Peanut the Puppy Died of Parvo

It has been hard for me to sit down and write a blog lately. I was suffering from severe writer’s block. also I had a traumatic even happen to me that made me become quite morose and and I just didn’t feel that I was emotionally ready to write a blog. I do hope that some of my loyal readers have stuck around, I was not  having a happy China Day that extended from one  days  to  over a month of depression

From the  title title  you can  garner the catalyst of that depression,. it was the  death of my adorable  puppy Peanut. Ever since  I left America  there  has  been an empty place  in  my  heart because I had  to leaving my baby, my best friend  and  my furry soul mate Bowie behind. It was a decision that  broke my heart. I love dogs and  I vowed  when the time  was right and I healed  enough that  I would  get  another  dog. I did not  get one  last  semester, because I was homeless  for  2 months  and traveled  around China.

When I returned back to my home, I decided  to get a  dog.  arranged  for my student Lexi to  find  a  dog for me. I gave  her lists of people  who had  dogs  available. She  found one  in the  Pet Shop and  showed me  his  picture. He was adorable. Oh and  he  was energetic too. He was small though. The pet show  boss said that the dog was given an Parvo shot. He  also  said  Peanut was 2 months. I think Peanut was younger about 5-6 weeks.

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I miss you Peanut

Peanut was  such a  smart  dog and  I began to teach him how  to  use  the  litter  box. He was  catching on. Then i  noticed that his poop began to smell horrible and then I noticed  blood. He was still energetic  and  ate but I  decided to  take  him to the  vet. I did  a search on Parvovirus  and  prayed that it was  not that . Parvo has a high fatality rate in puppies. My heart sank when the  vet  told  me to get  another  dog. He  said  we could  try treatment but Peanut’s chances  were  slim.

Peanut died  withing five  days of me  getting him. I felt  like a failure. I felt cheated. He was an amazing little  dog. I just  wish that we had a  chance  to  continue  our  path onward  together. I cried for weeks. I really  fell in love  with Peanut from the  first time that I saw him. He made everyone that met him smile. at least he  experienced  love  in his  short life. The last time I saw him he was  wrapped up in my Liquid Kids T Shirt he  is eyes were so sad and they looked mine. He knew  he was dying. I cried and told him that I loved  him and I just wanted him free of  pain.

It took me  awhile, but I want another  dog in my life, to me  dogs represent  more than just  an animal. To me they  are your  family. Since, I do not have a husband ,boyfriend or children, I really want something to love and something  to love  me back.  i do have  friends though that really supported  me in my  time  of needs so I am loved.  The next  go round, I am  getting a  medium sized  more  sturdy dog. A dog that is  about a year old. I  Wish  me  luck  on my search. Peanut this blog is  dedicated to you.

Going to the Dentist in China

I knew this  day  would  happen! I had  to  go to the  dentist. People  who know me  personally  know  that I didn’t  go  to the  dentist  much in the states due  to the  cost of  it. Oh and  other reasons as well. Well I developed a severe infection in my gums  and it  moved to my  throat. I went to the  doctor  and  he told me to go to the dentist. I had a bad tooth.

My colleague Hansen(aka Reformed Grumpy Old Man) just  happened  to have to  go  to the  dentist that day. Jason was  accompanying him. I have nicknamed Jason H.B. He  is  turning to  his  little errand  boy. I  find  it hysterical.

I felt that it was an omen  from above that I needed to take  care of my  teeth right away. I  am aware what happens  when you  leave  an infected decayed tooth in your  mouth too long. It  can end up affecting your  heart and  cause  death. So this  chocolate  chick  does not want to die just yet. I have  no reason but  finances that  kept me  delaying this  process in the USA. Ok that  and  maybe  fear of  dental work.

I was ready to  go at around  noontime, Hansen called the hospital just  to  find out that we had to wait until 2:30. For  my fellow  expats in china you know that the Chinese tend  to have  nap-time from 12-2pm everyday. Americans  before  you chuckle, the Chinese are way more  hardworking than your  average  American , so they deserve a rest!

So I  napped. I love to nap! After  my nap, Jason called  and  said we were leaving  and the  cab  would  meet  us  at the  back gate. Then Cowboy said  the  cab was  coming to the apartment building. Jason was  getting impatient, he  said  we  should  go to the  gate. i was in pain and  evil. When I am in pain and evil watch out. so poor  Jason because my whipping boy. I was yelling at him. easy  target, i guess. He  called Cowboy like 3 times. Cowboy  came  in the  cab and we picked up Hanson. Cowboy didn’t come  with us, William one of  Hansen’s H.B came instead.

