Thallium & Thanksgiving

After just glancing at the title, I’m sure all of you are lost.  And those overachievers using your deductive skills, well let’s face it, you aren’t getting gar.

So I’ll start with the easy one- Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, to reflect upon the events of the prior year and show your gratitude towards those who have been there for you in the good times and the bad. Oh, let’s cut the mushy, gushy, kissing-up stuff and be honest. Thanksgiving is truly about one thing: food.  And to be more thoroughly honest, we’re really only thankful to those who cook for us and clean up our carnivorous mess once we’ve hit a food coma with stuffing still camped out on the side of our face and gravy glistening on our chin. (I come from a family of ungraceful eaters.)

For my overachievers still trying to work ahead, just stop. My mind is a place no one should try to go.  

Kidding (not about the mind thing), any smart cookie could gather where I’m going with this: I’ll be absent in the land of leprechauns for that good ol’ American holiday Thanksgiving.  And of all the holidays, my all time favorite. What can beat a day dedicated to idiots attempting to deep fry twenty pound birds and the over consumption of all of the greatest food concoctions? Nothing, that’s why I couldn’t miss it and had to prematurely celebrate it before I embark.  And let me tell you, greatest idea I’ve ever had, besides studying abroad.  If you don’t already celebrate Thanksgiving twice a year, I recommend it. And who wouldn’t?  Twice the amount of food and half the amount of things you have to say you’re thankful for at one time.

I also celebrated my defeat over packing.  I’ll just leave it at: I’m pretty impressed with myself and my two forty pound checked bags and my fifteen pound backpack and am ready to take on the world.  But I’ll give you guys an update on how impressed with myself in a few months when I realize all the mistakes I made.  You’ll get a complete rundown of all my pros and cons.

So now to thallium.  Yeah, I don’t have much to say there. I just wanted a two syllabal word that started with a “th” that looked good in my title and got people to raise their eyebrows slightly. Worked, right? I know some of you did that and I think it loomes good and that’s what matters.  If you were wanting a mini chemistry lesson, here it goes: synthetic metal thing that lights up green. (For those that do attend college with me: yes, as a biochemistry student I did well in inorganic chemistry but, eh, just can’t make me go back.)

Today is the day. Takeoff day, not turkey day. That was yesterday.  And I couldn’t be more excited. More excited than I was for the delicious twice-baked potatoes I made yesterday and my beautiful bird I cooked.

Adiós U.S.A.!



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