Sunday, September 30, 2012

Goals revisited


Remember back at the beginning of September I set out to tackle my goals on a daily, weekly, monthly basis.  The goal for September was to refrain from eating sugar.  My weekly goals were a combination of all forms of health (not just diet and exercise).  And then my daily goals were small achievable tasks.

Well let's examine how the month went, shall we?

I totally rocked the NO SUGAR September.  I turned down numerous sugary desserts throughout the month.  Last night I was badly craving a cupcake.  But I refrained.  Overall the monthly goal was a HUGE success.  YAY!!!

I achieved 3 out of 4 weekly goals.  The one that I missed was exercise 3 times in the week.  I only went out on a small 30 minute walk once.  The other three weekly goals were met.

The daily goals started out strong but then within the last 10 days almost dropped off the map.  This drop is directly correlated with the increase in grad school workload.  This past week I was swamped with assignments that require lots of work.

So if I had to reflect on the past month I'd say overall I did excellent.  I noticed that the first day I wasn't successful with my daily goal that I felt defeated.  The daily goal that day revolved around school.

This was a great exercise for me to do because it made me more reflective.  I noticed that whenever I set goals related to school I FAILED miserably due to the fact that they are too hard to achieve in one day.  Small manageable goals is the key.  I know that.  But when it comes to school I overshoot and think I'm superwoman.

I've learned that I've got to chip away at large school assignments and not get discouraged if I do not get everything I set out to do that day done.  My friend Tanya has recommended breaking down assignments into small steps in the form of a TO-DO list.  This is always the hardest part for me.  My unrealistic standards when it comes to school need to be worked on.  If you have any other suggestions on how to tackle major assignments that seem overwhelming at first it would be greatly appreciated.

So where does this leave me?

Well.......

I'm going to keep on with the monthly and weekly goals and totally drop the daily health goals.  My daily goals will revolved completely around school.  This might help me focus my greatest energy on my studies, which I think is needed right now!

My October monthly goal will be to do 20-30 minutes of reading (academic or personal) 6 days a week.  And I'll keep going with the NO SUGAR September goal for the month of October as well.  I'll be sure to update my fridge with a new chart and report back soon.

What, if any, goals did you set?  Any new goals for October?  What are your plans to achieve them?

Friday, September 28, 2012

[EDIT] Doing something ILLEGAL?

[EDIT: updates at bottom]

Well not me, but let me explain.

If you are a student at the University of Regina the Health and Dental plan has changed.  That means you are automatically paying for this fee in your tuition and you must OPT OUT in order to receive your money back ($196.40 for one year, to be exact).  Before, you used to have to opt in to get the benefits package.

SEE HERE'S MY PERSONAL BILL FOR THIS SEMESTER


I'm guessing the insurance company wasn't making enough money, hence the switch.

Anyways, the problem I have with this is that the OPT OUT process is extremely difficult.  You need to log into www.ihaveaplan.ca and then fill out a 5-step form.

I'm fine with forms.  Remember when I had to fill out Sung Hyun's immigration paperwork?

HERE'S THE PROBLEM:

In Step 3 you need to provide PROOF that you have other coverage.  The Saskatchewan Health Card doesn't cut it.  In the section of this form you need to identify:

1) Insurance Company Name
2) Policy / Group Number
3) Subscriber / Certificate Number (optional)

FROM A FREAKING PRIVATE COMPANY!!!!!!

HERE THEY ARE ASKING FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION

THEN, you must submit PROOF of your coverage.  WHAT?!!!!!!!!!

See:
SO EVEN AFTER I'VE GIVE THEM MY PERSONAL INFORMATION THEN I HAVE TO SEND IN MORE PERSONAL INFORMATION JUST TO SHOW YOU I REALLY HAVE A PLAN - HUH?

I'm not a lawyer but this MUST be a complete breach of privacy.

Any lawyers want to pipe in?  I should have the right to opt out of a plan without having to provide personal information.  Not only that, I shouldn't have to have another plan if I want to opt out of this one.

THIS MUST BE ILLEGAL?

NOTE:  YOU MUST OPT OUT BY OCTOBER 2, 2012 IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE REFUND!!!!

