Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I found a new spicy food

That's a bowl of pork bibbimbap. At the restaurant1 that has Vicky's favorite noodles (japchae), I usually get the beef bibbimbap, but I was being wild and crazy today...The thing is, that rice isn't really brown. It should be red. It turns out, the pork meat is covered in a spicy red pepper sauce, and in this hot bowl full of rice and veggies, which gets all mixed up, the pepper gets everywhere.
It's definitely proof that I'm able to tolerate spicier foods than before we moved here. Okay, it took a plate of pickled radishes2, a bowl of cold vinegar soup, and two cups of water, but I ate it!

1 Yujin Katusa Snack Bar, on Yongsan South Post

In the Korean grocery store, they're called "mat pickles". The kids don't like them, and Jay only takes some to be polite, so they're mine, all Mine! muhahaha!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Spanish and El Caballero Fantasma

That would be, The Ghost Knight, written by Cornelia Funke.

I've been studying spanish lately (more than Korean, sadly) and I've found that small children's books are about my reading level. The library here has a small selection. Curious George was a doable, because I know it so well in English, and El Pinguino was fun, especially when the penguin pinched the lion's nose.

But, I was hoping that maybe my vocabulary would be sufficient for a grade-school level chapter book. Amazon says this book(English version) is for 8-12 year olds. Unfortunately, I'm finding it's not (sufficient, that is), but I'm using google to translate for me as I go along, and this book is interesting so far. I say "so far", because it took me all evening to read chapter one. yep, pretty slow.

But the next chapter is "Los Hombres Muertos". The Three Dead Men! oooh!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Book list

Let's see, I haven't wrote one of these in a while. But, I would like to see how much I read this year.
One of my Christmas presents from Big J and the kids was a stack of books.There was Portal, by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor, Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez, the Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 anthology, and Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit by Corey Olsen. I've read them all except for the one about The Hobbit... I will probably get to that soon.
Star Trek the Next Generation, A Hard Rain by Dean Wesley Smith, with Picard solving film noire mystery on the holodeck. Not the best, but not bad.

Korean-English board book on vegetables. I wrote down all the words to improve my vocabulary.
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle. Fantasy set in an alternate Tudor England. Rather good, interesting "elves", and system of reincarnation. It was a Barnes&Noble recommendation in an email. First in a series.
Baen Books Free Short Stories 2013. The last story was by David Drake, and in his intro to the story, he mentions Manly Wade Wellman. This is rather serendipitous, because yesterday I had been trying to remember the name of the author who wrote the John the Balladeer stories. I read them when i was a teen, and they are the rare horror-fantasy that I like. Drake's story is about fantastical events, too, and is quite good.
Total books Read: 7

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Flower girl

Isn't Little V a cutie? She was helping me collect seeds from 4 o'clock plants that I had spotted a while back. She carefully shook the plants to have the seeds fall on the ground. These are the awesome ones with striped flowers like I had planted when we lived in Kentucky. In fact, those plants acted like perennials, even though the seed company said they were annuals. Maybe because I was lazy in cleaning up the "dead" plants, maybe because the winter was mild enough...I don't know.
So, I have a handful of seeds now, and when we got back, I realized I don't have a good place to plant them. We're on the second floor, but even if I used some of the space in front of our unit, it doesn't get enough sunlight. Too many trees there. I'm planning on having some indoor garden-type plants on our glassed in porch (I hope it doesn't get too hot) but I would only need a few seeds for that, not the entire handful that we collected. I must think about this...


Friday, September 27, 2013

Korean War museum

Last weekend we went to the Korean Museum of War and Peace. (Beware of the popups!) Or, in other words, The War Memorial. It's kinda in the middle of the base, although you have to go out a security gate to get to it. Most of the exhibits are about the Korean War, although right now there is an animal taxidermy display downstairs, and a human body exhibit on the first floor. But, I think our favorite things were wandering around the planes, tank, and boat outside, and looking at the scale models (but still quite big!) of ancient Korean fighting boats.
The picture above is the family on the model of a Korean castle wall. The sign doesn't say, "Do Not Touch", in case you were wondering. If I remember correctly, it said "No Go Up" because the museum did not want people to climb up that green wall in front of the castle display.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tea Cabinet

I know friends and relatives have tea cabinets of their very own, so I'm not ashamed to show mine.
LOL, actually, I just got a box from OtherSister, that had a lot of my tea stuff from Kansas. I spent 15 minutes re-arranging my shelves so I could have everything in the same place, and I wanted to show off what made me happy tonight.
Hmmm...Panda Berry, Peach White Tea, or Decaf Earl Grey? (Thank you R!) Time for a cuppa!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ring-necked Pheasant

There are pheasants here! Real pheasants! I've seen this male several times on base, and I've seen a mommy and her babies, too.