Thursday, August 21, 2008

No longer unbearable

Good things are happening in Korea. And by that, I mean I no longer sweat stepping outdoors. It's probably around 80 degrees, which is plenty considering the humidity, but it's so much more pleasant than it has been! For the first time, I've made it through a whole morning with my hair down, and it's nice looking better.

Last night I got caught in the rain again after a movie. It turns out it likes to catch you off guard. :( We didn't go into the movie until 9:30, and it wasn't rainy then--it had been sunnnnnnny all day--but sure enough, got out at 11:30 and it was sprinkling. Just enough so that when I got home I was soaked, and ironically stopping just one block before my building. I guess I needed a bath. While I was flicking a bug off my shirt, I almost caused a car wreck. Pausing to pull out my shirt and blow on the thing to get it to fly away, I lifted my head and caught the gaze of two women who had literally stopped in the middle of the street to stare at me. "You could say I'm kind of a big deal around here," rang in my head. Anchorman-inspired giggle.

No news on the hamster front, but hopefully there will be good news in Ashleigh's life soon...

For those who are interested in posting comments on my blog, you are more than welcome to sign up for a gmail account (e-mail made possible through Google at; then all you'll need to do is log in to post--relatively simple, and it keeps "Lolita" from posting garbage--if you know what I mean.

There's lots of drama over upcoming schedules and people leaving, but to be honest, I just remember the misery of my cubicle, then look out the window of my desk to the sunshine and happy children, and it's definitely worth the exchange. As much as I loved Jon and the back of his head, it has given me appreciation for this loose schedule, fun co-workers, and the adventure I've wanted for a very, very long time.

Yesterday afternoon, it became official. I am a legal alien residing in South Korea. A genuine ex-pat, I have the card to prove it. My name is so long they wrote it on two lines, and in general I can make out that they expect me to leave the country in July of 2009. It seems like both tomorrow and light years away. Pretty much without saying, though, it's understood that there is too much to do for it to be tomorrow.


Julie (It is.) said...

woo hoo!

Julie (It is.) said...

Dad says your writing has gotten "much entertaining." We haven't been up that long and he's already in full foreign accent mode. ::sigh::

Tracy Paige said...

I have been battling rain here as well. *shakes fist at rain god* You are so right in how fast this year is going to go by for you. At least you'll have a wealth of memories and experiences under your belt when you head back to the states. Who knows you might find something in Europe that you'll want to do by then. You're young so have some fun. Besides I have to live vicariously through your adventures. *winks* I'm getting particularly bummed about having so few comments on my blog. All my family keeps looking at it and I've told them how to do it but appearently the concept of commenting is above their techno-deviant heads. Oh well... still fun to write and share with the world. Enjoy the more pleasant weather there bud. Tootles