2) To put me in the holiday mood further, the Christmas trees went up on campus this week AND we had our annual Thanksgiving feast today. In our meeting this morning, we early Christmas celebrators were chastised with the song here. It was coincidental considering I tried to convince Zach to let me listen to Holly on route to work today because I was feeling bad, but no dice. For the Thanksgiving lunch, my suite mates headed over 20 minutes early, so we could get in line first, and half of us braved the freezing temperatures (literally 32 degrees) to walk across campus there. But it was worth it! I'm so ready for turkey day and the Christmas rush. :)
3) I watched this video, and now I am obsessed with learning more about Hasidic Jews. I love learning about other cultures, and I was really touched by one man's description of his soul being attached to God (I immediately thought of an umbilical cord) and how nothing can severe that connection or break God's love for him. (He worded it much better than me.)
4) The night before Veterans Day, we were visited by a little grey cat. Then that Thursday, I heard the cat mewing when we got home after my long night of teaching. This kitten was so sweet, purring and rolling around so we could rub its tummy. It was clearly domesticated and not feral. So we made it a box with blanket and put out some food since it was getting skinny. Little kitty got upgraded to a carrier and a warmer blanket, and we started calling him "Pancake." Now, we have found him a home with my SIL's coworker, so we are keeping him inside where it's warm. Meet Pancake!
5) Zach and I are "adopting" a little boy for Christmas through a program at work. I am very excited to serve and go shopping for him over the coming weeks!! I've already spent my lunch breaks all week combing through Amazon and Black Friday previews for a game plan to maximize our budget for the most blessings. :)