The  name of the  dentistry hospital that we went to was called  Number One Dentistry Clinic (that is  what Hansen said)l. I guess it has  to be the  best. When we got there I have  to say it was  modern and  nice  from a Chinese perspective. Americans  would  wrinkle their noses  at it. Two nurses  asked me why I was here I explained via William my translator(I really need  to learn Chinese)

Oh, the mean time Hansen kept repeating,” VIP! VIP!VIP! We go to VIP.”   I went to the cashier  to pay for my  book and card. Then we were told that we had  to  go to the third floor. Hansen asked  if it  was VIP.  As we were in the elevator, Hansen explained that in China that usually interns do dentistry on people. Only as a VIP can you be  guaranteed a doctor

Photo courtesy of  www.123rf.com

Photo courtesy of http://www.123rf.com

When we  got to the third floor  we  saw tons  of people waiting. Hansen walked back and then informed us that this  was not VIP. He said  it was on the  4th floor. Once  we got  to the  4th floor Hansen go walked like we owned the place. In China, there is  this  strange obsession  with foreigners  meaning that we get top service and  quick service. I have  not seen this  happen to me  unless i am accompanied by a Caucasian expat. Mostly, I am treated like everyone else. i never really  got preferential treatment . So I would  like to publicly thank Hansen for this!!!

Hanson was in the chair  getting his  work done, they looked  at my mouth and  told  me I had to get my  teeth pulled. I had  to  go  down to the second  floor. since William was occupied  with Hansen, I was given a Chinese dentistry student that  spoke adequate English  to be  my guide. Jason tagged  along too.

When I  got  to the second  floor William brought me  right in. Wow  VIP, I guess. i am not use  to this, in the states i was treated  crappy, less than a person. I was tearing up. I was examined  and , I was told that I had  to get x-rays on the second  floor. The helpful lad brought me  down to the second  floor.

They gave  me  paperwork and I had  to go downstairs to pay the cashier before I could get my x-ray. I was escorted  down stairs. Then I was taken to the x-ray room. I don’t  remember the  last  time  i got  a dental e-ray. I forgot that I had  bobby pins  in my hair, so I had  to take that out. After  x-ray i was taken back to the second floor. They doctors looked  at it and  told me that I had three bad teeth  but two really bad ones. I opted  to remove the two bad ones.

I was given a slip to take  down to the cashier. So yet again, I was taken downstairs. I paid  the  cashier  and was given a receipt and went upstairs. i don’t understand  why i had  to go  downstairs twice. Why  could I not pay  for  everything together. I guess it is The Chinese Way.  Jason opted  to stay upstairs and talk to the pretty dental intern that was pulling teach.I don’t think he scored the digits, i am not sure he tried. Jason has  gotten domesticated lately(no fun)

photos courtesy of www.verynanchang.com

photos courtesy of http://www.verynanchang.com

Oh , before I  continue, I have  to describe how  this  particular dentist clinic  was  set up. Maybe  Jo, or  others  have   different experiences  than I did. Ok well in the US we have  rooms where the dentist treats  you behind closed doors. It is  all very  private. I like it that way. Well not in China, the operation was in cubicles. Everyone can see you! There is  no privacy. In fact while I was waiting I watched some cute  guy get  his tooth yanked out. I was to go after  him. Then  guess what? The chair  broke! They had  to get someone to repair it. I was told  to sit outside and  wait. Jason was  not helping the  situation. He was telling me  about  how  painful it was going to be. He  made  me even  more nervous. i was wishing Cowboy came. Cowboy has  such a calm demeanor.

Finally it was  my  turn the intern was  going  to pull my teeth. She  told  Jason it  would  take 20 minutes if I cooperated. Do you think I cooperated? Heck no!!! Firstly my gums  and  my throat were infected  so it was  hard  to open my mouth. Secondly the needle was freaking huge. Thirdly since  when has  anything been easy for  me??? So I was a challenge  from the  beginning. I was not  able  to open my mouth wide  enough and the anesthesia needle   hurt.  I am a big baby so I started screaming. Someone  came and  opened my  mouth  for me. I heard Jason  tell me  to  calm  down.

