This morning I woke up at 10:30am. Totally unintentionally. I was supposed to be up at 7:30, designing my life away for some amazing bloggers. Unfortunately for me, last night my husband drugged me. Don’t worry he did it to himself too and was faced with the same situation (thankfully today he doesn’t have to work till later). We decided to try these new allergy pills we bought from the pharmacy yesterday, and the lady told D it would make us a little drowsy. A little was a bit of an understatement. I feel like I took the equivalent of four Benadryl, and my arms and legs feel like noodles. Well heck, I guess that could be from my first day of Focus T25 (I can survive another 70 days right?).
Anyway, due to my drugged predicament, I thought today would be a great day to confess all my idiosyncrasies I’ve developed while being an expat in Korea. Let’s divide these confessions into categories, cause lets face it, you loved that about yesterday’s post.
FOOD– I eat a lot of canned corn, beans, and tuna. A lot. Here’s the deal. American food is e.x.p.e.n.s.i.v.e. and I’m not about to eat rice and kimchi every day. After living in Korea for two years, you’d think I’d be use to kimchi (fermented cabbage in spicy sauce), but the answer is no. I will never like kimchi, or anything that smells like a baby’s diaper.
I know this is going to sound like an crazy (after the previous canned food statement), but I’ve actually become a better cook since living here, mostly do to the fact that: If I want to make a good meal like back home, I have to bake EVERYTHING from scratch. Boneless BBQ chicken? The only thing I don’t have to do for that is pluck the chicken. Onion rings? Cut, bread, fry. All by myself. Biscuits and gravy? There are no cardboard pre-made cans of biscuits here folks. Again from scratch. And the gravy too. I’ll be posting a recipe soon, I promise! Would I rather buy these items pre made? ABSOLUTELY. All I can say is-if only.
TRAVEL – The minute we step off a plane back into Korea from our vacation travels, I want to turn around and run right back on. Travel allows you to seemingly take a break from reality and do the things you’ve always wanted to do (travel the world, duh). RIGHT off the airplane in Korea, you’re greeted by the sights and sounds of Asia: loud.
We always are one trip ahead of ourselves, and know by the time our vacations end, where we will be going next. Planning the next trip is a nice thing to help break the vacation/travel blues. Can I just say I’m 150% excited about our upcoming travels to Hawaii and Thailand?
BEAUTY – I’ve never been much of a girly girl. I’ve tried it. However life happens, and I realize there are more important things to do in a day than spend an hour in the shower, and hour on my hair, and twenty minutes on my makeup. Let’s not talk about how long it takes to find something to wear. I used to be that girl that would spend a good amount of time ‘getting ready.’ Does that mean as an expat I’ve let myself go? I’m not sure. I’ll get back to you on that one.
I do have to confess it’s been since July of 2010 (yes 2010) since I’ve had a real, professional hair cut. It’s also been since February of 2011 since I’ve had a professional dye job. This is very strange to me, coming from the girl that would go every month to the Paul Mitchell salon and get her hair cut and colored. I’ve also been ‘no-pooing’ for almost a year. I’m not even sure what the poor salon stylist (in Hawaii) will say about my hair. I’m kind of scared for that day.
Here’s another random confession. I left my hairbrush back in Japan last month, and didn’t realize it for a whole week. Goes to show how much I brush my hair eh?
WORK – I can’t help but think I’m a horrible teacher. In ‘real life’ (outside of Korea) I’m not even qualified to step foot in a classroom. I have two degrees: one in Theatre and one in Sociology. Neither have anything to do with teaching. I guess I could use my Theatre degree to
bs get my way through class, and my Sociology degree to understand what’s going on around me and my students’ lives.
At my private academy, I don’t have to prepare lessons. I am given a book that I basically coach the students through. I answer questions if they don’t understand what the book is asking, and I pull all sorts of entertainment stunts to keep them laughing and happy. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing that though. I never saw myself being a teacher growing up. I couldn’t imagine ever being a teacher in a country where I could understand what the kids were saying (to each other, most likely about me). 90% of the time I feel like I’m teaching to a bunch of trees, they don’t understand me and I don’t understand them.
I do like my job, I really do. I just feel like sometimes it’s more of a ‘pretend’ job instead of being one in reality.
STYLE – I used to be a stylish person. To be honest, I have no idea if I am now or not. The style in Korea is pretty much ‘anything goes.’ Seriously though. Checkered on floral pattern? Perfect. Wearing the same clothes for three days? Just fine. Black from head to toe? Great. Overalls (this is the new thing)? Divine.
I can tell you one thing though, Koreans almost never wear jeans. This is a terrible thing for me, because you see, I have a jean problem. Right now in my closet I have eleven pairs of jeans. ELEVEN! This is pathetic for being a mobile expat, one that’s ready to pack everything and leave at any given moment. I’ve never felt any more out of style than when I am wearing jeans. I do feel like Koreans look at me and say, “Oh she’s American, look at her jeans.” meh. I suppose I have to be cool with it.
Has style really changed back in the US in the last two years? Are jeans still in? If your answer is no, please don’t tell me. My life (along with the 15 other pairs of jeans I have sitting in a box back home) will be ruined.