This Past Month

my cousin's traditional vietnamese wedding and harry potter reception

We should be lying on the beach in Hawaii right now, but we’re not. Our trip was canceled last minute. Of course, this was right after I bought tickets, which, of course, were only partially refundable.

Disappointing is one word I would use to describe August. But also tense, unsettled, restless, disjointed, weird and stressful. Time sped by but then also moved so slowly. There were the larger world disaster things. Like would North Korea nuke those of us in South Korea? Like going over our evacuation plans (including kitties) in case they did. Like watching my hometown of Houston get hit with the worst hurricane I have ever seen and seeing news footage of the neighborhood next to where my mom lives completely submerged. I recognized the streets, the houses, once so familiar, now underwater like the lost city of Atlantis.

In between these two major bookends, there were the little bits of life. Sly was really busy the entire month of August working 18-20 hours a day and we rarely saw each other. I should have used all my alone time to study Korean, work out, find the cure for cancer, but instead, I ate Cheetos and watched shows like 90 Day fiance and Inkmaster. I used Sly’s perfectly seasoned cast bread loaf pan to make a turkey meatloaf and ended up rusting the pan. The display screen and timer on our oven melted (for the second time). Our fancy Korean toilet broke (for the second time). We planned to take a trip to the coast when Sly’s work died down, but when that time came, Sly was understandably too tired to do anything beyond vegging at home. Perhaps the worst thing though, was that the price of avocados in Korea rose to $4.50…EACH. How am I supposed to Instagram photos of avocado toast if there’s no avocados?!

And my site was hacked! The best part is that the day before I was hacked, I installed a new security measure, but then never looked at the scans. Had I paid more attention, I could have totally identified and remedied that hacked pages before things got too bad. Naturally, this happened not long after I updated my blog’s template (Did you notice? I’m still tweaking it) and my latest backup occurred just before I updated everything. I had to rebuild quite a bit of my site, but for now, everything seems to be more or less back in order. #&(!@&!@!()$#!*&$*#.

Personally and professionally and I guess all around, it was just one of those months.

A picture of me as a kid in Houston during one of its many floods/hurricanes. This is the street in front of my house where my mom still lives. When the streets flooded, we blew up our inflatable raft and paddled around the neighborhood. 

BUT, some good things:

  • The flood water has receded back home in Houston. My mom’s house was miraculously spared any serious flood damage and never lost power. My friends and family who live in Houston are all safe and have begun rebuilding their homes.
  • I took a break from social media and deactivated some of my accounts. Why do I feel so much saner/happier when I’m not scrolling through social media?
  • I taught my kitty, Max, how to shake his paw (eeeee!). He’s still not consistent, but there are times when he really gets it. Right now he can fetch, sit, stand, and jump on things by command. Rufus, on the other hand, he just bites me when I try to teach him a trick.
  • I crushed my reading goal! I have read over 100 books this year, and still going strong!
  • After a week of begging, Sly made hot wings. And then we ate cookies and cream ice cream for dessert.
  • I finally tackled some of the travel posts that I have been meaning to blog about for ages. Of course, that meant a never ending feed of posts on Thailand (I have a few more to go), but at least I’m chipping away at the pile.

The weather is finally starting to change here in Korea, and there have been a few days when we opened the windows to feel the cool breeze. Fall is my favorite time of year, and I’m looking forward to changing leaves, the smell of roasted sweet potatoes and chestnuts on every street corner, and of course, my annual Halloween scary movie list!

Anyone else love fall as much as I do? What are your favorite fall activities?

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  • Kevin
    September 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I hope you see in September a superior sense of serenity and satisfaction, sure to eclipse such a sorry series of sunrises and sunsets, a September of soothing and solace, salve of spirit and succor of soul, a source of sparkle and sunlight set loose on a sea of savage silliness, seconded by somnolent stillness, sailing you safely shores of silence.

    Keeping Good Thoughts…

  • veronika
    September 14, 2017 at 11:40 am

    super stupendous september?

  • Kevin
    September 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Certainly so!

    Keeping Good Thoughts…

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    September 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Ohhh no! Sorry about your Hawaii trip! I’m so glad to hear that your mom’s house wasn’t damaged, though. I remember as a kid seeing pictures after floods and thinking how fun it would be to play in the flooded streets. My grandmother sent me a pic from NJ where kids were rafting down her street and I was so jealous. Of course, after Hurricane Sandy hit NJ and did flood my Dad’s house, I learned that flood waters are actually full of raw sewage and dead fish and other nasty things! It is such a gut punch to see pictures of places that you know submerged. My Dad’s FL place was supposed to be in the path of Irma, but luckily missed. I was thinking, how could both of Dad’s houses be hit by hurricanes within 5 years? I still haven’t gotten an update as to if there is any residual flooding or damage.

    But yeah – this past month full of hurricanes and floods and devastating forest fires (plus, unnatural disasters like the current president) makes things in the U.S. feel a bit post-apocalyptic. And then there’s N. Korea. Scary stuff.

    Between world events, traveling, and being sick, I feel like I’m emerging from some weird dream/nightmare and I’m trying to figure out what we want to do this fall. Probably no travel for us for a while, but hopefully some hiking now that the weather is cooler. Also some new restaurants that I want try. And more reading! I hope your fall is looking up, too.

    Video of kitty tricks, please!

  • veronika
    September 15, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Flood water is pretty gross. In Houston, people were finding huge fish and gators in their houses. Surprise! We always launched our raft from the driveway to avoid exposure as much as possible. Glad to hear your dad’s house escaped Irma. That would have been super bad luck to have both houses hit!

    The first half of the month was so tense watching DT try and handle NK. I kept telling STFU to the news channels that I had constantly streaming. Ugh. I should stop there.

    After returning from Mongolia, we felt pretty much the same – that we kinda wanted to chill at home for a while. But that doesn’t mean I wanted our Hawaii trip to be canceled. Grrrrr. After this last month I didn’t want to do anything but veg and read but I know I need to force myself to take advantage of where we live and make the effort to try new restaurants etc! I just feel like I’m in a rut. Hopefully fall will snap me out of it.

    Max doesn’t like having his photo or video taken when he’s concentrating on new tricks (and treats). Hopefully I’ll get him to be more consistent with shaking his paw and then I can compile all his tricks into one video! #crazycatlady

  • Funnelcloud Rachel
    September 15, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Oh man, I didn’t even think about gators! Eek!

  • veronika
    September 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I’m kind of fascinated by gators, but probably wouldn’t want one swimming around in my house…

  • veronika
    September 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

    …annddd…NK just fired another missile. This is getting old.