(x-posted to LiveJournal)
A few days ago, I realized this week I would be celebrating one year since I've been home from my mission. A year ago today I was in Orange Park, Florida having my exit interview with my mission president with a handful of other missionaries also heading home. It's so weird that it's only been a year - I feel like I've done so much since then.
Also - yesterday I went with my mom and my sisters to get some stuff for youth conference and I met up with my last mission companion, who is now working and going to school in Provo (I forgive her for that - she's the biggest sweetheart in the whole world and I was very blessed to have her as my last companion). It was so fun to reminisce about mission stuff and to hear how things went after I came home.
I'm also happy to report that the new mission president is going to keep the mission blog going - my mission president and his wife went home at the beginning of the month and I was afraid that the mission blog was going to go the way of the dodo (different mission presidents do different things). I just like being able to see what's going on with all those wonderful people I got to serve around. I recognize the missionaries less and less, but I know the places. It's like when you've been out of high school or college for years and years, but you still get happy and squee-ful when you hear that their teams are having success (I can apply sports to pretty much anything).
Shifting gears for a moment - I bought my one textbook for fall semester and it was $30 and I am happy. The syllabus for my other class doesn't list a textbook, so I'm thinking I'll only have one book to buy. That makes me happy because I'm going to have some excess money coming from my student loan and I can use that for a new laptop and for travel expenses (now I'm waiting to hear back from the high school if I have that aide job - which, it looked good as of a week or so ago. And I wouldn't have to move).
Beyond that - I have one more project to turn in that's due in two weeks. It's an annotated bibliography, which feels more like busywork. I'm trying to find one more article to annotate, but it's getting harder to find what I need for my topic. Something will turn up, though. I'm having too good a day to have that go down the tubes.
Oh - for something completely unrelated (but cool nonetheless), here's a video! I found this when I was lurking about on HillBuzz.org's comment threads and I thought it was pretty good. I've gotten to where I like to share fun videos on my blog because - well, because I can. I feel like I have a backlog of stuff to share - I might do some kind of 30-day meme where I post a video each day that I find entertaining. Hmm... I'll have to think about that.