Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

I had the most insane dream last night and I’m going to put here.
I should start a dream journal.
Nothing to do with kpop or kdramas or even Korea.
It’s the cast of the Disney show Jesse! (Which I have never liked) but over the course.of the dream they morph from who they are to Lions from the Lion King taking on the characters in that movie and taking on the characters from the cartoon Babar.
Lion m Mr and Mrs Ross are sick of paparazzi and take their brood of kids and nanny and go looking for an isolated place to live in peace. They travel the world in a plane piloted by Mr. Ross to various locations in the jungle and desert and keep getting chased out. At one point everyone is human and wandering around these really lovely caves and Jesse is standing in front of a natural rock formation that made the word love and Cameron Boyce (alive!) is talking to his dad (Mr. Ross) and says that his childhood crush on Jesse is over. He’s a grown man and he’s in love with her. Mr. Ross encourages his son to tell her. We don’t see how she responds.
Later, everyone is lions. Jesse is walking with Mrs. Ross and Zuri and the boy who isn’t Like are playing when they are suddenly attacked. Emma who was close but not close enough screams for Jesse and not her mom, even though they were walking side by side. Like was walking with his dad further back. Jesse tears off–easily and quickly surpassing Mrs Ross –and kills the attackers. Mr. Ross finds himself fiercely attracted to his kids nanny and his son’s self professed soulmate.
They hip hop around a bit more and find the perfect place to settle but they are attacked by a group of animals that had settled there a long time ago. They accuse them of thinking that they’ll be happy there but they are a pride of lions and will eventually want to rule. They assure the group that won’t happen. They just want to be a family away from the world. The spokesperson of the animals is all BUT WHAT ABOUT THE LOVE SQUARE! And everyone is like whaaaaat? And he says the young lion is in love with the older lioness and the old king is in love with the younger lioness! And the queen won’t relinquish her throne! Who will the young lioness choose? A queendom or a young lion? There are no other choices! And what of the children! Will you doom them to life without mates?
And then I woke up.
I wanted to know how the love square was going to turn out! Also, in this scenario Like was in his early 20s. Somewhere in the dream there’s a fight between the Ross Plparents about why they still have Jesse when all their kids are grown.
Any dream interpreters out there?

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Y’all…I have a confession to make.
I do NOT ship Yumi and BaBi. I love them individually. I dont love them as a couple. I dont think they have romantic chemistry. At first I thought it was because I’ve been Jinyoungs fan forever and I just dont think of him *like that* . Even last week when they were making out…it felt like watching a child I babysat making out. Is he supposed to be 33 like Yumi?
Don’t get me wrong. I RECOGNIZE that he is an incredibly sexy young man. But all of that is falling flat for me.
I dont want Yumi back with Wung. That man hasn’t learned how to communicate.
But I dont think I want her with BaBi either. I’m still Team BaBi as an individual! He gave her books and I’m SO EASY. But…..not Team BaBi in a couple with Yumi.
@raonah dont think this means I want to be removed from Jinyoung goodies throughout the week because I do not!

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    Lol! I LOVE them together! Ep 6 was so cute! I’m a bit worried about next week though. Especially since Jinyoung said something about his character changing after ep 7 😬

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    Yeah, no Woong. I was 5 minutes into the episode and I was already like “oh. So he knows what he did wrong, good for him. Now he can be better to his next girlfriend. She won’t be as cool as our Yu Mi, tho. Bad for him.”

    I like YM x BB, but sometimes I feel like something’s off. I need more scenes between them. I feel like I don’t know Ba Bi as a boyfriend.

    And at the beginning I had a similar problem and I also thought it was because I’m a ahgase, but I didn’t have that problem with He’s Psychometric (I shipped the couple since minute 1), so Idk…

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      I thought about that too! I was ALL IN on Hes Psychometric so I finally decided I’m just not shipping this couple. I think it’s because he’s a rebound. They started dating what? The same month she broke up with Wung? The dude she wanted to marry? And now she’s all swoony and giggly over BaBi? Maybe it took longer but I remember him confessing and her saying it took her 7 days to get over Wung and she held out for a few days and then she’s making out with BaBi. It’s not going to end well

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        I don’t remember quite well and I never understand how time works in kdramas lol, but think she had a bad time for a couple of weeks and then she had that “good” week, later she started with the whole fanclub thing, then he confesed and a few weeks after that they got together. I don’t now if that’s too little time, but I don’t think he’s a rebound. When Woong came back, Sarang didn’t really care, she only wanted to have her dinner with her boyfriend.

        But I do have problems with the pace of the show. It feels like they’ve been dating for a few months but they just don’t show it? Jin Joo’s cameo in EP6 was longer than Ba Bi’s screentime in EP5.

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          I totally dont understand love this season! When BaBi confessed she was listless and just didn’t care but the other cells rebelled and were like WE ARE GETTING THIS MAN. But I dont recall Love ever getting on board the BaBi train. Even in that episode she seemed listless like she hasn’t recovered from Wung. But earlier she was zipping and flying around because of Christmas with BaBi. I watched it like…so does she love BaBi now because I thought she was just going through the motions!
          I have no idea how much time has passed though.
          This is how I thought the timeline went:
          July 7 broke up with Wung
          July8-15 didn’t tell anyone but took down his stuff at work. BaBi shot his shot and Yumi said no even though she officially declared herself over Wung (after seeing a pic of him smiling after stalking him on social media)
          15-end of July Yumis BaBi fanclub took over and finally accepted his confession.
          But I have no idea what time of the year it is now. We had Christmas (even though Yumi spent all that time picking out the blandest Christmas present we didn’t even see her give it to him) and who knows how long it’s been since then? Have they dated a year?
          I really dont feel like Yumi loves or is in love with him. I think she likes the way she feels around him especially after how Wung treated her in the end.

          Also, I LOVED Jin Joos cameo! For the first year that I watched dramas she literally popped up as a.secondary character in just about every single one! I haven’t seen her recently and missed her.
          Also and finally this ep with Yumis parents is very boring. I haven’t really enjoyed either ep this week.

