Me, Myself and I – Day 1

Jason left for Cambodia today. It is awesome that God’s going to teach him and use him in great ways, but I am really going to miss him. It’s going to be a long, but hopefully not dreary, time without him with me. My primary love language is quality time, so I like spending (you guessed it) quality time as a way for me to express and receive love. Because of this, I know there are some of you that are concerned about me while J is gone, so I will attempt to fill you in some of my day’s highlights.

Day 1:

  • Got to spend time with a client family who received their referral of their baby, which was awesome! I think this was part of the reason why I didn’t get to go to Cambodia, so I can share this experience with this particular family. It was a special time for this family, as well as for myself.
  • The rest of the work day was typical. Dealt with traffic, stopped by Target to buy some presents for upcoming weekend events
  • Some of the youth group kids came over to hang out, and they bought me some beautiful yellow flowers and a card. So sweet! Thanks 3 husbands and 1 wife!
  • Played Settlers of Catan, and I won! (happily settlers after, indeed!) Then watched ‘The Fast and The Furious’
  • Oscar bit me rather hard today because he was bored and wanted to play, and he finally broke skin on my big toe :( It didn’t bleed but stung when I showered.
  • The students left and then walked Oscar
  • Looked everywhere for the Roomba remote control to halt tomorrow’s vacuum schedule — since I didn’t want Oscar to freak out while I was out and for the puppy training pads to get caught in the vacuum — but couldn’t find the remote. So I had to tilt the vacuum on its side to keep it from running (oh the things you do for your baby..)

All in all, I had a pretty full day which was filled with various pleasantries.. but so much for going to bed early.

Ok, going to sleep now. Please pray for our missions team, as they’re still in flight. Thanks for reading and good night!

mixed bleed dog

We’ve been contemplating on whether or not we should get another dog so that Oscar would have a companion. So, I went on this particular site and looked around and saw this post. It read, “mixed bleed dog good to good home good with kids” and had this picture:

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Pretty funny… You’d think they would take a few minutes to make the post a little more presentable (unless that was the nicest one they could take). Is the girl’s expression any indication of the dog’s temperament? Hey, it might just be me, but I’m having a hard time buying into the “good with kids” comment. Would you want to bring home this dog?

Manchuria belongs to Korea

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When I was young, maybe too young to care, I’ve heard from my parents that Manchuria used to belong to Korea. I used to think, ‘oh that’s cool’ and just move on. But, I came across this article and found out the real history. Essentially, a chunk Manchuria really did belong to Korea, but Japan, when it used to occupy Korea, ceded that area to China in a treaty to gain earning rights to build railroads. The United Nations declared that treaty was null and void because the treaty was a forced one. Now, China is pouring an enormous amount of money to distort the history claiming that the area which used to belong to Korea was part of China’s ancient history in their new school text books.

http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=1009

What do you think about this? And, what do you think the resolution should be?

Bridging the gap

Over the past weekend, I took some of our girl students to the Pink Conference, a girls’ conference for the Asian Americans. Dr. Josephine Kim, a counseling education professor at Harvard, spoke to the girls and the parents (separately) about the cultural and communication differences between the first generation parents and their children and the effects it has on us physically, emotionally and spiritually. She also shared about things parents should know about their children, and I think it was an eye-opener for many parents. I think she connected with the girls (and the parents) on a deep level considering the short allotted time. I was so excited to hear her speak about an area which I’m so passionate about. I was also really impressed that she was not only highly intelligent, but she was also perfectly bilingual and was so accomplished at such a young age.

And it was cool cuz I got to have lunch with her the following day. At first, I thought that I might pick her brain about her knowledge and experience, but we ended up talking a lot about personal things. I found that she was really personable and I had fun being able to talk to someone using both fluent English and Korean, because 뭔가 통하는게 있어 and because there are many things in which there are no direct translation. Anyhoo, it was fun making a new friend and meeting a fellow counselor.

Upon reflecting over the weekend, I realized again just how many individuals are out there living with scars from current/past hurts they received from families and society and not living the kind of life God wants us to. I rediscovered my hope of bridging the gap between different generations and cultures and help bring about restoration and healing. I believe that meeting Josephine this past weekend was God-ordained. I hope that there will be opportunities to collaborate with her to do some healing work for the Asian community.

Oscar!

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On Wednesday night, Oscar joined our family!! Yay!

The very night before that, Jason said that we should maybe wait until the Fall to get a puppy. And I agreed. We had talked about it a lot, and it was the most logical choice. We also said that would be the case unless we could find a very young westie (under 8 or 9 months) for cheap. But on Wednesday afternoon, I saw the post on craigslist and saw this little guy who is only 6 weeks old, and all the pictures of him slightly showed the end of his tongue sticking out, which is so stinkin’ cute! So after our house church meeting, we went to meet the owner. The owner’s family was from Uruguay, and they were very nice. They own both of the puppy’s parents, which was an added bonus.

Oscar is a cool puppy! He’s pretty chill, which we love but he’s also very playful at the same time. I think the name Oscar suits him. Even his initials are cute (O.J.)!  :) I just want to squeeze him all the time.. sigh. Needless to say, we fell in love with the little white furball! I’m so glad we found him!

Salad lovers beware

For all you salad lovers out there, read this:

WORST SALAD

Chick-Fil-A Chick-n-Strips Salad with buttermilk ranch dressing

* 800 calories
* 60 g fat (12 g saturated fat)
* 1,745 mg sodium

With 17 more grams of fat than Taco Bell’s Fiesta Taco Salad, this is the worst salad from any drive-through. The dressing alone sets you back 42.5 grams of fat. Take a look at our list of the worst salads in America and see how this one compares.

Eat This Instead:

Chick-Fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Salad with fat-free honey mustard dressing

* 360 calories
* 8 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat)
* 1,170 mg sodium

I’ve heard so many salad horror stories, and maybe that’s why I don’t order it as much (well, never). With so many salads being unhealthy, my rationale (or justification, take your pick) leads me to choose a Big Mac if it has the same, or sometimes more, fat and calorie content as a salad, and it tastes way better than tossed grass.

To read the full article on other fast food disasters, go to:

Unhealthy Restaurants

I really enjoy reading articles about food, nutrition and restaurants and find it beneficial. After reading this article, I don’t think I’ll be setting foot in any of the restaurants that received ‘D’s and ‘F’s in the health grade. You’ll be surprised (and disgusted) at how bad eating out can be, which bummed me out ‘cuz I enjoy eating out..

Read on and stay away…

http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100235017

It’s about time

deadbolt-remote Have you ever thought of something ingenuous and logical at the same time? Like when you come home with groceries or have other things in your hand and you could use that third hand. Or when it’s cold or raining and just don’t want to fiddle with the keys.

Finally, Black and Decker has come out with a remote wireless residential access control, or simply, a deadbolt remote (I’ve done some research and evidently, this is not a new innovation and has been out for some time — and I didn’t know about it!) This was something that I wanted to invent myself many years ago but hadn’t weighed all the benefits and risks yet. But seriously, it’s about time someone came out with this idea! It’d be great if the remote could also open the door, too. Ok, now I’m just getting lazy.  I want me one of those. I wonder how much something like this would cost? At what price would you say it’s worth getting?