Naver

 

I haven’t been writing much on here lately because whenever I have free time I’ve dedicated it elsewhere. I’ve been working on my Naver blog, which is my Korean blog. I suspect if you plug the text into google translate it will make no sense, so I apologize for that! So instead of making you do that I’ll try to summarize what I’ve written about lately.

– T and I have really been enjoying Better Call Saul, the spin-off show that’s come out after Breaking Bad. I’m a huge fan of the writing, directing, and amazing acting of the main characters. Unfortunately the second season is airing right now, so it’ll be a while before I can see more on Netflix!

phlebotomy2– I have to get my blood drawn regularly. It’s always a huge hassle for me because my veins are apparently super tiny and difficult to find. There’s one woman who works at the school clinic who gets me on the first try EVERY time– she’s amazing and I always ask for her, and I don’t know what I’ll do when we have to move! But anyway, there was a whole ordeal last week because she was on vacation and nobody was able to successfully draw my blood. Just when I think I’m getting over my needle phobia, someone comes and pokes a million holes in my arms and traumatizes me all over again, hah! I’m waiting until she comes back before trying again.

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– I write on that blog for homework. Every week there’s a theme for the chapter I’m learning in my Korean lessons. This past week we talked about different forms of media, and I had to write about the first Korean media I was exposed to. For me it was a soap opera called “Let’s go to school, Sangdoo”. I’ll fully admit that it’s because of that show I eventually learned Korean! You may know the main character from the show, who later became Korean pop star/singer Rain. I actually think he’s a fantastic comedy actor, and although his music is fun I love his movies and TV shows more. It’s too bad all of his attempts to break into the American/English-speaking movie scene have been tremendous failures. The guy just can’t speak English, and they always put him in these bad guy ninja roles, which is pretty stupid casting for a prettyboy comedian actor.

 

Trip to ABQ

 

The busiest times are always the hardest to write, aren’t they? And yet those are the only times there’s anything interesting to write about! Last week I went to Albuquerque to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and two young nephews. It was a pretty relaxing vacation for me, although it gave me great insight into what life is like with two very young children to take care of. I enjoyed playing with my nephews and getting to know them a little better. I can’t believe how much they learn and grow, even just in the week I spent with them, let alone as whole years go by! So I’m glad I found the time to visit them this year, and hopefully it will be easy to get together wherever we are all living next. That’s still a big mystery for T and I, at this point!

I spent a lot of time with the kitty last week. As K and P were busy with the kids or already in bed, the cat sought me out and was my constant companion on the sofa.

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I asked K and P if we could see some nature, so we drove to the Albuquerque Volcanoes on the first day of my visit. It’s not much of a hike with two kids though- Z was ready to turn back pretty much the instant we set foot on the trail. But it was really beautiful, and such a dramatic change of scenery from anywhere I’ve lived before. A camera can’t really capture the colors out there as well as the human eye.

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One day after dropping Z off at school we drove up to the foothills of nearby mountains. Just a gorgeous day!2016-03-07-09.09.07 2016-03-07-09.09.33-2

 

K knows all about the best food in town. We had some donuts from Rebel Donuts, which featured a “Blue Sky” donut as a tribute to Breaking Bad. I don’t have any pictures, but I got to see THE car wash while I was in town !2016-03-07-09.46.18My last day we drove up to Santa Fe and had a look at some local art galleries on Canyon Road. I didn’t take any photos worth posting (and you can’t take pictures of the art in the galleries, anyway), but I enjoyed it more than I had expected. My favorite was the Longworth Gallery featuring works of magical realism. The works there made me feel like I had gone back in time to my childhood, when both my sister and I were really into fantasy and magic.

 

Time in the Kitchen

Ever since returning from Magfest I haven’t had much to write about due to massive quantities of work! I actually love having an excess of work because I know exactly what to do when I get up in the morning, but I’ve made some time for other activities, too.

Last week was the Joint Ventures book club meeting. Everyone read The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton which was my suggestion. It was quite long compared to what we normally read, so only about half of the group actually made it to the end. I was pleased that most people enjoyed it thoroughly once they finished it, and the conversation was enthusiastic enough that those who hadn’t read until the end were excited to finish it later. I’m really in love with this author, and I was really eager to have the chance to share her work with other people, and hopefully get her some new fans. I’d been dying to talk about the book.

I’ve also been doing a little bit of cooking, having been inspired by the Michael Pollan Netflix miniseries “Cooked” as well as some other cooking programs. Although I haven’t dazzled Tristan with newly developed cooking abilities, there’s been a huge transformation in our kitchen over the past couple of weeks. These days the freezer is nearly empty and the fridge is jam packed– it’s usually been the other way around! I’m reminded of when we lived in Korea and frozen food was practically non-existent. Except we just didn’t cook then.. but it has been fun to be more involved in the preparation of foods, and it’s had a marked impact on my diet, especially snacking. If you tell yourself you’ll only snack on things you’ve made, the interest in snacking fades away!

English lessons are also going well. My discount period has ended and I no longer offer free trial lessons, so I’ve not got nearly as many lessons booked, but those I do have have become repeat customers. I’m enjoying getting to know a variety of interesting people. One of my students is nine years old, but I’m pretty sure her English (and passion for studying it!) surpasses my other adult students! I thought I’d be teaching more Koreans, but I think there just aren’t many Korean users on that website. It turns out to not be a problem as my students are all intermediate or advanced, so there are no communication problems.

That’s it for now… I’m off to ABQ for a few days, and am excited to see my sister, brother-in-law, and two adorable nephews, as well as a change of scenery!

MAGFest 2016

This past weekend was a great blast at the Gaylord Convention Center in Maryland. This year T was able to come with me, and it was really great getting together with old friends from back home. As you know we dressed up which was a first for me. My first foray into cosplay. And I’m sure you want to see pictures! These are the pictures I took with my cellphone, though a friend took some of T and I together on a DSLR which I’ll get copies of later. 

In case you don’t know, I am dressed as Furiosa and T a warboy from the movie Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Below are my friends Michael and Chiki.2016-02-20-11.52.43

Here they are playing a game with T in the arcade room:2016-02-19-22.21.07

This is how the convention center looks during the day. It’s a really beautiful venue!2016-02-19-17.47.03

Magfest Costumes

2016-02-14-15.51.26This weekend while Tristan was out of town I made a lot of progress on my costume for Magfest! I’m still working on the arm to make it more robotic looking, but the character is at least recognizable. I wanted to go out for supplies yesterday but it snowed like crazy just on the cusp of freezing, which generated a dangerous slush on the roads. I hope that clears up so I have time to do a bit of shopping before we leave town.

Here’s a closeup of the belt buckle. It’s not a work of art, but considering it’s made of a cheap ch2016-02-14-11.48.38ildren’s foam clay I think it came out pretty well! Looking at this picture reminds me that I need more chains to attach as well. Add that to the shopping list.

This is unrelated, but here is a cute picture of sweet potato on the scale. I was worried she was underweight so weighed her. She’s less than an ounce, but that’s normal weight for her breed.

2016-02-16-16.47.56In other news I’ve been teaching a LOT and it’s going well. This week I had all paid lessons, so it’s finally beginning to pay off! I’ve met a lot of interesting people and had some great conversations. I think it will be easy to build up a regular set of students that will hopefully continue for a while. Once busy season starts again with retouching.. we’ll see. I can’t wait to find out where we’ll be living next so I can start planning for things.

Perpetually waiting over here!

 

 

From Korea to Ithaca