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            Yeah, it definitely seems like they’ve been dating for several months but I agree with you that it seems like we don’t really see them dating much. Also, I don’t get why they’re still keeping their relationship a secret at the office. I could see when they were both still employed there, it might make things awkward if everyone knew, but now that Yumi quit, there’s no reason to keep it a secret.
            I thought the part with Yumi’s parents was cute and funny. It seems like a natural thing to introduce your boyfriend/girlfriend to your parents so it was nice to see that.

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            You’re right. We never saw when did Sarang accepted double B (badum tss) as her true love, but she seemed totally on board with the ship this week. But maybe it was only for the moment? Maybe Sarang just wanted Yu MI to have a nice Christmas? Idk.

            Now that I think about, msybe you’re right. Yu Mi doesn’t look like she loves Ba Bi.

            One thing that’s interesting is that Ba Bi isn’t her priority, we can say that’s because she has change, but it feels like she has changed a lot. She doesn’t seem that curious about Ba Bi, she doesn’t cares that much about how he sees her, etc. She practically doesn’t think about him and she doesn’t even seem to care that much if they break up (she literally wrote a makjang out of nowhere and was thinking of breaking up with him because he was rich).
            When she’s with him, Sarang doesn’t even appears… cheap-cell and naughty-cell are more worried about this relationship than Sarang or sensitivity-cell, tbh.

            … I think Yu Mi has truly changed. She definitely doesn’t have Ba Bi (or love) as her priority. She’s not thinking of giving her all to him. Maybe that’s why we don’t see his cells, because they don’t really matter that much? Maybe that’s why he looks so perfect and they don’t fight? Maybe we don’t have to take it that seriously? She’s just living the day and she has a boyfriend but it’s not a big deal? Idk… I think I started to overthink this.

            Ps. Jin Joo’s cameo was the best part of the episode

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            That’s how I understood the timeline. She was excited about going to his place for Christmas, so I thought they were sleeping together already or she was expecting it to happen then, but then it seemed like their first time was in Episode 6, some time after Christmas. They would have been dating at least 5-6 months by then though. It’s very confusing.

            I don’t think she loves him yet. It’s more like she likes having a perfect boyfriend who treats her well and boosts her confidence, which is totally fine. It’s just a big change in Yumi’s character.

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          I was just writing this on raonahs wall and wanted your thoughts on it as well.
          I dont think we see Babis cells very often–especially in comparison to how often we saw Wungs cells from the very beginning. My fledgling theory is that we see Yumis love interests cells based on how close she feels to them, maybe? We saw Wungs right away because she felt close to him right away? And even though BaBi is saying all the right things and doing all the right things there’s still a distance? I felt him telling her to go see Wung while thinking to himself that a boyfriend who is secure never loses (or whatever) was very calculating. If you’ve been planning a romantic evening with your SO and they randomly up and leave in the middle of cooking…I think you’d have every right to feel like that’s a bit sus!

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            I’ll just respond here instead of on my wall. You’re right, it does seem like we saw Wung’s cells way more than we see Babi’s cells. It seems like Babi doesn’t have as many cells (that we know of). I think we normally just see three.

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    I think these are all really good points about the nature of this relationship compared to how she felt about Woong. It goes to show that great looks and personality, and having fun with someone does not always result in the perfect relationship. I do wonder about the time element as we are reaching the half way point of the season and her writing is not going anywhere yet.

    Having just come out of Shooting stars where the women were always having meet ups to discuss life, the absence of friends Yumi discusses her relationships with seems really unusual. They showed that she doesn’t share relationship details with her parents but no friends seems odd. That’s often a plot device for us to get insight on the nature of the female leads feelings but we don’t get to see that on this show even with the cell village.

    I also don’t understand why she made such a big deal out of the co workers suspicion that Babi was back with his ex when it should have been welcomed as it meant they did not suspect her.

    All in all I am still enjoying the show, it does have some cute and some laugh out loud moments. At this point though the weekly wait for subtitles is getting old and I wish I could have binge watched this season like I did the last one.

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So. The last song JayB sang during his concert was Rocking Chair and he started crying and Jay Park came zipping out to hug and comfort him and tell him not to cry. It was very sweet. I was IMMEDIATELY distracted by Jay Parks lovely arms and have this fallen down a rabbit hole.
That rabbit hole led me to G.Soul/Golden/G.Soul.
I am OBSESSED with this song and this fellas voice. That’s all.

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So. I am watching Kiss Me (Thai). Which I have watched a clear kazillion times. But I cant–No, I won\’t!–help it. I love these kids! I love when TenTen is standing awkwardly in front of the class everyone just collectively starts hitting on him. I love that it takes some of the new kid awkwardness off of him and it lets him meet his classmates.
I also love the sheer boldness of the girls in and out of their class. When the teacher is at the board teaching and there\’s just a hoard of girls standing there calling his name.
Do you know, I also love TenTens abrupt switch to the notgenius class upon meeting Taliw. He\’s just acknowledged that he is supposed to be in the genius class when adorable Taliw comes bouncing along and he\’s immediately like…I want to be in her class. For… education.
I just really like this drama.
Oh! And Mike married Ethan Juan\’s ex girlfriend. Or Ethan married Mike\’s ex? I don\’t remember but in my imagination those gorgeous men are taking their adorable babies on playdates and I need pictures of this. They don\’t have to show their cutie pie babies. Privacy of cutie pie babies should be respected. But also..I\’d be happy to see Mike and Juan with ginormous baby bags and I\’d be happy.
And finally I hate how blurry this upload is on YouTube. TenTens heart is in his eyes from the very first time he speaks to Taliw. Seeing all of that repressed emotion is the only thing that makes his coldness in the beginning ok. Especially when he makes her cry.

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    I love love love Taliw and TenTen.
    TenTen: so where do you live?
    Taliw (excessively cheerful): my house was exploded in the bomb! So I just live……
    TenTen (exasperated): you just live…..(FOR THE LOVE OF PETE, WHERE?!)
    Taliw: at aunt daos house! Are you going to come visit me? Ok! Just leave the school and walk past 14 electricity poles and then turn right and it’s right across from my.exploded house! Yeah!
    TenTen (why on earth am I in love with her?):
    Taliw (bright smile):
    TenTen (slightly dazed, walks off. Oh yeah. That’s why).

