Beanie level: Errand boy

So. I binged the first 3 eps of Let Go My Baby. It is the best decision I have ever made in my entire life. Every single second is screen shot/gifable. Love & must learn who DongDong is. So precious.

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    I think I will start watching it too! I need something cute and sweet. And you can never go weong with Jackson.

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      *wrong

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        Oh, please do! I LOVE it SO MUCH! Jackson is adorable and there’s a celeb who the kids call DongDong–I haven’t caught his whole name yet and he’s also adorable. He was apparently in a different reality, or “reality” show where he was a first grade teacher so after he warmed up to the kids he’s the one who’s the “disciplinarian” of the three Geges. The third guy so far sits on the couch and hopes no one asks him to do anything.

        It is SO, SO, SO cute. The three babies are adorable! And a fourth baby just arrived! And I’m going to stop saying things because I am typing exclusively in exclamation points and talking about this drama is going to make my face sore because I literally cannot stop smiling. It is a LEGIT HAPPY PILL and I need to bookmark it so that every time I’m in a bad mood for the rest of my LIFE I can watch this show and feel better. Like—when these babies are 20 years old I want to still be watching this ridiculous little thing and yeah, I’ve gotta leave now. You know I will rant and squee and fangirl until I pass out or my keyboard breaks.

        WATCH IT!!!

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    Ok, whoever the dude is who had to wear the bear costume as punishment is hilarious and hot. His little grunts and mimes have me cracking up 😂

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Like…bless the person who came up with this show. Bless the person who put Jackson on it. Just…I want to find you all and smush you with hugs.

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Y’all. I am going to try so hard not to ss every single scene of Jackson with a small person. I’m going to try, y’all. I really, really am. I promise nothing because man looks DAMN GOOD with a baby.

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Jackson just changed HaoHao’s diaper and it is everything I never knew I needed in my life. He hadno idea what he was doing but damn it if he didnt look good doing it. SMITTEN, damn it. SMITTEN. Me.

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I am watching season 3 of Let Go of My Baby (because its the season Jackson’s in) and it is SO FREAKING CUTE. I dont know the other two celebs in the show but Jackson seems to be the only one who knows how to talk to kids (mostly because he would talk to a potted plant.) he saw the babies and just dove right on in (and by the by these children are already smarter than me–they are learning English and counting and doing the alphabet and various animals in whichever Chinese dialect they speak and quizzing one another on the English translation. The oldest is 4. ) chatting and playing and tidying up their messes.

I want to marry him.
Shut up.
Its true.
(Can I kidnap him?)

This pic is Jackson playing rock, paper, scissors with a tiny person named Jackson (I have no idea if its a boy or a girl. At first I thought all three kids were boys. And then one of the celebs said one of the kids was a girl And this kids hair says girl to me. But, what do I know).

I. Am. SMITTEN.

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    That sounds adorable!

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      I am SMITTEN I say. The two oldest just followed Jackson around going, “I like you, Jia Er! I like you! If you ever forget I’ll remind you!” And he just kind of blushed and giggled. AND I FELL OVER DEAD.

      Nothing should be this adorable. It is PAINFULLY ADORABLE. It is the CUTEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. That is including every single swoony much anticipated drama kiss. Its just. Shut up. Its too cute. And now I’m rambling at you. Its just…why is it so cute? I want to smush their faces with love.

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    The kids are all boys. The littlest refers to both of the older kids as gege.

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      And they call him didi meaning younger brother.

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        Thats what I thought but at one point Jackson, DongDong (I need his real name. I shall suss it out tomorrow) and I think the third one are in the kitchen and DongDong says that they had purchased 2 pink something or others (cups I think) but there’s only one girl. And they talk about whether or not one of the boys would be willing to use the girly cup. DongDong (I think) says that if the boys wont use whatever it is he will. It could be a misspeak or a mistranslation. Shrug. But thats where my confusion is coming from–I had assumed that it was all boys until that converation. I’m not sure, though, that I would take HaoHao calling everyone Gege as clarification that they are all boys–he’s still young enough to easily be confused about that or to confuse the wording, I think. He’s 2.

        But then, when the guys are putting the kids to bed they keep telling ChenChen that he has to look after his Didi’s since they are all on the top bunk. So. I guess they are all boys. Maybe they knew in advance that the girl was coming…? I don’t know!

