Gerbil & Family

Monthly Archives: November 2018

I know I am leaving Shanghai soon, and that I’ve already said goodbye to so many wonderful friends and people who have already moved on, but tonight I had to give an especially hard goodbye. When I moved to Shanghai, my life was completely different. I came here in 2011 on a two year mission to land a job in Moscow with my then wife, Natasha. She however, had other plans and… Read More

In China, they have a tradition of shaving a baby’s head when they reach 100 days old. Well, today Leo got to celebrate that tradition, and here is the result….. a beautiful baby with a shaved head! Lol

I bought this super cute Totoro hoodie for Tingting at least 1 or 2 years ago, she finally decided to wear it! Hahah

In China, it is traditional to shave a baby’s head on their 100 day birth anniversary. As such, the day arrived and Tingting shaved little Leo! 🙂

I’m so proud of my son, he just voted today for the first time! While the election is still going on as I write this, I’m so pleased to see that we’ve elected the most gender diverse congressional body in our country’s history. As of this moment, at least 90 women have been elected, which beats the previous record of 84. It’s a long way from half, but it’s a good step… Read More

I walked into StarBucks yesterday, and was delighted to realize for the first time this year that Christmas is on the way! 🙂 Lately, I’ve been so busy with life and work, that I seldom feel I have time to stop and enjoy the world around me. As such, this Wall of Red was a wonderful reminder…. It’s also especially fun to see this in China.

I have not decided what to do next. Stain it, paint the house colors on the background, or sand it down and hang it. Maybe frame it in a box? too many choices….. And no, it’s not for sale, that would be a copywriter infringement… I’m making this for myself, to hang in my classroom and maybe at home 🙂

Give a class of 6th graders 50 minutes to design and then 3D print a phone stand, and they can come up with some great ideas. The design challenge I gave them was to design and print a phone stand, that can hold their phones in both portrait and landscape orientation, and be printable in under 2.5 hours, which set’s a limitation on material usage. Here are 2 of my favorite designs… Read More

What does an angel look like? …… Well, a lot like this! 🙂