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      Don’t tempt me to restart Kiss Me. Tenten/Mike has the most alluring eyes I swear…

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        I mean if you dont want to watch Kiss Me you can always watch Full House (Thai)!!

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          Ice Cream Kiss!!!!!

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          I have no Real objection to watching those shows it’s just that I have a couple of ongoing shows that I’d like to catch up on but I keep luring myself away to older shows I’ve already completed. it’d be okay if I knew Which old shows I wanted but I just have been skipping from thing to thing trying to find that “this is it feeling!”
          I have to say Try Alchemy of Souls the CGI at the beginning was a wee bit cringy at first but oh my the 2 leads have got me craving ep3 they have already saved each other multiple times. I really liked them together

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            That’s a great review of I’ve ever read one!
            I totally get what you mean though. Saturday night I was washing my hair (an hours long endeavor) and wanted something minfless that I didn’t have to spend a lot of time on that I wouldn’t care I missed something and I decided I wanted something incredibly specific: TKA the episode where Zhi Shu goes to serve at the military hospital. I wanted to watch him kiss her goodbye, and he turns his little brothers head around so he can’t see when he bends to kiss her.
            So. I watched that and then the first 4 eps of Kiss Me and that made me want to hop to Full House! I’m watching Yumis Cells live but that’s it. I’m going to try SIGS new one and I think SSR has something. The one you’re talking about has Jung So Min, right?
            I’m in this weird place where I’m not really slumped and there’s all this good stuff coming out I just Don’t feel inclined to watch any of it .

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          It does have Jung So-min and Lee Jae-wook! They are a great match- good chemistry! To say nothing of the 5’4″-6’2″ height difference.

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          I understand that lackluster feel. I finished a couple of dramas and even though I have a few Ive been enjoying, Alchemy of Souls is what I’m excited about at the moment. I think I’ll probably just embrace the urge to rewatch things for now although I did try Jinxed at First last week and was kinda of caught.

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Ok. Ok. I don\’t think I was ready for sexy grown ass man Jinyoung. I love romcoms and I love when they let adults be adults and make out and have themselves a little laydown move around and etc. And Jinyoung has those ears and those hands. I should be all woohoo! About this turn of events but instead I\’m like….he\’s a baby! He\’s a precious little baby! Nevermind how old he actually is. And he looks like an excellent kisser. So. I just wasn\’t ready.

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I\’m watching the first ep of Sweat and Soap and this drama is WEIRD.
It starts with FL sitting on the toilet, stripped to her waist with just her bra on spraying buckets of something on. The next shes gazing longingly at some on soap on display when a man comes up behind her and takes a big sniff. She runs to the restroom, strips again and sprays herself down. The next scene she thinks everyone in her office is smelling her and thinks she stinks so she runs to strip down and spray. He follows her around like a crazy person sniff sniff sniffing. He can even sniff out when she\’s in danger. He loves her (horrible?) scent so much that they wind up having sex. I have NO idea what this is about other than she stinks but he likes it?

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    Your description reminds me of Moebius, but probably not quite THAT weird.

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      I’ve dropped it. The second episode is literally running around finding places to have sex. She gets stinkier when she’s all excited. I love a plotless romance that is basically just excuses for kissing but…apparently I need more. Who. Knew?

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        No…you…do…not…need…more…step back from that abyss and have a soothing beverage. 🙂

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          Noooo it wasn’t even a cute skinship scene,or sexy grownfolk business. They fill the room up with smoke to represent her stink (I kid you not) and he wanders around with his arms out like a.sleep walker grinning really big because her stink.
          Ummm.,..I’m going to say hard pass but thank you so much for playing. There’s nothing wrong with a little grownfolk business..except for when it’s done like that.

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            After your description I had to look it up and got somewhat through the first episode. All I can say is that this is the same country who gave us Godzilla. period.

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        I tried it and yeah , it was pretty bizarre
        Turns out I also need a bit more. Nice that they found each other but I don’t need to see it.

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I\’m sorry. How have I lived this long as an avid Got7 fan and never noticed Jinyoung ears?! I want to boop his nose. Yumi! Love that boy, you hear me?
Also…..is it too early to say I want a season 2 of F4? Because I really do. Universe? Can you hear me? I don\’t think you can because I\’ve been wanting a new version of ISWAK/TKA (even though those are practically perfect) for ages. It\’s like Pride and Prejudice. Suuuuuuuuure the 95 version is practically perfect in every way. I still want another one!
Those tangents get me every time. But then. I never try *super* hard to avoid them.

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Ok. I\’m only just now finishing Yumis Cells because as much as I love Jinyoung and am ready to be 100% Team Ba Bi…..I love Wung. Wung with his manbun and sharp jawline and pride who only learned to make Yumi a pri8rigjt when she was about to leave him? I love that guy. Will we see this guy now that Ba Bi and his PERFECT FACE are in the picture? I want to click play. I also want to have a temper tantrum and throw things.

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So I\’m still watching Only Just Married and I like it but Im also irritated. This is a fairly short drama (only 10 or eps I think) and Momose-San still is wandering in his barren desert of fruitless love. Ahika has fully embraced how she feels about Momose-San to the point she\’s thinking of confessing and Momose-San seems slightly aware that he may be developing feelings for his wife. Maybe. Annnnnnnnd they give his fruitless love a doppelganger. At this point I kinda sorta ship Ahika with the super cute vet. He\’s super cute. He\’s funny. And he openly likes her.

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    I’m in the final episode and I really don’t like it. I really don’t. Our couple have finally successfully confessed their feelings for one another (mutual!yippee!) but now instead of letting them ride this 30-45 mins out in happy bliss all their doing is arguing. Momose-San is thrilled. For the first time in his life he’s in actual love and it’s reciprocated and he just wants to brag on his girl. When he’s at work he’s showing his coworkers things she’s designed. He’s not putting a gun to anyone’s head saying hire her for something or I’ll pull the trigger. He’s *proud* of how good she is at her job.
    I will say him planning their wedding is a HUGE overstep but her freaking out over every. single. thing is ridiculous! I almost wish I had ended at the end of ep 9 where they snuggled up together in their matching couple grumpy cat PJs,cans of beer in hand and fell asleep.

