snowystingray: (kdrama - the vineyard man)
Ugh. Post-drama depression. In case you missed the flailing betwixt [livejournal.com profile] lalumena and yours truly, I finally managed to watch all of "Dream High." AND EVEN THOUGH I JUST WENT THROUGH BASICALLY AN ENTIRE ROLL OF TOILET PAPER TO MOP UP MY ENDLESS TEARS, IT WAS ALL SO GOOD! ...Except that I am, as usual, an utter failure when it comes to ships. It's downright pathological. Also, one day I will get used to how lackluster and unsatisfying kdrama kisses are -- BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY. UGH, GUYS, WHAT IS THIS LIPS-BARELY-TOUCH-WITH-ZERO-EMOTION THING? AND WHY DID I HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH IT TWICE IN ONE DRAMA? Brb off to rewatch old bits of "Secret Garden" for some proper make-outs.

Double ugh (this time directed solely at myself): I'm so far behind on e-mails/comments/letters that my goal for today was "do nothing except for write to people," and yet the only part of that I managed to accomplished was "do nothing."
snowystingray: (marian - running up that hill)
So Iljimae, that show that was pimped to me as "kdrama Robin Hood"? Yeah, I'm three episodes in AND IT'S TOTALLY GREAT.

However.

I'm three episodes in and it also totally has its own Guy/Marian brewing.

NOOOOOooooOOOOOoooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

FUCKIN A, MAN, WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN TO ME. WHY.

WHY

WHY

WHHHHHHHYYYYYY.

Please expect all of my posts for the next week or two to be anguished tears.

(And, oh man, it's so devastating because so far the rest of the drama is super delightful! There's a Robin-esque lead who is rascally and impudent but also super cute and rakish and loveable and great! And a female Alan a Dale peddler of adult entertainments! And parenting angst and daddy issues out the wazoo! ...And yet all I will be able to do is focus on the never-meant-to-be, dark-side, anti-OTP. WHAT IS MY LIFE.)

(Oh, and in other emotional turmoil news, I'm also almost done with Mockingjay auuuugggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. GUYS, PLEASE REC ME SOMETHING CUTE AND HAPPY AND ADORABLE TO READ/WATCH.)
snowystingray: (kdrama - the vineyard man)
Hello, livejournal! How is life going? I am trying to keep up with my resolution to be more communicative... which should involve posting at least once a week... so! Things!

-I know that in my last post I mentioned starting The Vineyard Man, and... uhhh... I already finished it? Like three days ago? BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. Okay, so I do love kdramas for all of their excessive cliches and overused tropes, but sometimes it is nice to take a break from genderswap/chaebols/etc. and just have a cute, simple, refreshing character piece. Also, it's basically just about a bunch of rednecks and old people so it made me homesick like whoa. But in a good way? I've adjusted to city life much more than I thought I would be able to, but b'awwww I miss living in the (sort of) country and getting stuck behind tractors on the way to work and eating fruit straight from the trees (my first year missing peak citrus season since I was in elementary school, boohoooooo). I even miss pulling weeds, and just having a patch of dirt to stick my hands into. Anyway, I am now more determined than ever to make a Korean countryside excursion as soon as it warms up a bit (so... like two months from now, fml. GO AWAY, WINTERRRR). ANYWAY. A++++ drama, would highly recommend even to those not fully indoctrinated into kdrama shenanigans (so far I think that makes only The Vineyard Man and Sungkyunkwan Scandal that I would place into that category. BUT GO FORTH AND WATCH!! I am determined to convert at least one person out of all y'all, gosh darn it).

-Okay, I guess this is just going to turn into a "b'awww homesick" post because, uhhh, other things that I am super mega missing right now -- MY SEWING MACHINE. Realistically speaking, I guess it doesn't make much sense to want one here because it's not like I have a ton of time to use it, but I just miss making stuff, and doing work that involves tangible production. Also, as usual, FFFFFFFFFF KOREA EVERY TIME I SEE THE WORDS "FREE SIZE" MY RAGE IS JUST INSTANT AND ALL-ENCOMPASSING, IT IS DOWNRIGHT PAVLOVIAN. Well, this has come about in kind of a round-about way, so let me back up for a moment.

Next month -- birthday month! Next month -- also Big Bang Big Show month! HMMMMM. Perhaps you can guess where this is headed. Yes, that's right, once again I am blowing my hard-earned money on a kpop concert, celebrating my continued journey into adulthood by rocking out like a tween girl. The timing is just too perfect, though! How could I say no? Anyway, last time I kind of wanted to dress the part but didn't really have time to pull anything together. This time I'm going with one of my friends from here in Daegu and we are both determined to come up with awesome outfits. I have already picked mine out! But, alas, NO SEWING MACHINE GODDAMMIT. Anyway, I have a super mega longing to go as the Alice in Wonderland girl from Seungri's new music video (whhhhyyyyyy is it that I'm always like, "lol Seungri you are so ridiculous/annoying/the little brother I want to punch in the mouth" and yet whenever his solos come out I'm like, "ummm just kidding this is totally my jam." STOP TROLLING ME, KPOP).



