A Butterfly Flitting Between Ideas

Well one thing is certain, a good blogger I am not. It's been almost four months since my last post and in the blogging world that ought to be enough to fall into the 'retired' if not 'deceased' category.

Life here in the Middle Kingdom has been anything but boring, loads of things have happened, I just chose not to write about them. Partly because an epic bout of writer's block hit me right out of nowhere and partly because the summer months are busy at work and after a long day of exercising at the gym and teaching five classes all I want is a cooling shower, my air-conditioning and my iPad to watch some TV Series or other.

These last few weeks I had plenty of ideas for blog posts, I usually got those some time in the middle of the night, but I never realised any of them. Until tonight that is... I went on a lovely date, had a fantastic conversation with a pretty interesting (and handsome) guy and most importantly the fish we ate was so darn delicious that I didn't even remember to take a photo before we digged in and let me tell you that's got to mean something.

Here in China all my friends know that the perfect way to keep me happy is to take me out for fish. I've pretty much given up on all other types of meat, though since I'm allergic to beef and lamb, my choices when it comes to meat are fairly limited. There's just something about fish that insanely excites me, probably more than it should. Cooking fish is an art and the Chinese have mastered it. Fish has become by cure of anything. Feel sick? Sad? Tired? Hungry? Angry? Recovering from a hospital stint? A good time with friends? Auspicious dinner? Celebration? Don't know what to eat? Somehow fish is always the answer and regrets are scare since fish is healthy and pretty much fat-free. There are a million ways of preparing fish in China and I haven't had nearly enough time to eat my way through all the different ways of preparing fish, another good reason to continue my stay in China.

I feel somewhat bad for not making more of an effort to share more things on my blog, I keep telling myself that I really need to change things, but my procrastination skills are amazingly strong. Actually it's not so much procrastination that keeps me from blogging, it's mostly time. Since I usually work from 1pm to 9pm I have the morning free to do things around the house (food shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.) though I have to admit most mornings are spend in the gym having classes with my personal training, doing boxercise, aerobics and working out on my own.

Do you dare?

Exercising has become such a big part of my life that I'm struggling to adjust to the forced break I'm currently on. Somehow I managed to really pull or twist or sprain (or all of the above) my lower back which landed me in the hospital for two days. The doctor is still in the dark exactly what I managed to do to cause myself so much pain but I can tell you, it wasn't fun at all, it was everything but. The last time I injured my back was more than five years ago and the reason for that was too much office work, too little exercise and too much weight. I've since changed all three back pain causing factors but I still managed to injure myself. It seems that I mightn't have stretched very well before/after my exercise hence the injury, but I can tell you one thing, the experience isn't one I'm looking forward to making again any time soon. Needless to say the nurses and doctors in the hospital treated me really well and helped me to get back on my feet as quickly as possible. I've since pretty much recovered and a few more days of rest will suffice before I can get back to what I love the most: working out till the sweat pours!

I'm not liking being on the bench, it doesn't suit.

I'm struggling to recall all the things I got up to in the last nearly four months of not bloggling. There was obviously my birthday in June which I should have really written about because it was just perfect. My friend and favourite doctor in the whole wide world, made sure it was darn special. There was amazing food, great company, laughter, music, jokes, the most delicious chocolate birthday cake, flowers... All I had to do was to show up with a few friends and when you're lucky enough to have a friend who really cares about you then he'll make sure that your special day is perfect.

Other than that most of my time has really just been spend working. The summer months are busy since I work for a training school and am not awarded the luxury of having a two month break. Somehow the heat makes it all seem extra-busy but even that time passes and now it's time for a more relaxed two months with the extra September holiday to commemorate the end of the WWII coming up and then there is of course the Mid-Autumn Festival and the National Holiday. I definitely need to find the time for a vacation, there's no way I can stay at home all this time. I need to leave Wuhan for a bit, change of scenery, see/experience something new. It's probably going to be a solo-trip since I can't find anyone to join me.

There's one more thing I've taken up that I haven't yet had the chance to mention to everyone, I've dug out the inner child and in me and started colouring. Lately everyone seems to be obsessed with a colouring book named "Secret Garden" by Johanna Basford and after initial resistance I finally gave in and got my very own copy (the Chinese version) and some colouring pens and so far I've been enjoying the challenge. I've never been very good at this whole 'artsy' thing but I thought colouring can't be so difficult after all, so here's one of my first masterpieces: