Saturday, March 29, 2014

Before and Afters.

Finally managed to take photos of the kitchen this morning. Some before and afters.

The kitchen, before I moved in. 

The kitchen

The kitchen now. More cluttered too, but more homely...:)

The kitchen

The corridor before

The corridor after. Less lurid yellow

Living room before. 

Living room before

Living room before

Living room after

Living room after

Living room after. 

The 'green' bedroom before. 

Now an open office attached to the living room. 

The 'green' room after. Funny thing is we still call this the green room...:)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Finishing the living room and office

While i was away Brandon painted the ceilings and walls of both the living room and adjoined office. What a star, a huge amount of work! So in my jetlagged daze, we finished up the trim and put the rooms back together. Looks awesome, we still need to get the art back up on the walls, but that might take some time. 

Finishing up the trim..

Painting the stair rail was such a pain in the ass. Particularly because the previous folks had been super sloppy with the paint. We debated painting the whole railing white, but we both love the wood look. So it still has sloppy paint on some of the wood areas, but at least the spindles are looking cleaner! 

Poor tortured Brody. We put the chair on the bed to stop it scratching the floor while we finished up the office, but he wanted his bed back....

The finished living room. New front door to hopefully come in the summer. We had to replace the screen door anyway this summer, so are thinking we'll just get a new door at the same time. The blue one is so beaten up, with dents, scratches and badly filled holes, we'd originally thought to paint and refinish it, but we realized even after we'd done that it'd probably still look like crap, and it'd be so nice to have a little window in the door there...

Finished living room. Note the new ceiling fans. An unauthorized purchase, but i' m so glad he did. The old ones were bronze and faux wood, pretty tacky. These look pretty awesome and are better sized for the room. We have the fans going full time in the summer, so i'm looking forward to larger fans! 

Looking through the new open hallway. 

The office area. We put our old couch in there to make it more cozy (and moved Brandon's grandma's clock into an area it was less likely to get bumped). Much better - and the ceiling fan matches the living room! 

The office. 

We scored a new carpet for $31 on Zulily. Barkley was being helpful. We hadn't even got it into position before she took up hers and rolled around, wiping her less than clean fur all over it......

Monday, March 17, 2014

Back from China

A great trip, but boy am I jetlagged! 13hrs was fine on the way over, but it's now 2 days home and i'm still falling asleep at 2pm! The trip was a great success, interviewed a ton of students, had a few hours in each location to explore with student guides, and saw lots of places i'd like to go again...lets hope I still have a job next year so I can!

Some photos from the trip!

Xiamen University - the old campus

Xiamen University, the old campus. 

Xiamen University, building where all the students have their graduation photo taken in front of. 

My tour guides around the campus

Heading out to Gulangyu Island off Xiamen

Crushing pearls into powder, renowned for curing all ills. 

Gulangyu Island

Pictures made entirely of fish bones

Pictures made entirely of fish bones


A sign often found in Chinese homes during Mao's tenure. 

Flowers outside an art museum

Gulangyu Island

Highest point on the island

Beach at Gulangyu, Xiamen in the background

Xiamen in the background. 

My guides around Xiamen

Crabs at the fishmarket

Choose your own mussels! 


My spaceship toilet. Most toilets in China were pit toilets, but this one hotel went fancy! 

Make up the room or don't bother....

Qingdao, stop number two. Beautiful boardwalk, 40km long. 

Beach #1 in Qingdao

My chair. 

Teahouse on the Qingdao boardwalk

Having tea with Fei (school director) on the boardwalk
Sunrise over Qingdao. 

Shanghai the last stop on the tour! Nanjing Road, highly touristy, but fun! 

Dim sum!

Dim sum! 


Teahouse on a lake. 

Square in Nanjing Road

Nanjing Road

A little bit of tea! 

The Bund in Shanghai, in the rain! 

Writing poems using water in a local park in Shanghai

Tai Chi and Square Dancing in Shanghai.