Ok, longer first-day-of-school post on its way, but an update on the phone situation: my Chinese phone is now finally hooked up to my google voice number (it's listed on facebook, if you don't have it. area code 408.)
Normal domestic text and call rates apply to you; receiving texts and calls is super cheap for me, so it's a win-win-win. Chinese people might call this arrangement 小资 (I'm engaging in some light capitalism), but all I can say is, China: there's a reason they call it chow FUN.
I'm tired. I swam today. Give me a break.