The Productive Morning

I had a hard time sleeping last night, so I’ve been up since about 6 AM.

Right now, it’s not yet noon, and I’ve already accomplished the following:

  • I scrubbed the heck out of my bathroom.
  • I finished a brochure for a group I’m involved with here.
  • I watched an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • I went to the bank to send money home.
  • I finally saw some beautiful leaves changing color.
  • I went grocery shopping.
  • I rigged a laundry line.

A short post, but I’m feeling rather good right now!

Beautiful leaves!

Beautiful leaves!

Two Month Update

As of today, I’ve officially been in Korea for two months! It feels like I just got here.

The past week has been a little difficult, especially since Halloween is just around the corner. It’s weird not to see the leaves changing color, or going apple picking, or pumpkin picking, or sitting around drinking cider. Autumn is my absolute favorite season, and I feel like I’ve taken these things for granted.

It’s still 70 degrees during the day here. The leaves are still green. The pumpkins here are more like plain old squash. It frustrates me because there’s a feeling I always get this time of year and I’m not feeling it.

I miss my mom. She’s in Greece doing Greek things. I miss my friends, although I do try and talk to them on messenger as much as possible. And I spent a long time Skyping with Razor last night, which really cheered me up! It’s not the same, though. I want to see my friends and hug them, and go for coffee, and go for long drives late at night while we sing silly songs.

I’m adjusting, though. I’m glad I finally got to meet Hannah. It’s nice to have one girl friend here who I can talk to on the phone.

One of the teachers who lived here before me left behind a glittery Styrofoam pumpkin, which I have prominently placed on the table in my apartment. It helps.

Also, I get to dress up for a Halloween party at work on Friday and I am going to a party at one of the expat bars on Saturday. It should be fun. I went out and bought some costume pieces yesterday!

My Saturday morning/afternoon will almost certainly consist of watching Hocus Pocus and whatever other Halloween movies I can find online, eating chocolate and other junk food, and doing fun makeup!

A Little Late…

But Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Autumn is my most favorite season, and I’m a little sad that it doesn’t feel like it yet here in Korea.

The weather has been going back and forth between hot and muggy and cold and rainy. I’m just dying for cool and dry with the option of sweatshirt.

I want to see leaves turn to rust, to gold. I want to smell that fall earth smell: light, crisp, with the slightest hint of musk. I want to walk through beautiful places and watch nature works its magic right in front of my eyes.

Unfortunately, everything is still verdant as ever.

I can’t find a pumpkin spice latte. Not one. I even went into Starbucks the other day (which I only do on the rarest occasions) in the hopes that they would have pumpkin, but all they had was maple pecan. Which was still good. But not pumpkin.

Even if I can’t fully embrace autumn yet, I can still listen to my absolute favorite band of the season: Type O Negative.