~1~All the contact lens wearers out there, raise your hands. How many times have you been forced to choose between replacing an ancient pair of glasses or having your years' supply of contacts fully covered by insurance? It's a hideous choice, and one I've faced nearly every year of my adult life.
Check these out, yo.:
Two (count them , TWO) new pairs of glasses for less than $40 total (no insurance), made for me in under an hour. Here's how it goes: I walk in and hand over my current glasses. A very nice man points me towards the table of free frames. (There are over 100 to choose from.) I choose, and the clerk seats me at a cafe table and brings me a delicious Korean vitamin water. I chat with my sis in law. 30 minutes later, give or take, I walk out the door with brand new glasses. The kicker: I'm going back on Tuesday to pick up my fancy back-ordered contacts, astigmatism correction and all!
Think the U.S. could learn a thing or two about eye wear from the Koreans? Yep, me too.
This is called suek tdeok. "Tdeok" is a common type of rice cake here. Not the crunchy kind most Americans are used to, though. It has a more gummy texture. I'm hard-pressed to find a consistency to compare it to, but perhaps raw pizza dough?
"Suek", according to my friend Ji Won's translator, is "mugwort." I almost laughed when she said it because honestly, I thought mugwort was only found in Hogwarts Herbology classes.
I didn't mind it... it has an earthy flavor to it that was sort of addicting once you get used to it. The kids, however, wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. Which made me feel terrible because Ji Won's mother-in-law made them from scratch, complete with going to the mountains to harvest mugwort... I only wish I was joking.
~3~I decided to hurry up and try to finish out our school year by the last week of May in order to not be too stressed the last couple of weeks here. But that means that I've been a bit of a slavedriver with schoolwork. Gianna has fared the worse, and her most difficult subject by far has been math.
Normally I love our Singapore Math, but I've been really annoyed with the way the book teaches double digit addition. Today, after Gianna struggled to understand yet another murky lesson, I took matters into my own hands. We skipped ahead a lesson, I spent 5 minutes showing her how to make a place value chart and stack the addends, and then compute to find the sum.
Boom. Girl got it in a jiffy, and finished 3 pages of addition in under 10 minutes. I'm not bragging, people. It was hardly a stroke of genius. Just a frustrated teacher-mom following her gut.
|Why do I feel like that page makes her seem so grown up?|
~4~Yesterday we went downtown with our friends and spent some time learning about the Korean poet Lee Sung Hwa. His traditional house is preserved amid urban development in downtown Daegu.
Here is the poem he's famous for, painted for display on an exterior wall:
~5~Tonight we made homemade pizzas (balsamic onions and feta for the parents- what WHAT?!), ate not-so-homemade ice cream, and watched Homeward Bound as a family.
No one had any fun at all. See?
~6~I feel kind of bad about how Ezekiel has been portrayed lately. I thought I should post some redeeming facets of his personality.
See how sweet he is when he's asleep?
And brother napping together? Double the cuteness, double the fun.
I saw this months ago on Simcha's blog, then one of my absolute favorite blogger friends Rebekah posted it on her place last week. I tear up every time I watch it. JP II, WE LOVE YOU!
"In His luf, in His luf!" Have an absolutely wonderful weekend, friends!
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