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UPDATES:

Thanks for the comments.  I realize this is a legislation issue.  Here is what I dealt with today:


I went to the university today and asked if I can show my husbands benefit card as proof.  She said NO because the last name wasn't the same (understandable!).  This morning I had a dentist appointment and had proof that I had submitted a claim to Global Benefits (my husband's provider) in the form of a claim sheet with my personal information on it (printed from the dentist office).  THAT was NOT accepted by the university either because "anyone can print out those forms" 

The problem I see with this personally is what if I don't want a Heath/Dental benefits package?  I should have the right to opt out without providing proof, but I don't (legislation yada yada).  And then when I take in my claim form printed from my dentist's office, it's not accepted as proof.

The kind receptionist at Sung Hyun's office wrote a letter detailing my coverage which I sent in as an attachment  as "proof" that I have another plan.  There should be NO PROBLEMS with getting this cancelled because that is 1 of the 3 possible ways to submit proof of coverage.  

What a long bureaucratic process!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Two Songs

I'm not really a music person, unless it's live.  Here are my two favourite radio songs as of late:
 

SSHRC: It's that time of year!

This time last year I was staying up in the wee hours of the night writing my proposal for SSHRC.

This time this year I'm reading other people's SSHRC proposals and marking them up with red pen.

I've learned a lot in the process of what makes a good SSHRC application because of the exhaustive process I went through but mostly because of the help from my good friend Krista.  I'm paying it forward this year and reaching out to anyone who needs some advice.  I'll be volunteering for the SSHRC information session at my university to share some tips.  Before you hand in your application, I suggest you take a peek at this page which outlines how to apply for SSHRC:

Check out my red comments

Good luck in the competition everyone!

p.s. Jolene, when would you like to get started on that PhD - ha, joking?!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Grad School Barbie

This picture circulated around Facebook a while back.  At the time I didn't really understand the reference.


And now I'm pretty sure it's exactly how I feel/ look.

Take last night for example.  I realized at 11 pm that I read the wrong article for my reading response.  So I worked through the night to complete it and submit it before the 10 am deadline the next morning (today).  I went to bed at 7:30 am.  The sun had already kissed the horizon.  

And then last night in class when we got our first group assignment worth 50% which is due in less than a month, I had a mini panic attack.

And now I have a new appreciation for anyone who has written a thesis.  

I'm starting to have second thoughts about grad school!    

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lessons from a Korean mother-in-law (part 12)

As always, this is a post, in a series dedicated to a mother-in-law that I deeply love and dearly miss.  All posts in this series are true events that happened to me.

Here's a quick link to the other stories.

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We'll call this entry:

First Impressions of a White Girl

- OR -

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Single Word

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When I first met Sung Hyun he didn't speak English.  Communication was...interesting.  It still is, see.  After a few months of dating, I asked him if he told his family about me.  He said "my family no".

I was sad and hurt.  I knew that it was not common for Korean men to date Western women.  I also knew that children don't tell their parents about their partner until their relationship is serious.  And quite often the parent's opinion of the partner is a great factor in whether or not the couple will get married.

"Why didn't you tell your family about me?" I asked.

"Yes, my family is a no," he replied.

"No or know?" I asked in confusion.  "No means they don't know," I shook my head side to side to show him.  "And know, with a 'k' means yes they know," I nodded my head.

Now I was even more confused and so was he.  We resorted to drawing on paper.  Think pictionary, you know that game where you draw a picture and your team tries to guess your clue.  That was us on a daily basis.  Except we didn't play it for fun, but rather so we could communicate.  On the paper I drew me.  Then I drew Sung Hyun's family with an arrow pointing to me.  Sung Hyun replied with "no".

Now I was angry.  "Really, you're family doesn't know me?  I told my family about you.  I write about you on my homepage.  My family can see [your] picture," I went on.

When Sung Hyun figured out the difference between 'no' and 'know', he realized why I was getting frustrated.

He confirmed that yes indeed his family knew about me.  The kind of know that starts with 'k' not 'n'.

I was ecstatic.  This was an indication that Sung Hyun really liked me.

"My family see picture Jennifer," Sung Hyun continued.

"Really?

"Yes, our together picture.  They want see girlfriend," he continued.

"After they see my picture, what think?" I asked in broken English -- a bad habit that I acquired early on in our relationship as a survival tool.

"My family think....ahhh umm," Sung Hyun paused to reach for his cell phone in search of a word.  We often resorted to the cell phone for one-work translations.

Sung Hyun passed the phone to me.  

The word on the screen spelled chubby.

"My family think you chubby," he confirmed. 


Monday, September 24, 2012

Twenty-four hours

Dinner at mom's house on Sunday was FANTASTIC.  


BBQ ribs with home made fries, beans, corn, salad.....oh my!

