Beanie level: Errand boy

Is it weird to wake up at 3 am and think, inspire yourself to get out of bed, dress for this trip as though paparazzi will take pictures of your airport fashion!

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Is Cocoa sleep deprived? I’d say she is, enough to talk in third person about herself.

… Cocoa really wishes she could be a spectator in that airport scene in HPL… that would keep her awake…

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    Cocoa is also just wondering about all the random places she pulled tea bags out of when emptying her pockets, jacket, purse, and backpack to repack for this trip.

    … anyways, if you want tea, it’s sorted.

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It’s 4 am, and I’m in an airport drinking water from my coffee thermos, wondering when is a good time to break into the banana bread I made, and debating by what criteria I should rank drama oppas…



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    Like, should the ranking be how long I’ve liked them? How often I recall them even when they don’t have a drama going? How many of their dramas I’ve seen? How much I swooned for that ONE character they played? The acting ability? How many variety/interview clips I have watched solely for that actor? Or how much I generally enjoy their work?

    Generally, I consider Song Joong Ki and Lee Seung Gi to be my first oppas, and you never forget your first. But Lee Joon came right to mind when I first thought of this question (which rather surprised me), but that’s likely because I’ve frankly really enjoyed all his dramas I’ve seen, even if he is not the best actor, and that is something I can’t say of nearly any other oppa.

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      I go with all of the above criterion. Ranking is kinda pointless for me given how many actors I like. Actually, my “list” is based more on how that feeling they brought to the drama and their characters. There are standouts to be sure. Like Song Joong Ki in DotS, Lee Min Ki in Dal Ja’s Spring and Because this Life is our First, and Lee Je Hoon in Tomorrow With You. Then you have actors who won me over despite how terrible their dramas were like Ji Chang Wook in The K2 and Yang Se Jong in Temperature of Love. The you have actors I love, just because, like Park Seo Joon–actually, I like him because he’s very good looking and I liked him/his character in Witch’s Love and WWwSK. I can’t forget the actors how have this weird combination reasoning for me liking them, like Taecyeon. His acting might not be the best, but his characters and his looks and his acting make me like him.

      Granted, we’re just talking more about “oppas/hyungs” here. Also, by the nature of this post, I haven’t mentioned Chinese/Taiwanese/Japanese actors. We will be here all day.

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        I usually don’t do rankings either ~ I prefer to appreciate as I go along, hence my made up “oppa treasure chest,” but I thought it would be interesting to try to decide if I do have any kind of bias (though usually this line of thought is just coming up with several actors I can’t choose between).

        Like, I just plain love Yoon Shi Yoon and Lee Seung Gi even if I know I will never watch all their dramas. Song Joong Ki and Yoo Ah In I admire fervently and will happily watch all day. Ryu Jun Yeol has great acting chops and charm, even though I found some of his dramas frustrating (I’m referring to the one where the lead actress wanted to sleep with him because he was born in the year of the tiger) (I could just look the title up but I refuse).

        Lee Dong Wook and Park Seo Joon I actually have watched most of their dramas and find them epitomes of beauty (again, we are only looking at the Korean oppa/hyung category), as well as having a sincere charm.

        There are probably so many other actors I could also talk about as I think of them… we will be here all day…

        Oh, and I think Lee Joon is like Taecyeon for me. I didn’t even think I would like him the first time I saw him, but somehow he’s ended up one of the first actors I think of due to his characters.

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    If I’m honest, this post was just an excuse to look up winking gifs. Forgive me.

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      I saw the wink in the first two and kept on waiting for the wink in the last one that never came lol. and I thought it was because I blinked.. but it never came…or is it because i did blink that i missed it?

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        Oh, no wink… Lee Joon isn’t good at winking, so I thought it would be funny just to leave a despondent picture next to the winking charmers. 😅 sorry for the unintentional prank!

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To the Moms of Dramaland

When I see kimchi, I can see you
either lovingly making it
or hatefully slapping with it

I think of you with old coats,
even more so with fur dresses

You are simple
You are gaudy

You always want the best for your children (even when definitions of \”best\” vary so wildly mom to mom)

You raise outcasts as your own, even as you disown your genetic kids

You wildly entertain me, and I love to hate you, even as I cry when I love you.

Happy Mother\’s Day!

~Coco

PS what are favorite moms of dramaland here?

PS2 Happy Mother\’s Day to my maternal Beanies! You don\’t have to give birth to be a mom (as @bammsie so wonderfully demonstrates), and, for those with difficult relationships with mothers, someone doesn\’t need to give birth to you to be a mother to you!

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When you finally watch enough English language television to finish your embroidery project… (I’m not talented enough to sew and read subs at the same time)

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@frabbycrabsis sent me down a rabbit hole of Pop Culture Detective videos, and this particular one seemed strangely relevant for kdramas and their candies…

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This is short notice, but any Beanies want to watch a movie later? I\’m thinking a silly, low key Japanese live action manga adaptation (like Kimi no Todoke or LovCom), but open to suggestions ~

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Let’s just say I was bored at work and got inspired for Theme of the Month. Six pages, and I’m not close to being done with my argument. I think I have a problem.

