sarea: (park seo-joon)
2017-09-15 12:01 am
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Hwarang through ep 13

I know people have issues with this show, but [profile] jade_okelani and I are loving it, and we just finished episode 13. >.> I guess there's something wrong with us... or maybe it hasn't gotten to the point yet where it goes off a cliff? Anyway, I hope it's the former. :))))) I mean, if we're crazy, at least it's folie a deux.

Spoilers! )
sarea: (fight my way)
2017-09-10 05:10 pm

long catch-up on various things

Update on Lasik: I'm still enjoying not having to wear contacts/glasses, but my right eye seems to have gotten "fuzzy" again. Fuzzy is perhaps too strong a word; if I cover my left eye, I can see fine out of my right, it's just not as SHARP as my left. The result is that when I have both eyes uncovered, it "feels" like I have something in my right eye making things not as sharp, which makes me want to rub it, which is a big no no. Sigh. I'm not sure what's accounting for it, because previously I was told that it was due to post-op inflammation, but that should no longer be a factor. I guess I'll just have to see what comes out of my 1-month post-op checkup.

I have been making a lot of food recently. Details + recipe for Hong Kong style milk tea )

I've also finished a handful of K-dramas since the last time I think I wrote about them... Okay, maybe it's more than a handful... )

Football season has started again! I'm participating in 3 fantasy football leagues this year. Two are on ESPN and one is on NFL.com, which totally sucks. Yahoo is my favorite, but it's not as popular as ESPN, and the one league that uses it, I bowed out of this season.
sarea: (hyungsik and boyoung)
2017-08-31 07:35 pm
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I did Lasik!

I thought it had been ages since I last really updated, but I'm not that behind, whew. I guess it just feels like it, because it seems that a lot has happened since mid-Aug.

One big thing is that I got Lasik surgery!! YES A LASER CUT MY EYES AND I'M STILL HERE TO TALK ABOUT IT! All the deets. )
sarea: (Default)
2017-08-31 07:28 pm

August beauty boxes

Welp! This should be the last month in which I detail 3 beauty boxes, because I have canceled Ipsy. It's slightly too bad, because they've been doing all right the past couple of months, but overall it's still the one I look forward to the least, and I really don't need 3 subscriptions. I probably don't even need 2, but right now I wouldn't be able to choose between Birchbox or Sephora Play.

On to August's stuff! )
sarea: (stiles faceplant)
2017-08-11 01:58 pm
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air conditioning woes

Well, I have had my air conditioning repaired... again. Yes, this is the second time in three days. Sigh. Since moving to Washington nearly two decades ago, I've never lived in a place that had air conditioning. It's typically just fine in the Pacific Northwest, with only a few days in the summer that get so hot it's nigh unbearable. Even last year, I never felt like it was hot enough to warrant turning on the a/c. That changed over the last couple of weeks, when it's been really hot here. I decided, okay, it's time to turn it on!

The story of the a/c. )
sarea: (Yoon Eun-hye)
2017-07-21 11:20 am

my new suitcase!!!

I'm here to talk luggage. I bought a new suitcase, and I looooooooove iiiiiiit.

It's an Away, and I learned about it through my coworkers, because it's making the rounds. The most popular one seems to be "The Carry On," which is the smallest one they make. Its dimensions make it allowable on all major airlines (domestic and international) as a carry on. It's super well designed, so it's compact but roomy. It's also got a TSA-approved lock, which means you can lock your suitcase, but it can be opened if necessary by those special keys TSA has, so they don't break your lock. It also has a PHONE CHARGER. That's right, as you're waiting for your flight, you can freaking charge your phone with your suitcase. How awesome is that? I mean, yes, I realize that many major airports have some kind of charging station at the gate these days -- but still, not having to be reliant on those, and not having to jostle with others for a free spot, is pretty awesome. (I assume you can charge pretty much any device if it has a USB hookup.) And it's a pretty big powerbank -- 10000mAh, which is good for charging an iPhone up to five times.

My coworker K. was able to pack her entire 6-day trip to D.C. and fit it into her Carry On, and she also brought SEVEN PAIRS OF SHOES. :O Like, forget for a moment that it's totally crazy to bring seven pairs of shoes on any trip, much less one that lasts for less than a week -- the fact she was able to do that is awesome. To be totally fair, it's not just the suitcase, but also the fact that she -- and everyone else I know these days -- uses packing cubes, but still.

I got "The Bigger Carry On," which is good for all major US airlines and some international. May not fit as a carry on in smaller planes. But it's otherwise got the same benefits as The Carry On. (They also sell checked luggage that doesn't come with a power bank.)

