Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

ITS HPL day and the subs are 99% woot woot! I need something to distract from my newfound monsterness.

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Beanies. I have a four year old enemy.
By that I dont mean that for the past four years Ive been at odds with the same person. I mean that four years ago my enemy was born.
It all started–as all great stories do–at nap time.
She didn’t want to sleep.
I didn’t care. Don’t sleep, homie. Live your best life, just know that your best life has to be quiet as there are 31 other 3-5 year olds in the room who are sleeping (some of whom dont even NEED to get beat to sleep, but you beat them after they sleep so they aren’t left out (and that IS a slight exaggeration—they aren’t beating the children. Although they are constantly telling me I can hit them harder. You pet children to sleep in Montessori. For reasons that will never be explained)).
If the child that you are beating up refuses to sleep. You’re supposed to threaten them (empty threats) to take them to some place only referred to as “away”. They are terrified of “away”.
She had already been threatened with “away” once and she simmered down for a few minutes.
Warning 2-22: shes playing with her damned stuffed animal and not sleeping. The person who has been offering the empty threats abandons me to lunch.
Warning 23: If I [isa] see you playing with that stuffie one more time, I’m taking it away.
Enemy: ignores me. Continues playing with stuffie. GETS EXTREMELY LOUD.
I took that damn stuffie away.
Her temper tantrum was off the charts.
Enemy: I WANT IT! GIVE IT TO ME! GIVE IT TO MEEEEEEEEEEEEE! RIGHT NOW!
After about 10 minutes of one throat ruining temper tantrum later. A different teacher came in and told her that she was going to throw her damn stuffie in the trash if she didnt stop acting up. She didn’t stop. The stuffie went into the trash can (it was empty). She pulled it out and told the little girl that if she brought that stuffie to class again she was throwing it in the garbage in front of everyone.
And an enemy was born.
Y’all. I hate that class. Its the one where the teacher throws things at the kids and the assistants are all jerks. I mean, if you ignore the fact that she’s 4–its no wonder she’s a monster. Look at how she’s treated. And today I took her monkey and joined the ranks.
Sigh.
I may not be tough enough to be a daycare worker. I’m not good at snatching babies up and yelling at them for being babies.

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    What kind of hell torture chamber is that school running?
    Any luck getting a job that does not involve beating children to sleep (in what universe is that supposed to work?).

    I’m surprised you’re not in the throes of recruiting your 4 year old nemesis to lead a toddler uprising.

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    What the hell?? That is horrible.

    I work for Early Head Start and my jaw is dropped.

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      THEY. ARE. MONSTERS.
      And apparently I’m a monster now.
      So. Thats great.

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        Lol. No you are not.
        It is ok to take her monkey away……not ok to throw it away.
        Oh my God.
        Why are there so many children in that class?
        If she doesnt nap can she have her rest time for x amount of time and then go do some quiet play? Like playdough or read books?

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          She could if she were a rester. But she’s not a rester. She’s a napper. And nappers have to nap or get screamed at. I do NOT find this conducive to sleep. I would never nap in that place. The last time I was in that room with those babies there were two who wouldn’t sleep and I was like…live your best life. If I make myself sleep when Im not sleepy I get a horrible headache, so y’all stay quiet on your cot and amuse yourselves. Minutes after I said this the woman I dislike the most (who is apparently on the spectrum so its a free pass to being as godawful as she freaking wants to be) came descending like a bat out of hell screaming at these kids that they needed to put the books down and go to bed. Shes also the one who refers to reading as a punishment. I wanst meant to like her.

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        You’re not a monster, Isa. At least not compared to the parents who think this environment is good for their kids. But dang you have bad luck on the work front. Hope you find a good place soon.

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    All I could think of while reading this was the Simpson episode where Maggie went to the Ayn Rand School for Tots.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wob10lOLWY

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      Oh my goodness. That was hilarious. If anyone in the 3-5 room tries to self soothe by sucking a finger or hand while they are sitting or napping their hand is immediately snatched from their mouth, “STOP IT THATS GROSS” I mean. A 3 year old licked my necklace today and laughed maniacally. Im lowkey terrified that there are baby boogers in my hair because they keep touching it. But you cant wash their hands when they wake up? Like…what is the big deal here?

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        As a thumb sucker who did not stop until well past that age, I’m enraged on their behalf. isa, this place sounds terrifying.