        I will say, I find every time Jinyoung tries to communicate with HaoHao hilarious. He doesn’t understand his accent apparently and then HaoHao is still young enough that he’s not that great at using words yet. Jinyoung keeps staring at HaoHao whenever he speaks and going, “I don’t know what you’re talking about” And then I call him a dink in my head. He’s 2! Of course you don’t!

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There\’s one thing I still don\’t understand about Dalja\’s Spring. And that is the ending. Dalja and Tae Bong decide (or rather, Dalja decides) to leave whether or not they are going to get back together up to fate. So when she comes home from the US they make no effort to see each other going with the belief that if their meant to be they\’ll run into each other. But their moms are best friends. Grandma and Grandpa are both shippers. Unlike most Noona romances these families are like, \”YES, DANG IT. LOCK THAT SHIZ DOWN AND GIVE ME GRANDBABIES\” You cannot tell me that these people did not construe some shenanigrany to get these fate addled ninnies in the same place at the same time.

And you would think the very fact that the moms became best friends while Dalja was away would be fate enough for Dalja and Tae Bong to decide to get back together.

And Dalja and her blind date going to Tae Bongs restaurant would be fate–why didnt he go out and say hi? Or go out and kiss her face? Why did she never go back to the restaurant (except when she dropped off the invitation a few weeks later)?

I get that they were \”leaving it to fate\” but—it kind of seemed like they didn\’t care if they wound up together or not in the end. Which is a kindy of sucky realization to have spent 22 hours on.

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    And you know, now that I’ve thought on it a bit more–its kind of contradictory. Towards the beginning/middle of the drama when Dalja was in her love triangle between Tae Bong and Mr. Perfect she kept saying that love isnt about Destiny its about Choice. And she used that same reasoning to go to Mr. Perfect. And then when she realized hello LMK (wait) she uses that same reasoning to go back to Tae Bong. Part of her growth was growing from the romanticized version of love and fate and destiny that she felt before she had ever been in love to realizing that she doesn’t play a passive part in her life. She has to CHOOSE who and what she wants. And she made a big deal about choosing to be with Tae Bong even though on paper Mr. Perfect was perfect and she should have chosen him. Again, kind of a slap in the face (and lazy writing?) that the ending was “left to fate” when the first third of the drama was the power to chose.

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    Word.

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I\’m not 100% sure how but somehow or another I wound up watching the last 6 hours of Fight My Way instead of the last however many episodes of Dalja\’s Spring. Y\’all I really love that drama. I really do. I love that dreams change.

Aera wanted to be an announcer since she was 6 years old. At 29 she realized that it wasn\’t so much being an announcer that would make her happy but being behind the mic in the center of the ring. She didn\’t go on to be on the news or whatever, but she became the first female Korean MMA announcer. Her dream changed and she was happier for it.

Dongman had completely lost sight of what his dream was, he was caught in the past and his thrown fight with Taksu that ultimately ended his career. But his dream changed. He finally got to have the match that he needed to put the past behind him–and he realized before he ever stepped foot in the ring that it wasn\’t about the winning or the losing it was about fighting and finishing the fight to the end–and then he started a company.

Seoulhee wanted to be a wife and a mother. Girl became the CEO of her own flourishing wine company. Get it, Seoulhee.

I wanted to watch Dalja\’s Spring so that I could see a Noona Romance with a HEA. But watching it reminded me that the drama is about so much more than that. At the beginning of the drama Dalja is getting walked all over in her personal and professional lives. She doesn\’t know how to stand up for herself or what she wants. (Y\’all—is this was Noona was striving to be?!) and over the course of the drama she grows into herself. She learns how to do her job better than she ever had before. She becomes a better friend, she makes new friends.

Last night when I desperately needed IRL friends to help me–none of them did. It made me sad. I was sad all day today as I was laying on the couch binging dramas. But, the binge reminded me of something. One of the reasons that I love kdramas–and these two in particularly: they remind me that its ok to dream. They remind me that its ok to change my dream. They remind me that if I\’m not happy I can change that too.

