Friday, November 13, 2009

The Shoe Has Dropped

For the most part, I try to be a glass-half-full kind of girl. I've always thought that being cheerful and positive was the best route. Although I've had my fair share of ups and downs, looking at the bright side has always been my goal. Although I try not to be pessimistic, sometimes I think things are too good to be true and I seem to hold my breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop. This experience in Korea has gone so smoothly that I've wondered what the catch would be sooner or later. The time has come.

After numerous emails and assurance from my school that everything would be fine with Milo, I've encountered a major problem. At first they just told me to keep a low profile with him. Then they told me that if my landlord happened to see him, to say that I was just watching him for a friend. Then the other day my cable was being installed, and my crazy landlord Mr. Sung saw Milo pop his head out from under the covers. My cover was blown, so to speak. He began to scold me and pointed to the door, repeating, Today, today! Which I took to mean that he wanted Milo to be out that day. I froze and told him yes, because I didn't know what else to say. I frantically called and emailed my boss to ask her what I should do. Later that day at school, she assured me that they would work something out with the landlord and it would work out fine. Ahhhh, my first experience with the contradiction that is Korean communication.

The next day I was informed I had to move. Out of my adorable apartment. Away from the perfect neighborhood that I've grown to love these last 2 weeks. Away from the five minute walk to my closest friend in Busan. Away from the convenient landmark that always assured me I would be able to find home. I was devastated. I was also extremely annoyed. I've moved twice in the last month and I am tired of carting my things around. I finally got cable. I finally figured out the fastest route to the subway and the best place to get kimbap and pizza in a cup when I was feeling homesick. It's not fair. I want to stomp my feet and throw a tantrum. But I'm almost 30 years old and life isn't fair. Things happen and things suck. This is one of those moments. I'm trying to think positively and hope that my new apartment will be even better than this one. I have to keep telling myself that or I'll go crazy. Stupid landlord ...


  1. You can't appreciate the good without a little bit of bad... This is just one of many tests you will have on your path to becomming super woman... I have faith that nothing but supreme awesomeness will come from this! How's that for inspiration!!!!!!!!! So you had a bad day ;) ...
    You're taking one down
    You sing a sad song just to turn it around
    You say you don't know
    You tell me don't lie
    You work at a smile and you go for a ride
    You had a bad day
    The camera don't lie
    You're coming back down and you really don't mind You had a bad day... You haddddddddd a bad dayyyyyyyyyyyyy!

    Okay I had to google those lyrics, because all I knew were "You had a bad day.. nun nun nuh.. do do doo, nuh nun nuna nun na" haha!


  2. You ALWAYS make me smile. I love you too. xoxo

  3. PIZZA IN A CUP???????????????????????

    I love you. It's going to be ok, sista. Keep us updated!

  4. It's not really as crazy as it sounds - it's just pizza that they serve in cups for convenience. It's super cheap though, like 85 cents a slice. And it's not bad for Korean pizza - it's excellent for hangovers ;)
    Thanks for the encouragement, it will all work out. It's just so annoying! Everything else has been pretty perfect though, so I really can't complain...