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Open Thread #530

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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Juglers is time pass but Just Between Lovers is the perfect treat of December.

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I’m loving Just Between Lovers too. The best music soundtrack since que sera sera imo. I wasn’t expecting much from the description that was sent out before the show aired, but am so glad I started watching.

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I will go ahead and say it had the best 1st week of any kdrama(the dramas i tried/watched) in 2017.
15 minutes aired and i started to vouch for the Heroine.
Jun Ho looked like Baek aka Kang Joon and sometimes gave vibe of Jin Goo. Maybe because of the hairstyle.
Cinematography isn't something unique but well embeded into the show. Music is beautifully done so far and thankfully not much of Noise Pollution. I also think Music will enhance the experience manifold.

This show actually is accentuating the cold of winter and i give this show 7.5/10.

Objectively i give 7 or 7.5. Heart is fully satisfied and gave 8.5

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Oh that Que Sera Sera soundtrack. Whenever Moonlight by W & Whale turns up on my iPhone shuffle, I look around me because I expect something exciting to happen. Even if that's just me throwing away my employee pass and walking away in the sunlight.

Now I have to watch Just Between Lovers, just because you said this.

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It’s worth at least watching the first episode. The main melody seems to be based on the song Mad World. It is definitely different (and better) than a stereotypical drama ost. I hope you like it!

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I just watched the first three episodes and really liked it - so thanks for the recommendation @casserole and @CatoCat. The only problem that I have with the soundtrack is that I keep thinking the song is Mad World (maybe the Jasmine Thomspon version) and that track keeps playing in my head!

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You just convinced me to start this show!!

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The 1st one? ohhh.
I dislike winters. I have this winter allergy where my fingers swollen because of cold. its called Chilblian. More annoying than most of kdrama content.

@sancheezy i was waiting for december and got news about few manga coming to an end in upcoming months. December ruined. Live-Action ruined The Blade of the Immortal.

My golden Life hit 40%+ wow. @Sera now it is a big hit, isn't it?

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MGL - it's hit. But usually on Sat they got lower than Sun slot, so not a surprise here if on Sat slot it goes back to 30% something. There are many epi to go, but exceeding 40% is already great achievement.

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i guec ts a nice drama #JBL buh I wish there was a way I could watch them online. how do u do it??

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Viki has it. Some other sites also has the drama.

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alright. thx

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I also really enjoyed the premiere of Just Between Lovers. All the elements are just right so far. I was impressed by the supporting cast that JTBC rounded up. No noise pollution. The drama is showing Seoul from the back streets, with different angles and shots to your typical rom-com. It feels lived in, a slightly dirty and sweaty world. It has more of a movie feel perhaps?

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Agree 100% with you! I think it's my favorite of the new ones that have started.

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Title is cliche and has typical coincidence meetups but overall product is of high quality. You rightly pointed out the camera angles.
I wouldn't like any more physical proximity. I feel this show isn't for PDA or aggressive physical posture.

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Totally agree, plus the JH's outfits looks cheap and worn out despite that he's changing everyday but his outfits resemble his poor life, also the female lead always holding the same bag unlike other dramas where the poor girl changes her bag every day and wear cool outfits, also her hair is simple whether it's color or styling, i like the realism of this.

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The JBL drama is shot in busan, or busantorini as junho called it lol

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I didn't know that, thanks. I always hear about Busan but don't think I've seen it in dramas before.

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It is a really nice treat like a mulled wine in christmas markets. There's a cold humid weather out there but you, with your cup of this sweet cinnamon-cloves-orange red living water in your hands, are enjoying the chatter of children, old folks, good craftsmen and if the snow starts to fall you're trying to catch the biggest snow flake with your mouth and nobody minds if you look like a fool.

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You summarised it pretty well. Just change winter with rainy season and coffee in hand watching children playing on streets. cheery atmosphere without any presence of white beard uncle doing marketing of various products.

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Where I grew up we did have only St. Nicolas on the 6th of decembre (the previous night children clean their boots and put them next to the doors or windows and in the morning there are small packages of sweets and fruits waiting for them) coming to see children with an angel and a devil by his side ( we were so scared of the devil) and if you were good he'll give you some treats, if not a stick to be punished. Christmas was about family, not so much about presents, it changed thou. I remember to get warm socks as a present and some books and I was very happy with it. If I would like something expensive I tried to find a way to make some money and I bought it after. Later we had our christmas dinner in my grandparent's place which was so magical and happy that we didn't like to open our presents . It's a pitty that it turned this way - christmas decorations starting right after haloween, people running everywhere to buy and buy and not enjoying those little moments like first snow, mulled wine, christmas carrols, deep cleaning of the house (it takes days, because you open some boxes and go trough forgotten memories).

I love the smell of a coffee but I can't drink it. 6 years ago when I was in Czech Republic during winter to see some friends I fell for a hot apple juice with cinnamon and cloves and the amazing energy university towns only provide...