And something else. As a lover of the romcom its pretty standard to see the main characters be in their twenties, or to watch a youth romance. I love those. I love love thats the kinda of isa I am. But one of the reasons that I love the Noona romances: just because I\’m in my 30s doesn\’t mean I have to have it together. And just because I\’m in my 30s and I don\’t have it together doesn\’t mean that I\’m a failure. It just means that my dream can change. I heart kdramas and I\’ll always be grateful to Delightful Gal A for introducing them to me, Coffee Prince for being so dang cracky and addictive, Boys Over Flowers that showed me that my love of Coffee Prince wasn\’t a fluke and sucked me whole into the weird world of dramas and Beanies for always being awesome.

Who knew I had an essay I needed to write tonight?

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    Keep dreaming, keep hoping, keep loving, Isa.

    *runs over to serenade you with this song, because idk, it helps for me, so maybe you’ll like it?*

    *hugs* Thank you for sharing, Isa. We love you. <3

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    I love that you dream, dear isa. Wherever your dream takes you and however you grow and the dream grows and changes with you, I have perfect faith that you will always be awesome.
    *Hugs and more hugs!!* <3 <3 <3

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I\’ve been enjoying my rewatch of Dalja\’s Spring but I had forgotten how many side plots there are! On the one hand I think its interesting how full the world is–yes, Dalja is the center, but the world the creators built is vibrant. Its not hard to imagine them living on well after the drama is over, but on the other hand its possible that the world is a bit too full. They could have cut some of the storylines out and given us a more tightly written 16 ep drama instead of a slightly meandering 22 ep drama. But, that does mean 6 eps fewer opportunities to see LMK\’s face so what do I know?

I know that I do.not.care about the love triangle between Daljas mom and Taebongs parents.
I know that outside of his interest in Dalja Mr. Perfect and his insane wife (seriously–whats going on there? Does she have multiple personalities? She puts on those sunglasses and turns into a different woman all together).
And while I care about Daljas pregnant friend—-I could stand to be updated about her life with a few throwaway lines. I don\’t need episodes surrounding her. Especially when those episodes mean fewer Taebong.

However, I LOVE Sunjoo–she is a boss. And I guess Sae Do is alright. I do love his and Daljas friendship. I love how the friendship develops between Dalja, Sunjoo and Sae Do. Honestly, I like Sunjo as Daljas bestie much more than pregnant lady with the terrible life.

I guess one thing this slice of life does extremely well is reminds us that no matter whats going on in our own lives everyone else is living a life as well. The pregnant friends husband left her and fell off the face of the earth and had been gone for two weeks before Dalja noticed. Its not that Dalja was a bad friend–she legitimately was busy with her own life during the time and thats not even counting her boy drama. So, in a way, its cool to think that all of those characters are off being the stars of their own dramas even if Daljas story is the focus of this particular drama.

But, yeah….cool it, drama, on these side plots. and give me more LMK. Gimmegimmegimmegimme.

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    Yup yup, if they cut out the parents stuff and some of the stuff at the end it would be a better show. And maybe quickened Dal-ja’s indecision before choosing Tae-bongβ€”I understood the main point of her dilemma, but they dragged it out too long.

    Still love it to bits, though.

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      I have to say, though, when they do the flashback with their parents and have the present actors playing their teenaged selves? I laughed SO HARD. That was funny.

      And there always needs to be more LMK.

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    Just give us more LMK in general. Maybe a Min-ki channel?

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      I would pay GOOD money for that drama people. I’m sitting here like—do I really, REALLY need a Hulu subscription? Do I need napster AND spotify?: They can go and I will gladly give that 20 or so bucks to a Min Ki channel. He can come on once a day, cross his legs, read the newspaper, scroll the online comments. Make toast. And then leave and come back tomorrow. It would be worth that 20 a month.

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        That is even better than I was imagining. Min-ki reading, eating toast, and maybe drinking a cup of coffee would be worth 20 bucks a month.

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    If they’d made Dalja now, I’m pretty sure it’d be a tighter drama, but these side plotlines and many of the things that go down are just old-drama-formula, I think!
    Still…yes. Minki, gimme!

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So. I went to rent a car to get to work. My insurance doesn\’t cover it, but that\’s fine. Except ive only been back home for 3 weeks and have nothing to establish residency. Yeah. You need two bills in your name with your current address to rent a car. So. I have no way to get to the job.

