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2013 in review (blog report from WordPress) December 31, 2013

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Kind of silly but interesting:

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


This week December 30, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — lioutrue @ 12:41 PM

Most of the people with whom we might have play dates are traveling.  Other queries I have sent out have not been responded to yet. So it will be mostly me with Ru-Jun this week.  I won’t be able to get much work done. I’m OK with this these days.  I wasn’t a couple of years ago.  It was worse then, because Ru-Jun was much more dependent on me moment to moment.  She still has her high maintenance times, but she is OK playing alone or with one of the other adults for longer periods these days.


Change in the thinking child December 29, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — lioutrue @ 9:57 PM

At this age, Ru-Jun now must act through will to change, to become more mature, at least in part. It’s no longer spontaneous, like when she was younger.  Something like being able to get herself to sleep, which he is still not good at, requires a few things: desire to do it, which is intellectual, true fatigue, and a sense of comfort.  The latter two have always been required since infancy.  The first one controls it all now and it’s a skill that only comes from long practice. I think a lot of things follow a set of requirements like this, mixtures of infantile factors and intellectual will.  She has the intellect to both want the mature behavior and realize why we want her to do it.  But casting off the infantile desire for comfort and inability to comfort herself, are things that she has a hard time doing, and even when thinking, a hard time wanting to do. She has experienced personal paradise – it was when she was an infant and had all her needs taken care of by us and could experience true security, comfort, and pleasure. Leaving that is really hard.


Chicken December 28, 2013

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Ru-Jun is consuming chicken drumsticks for the first time. She has advanced beyond the nugget.


work December 27, 2013

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I’m one of those people for whom life is at least 51% about getting things done.  That cannot be changed.  Today I managed to get to work for 4 hrs while Ru-Jun stayed here with Shian-Ren, Min, Mom, and Dad.  I did stuff in the lab that I could not have done with Ru-Jun there with me.  It was good to get this done. I need about 1000 more of these days to feel caught up with where I reasonably expected to be just a few years ago.


Family Pics slide show June-December 2013 December 26, 2013

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A very nice Christmas December 25, 2013

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We had a very fun day. Ru-Jun didn’t get up ’til late, as always and we opened gifts in the late morning.  We had a good number of gifts but not a huge number and nothing really expensive, but Ru-Jun was very happy and played with her stuff the rest of the day, pretty much.  In the afternoon we delivered cookies to our neighbors. She konked out around 6 and had a late dinner.  We just got done with her bath and she is still rather jazzed up.  It will still be awhile before she sleeps.  She had a good Christmas by all accounts, including hers.


A conversation about religion December 24, 2013

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Ru-Jun and I had our first conversation on religion this afternoon. We drove past a church where people were flocking to a 4PM Chrisitmas Eve service. She wanted to know what a church is and what they do there. She then mentioned a friend of hers from aftercare, who she said believes in God. She said her friend said that when she meets someone who doesn’t believe in God it “breaks her heart”. Ru-Jun asked me if we (Mommy and Daddy) believed and I said no. She said she is going to take some time deciding. I replied that this was a very wise thing to do.


Christmas cards done. December 23, 2013

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Did the Christmas cards tonight and will send them out tomorrow.  Had some help from Ru-Jun on stamps and Grandpa on envelope sealing.  Here is the text:

Holiday and New Year Greetings to Everyone!

We hope you all are having a nice Holiday Season.  This has been a year of continuing change for us. Ru-Jun started kindergarten in September and is enjoying it and doing well. At home, she has three aquaria containing 1 betta, 1 goldfish, 1 guppy, 2 golden dojo loaches, 2 algae eaters, and 7 neon tetras, and an uncounted number of snails of all sizes. She enjoys keeping track of all these and drawing fish and snails and telling fish and snail stories. She is also in a Scooby Doo phase right now, which hopefully will not last (but what will come next?) Shian-Ren completed some more therapy at St. Charles in Port Jefferson and has been improving in many abilities. Her current pastimes are researching plants and cooking and trying things out in the kitchen with Mignion, her aide. I spent the fall with a heavy teaching load and will be a bit less weighed down in the spring and hope to get a few papers out and get back into the lab more. We took three trips this year: one to Palmyra to see my parents and brother Steve’s family and two to Massachusetts to see my cousin Melissa’s family and a friend of ours north of there. So things are gradually getting back to normalcy for us.  We hope to visit Taiwan sometime in the next few years. We hope all of you have a peaceful and relaxing Holiday Season and a prosperous and healthy New Year.

(John is Tralfaz Wizard on Facebook and tralf2009 on Twitter.) Shian-Ren, Ru-Jun, and John


Lousy cartoon art December 22, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — lioutrue @ 11:22 PM

I guess I knew all along but all the Hanna Barbara cartoons have really bad art and animation.  It’s almost comical to look at it now. One wonders how they got away with it back in the day.  It’s absolutely awful.