My creativity is being siphoned off into a million different directions none of which is this blog, so I apologize for naming this post after a random song that got stuck in my head. (Special thanks and a shout out to Demi Lovato)
Today was an interesting day at work. we had our weekly Tuesday meeting which I participated in for the first time. I read aloud about somethings that I have already done and what my plan is for the rest of this week (making powerpoints) and stumbled really badly over one coworker's name-- luckily, she is the one who just got married, so she is on her honeymoon and was not present to hear me completely butcher her name. I could tell that my department gave me points for trying, though! I also bought some shirts today (one of which is exactly the same as another one I bought earlier but in a different color. I just cannot help myself when it comes with things patterned with Moomintroll!) Also, as I am sure you were all dying to know, there was oi kimchi (cucumber kimchi) at lunch today, and it was bomb as always!
It was honestly a bit disappointing. It took me 72 minutes on the subway to get to the closest subway station to the venue, but when I arrived it turned out that the coworker who was supposed to meet me had to work that morning, so she was in a different part of Seoul at the YMCA where we work. Thanks to the helpfulness of three different people, I finally found myself on the correct bus, and by some miracle there was another lady there holding an invitation identical to the one in my purse. I initiated eye contact and hit her with what can only be described as "The universal facial expression for I'm lost and I think you're heading to my destination" as I held up my own invite. she nodded, and I followed her to the right place! The disappointment was in the fact that the ceremony was long and droning, and I was not close enough to get any good pictures, though I did manage to get into the picture of all the bride and groom's friends. Also, the food was good (there was jap che) so I was happy. We did not get to stay for the traditional part, and I think part of the reason for that was that each of the people getting married has to bow 20 times... But, the part that really disappointed me was not the fact that the groom did pushups in his suit, nor the fact that it was acceptable to leave halfway through the ceremony and go to the buffet while watching the ceremony on tv screens, but the fact that there was no dance party to enjoy and no cake.
In other important news, I got into contact with the other family that want to utilize my English speaking skills to keep their own fresh (they lived in the US for a while and do not want their children to lose their English skills) yesterday. They were wonderful, we talked about our favorite colors and I read them a book over a video message. Then, the younger daughter (1st grade) read me the giving tree. Even though my arm was asleep by the time we finished talking, it was an amazingly uplifting experience, and I look forward to speaking with them again soon! My host siblings and I bonded today over really bad yoga, falling on the floor, and the multilingual version of "let it go" as well as the game "Ninja". We laughed until we cried.
I realized while looking around today how different I truly appear in Korea. I seem too young to be alone in a new country. Both mature and immature at the same time, with the type of hair that is usually only seen on television. I suppose the true downside is that my shoulders are too large for anything with structured sleeves and I cannot wear any pants shorts or skirts because my posterior is of a caliber not often seen in this beautiful Asian country... *sigh* Oh well...
I love you guys!
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