My dad can\’t rent it for me, either. And I don\’t know anyone with two cars who can lend a car to me.

So, my dear beaniehomies, do any of you have any ideas?

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    Is there a Zipcar-like program near you? Maybe Uber or Lyft?

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    Have you tried rent a wreck kind of places? They are usually not as uppity as the more name brand rentals.

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      There isn’t a rentawreck in my state but now I’m looking for something similar. Thanks, man.

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        No problem. I grew up with those kind of cars if we even had one at all lol 😅

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          Ive tried every keyword search I could think of and we have nothing like rent-a-wreck here. Which, BS! I should start one!

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            😮 wow, I’m sure you have but since I can’t help Google myself, have you tried the following:
            Used car rentals
            Pre-owned car rentals
            Only mostly dead car rentals
            Locally-owned car rentals (maybe smaller companies might be less demanding?)

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        Are you still looking for a car? Have you tried Turo? I just found it through a friend. It looks like rentals directly from the owner, so that might not ask for so much paperwork if it’s in your city.

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          Hey! Thank you for this recommendation! Unless tomorrow morning when I go to pick up the car the owner asks for additional paperwork (which I don’t think will happen since I just got off the phone with her) THIS MAY BE MY SOLUTION!!!!! I’ve booked the car, paid the money and am slated to meet the car owner at her house in the morning. Fingers crossed.

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            Woohoo!! That’s awesome. Hope it all works out for you 😁

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    Is there a public transportation option?

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      For my part time job there’s a bus that runs once a day (the job is in a different city) it arrives at 8 am and comes for a pick up at 5 pm. So, I could get there and be a couple hours early but I work until 530. I’m sure since its just for one day they would let me leave early but the purpose of being there is to help that person close. You’re not legally allowed to close by yourself. And I’ve only met her once so I wouldn’t feel comfortable asking her for a ride nearly an hour away (and she’s not very nice).

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        Ah man. No one from your family or friends that could give you a ride?

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          My family can’t be trusted. They are the sorts of individuals that would say, “Of course I’ll give you a ride!” And then lecture for an hour because I didn’t come to them first and then about 3 hours after I was supposed to be at work, and a dozen unanswered phone calls and texts later they would send me a text that started, “I’m so sorry, baby, what had happened was….”

          And my friends, lovely delightful people would say, “I would give you a ride, [isa] but my kids…”

          I may have trust issues, guys, but I’ve come by them naturally.

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    Do any of your new colleagues live close to you and can give you a lift? You can offer them money for it…

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    Thanks for all of the ideas everyone. I’m sorry to just shoot them all down like this. As you can see I’m in desperate need of the brain trust because I can’t think of anything else.

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    What kind of crazy rental place is this? I have only ever needed to provide a valid drivers license and of course be over 25 at places like at Avis, Budget, Hertz etc. Do you live near an airport? They always have tons of car rental places and usually more lax requirements.

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      Ill look at the airport today. I hadn’t thought of them! Thanks!

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        Good luck chingu!!

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          I tried the airport rental places (there are 5) for all 5 of them you have either have two bills with your current address on them (which I don’t have as I’ve only been here for 3 weeks) or my dad can rent it but he’ll be the only one who can drive it–and he was just in a car accident. I don’t know if that shows up on his license or not when they scan it, but you need a clear drivers history for 6 months (strictly when renting from the airport) or 2. You need an itinerary showing your return flight. Or option 3, you have to put down (the amount varies but at least) 350 dollars deposit on top of the fee. The 350 wont be given back to you until 2 weeks after you return the vehicle. Which, wouldn’t be terrible if the rentals weren’t twice what they were outisde of the airport and after sleeping in hotels for a month during the OH fiasco I’m plum out of disposable income.

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            Is this just a weird state thing? I don’t remember having to deal with providing bills in order to rent a vehicle here in CA. I believe you can add an additional name to the rental if your dad is able to get it himself, but I know there is an added fee for that. I wanted to be able to drive in Hawaii but my dad wouldn’t pay for me to drive the car too.

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            Are u calling these people or trying online?