I had  to  wait  for a few minutes for the  anesthesia  to take  affect.  Finally  they  began to extract my teeth. The first one  came  out easy enough. The second one was a bit  tougher, I still had feeling in  my gums so I was injected  with more anesthesia. I  kept  closing my  mouth. The intern kept telling me  to open my mouth. I thought  that I was done, then she  pulled a third tooth. This tooth did  not want to leave. the  roots  were  strong. This  one was hurting I screamed in agony.

It wasn’t budging, she had  to call over the  dentist.  He tried but it was not  budging and I was screaming in pain, he was  not relenting. I started  to cry and  Jason told  me  people were  gathering around. They applied more anesthesia  to the area. The demented  dentist was at  war  with tooth. He was not gentle  anymore. He  pulled and and  pulled  he was  being a bit rough now. finally  he  won the battle, the  tooth was out that area was throbbing. I began to cry. I had  cotton shoved in my mouth and was unable to talk.

I was waiting  on the scripts. the  doctor  did not write  out a script. They told me  to get antibiotics from a pharmacy, they wrote  down what I needed. in Chinese. Also the doctor felt that I did not  need a painkiller. Americans are weak we need  painkillers! I was crying shaking my head trying explain. Jason was trying to explain to the intern as well. When  Hansen found out he went  with William  to get the scripts. I have  a feeling Hansen went up there  causing havoc. Gotta love him!!! He came  down with the scripts which we got from the pharmacy down stairs.

Yeah  so my first trip to the  dentist was  full of tears  because  I was a baby! I cried the  whole  way  home in the  cab. It was cheap though  get a tooth extraction. It  cost 160 kuai to get 2 teeth pulled. That is roughly 24 USD! It  cost  way  more than that in the US. Oh  and I paid  for  two teeth to be and they pulled the third one  for  free. Buy 2 get one for free what a deal! I wish though i had a sexy Chinese boyfriend to  come home  to and  comfort me. I took my  meds and went to sleep, I dreamed of handsome Asian men though!

Dragon Boat Festival Party!

The performers in the play

The performers in the play

Happy  Dragon  Boat day everyone! I am  so  sorry that it took  so long for  me  to post. If you want  to place  blame on anyone, blame  my neighbor and my best friend Jason. He  distracted me  and  I  never had time to write  my blog. Shame! Shame!  on  Jason. He never reads my blog anyway! In fact I am in  his  house  writing this blog. Jason’s house is the party house.

Today we  had a Dragon Boat Festival Party at my school. Just a brief synopsis. Dragon Boat Festival is  a celebration of loyalty and  honor. It is  a tribute  to Qu Yuan, a statesman, patriot and  a poet who was exiled from the Chu dynasty. When the Qing  dynasty overthrew the  emperor, Qu Yuan killed  himself in sorrow and  to show  his  honor  and loyalty  to the  old regime.

Zongzi is a type  of  dumplings eaten during the  festival, it is glutinous rice wrapped  in bamboo leaves. There are different types  and flavor. Some  have nuts. I have  to  stay  away  from those. The Zongzi was thrown into the  river  to keep the  fish  from eating Qu Yuan’s body.

Eric, the Emcee, me  and Bambi the Soldier. Bambi was  so helpful during this event.

Eric, the Emcee, me and Bambi the Soldier. Bambi was so helpful during this event.

Initially , the  Foreign Affairs Office  wanted to  host a small party  to introduce the  foreign teachers to the holiday. Somehow this idea morphed  into a big extravaganza organized by Jason and I. We were no longer the  guest of  honor but the facilitators and participants. We had  to  come  up  with the  ideas and enlist students from our classes. This  an extremely  Chinese concept, so we  were reluctant plus they  said that we are really creative. A dose of  ego feeding is the  best form of  coercion.

We came up  with some  great ideas.  We had  a skit,a zongzi wrapping demo, a Zongzi passing contest (like hot potato), singers, dancers and  a zongzi eating  contest. We invited some  students. Oh  and the  school invited the  press! They  wanted  to publicize  this.

This event  could  either sink , swim or  fly. I was  nervous. If it  stunk then  blame it on us! Hehehe. I have to  say though I did  not  want  to do this  willingly, I am so glad  that I did. I really learned  so much  about The Dragon Boat Festival. I had  to research it  because I wrote  the short  skit for the festival! The students  worked  very hard to make this event a success and  I love  them all so much. They practiced despite the fact that they are preparing and  taking finals.

