Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Ok, so I hate shopping. Unless it’s for 1 of 3 things:
1. Books
2. Groceries
3. Home goods ooooooooh zetus lapetus do I LOVE shopping for home goods. To the point that I need someone to hold me back so I don’t come twirling out of the store like
I can no longer afford cheese, but darling the platter I just bought….
Or
I spent all my money on throw pillows and can no longer pay my rent! But feel how soft..
Or
Suuuuuure I’m technically homeless now but those bookcases, darling….

I need someone to sharply smack my hand and say, “no, idea, bad! Bad girl!”
So knowing myself as I do I asked the woman I’m staying with to go with me to buy the essentials. I said I have a 200 budget.
She has never been broke or poor in her life, I bet. We dropped 48 in dollar tree (where everything’s a dollar) and then we twirled into target. After close to 3 hours (And let me remind you I’ve taken the last 2 days off work for being sick) we head to the cashiers line. 233 dollars.
For those without there calculators in hand lets do some basic calculations.
200 budget. Minus 48 spent. 152 left. I spent 233. Almost a cool hundy over. Oh my friends, not even the point of the tale. On Monday i was sent home from work for vomitting (not as fun a tale to tell as when I almost vommitted on the children). I immediately went to bed. Tuesday morning I wandered downstairs. The woman I’m staying with has Tuesdays off and there on the counter was the fruit of her mornings labor.
“Oh,” says she, “here are some curtains I picked up. 20 each. I only got one of each because I wasn’t sure if you’d like them! OH, also, I picked up a 40 dollar microwave!”
Who remembers how much over budget I was?
A cool 20 bucks away from an even 100.
I don’t think she’s ever had to adhere to a budget. Ever.

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    Oh no, I wish you were here. I’m so good at clearance and bargain shopping. Like it’s my thing. $20 for curtains is too much. What else do you need? I will magic them for you.

    Oh, and one cannot have too many throw pillows in my opinion.

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    What a change from your kidnapper who wanted you on a budget and dared you to quit all your subscriptions!

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Soooooo…… after skimming my wall I think I’m going to rewatch eps 9-12 of HPL. For reasons. Of the sexy variety.

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Basically, Unrequited Love is better than any drama called Unrequited Love has any business being. I sobbed my way through the last 4 eps and now that it’s over I want to write like a dozen essays on friendship and love and choice self perception vs others perception of you jealousy and envy and so many other things.
That was a GOOD drama. The angst got a little angsty and lasted an ep or two too long. I wish there was an epilogue because I still have questions about these people. And seriously, I want a spinoff for Baili. She’s working as a teacher, dating occasionally and an apologetic Ge Bi returns to her life to win her back not knowing that Mr. Gu is already in town for the same reason. While they are duking it out she quietly falls for the florist on the corner.

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One of the things that I really like so much about this drama is how they are using “unrequited ” it’s not just the FL. It’s everyone at one time or another, different relationship statuses and all.

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Um. At the end of their first date he gave her 4 HARDBACK BOOKS.
He’s now my favorite male lead and all the others can sit and spin. Sorry to all the boys I’ve loved before.
Oh. Angst has arrived. You weren’t invited here, trickster

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So the Netflix drama Unrequited Love is basically the cutest thing that’s ever happened.
Luo Zhi has had a crush on 4 since high school. Even though she still likes him in college (they go to the same school) she’s not putting herself out there anymore. She’s tried twice (they wrote to each other on windows guys!) And both times something happened to make her think that they aren’t meant to be. Meanwhile, he had no idea she was who he was writing to back in high school, he doest remember her from back then at all but his every interaction with her now makes him like her a bit more.
But to heck with their stupid cuteness. It’s all about 4s roommate 6 and his massive crush on whatever her name is. He turns into jello whenever she’s around. He’s this big, tall, sexy basketball player and he sees this tiny tiny girl and he can barely get his name out and can’t look higher than his shoes and the second she bounces away he just….sliiiiiiides down because his knees have given out.
The weather is super pretty here right now. Unfortunately it’s out to kill me. Hopefully it will hold off until the health insurance kicks in.

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    I’ve added this drama into My List ever since it came out on Netflix Canada…. Maybe it’s time I actually watch it

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    I also added this to my list because it looked cute but I was a bit worried it would just be about girl chases guy which I’m not a fan of. But it sounds like it’s more then that. I’ll have to give it a go!