            Maybe do it online. I am not seeing these requirements when I go to the major rental websites. For example: https://www.enterprise.com/en/help/faqs/car-rental-requirements.html

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            It’s when I do it online. It’s there when you look at the fine print or when you look in the FAQs.

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            Grrrr….fine print 😒

            You are going to think I am silly, but I’m bored at work. I rented a car from Enterprise to see what happens in order to better help you. I don’t think it actually did anything to help you. 😂 But, they didn’t ask for anything other than my name and email in order to place a reservation.

            Do you have any old bills with your name on them that magically match whatever address is on your license? And what are people supposed to do if they say, live at home and don’t have any bills in their name?

            I’m sorry, but renting a car shouldn’t be this difficult.

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            @umbrellaman well you are awesome, and thank you for renting a car. What I’m pretty sure happens when you do it that way is when you go to pick it up you have to have all the fine print stuff (that’s what happened when my dad and I went to pick up the car I rented) and your bill or pay stub has to be from this month. I have bills from before I moved to co but they don’t count.

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            Yes, that is what I imagine they will do is ask to see all that crap. I wish there was a solution to this!

            Ok, I just cracked myself up. Hahahaha What about renting a moving van? Hahahaha I can’t imagine them asking for proof of residency since you know, you would be moving. It would not be long term for sure, but it’s a vehicle. 😂😂😆😜

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            You are a clever one. I never would have thought of that! I found a bus that will get me to work 3 hours early. The job I start on Monday I just may rent a moving van for.

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    I sadly have no ideas, but I’m really sorry, this sounds so frustrating, I really hope you figure out a solution soon! *big hugs*

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    I’m so sorry! Nothing to add, but I sure am sending you loads of hugs…!
    There must be a way, Does the community where you will be working or the town where you live organise car pools?

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      You know, there might be something like that @Isa – we have a Valley- Van-pool where I live and people can ride the van for a fee. I don’t know, but that might be an option!
      So wish we could be more helpful!

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    I’m barely just reading this, hours after you posted it so I don’t know if a solution has been found. At the risk of sounding silly, is a bicycle available from a neighbor or acquaintance that you might be able to borrow? I’m well aware it’s not ideal, especially if the weather is awful and/or if your workplace is excessively far away, but hey this is a desperate situation.

    Also, I don’t know if an airport is within walking distance of your job. If it is, perhaps an airport shuttle can take you to the airport, drops you off there, then you just walk to your job. I’ve never heard of them actually asking you to prove you have a flight to catch so it could work. But again, hopefully the airport is within decent walking distance of your job.

    Good luck @isthatacorner!

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      My job is 45 minutes away on the interstate. Sigh. I found a bus that will work for tomorrow. It’ll take three hours to get there an hour early and three hours to get home again. But it is what it is. I asked friends and my friends are my friends and gave me the I would but….

      On top of being a nightmare today really brought home to me the reason why I left in the first place. I’m lonely. I love all of .y friends but I don’t feel like i’m friends with any of them anymore. Beanies that I don’t even know expended more effort to say dude that sucks let alone look for actual answers than people I’ve been friends with for years.

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        Oh man, 45 minutes is quite the distance. I can see why certain options are just not viable. I suddenly want to suggest rent a limo! Wouldn’t your workplace be surprised?! Heh! I’m kidding.

        In all seriousness though, I’m glad to hear you found a bus that’ll work. Seriously wishing you all the best during this time, isa!

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Sooooo. 12:30 I get a call from the library I interviewed at. I have officially been offered the job. Not as much money and a 45 minute commute. It is what it is and I\’m SUPER THRILLED, actually. Actual librarian work without having to stress about supervisory nonsense? I\’m READY!

1:30 my dad calls. He drove my car to work today and he\’s just totaled it. My dad is fine. The other driver is fine. Its just me who\’s screwed. So. There\’s that.

I feel like the world is pissed at me about something. But for the life of me I have no idea what it is. I\’m going to finish my book and go watch Daljas Spring. Why? Because A) LMK B) Cute Noona Romance that makes me believe in good things C) Happy ending. Dramas and books and life have seriously been short changing me on happily ever afters these days. D) Does anyone need a reason to watch LMK? C\’mon.

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    Woman, you can’t seem to catch a break…WTF…

    But, yay for the job!!!! Score!!

