Home Sweet Home For Now

I’ve been living in China for almost three years now, and I often get asked what I like about the Middle Kingdom.  There are so many things that I enjoy about living in China.  I am all about eating street food – especially sticks of lamb.  It’s fun to tell random people ni hao (hello) and watch them slowly smile as I pass them on my bike.  Little kids practicing their English on you is always entertaining.  "Hello.  Hello  How are you?  I’m fine, thank-you.  How are you?  I’m  fine, thank-you."  It can definitely be an adventure living in China, but from time to time I do miss livin’ in Indiana.  Sometimes though I actually get to experience a little of Indiana in Tianjin.  I’ve walked into stores playing the sounds of John Cougar Mellencamp.  I’ve shopped for DVDs and come across the basketball classic, Hoosiers.  I’ve seen Purdue University jackets and Colts ball caps for sale at rinky-dink vendors.  Just yesterday a smile came across my face when I saw a gentleman wearing an IU sweatshirt.  How that sweatshirt got over here I have no idea, but I think it was definitely for me.  Yes I miss my family and friends, drivin’ my Chevy Silverado to White Castles, and fishin’ for bluegill and bass, but I know this is where we’re supposed to be for now.
 
  

A Relaxing September Weekend

It’s a beautiful Saturday morning in Tianjin.  Due to the recent rain,  we have a clear blue sky. That is uncommon due to the heavy pollution created by all the factories and vehicles.  Megan is taking a nap, and I’ve been working around our home – watering plants, putting up our clothes, scraping paint off the bathroom walls, etc.  We don’t have anything planned for the day which is really nice.  Usually we have something scheduled with others.  We might search for some stuff for our home, work out, watch a dvd, study Chinese, and/or read.  Tomorrow I might play soccer with some co-workers as well as attend a professional soccer game.

Our 1st Month Back in China

     Megan and I have been back in Tianjin for almost four weeks now.  We continue to fix up our apartment.  A couple days ago our dining room table was delivered.  Yesterday we had ADSL and cable tv installed.  Today a wardrobe and dresser were brought in.  No more suitcases on the floor.  We have a very nice home, and we are so happy to be living here.
     I’ve done a lot of bikin’, liftin’, and soccer playin’ in the last month.  Unfortunately I hurt my knee Sunday in a soccer game, but I’m healin’ fast.  Megan has been doin’ the Tae-bo thing from time to time and will be doin’ it every Sunday with a bunch of ladies while I’m kickin’ a ball.
     Work has been going awesome.  My students are extremely well behaved and working hard.  I really enjoy teaching just sixth graders.  Megan begins Chinese classes at a local university starting this Monday.  This will be a Monday – Friday thing for 3 1/2 hours each day.  We both are taking language classes for about two hours through my school and that has been good.  Although my language skills are not strong, I continue to improve and feel very encouraged.
 

Summer Update – China

Megan and I are lovin’ our new home.  There are a few items still boxed up, but it is pretty amazing how much is in order.  We were highly motivated to get everything in place due to the home study.  We still live in a two bedroom apartment, but our daughter has lots more room to play.

Yesterday we finished our home study.  It went extremely well, and it appears that we may have a new addition in our family sooner than what was originally thought.  We are very excited about that and have been thinking of what purchases need to be made for our baby girl.

My first two grad classes are over, and I have five more days of an Educational Philosophy course.  I have been learning a great deal and enjoying it a lot.

We will be leaving for Indiana in eight days.  Baby, baby.

Movin’ to the New Apartment

Today Megan and I started packin’ our belongings to prepare for the big move later this week.  We have lots to do, but we have hired help to clean our new place Thursday and move our possessions Friday.  Our new apartment address is 8-2-402.  This will be my third apartment in this complex and my fifth home since 2002.  Our organization is giving us a larger apartment due to the future addition to the Wickersham clan.  Baby, baby.