In Russia they have white beard Mr. Frost, it's a charming fairy-tale. He can makes your wish come true. I hope that we will enjoy this drama like a nice coffee, rich mulled wine, fruity punch, lovely hot whiskey / hot port or an amazing hot apple juice in a nice place ;-).

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Just Between Lovers is just what I needed which is weird to say because it's dealing with heavy themes, and I've been feeling pretty down lately, but I really loved the first week.

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It will be great if we have recap for Just Between Lovers but I know that most of our recappers are busy with the year-end review. I'm just glad Viki subbed this because it was awfully hard for tvn dramas to get subbed this year.

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So completely agree. It is really a melo? After that first episode, the only word I can think of to describe it is, "beautiful".

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I played Beautiful while rewatching some scenes (of course the drama sound was muted)
It's a nice combination.

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Which song is this? ^^

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Beautiful by Crush from Goblin 😀

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OOOOOO nice. Imma give it a try!

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That moment when the comment I wanted to post is actually the first comment on the thread..... 😱

At least it's the first one and I didn't have to find out later that someone already wrote the EXACT same post 😅

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Is it really good? Because despite my love for PD nim, I didn't know how to expect with the writers.

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It is really good at this point. 👍👍

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This summer I'm going to Canada for holidays. And I will sleep in the hotel of our favourite lonely Goblin \o/

I'm really excited to see this country (one part of this country to be exact, it's too big :p)

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How cool! It sounds like you'll have a great time. Pictures, or it never happened, haha!

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Yes, of course ! :)

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Welcome in advance!

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Thank you very much ! I'm really excited :D

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Will you stay for long?

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About 2 weeks. We are going to make a trip from Montréal to Québec and we will stop to a lot of places around (Montebello, Saint-Félicien, Tadoussac, etc).

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So you won't be visiting only Quebec city! That's awesome!

I've never even heard of Montebello! I would never have guessed I would learn about my own province here on Dramabeans!

Will you go see the Montmorency falls?

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I don't know but we can stop on the way if you say I have to see it :p

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I have no idea if it's on you way or not but honestly, I don't think it's a must see. Tadoussac is more breath taking.

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You will love the Fairmont!!! I wrote about it when I was there in September. Only if you’re interested in what we did, and definitely ask for a sightseeing map of the Goblin filming sites! https://freethekimchi.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/our-goblin-anthony-bourdain-tour-of-quebec-canada/

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Oh your trip seems to have been nice and fun ! I don't know if I will see all those places yet. But Quebec looks really beautiful on your pictures :)

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Oh!!! It is!! beautiful, that is. We packed everything I wanted to do in 3 days, so I’m sure you will. It’s a small city!

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I'm currently watching I'm not a Robot and Black Knight, and I've taken note how this week's episode touches on recognising someone. *Spoiler* For the former it came in the form of the fake-robot recognising the man despite his allergic reaction, and for the latter it came in the form of recognising longest childhood playmates.

It's not that deep or profound of a thought, but I do like the idea of a special someone recognising me even after months have flown and years have gone by, even after my baby fats disappear and wrinkles appear, and even after I morph into someone whose physical appearance I myself don't even recognise.

Sorry for this incoherent rambling; I must have been feeling oddly pensive today :-)

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am following up on i am not a robot and jugglers through the recaps and I find them interesting to read.💖 am always waitin for their recaps. cant wait to read how black will end, will Black forgive Haram, will he tell her what she did??🙂 thanx for the recaps #dramabeans

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May I please call for a moment of squee for Kim Rae-Won!!?!?!
Y’all! That man keeps getting finer and finer everyday!!!
I wasn’t planning on watching black knight but decided to check it out to kill time. It reminded me of how much I’ve missed seeing Kim Rae-Won on screen.
Anyway, as you were. I just needed to fan girl a little bit about this man 😍😍😍
Happy Friday!!!

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He's really a good actor, he's nailing this role, i like his character it's well written, and he gives life to the character with his amazing expressions, I couldn't watch Doctors because of the plot I dropped it after 2 episodes, Black Knight is better, up to now i am liking the drama although I still don't like SSK awkward expression and acting but she's much better than Go Ah Ra which stole the crown for the most bad actress in my book from SSK. After tolerating GAR in Black because I loved the plot and the other actors i can do the same here.

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Kim Rae-won is very great on his own, but when you put him with Shin Se-kyung together, then that's when my problem starts. Something is really lacking between them. I don't know how can I buy their love story. 😑 I'm more invested with Shanon's story to be honest.

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Yes, something is off about SSK's movement and expressions, she annoys me when she keeps moving her head, she's the typical poor hardworking heroine, doesn't do anything except being the love interest or might end the curse, (the young HR is more lovable), SJH's character is more interesting and of course better acting even Beak Hee the other mysterious witch is more interesting, and watching episode 4 made me wonder is she evil or good she seems on his side because she's repenting of her evil deeds in the past, i also like her honestly.