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So, I’ve been watching Head/Shoulder. And it’s cute. But I have to say I don’t get the Beanie reaction to it. I’m halfway thru ep 17 I think and it’s kind of….boring? Nothing is happening, at all. And the otp don’t have the kind of chemistry that makes them fun to watch even when they are sitting still trying to navigate the first handhold. I keep waiting for something that’s going to initiate me into the squee society but I was even meh on the fridge make out. I’ve gone too far to drop it and it’s not a bad little drama. Just a boring one.

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    It has been proved to me time and again that shows that most beanies love and squee over as perfect fluffy cute bore me to tears. Perhaps the problem is with binge watching them. I don’t know.

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    I started out watching it at 1.25 speed because it was too slow for me. I still watch some boring scenes (like Fu Pei’s scenes) at 1.25 or 1.5 speed.

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    It might be a shift in drama genre preferences for the Head/Shoulder Beanies (myself included) that have caused us to love and squee so much for it then XD I’ve noticed that a handful of us Beanies have shifted and now enjoy much more the more quiet, mundane, more true-to-life dramas such as ‘Head/Shoulders’, BTIOFL, “Misaeng” (though I, myself, have yet to watch this one), “My Ahjusshi”

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      Thats all well and good. But theres a reason most of our lives aren’t turned into dramas and why “reality” shows have so much manipulation…
      I like slice of life dramas as much as the next person. Maybe my problem is I don’t think that these two have the chemistry to make a slice of life drama interesting. Its funny, for the past couple of weeks I have been thinking, “How come there aren’t any dramas where girl and boy meet, one asks the other out, and they begin dating” Its because that would be boring, apparently.
      I think even slice of life dramas need a catalyst to make the couples lives interesting. BTLIOF started with Jung So Mins character deciding basically on a whim to marry a perfect stranger so that she could have a place to live.

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    i tried 3-4 episodes & dropped it. i think i just don’t like Chinese dramas… when i’m a Chinese (Singaporean) myself. 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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      I think that’s my problem. Every time I’ve tried one I been burned. There are 2 Chinese dramas and one movie that I like. Love O2O drama and the movie (that does count as two separate items right?) and I Hear You.

      William Chan sucked me into a few others and I won’t go on a rant about A Well-Deserved Love. Burned every single time. Either the ending sucked or it lost its way half-way through or was just horrible. I officially gave up on C-dramas.

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      I liked Love 020 alot (at least until I watched the movie!)–even if I found the FL distressingly thin

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        Yeah, it was said that she was having a problem with her ex stalking her or something like that.

        I liked the movie better than the series once I finally saw it.

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          Well now I feel marginally better and worse. I’m glad that there’s a reason she’s so thin during that series she honestly doesn’t look healthy. But then it’s sad because how stressed out and scared must she have been?

          But….also…she has an ex boyfriend. She knows what kisses are like. Why were her so lame during the drama? Because the last person she kisses was a psycho? The director wanted the lame kisses?

          This is probably the wrong time to complain about the crap kisses though.

          Now I want to watch the movie again.

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            Yang Yang was an excellent kisser and she was lame. I always say if they are just going to press lips against each other I’d rather there be no kisses at all. Yang Yang was good at it but it looked like he was devouring her because of her dead fish expression.

            Now ole boy and Angelababy in that elevator…BAAAAEEEEBAY!

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    I haven’t started it. I don’t like A Love So Beautiful, dropped it at the second episode, so I’m not sure about this one.

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    THANK GAWD!!! Someone else that feels the same way. It bored me to tears. I couldn’t get past episode 2 and I ff through a lot of eps 1 & 2.

    I was hesitant to start it because everyone that was squeeing over it tends to have different tastes and opinions on 70% of dramas than me. The hype got to me and I caved. I don’t get it but you know it goes.

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    So I really liked it when I was binging until ep 17 and then I went to watch 17 and was just kinda “meh”. Don’t get me wrong, its a cute fluff drama, but not much more.

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On the one hand the giant ball pot in head/shoulders looks like a barrell of fun. I’m the other hand I’ve been working in a glorified daycare for the past week and I know exactly where those grubby little hands have been. How often do you think they clean that sucker?

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Shan and Fu Pei are that couple. So annoying!

