Beanie level: Fan club president

Sisyphus isn’t good for much, but it was good for this, a new recipe we made today for my mom. https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/ttukbaegi-bulgogi

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Ok, beanies, run, don’t walk, and watch Hello? it’s me! Episode 5 is even better! Chaebol and father have the best scene! Love their relationship. They really do like each other, I promise! 😂

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My favorite drama of the new crop…Hello? It’s Me! So many great scenes in episode 4, but OMG, young Ha-ni telling off poor chaebol to stop hitting on old Ha-ni was my favorite! And Anthony’s spell ing mistakes. 😅 And then an oof moment at the end where young Ha-ni finds out her vivacious grandmother now has dementia. Lee Re did so well here. It’s the show I watch first. Sisyphus can wait.

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    I was surprised at how much I enjoy watching this. So far the plot doesn’t seem to stick. It’s like watching multiple separate story lines but it will probably start blending in next week.

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    Yes, episode 4 was the one that convinced me to keep on watching. KYK also became more adorkable here, rather than just cringey.

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Vincenzo, and Song Joonki, here we go.

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    Is this really a caper show? Because I’d be all in if it were.

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Starting Sisyphus. No idea what the genre is or what it’s about. Here goes nothing.

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    have fun! i went in not knowing anything either, and well – the first 2 eps were wild.

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    It’s best to go in there without any expectation. It’s quite a fun ride. 😂😂😂

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Opinion: 2nd episode of Moon River is better than the first.
Opinion: 1st episode of Hello, It’s Me makes me want to see the next.
Opinion: I may be getting less discerning of dramas.

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How are all these kdramas coming to Netflix in the next month????? #notacomplaint

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FATED is tearing my heart out every time I see Jang Hyuk. This guy is way too good. He goes from utterly ridiculous to Shakespearean tragedy in no time flat, and my husband has a huge crush on Jang Nara. Kdrama Korean Drama GIF from Kdrama GIFs

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    I love that drama too. It’s the drama which put Jang Hyuk in my Oppa list. It’s also the drama where I cursed everyone who makes Jang Nara cry. 🤣

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      Right??? I don’t know if my feelings for Gong Yoo would be as strong if I just saw Jang Hyuk first. 😂

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        oh, if you haven’t yet, you must watch Chuno…

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          I know. I know. I know. Crap, do I know. I need to find time. Too many dramas coming out this week. I only watched this because Run On finished and I had nothing Korean on my plate while waiting for the new dramas to start.

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            the sageuk makjang is classic, but you can ff thru those, tho i didn’t… but Jang Hyuk was so fabulous… and also Oh Ji Ho, tho my heart belongs to Dae Gil… and seriously, i fell in love with the bad guy – man in black Lee Jong Hyuk cuz he looked so damn good in that black straw hat…
            ; )

            ohhh, and Dae Gil’s posse… Hang Jong Soo & Kim Ji Seok… manbrawn!!

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    My first drama!!!

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      You know, I don’t think I could have watched this while I was pregnant. Hopefully, you didn’t. Every time he talked to that damned painting I lost all sense of decorum. Like ugly tears. Stahhhpppp! So sweet, but also so heartbreaking,

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    All of us guys have a huge crush on Jang Na-ra

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Beanies! I’ve been remiss in writing this year, had two good days, and feel like the others were cop-outs. And today may be as well. But I do have a story to share. This past week I helped organize a care package for a fellow colleague and his family who are going through something I hope to never live though. Their immunocompromised child got sick in November with a flare of his underlying condition and then contracted COVID19 (from his father who got it from a patient) and had every complication known and is still hospitalized today. They have alternated who is at the children’s hospital three hours from our town and my colleague just got back while his wife just left. My husband and I have known them for several years: I work in the same hospital, we are medical student program directors of our respective areas, we’ve gone to the same church, they’ve done marriage enrichment studies in which my husband and I have participated. Their kids go to my kids’ school. We are not close friends, but we respect them so much and would do almost anything for them, and especially now.

From collecting monies for the gift (electronic transfers are a game changer), and going out getting something the family would all appreciate, to making a meal, this took up most of my time this weekend.

As many of you know, my husband is a marvelous cook and I’m pretty worthless in the kitchen. Yesterday, the first day of the new Lunar New Year, he cooked all day, not just for them, but for other families as well.

But it was a lesson in love for our family that I’m still processing. During our preparation, my son asked why we were making this family a meal that was “over the top.” (Keep in mind we made sushi for our own lunch yesterday, so it wasn’t like he was suffering that his meal was any less than what we were preparing fir our own family.) He also wasn’t totally aware of the circumstances although he has known that this child was sick. We explained that although we hardly talk or hang out with this family, they are still important to us and they deserve to be shown compassion during this difficult time. Also, it’s what we do as a family. We support those who need us. And we never do something halfway. We do our absolute best.