    Also. I’m glad the Momose-San got a chance to tell SIL that he’s really in love with Akiha. It felt like she knew he was in love with her the entire time and enjoyed leading him on and pushing him away.
    And finally. I guess I missed it in the earlier eps and I wish they had put it in the recaps but they never explained WHY Momose-San was determined to get married NOW. His brother and sister in law had been married for a long time. She was pregnant and he didn’t know they were trying. We’re we expected to believe he’s been trying to arrange a fake marriage for the entire length of their marriage? I hate when a drama starts strong but doesn’t maintain it..

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    I’m slowly watching this too!!! I just finished the episode where they help out at the BIL’s sushi place!

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So Beanies, have you ever found your personal aesthetics influenced by dramas? For example when I was watching Suspicious Partner I became *obsessed* with the feather that what\’s his bucket had on his wall. He would sit and think under that print and all I could think was I. NEED. THAT. FEATHER. It took over a year but I found something similar. And now as aim watching Only Just Married? There\’s an orange couch and a yellow and gray floral chair sitting by a gold and glass occasional table and I LOVE it. I WANT it. It\’s such a pretty and serene little moment on the set. It has nothing to do with anything. No one has sat there. It was just in the background of a scene and now all that I can see is the chair! And the little table.
I have also been looking for print of bubbles like the ones in Her Private Life and Ryan Gold\’s mom painted memories in the bubbles? I thought that was gorgeous. My niece said she\’d paint it for me but it feels like literally half my life ago so every now and again I go looking. Am I the only one who does this? Only Just Married also has this FANTASTIC orange couch that I feel like I would sell literally everything in my house to own.

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Why do studio apartments always look so dang cute in dramas? I know they have set designers and all but SERIOUSLY. Every now and again I look at studios thinking to move to something smaller. But no. I am no Candy and my studio would never look that cute. I am super jealous though.

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I am not a BTS fan but I told myself I would listen to 20 mins (the length of GOT7s album) since she listened to GOT7s album for me. I liked two songs: N.O and I Need You.

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    I’m with you, Isa. I just don’t like a lot of their songs. I don’t know why I feel that their music is “over-produced” meaning I lose a lot of the authenticity of it when I hear it. I like simplicity, I like raw-ness, I like overwhelming emotional pulls of lyrics.

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    I like how they look. They are all very pretty.

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    I prefer a lot of their older songs, I think right now their music is targeted to a trendy audience. I’m happy for their success but I’m missing the lyrics that had a story? I like the songs, I need you and Save me etc

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Sleep? Who needs sleep? If you find yourself giving in remind yourself of a fat mouses furry behind scurrying under your stove and that\’ll perk you right up. At least it does for me.
So I\’ve started a J-drama Only Just Married. Contract Marriages and Forced Cohabs are my fav catnips right after Noona romances and this sucker has them both.
FL is 27 years old and has no desire to marry. Until her grandma gets sick and her uncle threatens to sell g-mas store. She has to come up with 5M or the store and lands get sold.
ML is DESPERATE to get married. You don\’t learn why until towards the end of the ep so I won\’t spoil it here.
Why do I love awkward people romances so much? I so do. I love this socially inept lead. But so far what I love best about him is that he wakes up like a toddler. He sets 3 alarm clocks to wake himself up. FL goes to yell at him and tell him to turn them off and she finds him face first on the floor, hiney in the air, sound asleep. After a mild argument later in the ep they agree for her to wake him up and once again he\’s all cattywampus and pouty. He\’s precious and I want squeeze him.

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So 3 years ago I had an interview for a children\’s librarian position in MN. At the end of that interview I *knew* I had that job. Knew it. But Ohio called first so I packed my bag ( I *had* to get away from my brother) and moved. And a week after I started one of the worse jobs I\’ve had in my life I was offered this job. I didn\’t think it was right to quit after a week so I passed on the position. But I never forgot the interview. One of the panel was a hug kpop fan and we chatted for a long time about kpop. My love of GOT7 and her love of BTS. I interviewed with that exact same panel again today. It went well, of course I know enough to know that doesn\’t mean anything. But they remembered me and carved out 15 mins after my interview was over so we could fangirl squee over kpop. She\’s not a Got7 fan but listened to the comeback because she remembers me and watched some of the concert! Apparently there\’s a BTS comeback tonight. I\’ll listen to it out of the same respect. But it was FUN! The interview was fun! And we talked about Jinyoung and yumis cells. So. Yay.

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    I’m glad that you had a positive interview experience 🙂 Wish you all the best!

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      It was a positive experience. Even if I don’t get the job it’s a solid reminder that I *am* a likable person and so likable, in fact, that 3 years after we met someone remembered me. And no matter what happened at my last library at one time I *was* a good librarian.

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        There are times when I find dealing with the public very difficult. I have good experiences but the bad ones are those that always remain with me and make me feel as if I’m not good enough. As you said, I have to remind myself that I’m a good person and a good librarian.

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          I’m good with the public (something that always surprises people who know me irl as I. *extremely* introverted and why. No one can picture me doing the work!) and after 12 years in public service I feel like I can count on one or two hands how many truly is unpleasant encounters I’ve had. Most people are good. It’s management for me. I had my manager telling me I was horrible and lazy for watching webinars (on how to do things he said I did wrong) during my downtime. He had hr contact me because most people would watch 1-2 2 webinars a quarter and I would average 3 a week . He would tell me my storytimes were bad when I had families writing to the director praising me. He did absolutely everything he could to break me. I still have no idea why.

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            I’m sorry to hear about what you experienced. Sometimes there are people who for whatever reason, cannot help but be bitter and spiteful towards others.

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    yay!!! I’m glad the interview went well and was fun! You are so passionate and I know you are an amazing librarian!!!!!!

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      Aw, thanks man. I think that’s one of the worst parts of working in a toxic environment: you lose all confidence in yourself. I was gaslighted so much and so often that by the time I left everything I did passed under my managers nose so he could tell me all the ways I was doing my.job wrong.

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        I’m so glad you are out of there and hopefully this interview gives you some confidence back!!! I’m sure that manager will get karma of his own!

