Thursday, March 12, 2015

What did you do today?

This morning I've learned about a bar with owls that is supposed to be opening in London (some commenters thought it was a scam), the official UK barn owl Society, Jesus-is-a-marshmallow rolls, and a Korean skin care commercial.

I lead a rich and varied internet life...

Monday, February 16, 2015

From soccer season...

Remember when it was warm outside? I had wrote this post, and then forgot to publish it! My bad.
 
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The littlest has picked up a lot from watching her older brother and sister. But I realized, she thinks she should stand with one foot on the ball whenever she stops. And the ball is all the way up to her knee!

Newest tea at the commissary


O'Sulloc is a Korean tea company that the commissary here carries. Usually there's only two varieties, but I spotted a new box the last time I was in.
 
This is called "Memory in Jeju", and the description is Jeju Camellia flower blending tea. Jeju is an island art the southern tip of Korea, with a semi-tropical climate, where a lot of Koreans take vacations. The family and I went last summer, so we could visit a beach...and it rained a lot of the time. But I did get to visit the O'Sulloc tea plantation and the museum and tea shop there.

"Memory in Jeju" is very floral smelling. In the tea bag along with the black tea are tiny chunks of dried pineapple, flower petals, and a few sugar konpeito crystals.

When brewed, the tea is light-colored, mild-tasting, with a much lighter floral fragrance, but the fragrance persists to the third brewing. (yes, I reuse my tea bag.) I'm saving it for special occasions, but I like it very much.

(I have a feeling this reads like a non-native English speaker. I don't know why, English is my first language, really, I swear! Isn't it funny when that happens?)

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!
 
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1 Yujin Katusa Snack Bar, on Yongsan South Post

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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.