Thursday, August 29, 2013

Little Victories

Last weekend was filled with little successes for me.  Nothing major.  Nothing life-changing.  But there have been multiple moments that made me smile to myself and think, “You did it!”  or “That worked out well!” 

Saturday morning I went for a run around the school grounds.  For the first time since I’ve been here, I made it way all the way up the hill and into the school without stopping to walk.  It’s a minor success, but I was happy as I realized I was passing the school guards and hadn’t yet walked. 
Then, on my run, I successfully found the “perimeter path” that circles all of the ball fields and buildings within the school walls—approximately ¾ of a mile.  It’s not a nice 6 mile loop, but it’s at least more of a change of scenery than running around the track over and over and over again. 

When I got home, I finally figured out how to lock my phone, so people here should be receiving many less pocket-dials from me now. 

Later Saturday afternoon, I successfully called not one, but several taxis.  After calling so many times that day, I now feel pretty comfortable with it, and I would be fine calling a taxi for just myself the next time I want to go grocery shopping. 

On Sunday, I played Ultimate Frisbee in the morning.  It wasn’t really a success in the typical sense of the word—actually if we’re talking about my Frisbee skills, it was a pretty big fail.  But I still had a lot of fun and got a nice workout in for the day. 

At home that afternoon, I successfully hung 4 pictures on my living room wall.  The process only involved 3 or 4 bent nails.  Thankfully, I had extras. 

And then on Sunday evening, a few of us finally managed to make it to the VIP movie theater in Oakland Mall.  The VIP is definitely an experience worth having.  Rather than the conventional movie theater seating, the theater is filled with reclining leather love seats.  Next to each is a side table and a lamp, and waiters will bring you food and beverages (for an additional charge, of course) at the beginning of the movie.  Sitting there with my feet up and my head against the head rest felt like I was cuddled up in my parents’ living room—except with all the awesome of being in a movie theater.  It’s like the best combination of both worlds possible. 

So needless to say, I went to bed Sunday night happy and ready for the first full week of classes.  …And you can guess how that’s gone based solely on the fact that I’m posting about the weekend on Thursday night!  Busy—but good.  More on school later.  

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