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Hae-ra is a typical kdrama heroine but in the hand of right actress, she will be more loveable and endearing. She might be the key to break the curse, but for now her character is plain and the acting isn't helping either. I don't think SSK is that bad (I have seen many worst actressess than her) but in my opinion she is lacking in romance and chemistry department which then make her scene with the hero to be quite dull. She might be better in some badass role as in her sageuks. She seems to be a little better here than her previous drama though, her acting isn't as cringeworthy, maybe she is more comfortable in this team.

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It is really hard to pinpoint what about SSK's acting is distracting. One thing for me is that, although I find her beautiful, I never feel she inhabits her character for example we discuss "Ji-Ho" but always talk about SSK. JSM has inhabited her character so we no longer "see" the actor.

Best I can guess is that she cannot get herself into the character's emotional state - and our subconscious notices that her micro-expressions don't match what her character is trying to convey emotionally. So our minds tell us something is "fake" although we cannot easily pinpoint it.

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Well, I'm in minority who dropped BTLIOF and also do not find Jung So-min is very engaging as an actress but all I can say she is better than SSK, although her acting in FIS which was the last time I watched her was quite dull and I kept seeing "Jung So-min" instead of her character. SSK got some charisma on screen and very beautiful but her acting lacks of emotional depth, and she also lacks certain charm to make a plain character to be more endearing.

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I recommend you give Doctors a try because the drama does become much better once they leave the "back story" and get to the present.

KRW's character in Doctors and Black Knight are pretty similar. (bloody well identical to me) Perhaps a bit too goody two shoes and perfect but it is still pretty early in Black Knight - so it could still develop.

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Kim Rae-won is pretty much always fantastic.

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I didn't always love his acting but he seems to have reached his potential in "Punch."

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Oh my gosh, Punch! One of my faves. ..... It was a lot of back and forth, everyone trying to outdo each other, but Kim Rae-won and the rest of the cast made it something else. Quite a treat to watch.

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Kim Rae Won is so awsome. But the show itself OMG

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I only watched Gourmet and wasn't impressed with Kim Rae Won. And I did't like Doctors so dropped after the first episode. I thought I'd try watching Dark Knight just to know what it's really about. I never expect I'd fall for someone this hard! His eyes are so mesmerizing! Forget about the plot, forget about the bad acting of SSK... Just give me KIM RAE WON ! I think the ratings perform well solely because of him!

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Gosh, it's been a while since I've been able to get to a notebook or a desktop computer instead of attempting to use my phone to see this site. I've missed this community! Happy anniversary to me! Today marks 16 years of marriage. Woo hoo!

It's been a crazy week, with ups and downs. Actually, it's been pretty crazy since I last was on here, I think! Just a quick list of the last half of 2017, and that'll do, right?

July: My 20-year high school reunion was held, but I was busy at the time on a vacation to Nevada with my husband (Las Vegas for two days, then drove to Great Basin National Park for five days). This trip marked the farthest west I'd traveled in the continental US since I was FOUR (I'm 38 now, almost 39; yikes...). Also reconnected with a high school friend and we started walking for exercise; I lost 20 pounds!

August: I accepted a part-time job helping an elderly lady run her horse boarding farm that's not too far from my house by cleaning stalls and general care for the 11 horses that live there. I'm one of many workers there who rotate taking care of everyone, and they are all so sweet! So ended my "retirement" that started in January this year, haha. Everyone except for me knew I'd get bored fast!

September: Was that the month Hurricane Irma swept through Florida? *Looks it up on Google* Wow, yes it was. Everyone did fine, both at home and at the horse farm where I work. We were without power for 5 days, but we did fine. No damage on our property with the exception of some limbs down in the back corner of our property.

October: Can't really recall anything huge happening in that month -- phew!

November: Nothing happened until Black Friday, when we bought a car seemingly out of the blue. I knew that my husband had been eyeing this new car, but couldn't find one that met his exact requests, so I had assumed he had stopped looking. "But it's a good deal" turned into us becoming the owners of a 2017 Mustang GT with a manual transmission (yay for stick-shift cars! I really like driving manuals, especially since we have no real hills here in FL; I'd be in real trouble elsewhere).

December: Tough and sweet all at once. Tuesday this week we had to put one of my dogs to sleep from a cancer that was growing so fast. But at least he didn't suffer for long, and I'd adopt him again from that high-kill shelter in a split second. Good boy, Watson. Find our other dogs up there, Wingnut and Bolt! They'll show you around! Last weekend I broke out of my shyness and introverted tendencies and attended THREE Christmas parties (I seriously have no idea what I was thinking when I agreed to all of them; must have felt pretty social at the time, lol)! Today is my 16th wedding anniversary and hubby comes home from work travel tomorrow. Then Monday we are crossing off a few items on my "I've never seen/done..." list. I've never been on a train, so we're going on a cross-country trip from the Orlando area in...

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Wow! 16 years! You were just a baby when you got married! How incredibly sweet. And it sounds fun working on a horse farm. Do you get to ride the horses?