It was  really a great way  for the students on campus  who live far away from home to celebrate  the holiday. I also really feel  so much  closer  to my students  and  Jason’s  students since  we spent  so much  time preparing  for the  Dragon Boat Festival. We practiced, we laughed and  bonded.

Oh and  I I was featured  ion the news I’m a  star!!!!! So awesome!!!! Maybe my soul mate  was watching the 6:30 news and will see  me fall in love  with me and come  and find me! Oh if  only life was like a movie!!! My life story would be Nocturnal in Nanchang.

Night Out in Nanchang :The Remix

photo courtesy of www.verynanchang.com

photo courtesy of http://www.verynanchang.com

If  you read my last post, my big highly anticipated  night in Nanchang was a  washout. Instead of hiding my head in the  sand, collecting cats,and  learning  how  to knit(I do want to  learn though in all actuality) I decided to give nightlife  in Nanchang another  chance.  We had  a holiday in China called Laborer’s Day, so I had  more  free time then  usual. I asked  my brother  from another mother Jason if  we  could  go out again.

He called The Drunken Irishman. Now  here is a rarity. The drunken Irishman  did  not  want to  go out! What did  hell freeze over? When does a party animal want to to stay at home? Apparently  he was  too tired  out  because  he  has  been out every night this week. We were not liking the bar from before. I didn’t feel like it was  an inviting place. Jason got  struck  down. Now  since  his bromance partner  did not  want to come out Jason was ready to say no. Jason and  I  both would  have   ended up getting lost in Nanchang.

Jason then called Cowboy.  My loyal readers may  remember Cowboy  from my  other blog post  about my the  Chinese drinking game. I just adore  Cowboy, he  is a fun, honest and easy  to be  around. Cowboy brought  his  friend, who had  an extremely low English level. His  friend  was  dressed to the T’s, a nice  looking chap. He liked  dancing, so he and  Jason could do a stripper  dance to lure the  ladies in(NOT)

We took the white van into Xin Jiang then hailed a taxi. Ok this  was  my first  true  experience  with racism in China. I know that many Chinese  are  racist but they  never  say it. Well, the  cabbie as he  drove  with us in the  cab  said it Chinese that he  hated Africans. This was translated to me by Cowboy. I  got a bit upset, Cowboy apologized  to me and  explained that some  Chinese  are like that  and  live in a very limited world. Hindsight 20/20 I should have  told Cowboy to inform the driver that I am an American not and African! Just  ugh, I hate racist!

I was given a free Survival Chinese phrasebook by the bar owner

I was given a free Survival Chinese phrasebook by the bar owner

I got over it because  Jason sat in the front seat and was  using all the Chinese  he knew to talk with the cabbie. The  cabbie was using his very limited English to talk to Jason. It was funny so that it  brought a  smile to my face. I hope the  cabbie  will sometimes  change his  mind  about  black people. He  was  not a bad  person. He  just  needs to learn to  judge  people by their  actions   not  by their  skin  color.

The cabbie  took us to  an area by the Bai Bridge that had  bars. First we were  hungry  so we roamed  around  looking for food. We finally ended up getting hamburgers. Oh in  China anything between a bun is called  hamburgers. In the USA it is  called a chicken sandwich. This  was the  same  area that we  went to before. The bars  were  either dead or too expensive. It was looking like a wash again! At this  point, I  did  not  want  to  throw in the  white flag. I wanted  to  go out. I was ready to say  at  least we can  go  do KTV. We called the Drunken  Irishman. He told us  of another place that was  closer to downtown Nanchang called Bossa Nova. I heard of Bossa Nova it is advertised  on VeryNanchang, It  looked  fun.