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Continuing my quest to stay awake forever I have started Showtime. I\’m not sure. I liked the ghost trio. I\’m holding out on the male lead. I don\’t like or dislike him. He\’s just kind of there. Being kinda tooly. But considering all of the gun violence in the US and all of the cop violence and that I just finished a truly terrible cozy mystery/romcom about a busty motorcycle cop who brags about all of the ways cops push the envelope and take out petty vengeance against people who annoy them? Weeeeeellllll. The FL is set to tick all my annoyance boxes. Why is she arresting him for drunk driving? I thought it was deeply fascinating how many weapons she had that WERENT GUNS (take note america) but why was she firing at all when he was literally just standing there? I love magic in all forms (even ghostly hijinks apparently) but I\’m not sure I\’m ready to see a half competent cop popping off at the mouth and the trigger finger. Even if the triggers she fingers aren\’t deadly.

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Since I am obviously never going to sleep again I started watching a j-movie. Why? Is it delirium? I\’m watching The Teacher and dang it. I have questions. I always have questions. 2 hours is just not long enough!

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    Ok so there are different povs and tonal shifts in this 2 hour glutton and it really feels all over the place.
    1st we have the best gal friend: having a crush on a teacher isn’t really anything serious. Just something to get through the school day.
    2nd the best guy friend. He has a massive crush on a teacher. He’s told her out right he’s in love with her and he’s shown up at her home. Anywhere else this would be considered stalking.
    Then there’s FL Hikibi. She didn’t really think anything about the opposite sex or crushes or anything until she thought she was being followed through a tunnel and fell as she was running away and who should happen to be there? Ito-Sensei. He took her to his apartment, called her parents, and gave her some bandaids and tea while they waited. He’s kind, he’s handsome and Hikibi falls hard.

    Then we have the teachers povs/tones. They have their own flirtations and romances and mostly ignore the fact that they are objects of love and lust for their students except for when they can’t ignore it. The teacher that male best friend has a crush on makes a point to refer to him as a child and that she’s not interested in children.
    Then there’s the ML. He kind of reminds me of how Zhi Shu would be if he never met Xiao Qin. He’s kind of cold and kind of closed off. But underneath that gruff exterior he has a warm heart. The teacher that the friend has a crush on has a crush on It but he rejects her and she calmly walks away. Hibiki doesn’t know how to do that and even if she did she’s in his class so she can’t just not see hi. So she’s there every day.
    But the movie isn’t showing it as a sweet romance or a creepy grooming situation or anything. It just flows through these povs and tones and you can see It slowly soften towards Hibiki as she consistently and quietly presents herself in front of him until one day she’s kneeling in front of him in a wedding dress and shes declaring she’s going to love him for the rest of her life and he just…kisses her.
    I have no idea what’s going to happen in next. The tone of the movie has been all over the place. It’s almost as if they…don’t want to tell me what to think about a student/teacher relationship (obviously ick) they want the story to speak for itself? I hope he doesn’t get fired though. Or maybe he should. Shoot. A teacher shouldn’t kiss his student. Ick.

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      How are they going to show everyone reacting to him saying how he feels about her but then not tell us what he said. I still want to know what he said but this was a nice callback to 15 mins ago. Best gal friend and best guy friend were wondering if teachers ever get tempted being around all of these pretty young things and Into and another teacher said no. They were never tempted.
      Ito didn’t profess a grand love for Hibiki. A beautiful girl was presenting herself to him multiple times a day telling him she was in love with him, asking if it’s alright that she wants him and this last time she presented herself in front of him in a wedding dress, putting her hand on his and vowing to love him even after she graduates and he…gave in. It was a moment of weakness and he kissed her. It cost him his job and it would probably have been better if there was some grand motivating feeling behind it but there just wasn’t.

      I think I do feel badly for the guy best friend (Kawai is his name);he’s so desperate to be taken seriously as an adult that he’s fighting a fight that really doesn’t need to be happening.
      I’m old. That’s all. I do not relate to this kids passionate declaration at all. I kind of want him to shut up and like…go do his homework as stop harassing the adults. Like child do you get how hard it is to be an adult? They don’t need you and your messiness making ish harder. Just….go away.
      Ok. I love Noona romances because typically the woman has been working hard for so long and the younger man comes along and brings a balance to their life that they haven’t had. I so don’t want these two together at all. So what now it’s not an unfortunate giving in to temptation? He’s actually in love with her? But why though? This is why I don’t like movies this ish came out of left field. I’m believing that he’s telling her a little lie for the sake of her ego like Kawai asked him to do earlier. Her falling off her bike (and the way she fell!) seemed to be emphasizing that she is a child and there would be no balance in that relationship. Hell I don’t know. I have mice and can’t sleep.
      But I really don’t want them together. Ick.
      I didn’t like this. Why did I try and watch a stupid movie? I know better!

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        I think i saw an fmv of this. To be honest I don’t understand how j-dramas has a whole genre of teacher-student / underage-adult thing going on. I’ve always wondered if it’s a cultural norm for them.

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          I never really had a problem with a teacher/student taboo but that is 100% every single time I’ve seen it it was a sailor moon fanfic where Mamaru was teaching Usagi and my little heart stood up and ROARED YES PLEASE MORE. And then I saw all of the news stories where it actually happened and my little heart recoiled and went ick but I would still read the sailor moon docs and watch the occasional drama and I just didn’t think about it. And then I read Darkest Vanessa about a girl who was in a relationship like that. She was a vulnerable student who was abused by her teacher and it was couched from her pov as a sweet romance but from the pov of every other character it was clear grooming and assault. Also! As a children’s and teen librarian I have never looked at kids as anything other than kids. And I’ve had to have the conversation with a teen or two on why I can’t and won’t date them because I’m an adult. I’ve had conversations with MOTHERS like it’s…..something…..creepy and gross?……that you want me as a dil but your kid is an actual kid? And eew? But it’s only been in the past few years that I’ve been actively icked out by the taboo.
          That is SO weird about Japan. Typically my first thought is: I’ma research it but this time….I think I’ll let it pass.

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    My sleepless nights continue too—so I’ve been watching a THAI BL. 😂

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      So yeah, not as many problematic things with the one I’m watching, but they’re prone to grooming as well.