Sung Hyun is still sleeping in a hotel.  He's on the hunt for a room to rent which is turning out to be a rather difficult process.  I'm certain something will turn up soon!


He will most likely be working 10 hours Monday - Friday and 8 hours on Saturday.  Then after work on Saturday he'll drive home (2.5 hours), stay for 24 hours and leave Sunday night after supper at mom's house.

This past weekend was our first run at this new life of ours.  We made sure to enjoy our one day together. I am not being very productive with my time while Sung Hyun's gone though.  When he was here I kept thinking of all the homework I had to do.  I'll have to definitely make adjustments to this lack of drive, given that I don't want an unproductive year.

HI MY LOVER, I MANY MANY MISS YOU!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Skinny Mini

This is me in grade 12


It is the smallest I've ever been.  I was around 130-135 pounds.

Talk about a motivation picture :)  AAAAND I still own that shirt.  Maybe (some day soon) it will have to make a comeback.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fooooood

Some healthy eats as of late:

Lessons from a Korean mother-in-law (part 11)

This is a post, in a series, dedicated to a mother-in-law that I deeply love and dearly miss.  All posts in this series are true events that happened to me.

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I held my mom's hand as we made a loop around the children's clothing section on the second floor of the grocery store.  Just moments before we were eating our last meal together.  The next day Sung Hyun and I were to return to Canada.  Mom walked.  It's what she did every evening after dinner.  She was slow and clutched my hand tightly, as if to remind me to let her set the pace.  Her steps were small but purposeful.

"I want to buy my friend some clothes.  There is a baby..." I stumbled over my Korean.  "She has a baby in her stomach," I said while drawing my hands outward looking for her understanding.  Mom nodded.  I couldn't remember the Korean word for pregnant.

"Don't do that!" she replied.

Mom didn't like to see me spend money.  I wondered if this was the reason.  So I questioned, "Why not, mom?"

"Because you don't have money"

I smiled and looked at her.

"My friend used to live in Korea.  Now she is in Canada.  She has a baby in her stomach.  It's a girl.  I want to buy some pretty clothes."  My sentences were short but comprehensible.

Mom forcefully drew my hand toward her side commanding my attention.  "Don't do thaaat!" she repeated.

We made our way to the adjacent wall, opposite the restaurant.  Mom entered the bathroom and as she walked in I said, "Mom, I'm going to wait over by the clothes"

"DON'T BUY ANYTHIIIIIIING!!!!!!" she yelled from the entrance of the bathroom.  Her voiced bounced off the walls in the hallway, her fist waved in the air.  She meant business.

A man heading to the bashroom veered the corner in time to see mom throw up her fist.  Without a doubt he also heard her yell.  He slowed down his pace so that he could process what was happening:  White girl!  Bathroom.  Yelling.  Korean lady.  Fist!

"I understand, mom" I said emphasizing the word 'mom' so the stranger could make sense of the context.   My eyes glanced over to the man and he shot me a smirk.  Eye contact and personal acknowledgement from strangers in Korea is rare.  I took this acknowledgement as a gesture of kindness.  Or maybe sympathy.

Mom hurried out of the bathroom to find me looking at baby clothes.  She took my hand in hers and together we walked back to the restaurant.

That night mom got a ride home with sister while Sung Hyun and I shopped for last minute Korean goodies.  I bought my friend an outfit for her baby.  A dress that will certainly be too big for a newborn.

The next day mom was looking through our stuff as we packed.  She pulled the dress out of the plastic bag and asked if I bought it the night before.  "Yes," I replied under my breath.  "Who is it for?" she continued.  She was testing me.

"For me, mom" I smiled back.

She knew not to ask if I was pregnant.  We already had that conversation.  Twice.

Waving the dress in the air, she replied, "Then.....it's too small for you!"

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Want to read more?

Part 1:  Because men don't clean.
Part 2:  On NEVER wasting food.  Ever!
Part 3:  It's what's for breakfast!
Part 4:  A tap on the bum
Part 5:  Meeting Sung Hyun's family for the first time.  CHICKEN FEET!!!!!
Part 6:  My bra on the wall like a Christmas decoration.
Part 7:  You're pregnant?
Part 8:  On having babies.
Part 9:  Why are your boobs so big?
Part 10:  Mom does what she wants.




Wednesday, September 19, 2012

First night alone


I am really enjoying my first night alone, granted I haven't gone to bed yet and it's already 5 am.  I don't have a husband hogging the bed and snoring and sleeping in weird positions (see above).  But YOBO I still love you.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

When I grow up....

