May. 3rd, 2009

First Post!

May. 3rd, 2009 11:20 am
stormy1x2: Ruthie babushka dog (Default)
First off, many thanks and heartfelt gratitude to [personal profile] order_of_chaos  for giving me an invite code so I can participate in online blogging again. I've missed being able to update regularly, and I can only hope DW never comes to the attention of the censors that maintain the Great Firewall.

Let's start this journal with a picture post of the demo from Lin'An.  I was picked, along with a fellow teacher, to to a teacher training orientation session in Lin'An, a city three hours out of Shanghai to the southwest (close to Hangzhou). It was a successful demo, and I couldn't have been prouder of how my 'kids' performed. Happy, Hallen and Jerry, three of my top grade 5 students, made quite an impression on everyone. I was most oroud of Jerry who could have easily beaten the grade 8 Lin'An students in our demo games, but chose to be fair. He was clearly (to me anyway) the winner during one round, but he announced that he was out and sat down, giving me a wink only I could see, just so the older students wouldn't lose face or be embarrased by being shown up by a grade 5 student.

Kids and food pics! )

I have a 15 minute video I need to find some place to upload (it's 918MB) of the kids in the car learning how to sing and act out 'Puff the Magic Dragon' with Paddy but I don't know where to put it (even youtube only allows for 10 mins). Any ideas??

stormy1x2: tmnt raph and mona, credit: me (tmnt raph mona)
Dude, apparently two of my fics placed in the rankings this year. :D

Mikey the Mystic Master - Tied for 3rd place in the category 'Best Michaelangelo Scene'
Follow the Leader - 3rd place for 'Best Happy Ending'

Special thanks and shout-outs for those who voted. ^^ Hell, thanks to whoever nominated my stuff. ^^ It's been a while since I've paid the SS forums a visit, so this was a pleasant surprise. ^^  Especially since Follow the Leader was posted rather quickly - it desperately needs a thorough combing over via a beta (so many ERRORS, the SHAME of it).

I just finished posting a TON of Hangzhou pics on facebook and on photobucket (they all needed editing and resizing which took a good 3 hours) so expect a writeup with an accompanying pic-post to show up here within the next few days. I was experimenting with my camera and a lot of the pics, especially the closeups, came out really nice IMHO. The trip was great except for a violent bout of sickness Friday night (which led to me missing the site where they filmed 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and dinner, and I was pickpocketed on Saturday so I lost my freaking cell phone. I bought a new one today and I have to learn how to use the damn thing all over again.

Ruthie has a vet visit at 9AM (bi-annual x-rays and annual vaccination time) plus a trip to the groomers directly afterwards, and it takes almost an hour to get out there. Bedtime for Bongo.

(PS yay for x-posting!! yes, I am now on dreamwidth under stormy1x2!)

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