Relaxing Sunday . . . ?

I was really hoping today would be relaxing. It started with a late morning and a great Skype call from Toni’s mom Gert, brother John, JeanneMarie, Dan and Abby. We gave them a tour of our place and tried to help them find where we live in Shanghai on the map my mom had of here. It was pretty amusing, since they kept asking what we were near and I wasn’t really sure. There really isn’t much around us. I explained that if we were in Chicago, we would be in Frankfort (which is the small town I grew up in – 45 minutes away from Chicago). But I screen shared with them to show them on Google Map where we live and they found it on their map.  It was fun! And our school Shanghai Community International School was on their map – which was EXCITING!

After that Matt, Frank and I went on a bike ride. We rode to a street that had a large fruit and vegetable market, but Matt had found a better one, so we didn’t do much shopping there. We found a small furniture store and got 2 desks, one chair and a bedpad for my window sill for 560 RMB – the equivalent of $84 dollars. We don’t think we got the Chinese price, but we needed the stuff and it was cheaper than IKEA. We stopped at the Train Ticket Store which was closed and realized Matt should ask a Chinese co-worker to write out where he is wanting to go. . . .  So one more day before he can buy tickets.

We headed East on a beautiful quiet four lane highway with lots of trees and bushes and greenery. We stopped at the park that has peddle boats to rent and decided to drag Margaret there sometime soon. We kept heading East and I thought we would see the Pacific soon, but Matt headed us North to find the other fruit and vegetable market that he likes.  We bought so much food – potatoes, tofu, noodles, mushrooms, peppers, beans, asparagus, onions, etc. . . Matt cooked tonight with 5 spice and I loved it but he wasn’t crazy about it. Just more for my lunch.  🙂 Matt also showed Frank and I where he found a bakery that makes it’s own pringles.  I liked them a lot, but don’t think I can eat that many.

Then home to get the furniture delivered. And relax. I did some dishes. Cleaned up a little until my friend Nicole texted to say it was time for a bike ride.  Well, ok, she wanted to go for a bike ride to get her nails done. We went to Gourmet Street (not really a good name) to see if the salon Matt and Frank got their hair cut.  They said they did nails, so we stayed. Well, it started AMAZING. I decided to get a shampoo since they massage you while shampooing you and Matt loved it.  45 minutes later I was very relaxed. Then I had to wait since Nicole was getting a manicure. Nicole and I had thought this would be fast, but it wasn’t.  Their was only one nails person and she was very slow. We were there for 3.5 hours. It would not have been bad if we had planed for this, but we thought we could do dinner afterwards. We ended up just going home.

It was a relaxing Sunday, but a little lost with time.  😛


About toniobarton

Toni Olivieri-Barton has been teaching 21st Century Skills to adults and children for over 20 years. She has worked in the education field for the last 10 years. She currently is a Director of Global and Tech Integration at Fountain Valley School. Her last job was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs. She facilitated all 2nd through 5th graders to have an opportunity to flatten their learning by connecting with students from around the world. Previously, she worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School. During the past 10 years Toni has assisted three school districts with staff development. In 2016, Toni was also featured in the book “The Global Collaborator” by Julie Lindsay. In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. Toni holds a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Toni finished her Master's in Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her new school. She has also maintains a blog about technology integration. She will continue to bring her global collaboration experience to wherever her future takes her. In her spare time, Toni likes to hike, read, quilt and practice yoga.
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