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And another thing, did Mo Mo and Fu Pei actually ever date? I thought she had a crush and be took her for granted?

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    In the drama, no, they never dated.

    She had a crush on him. He knew full well. He strung her along. She got fed up. She moved one. He realized what he lost but it was too late.

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      Yep, they didn’t date.

      In Ep 2 Fu Pei asked her to go out with him after grad. Momo said she knew that day was April’s fools day, so she didn’t want to get her hopes up. He said he wasn’t joking. In the later flashback scene (same episode) when his ex was bawling her eyes out over their breakup and asked Momo if they were gonna get together then, he told her they weren’t. So yeah he was stringing her along, afraid what people would say if they officially went out. Momo called it quits right away, which what I really admired about her. As much as she loved Fu Pei, she didn’t let him play with her emotions at that time in their highschool. Now, there would be many times more since then that he’d raise her hopes up and she’d end up be disappointed, but she had never left Fu Pei ruined her everything. She loved Fu Pei, but her world didn’t revolve around him.

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Ok. I do not understand Shan Shan and Fu Pei. He’s told her he doesn’t like her. He’s told her he likes Mo Mo. She bribes him with a visit to Mo Mos house after Mo Mo cuts ties with him. Why is she so desperate for him? They go on their pretend date and he takes her to Mo Mos favorite things and even calls her Mo Mo! I say again, why is she so desperate for him?

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    The show made me feel like they tried to make Shan Shan a Momo 2.0, and then once there’s progress between her and Fu Pei, it’s supposed to signify character change and maturity for Fu Pei’s character

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Beanies. I hate retail. Humans are walking, waddling, dumpster fires.

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I woke up this morning with “your precious little girl” ringing in my ear and my love of HPL is only matched by my hatred of the theme song. Not a great start to the day, honestly. ..

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I was rewatching ep 11 and 12 of HPL and I think my favorite scene of the week is as Ryan and Deok Mi are driving back to his house after her fangirling outing and they are both working themselves up prepared to have this knock-down, drag out fight–the first of their relationship–and it lasts about 5 minutes. They both apologize for keeping secrets and the next thing they know Ryan is working another confession out of Deok Mi and its getting a bit hot on the couch as Ryan gives her some sexy eyes and slowly unbuttons his shirt. It was a great scene. And I LOVED Deok Mi’s “You keep looking, I’ll do all the work” as she climbs him. GET IT, GIRL.

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…So, I think I ship Sindy with the other guy who works at the museum. I know he has a crush on the other curator but….

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I do not understand Fu Pei. When Momo and Gu Wei Yi first meet his first question to them both is: do you think he/she is cute? Almost like he was a longtime shipper. But then every time they mentioned that they were “dating”–even though he knew it was fake–he gets an attitude. But when he is confronted by GWY about how he’s not acting like they are just friends he gets huffy and reiterates that there’s nothing going on. But when he finds out about the living situation he loses his damn mind. Is he YET ANOTHER “I didn’t realize I was in love with you even though you are literally throwing your self in front of me” that dramaland is littered with?

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    He’s basically taken her presence for granted, and so when the time came that she’s finally moving on with life—not necessarily with another person— Fu Pei basically realizes he’s been a dick and acts like someone entitled to Momo 🙄🙄🙄

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    I may have been the one, during the rabbit watches, who kept calling for people to push Fu Pei off a bridge, in front of a car, etc. #dumpFuPei

    When trying to catch up to the watch, I did ff the drippy annoying FP, and I believe my experience was better for it.

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    Later on there’s some family drama hinted at but too little too late for me.

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    Yeah Fu Pei was an extraordinarily aggravating character. As the drama unfolded, I came to see Fu Pei’s actions as having resulted from him being a coward. Just like how he ditched her at the first sign of trouble in high school, he didn’t want to have to face the potential consequences of his feelings for Momo and thus showcased a slew of behaviors that just didn’t correlate with how he claims he feels.

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But, before I go, I have an UO about Eun Gi. I like him. I really do. I honestly think that he was so comfortable in his relationship with the FL that he never noticed that his feelings changed from sisterlike to loverlike. I do think he’s an emotionally manipulative asshat.
Eh.
I like him surrounded by the babies. Strike all of the above. Except the part about him being an emotionally manipulative jerk. He tossed the babies over his shoulder as he went to help them change clothes and I said, “well maybe he’s not thaaaaat bad”.

