1.Hero: Something funny he did today:
Hero got the idea from somewhere that Wolverine likes to huff and puff, like the Big Bad Wolf. This morning Hero said “I’m a big Wolverine” and breathed in and out really quickly, sort of puffing his cheeks out. I think the hyperventilating made him dizzy because after a minute he said “I’m so sick now” and put his head in his hands. Also last night he was talking in his sleep and he said "H. H is for Hero. Remember number five?"
2.Things I should be doing right now:
Reading about environmental NGOs in China
Writing about environmental NGOs in China
Filling in my Chinese workbook (technically easy but I want to get 100% on my workbook this time around so I have to triple check all the answers before I write them neatly into the book- tedious!)
Doing my daily Chinese character writing drills.
Gathering sources for an essay about guanxi.
Writing about political legitimacy in post-Mao China
Gathering sources for an essay about... the rise of China’s manufacturing industry and its effect on Sino-Australian relations, I guess. That seems like the most straightforward topic for the question I’ve been offered.
I didn’t realise how China-heavy my to-do list was until I wrote that out. I think I am boring in public now, because the only things I know how to talk about anymore are China, the Dewey Decimal System and toddlers.
3.Oh god, it turns out I have nothing to report. Today I bought some pencils. They are very sharp and I can write clearly with them, this makes me happy.
It's just as well. I should not engage in (retro!) online social media until I get at least two of the above listed items out of the way. And then there will be something else I urgently need to do. See you in November, social media.
Two more things that Hero has said:
1. Yesterday I was trying to put Hero's shirt on because we were going outside and it was cold. Hero was crying and trying to wriggle out of my grip. I said, "Come on, Hero. It's not so bad." Hero screamed back at me, "Yes so bad, Mum! YES. SO. BAD."
2. About thirty minutes ago Hero pointed to the kitchen and said " Mo bed peese?"* He had already had bread today and not many fruits and vegetables. So I said, "How about some apple?" Hero paused and said, "How bout mo bed?"
I know I have to be serious and not encourage bad behaviour but sometimes it's hard to keep a straight face.
...FYI Right now he is blowing raspberries at the computer screen.
*Translation: More bread please?
This morning Hero sat next to me in bed reading a book and he said "Bunny. Bunnies book, bunny book, bunny cuddles! Zombie bunnies yum yum."
Good Afternoon Last Week I Will Actually Go to Tutorials Because Next Week's Tutorials are Mostly Other People's Presentations and Although It's Not Like I Don't Care I Have Better Things To Do Like More Assignments,
You make my hair so messy. You make me drink too much coffee. You make me get angry about the Chinese hukou system?
Every night when half of my brain is trying to get to sleep, the other half of my brain is feverishly making lists of things I want to get done when the semester is finished and my commitments are diminished and also of which people I should thank for making my current life possible. Emma and Callum are at the top of the list, thank you guys you are a lot of help.
I have to dry my hair. I really should have spent this time writing one of my essays. It's okay. I'm not behind.
Tonight Hero was looking though my library books, one of which has a picture of Obama and Hu Jintao shaking hands on the cover. When Hero saw this book he said "Ogama! Jinjin Tao!" How does he know??
He is currently piling a whole bunch of books on my desk and saying "More books, Mum. More books." Whenever he enters the room with a new book he sort of jumps in, and then he falls down laughing because he thinks he's startled me.
-and just then he squealed with happiness because he found my Chinese textbook. He said "Happy yangyang* book!" and took it out of the room. I hope I can find it later.
*'Yangyang' is Hero's name for Chinese characters (and increasingly, all things Chinese. Sometimes he specifies that he wants to listen to 'Yangyang music'- ie Chinese pop).
1. You remember when you were 13 and you used to listen to Alisha's Attic or whatever?
This is about fourteen times better.
(What's with the shirtless guy?)
2. Video put up mostly as a reminder to myself to engage in future investigation:
Faye Wong covers 'Silent All These Years'? I love you universe.
Right. Assignment. Media-as-space-for-discourse-about-yadda-yadda ho.
Hero is going down for a nap. He has deemed it a 'turtle nap' because he's brought his toy turtles into the cot with him. How much longer is he going to fit in the cot? Not much. He's a proper kid now, weird.
I have many assignments to do. Wednesdays are not good for doing assignments because I am home alone with Hero- he's not prone to staying quiet and out of my way while I read and write. So! Instead I spend most of Wednesdays studying Chinese, because that's more of an active sort of study. I try to have Chinese conversations with myself about whatever is going on around the house, and Hero tries to repeat what I'm saying. He thinks it's good fun.
I have an unrelated question for you, if you are Australian:
(I am sorry to get all SBS on yr ass. But I eat this stuff up):
Were your parents or grandparents born in Australia? If not where did your family come from? Do you know why they came? I like stories.
A funny thing about Australia is, I do not think I know many second or third generation Australians. Everything is so new.* Most of the rest of the world is so old. I am someone who grew up in one colonial country, only to settle in an even newer colonial country. What does that mean?
*I am, um, blatantly discounting indigenous Australians here? Hm. Would I be correct in saying instead that what is considered to be 'mainstream Australian culture' is so new?
I am taking brief respite from my assignments because I do not understand the 'new middle class' in China and it makes me want to cry a little.
Instead I am going to list some television shows Hero is familiar with, and what he calls them:
Lost- 'Wost, S-O-L-T' (Sometimes 'Ba Babot'- for Bad Robot)
Doctor Who- 'Da Who'
Rage- 'Music TB'
Poh's Kitchen- 'Garlic TB'
The Simpsons- 'toons'
Buffy the Vampire Slayer- 'Fifi'
Dr. Horrible- 'Habble'
Any Kind of News- 'Rubbish, more more TB?'
That is all I can think of but it seems like a lot of television for a toddler, maybe I should be worried?
Also he is disturbingly apt at brand recognition. For example, every time we pass a KFC he says 'K-F-C. Chicken!' How does he know that? He's never eaten it.
This is mostly a note to myself, but made public in case anyone has an overwhelming desire to buy me a present?
Music I Want:
Beach House- Teen Dream
Extra Life- Made Flesh
The Vaselines- pretty much any compilation
Books I Want:
Verbal Hygiene, Deborah Cameron
500 Common Chinese Idioms, Li Weijiao & co (comes out in July)
Learning Chinese, Turning Chinese: Becoming a Sinophone in a Globalised World, Edward McDonald (comes out in October)
Okay back to my annotated bibliography. The damn thing won't get writ.
ps Hero is currently huddling in the corner of the room with my ipod muttering "Music...mine...mine...."
Today I wrote a whole paragraph in Chinese without checking once how to write any particular character. I think the grammar's solid too? I am so proud.