We took a taxi to the bar.  Jason was whining because  he  saw  other  foreigners. He wanted to  go  to a bar that was more  locals  because  he  wants  to pick up women. In China white foreign men are like Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. It is way too much competition when vying for a Chinese female. I told  him  sometimes  it  is more fun to relax and  kick back with your  mates.  It is  not always  about  trying to find love, but enjoying the time  with  people  who love you.  It takes the  edge  off.

photo courtesy of www.verynanchang.com

photo courtesy of http://www.verynanchang.com

The place was empty  but  we  were  greeted so warmly by the  owner. He was a foreigner  from Brazil. He hugged  us  all and  since it was  our  first time at his  establishment  he treated  us  to a free shot  of tequila. Then we  were seated. I love  the  ambiance  of  the  place.  It was  very  homey and there  were  flags  from every country. We got a  drink menu and to my delight I saw that they had  sangria.  Jason being  cheap  just wanted  beers. I am  not a  big  beer drinker  beer  bloats  me. I told them I would  pay  for the pitcher of  Sangria it was 120 kuai a pitcher, so I bought  two. None  of the lads  ever  tried Sangria. They  bought it  over  and the guys  were it was  a girl’s  drink and  said it was not stronger enough. Oh little  did these boys know that  hidden secret of  sangria. It may taste  all sweet and girly but it slowly packs a  punch.  So lol they  got  drunk  off of  it! SWEEEEET!!!!

Jason bought the  next  pitcher  but it was  another drink that was  yellow and  creamy that I actually preferred it to the sangria. We were  feeling  giddy. Then our amiable host  came  a serenaded  us!  I  just love this guy! He sang  for  every  table, I knew  many of the  songs. I was singing  along as  were Jason and Cowboy. I requested La Bamba, and  he  sang it. Everyone was  clapping and  cheering. I was having  such a grand time. I was chair dancing!

We then had  to head out as  I was heading out a  Chinese party  was  heading in. One   guy  said  he  was  a colonel so I saluted  him. We  then  were  talking and they ended  up buying me  a beer. The group were speaking to me in English  and  we were saying cheers. One guy  took particular  interest in me, so we  continued  talking. My friends were  waiting  by the  door and Jason was  tired.  The bar  was ready to close. So I ended up  getting  the   guy that I was speaking to mobile number.  He wanted  me to come  back tomorrow night but  it would be  very hard  because , Wanli is very  far away from Downtown Nanchang.

This  I have  to say was  a much better  experience  that before. Any night that I end up  with a guy’s  digits is  a win situation. This was  the  first digits  that I scored  in China! Booyah!!!!!!I was not 100% interested in this  guy but I just want to make friends  and meet  people, so why not? I am definitely  going to come back to Bossa Nova again. I was  also invited to go to a Brazilian Barbecue place  called Obe Obe by another patron of the  bar on Monday. I am going to drag Jason and  Cowboy there  with me  one day 🙂  Wo hen xihuan zheli.

My first digits in China  China? Maybe I should bronze them?

My first digits in China China? Maybe I should bronze them?

Night Out in Nanchang

I was really excited  about my first night out in Nanchang! I have  been  cooped up in this  college  far too long. I have  said before I am in the  boonies. The biggest excitement here is  counting the  amount of time the rooster crows each day. It is  peaceful and  picturesque. It can get  very lonely here  at times. If it was not  for  my neighbor Jason, I would  have  gone mad  already!

I really  don’t  mind it, but I get lonely and it is very hard to meet  people on my  isolated  campus. By  people I mean single Chinese men. age over 24 but under 40 handsome  and open minded. Funny and  smart and loves a rubinesque black woman named Amber. I just love  Asian men, yes I admit it! I have been struck down with Yellow Fever and i don’t want a cure, I just want a husband, so maybe if I go out more I can find  a man.

We had  a  BBQ on the  roof to welcome  Jason’s friend, a former  teach at my school we  will call him Dick to protect  his  identity. He was an intense Texan  guy, I liked  him. He was definitely a square peg! Best of  all he  rented a KTV room! Finally my chance  at KTV. i love  singing. I have  wanted to  go to KTV since I was living in the states. We have  a KTV place  near my campus, it’s  neon lights are mocking me! Well ok KTV was a no go!!!! Well first there  was no alcohol and the  Irish  drunk man was  not having it. In a sense  he  was  right if Richard rented  the  room then according  to Chinese custon he  should have  provided  alcohol for  everyone. He did  not and  since  we  were the  foreigners  we  would be  the  next one  to be looked  upon to  provide the adult beverages.

So I did  go into a KTV room but I did  not  sing. I am so sadden by this! One  day I will get my moment  to sing!!!! We went to the Drunken Irish Men new flat. I liked it it was a  duplex. He had to shower, the guy  showers 3 times  a day!. I only shower once, I am a stinky bitch!.  The  drunken guy’s girlfriend was there, she is  so beautiful. Just  so graceful and  feminine. I feel like a fucking water buffalo. The Zambian girl was there  too and  she is like a sexpot. The girl just oozes  of  sexuality. That song Brickhouse was written about woman like her. Yeah, I guess i was a bit jely. So I was like a frumpy grandma in my sneakers and  frumpy baby doll dress.

