Monday, August 11, 2008

One week down, one week to go ...

Last week was week 1 of finals for Cory (with this week being week 2). When you have 30 credit hours, the traditional "finals week" that we all dreaded as undergraduates turns into finals weeks. He had 9 tests in 5 days. He did amazingly well ... but by Friday night, he was burned out from so much stress and test taking, and I was burned out from so much work and the stress of watching him study like mad in preparation for said tests. So we ordered pizza and we vegged. Nice.

While vegging, we watched the opening ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics. Man, it was amazing!!!! Amazing doesn't really seem like the right word ... it was a sight to see, that's for sure! I borrowed these images from google and they are something to look at - what a ceremony! Those Chinese sure can throw a party! (click on the images to make them bigger - what attention to detail they have!)

I have always been fascinated by China. Ever since I was a little girl. So when I got the opportunity to go there, in the fall of 2002, I jumped at it. I spent 4 months in Wuhan, China, teaching English to young children. I will be forever grateful for my time spent there. I met my amazing husband there. I learned new levels of patience (though I'm still working on that one). I stretched and grew and matured. I ate some truly disgusting food. I made some amazing friends (both American and Chinese). I saw some spectacular sights. My love for the culture of China grew immensely. China is such a complex country, with amazing people. The music, the food, the smells, the language, the sense of unity and regard for others - China holds a very special place in my heart.

I'm so happy the Olympics are being held in Beijing and I get to watch them on TV. Of course, I would rather be there in person ... but hey ... one day we won't be so poor and we can go back. Plus I love competition and so watching the world's top athletes compete in a country I love is sweet.

I also finished reading Breaking Dawn, for the 2nd time. Yep, it should come as no surprise that I decided I am officially obsessed. I managed to read the book twice (all 574 pages) in a matter of 1 week. I loved it the first time, and I loved it the second time. My opinion that it's perfect and delicious and hilarious was only strengthened by my second time through it. I put more thoughts on our book club blog (here) if anyone wants to see what insights time #2 through the book brought me. Now I'm feeling quite a bit of a letdown ... the series is done (and while done wonderfully) it leaves me feeling ... uninterested in anything else. I've got a couple of books to tackle (the Eragon series is next) but I'm having a hard time getting into anything. Anyone have any really good book suggestions for me?


Allison said...

One book suggestion and a very easy read. The book is called The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. It was the winner of the Caldecott Medal this year. Which means it has incredible pictures. The pictures tell the story than it leaves off to the words and back again. You can't understand if you don't have both. It reminded me of a silent movie. I think you would like it. I kind of slowed down on New Moon, I got frustrated when Edward left. But I will pick it up in a few days and let you know.

NaDell said...

*Anne of Green Gable series
*Anything by Richard Paul Evans, but especially The Sunflower. It's an awesome book!

Andrea said...

Dah! You'll probably hate my China post but Sarah I swear they're cheating! As far as book reading goes- I've got nothing. All I know is that I'll be staring the face of a text book down for at least 8 months. Its so weird that summer is winding down. But next summer we will be camping together so its good news.

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