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I’m on my laptop at Cool Beans, a coffee shop near the horseshoe at the University of South Carolina that has free wireless access. We have finished classes for the day and I’m working on a few things that I need to get done by Thursday.

Here is an interesting story about Callum. For a few hours each morning Callum is looked after by a couple from Shanghai that live upstairs. As they do not speak any English, they speak to him and play with him entirely in Chinese. What is neat is that the other day I went upstairs to get Callum and they showed me a new trick. When they say the word “ear” in Chinese, he will lean over and grab your ear. There are two funny things about this – the first is that we never taught him the English word for ear – we taught him nose, and feet, and hands, and belly among other body parts, but not ear. The second funny thing about this is that before they showed me this trick, I didn’t know the Chinese word for ear. So for a few days Callum knew something that Yvonne and I didn’t know. Not bad for a little guy. He also knows several other words in Chinese – finger, belly, candy and goodbye to name a few.

Yvonne and I spent most of Sunday painting walls. As previously mentioned we got a new place just south of Five Points that we are fixing up. We painted the walls a nice neutral beige color and will be getting new carpet Friday morning. By the end of Sunday I could hardly hold a cell phone to my ear – my arms felt like they had atrophied. We will also be getting some new appliances for the kitchen since the current ones are in poor condition; it will be nice to have a dishwasher and a washer/dryer again. The townhouse is looking great – we are very much looking forward to moving our belongings there next week. If anyone is in the area you will have to drop by for a visit when we have set the place up.

Finally, here is an update from Yvonne with whom I just spoke on the phone – Callum is currently sticking smurfs in his pants so that they fall through his pants and out one of his pants legs. I’m not quite sure what to think about that!

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20. Jul, 2004
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after my final on Friday Yvonne and I took a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina to meet up with Yvonne’s two brothers, Robert and Fronz, plus Robert’s roommate Gerry, to celebrate Robert’s birthday on Saturday. We took a tour of the Bellamy Mansion and ate at Circa 1922, a Tapas style dining restaurant. This morning we spent some time at Wrightsville Beach and returned to Columbia early this afternoon.

Callum really enjoyed playing in the sand and he even met a little girl named Dana, a few months his elder, who was also playing on the beach this morning and had just been read a story about a little girl who met a little boy on the beach and became friends – she was adamant about hanging out with Callum the entire morning.

It was very nice to catch up with Robert, Fronz and Gerry since we do not see them very often. Right now Yvonne is baking some pecan bars – when they are finished we might eat a few of those and watch a couple of Stargate SG-1 DVDs that a fellow student lent us.

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11. Jul, 2004
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Independence Day weekend was quite fun. We took a trip to Charleston to attend a baby shower at Pete‘s house for our friends David and Ana, who are to have a baby girl in September. After the baby shower was a cookout featuring many old friends. Richard took a pretty good picture of Callum while at the cookout – here it is. Callum has grown quite a bit since I last posted a picture as you can see – he is now approaching 15 months old. He is a ton of fun! He knows quite a few words, though he still can’t speak most of them. He is learning to point at things that you ask him to find (for example, if you say ‘where’s the dog?’ he can point to a picture of a dog – sometimes) and to recognize parts of his body (he is currently very into his belly, and if you say ‘where’s your belly?’ he will pull up his shirt and show it to you). He’s also into absolutely everything he can get his hands on – he has definitely reached that stage.

our Chinese class final is Friday. Just today we had our second to last lesson (Thursday will be a review day). A whole slew of confusing grammar was sprung upon us this morning – my head is still boggling from the hit. Hopefully this afternoon will not be quite so confusing! After the final we will have a week or so of holiday, and then orientation and business core classes shall begin in earnest. Next week we shall be moving to a townhouse very close to Five Points (just south of Blossom on Saluda) so that shall certainly keep us busy for the next week or two.

that is all for now!

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06. Jul, 2004