I went to my  first Chinese  bar and  what  a let down!!!! It was  like I was the invisible woman. Just like in the  bars  back  home. I always  read Jo Gan’s blog about her funny times in China  and her hopping social life. Check  out her  adventures  at http://www.mylifebehinbdthewall.wordpress.com. Her last  club experience was  so fun! My  bar experience was basically talking to the  Pakistani bartender  and Jason’s students. The bartender  did  not  know  how  to make  any drinks.

There were highlights of the  evening like now  the Drunken Irish Man will now  be known as the  Dancing Drunken Irishman. I can’t  keep up with him! He is  too much for  me. Oh and the crash  and  burn of Jason trying to pick up these Chinese girls  in the bar. They  refused his drinks! The best  part is that I got  2 free shots out of the evening, one  was  from the bartender and the  other  was the rejected drinks!

Dumpling Darlings

Dinner prepared by my students

Dinner prepared by my students

On  Friday, my students came  over  to cook me a Chinese meal. They wanted  to thank me for making them a Western meal earlier  in the week.  I wasn’t  feeling well at all all week and  yet I entertained  my students. I went  to the  clinic  and have  been on antibiotics. I worked Thursday  but had  this  Friday off. I was sleeping in and  heard  a banging  on the  door. It was my Chinese tutor Lee. Behind him were a brigade  of my Chinese  students. It was  an Asian  Invasion!! I was groggy and sick but let them in.

Busy bees  making dumplings

Busy bees making dumplings

As the  girls  were bombarding  my  kitchen, Lee began to teach  me  pinyin. It is my deepest  desire  to learn  Chinese. I really  want to  communicate  to the  people living here. Who knows  maybe  I can  attract a Chinese  cutie  if I can at learn to  speak Chinese.  Also I am sick of  pointing at this and  saying that one and  smiling. I am in China so I feel obligated  to learn the  language  out of a mixture  of  respect  and  survival.

When my lesson was over, I invited Lee to  stay but he had to  go back to his  campus. The girls  were  ready  to make dumpling. Dumpling 101 commenced! I was shown the technique, first  you you get the  round  circular  dough, you gather the filling  using chopsticks and  place in on top of the circular  dough. Next you dip your fingers in a bowl of  water  place  water  around the edges and  fold  in  half. Then  you pinch the  dough  using a pleated methods. Sounds  and  look simple  enough. The  girls made it  look easy. My  first  attempt looked  more  like baozi and  less like a dumpling. Yes  it  was  an ugly  dumpling. so the  girls  showed  me  another way to make the  pinches.

It  took me  awhile before I made an acceptable dumpling.  My dumplings were  definitely not  as pretty as my students. Rome  was  not  built  in  a  day  it  will definitely  take  more  time that and day to  learn  who to make   dumplings.  The  hardest  part  was the pinching  part. My  folds  just  aren’t pretty. I can tell when I am  eating the  dumplings  which one I made.

My first  and  fifth dumpling. I am improving

My first and fifth dumpling. I am improving

While there was a crew  of  us making  dumplings  there  were  other girls  making a  variety  of  dishes. there were  about  seven  students in  my kitchen. It was smelling so yummy. I was so  happy. A home  needs  to have  people in it. I haven’t really experienced  a  homey atmosphere since  my  mom  died.  My friend  Lisa opened  her  home  to me  prior  to me  leaving the US and it was  at that moment I realized that I hated  living alone.

It was so nice  chatting  with them as  we  were   folding dumplings, it was  a girl bonding moment. I  don’t  experience  much of that. My childhood  friend  was not a gushy girly girly, so she  had no ides  about female  bonding. When i  got  older  I had  more  gal  pals  and  we  did female bonding rituals. I really  missed that and the dumpling making  really helped  me.