    Hopefully the insurance money will help cover the cost of a new vehicle.

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    Yay for the job! At least that’s one bright spot, and at least your dad and the other person involved are okay. And hopefully your new car when you get it won’t cause you as much trouble as ths one did! Things have to look up for you soon, they HAVE to. It’s the laws of the universe or something.

    I’m rooting for you!

    Have fun watching Dal-ja! Maybe I should do that, too. Maybe watching LMK things will let me telepathically send a message to him to please not accept The Beauty Inside or something. And no, no one ever needs a reason to watch LMK.

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    YAY for your new job and your dad being fine!!! BOO for your poor car!

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    Congratulations on the awesome new job! I’m glad your dad wasn’t hurt in the accident.

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    Fighting, Isa! Glad for your job, hope the car can get fixed at a cheap price/some cool alternative?

    We love you, Isa! Take care, I’m blowing bubbles directly at yo’ face.

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    So happy for you regarding the job offer and glad to know you’re dad is ok.

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    Congratulations on th job! Thank goodness your Dad is OK. And things will turn around for sure!! Sending good wishes your way.

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I talked a lot about Noona today–in particular the skinship and that horrible 2nd half so before I go to bed I wanted to share a scene that I DO like that\’s not skinship related.

It\’s right before they start officially dating (I\’m pretty sure it maybe right after. It could be after the first handhold) and they are in the car and laughing and laughing and he says something about being a man and she looks at him and laughs, a man? I don\’t see you as a man! And then there\’s abrupt silence and you can SEE them thinking, (him) you don\’t see me as a man? Tf are we DOING?? (her) backtrack backtrack backtrack…

It\’s a great scene. Super funny and great acting by both (as far as I can tell. I\’m really bad at determining who\’s good and bad. I assume everyone\’s good unless it\’s painfully obvious that they aren\’t.)

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I am currently watching Between even though its only 48% subbed. ITS SO CUTE. And my ship is wanting to sail but they are too awkward to get there. BUT SO CUTE. I have no idea whats happening,

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OH and show and tell during the interview. I provided a list of potential teen programs and of course I had a Kpop inspired program on the list and they were both like, KPOP? What is that? And since I carry my Block B calendar with me, I pulled that out, pointed out Taeil and introduced the word \”bias\” to them (and told them about my intense desire to kidnap Taeil and keep him in a basement somewhere. It would have wifi access so he could still entertain the world. But from my basement) and they took turns looking through the calendar as I told them about BTS and how they are taking over the world. My love of kpop and kdramas has been put on the list of things you learn about me in the first 5 meetings (along with my love of BSB and Pride and Prejudice and Juice) its never actually been a show and tell in an interview before. I\’m tempted to keep that calendar in my bag forever for just such purposes.

And my earnest kidnap talk didn\’t even scare them off! The director just looked at me and said he must be so little and cute! To which I flapped my hands and said HE IS AND SO TALENTED I WANT TO KIDNAP HIM.

And yet they called me.

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About an hour after I left my interview (which I did make it to on time, yay!) I was called and told that if my references check out that they will be offering me the position. Its about 10 an hour less than I\’m used to/worth (in my own humble opinion) and I can already tell that driving home at night is going to be the stuff of nightmares (literally you have to drive through about 20 miles of rolling country side which is super pretty during the day but at night there are no street lights and I\’m constantly worried that I\’m going to hit a deer one day. Or a cow. And it looks like the setting of a Supernatural episode where the humans were the monsters). But, I can do this for a year. Experience, time to figure WTF went wrong in CO that made me lose my housing in OH and in a year—we\’ll see.

Thanks, dear beaniehomies, as always for reading my endless rants and woes.

Like…I\’m pretty 100% sure that there will be more in the future but hopefully we\’ve turned the corner on these particular rant subjects.

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So, I\’m about to learn the \”mercury is in retrograde change your fate today!\” dance from Between I\’m on my way to a super important job interview (full time children\’s librarian) and I\’ve got my pretty twirly dress on, my comfy children\’s librarian shoes on (they have bows and are super pretty!) My interview storytime and teen programs are planned (I\’ve even got something planned for the oft forgotten school age tweens) and I\’m sitting on the side of the road with a blown out tire. My interview isn\’t for another couple of hours–i was on my way to renew my car tags first–but seriously. I can\’t even cry anymore at this point. It\’s like…of course. Of. Fucking. Course.

