Life in the End Times

Shin's gift to Annie on their One Year Anniversary

Dropping Jiggy Off

Filed under: Just Writing — Annie at 1:58 pm on Monday, June 30, 2008

Last night Shin and I dropped off a college student at his home. He’s only been here a few months from Korea. He let himself out of the car and waved goodbye and then stood there next to the car. We waited for him to walk in the house but he waited there calmly. So we also waited politely for him to go in and neither party moved, which started to become awkward.

Finally, I clarified to our guest, “American style is that we make sure you get inside safely!” then turning to Shin I said, “But Korean style is for the younger person (Jiggy) to wait see us leave!” Then Shin offered the option, “Let’s follow the American way tonight!” and that got resolved. It was very comical to see the opposing gestures.

It goes to show that you can’t be both Korean and American at the same time.

Dream: Crossing into North Korea

Filed under: Dreams & Nightmares — Annie at 1:48 am on Monday, June 30, 2008

I dreamed that Shin and I were in a type of train going somewhere. Suddenly we heard gunshots and ducked down. When the shooting stopped we realized that we had just passed the dmz. I knew it was the dmz because on either side of the tracks there were the same type of buses facing each other- one from the north and the other from the south.

When our train stopped we got out and realized we were in North Korea. Some women came towards us were talking with us. I was afraid because I didn’t want Kim Jong Il to find out that we had accidentally crossed over into their territory without permission. So we tried as best we could not to sound too foreign. We tried to just fit in like fellow Koreans. But it was impossible because the way we thought and talked was so new to them that they were intrigued and happy to meet strangers.

They gave us a little one room house to stay in and we just took our time thinking how to get out. Across from our hut was a Jewish lady and storeowner. We went over to meet her and she spoke perfect English. She knew that we were foreigners right away!

I don’t remember much else. But thought that was some crazy plot.

Project Sexy Pregnant Hair

Filed under: Baby — Annie at 11:57 am on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It’s time to cut it all off. I compiled some styles from my favorite hair inspiration websites:
They’re all a combination of bob with/without layers and bangs. So I think I have a pretty clear direction.

Dream: Funeral Decorations

Filed under: Dreams & Nightmares — Annie at 10:29 am on Monday, June 16, 2008

My dream is a little fuzzy but I dreamed that I was asked by these two women to make a display for a deceased person’s funeral. I didn’t know this person. They gave me her clothes and earrings and a box and some other stuff. I was trying to keep track of everything and fold everything to look nice but things would go missing when I tried to put it all together, or they wouldn’t fold well. I started feeling frustrated because I didn’t know this person well or how to arrange their stuff. In the meanwhile I saw 2 old church members from Bethel.

I arrived to the viewing ceremony and it was like a bazaar with long tables covered in white tablecloths in a square formation. There were all sorts of trinkets on each table, which were the things the person owned while alive. In the middle was the open casket. Mourners were coming by and weeping.

Analysis: It think this was about feeling obligation to someone I am detached towards yet who also requires honor because of their position. Somehow their material possessions have been placed in my care. It is obvious this person is valued by others because there was a mourner and there were those who were coordinating the memorial.

Father’s Day

Filed under: In-Laws & Outlaws — Annie at 12:30 am on Monday, June 16, 2008

Today we left church early after eating lunch and went up to Rose Hills to visit the grandfather’s tomb. The other aunts and uncles were there and it was a nice time. We all went to the cafe shop and had ice cream and chips and other stuff as the adults talked at one table and the “kids” the cousins sat at another, occasionally listening in.

Then afterwards we picked up sushi to celebrate the maternal grandparents. Everything was fish so I couldn’t eat a thing because I’m not supposed to eat fish and definitely not uncooked fish. I was sad to be overlooked but it was father’s day so at least the men ate to their content. I made everyone instant miso soup and ate it with rice. Then afterwards did all the dishes and took out the trash.

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