I think I can safely say I haven't been this happy in a long time.
Not to say I don't have my bad moments because I do, but they're just...not as bad. I never had huge issues with stress but I did have a tendency to get really down. Partially it was because I wasn't happy with myself career-wise and also because I had a lot of idle time to let my mind fester and think about shit too much.
I'm a lot busier now. I haven't had much time to keep in touch with everyone back in the States, including family, and that sucks. But I'm happy, I want everyone to know that, and I'm sorry I haven't been the best at correspondence. I imagine once the newness of China starts to wear off, I'll have more time to sit down and call or email. I certainly don't want to lose touch with anyone, and I'm grateful for your understanding.
This weekend was so much fun! Kim and I walked to the basketball court, there was a dance party going on for the students. We brought our iPods and handed them to the DJ, then jumped in the center of the court and taught them the Electric Slide and the ChaCha Slide. They circled around us, clapping fiercely. It was so much fun. I had no idea I was going to do that, but Kim insisted and I thought, Oh why not, I danced all the time in Georgia. It was RAD! After, we met up with some Russians and had some drinks. I met a cute guy from Holland, we've been hanging out. It's a different swing from American boys. Dutch guys don't seem to bullshit as much, very much more straightforward. I like it.
My friend Megan mentioned the possibility of taking a train ride to Moscow next year. Holy radtastic, I'd be so down for that if I save up enough money. But I better pack some layers, it sure as shit won't be warm.
I need to grade...but I'll try and write more later. xoxo