Friday, June 29, 2012


Now that I'm working in the corporate world, I've realized how important Friday-culture is.

Every Friday feels like a small victory. There is a camaraderie in the office, as if we are all congratulating each other for surviving another week without having a meltdown.

I used to scoff at the idea of Casual Friday, back when I was an ignorant child whose only exposure to it was on the television. Now, I revel in the comfort and lack of stodgy-ness my Friday wear brings.

Although now, I no longer look forward to the Full House, Family Matters, Step-by-Step and big closer, 20/20, line-up, TGIF has never sounded sweeter.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


I still get occasional hits on my South Korea blog.

I can track this through the analytics tool Google offers. The latest visitor to my site got there by searching the phrase "big butts in south korea".

Another visitor (or perhaps the same visitor) is from the Ukraine. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

How many is too many?

The other day, I overheard a conversation at the gas station between two elderly people.

They knew each other and hadn't seen one another in awhile.

"I've got 37 great-grandkids," she told her friend.
"I've got 74," he replied.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Adam SADler

      Adam Sandler's "That's My Boy" releases this Father's Day weekend.

 I really wish he would stop wasting my life by making movies.

I fell in love with this:

A Visit from the Goon Squad

I've been reading "A Visit From the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan. It won a Pulitzer. Although, not this year, because no one was good enough.  (Snobs)

The book is a series of vignettes of intertwining characters and it goes between past and present. It details the exuberance and coolness of their youth and then flashes forward to present day with their baggage, anxiety and general decay.

My favorite line that sums up the idea of the book (in my opinion) is:

(describing a junkie couple)

They were huddled up against each other, looking haggard and sexy the way young people can for a little while, until they just look haggard.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Number One Single

I hate when a band puts their hit song as the first song on the album. It gives me less incentive to listen to the second half of the album.

The most recent offender of this is the Alabama Shakes.  In the past, years have gone by before I've listened to the second half of a record because that band chose to put their single in the number one slot on the record.

However, I think Siri understands me. When I asked her to play the Alabama Shakes today, she chose a random song on the album and didn't start from the beginning. 

I also think I may be a bit distracted from the Alabama Shakes album because of a last minute download of The Lumineers.

I'm really digging that album. Their song "Ho Hey" caught my ear on that Blue Moon commercial. and the love affair has continued ever since.

Siri even corrects me. Like when I said, "Siri, play 'Hey Ho' by the Lumineers," she replied with "Let's listen to Ho Hey-

I need real friends.

Note to Self

When wearing khaki's and a white top, it is dangerous to drive and eat chicken McNuggets while dunking them in BBQ sauce and trying not to stain aforementioned clothing.

Almost as dangerous as texting while driving.

Cease and desist immediately.

Monday, June 11, 2012

New Music for an Old Bag

Recently I took a good friend's advice and listened to the Alabama Shakes album. Apparently they are real hot right now, he said.

I'd heard their single "Hold On" on my favorite Peoria radio station 99.9 WWCT and was curious.

However, their name, "The Alabama Shakes" kind of sounds like a degenerative nerve disease.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

What to Write?

I've been asked to write a blog post for our local newspaper about my travels.

What should I write about?

-The weird re-adjustment period upon returning home

-Meeting North Korean defectors

-Expat life in Seoul

I'm also open to suggestions.