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I have mice. Or possibly rats. So. Have any of y\’all had rodents? What did you do?

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    Cat.
    (Or mouse trap with some peanut butter, but a Cat works wonders against any kind of rodent :P)

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      I’m scared of cats! But I’m more scared of freaking rodents. If I get a tiny little baby kitten will it get rid of the mice? Maybe I won’t be so scared of a kitten.

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        A kitten probably won’t, plus it’s a lifetime commitment and cats come with expenses. I hate saying this but the best solution I’ve used is the packets of mouse bait you put where you see evidence of them (generally, mouse poops). They eat it and then go off somewhere to die by desiccation.

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          I’m going to go and get traps now. But here’s the thing. Other than the two times I’ve seen the mouse (mice) I’ve never seen any evidence of them. I had a professional cleaning crew come and clean my house (kitchen, dining, living) moving furniture and they saw no evidence. No poop. No nests. So where is this little jerk coming from?

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            Bbstl is right, cats are a committment and not ideal if you’re not fond of them lol, however there’s a reason they’ve been used for pest control for 3000+ years 🤭.
            I don’t really know how to help you otherwise… Our cats just always knew where the mice were haha. I’d say put traps/bait where you’ve seen them last. That would be a good place to start.
            I hope this is resolved for you soon, Isa!!!! x

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            Sic is right, although I must say my cats would catch mice, run around the house with the mice in their mouths and then bat them around before the mice escaped. While I tried to catch them both, or at least the mouse 🤦🏼‍♀️
            Apparently mice can get in through a space the size of a nickel. Google how to use the baits correctly, they need to be against walls (but not in corners) including places like your pantry shelves or under the kitchen sink. I’m sorry to the mice, but good luck.

            @sicarius I thought you’d appreciate that word, desiccation. As opposed to using traditional mouse traps for defenestration 😉

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            @bbstl I bought traps. 2 of them because they were freaking 20 bucks a piece but they are supposed to be super powerful. I put one bye the front door because I saw a.mouse dart out from my laundry towards the door. I also beat my laundry with broom. And I put the other in front of the oven since that’s where I saw it try to run off. My apt isn’t very big. The whole downstairs smells like peppermint.

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    I didn’t know I was that scared of mice until I saw one in my home😱🫠💀. The only way we were able to get rid of them was by placing traps for the ones inside the house and then making sure there wasn’t any holes on the walls. Our door is like an inch of the ground because we moved it so it wouldn’t make noise and apparently mice can crawl through a hole the size of a penny. I hope that there aren’t many inside and you are able to get rid of them! Fighting! And I don’t want to scare you, but stay strong if you are the one to remove the traps. I could never do it:( I’m scared of all animals basically, but legit terrified of mice😢

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      Oh, I was told a nickel! That’s great.
      Yeah, I use the bait packs because I couldn’t handle the traps or, even worse, the glue traps.

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        Traumatizing story, but my parents put the glue ones and the trap ended up in the middle of the room when the mouse got caught😱 I was scared to be in my home for a while!

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So. 3rd night in a row of my body laughing uproariously at me trying to sleep. I got a whooping 56 minutes. So I decided to rewatch My Queen/Witch\’s Romance. Whichever one I find first. And what happens? The only place I can find either is viki but I\’ve never watched viki on this TV and I\’m much to tired to try navigating logging in. And I don\’t want to watch stupid commercials. I don\’t want to watch something I\’ll get caught up in. I was hoping to fall asleep and wake up just in time to see Polar Bears backside as he left the drama. But nooooooooooooooo. Now I\’m going to *try* to rewatch Bromance. It really seems like Vromance should have an ost on that soundtrack. I\’d really love it if they made a comeback. Also, it seems I\’ve now reached the loopy part of my exhaustion. Yippee.

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    I read your post on the main site but thought it best to post on here rather than there. I hope you managed to fall asleep in the end.

    I am so sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time. You know we are in the world but not of it so when we hit these kinds of situations we can’t use the standard approaches to get out of it.

    The anti depressants issue is real as the sudden stop of medication is not good for the system at all. Are there any other options to get the prescription or is there a shortage of that medication I know COVID effected the supply chain of some meds and baby food etc.

    I have sent up a prayer for you and wondered which scriptures or songs you found uplifting. Have you got a playlist of songs for times like these? If not could you make one. If you don’t have a scripture list there are sites for searching for verses for certain topics.

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      Oh you’re awfully kind. I didn’t sleep yesterday. But I *did* for two whole hours last night, and then j woke up to use the restroom and fell.down.the freaking.STEPS.
      There comes a point where a body has to start wondering about curses.

      I honestly have no idea why there’s a gap in my meds. Me and health care have been an entirely different conversation (equally horror filled) the entire time I’ve lived in this state.

      I don’t have a list. To be honest I’ve been mad at God.

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        I can see why you would be mad at God as things keep going wrong. Because we know He can do all things when He doesn’t it makes no sense.😒 I guess thats why the Psalms where David moans about his problems and Elijah runs to a cave are in the Bible.

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          I’m a firm believer in, “things will be all right in the end. If they aren’t all right, it’s not the end.” But so many things big and small have happened in the last two weeks alone that I’m just tired of looking for the good. Especially when everyone around me is having amazing things happen. I’m genuinely happy for everyone else’s amazing things but..where’s mine? My church has been reading the old testament this year and I love it! I find everyone so relatable. But goodness I’m tired.

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            I see the waiting room experience as one of our hardest experiences. Joseph learnt the skills he needed to be the second in command through his time as a slave and prisoner both unconventional educational establishments. Whilst enduring he just wanted to be released so he could go home to his family. If he had been released when he asked for his case to taken up with the Pharaoh he would not have been available to speak to the Pharaoh and therefore would not have been able to save his family so they could grow into a nation. That’s why I love the verse where Joseph tells his brothers that what was they intended for bad was used by God for a good thing.

            I am glad that despite the tiredness and disappointment in the timing you have a sense that all will be restored as it was with Job. The Old Testament is amazing so many lessons in the stories found there.

