Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I figured out how to do it.
Once I decreased the amount of rice and chicken, it became easy. All the hot foods went in the bottom of the bento box to be popped into the microwave, and all of the cold foods went into the top. It worked well. I am satisfied....Korean Jello leaves much to be desired. Today I tried the strawberry one. I dumped it. How can you make jello bad?! It's a mystery.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Today marks my one year anniversary in Korea!
Woohoo! Congratulations to me!
In that year I've lost 8 lbs, and maintained between 144-146 lbs for most of that time. I've lost inches I know, but am not sure how many, but a lot of the clothes I brought which fit perfectly when I arrived are too big now. (Tailors in Korea are great! now the clothes fit again!)
I've become a lot stronger. I noticed this yesterday when I was doing the plank. I mean I can still only do the plank for 25 seconds, but hey, that is up from 15!, but I noticed that I can get up easily from the plank position just holding my weight on one arm and one foot. It's cool.
I can say without a doubt that Korea has been fantastic for my cooking skills. I am a much better cook than I was when I came here. I've gotten lots of cookbooks and been experimenting a lot. I know how to feed myself now. I think I can still grow in this area but lets be honest, who CAN'T afford to grow in this area?
Anyway, here is my bento from today!
It's the same as yesterday, but I've taken the liberty of reorganizing it in a different way. I like this organization better, it all fits better.
I'm a little sad because the cabbage/crab salad is starting to go bad and I only made it on Sunday. I guess the vinegar in combination with not being tightly sealed is making the cabbage turn brown quickly.
But I researched on the net and it said that cabbage itself will last a long time in the crisper, as long as it's wrapped tightly. So I can buy half a cabbage and just slice what I need and then wrap it up and use it later when I want more. That the outside will turn brown but you just slice it off and keep using it. We will see if this is true some other time. But at least I found out that the recipe is tasty.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Last week was the crying part. My grandfather died.
It was rough. It was really rough. Far rougher than I thought it would be.
I've spent my life growing up overseas so I never really got to know my grandfather really well. I loved him and I knew he cared about me, but I didn't really know him. He's been getting worse health wise for a while, so I didn't think that I would spend a week in tears when he died, but I did.
I don't know if it's because I'll miss him, or if it's because I'm so far away and can't comfort my mom or just cry with her, but for whatever reason, I was really really sad last week.
Then I went to church and my Korean church really helped me out. Most of them don't speak any English so it was hard for them to communicate with me, but they all just came up and told me they were praying for me and gave me hugs. I really needed those hugs. It's amazing what a hug can do to make you feel better.
Now. Now I'm in the laughing part. For a really stupid reason! It's like, something stupid shouldn't lift your heart so much, but it does.
The reason I'm happy? My work got a microwave.
Finally. After a year of working here I can eat hot food for lunch. This is amazing. I got super excited about it and even bought a new lunchbox. Yesterday I spent the evening marathon cooking and I came out with this masterpiece of a bento:
It's beautiful. Look at all of those colors!
I have rice and baked pineapple in the bottom layer. Then I have carrots simmered in orange juice (wow is that good), edamame, and organic multigrain flake covered chicken nuggets (surprisingly good for being thrown together last minute) in the top layer, and then cabbage and crab salad on the side (also delish).
Today was the day that I got up and made healthy food and went to dance class for the first time in a week. I'm glad that I got up and did it all, even though I wanted to stay in bed and continue avoiding the world for a bit longer. So yes, I'm proud of myself today.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Today I learned a very valuable lesson: when running, make sure to place a few dollars into your pocket, water belt, or shoe.
Thus, if you experience an epic face plant like I did today:
unlike me, you will be prepared to go to the nearest pharmacy and doctor yourself up.
I also learned some other important things today:
-Wet leaves on concrete are lethal.
-You can't buy gauze and medical tape ANYWHERE in Korea except for a pharmacy.
This is a uniquely Asian philosophy. Anything that is even remotely related to the concept of medicine can only be bought in a pharmacy. There is no such thing as pick-it-up yourself over-the-counter medicine here. (You can get some stuff without a prescription, but you tell the pharmacist what you want and they get it for you) You are lucky to find bandaids in a grocery store, let alone something so esoteric as peroxide.
This is a little bit annoying, seeing as how the closest pharmacy to my house is about a six minute walk. Not horrible, I know, but when you skin your knees and they hurt, and it's winter, you don't want to walk around outside in the wind with your pants rolled up so that they don't stick to the scrapes.
What made the whole situation worse was that I face planted on the way TO dance class! So I didn't have time to run back and get my wallet, no I had to go forward to dance class and endure all kinds of clucking from the ladies there. I had to leave early and skip the yogalates part because there was no way I was going to kneel on my knees. I had to go home, get my wallet, then go to three different grocery stores/convenience stores, only to find out you can't get anything bigger than a bandaid from them, all the way to the nearest pharmacy to get something with enough surface area to cover the poor knees. (I hate putting multiple mini bandaids on a big scrape, no matter what you do, you will always get the sticky part on the scrape.)
All of this could have been avoided if only I had been smart enough to put an emergency stash of money into my water belt pocket.
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