4″ of wet snow in two hours this morning. It’s mostly gone now but it was completely unpredicted (rain was predicted) and it messed a lot of things up. March continues to demonstrate that it has nothing to do with Spring.
Mood swings March 30, 2014
Ru-Jun’s tantrums have gotten fewer and shorter. But she still gets in bad moods when she’s tired and things aren’t going away. She’s pretty dynamic though. If we leave her alone, usually before too long she’s back to her lovable self like nothing happened. Hopefully this is a sign of maturing.
Sleep schedule has been off March 29, 2014
Three nights this week, Ru-Jun took early evening naps out of necessity. These resulted in late nights where she had trouble sleeping. Only one half start this week, but not without trying. It’s great when we hit her sleep cycle. This is not one of those weeks. Tonight should be OK though. She’s had a pretty active day and no nap.
2009 in Taipei March 28, 2014
The 4 month stay in Taipei in 2009 was the defining point of our family life. Our salad or halcyon days. Initially I didn’t feel good that I didn’t get much research done on that trip, instead concentrating on teaching and doing fun stuff. But now it’s OK. We lived in a rich and exotic place as a family. Created a lot of memories. We’ll get back there under very different circumstances hopefully before too long. But it’s sort of a paradise to look back upon.
Apples March 27, 2014
Having a Pink Lady apple and reading about the strain. It would be really fun to be an apple breeder.
Exhaustion March 26, 2014
Ru-Jun crashed in the middle of dinner and was raspy with a cough most of the day. Not a full blown cold but she is feeling it. I’m still behind on sleep myself. Getting out of winter should help us all.
For one more day and then temps get more toward normal. Today was just about the wind. There’s a wind season between winter and spring in these parts.
I was back to work by last Friday but it has taken a while (over the weekend) to get rehydrated again and even longer (still going on somewhat) to get my gut feeling back to normal again. I’m trying to eat less these days as well. I’m still a little headachy in the mornings, which may also have to do with the weather that we’ve been having. But I’m mostly feeling normal now.
Another bout of eczema March 23, 2014
Ru-Jun is going through another round of eczema on her neck, wrists, inside-elbows, and knee pits. When these get damp or sweaty, she gets really itchy and scratches them into a rash, which often breaks the skin, especially in winter when the air is dry. I have hopefully nipped this in the bud by forcing lotion on her (which she absolutely hates) a couple of times. I have to keep on her. Eczema is a terrible and very frustrating problem.
Yesterday was a nice day but wind made it not very warm. After Chinese class and lunch, Ru-Jun and I went to the playground for a couple of hours, which she really enjoyed. These days, I just sit and watch and listen to baseball games on my iPhone. Ru-Jun is completely autonomous on the playground and can do everything by herself. I remember wishing for these days over the last three years. She is fun to watch on the monkey bars and swings especially. I was still rehydrating yesterday and headachy. Today I was pretty much back to normal, although I am not eating as much as I was before I got sick and I may stay with that for a while. I’m trying to lose weight anyway. We went to a birthday party of a classmate of hers at a place where kids paint plaster cast objects. That was pretty fun and I talked with a couple of the other moms and dads that I have met at other gatherings. The rest of the day we played at home. Bath night tonight – I am waiting for Ru-Jun to finish her spinach.