This week, I am thankful:
that I took biology only one semester ago
This first part of Anatomy and Physiology feels kind of like a whole semester smushed into a two-week period. It hasn’t even been two weeks yet and poof! we are already covering DNA replication, mitosis, meiosis, and a whole bunch of other stuff that took a whole semester to get to in biology.
I am not drowning, but if I hadn’t taken biology so recently, I might feel rather underwater at this point.
that I have a physical textbook now
I ordered a used copy of the previous edition, just to have a paper version of the e-text that automatically comes with this class.
apparently this one used to be a rental book!
Last semester, I kept wishing I had a physical book. So this semester, I have made my own wish come true.
that my professor is a helpful teacher
My biology professor was the sort that literally just read the PowerPoint slide decks out loud in class, and that was it. I was mainly on my own, and while I did fine in the class, it’s a little annoying to pay for a class where you basically are teaching yourself.
But my current professor is so much better! She explains things and gives examples and shares mnemonic devices, so I feel like I am actually getting something out of lectures now.
for some beautiful weather days this week
We’ve had a couple of days that make me believe fall is lurking around the corner.
It has been super delightful to feel some less-humid air and to open the windows!
And even when a hotter day is mixed in, it hasn’t been as oppressively hot as it was earlier in the summer.
for the mushrooms I’ve seen this week
Sonia loves mushrooms, so I took pictures of these for her when I was out for a walk.
I’m not as into mushrooms as Sonia is, but I do think wild mushrooms are fun to look at. I think the ones in the small round stage look like perfectly toasted marshmallows.
for my window
Y’all, I am still tickled pink that my desk is now by a window. Every day, I feel a fresh wave of joy!
And even on a cloudy day like today, there’s still lots of light.
that I have nothing scheduled today
Tuesday and Wednesday had a lot of scheduled stuff, so I am extra thankful that I have nowhere I need to be today.
(This is not the same as having nothing to do today; I have plenty to do!)
Almost every week lately, there have been kittens to take care of at the rescue and they’re just so darn cute.
The great thing about being a volunteer is that it’s like getting a permanent ticket to kitten-land. If you actually adopt a kitten, the kitten will grow up super fast.
But if you are a volunteer, you get to snuggle kittens all the time!
(Remember this little gray kitten? I think she is the most adorable kitten I have seen in my entire life.)
that my neighborhood is so walking-friendly
Sometimes when I notice houses that are on main roads, I am reminded to be thankful that I can just walk right out my front door and immediately have access to miles of walkable neighborhood roads. It’s handy that we don’t need to drive to a park in order to go for a safe walk.