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    isa!!!!!! I’m so glad you’re back and I hope your health insurance will kick in soon!
    *also adds another drama in list even though I haven’t watched anything on my own for weeks now*

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    Thank you for the recommendation! I desperately need some cute in my life right now

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    This one is on my list, and now I’m going to start it ~

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I have a new book boyfriend. His name is Kyler and his name is dumb and I am IN LOVE WITH HIM. That is all.

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I’m going to watch Love Alarm. Im all excited…it sounds cute and it feels like my first currently airing in ages! I’m also going to try Spring Night so 5. Sigh. Cheaters. Not trying to be judgey…

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So….I wrote this thing about Go Go Squid and dreamers and Fight My Way and Jealousy Incarnate. I apparently had thoughts. So, here’s that if anyone wants to read it.

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    Here’s the thing: Go Go Squid is not, objectively speaking, a good drama. I don’t think I would call it a bad drama, or certainly not the worst drama but it certainly is not a GOOD drama. It had the potential to be a god drama. A cute enough OTP, an interesting premise (if you ignore stupid insta-love, Hi One Spring Night. I can’t get away from insta-love). Stupidly attractive cast who can do what they were hired to do: act or be distractingly attractive so that we don’t notice that they can’t act.

    The drama fell down in basic storytelling. It dropped 90% of its plots and, now this is just my opinion, but if the point of a story is to tell a story you should probably follow through with ….telling….the story? In the first few eps you think playboy Grunt is going to be an integral part of the story. But…no. He disappears for 35 eps and pops up again as Grunt the Petty Pot-Stirrer. He was still there. Drifting in and out of focus in the background.

    Bu Wai, my favorite. He could give great side eye and cause maximum chaos with just a line or two, or a perfectly raised brow. If that’s what the plot called for. He seemed like he was being set up as a major player in the drama: he’s the cousin of the Male Lead. He’s almost as good a player as the male lead—maybe even better. He’s certainly going to win that championship that Han never got the chance to play in. His personality is set up as being similar to Han. He has a massive crush on one of Hans old teammates. And…..no.

    Nian. How sad that the FL herself is on this list! Nian is practically a Mary Sue, practically perfect in every way. She’s a singer—the most popular on the web. She’s smart! She graduated from high school and started college with a double major when she was 15! She’s an artist—look at this pic she drew of Han! She’s a coder! She can create games for her game-loving boyfriend! And all of these traits are picked up and dropped as needed.

    Plot line after Plot line picked up and tried like a finicky teenage girl trying on prom dresses, carelessly trying on dress after dress before throwing it aside for something else.

    After 20 + eps of Han and Solo (and is there supposed to be some Star Wars reference here?) and All and Little Mi and Appledog fighting and crying and longing over each other when the five of them take the stage one.last.time as Team Solo, their first and last in 10 years! Gun God vs DT for the one and only time in a competition—all of that is just…skipped over.

    After 20 eps of Nian feeling like she’s in a one sided love Old han pops up at the hospital that Nian’s schoolmate (who has a massive crush on her) mom is being treated at and he’s cockblocking like a champion. But all that happens in the ep before? He imagines Nian reciting the speech from when he retired. Over and over again. Maybe that time would have been better spent explaining why he decided that he loved Nian too much to keep away from her like he had promised her mom.

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      In spite of all of these (…and trust, many, many, more) failures….I love this drama?

      Not because its good. Don’t get me wrong. It is terrible. And I didn’t even start loving it until the last 15 eps or so. And half of that love had to do with a tertiary character?

      It started with Little Mi.

      Little Mi was an original member of Team Solo. At one point he was probably one of the best players of CTF in the world. And he’s not anymore. He joined Solo’s SP team. He was BY FAR the worst player. He kept trying. Solo told him that the higher ups said turn it around or we’ll have to demote you to a lesser team. Little Mi had one last shot at glory. He pushed himself as far and as hard as he could. He was part of a winning team again. A vital part. And he retired on top of admitting to himself as much as he loves the game he can’t play at that level anymore. I teared up. Honestly, I legit shed a tear or two as Little Mi sobbed to his friends about the end of his dream.