            Have you read: It’s not your turn: What to do while you are waiting for your breakthrough by Heather Thompson Day

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Ok. I\’ve been trying to watch ep 4 but life has been so stupendously, unrelentingly awful I didn\’t want to ruin a perfectly lovely episode with my rotten mood. My mood is slightly better but I feel poorly so it\’s a great time (a greatish time) to continue my watch. So here I go. Don\’t mind me at all. Seriously.

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    So. Im starting ep 4. We have a continuation of the handhold and Stand by Your Man is being used to convey Jin-As confusion. She knows she has feelings for Jun-Hui and she has to decide if she’s going to make move or not because she can grow old and die waiting for him to make one. I wonder why that is? I think he can read her better than she can read him—je knows they their feelings are mutual but she’s not ready for a mutual (equal footed relationship).

    I do love the first few minutes of this episode. Some of my favorite moments of this drama are in this episode. I find it curious though that in this episode we see so many of the things that are their downfall later.
    Immediately after Jin-A makes the move to hold Jun-Huis hand she immediately tries to take it back. When the two groups are arranging themselves to go home (and catch a ride with who they have an eye on) Jin-A passively agreed to catch a ride with whomever until Jun-Hui gives her an out to spend a few more minutes alone with him. But she’s the first to say that 5heir in a relationship. She’s such an interesting character made up of contradictions. Strong and weak at the same time. I feel like she wants to break away from who she is and be independent but doesn’t know how. Or maybe she does. She just doesn’t have the strength to do it.
    Ok love how playful these two are together.
    We get our first count to 10 (swoon me to the moon and back I say). I get the feeling that Jin-A hasn’t *played* in a really long time. All her best friend wants to do is drink. She tried to plan activities with the evil ex but he wasn’t interested (because she boring). But Jun-Hui doesn’t see her that way. They tease and chase each other. They flirt. I bet Jun-Hui is the type of men who would call her his bride after they’ve been married 50 years and she’ll still call him her boyfriend.
    I like this song so much more than Stand by Your Man or Save the Last Dance. One of the lines is, “with your love I can see anything through”. Something I think Jin-A may have had a problem with in the past. If I were to assign this song as a mood or a feeling I’d say it’s the deepening of their of their relationship. They’ve crossed a line. They aren’t just friends or best friends sibling. This song also strengthens my theory that this drama was never supposed to be about the romance. It’s always supposed to be about Jin-A with Jun-Hui as a supporting character not a lead.
    Everytime we’ve seen Jin-A go home either she’s gone home by herself or Jun-Huis taken her (,their walks home being one of the main places they fell in love) just…interesting.

    Ok so. I’m thinking about Lee Ik-Joon from hospital playlist and the loveline between his sister and best friend and how they deliberately didn’t tell anyone they were dating. No one needs to know if it’s not going to last, right? The day after they hold hands (not even kiss or agree for a first date) Jin-A is worried about how everyone will react when their relationship

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      Is public. And she’s planning on taking him with her on a two day one night business trip out of the city with her. I wonder if she moved this quickly with EE or if she’s moving this quickly with Jun-Hui because it feels *right,* to do so? Because he’s The One.
      You can see the things that eventually break them up already being woven into the foundation of their relationship but them chosing to ignore those little things because it’s the beginning.
      Jun-Hui feels entitled to tell Jin-A what to do. Jin-A immediately shuts down and becomes uncommunicative or only.eilling to tell him what she thinks he wants to hear.
      Sexual assault is so curious here. It’s obvious that EE only wants Jin-A because a. she’s moved on and b he’s not used to the bold and brave Jin-A. Those are qualities that Jun-Hui brings out in her. The friend really annoys me in these scenes. She’s constantly telling Jin-A not to get back with EE but in last episode she met him for some drinks and told him of course Jin-A isn’t dating anyone.
      Oh the song is being used to show Jun-Huis deepening emotions now. Every part of him wants to rail against EE and comfort his girlfriend but he can’t. I hate that she apologizes because EE assaults her. There’s almost an age swap in this scene. Jin-A seems so young as she tries to apologize for not being able to stop the assault or not being able to talk sense into EE. I wonder if the cellphone scene would have happened of Jin-A doesn’t have this scene first with everyone snapping at her for being assaulted.
      He seriously reminds me of every single “,get yourself a man who looks at you like….” meme.
      Also, way before the Twilight books were made into mostly awful movies I could never quite imagine the matchy matchy outfit they Edward and Bella wore on their first date until I started watching kdramas where it happens frequently but these two kids do it often and always looks so CUTE.
      I very much appreciate the silence in this drama. We don’t need to know what Jin-A and Jun-hui are talking about at dinner or during their walk on the beach. We just need to see their faces and hear their laughter. We know what’s happening. The minutiae of their romance is only important to the two of them.
      They made out on the beach!
      Jun-Hui is already shutting down communication but it feels like she’s putting him in that position. She keeps pushing (probably because he’s not talking) about can they really be together? Can they really date? And instead of talking about what horror shows her mom and his sister are and preparing how they are going to handle the nightmare that is sure to come (what she’s beating around the bush about wanting) he shrugs her off. Something we see repeatedly during the downfall of their relationship.
      I love how confused Jun-Hui looks when he wakes up alone on the couch/daybed and Jin-A had already left for work and his little fit of embarrassment that she flipped through his sketch book.

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        It’s happening again, isn’t it? You’re going to rant soon, 4 more episodes, I quite loved episode 4 myself. I never saw the downfall because I bailed after 9-10, but I trust your analysis that what is subtlety happening in this episode foreshadows coming events.

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        I loved the playfulness they showed towards each other and I have yet to see another drama show what new love looks and feels like as well as this one. People talk about the couple in Shooting stars acting like teenagers but I have seen people act like that in real life and they have been in the 30’s and 40’s at the time.

        I love the Something in the rain lyrics and music it is so perfect for those happy moments and I have it on my OST playlist of songs from multiple dramas that instantly transport me back to the drama they came from.

        Do you rewatch any other dramas in part or full? I have yet to rewatch a K drama in its entirety or in parts even if I love it. Partly because I have so many on the watch list and partly because if I loved how it made me feel I worry I will contaminate that feeling by seeing flaws I missed the first time. I do wonder which I would choose to rewatch but it would definitely be one that made me laugh or have happy feelings. I think life is hard enough without getting irritated by something or someone else so where I can avoid negativity in real life I do so I definitely don’t want it in my home on my down time.

