Everything Ru-Jun has gets atomized into the highest number of the smallest parts possible and those parts get scattered about the house (and sometimes other places) in the broadest way possible. She is quite literally an entropy-maker.
Veggies getting difficult December 11, 2013
Ru-Jun is revolting more against broccoli these days and it is harder to get her to eat spinach. She hasn’t developed any new veggie tastes either. I’ll keep at it…
We got less than an inch out of that storm but it hit at just the right moment in the morning to make everyone panic. So Ru-Jun’s school got out early and I picked her up. Now it’s very cold for several days, with a possibility of more snow on the weekend.
Snow December 10, 2013
We had the first snow a couple of nights ago, less than a half an inch. Ru-Jun went out in the evening and played in it. Overnight the precipitation turned to rain and the snow was gone by morning. Today we are supposed to get 1-3″ which will stick around at least for a few days. Hopefully it won’t mess up driving today. I’ll probably have to do some sweeping/shoveling.
Ru-Jun is definitely getting the Christmas spirit. She is entering the age at which I can remember I really had a special feeling about Christmas. In my case, as in most kids, it was originally about getting presents. But it is also the music and the feeling of the season. And it eventually evolves and matures into an enjoyment of giving and the spectacles of the season. My childhood was also couched in the religious aspect, which Ru-Jun’s will not be. I’m not sure if that will make a significant difference.
Too much December 8, 2013
The stuff coming home from school is too much and accumulates too fast for me to go through it. It’s not homework, yet. It’s PTA stuff and class activities. I manage to get stuff done that needs to get done, but extra things, no chance. Too many fundraisers, too. Too much. (and they kill too many trees)
A good weekend so far December 7, 2013
In addition to the lawn work getting done, Ru-Jun had a good dance lesson last night and was good at Chinese school this morning. My Chinese class was really interesting – getting a lot into characters these days (but still basic stuff of course). Tomorrow we’ll probably do some shopping.
I got out in the yard today while Ru-Jun was playing inside with Shian-Ren. Bagged two bags from the remaining leaves on the driveway. The paper bags work well; possibly better than plastic bags. So the town’s switch to those turns out to be a good thing, in my opinion. Raked leaves out of the periphery of the back yard areas and mulched them with the mower. So the lawn is in pretty good shape.
Lecturing done December 5, 2013
Today was my last day to lecture. Now I have to write and exam and contribute to another. Then grade the exam I’m writing (50 students) and compile the course grades and contribute to the grading of the other course. Lots of work ahead before the semester is over…
Dong Ding tea December 4, 2013
Ordered some Dong Ding Taiwanese oolong tea from Ito En, a company that I’ve been ordering bottled tea from. Shian-Ren said that this tea, from central Taiwan, is considered Taiwan’s best oolong. She was right. It is really excellent. We had used up some tea from our last trip that was also excellent, with a sublime honey aftertone. This tea has that same taste. Really good stuff.