But the lesson for me came when we delivered everything. We thought we would be giving strength and sustenance to a broken family—maybe not broken, but certainly bruised. But it was I that felt more love and support while speaking with that colleague, and what a testimony his son has been, who has made friends there, with all the staff and several children. The bravery and resiliency that he has displayed throughout. How their own marriage has survived the stress and struggle of almost losing a child, who they think now will be fine, with a long road to get back to his athletic self, but confident he will come back.

Love is universal. The love they have for their child and each other.

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I was going to write something today, but then my hubby wanted to see Fated to Love You…

Love,

February

February 10, 2021

I didn’t know I liked flowers until I met my husband. No one, not one of my previous boyfriends, gave me flowers. Candy, yes, flowers, no. And now, I get them frequently, from my husband, of course!

Love,
February

P.S. These flowers actually were given last Friday, 2/5, but they are holding up pretty well, don’t you think?

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February 9, 2021

Morning conversations:
Hubby: It looks like all the schools are closed due to icy roads.
Me: So, do you want to drive me to work?
Hubby: We can’t both die!
Me: So I’ll drive myself.
Hubby: Wait until they get salt on the streets in the neighborhood at least.
Me: *calls my clinic to be late* *gets text stating that my first patient is already there*
I can’t, I have to go in, I have someone already there.
Hubby: *waits at driveway to make sure I get up the first hill in the neighborhood, which I slide up* *calls and makes sure I didn’t get stuck on the second hilly curve in the neighborhood, which I also slide through at 10 MPH* Call me when you get to work!
Me: *getting to work in one piece—and the car in one piece as well—calling hubby* Ok, I’m here! Roads were fine once I got out of the neighborhood!
Hubby: Good! Have a good day!

This is what love is…

Love,
February

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DYLB beanies? You still here? From Sohyun Ko, the violin prodigy who played the talented student in that show. Sarasate’s Carmen is always a welcome treat to the ears.

Love,

February

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February 5, 2021

How collaborations get things done. Vaccinated around 2000 in 8 hours. My Air Force heart was proud to be serving along with these National Guardsmen and women.

Love,

February

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February 4, 2021

I had an amazing friend in medical school. You know those kdramas that have three girls or three boys that are best friends? I had that. We met in school and because of fate or destiny, or whatever, we were fast friends. My two best friends during that time were male. I’ve always been able to form better connections, however platonic and asexual they may be (at least on my end), with the male counterpart. When I was in college, I discovered I had more in common with the “male” brain than the “female” brain. I’m very logical, unemotional, tactile. Emotions are for books and movies, not real life.

I was in the military, and that is how we solidified our friendship. W. was Army and I was Air Force. Together, we formed a military society at the medical school I attended. We studied together, ate together, did everything during the day together. He bailed my car out of tow jail one late night after I parked illegally at the hospital. He was married, so I never had to worry that he had ulterior motives. I worried his wife would misunderstand our relationship. I only ever met his wife once in our four years of school. He loved her immensely. We talked in passing about his marriage, never the center of our conversations. He was not overly obsessed with this part of his life, we were in medical school after all and most of our conversations were about microbiology or biochemistry.

W. knew my love life, more about me than anyone really. I was like his little sister, I always felt, and he was the big brother I never had. He teased me like one, anyway. He was the first person I told about this crazy guy who I met at officer training school and a year later somehow tracked me down and called me to go out with him. He unmercifully teased me to no end and to get him to stop, I said, “Stop it! It’s not like I’ll marry him!” Little did I know…

After I went on that first date, and knew that my date would lead to many more, and with clinical rotations starting so that I barely saw my medical school friends, and then being engaged and marrying within just 18 months of that first date, I lost contact, total contact, with W.

He did come to my wedding, and our interaction was too brief.

I have no idea where he is now, although I could easily find him if I wanted in the age of the internet. If my husband found me 20 years ago, it’s that much easier to reconnect with people now.

But that’s how it is with me. I make deep connections with people fairly quickly, and just as quickly, I move on. I prefer to leave them as jewels in my memory, unencumbered, perfect memories. People can get messy with time, and I prefer not to know how messy. And now, I have a new best friend, at least in the past 20 years, that those relationships that were in the past can stay there. W. was there when I needed him.