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    World, give isa a break. Okay? First, send a beautiful man to change that tire so she doesn’t have to mess up her interview outfit. Second, let the interview gods sprinkle their magic, and let isa shine so she gets this dream job and can spread her own magic on the children who need her librarian skills to change their lives for the better. Got it World?

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    good luck honey!

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    Isa, do you have AAA roadside assistance?

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      I do. I called them and they should be on their way. Even though I told them exactly where I am (half a mile from the nearest exit and I walked to tell them exactly what exit it was) I’ve talked to the towing people 3 times because they are lost.

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        Oh good! I hope they get to you soon! I wish there was something else I can help with. I know you’ll do awesome on that interview with the twirly dress and all! Fighting!!

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    Maybe this situation actually bodes well for you. Years ago, I attended a seminar that was held at a mountain conference center. On my way there, a fire shut down the road. By the time it opened again, it was already dark, and I have night-blindness, so I had to drive up a mountain road in the dark, pulling over whenever whenever I could to let the cars behind me pass. I really didn’t know if I was gonna make it, and I was somewhat traumatized when finally did.

    Luckily, I had left early, and although I missed dinner, I got there just in time for the seminar to start. Then I found out that the seminar leader had also had a difficult time getting there, having had not one, but two cars break down en route. She said that in some culture (unfortunately, I don’t remember which one, but it might’ve been something like Ancient Greece), it was believed that successfully overcoming trials and tribulations during your journey would lead to a rewarding experience at your destination (like a mini heroe’s journey).

    That proved to be true in my case– the seminar weekend was amazing, and I met a couple of people there who have become close friends. I hope it proves to be true for you. Fighting!

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Ok, I know nothing about the law and the only time I worked retail was when I was in college and I worked for Lane Bryant for a semester (nice deal, they gave steep discounts and free bras to the employees once a month I remember buying their jeans which were normally like 70 bucks (much to expensive for a poor college student like myself) for 15 dollars. ANYWAY). I\’m watching Between a Taiwanese drama and I\’ve got QUESTIONS.

The setting for the drama is a luxury clothing company. Their brand has its own fancy pants website and is sold in department stores and they also have a slew of their own clothing stores. The company decided to close 5 of these stores. They offered the employees a severance package, offered to help them find new jobs and a bonus. Now–these employees didn\’t own these stores. They worked in the stores selling the clothes and doing up the mannequins and helping the customers. Like I said, I only worked at LB for a semester–I have no idea what would have happened if the store went under when I worked there but I feel pretty ding dang confident that they would have given me my last paycheck, a hi five and the offer to write a recommendation letter if I needed one later. There would have been no severance packages. There would have been no bonus checks. There would have been no offer to help find a new job. I don\’t think, anyway. Maybe they would have.

In the drama the employees of the stores that are closing are protesting and picketing for bigger severance packages, guaranteed seniority benefits at their new jobs and something else–I don\’t remember. So my question is this: I know that this is a drama but how freaking realistic IS THIS? Is this because this is a luxury brand company? Is this a culture clash? Is this because I\’ve never been there for the closing of a retail company? Because I\’m sitting here befuddled like–what were you expecting when the store closed? Its RETAIL! Like–sorry, Charlie, that you are losing your job but they are offering to help you find a new one and giving you a severance package and a bonus. And you\’re getting a bonus when your stores are closing because NO ONE SHOPPED THERE. So basically for nothing. What is happening right now?

Guys, I need some answers please. Are they overreacting (in their defense they are getting pumped up by a sneaky lady with plans of revenge on her mind) or am I underreacting?

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    I have never heard of any retail store giving severance packages for employees. Sometimes they don’t even get a heads up that the store is closing. If you’re lucky they will transfer you to another location, but it is a big fat IF.

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      This is what I thought but no one in the drama was like: pfft. They want bigger severance packages? They can get TF outta here! Everyone is bopping around like this is perfectly reasonable (except for the picketing. The picketing everyone is all annoyed with). So I was like is this a culture clash? Does this happen at fancy retail stores? Thanks for answering and telling me that these women are just outta line.

