These Days

These Days | On the Street Where We Live ( )  Style Nanda Pink Pool Cafe, Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea

And the second month of the year has passed! Is it just me, or does time go by more and more quickly the older we get? I remember how long vacations seemed to stretch on when I was younger—this winter vacation was the longest I’ve had (by a lot) as a student or a teacher, but felt the shortest.

We introduced this monthly casual/update series in January, which you can read about here. Below is our February!


Feeling: perpetually sleepy.

Hoping: for good things to come.

Listening: to yoga music and ujjayi breathing.

Reading: not much substantial other than articles online. While I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to getting back to work and my commute, I am looking forward to getting back to my Kindle reads.

Watching: SKY Castle, a dramatic, but sadly true, interpretation of what the pursuits of status and education do to some Korean families.

Wanting: spring dresses like this flouncy floral one from Reformation or this polka-dotted maxi from & Other Stories. And this soft cardigan to layer over.

Waiting: for an email from a certain jeweler.

Finishing: this A Drink with James episode.

Eating: Camembert and crackers (that could be my spoof blog name).

Sipping: foam art and other pretty cafe drinks.

Working: out my spring semester in my head, but not in my planner or on my laptop as I should.

Planning: my multi-city trip through the States this summer, and then my parents’ trip to Seoul.

Saving: for said trips.

Wearing: fewer layers!

Looking: at flight prices.

Buying: yoga gear.

Bookmarking: long-layer hairstyles and spring-spiration.

Loving: my parents.

Leaving: winter vacation reluctantly.


Feeling: the effects of Seoul’s micro dust or 미세먼지 (meesae meonji), which sounds like a cute cartoon but feels like death in your throat.

Hoping: Jen forgets she told me I need to finish watching My Best Friend’s Wedding. She watched it and told me I should too so I can see how bad it is, but after ten minutes, I couldn’t anymore because it’s not fun bad, it’s just bad bad.

Listening: to The Dropout podcast.

Reading: disgustingly racist emails from the awful head of the family who owns my favorite baseball team.

Watching: Succession.

Wanting: American diner breakfast food.

Waiting: to see if my prediction is right that Jaime Lannister is totally going to kill Cersei and then himself in the upcoming last season of Game of Thrones.

Finishing: a second vat of the kimchi we made in December.

Eating: not enough vegetables.

Sipping: pour-over coffee. (Why did I wait until I was 31 to try making coffee this way?)

Working: leave me alone! I don’t want to go back to work next week.

Planning: springtime bike and 꽃 사진 trips.

Saving: points from this Korean app that counts your steps walked and gives you cash points.

Wearing: three old long-sleeve shirts that Jen hates. Inexplicably. Old Navy makes things you can keep for at least seven years.

Looking: at this year’s PECOTA with confusion and fear.

Buying: that Biden would be an immediate front-runner but hoping he doesn’t run.

Bookmarking: that story where a US Senator from Minnesota ate a salad at an airport with a comb and then made one of her aides clean the comb so I can read it over and over.

Loving: the Twitter moniker Deadlift Schrempf and his tweets.

Leaving: comedians I used to love who don’t get this in 2019.


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