Three Things for Monday, February 29, 2016

  • Interesting AMA on the Foreign Service.  A lot of good info there, but it’s also a jaded perspective of someone who is getting out.  FS Life isn’t easy, in spite of all the awesomeness associated with it.
  • This job is nuts.  I got an email today that had me literally screaming and shaking in the office.  I’ll share details later after all the fallout hits the ground.
  • Tomorrow is a national holiday and the Eminent Child has three friends coming over. I’ll make pizza for them.

Three things for Sunday February 28, 2016

  • Funny how missing one day in a routine can utterly destroy it.  Had a good week of work, family, and life.  The Eminent Child is baby tonight.  Friends have heard about my allowance system and they wanted to support the E.C.’s financial responsibility and growth.  She spends a lot of time with this family anyway and its a great gesture and excellent opportunity for her to get some babysitting experience.
  • Sold Girl Scout Cookies with the Eminent Child today.  She and the other two young girls really worked the crowd.  They are not allowed to campaign or canvas overseas and are just limited to publicly tables where they can sell the cookies.  We were at the commissary and sold out the LAST of this year’s cookies.
  • Snowed a lot today, unexpectedly.

3 Things For Sunday February 21, 2016

  • Initially planned to go sledding with some friends.  The Child slept at their house Saturday night and I joined for breakfast, but as it took longer than expected to make and consume breakfast and the kids started playing, we ended up cancelling the sledding and just spent the day together.  Deli sandwiches for lunch, dominoes in the afternoon, and then Korean bbq for dinner.  Great day!
  • The EC and the other daughter made popsicle stick birdhouses, then came back to our house to use the sewing machine to make cushions.  Pretty cool to see them so capable.
  • We have 18 weekends left before we depart and already have stuff planned for at least one day of every weekend into April.  Time is going to FLY.

3 things for Wednesday February 17, 2016

  • Had a great weekend skiing with the E.C. and E.S. Saturday was warm and slushy but great conditions for learning, was a lot of fun. Sunday was solid ice, they didn't even go out, choosing the spend the day in the hot tubs instead. Monday dawned beautiful with several inches of new snow so we boarded the morning in fantastic groomed runs with fresh snow and empty slopes.
  • The Eminent Sister departed Seoul for home today. She got to meet up with a friend from high school who is stationed here on Monday after we got back, then she went to the DMZ Tuesday. I wasn't feeling well and stayed home alone. Made a killer pasta for dinner.
  • Made meat pies, curry, and BLT tonight. Meat pies are Mediterranean style, a practice run for Girl Scouts World Thinking Day – Egypt theme- on Saturday. Turned out great. I used this recipe and added allspice, nutmeg, and paprika to the beef (no lamb). Turned out great!! Would only use 1/2 cup pine nuts next time though.


3 things for Thursday Feb 11, 2016

  • Had a jam-packed day as control officer and it went really well.  At least until the TV interviewers sent their cameraman to the wrong place.  And one of our contacts leaked our discussion to the press.
  • Eminent Child and Sibling had a good time just the two of them at Lotte World.
  • The Child is fasting for 30 hours to raise awareness for child hunger.  Good luck!

3 Things for Wednesday February 10, 2016

  • The Sibling and I walked part of the old Castle wall.  Was a nice hike, perfect weather, went through the military zone behind the Blue House.
  • Dongdaemun was closed (still Seollal!) but hit up Insadong to finish the day out.
  • Came home and had a fire with some Indian and watched (part of) The Dark Knight. Was getting late so we punted the rest of the movie till later.

3 Things for Tuesday, February 9,2016

  • We all slept in today, then lounged around the home with the Eminent Child icing her ankle.  Played “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes” to great fun
  • Palsaek for dinner with snowflake ice for dessert.  Good times.
  • Sustain pedal on the Child’s Yamaha DGX-650 stopped working for some reason.  Troubleshooting via the manual didn’t help.

3 things for Monday February 8, 2016

  • BBQ’ed a butt and ribs today.  Probably the best I’ve made yet.
  • Fun Super Bowl. D. Lee joined us and we had a nice morning just watching the game.
  • Had a good afternoon tasting some Blanton’s Special Reserve in the afternoon, then went to a Lunar New Year party.  Eminent Sibling and Child had good fun too.  Yesterday hit up Gyeongbokgong Palace and Myeoungdong Market but didn’t make it up the cable car to Seoul Tower, the line was just too long.  Also a great day though.

3 things for Saturday February 6, 2016

  • Tiggs is here!
  • We went to the war museum after the DMZ tour was cancelled. Got some good history in
  • Just Dance party was epic.

3 things for Thursday February 4, 2016

  • Read about Foreign Service officers and families traveling on just UAB. Wow.
  • The Eminent Sister (youngest) arrives tomorrow. W00t! I hope that getting out with her is an inspiration to keep getting out
  • Booked spring break this morning.  Will be good to see some old friends too.