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You + me = Song of Songs: the Remix

😚

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Is your name Earl Gray?

Cause you seem like a hot tea!
😘😘😘😘

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HP = the gateway fandom

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One also shouldn’t only focus on one fandom for their material

Quantity equals quality, people!

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Gosh, why are kdrama pick up lines so masochistic???

Great eyebrows though

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You have to be careful with this line. It could be taken as harassment…

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Still don’t get the love, but I guess curls and dorkiness do things to people?

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    #iconic

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    I still haven’t gotten around to watching this.

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      Honestly? same.

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        Yeah. Well, I did kind of watch the first episode a while back, with the intention of watching the entire drama. I just never got back to it. It’s been so long since I kind of watched that first episode though …… I think I’d need to watch from the beginning anyway if I ever got back to it. Oh well. One of these days! *looks at never-ending To Watch Later List*

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      It’s….not a good show, really. So many tropes and cliches that you’d think it was a parody. But addictive? Yes. Inexplicably.

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    This was my second drama EVER. And I’ve tried numerous times to rewatch it and its flat out….you know…the opposite of good. But I still remember my rant when LMH’s character smiles at hospital hussy in the last minute amnesia plot. Sanity…was not with me that day.

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      … I really want to refer to my coworkers and I as hospital hussies now… there’s a certain ring to it

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😘

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Can you say no to this face? I couldn’t

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    He’s the only reason I made it through Hospital Ship.

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      Me too! That was a shipwreck of a drama… though he looked great. At least we know he’ll come back from the army looking even better right? *cough*

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The other meaning of Valentines Day is pick up lines. Best if they involve puns.

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What is the real meaning of Valentines Day?

Puns.

That is all.

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Day 14

Words words words words
I can’t handle words today
My head is full of them
I make them into sentences, paragraphs, and stories
They’re all so petty
Petty
Petty
So I start again
I want to say something profound
Inspiring
Sincere
Real
It’s the last day
But my experience just seems overdramatic
My love is so very, very petty
I can’t handle these words
To the kitchen
To the front door
To the window, my bedroom, the bathroom, and back again
And back again
Back
Again
Again
I try a new story, of my history with valentine’s
I have to sit down for a moment to cry
I’m pathetic, a coward, I cannot share
As usual, my feet won’t stay still
While my head burns with words and my hands shake, clammy with heat
Wait
The thermometer reads 102 Fahrenheit
I sit down with a shiver
My icy hands only warm when I have a fever
Is love like a sickness? That warms cold hearts, cold hands?
I learned growing up that love is a healer
I wonder if there is any love in myself
Cause I only find sadness and anger when I look inside
Maybe that’s the fever talking
I don’t know anymore
I want to know love
I think I did once
Maybe
Maybe
Maybe
We can meet again
I think I need to sleep

Love, February

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    Thank you thank you thank you everyone for participating, even if you say you only commented, or posted just one day, know that you mean so much, and I am so grateful for this sharing of hearts.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    @kimbapnoona @justme @greenfields @leetennant @sicarius @egads @wishfultoki @raonah @ally-le @moana @anothernicole @snarkyjellyfish @khalessymd
    @waadmay @oppafangirl @katakwasabi @mindy @isthatacorner
    @fatcat007 @sweetiepie54

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    My daughter was just diagnosed with the flu. Today. It’s going around. But we did get the vaccine. So it should be less severe. I hope you feel better soon! Get some sleep. Drink something warm. Hot cocoa, maybe?

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    Get well soon Coco!
    And yes please get a good amount of rest.

    Also thank you for starting this. The first 2 weeks of Feb has been amazing thanks to you & all other beanies who contributed

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    Thanks so much for this prompt, Coco. It’s been a bit of a revelation; a powerful one.
    And I really relate to this piece so much.

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    “To the kitchen
    To the front door
    To the window, my bedroom, the bathroom, and back again
    And back again
    Back
    Again
    Again”

    I can’t pinpoint exactly why these lines touched me so much, but i absolutely love them. The whole poem is wonderful–poignant and real, which is always my favorite–but these lines stood out especially much. Maybe because I feel in some ways that they describe what the whole LF experience has been for me? Going back and forth through memories to see what love is (to me and to others), coming and going through thoughts and posts to build a fuller idea of love. I feel like I’m not making sense, but maybe you’re taking flu meds now and will think its you and not me 😉 In any case, these lines spoke to me. This poem spoke to me. This whole endeavor has been a meaningful journey. FEEL BETTER SOON. you are loved ❤️❤️❤️

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    Thank you so much for this Love Feb idea! It was cathartic, emotional and so wonderful to read the posts.

    I hope you feel better! Sending you healing vibes!

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    Oh Cocoa. Thanks for championing this idea and for making us all bare our souls at one point or another. Now rest! That’s an order. From your Queen. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    *Hugs* Coco , Take a long proper rest and get well soon 💙💚💛💜💙💚💛💜🖤🖤

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