Also, I bought the limited edition Minions one. :D It even comes with a Minions design sleeper bag!

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Here's the charger, located at the top near the handle. There are two USB ports, one that's high-speed and the other that's regular-speed.

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I cannot wait to travel with it for the first time. Everyone else has loved theirs to pieces, so I'm guessing I will too. :D If this got you excited about a suitcase, here's a link for $20 off (yes, if you buy a suitcase, I get a $20 credit, yadda yadda).
sarea: (Default)
2017-07-18 11:09 pm

Beauty boxes for June 2017

All of my July boxes just arrived, so it's time to take a look at June's! Because I'm perpetually behind!

Why does a year's worth seem like so many... )
sarea: (Default)
2017-06-11 12:25 am

May 2017 beauty boxes

It's crazy how quickly a month passes.

What May had in store... )
sarea: (stiles faceplant)
2017-06-08 07:26 pm

He looked like Il-hoon in my peripheral vision, okay!

Wow that it's been a month+ since I last updated. ><

It's particularly a shame, because I have been saving talking about my latest K-celeb obsession because I felt he deserved his own post, and now I've gone so far down Obsession Road that having to walk back to square one seems like a daunting task.

...and one I won't be trying to tackle tonight, either. :))

Instead I'm just here to point you all to [personal profile] adelagia's post about our weekend trip to Vancouver, in which we basically had as many meals as we did escape rooms, lol. We unfortunately wasted a meal on the very disappointing Night Market, but at least now we know what we're missing (long lines and crowds), which is to say that we're not missing anything at all.

My post about Sung-jae will come in time. Good things come to those who wait (and wait)!
sarea: (goong bear)
2017-05-01 12:25 pm

from Hannover to New York

Well, now I'm in New York! Arrived on Friday, so I've somehow already been here a few days. O.o Time flies. I don't know if it's the time zone changes or what, but I have been having a really terrible time with my math while here. More on that in a bit. My body clock is also all screwed up. Going from Seattle to Hannover then to New York, I have no idea what time it's supposed to be! Every time I look at a clock I'm mystified that that's the time.

More details on my trips... )

I can't remember if I mentioned this in my other post, but on my flight over, I watched a Japanese anime film called "your name" and it was WONDERFUL. I made Jade watch it too, and she also thought it was a beautiful movie. Totally rec it. It had everything you want a good movie to have.

I'm so bummed to be missing two Korean classes, especially during some very difficult lessons. We're on compound vowels now, and I find it so confusing. :/
sarea: (Default)
2017-04-26 01:29 pm

Guten tag!

I am now in Germany! Well, I've been here for a few days, and am leaving in another couple, but I have a lull in the work I'm doing right now so might as well take the time to update LJ, lol. It's kind of crazy, though, the workspace here is TERRIBLE. There are hardly any power outlets for dozens of people, so people just camp out at an outlet or queue up to use one, it's insane. If I have to come back next year, I'm going to have to remember to bring a power strip.

I'm pleased to say that my experience with this trip has been a lot better than it was last year. Last year, I basically only knew one person, O., who was great to work with work-wise, but on a social level she wasn't really that person. This year, I'm not only traveling with one of my writers, which is great, but my business owner this year is J., who isn't as good on the work side, but is great for the social side of things. Last year, O. and I had one dinner together; this year, J. has arranged at least two team dinners so far which have been fun! More details on the trip. )

I have one and a half more days here -- I fly to New York on Friday -- and V. and I are hoping to get in at least two massages (one today, one tomorrow) before we go, because J. found a Thai massage place that costs only 30 Euros an hour.
sarea: (hyungsik and boyoung)
2017-04-19 07:45 pm

finished 3 k-dramas

[personal profile] adelagia and I have started our Korean class, and I am LOVING it so far! It's so fun to learn! And I love being able to put a lot of it to practice by watching K-dramas and looking up the names of my favorite actors (after guessing at how they spell their name). ;)

I'm actually really surprised by the written language. I had always imagined it was like Chinese, because they use characters, so it was just a matter of memorizing a bunch of different characters. But in fact, it's a lot more like English, wherein they have vowels and consonants, and you use them to create words, just like English! But instead of words going left to right, the words are placed so that they look more like characters (like Chinese). Anyway, the whole thing is really fun and awesome.

I'm just bummed that due to work travel, I'm going to miss two weeks in a row. Argh! I'll be so behind. :( I hope I can keep up; I've felt really good about things so far and it would really be tragic if this ends up derailing the whole thing.

