I’m especially grateful for a few things this year. Even though it will be my first Thanksgiving in the U.S. for a long time, I’m not having a traditional celebration, and I’m actually kind of relieved. Why? Because I have a 30 page research paper to write that is due in less than two weeks and if I had gone home, I probably wouldn’t be able to get it done. So I’m looking forward to spending the day tomorrow with my cousin and her husband and then having three solid days to work on the paper.

My cousin and I at her Hawaiian-themed birthday party

Speaking of my cousin and her family, I’m very thankful for them this year. They have made the transition to living in Raleigh so much easier by welcoming me into their family. Here’s to more bike rides, games of Ticket to Ride, wish lanterns and face painting.

My family at my sister’s graduation 2 1/2 years ago. I think we need some updated family photos!

I’m so grateful to have the love and support of my mom, dad, sister and brother. I’ve come to realize that not everyone has such a great network of people rooting for them, and for that I am and will be eternally thankful. I’m also thankful for my extended family. You’re all pretty great too. 🙂

I’m thankful for my friends. Even though most of you are pretty far away, I’m grateful for our Skype conversations, phone calls, e-mails, letters and blog posts. You all make me smile every single day!

I’m also thankful for the new friends I’ve made at NC State. You all make doing this Masters thing just a little easier. 🙂

And finally, a list of random things I’m grateful for:

  • My computer, and that it hasn’t died. Hang in there just a few more weeks, please!
  • That Barack Obama won the election.
  • My dishwasher.

And last but certainly not least, Charlie Sylvester.

Charlie baby! So cute.

Oh, and one last and very important thing. I’m so happy, grateful and excited to be going home on December 8th for almost a full month! I think this will be the longest time I’ve spent in New England in a really long time. You may not hear much from me until then, but just trust that I’m furiously working on that darn paper and then studying. I’ll be back with more updates during vacation. For now, Happy Thanksgiving!


One thought on “Grateful

  1. Happy belated Thanksgiving, Abby! I’m sure it was nice to be able to celebrate back in the States, even if you didn’t get up to New England. Have a lovely time with your family when you do get together next month.

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