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Thank you! Yup, people thought I was pregnant when I got married 10 days after getting my BA degree. My husband is two years younger, haha! I simply found a great guy who actually knew about all my flaws and my obsession with horses and STILL wanted to marry me; why wait? Why play the games? So there we are.

I have several of the sweet people at the barn offer to let me ride their horses, but I haven't been on a horse in years. My two in my own back yard are like big, pampered dogs, just pets! I've been in too many accidents to feel confident about riding alone, so I enjoy them from the ground. Maybe next year I'll get my courage up enough to take these folks up on their offers...

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Thats so sweet. I want that :)

Oh, if horseback riding is something that you enjoyed I will send good vibes in your direction. Although. Safety! Honestly, the only accident I've ever seen on horses was that series finale of Full House...(the olsen twins not Rain.)

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*waves at isa*

It looks like you got to Ohio in one piece. Yay for you!

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It'll come when you're not looking for it! I stopped trying to find somebody and finally realized my friend was actually interested in me on a romantic level. I kept saying that I was too busy to have a boyfriend (going to college at night full-time, working one nearly full-time job and up to four part-time jobs to pay for my first horse to be boarded, etc.), but he was irresistible after a few months of denying how I felt. And we've been together ever since. It'll come when you least expect it!

So I think I see what goals I have for 2018: Get fit enough to stay on a horse in all paces (more than a walk); and build the confidence to actually get on again. Thanks for helping me figure that out!

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Hi Hi! Not yet. I'm staying with my dad for a week to breathe. And you know, build up the annoyance required to move several hours away from everyone you know! HA! (its totally worked. I'm so over that man.)

@rentenmann It'll come when I least expect it reminds me of the song by Garfunkle and Oats 29/31 https://youtu.be/H-gfxjAaZg0
(I don't expect it at all now, so I guess it'll happen any time now)

Good luck with your goals for 2018! I just figured out my own goals for 2018: be more proactive and think things through.

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Marley and Me - If haven't watched it then watch it now.

I will never attend Class reunions - Time change, people change. Its useless to go into an official interview(Personal view)

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I can't watch movies like that! I read the book until the dog started to get old and creaky, and stopped reading it. I've had to say goodbye to two horses, two dogs, and two cats so far, so I know what to expect and how much it hurts, so I definitely don't want to experience it while watching TV/movies! :-)

Class reunions are not something I find fun. I had moved at three weeks into my freshman year of high school, just across the county, but I may as well have moved across the country. I didn't see those people whom helped shape my very young years again until social media became mainstream. I see the people I want to see there, and then we plan for fun things to do in-person from there. Oddly enough, I saw those middle school friends again at after parties from THEIR high school reunion! Fun was had by all, and it was a blast catching up with old friends and their spouses.

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Good to see you, rentenmann!

Yay for three on the tree and four on the floor! I'm always tickled to meet a fellow fan of manual transmissions. To make my '97 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon even more fun to drive, I had a short-throw shifter installed, and that tripled the fun factor. ;-)

Happy anniversary, too!

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Hi @pakalanapikake! Nice to see you as well!

Manual transmissions for the win! I used to have Miatas (1991, 2001, and a 2004) and a 2014 Fiesta ST as all manuals. SO. FUN. Since January when I stopped working, we sold the ST and I only had automatics (boo). Now with this Mustang that has the manual trans and FOUR times the power, I have to be really careful of my speed. This car can really get going in a way I'm not used to!

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Omo! Having 435 ponies under the hood in the Mustang GT (or is it the 526 HP Shelby?!) must make you feel like you're taking off in a rocket ship. I'll bet you have to watch the speedometer like a hawk. ;-)

Have a blast with your new wheels. Just don't play Deep Purple's "Highway Star" and get carried away. You'll end up in the next county before you know what happened. ;-)

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Jeez, if I had the Shelby, I may as well just give up my license in exchange for the keys... Just the GT, but my hubby is saying he wants to double the HPs once it's out of warranty by adding a supercharger, or even making it 1000HP with twin turbos. Eek!

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Congrats! Going to be 16 for me next year! Love your month by month play by play!

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I finally got a chance to read the rest your post and it looks like it may have gotten cut off? Also, so sorry about your dog. My girl, Amber, is pretty close to being put down herself, but hopefully, we’ll get her to the new year. And Christmas parties!!! My favorite! I’m glad you got to enjoy them! Happy Anniversary!!!

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Thanks! It did cut off, and I don't remember what else it left off. I wanted to know how everyone else's last half of 2017 went. I gave some love to this fabulous community we have on db, and I think that was it.

So sorry about your dog! Hopefully it will be a clear decision for you on how and when to help your girl to the other side. It's never easy (we've had to say goodbye to two horses, two other dogs, and two cats before Watson), but I love that I could see them to end of their days. Best wishes @Ally! 💞

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There was nothing to watch, so I grabbed for Shut up: flower boy band! It was so so soooo goooood ;-) I'm loving this the most from the flower series. Lee Min ki is like a great peppermint candy - so refreshing or like my favourite cinnamon chewing gum which is hard to get so chewing it makes you feel like beeing in paradise.

