to Pittsburgh and reuniting with my RA buddies and waiting for everyone else to arrive…
So: What’s lighting up your life this week? Share it in the comments!