Where The Heck Have I Been?

It’s been just over a month since I last wrote, I haven’t gone this long without writing in over a year, if not more.  So, where the heck have I been?

The truth is, nowhere.  I’ve been right here.  But there have been a few reasons why I haven’t written in a long while.  I’ve met some people in my life who seem to write best or become creatively inspired when they are upset or unhappy.  I am not one of those people.  I find when I’m stressed or upset, I don’t feel like pouring my thoughts out onto a page (or more accurately, a screen).  This past month has been a very hectic, dynamic, and at times an extremely stressful month.

So what have I been doing?

House sitting and cat sitting:

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I Went There

Today, I finally went to the Tetris cafe, and it was as awesome as I had hoped.

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This weekend was Korean Lunar New Year and I had the day off of work.

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I used part of my day to do some writing, and in the process fell in love with an awesome cafe.

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You Are Awesome, Tim Burton

This past weekend I went up to Seoul with my friends Heather and Beau as a goodbye trip before they leave to go work in Japan. While I was there having some fun (while freezing a bit), I was also able to cross something else off of my 27 before 27 list.DSC01247

This past weekend I braved the cold weather of Seoul and went to the Seoul Museum of Art to see the amazing Tim Burton exhibit!

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An Earthquake?

I just found out that what I thought was my friend’s cat (I’m cat sitting at my friend’s awesome apartment for a bit) playing near the couch, was actually a small earthquake.  Now since I’m not from an earthquake prone state, I’ve only ever been in one other one, and both were really small.

The first was when I was in university in Indiana and there was one at around 5am and I woke up to some moving and hearing the birds wake up outside even though it was dark.

Now today there was a little one that made the couch feel like it was being jostled a little and the garland on the TV sway a bit.

I didn’t even realize that either of these were earthquakes until after the fact.

I’d much rather have it that way, than it be a lot stronger.

From Busan with Shake Rattle and Roll Love?

Jenna

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Winter in Korea

Vacation is over, Korea is feeling cold, and I think I have a case of the Winter Doldrums. But I’m not too worried because it is a proven fact that cupcakes are an age-old cure for the Winter Doldrums.  DSC01145

And cupcakes with old friends is an even better remedy (the Banana Velvet cupcake worked wonders for me).

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Sledding, Kinda

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Last week for our January Field Trip, we went sledding.  Or, more accurately we went to an amusement park and where we slid down a slightly snowy/icy hill twice.  I was too busy wrangling kids, making sure no one was lost,  and having fun with our limited sledding that I took maybe a total of 3 photos.  So all of the pictures are from my school. Also I love that Clara is in mid-yawn in this picture.

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I’m In Trouble

This weekend while in Nampo-dong I couldn’t help myself and I ventured into the BoDa store, which is full of cute stationary, toys, knickknacks, and my favorite weird cute figures- Sonny Angel Dolls.   Not only did they have new dolls with new random things on their heads, but they also now offer Calendar Gift Sets!

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I was proud of myself for not giving in to the marketing ploy, but it was cute.  And just because someone at the Sonny Angel company is really giving it their all, they also now offer backdrops for your (my) collection of weird naked babies with animal heads.

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In an Unremarkable Corner

DSC00904In an unremarkable corner, in a quiet temple in Phnom Penh I found this bowl of water with flowers floating on top.  There is something about these flowers that keep drawing me back to this picture, and I wanted to share it. Maybe it’s the colors, or the lightness in a dark space, or even just the shine of the waters on the petals, but I do need to remember to keep an eye out for the unexpected beauty not only when I travel, but in the places I pass every day.  I hope you have a lovely Wednesday and find beauty in unexpected places.

From Busan with Love,
Jenna

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Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm was one of my favorite temples that I visited in Cambodia, and it’s not too surprising. Along with Bayon, Ta Prohm had that feeling of being a lost temple filled with potential discovery, which I loved.

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Even when it was swarming with tour groups (a lot of which were Korean), there were plenty of nooks and crannies ripe for exploring away from the crowds.

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Don’t You Want to Be in Kindergarten?

I haven’t written much in the past few days because I’ve been greatly involved in this cool activity known as sleeping.  I don’t know if it’s the flu shot I recently got (better late than never, right?) or if I’m still trying to readjust after coming back from vacation, or the fact that I am a teacher and therefore run around all day.  Either way, I’ve been falling asleep by 10:30 the last few nights.

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