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I did the same thing!

The only currently airing thing I've picked up since BTIOFL ended is Jugglers, and it's filling my cute, brainless fluff quota. I've also been slowly getting through Forest of Secrets, but since it's so dark and requires some brainpower to keep all the threads straight I can only handle a few episodes a week.

So yesterday I decided to give SUFBB a second chance (my first try about six months ago lasted half-way through the first episode, but at the time I decided I wasn't feeling the school/teenage vibe), and now it seems to be ticking all the right boxes.

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Just between lovers started strong. Like @WishfulToki mentioned it feels like a movie. For now it has a little indie vibe which is so needed in this drama uniform market.

It looks like some dramas are like books - one day you are like bitting in to the concrete and some other day you treat yourself to the most exclusive chocolate or delicious fruit.

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Are variety shows back on air or is there still a strike? (Anyone know? Thanks.)

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back on track ;-)

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KBS is still on strike. I'm missing 2 days 1 night a lot.

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there's Guide to my room, I find it brilliant!

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Where do you watch it?

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dramacool or ikshow

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isa and the time I was held hostage (almost/practically)

Good morning and happy Friday/OT to you, Beanies!

So, to catch you all up on my off wall adventures (because I know you’re all on tenterhooks waiting). Here we go.

On Monday, Dec 4 I turned the keys in to my CO apartment. :*( It really was sad to say goodbye to this adventure. I had worked and saved and tried SO HARD for it to end the way it did. But, lessons were learned (hopefully they stuck so I wont be tempted to learn them again). The weird lady that I had been successfully (somewhat) ghosting called me on Monday afternoon to see if I really was moving. I was like HECK YES, DUDE! Peace out, chuck the deuces, all the things.

Can’t nobody hold me down (oh no) I got to keep on movin’. And such.

Back when I first met the weird lady and she was just a potential new friend as opposed to a borderline stalker she asked if I would deliver some blankets and socks to the local charity and I said sure. But the contact never came through so here I am trying to shove all of my accumulated crap into my tiny car and I have this huge garbage bag of blankets. I tell her that she needs to have someone come pick this up before 5 when I have to turn in the keys or its getting thrown away. She keeps insisting that I just bring it to her (her car had broken down over the weekend). I tell her no, A. I’m busy. B. There’s no room in my car. She offers to come over and help me pack. And as much as I’d really rather not see her--I hate cleaning. So, I tell her come on over. She tells me that I have to come pick her up. I have been packing up my car since 1AM. It is now almost 12. I’ve already told her more than once that I don’t have room in my car. She spends the next 2 hours texting me every 15/20 mins to come pick her up. At 2--surprise, surprise. She didn’t need me to come pick her up as she’s now in my living room. Here to help cleaning. She looks around and says its a good thing that she’s here because there’s no way I’d finish on time.

And then spends the next 2 hours on her phone cleaning an already clean sink while chatting on the phone with her co-worker. However, some things just make me work faster. At 4 when she got off the phone she declares that there’s no way all of this stuff is going to fit in my car but that she’s an expert at packing and we can take all of my stuff to her house and she’ll help me re-pack. I was of two minds. The first was: hell.NO. The second was: my stuff :(. I don’t want to leave so much of my stuff behind. So, I said well, why don’t you drive my car to your house--we have to be out in an hour and a half--unload the back and front seats and come back and we’ll get the rest of the stuff loaded and you’ll help me repack so that I don’t lose so much stuff and I’ll hit the road. She says that she has a better idea and starts calling everyone she knows at church with a van (this will be easier and faster!) to come and pick up the rest of my stuff...

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and take it to her house. I turn in my keys so we’re sitting outside for the next 3 hours in 30 degree weather. At night. She wont even look at my car to start rearranging things (itll be easier at my house when we can take everything out!) By the time we make it to her house and get everything unloaded its 19 degrees out and after 10. Tuesday. She asks if I can take her to run some errands before we get started because her car died over the weekend. We’ll get started loading your car as soon as we get back, promise. We make it back to her house around 4 and we have dinner and she’s oh, I’m so tired I have to be at work at 4 in the morning so I’m going to go to bed. I’ll be back by 4 and I’ll help you pack up then, k? Do you mind if I drive your car? Since I slept at her house the night before and was apparently sleeping there again I felt like I had to say yes. When she comes back the next day she says that I’ll need to get gas before I go and then sits and says, give me three good reasons why you need to leave now. You can leave next week. Or the week after. You can spend a couple of weeks with me!

My answer. 1. I.Want.To. and 2. I don’t need any other fucking reasons.

