To my friend,
The other day, she told in an amused way how her twin brother had been driving them to school and nearly got into an accident when she thought to herself, “Yes! Now I’ll be the better driver!” She probably hasn’t thought about it since, but the frankness of her words has stuck with me.
To Lucy and Olivia,
Lucy (whose great thoughts you can read here and here) read Love Does by Bob Goff, and Olivia checked out Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills from the library! The first one I haven’t read yet, but it’s at my house and I know it’s going to be good. As for the second one, I read it on Friday. It was really good. It made me cry. It’s always exciting when people read a book or are about to read a book you know about- especially when it’s a book you recommended. :))
To my history/English teacher,
She made a big effort to encourage all of her students to read over Thanksgiving. The day before exams, she filled a long white board with different categories of books along with blurbs and quotes from them. It was great. What’s even more great though is that I think she’s going to ask us about what we actually read when we go back. So! Exciting!
To the people,
Who created a gold puffy room and placed a rack of gold puffy puffers outside it with the sole purpose for people to take pictures in the coats in the room. I got my mom and dad to do it with me. It was very fun, in the moment and in memory.
To my parents’ friends,
My parents and I made a mini roadtrip down to New Jersey from New York where we’re vising my sister. While we were there, we stayed at the home of some family friends. They were great hosts. Their home had superb quality towels and toilet paper and puffy, warm blankets- I’m serious, those three things make a difference. They were also funny, interesting, and kind. Before, they had lived in Sweden for twelves years, and the wife told us about the Swedish language and just what life was like there. She told us how her son went to school by himself when he was tiny and how the teacher hugged each kid before they entered the classroom. The husband talked about his job as a researcher about the brain, pain, and opioids. I asked about the opioid crisis and learned that opioids in pill form are the good pain-killing kind. It’s when people crack them open and inject it into their bloodstream that the effects happen too quickly and people get high. But, because pain is subjective, people who want them as drugs can’t be shut down by doctors. Now for a sharp left turn- the husband is also a great driver. While they were abroad, he got his European license, which he described as being harder to get than a PhD. Then, when his wife couldn’t learn how to drive stick-shift, he was like what’s the problem, driving’s just like sitting on the sofa.
To the people who created CityMapper,
The app has been great. The New York subway system has always seemed like this big, unconquerable monster, but with this app, I’m able to conquer it.
To Knox McCoy,
He is the author of the new book The Wondering Years and cohost of the awesome podcast The Bible Binge. To spin excitement for his book, he’s having a contest on Instagram. He’s giving out five signed copies for the people who write the most creative introductions with the hashtag #TheWonderingYears. I plan on doing it. Here’s my rough draft so far: A(merican)B(orn)C(hinese)- specifically in California. Growing up in Texas. Does not strongly resonate with either state. Has never had a pet (execept for a turtle at one point?), but would ideally have a mellow dog, a semi-friendly cat, and some cool fish. Enthusiast of many podcasts. Collects postcards. Spends much of her time in pajamas. Dislikes Jesus cookies and Jesus sandals but loves what makes them similar. Has a solid top three favorite books book list.
To libraries and bookstores,
I truly can’t imagine not reading books on a normal basis, but I also can’t imagine being a reader while living in a world without libraries and bookstores.
For a) letting me use his Netflix account and b) giving me those pink, fuzz-lined, pom-pom accessorized slippers for Christmas last year. I’ve worn them so many times already. I’m wearing them right now!
To the people who created glasses and contacts,
I would say everything that I have done and ever will do first completely goes to God, then those inventors, and then my parents. The world is so insanely blurry without help.
For spending Saturday with me when you totally could have been hanging out with your boyfriend. For being up for mochi donuts on a whim. For taking me to the Chinatown Ice-cream Factory and ramen (raaaamen!!) and the Chinese-American museum. I found out that my grandfather used one of those typewriters for his job. I cannot believe they had fifteen levels of shift- AKA, instead of having shift-2 being @ and that being it, they had shift-2 x15. See what I mean now? I am hoping that I will remember those photos on the wall, those stories of people who enginneered awesome fruits, of those who were firsts in history, and of those who were just trying to survive.
You won’t be able to tell, but WordPress has a new writing space thingy- I don’t know what it’s called. It seems pretty cool. I’ve barely tried messing with text size before (code is intimidating), but with this new thing, it’s easy. Let’s see if I can show off a little bit.
There’s also this thing called drop cap, where the first letter is big like in books.
I can even change the color of both the text and the background!
I mean, for everything always, but specifically for the concidences that happen so often that they can’t just be concidences. Like how the girl working at the Chinese-American museum knew the name of my small, private school in a different state because she had gone on a school trip to China and met a girl who went to my school. Like how the guy who processed my purchase at Urban Outfitters also grew up in Dallas. Like how the woman working at the hotel was able to speak Chinese to us because her friend had taught her.
To Whole Foods,
My mom and I are obsessed with their honey peanut butter, and when I say obsessed, I mean it. My mom puts in on her boiled eggs and tries to always make sure there’s a backup container in the fridge.
To my school,
I love my school, but not in a rahrah sort of way. I would say I have a pretty low amount of school spirit. I love my school in the kind of way where I feel a sort of big, quiet happiness walking into school at times and a safe comfortableness, like it’s an almost second home. One thing specifically I love are the emails the adults send. Last last week, one of the administrators sent an email about exam week. His last point was about the boys’ soccer game that Monday and for everybody to take a study break to go watch them because they’re quite good and fun to watch. Then, the technlogy person periodically sends out emails with tech tips. Her most recent one reminded us to shut down our devices so they’ll run more smoothly and also alerted us about the microphone function thingy in Word.
To the inventors of satellites and GPS,
My dad was driving a mini-road trip today, and I thought to myself that I honestly could not fathom how somebody would have made it to the places we were trying to get to with a paper map.
To the people at Goodreads,
I’ve tried to tracking on paper the books I’ve read and the books I want to read. It’s never lasted. With Goodreads, I’ve been doing that for over a year. I am so glad it exists. The giveaways and the book lists and the monthly emails and the cool author things are great too. I haven’t won a book yet, but just entering them is fun. It’s kind of like buying a ticket for the lottery except that it’s free and you get a book instead of millions of dollars. Also, I wouldn’t really know because I’ve never bought a lottery ticket before. (But if I did, I would only buy one because that’s the only reasonable thing to do- not that I always believe in doing the strictly reasonable thing, but in this case, Math With Bad Drawings has convinced me to do so. Hey, there’s another thank you. To Math With Bad Drawings, a super cool blog, Thank you.)
To the inventors of those earbuds that they give out on airplanes,
They’re the ones with the little pieces of foam attached and also the only ones that work for my dad’s ears. Thank you in general to the people who created earbuds. They’re fantastic. Specifically the generic Apple ones- they’re the best I’ve tried so far.
Something slightly random you’re thankful for?
Do you like turkey? I feel like there aren’t that many people who actually like turkey.
Your favorite earbuds?
Also, if you’ve used the new WordPress thingy, what’s something you’re having trouble with and something cool you’ve found? For me, I can’t find the spellcheck button and errors are coming up when I upload pictures or use the preview button. My cool things are you can save a “block” as a “reusable block” thingy so it’s easier to find and if you’re typing in bold or italicized mode and you use the right arrow, you can get out of it.