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    So my Mom works for a retail store (she is full-time and does the ordering among other things) and when they went private a few years ago, they were rehired by the new company and any vacation and retirement they had was paid out to them. Soon they will be managed by a new company and their soon to be old company is paying out their vacation time and giving them 2 month severance for ALL employees.

    I think it really depends on the store and management. I’m not familiar with retail and doubt the above happens a lot, but I think it can happen.

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    There was a retail store nearby that shutdown (not high end more of an electronics company) and I had a friend who worked there when they got laid off they got 6 months severance and then qualified for E.I.

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I am half way through my third year watching Kdramas (and cdramas and jdramas and ALL the dramas, just using k as a catchall) and APAD gave me my first documented case of Second Lead Syndrome* and here I am suffering from it AGAIN. What. The. French. TOAST. Why does this keep happening to me this year? 2018 the year of the heartbreak.

I think I\’m on the wrong ship and I don\’t want to get off! I want that other ship to hit an iceberg or randomly implode in the middle of the sea taking it and all of its passengers with it.

*I\’m like 97% sure this isn\’t true. I have a horrible memory and I think that I promptly forget SL heartache the moment the drama is over and I start a new one…
*I actually have a pinterest board devoted to SLS. its mostly pics of Jeremy from You\’re So Beautiful and I\’m pretty sure I didn\’t ship them so much as he broke my FREAKING heart and I loved him. And GKP from Jealousy Incarnate—but I don\’t think that counted either because I loved them both (and I loved whatshisface more the entire time) hmmmmm….Maybe APAD WAS my first case of SLS and even that doesn\’t really count since thats what the writer actually intended. I DONT CARE IT STINKS LEAVE ME ALONE SECOND LEADS!!

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    What drama is giving you SLS now?

    I don’t think I’ll ever watch APAD because I’m fairly certain from everything I’ve read about it from beanies that I will get SLS watching it. I tend to go with whatever the narrative/writer wants me to go with and I hate it when the writers change direction or try to have the OTP be a “twist”. This means I almost never get SLS, even when I like the SL more. It also means I have to cross some dramas off my watch list.

    It always annoys me when people complain about the nice SL guys never getting the girl. I find a lot of popular SLs aren’t as nice as people make them out to be (people confuse affability with being a nice person and abrasiveness with being a mean person). And frankly bland nice guys without any issues just don’t make for compelling storytelling.

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Oh, and while I was uploading those pics from this adorable drama (which will probably break my heart as ALL of my dramas have been doing recently) I came across these two pics that make me happy for two very different reasons. Ahem.

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I mean, OF COURSE he had a Superman costume for himself hanging around–but, where did the pint-sized Batman costume come from? Emergency off camera run to the costume store?

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Adulting. Oh adulting. I am rewatching some old childhood fav\’s. Charmed. Moesha. Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

When I watched Charmed as a kid I was 100% team Phoebe in the Phoebe/Cole romance. Upon the rewatch–Phoebe had known Cole for TWO MONTHS before she tossed her sisters over for the demon who had admitted that he had been sent there to kill them. REPEATEDLY. Yeah. Ok, Phoebe.

Upon the Moesha rewatch. I really enjoyed that show when I was kid. Moesha and Q were my couple from my childhood. Y\’all. Moesha was a TERRIBLE girlfriend. It was such a weird thing that show. They wanted to have cute boys on the show (for the hormonal teen girl view) but they wanted Mo to be in a deep relationship (Mo/Q) but they didn\’t want the cute boys to hit on the costars (particularly Countess Vaughn who was the breakout star) so they had all the cute boys hit on Mo and every now and again Mo would cheat on her boyfriend. Sooooo. Lame. Lame. Lame.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch: I officially like the adults more than the kids. The kids are ridiculous, I need more Mr. Poole! I feel you, man. My life is a mess as well, homie!

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    Sabrina was my FAVE as a kid! I still associate every black cat with Salem.

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    I used to get banned from the TV room by my housemates when Charmed was on because I made too much fun of it. Show was BAD. But I was surprised on rewatch to find how much I liked Sabrina, but that was because of the cat and the quality adult actors. Also I kind of loved Harvey and didn’t like it when he got unceremoniously booted.

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