mercoledì, dicembre 10, 2008


(I know this is a little late, but better late than never. I'm constantly playing catch-up with these posts.)
There are a lot of things I am thankful for this year.
I'm thankful for my family, my old and new, without whom I wouldn't be where I am today.
I'm thankful for my friends, especially the ones I'm in Italy with right now, because without you guys I would most defiantly have checked into a mental hospital already.
I'm thankful for Rotary, and the amazing opportunity they have given me. Though it may be difficult, I cant imagine what my life would be like without it.
I'm thankful for warm jackets and scarves.
I'm thankful for Italian food.
I'm thankful for my slight knack for the Italian language.
I'm thankful for the Internet-it can make 7,000 miles feel like nothing.
I'm thankful for the little things.

With having more things than ever to be thankful for this year, us Exchange Students (I can't say Americans, because there were two Australians and a Mexican) decided that just because we were far away from the motherland, it didnt mean that we couldn't use Thanksgiving as an excuse to have a party! So we planned and cooked, and took the day off from school. Our dinner/lunch started at 6pm, but we arrived at Mary's (A girl from California) house around 3pm. We ate in her basement.
The morning before me, Grace, Kylee and John (Virgina, Arizona and Oklahoma respectively) cooked up all our food at Kylee's house. I made Baked Macaroni and Cheese (much more difficult than it sounds! The supermarkets here were not stocked with all of the ingredients I needed (we went to like 4 different ones) so I had to substitute a lot of things!). In addition to my cheesy goodness we had: Turkey, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Creamed Corn dish and Salad. and for dessert we had Flan and Apple Pie. Needless to say we stuffed ourselves to the brim! It was a lot of fun, and different from past years, but I think we upheld the tradition pretty well.

There's a picture from the dinner. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!