Monday, May 28, 2007
Rolling over and grabbing the book I was reading the night before
Putting on some good tunes (anything from Ginny Ownes to U2) and find something that needs cleaning
Going to market
Fixing a cup of some morning starter and catching up on emails
Turning on NPR.org and scanning the CNN.com websites
Grading the endless supply of student papers
Writing a postcard or letter to someone that I know will appreciate it but I will never hear back from (cough:family:cough)
MTV pilates workout
20 minute GRE study
20 minutes of flipping through my Chinese book (I wish I could call that study, but it is really just flipping)
Researching some recipe for a culinary masterpiece (or disaster!... I try a new recipe each week... this is the only New Years Resolution I have kept!)
Sitting down with the Good Book and having a little quiet time
My morning starters consist of orange juice, milk tea, or fake coffee... This summer I won't have to decide because it will be MILK!
Anyways, so I pick a few things and get started on my day. This morning I chose pilates and market.
Honestly, pilates does not get chosen every often, but I do feel better when it does. I brought my MTV pilates from the States which I am so thankful for because here you get Chinese dubbed exercise DVDs that throw all rhythm out the window. I love my mat that didi bought me a few weeks ago! I am a little more motivated now.
Going to the market is always enjoyable! Each morning between the hours of 6-9am there is a little vegetable market on the basketball court outside of my house. Then on Snack Alley there are vendors lining the streets and at the end of the street there is a bigger market. It is any farmers' market enthusiast's dream! This morning I was in search of some veggies for the jambalaya I am making for dinner tonight. I picked out tomatoes with my boss Mr. Tian. I acting out making dinner for my celery lady. I smiled at a group of mothers holding their children clothed only in split pants and I chased a butterfly with a little girl in a big puffy Easter looking dress. I was successful in finding everything I needed and only paid 4rmb. (50 cents American) It was a great market day!
All in all a fabulous and productive morning. Now I head to the toilet/shower combo room to get ready for class and the rest of my wonderful Tuesday...
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Since we have to work on Monday which is Memorial Day we thought we would celebrate big today. This morning about 20 of us went to Xia Lao Xi for some great swimming action. Our American friends from Yidu came in town to go. We also took several of our Chinese friends/students. For some it was their first time to really try swimming. It was a really good time for all!
Tonight we hosted a cookout for the foreigners. It never ceases to amaze me how easily amused we are. We spent a better part of the evening looking for mosquitoes to hit with Brad's bug zapper. It was quite successful though because the grill actually worked!!!
Friday, May 25, 2007
So Amy and Brad bought me the greatest shirt possibly ever! I want to post a picture, but I am seriously thinking it will be what I wear home on July 13th. Guess you should come see me at the airport... :)
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
(Australia/China Dragon Boat Team)
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Brad is the youngest one of the bunch and when we first made friends with the KF4 we were surprised to learn Peach was older than him too. Peach and I both call Brad "didi" which means younger brother. It is kind of special. Brad even made Peach a cupcake for her birthday that said "23...older than me." Brad has gone 8 months calling Peach "jiejie" (older sister)! However, we made a startling discovery...
Peach is Brad's "meimei"! I know we have talked about age difference in front of Peach before, but last night I had some students over and we were talking about it again. It just clicked! Peach is 22 in America and 23 in China. What an outrage!!!! She keeps us on our toes for sure. I had to post about this new discovery because I was just so floored. I shouldn't have been though because it is Peach. She is alot like me... sensitive, klutzy, but lovable ;)
Not only am I sometimes on a different day than my American friends, but I guess I am a different age too...
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Here are a couple of text messages I got today...
"Today is Mother's Day. Don't forget to take a telephone to your dear mother. And take my best wishes to her. Thank your mother birth you, make me have a best foreign's teacher and friend! though i haven't too much time to get in touch you, in this special time i think special you. I feel so so happiness"
"What does family mean? F=Father, A=and, M=mother, I=I, L=love, Y=you. Hope everyone have a family full of love. Happy Mother's Day! Best wishes to your mother."
Friday, May 11, 2007
The sense of smell is quite unusual. It has the ability to trigger memories that we tend to forget until that moment we smell it. Last fall I wrote about the smell of Friday football games and this past week I have had a few smells.
My house smells like a hotel when I turn the AC on.
My laundry detergent reminds me of the smell of my flat in Scotland.
The smell of honeysuckle beside the croquet field reminds me of my best friend Katie in North Carolina. She taught me how to master honeysuckling.
Brad sometimes smells like my brother Joe. (This occurs only after Brad has done laundry so you know how often that happens... ;) )
Of course, there are some major bad smells too.
One spot on Snack Alley that you know to cover your nose 100 feet before you make it to that spot... All you Yichangren know what I am talking about
The river... it makes the Cumberland look like the waters of paradise
Eggs... personally make me sick... Breanna Lewis' ducks win the stinky eggs award hands down (plus there is just something strange about ducks eating eggs... I mean that is what they lay)
Who-Dey knows how to stink up a room by leaving his "presents"
Anyways, there is one smell I am really looking forward to... The smell of my dad. He does not have a strong smell, but there is something that no other scent can capture. It is the strongest when I set right beside him and snuggle in the bend of his arm. I can't wait!
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Photo on New Years Eve... just a couple of days after we got our tiger
Photo taken this past Saturday...
Sadly, you can our tiger is no longer a tiger. He has lost his stripes and a lot of his cuteness which stinks for him when he gets in trouble. Presently he is staying with Brad and Dawson. Who-Dey is the most spoiled dog in China. He has been sent more fan mail than me! New toys, new bones, lucky dog. He switches homes every couple of weeks. He is getting better about using paper and the biting is not as bad. He is growing up!
Guess he can still be pretty cute!
For those of you who might want to know... Brad, Amy, Dawson and I are doing just fine too. Thanks. ;)
Monday, May 7, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Saturday, May 5, 2007
That is the title of my new blog. I picked this title because that best sums up my life these days. My interests, the people I love, emotions, the papers on my desk, my personal belongings, my heart and even my homes. And for all that is good, my money is always scattered around my house. Pick up one of my books and there is a good chance you will find 10 kuai being used as a bookmarker. Is it my fault my money still feels like monopoly money??!?! Anyways, so that is how Scattered came to be...