....I want to be a __________________?

I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.  As I get more into my Masters studies I can't see myself going on to get a PhD.  I don't want to publish in academic journals for the rest of my life.  So a couple of nights ago I asked my parents what I should do.  Mom stuck with the safe answer and said ESL teacher.  Been there, done that!  Dad said I should be a writer.  So I took the find your profession by birth test on Facebook (because this is a totally legit way to choose a career path! don't you know?) and here's what it said:


N'uf said.  Dad wins!

Monday, September 17, 2012

How do you measure the weight of my heart?

Yesterday the reality of Sung Hyun leaving hit home.

This reality came in the form of a mini meltdown.  Let's skip the sublties and call it what it is, shall we?  It was a BREAKDOWN!  And it wasn't mini.

The reality is that his job with the welding union is very transient.  We were very lucky that he worked the last 11 months in our city.  We are only now realizing this.

So he's packed his bags - one with food, one with clothes - and he's planning to leave tomorrow afternoon.  I'm spending the evening with him cuddled up on the couch (and not doing my grad homework, ooooops).

I'm sure good things will come from this experience, but I'm still really sad.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Good news, bad news

Let's play a little game.

Good news...Sung Hyun has another job :)

Bad news...this job is a 2.5 hour drive from my city :(

Good news...Sung Hyun starts work mid-week, next week :)

Bad news...Sung Hyun has another job test at the end of the week :(

Good news...Sung Hyun has agreed to let me rent out a room of our house since he'll be gone :)

Bad news...yesterday we set out early to find some long-term accommodations for him, assuming that we would be passing his job test, and there was NOTHING :(

Good news...we have a hotel booked for 1 week, so he doesn't have to sleep in his car...haha :)

Bad news...It is nearly impossible to find rental space in this new city.  Renting a living room will cost you more than $500.  A LIVING ROOM with crazies!  :(

Good news...we have a back-up plan until he can find something more permanent.  My auntie has a room an hour away which would mean a long commute on a flat stretch of highway -- but it's available :)

Bad news...the room hunting starts again next week :(

Good news...we got treated to a nice dinner from Auntie Cathy and Uncle Alan (HI UNCLE CALVIN!) :)

Bad news...Sung Hyun is a terrible night driver -- breaking on the highway because he's scared and only going 80 km/ hr, rather than the 100 limit.  What is he going to do in WINTER? :(

Good news...Sung Hyun has a job :)

Bad news...good-bye my lover :(

Friday, September 14, 2012

Spoke too soon

Yesterday on my Facebook profile I wrote: "it's been 6 weeks since we've had a regular pay cheque.....eeeeek!  That's what happens when you decide to take off to Korea for a month.  Looking forward to the end of the month and some money in the bank".

Apparently I spoke too soon.  Unfortunately, Sung Hyun failed his new orientation welding test today.  At first I thought he was joking because he likes to pretend to fail and then surprise me.  But when I returned home at 6 pm he was sitting on the couch.  I knew that meant he didn't pass.

In times like these it's hard not to panic.

Fortunately, we have an emergency fund (read: travel fund).  The other day Sung Hyun was reading that 47% of Canadians are in "trouble" if their pay cheque is more than a week late.  In keeping with the positive thinking, we will be able to last more than a week, thank goodness.  But we won't be able to enjoy the lifestyle, say spending $1000 a month on groceries for instance, that we had before.

Soooooo it looks like we'll have to wait a weeee bit longer for that regular pay cheque.

But we're counting our blessings because we have a lot be thankful for: a recent trip to see our Korean mom, love for one another, and our health!

Here's hoping Sung Hyun gets a job....FAST!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Grad school is....SEX for the brain?

...... ________________ (fill in the blank!)

I'd say TOUGH.

Tonight I attended my second grad class (I'm only taking 2 - cuz that's full-time).  And this lady was 30 minutes late!

For being a full-time student, getting paid to attend classes and study and such, I certainly don't take my job very seriously, do I?  Okay, don't answer that please.

No, but in all reality I totally thought class started at 6:30 NOT 6:00.

I am an idiot :)

p.s. I think I'm going to really like this class.  It's an introduction to research methodology.  I can already tell it's going to be sex for the brain.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Being POSITIVE - 3 steps!

As I mentioned early last week that I'm making a point to be more positive.  This takes a conscious effort on my part to act and think positively when at times it's just so damn easy to be negative.

