On Friday, on our way to sign the lease to our new apartment, my passport fell out of my wallet. When I noticed it was gone, I frantically searched all my pockets and looked in my wallet again, only to find nothing and begin the whole process over again. Fear and automation took over. I muttered “no… Continue reading Passport’s day out
Today was punctuated by coughing fits and unplanned napping. It was a sick day to beat all sick days because I needed it so desperately. I’m glad I went to the doctor yesterday. I’m glad I got the antibiotics I needed. But most of all I’m glad I gave myself permission to call off. The policy… Continue reading Reframing the sick day
We’re moving. Again. Yes, again. But within the same city in China. We’ve given notice on our current apartment and made an agreement with a new landlord. We liked our place. We did. Our neighborhood is close to lots of nice restaurants and shops. It’s centrally located, which makes it easy to get to school… Continue reading Moving while living abroad
I cried in the hallway at work Friday afternoon. I hadn’t meant to. I was walking to get some lunch after teaching two particularly straining classes. I teach from 9-1, pretty much straight through, on Fridays. It’s exhausting. That morning I had made it to work early. I had a cup of coffee and walked to… Continue reading The eight ball is bigger than I thought
Much more impressive than any connection to a sports team or Heinz or outsourced steel mill jobs, an educational bond exists between our hometown of Pittsburgh and our new home in China.
Sunday’s race ended up being amazing for me and really painful for Andy. I would’ve written about it sooner, but the internet has been super crappy and I just caught a cold. Sigh. China… Anyway, I was jazzed about the race from the moment I woke up. On the other hand, Andy seemed a bit… Continue reading Everybody runs a marathon
By the time most of you read this, the race will be over. Tomorrow is the first race I’ve run in several months and the first race I’ve run in China. It’s a 14k race–or 8.69 miles, which is billed as the “short” marathon here–which both Andy and I will run tomorrow. Actually it’s more… Continue reading Gearing up to run in China