the end … ish?

I am no longer in Shanghai. I am no longer in China. After my last post I did some traveling around China, and it was amazing. Shanghai isn’t really a tourist place, but it’s a nice place to live. Beijing, however, has so much of Chinese history stuffed into it, from the Great Wall to the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace. And the Olympic buildings? Amazing. Xi’an, similarly, has the Terracotta Warriors. And then Zhangjiajie has the nature that I had been sorely deprived of in Shanghai.

It’s kind of weird to be back in the good ol’ United States. But it’s the beginning of a new adventure. So – what’s going to happen to this blog? Eh, not quite sure. I think I’ll keep it active and just switch it to focus on New York instead of Shanghai. I’m going to reactivate my old blog squareby’s corner and just keep the topics separate with this one being more of travel and life and the other more of crafting.

[NOTE: Well … that didn’t last to long. Squareby’s Corner merged with From Here to (There), because frankly … there ain’t much crafting that gets done these days.]

Sigh. So much left to do. I like the quiet and space here, but I miss the availability of everything in China. The convenience stores open 24/7 that are on every block, the fruit stands with amazing variety that are on every block, the little food stalls with dumplings and noodles that are on every block, et cetera. In Xi’an one of their specialties is a type of noodle called “biang biang mian.” I don’t know if it can really be considered a noodle, because it’s almost like a flattened and elongated dumpling (the American kind that’s basically just flour) so it’s kind of chewy. It was good, but I think I was a little turned off because there were some tomatoes with the noodles and I really dislike cooked tomatoes.


on hiatus

Well, you haven’t heard from me in about half a year. So I’m guessing you’ve figured out by now that this blog is on hiatus while I’m off adventuring in China. Can’t do much crafting in Shanghai. If you really miss me, you can read my blog at I switched over to WordPress for my China blog because the firewall here is pretty extreme and it took me this long (six months!) to figure out how to access Blogger.

Anyway … Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

hiatus, oh yes

I got back from a field trip to Hangzhou about … four hours ago. And I’m exhausted but there’s oh so much to do. It’s too late to change my work schedule, so for now it’ll have to do. But in addition to that, midterms are coming up. Visa stuff. Then Thanksgiving. Essays. Portfolio. Applications. Stuff on top of stuff. I have so many stories and photos to share, but that’ll all have to wait. I still haven’t uploaded all of my Expo pictures, so whatever. No serious blog posts for a while, just simple “I am alive” kind of posts for the next month.

starting here

Alrighty, so after a really, really long time of searching the internet, I finally found this site which would allow me to make a blog that I could actually see over here in China. I probably should’ve done more research before I made my way over here to the other side of the planet, but oh well. I was in shock when I realized that I wouldn’t be able to make a Facebook status update for a year.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake. This blog and the following few posts were originally hosted on Publr because I had issues accessing my Blogspot account in Shanghai. Now I’m on WordPress, which I much prefer, so I consolidated everything.]

Hopefully, this blog will work well enough for my purposes. So everyone, I am alive and well. This will be quite the adventure. Over here in Shanghai I’m 13 hours ahead of US central time, meaning that at this moment, about 5:30 PM, it’s 4:30 AM over in Austin. Don’t forget about me. E-mail, Skype, et cetera. I’ll reward you with pictures and riveting tales.

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the corner’s new layout

I finally have a new layout! Woohoo! The black text on a gray background in the previous layout was annoying me. I whipped up the layout pretty quick in Photoshop, but then it took me forever to figure out all the little CSS quirks. It’s been a few years since I did any HTML-ing, and back in the day I stuck with simple HTML and frames. This look is much more me (and less standard template) so I’m pretty happy with how it came out. I’ll probably be working on some quirks for a while, but all in all it’s pretty much good.

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A few days ago I bought some fabric at the Wal-Mart here because I simply cannot resist cheap fabric. Besides, I needed fabric to craft some pillows. I bought a total of a little under five yards (four yards and one remnant piece). Each yard was either $1.50 or $2.00 so the total was $8.54. Not too bad. Anyway, that marks my last purchase for the month of July, bringing my total for the month to $38.43.

Hm … what else? Has anyone ever changed a tire before? It is RIDICULOUSLY DIFFICULT! My mother and I were out shopping and when we got back in the car (an SUV), we realized we had a flat, so there we were in the parking lot, trying to change a tire. Ugh. Some guy driving by helped us put the spare on, which was seriously a godsend because neither me nor my mother could lift the tire. So now I know how to change a tire.

About two more weeks at home and then I’m off to my new apartment! I have a new layout and now I’m starting a new tally for the month of August … yay!

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]

the beginning of a dream

So today I have decided to go ahead a begin a blog, for real. I used to have one of those anonymous ranting blogs, but those are so passé, but I wanted a blog, this blog, to motivate myself to be productive. Thus, squareby’s corner was born.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake. That blog was known as Squareby’s Corner and was hosted on Blogspot. But then I moved to Shanghai and was forced to start a Publr due to access issues, and then a WordPress, again due to access issues. The WordPress is the one that stuck.]

The plan is for me to write twice a week, and complete at least one project a week. This is essentially a functional little place, a place for me to document me not being a total waste on society. And well, there may be the occasional rant.

In conclusion: Greetings.