******

For my last few K-dramas, I seemed to be in a cycle where I was either watching a show where I liked the story, or a show where I liked the ship, but not both. >< This is unlike, say, Answer Me 1997, High School King of Savvy, and Oh My Ghostess, where I liked both of those things at once. (SIG was in all these shows in some capacity... coincidence?? ;) )

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

In the category of a show where I liked the ship -- "like" is an understatement -- is Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. There was a period of time when I was super done with everything about it other than the stuff with the main pairing, but the other stuff was SO terrible that it was a really frustrating viewing experience. Buuuuuut they did right by us, mostly, in the final two episodes, so my overall lasting impression of the show is positive. I do plan, however, to create a supercut of the show that removes almost everything about the gangsters, and possibly some of the kidnapping plot as well, because both of those things were so poorly done.

As a whole, SWDBS was not a good show. Its massive success is wholly based on the chemistry between, and the individual charms of, its two leads. It also, occasionally, had beautiful cinematography. But that's pretty much it. The writing, story development, plot, pacing, and secondary characters all left so much to be desired. But the leads were so good, and their chemistry so wonderful, that I would still recommend the show to anyone (though I'd caveat it). That's pretty powerful!

Spoilers through finale. )

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

The opposite of SWDBS is Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, which was written by the same writer who co-wrote High School King of Savvy and Oh My Ghostess, both of which were really good in all ways. WFKBJ was a good show, with great writing, pacing, plot development, secondary characters, etc. The leads weren't, in my opinion, as strong as SWDBS (I know Tumblr would shout me down on this one; the couple seems universally beloved). They were good, but I never shipped them the way I ship Bo-young and Hyungsik Bong-soon and Min-hyuk.

I never really got into the lead actress/heroine (way too much crying and wailing for my taste, and I do not understand their coloring choices for her at all), and while I did like the lead actor/hero, I wasn't quite as into him once he was completely defanged (just like Spike!). People seem to love that both Ahn Min-hyuk and Jung Joon-hyung are both nice guy heroes, and while I definitely like that too, what made them interesting was that they both also had a bit of an asshole sheen. I particularly liked Joon-hyung for not getting sucked back into his ex-girlfriend's BS.

Answer Me 1994

This is another one where I liked the story a lot more than I liked any of the ships. It was actually a near-miracle that I ended up finishing this one at all, considering how much I disliked the heroine initially. In the end, I was fine with her, which is a good thing since I have to watch her opposite Park Hyungsik in Hwarang at some point. But the ship was... so meh. It says a lot that [profile] jade_okelani and I thought watching all of 1994 was worth it just for the brief cameos that SIG and Eun-ji did... it speaks to how little we were into 1994, and how much we loved the ship in 1997.

Spoilers! )

I was going to include two other dramas in this post, but if I do that, who knows when I'll actually post this thing? So -- the end! (For now.)
sarea: (Yoon Eun-hye)
2017-04-19 01:31 pm

Beauty boxes for April

Just got the last of the April boxes yesterday, so now I'm all caught up!

Le April boxeez. )
sarea: (Yoon Eun-hye)
2017-04-19 12:58 pm

Beauty boxes for March

This is the month where I got a couple of eye shadow palettes, which I actually liked because, while I don't normally wear eyeshadow, I've been experimenting with brown/purple, which Chae-kyung wears once in Goong and looked soooooo good. I bought a couple of shadows from Etude House, but the colors haven't been right and I haven't liked the way they apply.

Enter... Laura Mercier. I think I mentioned before that I was trying out some of their lip glosses, which I generally like. But one of the lip glosses came with a mini LM Caviar Stick, which doubles as a shadow and eyeliner. And guess what? I loved it! It's highly pigmented and glides on sooooo nicely. I ended up buying it in dark brown and purple, and it achieves the look I was going for, wheee! Only caveat is that with the Caviar Sticks you do need a blending brush.

Onto the March 2017 boxes! )
sarea: (Yoon Eun-hye)
2017-04-18 10:27 pm

Beauty boxes for February

I have a very long K-drama post I've been working on for ages, but I realized I'm totally behind on doing beauty box posts, so I'll do those first! It's super helpful to me to have these to refer back to, actually.

What February wrought. )
sarea: (spaghetti)
2017-03-31 11:43 am

why am I posting this instead of going to lunch?