So, she’s staring at me all hurt and says I’m not going to help you at all, then. And then leaves. I am so annoyed at this point. Its Wednesday. I have been at her house for 2 days and she keeps dodging the issue of helping me pack and keeps telling me that I should just stay. Other than the bare minimum I’m pretty sure I didn’t say a word to her on Tuesday or Wednesday because everything, everything I said lead to: stay! You shouldn’t take that job! Stay here with me! I won’t charge you rent! (when I first accepted the job she told me to not take it, to move in with her--rent free--and wait for a librarian job in CO to come along). And she kept singing Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together and that why are you so obsessed with me song and frankly it was freaking me the fuck out.

I was like...nope. Leaving. Tomorrow. At 12. Don’t fucking care about anything else. I will burn all of my shit if necessary. I.Am.LEAVING. So, on Thursday I go to start my car--and after running for maybe 2-3 minutes it dies. I text her and ask if there was any gas in the car because the gauge was below the E and typically after the engine warms up it bounces to where it really is--but it never bounced. It just made this weird sound and died. She texts back that there was gas in the car, but she has a book in her basement that can identify car problems by sound and she’ll look for it when she gets home and this weekend we’ll call her mechanic and next week he’ll fix my car. I told her that I had called some people from my church to come and help and she FREAKED OUT. She started texting me multiple times a minute: why? Why did you call them? You didn’t need to call them! Just wait for me! And variations on this fucking crazy theme. I answered once that if its not the...

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its not the car just needs gas (I have NEVER had so low gas that the car wouldn’t even start. I honestly think she did something--ran it somewhere or drained the gas or something to make it so low) then they’ll take me to a mechanic and pay for it to get fixed and then I’ll still be able to get on the road today. She kept texting me that I didn’t need to call my church people. She has friends in the neighborhood and they’ll help me if she texts them. At this point: so not interested in anyone you consider a friend.

Her final text: I just love you so much [isa]. I really do. Youre the best friend I ever had. I hope you know how much I really love you.

My response: I’m driving.

So, to date: I’ve been kidnapped once and held hostage once (almost.practically).

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Oh my goodness. Isa, your life is WILD. Good thing you moved and left her in the dust so you don't have to deal with her anymore.

I hope the rest of your time spent moving goes smoothly. You deserve a break, girl.

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It never seems that way at the time. I notice that its worth mentioning and then others point out"...so. You do know these things only happen to you?"

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Wow I did not expect that the situation to escalate to the point your "friend" pretty much showed her intentions. I hope you really start well in your new place.

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I knew she was a wackadoo. I shouldn't have told her to come over. I have GOT to stop being so lazy. It was the offer of helping me clean that made my toss my concerns (of her being a freaking psycho) aside and say SURE! Come on over! And she didn't even clean! She cleaned the sink for 2 hours. That was already clean.

This is what I've learned: In the past I've always just...accepted friends. My friendships were always really passive. People come up to me and say "we're friends now!" and I'm all..."eh. What else am I doing. Come, lets be friends little weirdo" so since this is how I accept friends I can't be shocked when some of them prove to be...you know...nuts. I've got to be more proactive. Or at least vet them better. I know I attract the crazy people (like recognizes like and all) but...yeah. I've learned that can be dangerous. Better choices: thats my new years resolution for 2018. Better choices and think things through (ya moron).

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Holy. COW. I'm glad you were able to get away from her! Did you make it to your new place yet? I'm shocked at the behavior you experienced, but relieved that you got away from such a scary person. That's terrifying!

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I'm at my dads house. I hadn't seen him since August. I'm heading to the new place in the morning. Or rather, I'm loading all of my crap and driving to the new state and hoping that I'll find a place, tomorrow. BUT! I get to tour my new library! And probably meet the woman who hates me because she keeps applying for this job and they keep not giving it to her. And she's like an award winning librarian. There's GOT to be loads wrong with her for her to not get this position....Eh.

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Best of luck! Oops, gotta eat lunch before I let the rest of the day slip away!

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Oh my gosh. What a wild ride.
I'm so glad you got out of there eventually!!!

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So, if you write a book about your life, make are you tell us. I’ll be first in line!!!

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Isa! your real life adventures and misadventures are on one end of the spectrum.good luck on the move and new work.

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Things I did while reading your thread, @isthatacorner:

1. Laughed
2. Slapped forehead
3. Picked up my chin from the floor
4. Sighed
5. Uttered WTF several times
5. Applauded

Congrats for extracting yourself (eventually). Onward!

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Hah, same here! Love your list!

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Just completed watching Story of A Man aka The Slingshot. I love every minutes of it. The story keep escalate until the very end. Never a dull moment, unnecessary scenes, or useless character. At the end the protagonist still losing people that he care most. Usually I can't accept sad ending, but every moment in Story of A Man were beautifully done that it still felt satisfying. Of course, in the alternate universe that resides in my head, kimshin and eunso lived their life happily ever after 😢
Since I'm new to kdrama, I just found out that the leading man, Park Yong-ha had died few years ago. Why oh why, he's very good as kimshin... If he's still alive, he'd be 40 years old this year. He might have done sageuk or starred in another hit drama... RIP park yong ha-ssi, thank you for for making kimshin the most adorable male lead and underdog

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I really liked PYH in Winter Sonata, I never got to complete the show but I always wondered where he is now (I didn't know his name by then). Recently after the death of KJH many people discussed him on DB and I searched his name and found out that he is the same person from WS. It is indeed heartbreaking knowing that people you have just seen or are still listening too don't exist in this world anymore.

