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Thankful

That’s my daughter in the water,
everything she knows I taught her.
Everything she knows.

Daughter by Loudon Wainwright III

Being overseas for any American holiday always makes me a little homesick. This is especially true during Thanksgiving. Despite everything that went wrong with our Thanksgiving dinner last year in London, I laugh whenever I think of the hilarious day spent cooking with two old friends in a foreign country.

This year I do not have access to a big oven, so no cooking. Instead I will be going to a restaurant, Texas Embassy, for Thanksgiving dinner…on Friday night. I know, it’s a little off, but the way I look at it, people eat leftovers all weekend so as long as I have some turkey this weekend it counts. More on that later…

I am thankful for a lot of things this year: great family (the whole extended bunch), amazing friends (old and new), and the ability to see out of both eyes are all high up on the list.

But at the very top of the list are my parents.

Mom, Dad, and I at my cousin's wedding (Aug. 2010)

When I told them I wanted to study music business, they said ok.

When I told them I wanted to move to Nashville, they said alright (after visiting Belmont and several long discussions).

When I said, “I think I want to take cooking lessons in Italy for a month, and then move to London,” they both agreed it was a good idea.

When I was struggling with what to do next, they suggested school (okay, they brought up law school, we compromised on a masters in music business).

They flew out for showcases at Belmont, drove from San Diego when I needed to have my tonsils removed so they could bring our dog, and helped me pack up my Nashville life before driving all my stuff back to San Diego.

Any other parents would have probably traded in this high maintenance girl for another model years ago, but not my parents.

Piazza Navona - Rome, Italy (Nov. 2009)

As kids, we think our parents are super heros who can save the world. When we become teenagers, this bubble bursts and our biggest fear is turning into our parents. Once we hit our twenties, we realize that despite our best efforts, we are turning into them anyway. People always tell me I look like my mom. But those who know the three of us would also tell you that my personality is very much like my dad’s. He has been teaching me how to be street smart and to think logically ever since he said, “You want a Happy Meal? Here’s $5, go order it.”

I was 4 years old at the time.

Mediterranean Cruise (Nov. 2009)

I learn lessons from him constantly, and it is the most recent one I would like to share.

It was not long after my surgery in August that the medical bills started coming in. Since I have not been working and had been living overseas, I did not have insurance in America (and still don’t). Vanderbilt gives patients without insurance coverage a 50% reduction, however half of a $30,000 surgery is still a large amount of money (I don’t know the exact cost of the surgery because some of the bills came after I left for London, but I know with the discount it was still over $15,000). On top of all this, we needed to pay for my tuition and housing in London by the beginning of October. I felt sick about the whole situation, especially knowing how much I was costing them in the month of September alone. My dad told me not to worry about it, and that he would figure it out. And that is exactly what he did.

Stating his case, he wrote a letter to the hospital (on my behalf) telling them my situation (unemployed student with no insurance) and asking for help with the enormous bill. We waited for weeks for a response, hoping for any good news. Finally, a few weeks ago, my dad received a letter from Vanderbilt. After reviewing my case, they decided to cover 100% of my hospital bills.

100%!

I could not believe it. None of us could. Just like that, I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. I know my parents felt the same way. My dad, in his masterful way, took care of it. I think even he surprised himself with this outcome. Even at 26, I feel like a young grasshopper when my dad does everything in his power to make something happen.

Much to learn you still have – Yoda

I hope everyone had an incredible Thanksgiving!

Ciao,
Sheila

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My Life These Days

Ring of Fire

My life these days consists of a variety of things:

-Classes

-Studying for classes

-Parties with friends from class

-Quality time getting to know my classmates

Yes, my life revolves around school right now. November is going to be a long month, with papers, projects, and exams all due  in the next 3 weeks.

All this going on and I feel as if I have nothing to say.

So instead, here are some photos from Halloween (my favorite holiday).

Lots of characters celebrating Halloween 2010

The German contingency (Alex and Florian) on the bus

Yeah, I go to school with these guys...

Sometimes acting your age is way over rated…

Showing the international kids how to play Beer Pong using an ironing board

Round 1 of Ring of Fire (aka Kings)

Finally finished reading 1984.

Trying to pick my next fun book to read, but school books are taking over.

And who knows when I’ll get to that 27 before 27 list.

On that positive note…

Ciao,

Sheila

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Life Unexpected

Things have been busy and quite interesting the past couple weeks.

I made it to America with little trouble (definitely got checked by customs when I got to Dallas).

The Hozhabri family survived another wedding. It was great to see everyone and catch up after so long.

Just like my younger siblings 🙂

From there I headed to Nashville.

I had a wonderful birthday with close friends and it definitely felt good to be back in this town that I love so much.

At Greenhouse for my birthday

I also posted a 27 Things list that day. This is a list of 27 things that I’d like to complete before I turn 27. I’ll be blogging all about it as I complete each one.

And then my trip took a turn for the unexpected…

I had an eye doctor appointment that thursday and it turns out that I had a couple little tears which caused fluid to get in between my retina and the wall of my eye. This caused me to loose most of the peripheral vision on the right side of my left eye.

All this to say that I spent Thursday afternoon at the Vanderbilt ER as the retina specialist tried to decide whether or not they were going to do surgery that evening or the following morning. At 10:30pm they decided to go with the later and sent me home, reminding me that I wasn’t to eat or drink anything after midnight.

Eyes dilated waiting for surgery.

Friday morning, good friends in tow, I arrived at Vanderbilt for my surgery. Everything went well and I have been recovering since. Plans to go to Memphis with my girlfriends got canceled unfortunately, but I was given the all clear to fly home to San Diego on Monday.

Post Op: The Cyclops

Needless to say I’ve been like a cyclops this past week: only able to see out of one eye, which gets tired easily. That of course means that blogging – along with catching up on reading and movies – has been on the back burner.

Anyway, sometimes life throws you an unexpected curve ball.

On the plus side – I got my UK visa. YAY!

I’ll get back to blogging when I can. Thanks for your patients.

Ciao,

Sheila

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