Today, I helped a study day 1 go off pretty darn well. After it, one of the girls came up, asked me if it was my first time in China, how I was liking it, then put her arm around me and said, "don't go"—it was terribly sweet. I felt like they didn't really care for me, you know? I mean, they already know the functions; I'm just teaching them better processes. In other words: stepping on their toes. So to have her say that, it meant a lot. Like I'm really making a difference here.
When I first got here, I saw places like McDonald's, KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut… and thought, who the EFF would eat at a place like that? You're in frickin' CHINA and you're going to eat a BURGER?? Well, I'll tell you who eats at those places. *this girl* does. I had Pizza Hut for dinner, and it was phenomenal. I'll liken it to eating hamburgers every day for two weeks—you'd want a change, right? Perhaps some Chinese take-out to spice things up? Well, I'm in the opposite boat. I've had Chinese food every day for 2 weeks (except for my chimichanga day—but we don't talk about that), and I wanted a break. I also bought a piece of French chocolate cake to have for dessert tonight. I'm stoked. If I have to eat it with my fingers, I'm going to. You can bet on it. Thing is, being in China shrinks your belly. I ate two pretty tiny pieces of pizza and I was STUFFED. Charlie, too. So we split the leftovers (two more pieces each) and I'm totally looking forward to cold pizza for breakfast!
I also bought a few things for Boyfriend tonight! I'm so excited. He was the hardest person to shop for. But I did it! I finally started finding things for him :-) and it makes me happy, too! But while I'm looking for his souvenirs, I had a really hard time tearing myself away from these gorgeous engraved metal bracelets… for me… so I had to remind myself who I was shopping for. A number of times.