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    I like him, but he’s very immature.

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    I don’t mind him except when he is immature, manipulative and and a jerk. And that “I’ll wait no matter how long it takes” *facepalm* I wish DM had just up and said – no, don’t wait. I don’t want you to wait.
    I think I’ve only seen that once in a drama – but I can’t remember which. The FL actually said – no, don’t wait, it will not make any difference. Even if it is not (ML) it won’t be you! I actually applauded.

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Im about to start ep 2 of Head/Shoulders (the Shampoo drama, ha) I have to say I wasnt super impressed with the first ep. Don’t really know why, but I trust you beanies enough to give it another go.

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    As with all dramas – especially kdrama these days – you gotta give it 4 episodes at least to evaluate.

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    It’s a fluff drama, so you have to give it a couple of episodes to settle in…. It’s a fluff drama without much logic, but at least it’s a fluff drama that has common sense- a LOT more common sense than Korean fluff dramas… Just sayin’

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      The thing about this drama is that it has a lot more depth than most C/K Romance dramas which isn’t saying much. By Western standards, it’s a decent drama. But, as an Asian drama, I think it’s damn good. Many things made sense–granted other things didn’t, but most did. Dora and MoMo are rare characters in drama land. I can’t believe that they addressed some of the topics that they did. I sometimes had to remind myself that this was a C-Drama. Short and sweet.

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    don’t be afraid to fast forward Fu Pei. He’s dumb and annoying.

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Also, Ive been extremely vocal about my hatred of the latter half of Pretty Noona but are there people who actually like it? Like all the way through like it? Because it won some award and then i get the R29 newsletter about whatever the heck that website is about and they had an article about the best shows to watch to get you into Kdramas and Pretty Noona was number 2. Like…because people think its so good.

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    this is how I feel about WWWSK lol

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    I dropped it halfway through because I just didn’t care about the characters (and if I heard those songs one more time I was going to go crazy). However, I was already pretty strongly prejudiced against from all the hate it got on the fanwall. I don’t know what my reaction would’ve been if I went into it without knowing anything about it.

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      The song killed it for me. I couldn’t reconcile the meaning of the song with the drama.

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        dont get me wrong—I HATE THAT SONG. I will NEVER listen to that song again. EVER. But, if they hadn’t over played it to the point of murder I thought it was cool how the meaning of the song changes over the course of the drama. In the beginning its just a cute little song, but as the drama goes on and you listen to the lyrics a bit more (there has to be a REASON they keep playing this shitty song, right?) your first pass at a deeper look is that she’s standing by her man against the world and by the time you get to the breakup and you listen even more closely “he’ll have the good times and you’ll have the hard times” and she decides NOT to do it and not stand by her man, she chooses to stand by herself. And Im sure there are more meanings but I hated the song with my whole heart by this point and dont remember.

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    I generally assume that all these awards and rankings are done by people who didn’t really bother with watching all these dramas. It probably goes like that
    -Did the show have good ratings?
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    -Were the actors hot topic after this drama?
    If both answers are “yes” then automatically this show becomes “good” and “well written”

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    If I’d been able to stomach the music and the mom, I probably would have liked the drama since I think the ending is unusual for a K-drama and made sense to me given her character.

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      For me, and I have said this before, I think it was the packaging–the marketing of the drama. I went in to it thinking that it was going to be a romcom/noona romance. It wasn’t. It was about a woman learning to stand up for herself (maybe?) and her man was the catalyst? (maybe…?) and how hard it is to change…? I give up.
      I think maybe it would have made sense for the character if they hadn’t tacked on the JeJu Island bit at the end. That made the eps before just not make any sense. The conclusion didn’t make any sense.

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    Hated the latter half. Had the same experience with Cinderella’s Sister years ago! Sigh!

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      I might have laughed a lot during the second half of Cinderalla’s Sister. It went full on silly melodrama and my choice was humor or hate watch.

