28 Aug 2016 Leave a comment
27 Aug 2016 2 Comments
Each week the folks at Sepia Saturday choose a theme for people to post on. This week’s theme is “Love and Marriage.” and it just so happens that it’s my parents’ (above) wedding anniversary. Below I’ve posted public domain photos, dost of which had little in terms of metadata i.e. descriptions. Still they caught my attention.
If you’d like to see more nostalgic wedding photos, head over to Sepia Saturday.
27 Aug 2016 1 Comment
Though classes start on September 5, none of the teachers going to China have their tickets to Jinan and the English teachers don’t have visas. There’s some unspecified delay in China. The office staff waited till August to do the paperwork on their end. Monday we were told it was submitted (no date was given) and that it will take two weeks there to get it done.
After that they’ll send it to Massachusetts. Then we’ll be asked to send overnight our forms and passports. Then these items get sent to the embassy in New York. I hope they’ll expedite the process so they’re done overnight. Then everything will have to be sent back to us from Massachusetts. Then we’ll get our airline tickets. I’d love to leave late next week.
The woman in China in charge of this says there’s no problem as we can make up the classes. The two teachers will teach 24 hours per week. Whoever teachers with that sort of schedule have had to make up classes (one because her father died, the other because his wife gave birth to a still born baby) at night. So they taught from 8 am to noon and 2pm to 4pm and then from 7:30 pm to 9:30pm and then the next day at 8 am. They had to do that Monday to Thursday for three weeks or more.
I have no interest in teaching such long days. Usually, I plan and grade at night and my days are plenty long. The other option would be to teach on the weekend. Neither of these options appeal to the students. I hate how the students and teachers are stuck in the middle and how no one will offer an apology or sympathy.
27 Aug 2016 Leave a comment
26 Aug 2016 Leave a comment
in Blogging Challenge, China, close up, culture, expat life, food, Jinan, Masterpiece, photo, photography, photos, postaday, postaweek, Weekly Photo Challenge Tags: architecture, Chicago, door, frame, ornate
1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.
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Other themed photos:
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (daily post)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (stenoodie)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (travel with intent)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (leya)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (quite simply)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (jinan city photo)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (giggles and tales)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (eclectic eccentric)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (my secret idaho)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (snaphappi)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame (prayers & piazzas)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (stenoodie)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (half baked in paradise)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (basildonkitchens)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (inspired)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (laura’s photos)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (here and abroad)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (lucid gypsy)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (the last blog available)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (ohm sweet ohm)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (light words)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (ms diplomacy)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare (cee’s photography)
26 Aug 2016 Leave a comment
I just stayed one night at the Novotel Blackfriars in London, but I’d definitely go back. Though small, my room was nicely decorated and the bed was so comfy that I felt like a princess, like the princess in “Princess and the Pea.” The small bathroom was stylish with slate floors and chic toiletries.
Best of all, the location was great. I could walk to the London Eye in 10 minutes and to Big Ben and Westminster Abbey in 15 minutes. It’s half a block from a tube station.
Of course, there’s free wifi and a fitness center, which looked clean and up to date.
As a gold level member, I usually get a plate of fruit and an upgrade. On my stay I didn’t get either. Perhaps there were no bigger rooms available. As for the fruit, which I missed, I got a free drink voucher. I’d hoped for fresh orange juice at the adjacent restaurant, but all they had was standard concentrate. Novotel should just get some fruit to welcome us.
I didn’t eat any meals there. They have a breakfast buffet for $13, but there were several other choices where I could get a good breakfast for less.
26 Aug 2016 2 Comments
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot stars Tina Fey as Kim, a broadcaster who half-heartedly volunteers to go to Afghanistan on assignment. Fey’s character leads a nice, but ho hum life in New York with a steady boyfriend (Josh Charles) and a steady, unchallenging job just reading news. Once in Afghanistan, she realizes she’s way over her head. She eventually adapts to life during wartime.
While away, she discovers her boyfriend is cheating so she’s free to take up with Martin Freeman’s politically incorrect, usually philandering, war-savvy character, who’s a photo journalist.
I felt the first half of the movie drags and contains a lot of obvious jokes and clichéd situations about culture, but it’s worth watching on DVD or on a plane where you can watch half, take a break and watch the second half. Tina Fey does a fine job as does Martin Freeman and Josh Charles. The reason to watch is to see what sacrifices people make during this war that too many of us forget and to see what has gone on in Afghanistan.
24 Aug 2016 2 Comments
I think this is spot on, but do you?
Which languages do you speak?