- Write a new blog post at least once a month.
- Learn to play at least five songs on the guitar and at least five songs on the piano.
- Grow my own food - even if it's just one or two things.
- Study for and pass the HSK 4 test.
Now that my mid-year winter break is almost over, here's a self-assessment of my progress.
1. Write a new blog post at least once a month.
If there are things you're interested in knowing about our lives in China, leave me a comment and I'll try to write a post about them. Sometimes we get so used to our daily lives here that we forget what will be interesting to people who aren't here.
2. Learn to play at least five songs on the guitar and at least five songs on the piano.
Piano, however, is going much better. I've been taking online piano lessons with one of my Chinese friends in Tianjin who is a professional piano teacher. I've made a lot of progress with her. She is looking for more students so if any of you are interested in studying with her, let me know. She is a great teacher and very insistent that we do our homework every day and send her video evidence. And her rates are very affordable! :) Here are a few videos of songs I've been learning lately.
3. Grow my own food.
So, I've decided to give up on gardening for now until we live in an apartment complex that is more in a downtown area. Where we live now is not very close to the downtown area, so there are a lot of trees and greenery around. It's beautiful for daily living but also very attractive for little bugs, so I'm sure it will be impossible to garden without using pesticides.
Our first apartment in Tianjin was really close to the downtown area, and we never had issues with gnats or fruit flies there, so hopefully our next living arrangement can be something more similar to that and I can begin growing some food again.