      I wondered how come he couldn’t be a manager or a coach or something so that he could still be around his dream. I cheered when that happened. And then he faded into the background again.

      The drama solidified itself as one of my favorites when we’re randomly introduced to Buff. At first I was like—who is this fool? Why should I care about him? Why are they randomly giving Gun a nemesis in ep 32? But it was as he was farewelling his teammates who were sad but able to move on and let go and Buff was shown crying in the dark? That’s when I began to care. It was after they had finished and lost the competition, realistically the last competitive competition of their entire lives, and Buff is sitting there in the dark, wrapped in his disappointment and shattered dreams and an employee comes bouncing in with her swinging ponytail. She comes in, sees Buff, tells him to wrap it up as they have to clean, turns and leaves. Buff still sitting in the dark. Thats when my heart stirred. This worker has no reason to care about Buff, and she doesn’t. But his situation is heart breaking. He’s worked for this, sacrificed for this so much for so long and he can’t even sit in the arena of his defeat until his heart stops aching and he can get up and go of his own accord. He’s shoved out of the arena before he’s ready just like he’s shoved out of he competition because of his age. Buff goes up to his nemesis, Gun God, and with tears, determination, pride and grit all shining in his eyes he shoves his name badge at Old Han–one of the few people who probably perfectly understand how he feels at this moment, and demands that Gun God takes him to the big show, to the championship game. And then he walks away. Even if he can’t be there personally, even if his own skill set can’t get him there. A part of him makes it to the show.

      It was then that this drama clicked for me. Maybe it was bad or inadequate storytelling or maybe it was my lack of paying attention (….because of bad or inadequate storytelling….

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        It was then that this drama clicked for me. Maybe it was bad or inadequate storytelling or maybe it was my lack of paying attention (….because of bad or inadequate storytelling….)or both but in that moment this rinky dink, middling drama wrote its name on my heart.

        This is a drama about dreams. And more importantly—its about dreamers. How we define ourselves in relationship to our dreams, whether we have the courage to go for them. Whether we have the courage to let them go and dare to dream a new sort of dream.
        2 years ago I watched and loved Fight My Way. Fight My Way is about dreamers who stopped dreaming because their old dreams were out of reach. They had to learn to change their dreams, and in the changing found new ones–better ones that fit who they were and what they wanted. They became happier people because they dared to change their dreams.
        Before Fight My Way and AeRa there was NaRi in Jealousy Incarnate. Sure, that was about the best love triangle that this kdrama fan has ever seen (are we still bestfriends? OF COURSE HAVE A SQUID TO THE FACE AND STAY AWAY FROM MY GIRL. Guys….rewatch? When Im not homeless and have a computer?). But it was also about NaRi. She wanted to be a reporter. She, like AeRa, tried and tried again and every time she was not chosen. She shed her tears, then straightened her shoulders and accepted the role of Weather Girl. NaRi had to get her dream, realize how ill it fit, and then let it go to embrace a new dream (much like how DongMan had to relive that fight with that dillhole to move on from competitive fighting). After years of trying, NaRi finally makes it to the reporters desk. She does all right. She has a live taping and it goes disastrously…but…she was so good at the other things, with some seasoning she’ll probably do all right at this soon enough. But this is what she’s wanted. This is what she fought for for years. And…she hates it. Its not what she thought or dreamed. Eventually she gives up and walks away. But, here’s the thing. She doesn’t give up and walk away because she’s bad at it. She doesn’t give up and walk away because she’s told this isn’t for you. Somewhere while fighting for this dream, a new dream snuck up on her. She’s become the best weather reporter in the game. She’s so good at it that instead of a handful of minutes at the top of the hour she’s given her own 20 or so minute segment so that she can fully cover her topic. Her dream changed.

        Old Han and Solo (there’s probably some Star Wars thing here, huh?) are the same. After that fateful win when Team Solo broke up for good Han and Solo both move on to have and run successful CTF clubs but their lives are stunted. Team Solo had been family for both of them and when they broke up neither was able to let anyone else in. They lived up until that point in memories surrounded by anger, bitterness, loneliness and longing. They missed each other but held each other responsible for the ruining of not just their

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          They lived up until that point in memories surrounded by anger, bitterness, loneliness and longing. They missed each other but held each other responsible for the ruining of not just their own dreams but for ruining the dreams of their best friends/brothers. And neither knew how to deal with that. They kept fighting in CTF but closed up their hearts. They clung to their old dreams but neither was quite able to get to where they wanted to be because while they held firm to the dream of championship the dream changed to one of filling the loneliness that they had surrounded themselves with.