Love,
February

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    Omg @ally I had no idea you were in the army, also your love story and friendship are really cute. I really relate to you with this post. As a girl, growing up, I wasn’t really into more of the feminine interests like making cards or cakes for friends and stuff. My best friend ( we’ve been friends almost 9 years now, I’ve known her since 5th grade) was the same as me but my other friends did stuff like this and it made me feel a bit odd. Also I agree that sometimes friends lose touch, but that doesn’t mean the memories we shared with them become any less precious. I know so many girls who didn’t realise this back in high school when friends sometimes grow apart due to different interests. They created so much of drama instead of letting go. I myself had friends from whom I have grown apart but I let go of them when it seemed like they were developing new interests and evolving. I still text them from time to time and I look back on our memories fondly

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      Air Force! It’s not a big deal. Joining the military is how I paid for med school. It’s how I met my husband. I made good friends there too. I can always make friends but better at making memories!

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    Thank you for sharing, I love this.

    I feel that sometimes certain people are in our lives for a small amount of time because that was when you needed to be together to grow into your best self. I have a lot of plants, and I think of these important but transient friendships like repotting a plant. It’s not that there was anything wrong with the old pot, but a new one is needed to grow bigger and stronger. You could cut yourself down and make sacrifices for the old one to still fit, but it’s not what is best for you. None of this makes the relationship any less important – you still needed that relationship to grow into who you are today. But it’s also important to move on when you need to, and hope that they remember you as fondly as you remember them.

    It’s not the same, but I have a best friend from high school who I haven’t spoken to in a long time now – maybe six years? We drifted apart naturally, but I keep tabs on her from a distance. I don’t know why I haven’t reached out – maybe because I’m scared that I did something wrong? But those are my issues. But maybe it’s also because we did outgrow each other after so long apart. I feel like you – I want to keep those memories unencumbered and perfect.

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      It’s not just your issues. She probably thinks the same thing. I don’t miss friendships though. I guess because I’m always making new ones. But I love all my friends. Everyone I’ve been fortunate enough to become close to, I’ll love forever.

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    “ as jewels in my memory, unencumbered, perfect memories.”

    Same here.

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    Thanks for sharing. I believe people come into your life and leave it for a reason. And I’m sure if your paths cross again, you two will feel the same connection you did back then.

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February 2, 2021

Sometimes all you need to see is the sun.

Love,
February

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February 1, 2021

Have we forgotten what love is?
Love is joy when your child is born and has his whole life to live.
Love is pain when a sister dies suddenly in a car wreck.
Love is relief after your spouse comes home from the hospital after suffering through certain death.
Love is disappointment when a friend goes back into an abusive relationship.
Love is contentment when dinner is made without your help.
Love is anger when your spouse does not meet you halfway.
Love is pride when your son does well on a test.
Love is sadness when there is no more time to say, “I love you.”
Love is happiness when your grandmother gets her COVID19 vaccine.
Love is frustration when a family member doesn’t listen to sound advice.
Love is peace when you’ve done everything you can do for someone.
Love is so many emotions rolled up into one.
All these emotions are the result of love. So care deeply and love willingly. We are all the richer for having love and loved.

Love,
February

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After today’s episode of Run on, this is my take of the mysterious Seo family illness, autosomal dominantly inherited: https://medlineplus.gov/genetics/condition/wolff-parkinson-white-syndrome/#resources

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Y’all. It only took them all of 13 episodes but the fan service is worth it. These two have CHEMISTRY. 🥰 #therebelprincess #cdrama #zhangziyi #zhouyiwei #last2minutes

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    This episode was pure love

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      Did you notice the two “fan vids” in this episode? I couldn’t help but laugh to myself. They share so few scenes together that the producers set them all to music here!

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        I noticed….I also loved where he tells her I don’t know any Princess Shangyang…I only know the fiesty girl I met at the lantern festival and I’ve already accept you as my destiny 🥰🥰

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    Didn’t you say they didn’t even meet for ten episodes? I about choked when I read that 🤣

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      Technically, they met in episode 1, I think. But they didn’t know each other. And she was a brat.

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        LOL mmmmmmm, were they also children? If so, I think you’re not supposed to remember that. Or is that just in kdramas? 🤔

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          Not exactly. She’s 15. He’s already a decorated general on his way to becoming an honorary prince. They just didn’t know each other’s identities. She’s with the 3rd prince at the time (and he’s cute)!

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    I’m watching them on Happy Camp…. ZZY is actually really down-to-earth, chill, sweet, and kind 🥰🥰🥰 And Zhou Yi Wei has always been known as a gentleman on Happy Camp

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Goblin meets Highlight. Yang Yeo-Seob sang and was really just undefeated in Masked Singer for 8 weeks and sang one of my favorite OSTs.