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Good morning! Been super busy at work so I've only had time to watch a couple episodes of Because This Is My First Life. I only have 2 episodes to go! Still excellent but I do have a question that I am a little confused on.

I don't understand Won-Seok reasons behind not getting married. It's one thing about just not believing in the institution of marriage but that doesn't seem to be the case here. He goes on about how he needs more time before they get married. Or need another 5 years. And how he isn't confident to get married and I am baffled why. He seems to want to get married to Rang but keeps putting it off and doing things he doesn't want to do. I am assuming it's a cultural thing like maybe before you get married you need to have a house or something?

Anyways, not much else going on in dramaland for me. I am looking forward to watching Black over the Christmas holiday now that it has hit Netflix but not much else airing right now that appeals to me. :(

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Good that you're enjoying BTIOFL! As to Won Seok not wanting to get married, I took it as he wasn't ready for the responsibilities of a husband in Korean society, i.e.: breadwinner for the family, which includes getting a house. He wanted to keep pursuing his app dream. Ho Rang's dream was to be a housewife and quit her job. Overall I think the writer is criticizing Korean traditional gender roles in this drama, which kind of came off as too strong and bothered me in the end.

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I know how you feel, it baffled me to no end before I decided that marriage in Korea equals having kids and he was not ready to have kids.

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Yeah you could say that because in Korea when an unmarried couple are expecting a child, they need to get married as soon as possible. I think it's considered a social taboo to have kids outside of marriage. On top of that, while kids are registered under their parents' name in the general sense, they are actually considered being part of their parternal family. So I was thinking if the drama elaborated more on starting without sticking to traditional conventions.

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My 2 bits: don't watch the last 2 episodes. They ruin the show.

I think Won-seok sees being married as being a grown-up. Which he is not really ready to do. He wants to have the freedom to develop his app and code with his friends. He and Ho-rang have been living together in this little bitty rooftop room. That she paid for. Which is fine when you are young and daring, but to be married, he has to provide a house that her parents will approve of. That has room for that pink couch. He knows that to Ho-rang, being married means getting to quit her waitress job to be a full time homemaker. That being married means babies. In order to be married, he has to hold down a full time job and be able to support a wife and kids. And he is just not ready for that.

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I totally agree about the last 2 episodes.

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Unpopular opinion: I think the writer didn't set a quite direction where the story was going to after they were 'married', so it seemed that the final episodes felt rushed, plus those filler story and scenes

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You mean Ho Rang and Won Seuk, or Ji Ho and Se Hee?

If you mean the main couple, that means you think the drama lost its direction after episode 6! *SPOILER* My unpopular opinion is that it started to happen after the seaside kiss, so episode 12. The writer fixated on the idea that 'a kiss is not happy ever after', and created additional angst and changed the characters to convince us of that, most of all Ji Ho (who ended up seeming manipulative, seeking to please his parents and then divorcing him for it).

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Which is a shame since A Kiss Is Not Happy Ever After is a great theme to explore. If they had done it right. Or what does Happy Ever After mean? Ahhh, what might have been.

My random theory is that Ji-ho, while not buying the kiss=HEA, did buy the Separation=HEA that dramas keep trying to sell us. So she randomly decided to manufacture a separation into her relationship.

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Anyone watching Nothing to Lose aka Judge v Judge? I am really enjoying it, although I admit the slapstick in the first eps was a bit hard to get through. BUT, I love the slow fall of Yeon Woo Jin. It's not because she is a) acting cute b) acting stupid or c) chasing him. It's all about how capable, caring, and dedicated she is. Plus Dong Ha all teary and conflicted (and not a serial killer!). What is not to love?
Admittedly the justice system stuff makes no sense from an American perspective but when I gloss over that (my 15 years as a paralegal are so hard to stuff down, tho) it is absorbing. The plotting, the manipulation behind the scenes, the cute obliviousness of the leads to each other's attraction, and did I mention Dong Ha's quivering lips and puppy dog eyes?

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I think that will be my next binge watch. You have some serious skills for convincing people (or I'm easily swayed but I'll go with positives!)!

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The recent news item on Yoon Eun-hye's offer for an android drama got me thinking of the current robot trend, and shook loose some potential titles. I posted them way late, so here's the link for anyone who snorted at my first comment on that story. ;-)

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/12/yoon-eun-hye-offered-new-android-drama-love-like-a-person/#comment-3149169

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Incredibly late to the OT today, but wanted to stop in as I’m waiting for the party I’m hosting to start and say Happy Friday! It’s been a fun, frustrating, and crazy week! I have two convos to share later!

