How I Spent my Summer Vacation

It has been brought to my attention (repeatedly) that I haven’t updated my blog since May. I would say I’ve been busy, but really I haven’t been busier than usual.

The semester came to a rather rushed conclusion, filled with field trips, “experiences”– to use the Korean teachers’ lingo, and swimming and dance lessons. I have some video of the latter which I may post, if I get around to it.

I stayed here for the summer and it was pretty quiet and routine for the most part. As I *may* have mentioned, I live in an old house with “creative” wiring. So, I don’t have AC. Summer in Korea is hot and humid and fans don’t always cut it, even for cold-natured freaks like myself. So, a fair amount of my vacation was spent reading at Starbucks. I live on the edge, I know.

Mama and Anne came to visit and that was fun. We read at Starbucks together for a week. 🙂 They missed their flight out, because it was outrageously overbooked, so we made it to Insa-dong and they did a little shopping. Since I was able to stock back up on socks with pictures of crap piles on them, it wasn’t a wasted trip for me, either.

The night they were supposed to leave, I stayed out all night. Mama tried not to seem shocked. Hehehe. I felt like a middle-aged rebel.

That was pretty much the high point of my vacation: shocking my mother.

I also did a lot of other stuff, that I would normally think about doing, but then punk out at the last minute. I’ve been seeing someone for three months now and he not only makes plans (which I’m good at), he does them (which I’m not so good at). If you want to read about all of the baseball and soccer games I’ve been to, look here. He wrote about the 17 km coastal hike which I managed to both survive and enjoy, too. I will admit that my favorite part was the hotel room with a giant window overlooking the beach, though.

Sorry this is such a boring post, but four months is a lot to cover, so Cliff Notes it is. At this point I should probably make my usual promises to post more regularly… I will at the very least try to get a couple pictures posted.

I haven’t been knitting much. I’ve been into lace lately, and I need peace and quiet to knit it without making a ton of mistakes, so no subway knitting for me. With Craig living all the way across Seoul, that’s a lot of knitting time that I haven’t been able to make use of. I got an iPod Touch on my Chuseok holiday in Thailand and I’ve been watching TV instead. Yes, highly productive use of my time.

I suppose I should follow up this post with one on my trip to Thailand. I probably will… I signed a lease yesterday on a fine home in HBC aka the foreign ghetto, so I should write a little post with some photos so you can see how charming and cozy it is. I think those are the proper real estate euphemisms for old and small.

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