wow, it’s been so long since i’ve blogged, but it seems like yesterday :$ there’s some definite catching up to do.
work is going well. i’ve gotten the hang of time management in my one-hour lessons. i am able to deal with the boredom i experience if i have no classes but still need to remain in the office… lots of water-drinking, getting up every ten minutes or so to move around a bit or pace, pre-planning my english corner topics well in advance, chatting with my co-workers to get to know them, etc.
last wednesday was the tomb sweeping festival (清明节). i hate being forcibly included on these events with tanigawa’s family, on my days off, when all i want to do is get some extra sleep and work out. tanigawa’s relatives are all sort of nice, but they aren’t well-educated enough to keep from talking about me while i’m present and within earshot. i want to blend in with the crowd. they like to talk about how my bum is big and that i’ll be good for birthing baby boys, how i don’t eat much in their presence, even how i WALK. i sort of lost it and burst into tears and got very angry and managed to smear my makeup quite attractively. i sometimes think they don’t see me as a person, just “a foreigner”, and a grandchild delivery device. my fight or flight mechanism kicks in and i feel exhausted after these encounters. i read somewhere on the internets that foreign women who marry into chinese families should choose a man who’s wealthy, has a job, and no family. the first two i don’t care anything about, but i’m inclined to agree with the last one.
i’ve discovered that, since moving to wuxi, there are really no spectacular restaurants here. i guess i was spoiled in suzhou, living on a japanese food/bar street! but the air in wuxi is so, so much cleaner than in suzhou. strangely enough, too, although wuxi is much smaller than suzhou, it seems like a more modern city. wider streets, newer buildings, and lots of department stores. there’s a subway under construction which should be done next year and the buses are so comfy and clean!
anyway, my coffee cup is empty and it’s time to work out!