Finally  dinner  was  ready, we had tomato and  egg, cucumber  and  sausage, dumplings  and a dish  of  just sausage. It was very  yummy. Oh  and they  begged me to make  my garlic  bread  again. They  said it was  so delicious  before  that they wanted  to taste it again. The best  part was the fellowship and the  company. Oh I forgot we  left the  door  open and my neighbor  walked in. He wanted to borrow  water to get tea. The water  guy who  delivers  our  water  was MIA, once the Chinese teacher  saw the  girls  he  decided  to stay. I was  feeling very  tired and  my students  are  nursing students  and they  saw my  meds  so they knew that I was a sick teacher. we  talked  for  a  bit and I showed them  my  Facebook and  they talked to  some of  my friends  that were on Facebook on Friday.

All in all  Friday was  a fun night. I can’t wait  until I get  to make  dumplings with them next time.. One  of the  girls even likes  karaoke! Score!!!!

Invasion of the Sweetheart Students

My sweet students. I think I lost weight  since I have been here!

My sweet students. I think I lost weight since I have been here!

I am still in the  process of all my classes doing their oral presentations.  I have started on three classes. For  all students  that receive A’s on their  presentations, I have  invited them for  a yummy  western meal prepared by yours truly. I have  7 classes, so I will be in the kitchen very often. Luckily the Fushen campus isn’t that interested, they  would  have  to travel too far. So I decided to offer this  more  towards the  students in the Wanli  campus.

Half way through I noticed that I was getting A’s  so I decided to invite  the  first batch of students. Today I have 7 of  my sweet  nursing students, On Tuesday I will have 7 more and on Thursday, I will have 5. Oh and  My nursing students all mostly girl classes. I have  like 7 boys in on of the classes and  4 boys in the  other  Wanli  class that I teach.

Squeezing around my table  for four.

Squeezing around my table for four.

I decided  to make  sausage and peppers  for  all the A students. It is  easy and  cheap, however  now I have  to eat the  same  dinner three days in a  row. DUH!!!!! The next  round  of cooking will be  after Laborer’s Day holiday. This  is  becoming my staple dish.

So I  forgot to get the  sausage, luckily my  dear friend Jason was going to Auchan and picked me up  some sausage. Oh and  beer the secret ingredient. I arrange to have the  girls  come  over  at 6:30 oh and of  course I wasn’t  ready.

In China  your  dinner  guest come promptly! So i was  very behind  schedule. The girls  came  bearing gifts! That was  so sweet of them. I was overwhelmed. I am  so not use  to it. The each  did  a little  bow  as they handed  me their gifts.

They came bearing gifts. Teaching in Jersey I  never received  any gifts!

They came bearing gifts. Teaching in Jersey I never received any gifts!

My dinner  guest  had  to wait  30 minutes  before eating. Next time  I am going  to start cooking earlier. They  started  to take  pictures  of me  cooking the  food. They were  amazed  and kept  saying wow. It was really cute.

I finally began setting the  table. I  didn’t have  enough forks so  some  people had  to use chopsticks. I also  did not  have  enough plates so some  people  had  to use bowls. I had  6  plates but 7 guests. We  all squeezed  around the  table. I had  to borrow, 2 additional chairs from my neighbor.

It is  so  nice  just  to have  people over, back  home in the USA my home was not considered the  party place. No one ever  came  to visit me. I always  visited other people’s  homes. I don’t  know  why, I think I am an awesome hostess, well now  in China, I guess  I am making up  for  loss hostess time.

The  girls  really loved the  food  and  it was just  enough to feed  all  8 of  us! Afterwards  they  did the  dishes for  me!! I love  it. When you invite Chinese  students  over they will clean for  you. We sat  around  and talked, it was the perfect opportunity  for the  girls  to practice  their  oral English. I think of  every moment as a teachable moment. Exif_JPEG_420

I  found out that two of  my students live in Xi’an and Hangzhou, the  two places that I am visiting this  summer. Now  I have  tour guides. I also found  out one  of  my students is  going to study  abroad  in Australia next year, what a lucky ducky!

We listened  to music  as well, I really liked  all off them especially Vivian, she  loved KTV as well. so  now, I have  a KTV buddy! Yipppeeeee!!!!! The  girls are  coming  back over this Friday to teach  me  how  to make dumplings and  other  Chinese  food. I am so  happy that I decided  to reach out  to my students  and  make friends. I had  so much  fun.

After  the  girls left, I opened their  presents. One  girl girl Vivian  wrote  me the sweetest  letter  and I was in tears. It is  amazing  how  people  will open up and want to become  your  friends, if  you just allow them in. It is  hard for me  because I have  been  hurt  by people before, like a close friend. I am very  trusting, but I decided  to open  myself up more:)

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