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        Haha! same. I remember thinking that it was an interesting take on Cinderella, I love Kim Gap Soo and I adore PIE – and the first 4 episodes were great! and the slowly and surely it became more and more ridiculous – by episode 8 I was hate watching – cos – seriously!!The drama was going in circles for so long – I mean in this drama you can literally see the plot just repeating and repeating like a glitch in an LP. 😂

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    Dropped it halfway coz it was so annoying & I just couldnt like any of the characters. I do have two friends who liked it. Really liked it. Her words were: its “realistic”, “believable”.
    …🤷🏻‍♀️

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So the montessori school that Im working at is 100% a glorified daycare. I hung out with the infants today and I smell like baby. And not the good baby smell.But I learned in the baby room theres an employee who’s a HUGE BTS and BlackPink fan and another is a huge BSB fan. The kpop fan is WAY nicer.

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Im starting Head/Shoulder is youtube the only place to watch? Ads every 4 minutes is going to be annoying.

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Is Waikiki 2 actually any good? I keep meaning to watch it and remembering that the only character who made it to the sequel was my 2nd least favorite and not pressing play. Do they mention sunshine baby sol at all?

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So, here’s a thing about me. Whenever I have to get up early, without fail I find it hard to go to sleep. My brain resists shutting down. But, since this isnt new I have ways of working around, namely daydreams. When I go to bed, I daydream about old otps and wonder how their relationship is going (Park Bong Pal and Hyun Ji from Lets Fight/Bring it On Ghost break up for almost a year. She really likes going on group dates like the other freshman girls in her class. Bong Pal hates it–not because he’s jealous, he knows that she tells the guys that she’s in a relationship before the date really begins, and he knows that shes not looking for someone else or better–he hates it because he’s ready to be in a comitted relationship and she’s not and he feels like he’s pressuring her every time she tells him about a blind date. She fights the breakup because she IS in love with Bong Pal and she decides that she needs to decide whether or not she wants to be a in relationship or date other guys. She knows right away what she wants but Bong Pal wants to do whats best for her and that lead to more fights until almost a year passes before they get back together. Little buddy In-Rang tried to make a move but was laughably shot down)
Very detailed fantasies about how the otps are living their lives or the occasional “what if” scenario to change how they got together.
That leads me to tonights daydream: The Doctors
I am not one who cares about large age gaps. Noona romances are my catnip and Older man/Younger woman doesnt bother me at all. And as icky as I find student/teacher relationships IRL (grossgrossgrossgrossGROSS I was hit on by my fav teen at the library TWICE and almost yakked all over him both times) in dramaland I love the taboo of it all. So, Doctors was set to ring all of my bells. And I’m one of the ones who enjoyed it for what it was. So, I was forcing myself to sleep since I have to be up in 4 hours (bt-dub, ISWAKers/Kiss me-ers I have to work until 9:30 tonight. Odds are y’all will be long gone and @egads will have gone to bed by the time I get off. SIGH. I miss the group) and was thinking about having my next daydream be about Ji Honghonghong and Hye Jung and playing around with scenarios, and I was thinking about falling asleep to: what if he had admitted that he had fallen for her when she was still a student and what if her granny hadnt died? Or maybe granny DOES die…what then? When a scene popped into my head. The jealous woman. She wasnt quite an evil 2nd lead, but she had the feels for Ji Hong and at one point –I think after the time skip? definitely before the leads start dating–she yells at Ji Hong that he was waiting for Hye Jung to grow up (the reason he wont date 2nd lead) and it skeeved me right on out.
Like I said, age gaps dont bother me, but hearing her accuse him of waiting for Hye Jung to grow up and him not denying it—full body shudder.

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There was a time when I was like…”I don’t have a type, the only thing the dudes I’ve dated have in common is that their dudes (and even then, I dated a girl before so, meh) and they are creative” but it is becoming clear to me that I have a strictly all things shallow type: longer hair (preferably in a manbun of some type, the messier the better) and glasses. Or, whatever Jackson Wang or Mark Tuan or Rain or LMK (although, blond LMK or LMK with guyliner and good lord can you IMAGINE LMK with a mohawk @egads you get me) or Jung Yung Hwa are doing with their faces at any given moment.

I feel like while this is a jaw dropping revelation for me you all are very, very aware.

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    *Hugs* Isa , it’s not shallow at all .
    I think you forgetting someone 🤔🤔🤔

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    Isa, I also hate manbuns so I think we’re never going to agree on anything ever concerning hair.

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    I totally like longer hair on men! I realised I finally gave in to my boyfriend when he had the Jim Morrison hair thing going on. He is my husband now, with short hair but has glasses 😃 My 5 year old son has a pony tail. Full on man bun.

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