Your first Chinese word:
Nǐ hǎo, which means hello.
First was the lack of heat, it took almost a week to get the floor heating to work in the house, at the most it was 15 degrees Celsius which translates into 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Floor heating uses hot water under the floors and while it is supposed to be awesome when working, boy does it seems to take a while to warm up and I guess it breaks down a lot when it gets cold. It took over 7 days to get the house warm.
One thing about Beijing is that it gets very cold, not just because of the temperatures but because of an almost complete lack of humidity. In Ohio, in the winter I think the humidity averages between 65-85%, here in Beijing it is around 10-20% and when it is cold it feels even colder. It has been -13.5C to 3C to far and the smog has been really bad.
So back to my story, it was freezing, the house was freezing, it was a total mess and nothing that was supposed to be done, per the contract, was done. Even better was that because of the New Year holiday, hubby had to work Saturday and Sunday, so I was on my own. Luckily we had hubby's downtown apartment for a few days, but come Monday the 7th we were homeless and got to spend a few days in a hotel. That first week, I got to spend all day here at the house trying to make sure things got done, and poor kiddo had to start school. It has been a bit stressful.
We also just got our internet hooked up a couple days ago and are still dealing with organizing and a laundry list of things that need to be done to the house. Right now, hubby is down with one of the property management workers, who speaks no English, looking at our boiler (hot water tank) that is supposed to be brand new, but leaking water into our mechanical room. I sure hope it is an easy fix because it keeps the house warm and gives us hot water.
I hope once things get settled to be better at keeping everyone in the loop!