Tuesday, October 30

Flower festival

We went to the flower festival on Sunday. It was at a park near my house so we thought we would go over and see what was going on. There were flowers everywhere. There was Peter Pan and Captain Hook, a couple of flamingos, Shrek and Fiona, and a Korean family all made out of flowers. It was pretty cool. The guys didn't seem to care so much. "It's a bunch of flowers." Whatever. I liked the flowers. There was also a performance with traditional Korean music and a taekwondo demonstration. The video is part of that demonstration. It's really cool. I can't do that, but these kids are sure good at it. The cute baby was infront of us and kept turning around to stare and give us a cute smile. There are some pretty cute babies in this country.

After going to the festival everyone came over to my house for tacos. We hadn't had tacos in ages, so we thought it was about time for taco night. It also gave me an excuse to make butter tart bars. I've heard they're good. You should try them.

Saturday, October 20

This is my new hair. I spent some time taking pictures of myself trying to get one that I liked enough to share with all of you. Not only can you see my new hair, my eyes look really blue in this picture. I really like my hair this colour. I'm already planning what I'm going to do next time I decide to dye my hair. I'm thinking all over honey-blond. I'll have to see. It will be exciting to find out.

In weather news, I was thinking about turning my heat on today. It seems to have skipped light sweater weather and gone straight to jacket weather. I had to wear socks today because my feet were freezing and I got out more blankets to put on my bed. I don't want to turn the heat on because October isn't over yet and I refuse to give in to the cold until November at the earliest, and possibly December if I can hold out that long. I'm cheap, what can I say. I can always wrap up in a blanket. The leaves finally started changing colours. They haven't really started falling off the trees yet, so I don't get to step on crunchy leaves yet, but maybe next week. I like crunchy leaves.

Go Riders!

Sunday, October 14

In our lives we tend to take things for granted. It is so easy to think that something will always be there when we want or need it. Living in a foreign country has made me realize this even more. We went to Seoul this weekend and got to go to a Western restaurant for dinner on Saturday, and then Burger King and Starbucks on Sunday. These aren't things we normally get to do as none of these things exist in Iksan. Aside from family, food is one of the things I miss most. It can be really difficult to buy food from home. Finding celery is next to impossible, and finding Miracle Whip is impossible. Fortunately, there are some foreign food stores. It seems strange to call stores that have food from home "foreign", but in Korea, that is exactly what they are. Today we went to the foreign food market in Seoul. I was so excited to find salt and vinegar chips, and I was practically ecstatic to find a bag of dried chick peas and a box of graham wafers. None of these things would be even remotely exciting to me in Canada, but it's thrilling in Korea. Next time you're in the grocery store and you buy Cheese Whiz, whole wheat bread, or dill pickles, send up a little cheer for me.

We did stuff that didn't involve food this weekend too. I went to the salon and got low-lights put in my hair. My hair looks quite a bit darker now. I absolutely love it. I can't show you yet because I don't have a picture, but I will get one soon. I will let you wait impatiently.

Sunday, October 7

Where to start? So much has happened since last update. No new bugs, thank the Lord, but stuff has happened anyway. Let's see...

I went to Canada for Joyce's wedding. I spend way too much time either in airports or on airplanes in the last two weeks. I did discover that I can sit around for a long time and not get too bored. I only finished one book in the 30 hours in airports or airplanes, and I had started that one before I left. On the way back to Korea I talked to the ladies next to me. One was a Buddhist nun, and the other was studying Buddhism. They were very interesting, which was good because my television screen didn't work for the entire flight back so I couldn't watch movies. I'm not sure what I did for the rest of the time, but I must have done something, because I made it back. Work this week was exhausting. I was always tired. I think I'm over it now, because I was okay today. Saturdays are good for that.

The wedding was good, by the way. I won't bore you with details, because I'm pretty sure that everyone who reads this was there, but if you weren't, leave a comment and I'll give you details. Suffice it to say, I looked hot, Joyce looked hot, and we all had nice shoes. There, you got all of the important details.

Today we celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving. There were six Canadians, three Americans, two South Africans, and two New Zealanders. It was multi-cultural thanksgiving. We had way too much food, but that seems to be a part of Thanksgiving. It isn't Thanksgiving unless you eat too much to move. After the food we all sat around and laughed at nothing in particular, and then we played Taboo. It was a good Thanksgiving, even if we don't get a long weekend and I didn't get to go to Lectureship.

That's all for today. I'll save stuff for the next update.