I am trying to work on my Chinese. I don't have as much time to study as I would like. Sometimes I'm able to study real well, but sometimes it's hard to focus on learning Chinese when there's no use for it around me. That lady was the only Chinese person that I've seen here except for at general conference. I've been trying to learn lots of characters (kanji), because that's a lot more interesting to learn to take a break from just studying flash cards. I can read about 90 or 100 characters and can write close to that amount. I read from the Chinese Book of Mormon a lot with the pinyin and characters. I can understand a lot of it while reading the pinyin but have to look up a word or two every verse just about. I can read some stuff from the characters book but I have to refer to the pinyin side of the book for help a lot. It's fun to be able to read in a different language. The Chinese Book of Mormon expresses the verses quite differently from the English version in many instances so it's interesting to get that different angle on the verses.
I am also studying a lot from Preach My Gospel. I certainly know a lot more now than I did before I left, but I still have a lot to learn. I read from it and I try to apply it when I teach. It's pretty nice, especially the scripture references that they have for the different lessons. I also like the other section about teaching, Christ-like qualities, and recognizing the Spirit.
As I said before, we get fed by members almost everyday, except on Monday. We get more of spaghetti than any other meal! We eat a lot of eggs and cereal besides that cuz they're on sale. Members sometimes give us leftovers and we eat those off and on. My apartment is pretty good. It's also a little small for 4 Elders but we get used to it, and we don't spend a whole lot of time there. It's good enough for our needs and I'm ok with it. The kitchen is the worst though. There is lots of dirty dishes.