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    NJ native without the accent or the big hair. Currently residing in Beijing. Teaching English. Absorbing all things China. Exploring SE Asia.

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Update: back in America to stay

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so I thought I’d write a quick update to let you know what I’ve been up to.

First, I need to mention how awesome it is that I’m wearing a hoodie on August 27 because it hasn’t reached 70 degrees yet!  2002 was my last fall season in NJ and I’m looking forward to autumn this year.  What can I say… Ohio and Beijing just aren’t the same.  I do hear more of summer and its 90-degree weather are around the corner for this weekend so I’ll have to wait a little longer for fall to arrive.

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Beijing Beijing, wo ai Beijing

I don’t have the words or the time to find them to describe my feelings about boarding a one-way plane to Newark Airport this afternoon.  It’s been a wonderful three years and I have so many memories.

Beijing is sending me off with clear blue skies today.  I will surely miss my life and the people here, but I’m looking forward to the next thing Father will bring me to.

Goodbye, Beijing!

What’s keeping me busy

I know it’s been a little while since you’ve heard from me, so I just wanted to post a quick update on life.  The school schedule has been all over the place, with days off during the week for various exams and classes scheduled on the weekends.  I have to check my calendar each morning to remind myself what day it is, because even though today is Saturday we taught school like it was a Wednesday.  Just the usual end of the term China craziness.  (:  My final days as a teacher are on Monday and Tuesday, which is a strange thought after three years.  24 seems too young to go through a career change! Continue reading

Earthquake in Qinghai

Many people have checked in to see if I’m okay after seeing China’s latest earthquake in the news.  Thanks for your thoughts and messages – all of us far away in Beijing are safe and didn’t feel a thing (we’re 1190 miles away).

Qinghai (pronounced ching-hi) is a remote area in China’s Tibetan region and the earthquake occurred along one of eastern Tibet’s most active fault lines.  Unfortunately rescue efforts are slow because Qinghai Province is so isolated and there isn’t very much excavation machinery.  From what I’ve read, people have been pulling the rubble apart with their bare hands to look for survivors. Continue reading

Life lately

I have a confession to make.  I was wearing flip flops around the apartment and wore them right into the shower today.  I don’t know why I suddenly reverted back to my college days and their accompanying grody showers, but I looked down and there they were.

Aside from wearing my shoes into the shower, two friends and I decided to take a break from Chinese food and eating in, and treated ourselves to TGI Friday’s tonight.  My Caribbean calamari salad (minus the squid, I had it replaced with chicken instead) was yum and a nice break from the ordinary.

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Eggs, dye and prepubescent boys

Any time I engage in a task that involves solitary repetition, I have flashbacks to my childhood when my Mom would ground me.  She had a home business and if it was mailing time or inventory time or anything else time, my sisters and I had to watch it because one step out of line meant we got to do the task as punishment instead of getting paid for it.  So any kind of envelope stuffing, counting, folding, etc brings me back to my adolescent years when I did a lot of this.  Once my parents decided to buy all new doors for the house – inside and outside.  My Dad thought it would be a good idea to finish the new wooden doors for the inside by himself – the sanding, staining, and polyurethane.  Long story short, I finished quite a few of those doors, and not willingly, if you know what I mean.

I’m about to give exams and I just finished collating and stapling all of them in preparation for my 8am class in the morning.  I couldn’t shake the feeling the entire time I was working that I was being punished for something bad I had done.  Good job, Mom and Dad.  You scarred me for life.  ( just kidding )  Actually I had that same nagging feeling when I was spending hours by myself (well, me and Pandora) refinishing my room at home this winter (pictures here, where you can also see those doors).

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Le sigh: it’s snowing again

Just as I thought the weather was improving after going for a three mile walk with Anna yesterday wearing only a t-shirt and a fleece, I woke up this morning to the sound of shovels scraping asphalt.  Uh-oh.  Even eight floors up I can hear that loud and clear, and the only thing it means is s-n-o-w.  The weather widget on my dashboard still optimistically proclaims a high of 48 for today, but I think reality says “not happening.”  I traipsed through the slushy streets to go to IF this morning but now I’m back at home under a blanket watching the rain/snow come down, the bottoms of my pants drying out before I have to head back out for a team dinner at 5.  In America I would probably never walk a mile on a snowy slushy day, but in Beijing that’s not too abnormal because you just have to walk to get places.

Speaking of snow, my previous two winters in Beijing only saw a couple snowfalls of under 3″ which melted within days, if not hours.  But this winter it seemed like Beijing saw more snow than Vancouver.  Well maybe that’s not true! but we definitely weren’t trucking in snow like Vancouver was for its winter games and this is the most snow this area of the country has seen in sixty years.  I’m crossing my fingers hoping this is the last snow we’ll see and that March will go out like a lamb.