Gerbil & Family

Monthly Archives: October 2018

Tingting arranged to take Leo to a baby spa last weekend. The whole experience was interesting with mixed results for the kid. He was scared, happy, angry, laughing, and often confused. He got to swim (float) in a baby pool thing with a floaty that really concerned me. Later, I spoke to a few “experts” who said, that if properly monitored, it should be totally safe. Indeed, it did not hurt or… Read More

As I said last time, here is a a simple desk organizer I printed. It warped as the material cooled, but it works mostly as intended! So cool.

Today I started reading Live Long and… What I Learned Along the Way, by William Shatner. I expected this to be a typical book about the actor’s life, successes, etc., and while I’m only 15% in, I have to say it is a great book, that has already left me feeling positive and motivated for the days yet to come! Shatner comes across as a calm, insightful, thoughtful and practical individual, providing… Read More

I’m teaching a new unit in my grade 6 Design classes where the kids are researching, planning and developing some original toothbrush holders. As of this week, they are starting to print them using our 3D printers, which means in the last few weeks I’ve been teaching myself to use our school’s CAD/CAM software, and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ll post more pictures later, but today I designed and printed… Read More

I just finished the 4th book of this wonderfully creative and funny series by B.V. Larson called Earth Fleet. Book 4, Rebel Fleet, was really enjoyable, though not as original or interesting as the first three. As so often is the case, books in a series can easily lose some of their charm and appeal. Regardless, I’m eagerly looking forward to book number 5. Gerbil Rating: 8 out of 10 paws Where… Read More

We took Leo to Vera and Claes’ place today to see their baby girl Kayleen. She was born on the 9th and is as cute as can be. Leo got to meet her, and while he looked confused, Kayleen was a bit more vocal in her reaction. LOL It was so cute. Leo: “It’s ok Kayleen . . . sheesh…. wow, get over it…..” Leo, “shush, or I bonk your head!” Keyleen,… Read More

At roughly 9:40 AM, the US Consulate office in Shanghai, China, on the 8th floor of in West Gate Mall, proclaimed Leo to be a bonafide citizen of the United States of America. He handed us a USA flag sticker and said “Welcome to the team!” 🙂 While the declaration was made, it will be another week or three before his papers are ready for pick up. Nonetheless, it’s official, he’s an American!!!

The average person has no idea how difficult quality teaching can be. Writing curriculum, developing lessons, making your own teaching / learning resources, presenting the content to 120 students, managing the classroom, assessing over 600 pages of portfolio content every 6 weeks, providing written and meaningful feedback, etc. etc., is truly hard work. However, with all that said, I think God I am blessed and fortunate to work in a warm, dry… Read More

Tingting and I took Leo out for another picnic today. Of course, he fell asleep almost immediately so we did not get many good pictures. Tingting and I ate some fruit and ordered Indian delivery. Many, I love the curry and butter chicken here, it’s so good. I’d love to go taste the real thing in India to see the differences.