Korean classes start next week!! Eeee!! The weird thing though was that other than the initial registration confirmation, I'd gotten NO email/notices from them at all. [personal profile] adelagia was like, check the website, duh!!! Which to me is a little nutty. Seriously, you can't email your students some pertinent info like where to go and whether they should buy any textbooks? God, the education system in America... Then [personal profile] adelagia said that since this was community college, she would be happy just to not have Senor Chang as our professor. But you know, NOW I'LL BE DISAPPOINTED!!! That would be so awesome. "Anneyong, CHILDREN!"

Seattle Restaurant Week starts this weekend, and I'm going to try and make it to a few! [personal profile] adelagia and I may do one or two, and I will do a couple with my mom, too -- she looooves RW.

Another ep of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon tonight! Eee!

I'm going to try out some Laura Mercier lip glosses. A coworker of mine uses them and I just LOVE the way they look on her. That said, of course, makeup is super personal and it could look like shit on me. That's why I'm getting a few travel-size ones on eBay, rather than committing to a full tube of one color. My travel-sized Laura Geller gloss (which I still love) is lasting me forever, so really, a small size is really all that's needed. Also, in researching this stuff, it actually reaffirmed my desire to keep going with my Birchbox and Sephora Play subscriptions. High-end makeup/skincare is SO pricey (the cost of a full-size LM gloss is $26), and the sample sizes are really very generous. For the cost of a year's beauty box subscription, I could buy fewer than 5 LM lip glosses! But with the subscriptions I get so much more than just lip gloss, I'm able to use most of what I'm sent, *and* I get the fun element of getting a box of surprises to try out each month. I'm going to cancel the Ipsy subscription, though. I'm generally less impressed with their products/samples, and I definitely don't need three beauty box subscriptions. I should probably also give up either Birchbox or Sephora Play, but I love them both too much right now.

I have gotten sucked back into Groupons because of their irresistible deals to their users who haven't used them in awhile. :)) Luckily, I'm not interested in looking for random deals without those special codes and what not that turns a deal into a steal, so hopefully I won't run into the issue I ran into a number of years back, where I was buying anything that looked remotely interesting, just because it was a good deal!
sarea: (ISWAK)
2017-03-30 02:29 pm

just goes to show, any show is better when watching with your BFF

All right so, I have to say, I am really enjoying Answer Me 1994 now. Jade and I just finished episode... 8, I want to say? I'm just enjoying the show all up more, meaning I really like all the characters' interactions with one another. It's kind of nice to watch a show where I'm not obsessed with any pairing, which means I can enjoy it on a different level, without the exhausting shipping. :))) SWDBS is taking up all the energy I have on that front. :)) Spoilers. )

I have seen the BEST interview ever between Park Bo-young and Song Joong-ki, from when they made A Werewolf Boy. (Good movie right up until the last 15 minutes, which is maddening.) Even though I kinda sorta ship PBY with Hyungsik because of SWDBS (he is just SO CUTE/FLIRTY with her in all the behind the scenes videos they've released!), seeing that interview really put me on the fence. They are so adorable together, and Joong-ki is one of those guys who has a totally irresistible sense of humor! It comes across in his acting, which I think is why I love him so much. They even got together again last year to do a plug -- of their own accord -- of the latest movie from the director of AWB. Anyway, PYB calls SJK "oppa" in the interview, which made me think about the fact that she seems older than Hyungsik, to the point where I couldn't actually imagine her calling him oppa. So I looked up their ages, and she's almost two years older than him, which I think they're preserving for the show (her being his noona, I mean, not the exact age diff). Anyway, I'm going to try and gif that PBY/SJK interview, but not sure how successful I'll be, because I couldn't find an HD version of it, boohoo.
sarea: (go crazy)
2017-03-25 12:11 am

(no subject)

I am an ice-cream making GENIUS! I have successfully copycatted my favorite ice cream from Salt & Straw!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG I am SO excited, because I love that ice cream SO MUCH, and it seems that Salt & Straw is never coming to Seattle.

Okay, well, I can't know if I have copied it EXACTLY RIGHT, but it tastes close enough that I am perfectly content.

I used David Lebovitz's vanilla ice cream base and tinkered with that, and then I made a caramel sauce that seems like a pretty common recipe. I wasn't liberal enough with the caramel in the ice cream itself, so there aren't enough ribbons, but that's easily fixed by drizzling some over the top. Next time, I'll be more generous with ribboning it into the actual ice cream.

Recipe! )
sarea: (the Parks)
2017-03-24 11:59 am

You're not saying you won't eat crappy food in random places, are you?

