How has almost a year past by since I updated this site? I could say “I’m not sure how I let that happen.” However, to be honest I’ve often considered if I want to keep it or not. It’s nice to have to keep people updated, but I’m not entirely convinced about the public aspect of almost anyone being able to access it and read about my life. Anyway, it’s now March of 2019 and we are well into the year. A new school year in Korea has started, yes, I have decided to stay one more year. Let me give you my update.
First, among other things, last year I decided I wanted to “put myself out there” and get back into the dating game. Or just into it period, depending on how you look at it. I can’t recall how long it had been before May of 2018 since I’d been on a real date. Anyway, long story short, I did meet somebody and we’ve been “official” I guess for several months, as of this writing, and it’s been about 8 or 9 months that we’ve known each other. So, there is that. Sorry, no pictures or anything further to say other than I’m happy.
The other big news is that, although I am still in Korea, I have moved to a new city and started working at a new school. Instead of being a “native teacher” with the EPiK program, and placed in a public school, I am teaching for the Kindergarten department associated with an international school. The city where I am now is Jinju and it’s about two hours south of Gongju. I live in a newer area of the city, but there is still quite a bit more things directly around me than in the side of Gongju where I lived. I can walk to school in about ten minutes, which is a little bit farther away than my old school. Next step, get my bike fixed and ride to school a couple of times a week. Also, learn the city. Specifically, how to get around by bus.
I am still living in a studio apartment, called a “One-Room” here. Quite a few things are provided by the Office Tel (type of apt building), for instance; a table and two chairs, TV and coffee table, and also a bed. I declined the bed, though. I have ordered a sofa bed. I think it will make the space a bit more homey looking. I always kind of hated the sight of my bed in my main living space. In the meanwhile I bought a floor mat, made for sleeping. It’s called a “yo.” It’s actually more comfortable than I expected. I was asked “why don’t you cancel the sofa bed order, then?” That would give me more space, but I just want it. lol. I want something comfortable to sit on and relax and read, etc. Next step, wait for it to arrive and put it together. Hope the assembly instructions come in both Korean and English, not just Korean. Maybe I should call them. Sleep on the floor until it comes in about two weeks.
Lastly, I’ll share my new goal for this year. I’ve decided to try to embrace my wavy hair. Last week I purchased the book “The curly girl method” on kindle and read through it on Sunday. So, I’ve stashed my hair dryer and flat iron, along with my brush and comb, in a shoe box in the back of my closet. So far, I can see the curls trying to come through and I am already learning which tips are good and not good for my hair. i.e., I can’t do the “leave in your conditioner” thing. I did the other day and it just feels heavy and gross. I need to rinse it out. The hair on top has been through the most, so it is looking the most scraggly and stringy. I see more curls on the bottom, but that has always been the case. Next step, since it’s been pushing a year since I’ve had my hair touched with scissors I need a couple of inches cut of. Time for a trim!
I think that’s about it, really. I will post this and try to add in some photos later.
And try not to leave it so long before the next time.
As they say here, “see you next time!”