Sorry for the Debbie Downer post last week, and thank you to everyone for cheering me up! This week was actually much better. I realized that I have no choice but to spend a fair amount of time by myself for the time being (even more so now that my boss is finally returning to take back over Elephant class), but there are better and worse ways to spend that time. Not exactly rocket science, but being mopey motivated me to step my Chinese learning game up. So this week has been a lot of working and studying and I’ve felt really good about it. I learned a lot of new words (最近我学习非常忙- Lee, you can let me know if that’s correct ) and hung out outside and in coffee shops instead of in my apartment by myself. I still wish I had girlfriends to hang with but studying in the day and going out with friends at night isn’t a bad way to pass the days. And there is another holiday coming up in about a month, so Kevin and I are talking about coordinating our days off and trying to get away for 4 or 5 days, preferably to someplace tropical. Or at least a place with sunshine. This summer in Chengdu is going to be a very different summer than any other one I’ve had. I’ve never lived in a big city with a gray sky where you can’t really go out and play. We’re really hoping to get at least one little summer getaway onto the schedule!