          Go Go Squid was so bad, you guys. It was. But its going to go down as one of my favorites. Not because of its quality. Not because of its characters. Not because of its OTP. But because of its commentary on dreams and dreamers. Even if it was lost and muddled along the way.

          I wrote this over the course of three days! So….as Im copying and pasting Im seeing where I started to repeat myself. Which is why this is so long. BUT I HAD THOUGHTS DANG NAB IT.

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            And we love when you share them!

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            Completely OT but I love Little Mi’s voice. Plus his relationship with YaYa.

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            I have been wondering if this was worth watching!! total trainwreck with a redeemable theme? sounds exactly like my cup of tea. thanks isa!

            (ps where you at? i was gone for a while and maybe you are too? hope all is well. <3).

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    1. This was excellent. You pinned down a lot of what had me going back to GGS so well. And what I loved so much about FMW and JI, which are two of my favorites. I related hardcore to the female leads in those two dramas as well, especially Ae-ra, since I also reassessed my dreams (twice) and ended up in a good place.

    2. What you had to say about changing dreams reminded me of one of my absolute favorite songs by Amanda Palmer about how we change our dreams, but that doesn’t mean we give them up. It’s called In My Mind – here is the video link

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    Thanks for sharing! Often we expect ourselves to work our entire lives for a single dream, and both Fight My Way and Jealousy Incarnate proved that career fulfillment is not necessarily about how good our job is but how good we are at our job. I really appreciated that message.

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Today is a carry.over from yesterday’s not greatness and I found myself in a negative spiral and my coworker who started watching kdrama right before I started, including WFKBS, left this on my desk.

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    How sweet! Hopefully it cheered you up greatly:)

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    *HUGS*
    I hope your days be will be better from now on! After all, you are SWAGGG
    Also, your coworker is the best and I anticipate more moments like this to come for you.

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    Awww how sweet!!
    Hopefully you’re feeling better and encouraged ☺️☺️☺️

    SWAAAAAG ~~!!! ✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻✌🏻

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    Boo for not-great life crap spirals of negativity.

    Yay for supportive coworkers that are observant and thoughtful.

    And yes, you are definitely SWAG.

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    What a sweet person! Hope it cheered you up ☺️

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    Your coworkers are absolutely right!

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I get why Jeong-in likes Ji-ho. But for the life of me I don\’t get why he likes her.

So far I prefer the falling in love feel of Pretty Noona and I understand that one more. But we all know how that train wrecks.

I also prefer the easy chemistry between the leads in Pretty Noona. Even before they started dating in that drama they had amazing chemistry. Maybe it\’s because this is such a different drama and they have to temper their longing and in Noona they were free (with each other) to wear their hearts on their sleeves.

But the storytelling feels more balanced here than it ever did in that one. I kind of somewhat wish that the FL from noona took this role just because of the chemistry they have. And this allegedly has a better ending so it would make up for Noona. But I honestly doubt no matter how good the reviews that I would have been able to make myself watch that if she had.

And this ost is almost as horrible as Noona. Just….shhhh. shhhhh, guys.

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    I actually…if this weren’t this actor, I’m not sure if I would make it through this drama. Adultery is NOT entertaining and watching her walk the line is NOT interesting and I guess I like this drama but I’m. It sure if I like it enough to finish it. But I’ll keep on trucking for as long as I can stomach it. I just like him so much.
    Why was Noona so crappy?! I may have to rewatch the first 8 again….

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    One of the VERY little ‘bad’ things about “One Spring Night” was that I never was able to figure out why or how Ji Ho feel in love–and so deeply, too– with Jeong In…. I love this drama to death, but I still scratch my head at this point in the story/plot

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      It’s corny and I don’t believe in it either, but his was definitely a case of love at 1st sight. Otherwise, I’m not sure how he could have fallen for her so fast and deep either.

