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
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
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.
Ru-Jun wanted to buy Lucky Charms yesterday so we did and she tried some. Turns out she is the only kid in the universe who likes the cereal and not the charms. As a kid, my parents never bought that cereal. For me, biting into the charms is one of the most pleasurable experiences possible. Ru-Jun wants me to sort the charms out of her cereal. So now I get to eat them.
A balmy day December 21, 2013
Today it was in the 50s and mostly sunny. Not bad for the first day of winter. We didn’t have Chinese school so we had a lazy morning and then went to the playground and shopping. We had a dinner party over at Catherine and Stephen’s about a mile from here. It was fun and Ru-Jun was very good and charmed everyone. Now we are exhausted and ready to head for bed.
Vacation has begun December 20, 2013
Ru-Jun has the next two weeks off. She finished off this week pretty strong even though she is still getting over an asthma flare up. I’m wiped from running errands and doing final grading stuff today. Also, today is my first day with new progressive lenses. My eyes are tired. Still getting used to these but they are better than what I had…
Phases December 19, 2013
Ru-Jun is going through a Scooby Doo phase and I’m going through a Shoegaze phase. I hope mine lasts and hers doesn’t. Scooby Doo gets old very quickly (but not for Ru-Jun). Very little went into the stories or the art in that area of American cartoon making.