I am on a kitchen goddess ROLL. I've gotten pretty good at making jajangmyeon, if I say so myself (and I DO, okay). I've made it four or five times now, and I've got it down to a science. So delicious! The only negative is that I can't seem to find the right noodles to use. I'm using fresh Korean noodles, but I've tried various kinds and they're all a little too thick. Besides, jajangmyeon is a Korean take on a Chinese dish, so the noodles should actually be more Chinese-style. There's apparently "jajangmyeon noodles" labeled as such out there, but I've never been able to find them. :( (In related news, [profile] jade_okelani ate jajangmyeon for the first time and now understands what all the hype is about.) The other day I also made chicken tamale pie, and that was reallllllllly good also.

Never let it be said that I neglect dessert! I've also made two kinds of ice cream: vanilla with chocolate stracciatella (basically, chocolate chip ice cream) and chocolate almond walnut. Sooooooooo good. I recently had a disappointing experience with a store-bought ice cream, and decided to make my own. There was one summer when I was making ice cream constantly, but it's been awhile, so I was a little rusty. The custard for the vanilla one seemed a little dicey initially, but after straining it, it turned out great. Next up: I'm going to try and make my favorite sea salt with caramel ribbons ice cream from Salt & Straw. My experimentation so far. )

[profile] jade_okelani and I are sooooooooo **HEARTEYES** over Park Hyungsik it's not even funny. We just LOVE HIM in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, and love the show, period. Yes, it has its flaws. But they're easy to overlook when there's so much else we enjoy! I'm both happy and sad that we started watching while it's airing. It's such a great show to look forward to, but it's sooooooooo disappointing when there's no new episode for another week. The problem is, when we decided to watch SWDBS in real time, we had expected to like Goblin a lot more (or I did, at least), and not expected to like SWDBS quite so much. Sigh.

Isn't this an awesome shot of Park Bo-young and Park Hyung-sik? She looks so much better with her normal dark hair like she has it in everything else I've ever seen her in. I'm not sure why Bong-soon has to have the light brown/orange hair, even though PBY is so attractive she can pull it off anyway.



SWDBS spoilers through ep 8. )

The main theme song from SWDBS is sung by Jung Eun-ji! <3!! I love her voice.

I'm giving Reply 1994 another shot. [profile] jade_okelani and I started Reply 1988, but we got to talking, and it seemed to make sense for her to see at least the pilot of Reply 1994. If she could take it, then I could probably get through it with someone else to watch with me, and then we'd be watching things in chronological order. The interesting thing is, on rewatch, I actually do like 1994 better than I did before! Maybe it's watching with Jade, or maybe it's just having the distance from 1997, which I loved sooooooooooooooooo much. I'm not as bothered about the parents being the same actors, and even Go Ara doesn't annoy me as much. I'm still not a fan, but I don't dislike her as much as I did the first time around. This also bodes well for my plan to watch Hwarang (for Park Hyungsik). Spoilery comment. )

One of the shows that's on our watchlist, that must now be bumped up, is She Was Pretty. Why? Because in episode 9, there are cameos from Seo In-guk AND Park Hyungsik!!!!!!!!! If they are on screen at the same time, I might actually not survive.

I was forced to buy a new iPod because my old iPod, the discontinued 120GB one that I got yeeeeeaaars ago, stopped working after the latest iTunes update. It was super annoying, but I've had issues with it over the years, I don't actually need 120GB of space on my portable music player, and I figured this might be Apple's way of stopping support for it once and for all. And by "stopped working" I don't mean that it literally stopped working. I can plug it into my car or any speakers, and it will play fine. However, iTunes and my PC can't read it, so I can't update it. In fact, I thought I might have to wipe the whole thing and re-input all my music, which I've had to do several times before, but I can't even do that. It's basically a time capsule at this point, with only the music I've put into it before March 2017. :P Part of me wondered if I should just be patient, and with the next update of iTunes, it'll fix itself. But like I said, I just figured it was time to get a new iPod, so I did. Only days after I got it, however, I learned from [personal profile] adelagia that she only got her new iPod last year, and the same thing happened to her! So... WTF!

Anyway, what's done is done, and I don't really regret it. I liked that I was able to personalize it with an inscription on the back (I used a song lyric, since it's an iPod!). I like that it uses a touch screen. And I LOVE that I can connect to it via Bluetooth from my car and wireless headphones. So, all in all, despite being resentful of Apple for breaking their own shit so that I can't use it, I'm not sorry I upgraded.

Subject line: Bong-soon's Mom to Min-hyuk, in order to manipulate him into joining them for breakfast.