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Yay! I super enjoy your posts and I keep poking my head in OT looking for you.

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In my Kdrama life: "A" and I had a study date yesterday until late into the night. During the study date he kept apologizing for being late then he bought me snacks ☺️☺️

In school related news, I got my first ever internship at a company in NYC. I cried when I found out. As a woman of color majoring in computer science, most people in my life aren't supportive of my endeavors. Being able to do this on my own and being successful honestly means the world to me. In addition to that, I found out that next semester I'll be able to teach the same group of students ☺️. I've slowly started to understand why teachers love their jobs so much. It's so beautiful watching a student's face light up when they finally understand. This experience honestly warms my heart.

*putting lots of positivity into the air*
💫🌸✨💕💫🌷✨💓💫

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as a my former professor said, you just had a 'lightbulb' moment! teachers who truly loves their profession change lives, so bravo!

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I'm a teacher, I know! 🤗
Congratulation on your internship!

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I love this comment. I love everything about it. Congratulations, you. Keep being incredibly awesome.

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I saw the funniest line of the year in any K-drama just this week. I mean, it was the moment and the delivery and the unexpected subtitle all at once. I laughed, I rewound, I made sure I read what I thought and I laughed some more.

Spoiler space.

It was in this week's episode of I'm not a Robot, when he's talking to her and she asks him if he still likes his childhood sweetheart and he says, basically, he guesses so. And her response, muttered under her breath: "Well, shit."

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA. They're both kind of idiots but I like them!

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There's some lowkey fourth wall breaking in that drama and I'm loving it.

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Is the new Just Between Llovers worth a try?

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yep

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For now, yes!
But ask again next week and I'll tell you. I usually have a 4-episode trial before I decide whether I'll stick with a drama.

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Yes, just finished the second episode and i am hooked, i like the calm feel of the drama.

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“Calm” is what my husband likes. I may have to start this.

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I liked Junho after watching Chief Kim, and would like to watch his new show. But, from the promos it feels like a sad drama. Am I wrong? I loathe sad dramas cause I'll cry non-stop and look ugly for days with puffy eyes. My face has only just recovered from crying while watching the last two episodes of Black.

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Guess who's rewatching KMHM while trying to forget the existence of 'Just Between Lovers"???
*plays that song from Weekly Idol which sounds like "me me me me..."*

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so I was at a demonstration that demanded sustainable forest management. I feel accomplished but my feet are so cold!!! it is still wet and raining, even though the morning arrived with snow.
media is avoiding the subject of the demonstration of course and smothering all voices. the environment is under attack and they destroy ecosystems for the sake of sending wood fiber to China to make toilet paper.
there is a link here and you can see me in yellow hat. http://www.pealinn.ee/tagid/koik/fotod-eesti-loodusesobrad-nouavad-toompeal-metsa-paastmist-n208594

dramas: keyword now seems to be partnership? I am enjoying the dry and reserved humor of Jugglers and the literal soul-mates of Two Cops. was thinking of watching Wise prison Life but it is day 3 and haven´t even finished ep 2. I don´t think I have the time for it. Because life. and floating heads (check my wall)

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i commend you on your environmental activism! if only the USA can prevent our "tweeter-in-charge" from handing over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the big oil companies for drilling...

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There's lot of corruption in my country and fast money are blinding the eyes and hearts of most of the people. All the time when I come back I have tears in my eyes, because I see the changing which most of the people with their everyday strugling life don't see. At least they make some move even if it is like Don Quixote trying to fight with the windmills.

https://www.mysmeles.sk/

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Happy Friday!

I don’t post as often as I’d like but I’m in awe of all of you who post your thoughts regularly. Where do you guys find the time. I’m lucky if I can jump on this site for 10 minutes a day...

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So it just dawned on me that I completely missed Open Thread.

*sadface*

Where does the time go???

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Into the Abyss.
I'm still here though. hI!

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*waving*

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How is Korfan this week? :)

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Thanks for asking! Doing ok, hanging in there, keeping busy and making time for a kdrama or two or three.

Oh, but apparently I'm not keeping track of date or time! Heh.

Hope you're doing well also!

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Terribly sorry I never replied to this.
Lyfe got away on me.
That's good! What dramas are you watching atm?

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No worries! It's the same way for me!

Atm watching: Jugglers, Black Knight, Just Between Lovers, checked out an episode of Money Flower and finishing up Temperature of Love.

This reminds me, I now need to go read the "What We're Watching" post!

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I just got here, myself.

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Hi Ally! Hope you're doing well today.

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Yes, it was a good day. Almost missed my kids recital—but yay for piano teachers who have known you since you were nine and calls you when the recital starts and asks if you’re coming (with the kids)! Lol!

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Glad you made it to the recital!

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How are things in your world?

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Things are good. Dealing with bizarre weather though.

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never mind time, where did my gif go?

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Time .... gifs ....

They're all disappearing on us!

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Are gifs in comments only possible for wall posts?