Monthly Archives: August 2013

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Hospitals, Hamsters….everyday life as I know it


Well, I’ve been back since the day after my birthday and it already seems like so much has happened and it’s been ages, but it hasn’t even been a month. Not much is going on other than work, which is exhausting but rewarding. I’m slowing settling into the old routines. Some things, as much as I hate them, have forced themselves into my routine…. like Halla Hospital. I ended having to go make a emergency visit to my doctor yesterday afternoon.

That trip to the hospital was just a little too routine for me. By routine I mean I fumble around in a maze of waiting areas, payment places, prescription picking up…all with understanding what to DO to get to the point where I am meeting with a doctor, then leave with no real information about whats wrong. I have been having extreme, sudden pain in the arm that I had surgeries on in March and June of last year. This pain is irritating more than concerning, at least at this point, because it overwhelms me but it comes in waves. I’m afraid it might be nerve damage but I’m not sure if that wouldn’t have already manifested itself before now. It isn’t the bone itself or malunion, since the orthopedic surgeon did an x-ray on it when I saw him. And that’s about all I know. I’m going to try to go see an accupuncturist and see if that combined with the medicine to help the arm works to stop the pain. I didn’t even have the energy to figure out why the nurse said ‘Fever, why?’ at me in Korean yesterday waving the thermometer. that showed 38.2 C. I can focus and understand Celcius when it comes to outdoor temperature but with body temperature my mind thinks in Farenheit. I had no mental energy to try to convert it! I didn’t have a fever this morning so I am just chalking it up to exhaustion/pain response. I will deal with the pulmonologist and all that ma fan a completely different day when I am more up to it!

Onto happier happenings…. my class has a pet hamster! Last year they asked me if we could have a pet because Ms. Murray’s class had fish. They roped me into it…. they knew Melanie and I were good friends and they knew that if they said ‘But Ms. Murray’s class has one… we want one too!” there would be a good chance I’d cave in and buy them one. (Who can deny first graders a pet?!?!? This meanie!) At the time last year, I gave them a chance to vote on a hamster, fish, stag beetle or turtle and told them I’d buy it for this upcoming year. Making good on my promise I went to the five day market in Jeju City and bought a baby hamster for 3000 won the weekend before school started. They were ECSTATIC. And I’m a very popular person now. I earn serious positive dojo for getting that little furball. We voted on the names and then from the top choices I ended up picking one– Lindy. I love having her around and she’s growing bigger and bigger each day. Soon I will get a hamster ball and let her roll around in it!!! She’s getting big enough that she’ll stand on her back two feet and cock her little head in the cutest manner!

Well, that’s all for now. I do want to write about ‘Breakfast Club’ and our newly formed book club (both exciting) but that’s a blog entry for another day.


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Finding Quiet Amongst the Noise


I took my first run after being back in Jeju on Wednesday. Despite the asthma flare up I have going on right now, there was just too much going on and I needed to get away — no headphones or anything. It was a farmer’s road so it wound in and out of beautifully tilled fields with soil just waiting for the fall crops to be planted.  This first week has been a week that can only be described as wonderful. I’m teaching my first graders from last year so we’re embarking on the journey of second grade together. We have lost a few friends, as international schools do, and added four new ones for this year. I’ve perhaps been more focused on building memories and being fully present than I have in the years past. I always have held time elusive and as if it was something precious to me but I also have a bad habit of forward thinking. This summer I spent just enjoying each moment fully… fully as a moment by itself and not as a part of a bigger picture or as a memory to be filed away to call back later. That’s how my run felt.  Just as I was starting, Mindy (new first grade teacher, who took my place since I looped up to 2nd with my kids) was on her way back. Following Mindy’s advice combined with the quick overview Amber had given me the weekend before, I set off towards 1132.

At the end of the road was a little shop that I darted into. I inspected the items — flour, some eggs, milk, sugar — making it the closet little shop to my new place to get items for baking and cooking.  Not wanting to miss the bus to Emart, I ran back and grabbed my shopping bag, hopping on and setting off to do the dreaded grocery shopping. Renewed by the run, in the quiet place in my mind, soaking in the lyrics to a song we sang at YES service last Sunday was just what I needed to be able to make it through to the end of the week.  My prayer for this year is that as  I am filled with His peace, that my heart would be open and be ready to be cultivated — just like the Jeju fields I run past.

Understand this. Thanks.


The water was turned off for our whole village yesterday.  I came home from work and Lindsay said as I came in the flat, “Hey, the water’s out”. Then I got into  the Brenneman’s car heading to the beach and Carl said “Was your water off??” Hm… this could be a problem when we get back from the beach, no water to take a shower!

The high speed internet access is still alive and kicking but water, no. It seems like something you couldn’t imagine if you have never had a local government just shut off your water for what appears to be no reason. 

 But I have. So the fact that the water’s turned off seems like no point of contention. What you really want to know is…. when will the water be turned back on? 🙂 Until then, just enjoy the beach, the fountain lights after sunset and your bottle of Cass. 


Photo credit to:  … cause I was too busy dancing in it to snap a pic 🙂 

Good Friendship Store


This morning I felt like I was in China when my door bell rang. It was like I had called the Good Friendship Store to deliver some groceries, but then when I opened the door, it was a good friend with groceries instead! My jetlag was alive and kicking this morning, and with many small but essential items missing or needing attention (like the wrong size mattress cover) the groceries and a smiling face were all I needed to get started this morning. 🙂