I missed this one last year, in the throes of moving apartments, not getting paid, culture shock, and frankly being too dang busy… but it’s the mid-autumn festival today. So, 中秋节快乐! 🙂 (zhong qiu jie kuai le!) (Literally happy [kuai le / 快乐] mid [zhong／中] autumn [qiu／秋] festival [jie／节].) The mid-autumn festival is a celebration… Continue reading Mooncake mania
This past week, I had so many meetings that I had to ask the schedulers to start 15 minutes later to give me time to get from one meeting to the next. (It felt pretty cool to be in high demand!) One set of meetings, however, I wisely scheduled back-to-back in the same building–one on… Continue reading Don’t take the stairs
I know some of this is latent caffeination. Some of it is the new job I’ve just taken. Also in the mix is my anxiety about the state of the world, including those suffering through a notably bad hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. But I’ve been awake since 3 a.m., and… Continue reading A brighter burn
I’ll be running around between north and south campuses this week, teaching first year university students and graduate students alike… but I’ll be back to teaching and that makes me so happy.
Between jetlag and starting work again, it’s been a very strange time in life. But today I received my final initiation to being a teacher in China: a student brought his mother to my office and asked me to change his grade. I had just finished checking my data entry for the scores of the… Continue reading Initiation complete
I’ve posted some silly photos of Transformers lately because the Chinese are obsessed with the movies and there is a life-size robot outside my new favorite salad joint. But, in reality, I’ve been thinking of myself as a transformer. We hit the road early tomorrow morning for our two weeks stateside. Last time I was… Continue reading Priority: fitness
On the way home from the gym, usually I’m considering the next way I want to conquer the world because I feel amazing after working out.