I didn’t go to Edel. And I didn’t die.

Last weekend, through a ridiculous conflict of events, there existed a fancy hotel in Austin hosting many of my online friends and inspirational women of all sorts, while simultaneously in Roseville, CA, there  was a not-so-fancy-but-still-very-nice hotel in which a bunch of my family members converged and made a huge scene, as per our usual […]

Exercise {or, Exactly What Does it Take to Get a Lazy Woman to the Gym?}

Disclaimer: As I write this, I’m sitting on the couch eating some leftover sugar cookies.  I am not “skinny” and I won’t be for at least the next 9-12 months (thanks to the cutie patootie growing inside mah belleh), or – let’s be honest – probably never.  Still, I feel like something has shifted for me, and I […]

Pumpkin Patch: Hell or a Brilliant Business Idea?

Part 1: What I Miss About Blogging from Korea You know what I miss about blogging from Korea?  I miss sharing all the really cool stuff we did that was so different from life in California.  Some of it was fun, some was a little scary, and some was just downright strange.  Pretty much all […]

You Can’t Fix Joy

It’s been a rough couple of weeks.  The house hasn’t been truly clean in I don’t know how long.  (Oh yes, I do.  It was when the housekeeper came 3 weeks ago.)  The laundry hasn’t been caught up since before that.  And all that would probably be okay if I was having a spectacularly creative […]

Like A Sore Thumb

This is the second post in a row that touches on exercise.  In case you’re worried this is going to become a fitness blog – HA! – I’m fairly confident that this fad will play out as all my previous attempts at fitness have gone.  Cue cycle: get annoyed with excess weight, begin exercise plan, […]

Seriously Quick.

If you’re visiting via Jen @ Conversion Diary, welcome!  Please consider joining May’s 3 Reasons I Love Catholicism link-up, which will begin next Friday and run throughout the month of May.  You can learn more about it by clicking here, or check out April’s inaugural post by clicking here. But for now, let’s begin the […]

Herbal Medicine and a Korean Statue

Mondays are not my, er, best days.  (You too?!! Twins!) As Kevin says, “We’re mourning the weekend.”  This weekend, being my birthday weekend, was particularly difficult to leave behind. Saturday Kevin gave me a few hours to myself.  I grasped them with all the strength of a drowning man to a life preserver. Not that […]

Gyeongju: Relics from the Silla Dynasty

You know how sometimes you get a really good idea?  To go on a day trip, say?  To a really interesting and renowned place where your children will learn all kinds of fascinating history, and you will get to take beautiful photos?  And then it all works out perfectly and you can’t believe how everything […]

A Procrastinator’s Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

I’m a terrible procrastinator.  Always have been.  Advent is a great season for me because I really do focus on preparation.  But it seems like no matter how hard I try, some things are always left to the last minute.  Let me provide evidence by sharing our traditions from Christmas Eve.  Exhibit A: Christmas Cookies First […]

Elderly Korean Woman in my Doorway in a Big City

Some people are scared of Korean halmeonis (grandmothers).  Some people consider them frightening in an ‘I may only be as tall as your waist but make no mistake: I am the boss here‘ kind of way. I am one of those people. Don’t get me wrong.  Korean people are very friendly and social graces are […]