It'd be super easy to make, right? Mannnnn. Life sucks. So anyway, I was looking into maybe buying individual pieces... or, alternately, Teacher Friend and I were thinking about going as the black-and-white harlequin girls (with wigs??? Maybe???? ...Probably not). Doing some online window shopping for individual pieces, though, is like arrrrrrgggghhhhh WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE. I go through the measurements and it's like, hmmm, I guess the bust is okay... I guess the waist is okay... I guess the hips are -- wait -- the hips -- --- is that number for real -- WHY ARE THE HIPS SO MUCH SMALLER THAN THE BUST?? WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY??????????

-Still working on Mockingjay. It's not quite gripping me in the way that Catching Fire did? I don't know, I'm only about a third of the way through, though.

-So... yeah... starting a new kdrama. Iljimae! It's like Korean Robin Hood! YESSSSSSS.
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I think I've finally decided to catch up with S4 Mad Men. This is basically just a forewarning to expect the flood of "DON FUCKING DRAAAAAAPER!!!!!!!!"s to return. (And through some grand cosmic irony, his current paramour is named Bethany ahahahaaaahaaaaaa WHY NO YOU ARE TAINTING MY NAME.)

ETA: Oh, but I finally finished Sungkyunkwan Scandal (I put off the last episode for over a week because I just didn't want it to enddddd, b'awww) and THIS SHOW IS SO GOSH DARNED PERFECT. Most of my quibbles just have to do with wishing that it was longer so certain storylines could have gotten more resolution, but overall EEEEEE AMAZING EEEEEEEE. :D :D :D

ETA2: PETEPETEPETEPETE how I have missed that little bitch. (But, omg, so glad -- in so many ways -- that I am not watching this show along with fandom.)

ETA3: Okay, so certain aspects of my work life have been kind of crap lately, but today was nice and I feel the need to record that for Future Me to look upon the next time I have a moment of COMPLETELY DESPAIRING OF EVERY CHILD EVER, AUUUGGGGGHHHHH. Anyway. In my elementary class, we were finishing up a story where the two leads get paired off by the end, and the closing lines are an exchange of "I love you"s. The kids all squabbled over who would have to read that page, because -- "No, Teacher! NO! NO!!! Ew! I can't read!" Bahaaaaaaha they were all so embarrassed and scandalized, it was beautiful. ("Dirty! Very dirty!" one of my students declared.) Then I had them brainstorm ideas for what might happen after the story ends, and every single one somehow ends with a killer/killing/everyone dies. I asked them to come up with at least one happy ending, so somebody suggested that maybe they got married and had one hundred babies. Umm...? Probably not happy for her uterus, but close enough -- and then of course somebody chimed in with, "And then, they are die!" OMG, I FINALLY UNDERSTAND KDRAMAS NOW. Expressions of love = bad, lots of dead bodies = good. Right. And then because it was Pepero Day, I got some boxes of candy from a couple of my middle schools boys and, ahahaha, they were so hilariously awkward and embarrassed about it, like it physically pained them to do something sweet for me (and I'm guessing that most of them only did it because their moms made them). Also, Tuesday, I got the best excuse ever for a missing homework assignment: "I AM DO! But... my book ran away."
snowystingray: (boys before flowers - jan di/ji hoo)
Do you ever have those moments when you're watching something and you have to pause it because it is just too cute -- TOO. IMPOSSIBLY. CUTE!!! -- for you to digest all at once? This is me with Sungkyunkwan Scandal right now, episode seventeen.

EEEEEE.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Why is this show almost over though, augh, noooo. D:

Seriously, though, I am on my hands and knees here, flist, YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING. I NEED SOMEONE TO FLAIL WITH. Do I need to convince you with eyecandy? I'll do it! I swear!

Joseon F4 )

Seriously, you have no idea how excited I am right now to be watching a drama that is actually adorable and gorgeous and funny but, most importantly, SMART AND WELL-WRITTEN. In a fit of nostalgia (what, yes, I can have nostalgia after two months), I was rewatching some BBF the other day and was just like... ... WHAT IS THIS STUPID SHOW. WHY. WHY IS IT SO STUPID. (And I still love it and it still made me cry. And it was only like the second episode, where hardly anything tearworthy happens. JUST SEEING JI HOO'S FACE MAKES ME CRYYYYYY, AUGHHHHH.)

...Anyway. Ugh, seriously, last week was like hell week at school so I am fully content with doing absolutely nothing productive at all today in compensation. Well, we have exams today so I am trying to bring in some activities for the kids to do if they finish early. For younger students I'm just going to give them coloring sheets, but for the older kids I thought I would bring in some logic puzzles. I've been looking them up this morning, though, and OH MAN I LOVE LOGIC PUZZLES SO MUCH, THEY'RE SUPER ADDICTIVE, I WASTED LIKE AN HOUR PLAYING WITH THEM MYSELF. I hope my students actually like them and aren't just like, "...What. No," because I'm totally excited about this, hahaha.

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