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    I got to ep 4 and I like the drama but I CAN NOT take that song anymore. It’s not a bad song but it’s been played once too often in the drama and is grating on my nerves so that I can’t focus on what’s happening. I’m taking a break for now, I’ll try to come back to it later, but I don’t know if I can finish it.

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I\’m in ep 4. Her denial is cracking. She knows she\’s doing wrong but still can\’t help herself. Jiho isn\’t even trying to do the \”right\” thing. He likes her. He\’s single….let the chips fall.

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It has become apparent to me that One Spring Night is going to be one of those dramas I have a lot of thoughts on.
Why is she telling him how to raise his own kid?

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    that was one of the few things I didn’t like about her. as a non-parent myself, it’s too easy to judge actual parents, based on what we think we would have done in their place. I disliked that very much about her. Being a librarian who likes kids does not make you an expert on parenting.

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I think I feel badly for the boyfriend? It looks like the two of them were in a rut or had reached that poop or get off the pot stage. He was willing to get shuffled off into marriage. He loves her, more or less, he guesses. Their families get along so why not. Not knowing that every second she feels a collar tightening around her throat and is about to gnaw her own head off to get free. I think even if she hadn\’t met the pharmacist and gotten all smitten she still wouldn\’t have married Gi-Seok I think that\’s his name?)

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Are there 4 people singing a different version of the same song for the ost in One Spring Night? To evoke different feelings in their budding relationship?
I thought they were trying to do that with Stand by Your Man but by the time I cottoned on I was deep in the fury. Maybe if I go into this drama trying to figure out the layer the ost is adding it won\’t annoy me so much?
Either way, I could watch the ML fall in love all day. He has such a warm, natural way of acting. It almost feels intrusive sometimes.

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Ok, deep breath. I\’m starting One Spring Night. The worse thing I recall reading about this is an annoying ost.

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    But the story/plot/characters…. Oh, my heart ♥️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️

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I\’m on ep 33 and watching Han explain his relationship with Nian I\’m like…are my subs broken? What language even is this right now? You people are not making a single lick of sense.

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    Which part??

    The part where he took her home and was talking to her parents with his faked and made-up story??

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      Yes! It all made sense again when he told her it was a bundle of lies. I was a little disappointed with his mom. I thought she’d stick up for him more instead of just beg Nians parents to like him.

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        Meh ~~ His mom, no matter how much she loves him, was written in a way that is still ‘stereotypical step-mom’– trying to make a good impression on behalf and for the sake of her son, but could have used a little bit more tact

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Ok….i think maybe it was worth 30 eps to hear him say he misses her and that he loves the feeling of being with her. Maybe.

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I\’m on ep 29. Do these two ever kiss? Or hold hands? They\’ve been together for like a year now.

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    Also, I don’t get the editing choices in this show. At the end of one ep Han is lost in thought but instead of telling us what he’s thinking that has made him decide to throw over what the mom said and get Squid back we just hear him repeating her quoting his retirement speech over and over. The next scene has him at the hospital making sure to get in between Squid and the guy at school with a crush on her.
    How did he know she was there? And the next thing I know they are playing ring around the roses in an alley with some weird alien. How did we get here? I wish Squid had made him work for it a bit more, an apology an explanation something.

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      Go Go Squid got hit with some Chinese censorship, so towards the end the editing gets a bit weird.

      Also, highly suggest you read the novel. They are much more handsy in the book.

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    Well, Squid does eat some strawberries at one point.

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Im on ep 21 now and can i just say that i am so, so, SO VERY DONE with bitchy drama mom\’s? Little Squids mom needs to sit and spin until her head falls off and she can kiss her own ads. Her lips are constantly puckered in a bitchy mom smirk so she\’s already assumed the position.

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    And here she is telling grandpa that they should kind their own business after all of the shit she said to Han? Yes, witch, mind YOUR own business and let the kids be happy. Grr.

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      She is such a judgemental hypocrite I wanted to do violent things, so many regrettable thing…

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    As much as I hate everyone from Team Solo (So toxic that lot) I teared up at Little Mi explaining to All why he’s retiring. That takes a lot of bravery to admit that even though he loves the game he’s just not good enough anymore.
    I even felt bad for Solo. He kept his promise, in a fashion. He became a team captain but he hasn’t let anyone in the way he did his teammates from Team Solo. These guys are all so painfully lonely and sad.

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