This day started with our first water delivery. I messaged Qi Yan this morning that we needed water and before 10 am water was here. Nate and I rode our scooters to Vanguard to get waterless hand sanitizer then to Dasheng Supermarket for lunch and cereal. I got water saved for flushing but forgot about dish washing. When we got back I tried to do some computer stuff but the internet is out so I gave up and took a nap.
Today was the second lesson for Li Yihan, she has two a week we talked today about politically incorrect speech, I felt bad; a 7th grader learning to speak English doesn’t really need to learn about ethnic slurs does she? I’m going to write my own dialogues now.
We just got water today the second time today. The water guy came back and delivered a second bottle of water which is good since I had to use some of the bottle from this morning for washing dishes.
We had tuna fish salad for dinner tonight and we each made sandwiches. It was a nice taste of America. In the morning if we still don’t have internet we are going to Boobear, the coffee house/internet café at Wanda Plaza. Unlike Starbuck’s it doesn’t have a huge following and tends to be easier for us to get on and stay online there.
July 17, 2013
Today is the first full day of Chuck being gone, because he had an early flight this morning from Zhengzhou to Beijing he stayed near the airport last night because there is no good way to get down there in the very early am hours of the morning. Since he was in a hotel he asked me to call him this morning at 5:15 to make sure he was up and going that hour is not one that I see often and it made having my Chinese lesson this morning more special, I embraced nap time today!
Speaking of my Chinese lesson, it was nice to share it with Nate today. His tutor is away for the summer so he is taking lessons with me. We learned about family names and where English has one name for ‘aunt’ Chinese has names for your mother’s sister both older and younger; your father’s older and younger sisters then uncles have names like the aunts and then cousins.
We walked around after on the new campus but didn’t find any food stalls open so we got some snacks from a vending machine and then caught the bus to the old campus and had lunch there.
I just got a visit from our neighbor across the hall; she wanted to let me know that water to the building would be turned off at 9pm tonight until the 20th, three days without water. I am glad that we get water delivered and both Nate and I just did our clothes so we are good there as well. I filled two buckets with water and hope it is enough to flush the toilet with. Now would be a good time to be on vacation!