These past two weeks have been quite mediocre. I was tired and going to bed too late and procrastinating by reading fanfiction in English (so, not learning anything). Work was alternately stressful and boring. There were some annoyances like neighbours smoking pot and silverfish clinging to the tiny interstice where the ceiling meets the wall (how did it get up there? Paranoia level 100: lights are staying on 24/7).
I'm considering buying an air purifier (see: pot-smoking neighbours). Also, a bamboo mattress topper, which I'd need to order right away to get in time for the summer heat.
Japanese class is restarting tomorrow but I'm not really excited about it.
While procrastinating I found out that some Chinese universities offer their summer classes online due to the current situation.
BLCU: 02:30-06:30 or 12:00-15:50 (4 classes per day, 4 weeks)
also 14:00-15:50 (2 classes per day during 8 weeks)
also 13:00-14:50 (special topics, 3 days a week during 4 weeks)
SJTU: 10:00-12:30 (3 classes per day)
PKU: something like 02:30--11:00
SHNU: 08-11:15 and? 13:00-14:30
Since I will be working, and I need 8-9 hours of sleep, attending any of these is highly unlikely, which didn't prevent me from considering:
Waking up at 2am to attend class from 2:30 to 6:30.
Then 30' meal, 30' showering + getting dressed, 30' commute, I'd be at work around 8.
So possibly back home between 17:00 and 17:30.
I'd need to go to bed by 18:00 at the latest.
Somewhat more likely projects for the boring summer months:
1) Hiring a local Chinese teacher at least once a week.
2) Attending a local 1-week semi-intensive class like I did last year (which requires a week of vacation time).
3) Working around my job (possibly taking some half days off) and attending BLCU's special 中国概况 class 3x/week.
4) I'm working in industry X but my training is in Y, and although I had some basic courses on X, it didn't stick. Which is at times a hindrance to my job and could also land me in trouble when applying for future jobs.
I've been "reading" a few wikipedia pages on X in Spanish (while procrastinating at work). Not easy both language and content wise.
I could make it a goal to review the basics of X in Spanish and Chinese (possibly a tiny bit of Arabic and Japanese as well).
Edit: but who needs sleep, right? Also if I can take 2 half-days off a week to attend the 中国概况 class, I could instead take 2 half-days off a week to catch up on my sleep...
Edit: I need to stop obsessing about this "unique opportunity to study at 北语" and go to bed earlier.