So here's what I'm doing:


1.  First, I'm setting small, realistic, achievable goals.  WHAT?!!!  For someone who is used to doing the opposite: making large, unrealistic, unachievable goals, this is a hard step for me.  I always want to accomplish A LOT (perhaps, too much!) which might be the reason why I set such high totally unachievable goals in the first place.  Then I wonder why I can't take on the world.  I feel like a failure and the vicious cycle goes round and round.  SOOOOO, I'm doing something different.  I've got 3 kinds of goals: monthly, weekly, and daily.  These goals focus on various forms of health - mind, body and spirit.

The Breakdown -- 

Monthly goal:

My monthly September goal is to refrain from eating sugar.  Now I give myself some leeway since I know I can't completely cut sugar out just yet.  So for example, I'm still drinking diet drinks and alcohol even though I know sugar (or fake sugar!) is an ingredient.  No Sugar September, to me, means consciously choosing to say no to sweets, like no pie for dessert.

My weekly goals are simple: 

Week 1 - hang out with family --> I invited my family over for supper this week, had a study date with my brother, and made coffee plans with my aunt & uncle (all of which I would not have done had this not been my goal of the week).

Week 2 - make new friends --> this week I'm going to have supper with Jolene, a fellow blogger that I haven't met in person.  Also, I ran into an old high school acquaintance in the shopping mall the other day so I have plans to call her to see if she'd like to go for a walk.

Week 3 - no diet drinks 

Week 4 - exercise 3 times

Daily goals:

My daily goals range from how I'm feeling everyday and how much time I can commit, but they are a free for all.  The only rule for the day is that I need to complete one goal.  That's it!  So for example, one day I wanted to eat a super healthy breakfast.  After I did that I allowed myself permission to eat whatever the hell I wanted throughout the day without feeling bad.  After all, I met my daily goal.  

So other daily goals include: say nice things to my husband, go for a walk, take a bath, and meditate.  I can't believe how empowering it feels to accomplish these small but important tasks.  I feel so GREAT!

If you could help me with ideas about what else I can do for my daily goals that would be wonderful!

2.  The second thing I'm doing to make sure I choose positivity is to be careful with negative talk.  It's easy to complain about things and situations when they don't go the way we perceive they should.  When things start challenging our way of thought because they are different or not the way we want things to be we have to stop and think before we react.  What is causing us to feel threatened?  Is it possible that there is another way to handle this situation, even if it's not the way I would deal with it?

This leads quite nicely into a discussion about venting.  It is my believe that when you vent to someone, it is a two-way street.  In other words, if someone is going to tell me about how much they hate this or that I'm going to respond to what they say.  The reverse is also true.  If I'm complaining about my husband for example, it is only fair that the listener makes statements from their own observations.  I need to remember to listen with open ears and not respond in defence if their comments are also negative observations of what my husband does or doesn't do, for instance.  

This situation came up recently with my dear friend (hello, dear friend!).  I told her that she can no longer vent to me unless she is willing to hear what I have to say back.  I found that I was holding on to what she was saying and that the negative energy that she was letting go of was starting to bottle up in me.  I was starting to feel frustrated about a situation that wasn't even about me.  I felt like I needed to vent after being vented to.  I kind of felt helpless and like I took on my friends problems as my own.  Now I know 100% that was not the position my friend wanted to put me in, but somehow I got there.  And in order to 'get out of there' I asked my friend not to place me in that situation.  In order to be happy, it's important to surround yourself with happy people! 

(side note: don't get me wrong, I certainly am willing to listen to my friend's problems)

3.  The third technique I have when trying to choose a more positive life is to look at what I can control.  This is advice that I received from a friend while I was living in Korea.  She taught me to look at a situation and analyze it in two ways:  First, decide what you cannot control.  Then, don't spend your energy or focus on that.  Next, look at what power you have or what you can control in the situation.  Then you decided what the next course of action is.  This is important because it shifts our attention away from complaining about someone or something to putting us into action to make attempts to remedy the situation.  

Soooooooo, today my goals was to "offer words of support".  I hope this blog did just that!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Money & Work

I still haven't been paid for my curriculum work that I did in the summer which meant I had to switch around some money in our accounts to cover our bills for the month.  Eeeeek, it's been tight!


Coming home to a big pile of bills was NOT FUN!

And my brother took a leave of absence from his job as a tax auditor so that he can focus on getting his accreditation.  He'll be a full-time student right along with me.

He's funding his school through the bank of Jen.


