“A time to look over our week, recall blessings great and small and pick our five favorites to share”

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i. Bangkok in shiver mode.  The temperature has dropped since last week which means I am saving money from not having to use the AC and even the fan. I am loving it.

ii. Finding use for some of my loot from Cambodia.  Thanks to the cold I found reason to help myself to hot drinks.  Hot chocolate sprinkled with khmer pinipig (immature rice pounded into light, green flakes) tastes yummy in bed.

iii. My engineers saving the day.  They are tall, good-looking, mostly rich. It’s not hard to like them. But Thursday it seemed nothing could stop them from raving about some racket, ignoring instructions for a computer-aided oral exam. Worried that they could not pull it off, I tried virtually throwing a fit which worked. They appeased me by performing an impromptu rap that goes, “beautiful Miss H, we love you…”  I smiled. They cheered. After the exam I told them I regained my poise not because of the flattery, but because they all passed the exam. They cheered even more.

iv. Defining a research problem. Finally, I got it!  Back breaking hours on a thick reading pile paid off.

v. Until Then.  It’s not an entirely a nice week in the sense that, let me see… a close friend’s son was buried yesterday. Last night another close friend’s son got very sick. My own CJ also got sick. It is emotionally taxing.  I listened to this song countless times in 48 hours.

A heartache here is but a stepping stone…. It’s good to be assured that it’s not the end of things right here.