Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Seasons may come, and seasons may go...

But humidity lasts forever!

Well, some things have changed since my last post. Marc got a new job! His editing job just wasn't what he expected, so he made the switch from editing to good ol' teaching (same company). He was actually quite lucky because usually the teaching jobs are filled 3 months in advance, but one new hire's paperwork didn't come through or something so there just *happened* to be an available position. Now we both work 4-10pm every day--not too bad. 

I started Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred. It's a fate worse than death. At one point, Jillian actually says, "I want you to feel like you are going to die." When she started the final exercise on the video, I shouted some not-so-nice words at her and just did regular crunches. Ugh. On the bright side, I now have a yoga mat and hand weights, so I can exercise all proper-like. 

I guess that's all. Josh and Kate will be here in just over 2 weeks, and Marc and I both managed to get 2 days off to spend with them! Since it's summertime, lots of teachers are taking vacations and we were on a waiting list to see if we'd be able to get the days off. Luckily, I guess some vacations cancelled because we found out Friday that we were able to get them. Now we will be able to show them all the wonders of Daegu (and the surrounding cities). Hahaha. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm officially a Shredhead

Last week I decided to start a new exercise program. I haven't been going to the gym as regularly as I ought to (read:never), so I started doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred. I used to hear people talk about it a lot on my Weight Watchers boards, so I finally decided to give it a try. It's just a 20-minute workout, which is the biggest appeal I think, and it gives you results pretty quickly.

I tried it the first time Last Tuesday (or, That Day I Nearly Died). Back on TDIND, I was just minding my own business, watching the cleaning lady down on her hands and knees scrubbing my floor (when I have a perfectly good mop), when I decided I should start the Shred. I looked online to find some before/after photos, and came upon a website called The Shredheads. It's pretty encouraging to see how some people's bodies have changed in such a short time.

I've managed to do it every day since then. My endurance is much better since TDIND and I'm pretty happy about that. I've also lost nearly 4kg (about 8 pounds) in that short time! I told my Korean partner teacher this and now she wants a copy. That's me, spreading the Jillian Michaels love throughout Korea since 2010.
Sunday, July 18, 2010

Where have you been all my life?

So, not quite 3 months since my last post--not too bad. I just needed to take a break for a while; writer's block, if you will. Anyway, I've decided that it's long past time for me to write something so here I am at 2:17am, ready to go! Haaaaahahahaha...okay.

Let's see, where were we? Oh yes, April 30 was my last "semi" post, but nothing substantial occurred until June 10 when we went to Beijing. That city is AMAZING. There's so much rich history and culture; we already decided that we must go back some day with our kids and their grandparents. I know you probably already saw all the pictures I put on Facebook, but they don't really even begin to describe how cool that place is. We went with a tour group from, and that was totally worth it as well. It's a little difficult to get to all the places easily, so it definitely helped having our own van driving us everywhere.

On the morning of our flight back to Korea, I was the unfortunate victim of what I now have dubbed the Great Bowelpocalypse of 2010. I woke up that morning practically running to the toilet where all hell proceeded to break loose (both figuratively AND literally). I had 2 more episodes before we even got on the plane. I think after that point I was so traumatized by memories of the Great Bowelpocalypse of 2007 (or, "The Honeymoon that Wasn't") that I was able to freeze my bowels into submission, because I did not have anymore problems until after the plane and bus ride to Daegu (a total of about 8 hours). During the 5-minute taxi ride from the bus station to our apartment, I was clenching so hard that I was practically levitating off the seat. The Great Bowelpocalypse of 2010 finally came to an end 2 days later (although to be honest, things really haven't worked right since then).

In the month or so since our Beijing trip, things have been pretty much standard. Work, sleep, hang out on the weekends. Oh, we got a cleaning lady. I do okay on my own, but I really hate dusting and vacuuming and mopping. So twice a month she comes and dusts and vacuums in all the little nooks and crannies and corners that I normally skip over. Our apartment gets so dusty, I just gave up trying to keep up with it. I blame it on the lack of central air (which would normally filter all the dust and crap out of the air). Next time she comes I'll try to take a picture so you can meet our adjumma (Korean word for older married woman). I have no idea what her name is, I just call her "adjumma".

The next couple of months should be a little more exciting. Josh and Kate will be here in August, then my bestest friend is coming in September for a couple of weeks, and right after that we're off to Singapore and Malaysia. I can't believe how quickly this year is passing!

Until next time...

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