Sung Hyun's family deals with money a whole another way than mine does.  Which explains why he laughed at this piece of paper.  My brother made me sign a contract stating the terms of this loan along with interest payments.  I told him I'd be happy to lend the money interest-free, but he insisted on making this an official transaction complete with interest.  According to my brother, you should never be without a contract, even if you're borrowing money from family or friends.  He's probably right but it just seemed a little funny to me.  

I think Judge Judy would agree with my brother though!

And......the good news is......

Sung Hyun got a job!!!!  YAHHH!

He starts on Monday ;)

The cook off...

Sung Hyun and I bought some beans from the local Korean store in our city.  


Then we had a cook off


He prepared his as a soup:


And mine as a spicy side dish:


I might have added a little too much liquid to mine


Okay mine turned out to be a spicy soup


Sung Hyun was happy with his Korean creation



He voted his the best!


I second that vote!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Dinner tonight

David and Chelsey seem to be cooking up some good food tonight (see comments in last post) so I figured I'd show them what I was cooking...
 
In an effort to be a "better wife" (I'm already a pretty good one - ha) I wanted to cook something for Sung Hyun that I knew he would like.
 
We went to Superstore (HI TANIA!) and picked up some fresh shellfish
 
 
An assortment of clams and mussels
 
 
Then we stopped by the liquor board store for wine -- one to drink, one to cook with!
 
 
And TA-DA! 
 
I made a dish that he just loved ;) filled with tomatoes, onions, fresh garlic, parsley, tomatoe sauce and.....that seafood stuff
 
And me?
 
 
Well this was a dish I "pretended to love".  I'm not a fan of seafood but after a couple of glasses of wine....well everything is alright!
 
Agreed?!
 
p.s. Sung Hyun wanted 'cold' wine.  And after one glass he was pretty drunk.  Now he's in the kitchen cooking a whole chicken by boiling it in a pot of water.  Hummmmm......

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, REPEAT!

I'm happy to be back in the kitchen cooking up some healthy meals - albeit, it will probably be short lived.

I didn't realize how much I'd miss home-cooked meals while I was gone.  I guess eating out every.single.day while I was in Korea is the main reason.

Anyways here are a few pictures of my meals in absolutely no particular order:


Now go cook something healthy for yourself and then share it with me in the comments section.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

My first day of school

Like a nervous kid before their first day of school, tonight I made my way to my first graduate class as a full-time student.  The transition from work to school will no doubt be challenging, however, I'm mentally ready to tackle my classes head on.  In fact, I have already completed the course text for one of the classes; that's a major accomplishment for someone who hates reading!

This semester I'm fortunate enough to be taking a class from a well-accomplished incredibly brilliant individual.  She also happens to be my supervisor.  

Her 'get-down-to-business' approach is exactly the structure and rigour I am looking for. 



Seriously, how could she not be my role model?!!

Positivity

While I was in Korea this past month I made a promise to myself, one that I should have made a long time ago, that I would be a happier person.

To do that I had one thing in mind:

POSITIVITY!


I decided that I needed to be more positive.  It meant that I had to accept the flaws for what they are.  And by accept, I really mean embrace and hug and learn to love.

So I'm doing just that.  

I LOVE ME :)

Korean Diary Day 21

Sung Hyun and I were on a mission today.  Today was the day we HAD TO pick up my reference letter from a professor in support of a study abroad opportunity next summer in Korea.


So two buses and two hours later we made it to the campus.


The university in Korea is the place where the boys are PRETTY!


And the girls are PRETTY DARN CRAZY for wearing such short short.  I think my underwear gives more coverage than her JACKET!!  Oh Korea.....the place where it's okay to show your legs but never your cleavage.  



The signs and waterfall on campus.


Popcorn vending machine.  SCORE!

With the reference letter in hand I set out to meet up with a good friend.  I studied Korean with her two years ago.  We both started in the beginner class.  Now, she's fluent!  That would be her 6th language.  She's smart like that!


She's an assistant professor in Economics at Yonsei University.  AND she's super hilarious.  I can't not laugh when I am with her.

It's too bad that we had to meet the day before I leave.  Booooo!!!


Packing time.  We stuffed both bags and they each came in at the exact weight limit.  We couldn't have brought back anything more :)


These two owls will match my living room.

One last visit to kimbabjungook for supper then off to the coffee shop for a big bowl of ice and red beans -- our very last!

Observations of the Day:

1.  So much more to see and do but not enough time to do it.  It will have to wait until next time....