        Hope that you’re seeing light at the end of the tunnel with whatever is stealing your joy at the moment. Hopefully either the reviewing of this drama or something else is helping to make it easier to bear.

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          Oh I rewatch ALL THE TIME. My favorite drama is ISWAK/TKA and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched and rewatched. I have dramas that I rewatch because I love top to bottom. Dramas that I rewatch for the feeling or mood they give me. Dramas that I rewatch for no reason other than I am severely drama slumped and watching these for the millionth time is better than not watching a drama at all!

          I think this episode is actually why I can’t watch One Spring Night (and heaven knows I’ve tried. I just really hate that actress. And plot.) The joy that Jin-A and Jun-Hui have is so addictive to watch. I love the use of silence where we get to watch the two of them as the ost does the job of conveying that these two are falling in love and it’s a real and lasting love.

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            I am out the loop on the initialling of dramas what’s ISWAK/TKA. Is TKA The Kings Affection?!

            I love the thought of different dramas for different moods and the advantages of knowing the drama so you can make an informed decision. Lately I have been lulled into the false sense of security thinking I was going to be watching a feel good drama only to have some major change of genre thrown in randomly. It keeps happening which makes me increasingly start stop dramas. I am only live watching because I love the atmosphere of the Beanie community discussions ♥️

            I started One Spring night but got annoyed with the way he started to play with her while she was still with the current boyfriend, I am not into timeshare relationships!

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            @reply1988 I’m not into time shares either! And like I said, I just don’t like that actress. But the character seemed so selfish to me! I dropped it when she told Jae-Ins character that she didn’t care what happened to him (or his son) she was just going to do what she wanted now. Now, she was probably meaning that she was going to pursue the relationship without any thoughts towards it end but…what a thing to say to a man with a child. Who care about you or your son? No. You’re lame and I’m movin’ on sister!

            ISWAK/TKA is It Started with a Kiss and its second season They Kiss Again. There are roughly 5 million adaptations but I always want more! Have you seen it? Here’s a quick(ish) description if you haven’t.
            I’m going to use Female lead (fl) and male lead (ml) because I get their names and the other adaptations mixed up ALL THE TIME.

            ISWAK takes place in high school. FL has a massive crush on ML and feels like it’s now or never on making something happen and she takes her heart in her hands and writes him a love letter. The outcome is humiliating! But that’s not the worst of it. Her home that she shares with her beloved papa falls down in the world’s smallest earthquake. Now FL is devastated, humiliated and homeless! But that’s ok. Life doesn’t keep her down for long except….this time…well…her humiliation is made public when the local news comes to investigate why her home falls down and her father’s long lost best friend reappears in her life determined to move the two into his home until life gets better. But…well…her father’s long lost best friend? Is the MLs father. How is she supposed to get over her crush now?
            TKA picks up where ISWAK ends. Our couple is married. But does that mean they get a happily ever after?
            They are both really good dramas. I think TKA is arguably better but you have to watch both to get the full weight of the emotional pay offs in TKA. There’s WAAAAY to much filler in TKA though. I rewatch both dramas at least twice a year and probably FF my way through TKA even more often. It’s a freaking testament to how much I love the first 8 of Pretty Noona (and hate the back half) that I say that if the backhf was even half as good as the first half that it would be my new favorite drama as it is now ISWAK/TKA hold firm to my number one slot and everything else is a distant 2nd!

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            The story rings a bell so I may have seen the Chinese version or read the summary of it as I can’t see a Korean version but will keep looking as it sounds like it up my street if its not one I have watched.

            I watched a few Chinese dramas and enjoyed them but then got put off when I started to notice a few of the female voices sounded really babyish and its a way of talking that I don’t like so it put me off. I don’t know if it was a phase and there were a batch of actresses using that tone or if I just chose dramas the same actresses were in but its been a couple of years now so if its only the Chinese version then I will have a go at watching it.

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          @reply1988 ISWAK/ is a Taiwanese drama (although there are remakes in Thailand and a couple different ones in Japan). There’s a Korean adaptation called Playful Kiss–one of my least favorite adaptations but it’s starring a baby Jung So-Min!
          I think I read once that there are so many different dialects and accents spoken in China and Chinese/mandarin speaking countries that for awhile it was the trend for those countries to dub voices. There are some that I just can’t watch because the dubbing is awful and some I can’t watch because the voices that they chose are *awful*.

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    I hope your days get better. Mine haven’t been so roses either— which may explain why I can’t sleep right now! Hugs!

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      Oh no, I hope you turn the corner soon and in the mean time can get some joy from the little things until things improve.

      I don’t know which part of planet Earth is your home but where I am the sky has been amazing, 4 different types of cloud, the merging of bright blue sky and sunshine and dark heavy rain clouds coming in or going away. I often look to the sky or other elements of nature when life feels grey. I hope you have some go to things that can shift the mood in the midst of the storm. Take care.

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      Ally! Boooo! I hope there’s a turn for you and you can sleep.

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Nothing kdramas related at all. But there\’s a bunch of BLs here soooooo. Whatever. Whatever. YALL! Red. White and Royal Blue finally has the main leads cast! And the two guys are so pretty! They look like they do in my head!
If you haven\’t read it, it\’s a book by Casey McQuinton. The first son of the United States falls in love with the Prince of England. This is a problem as ones closeted and the other had no idea he was into guys and honestly….what are their respective countries going to say about this? Also, squeeeeeeeeeeee!

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    Hey,
    What an interesting concept for a drama/film.

    Sorry to use you as a font of all knowledge rather than to comment on your post. As one of the old skool crew do you know about about the word count on the fan wall? As a newbie I am going through the fan walls of the people I choose to follow and people have proper dissertations on theirs but I only have 200 characters! Is it something you earn from a beanie status or a legacy feature that is no longer available?

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      Oh the 200 character limit has an easy work around. Type up what you want to say somewhere else–as long as you please–and then paste it into the comment box. If youre typing on a computer Ctrl + v doesn’t work, you have to right click and paste. There’s also a way to get around the 5 picture limit and to write commentary between pictures but I don’t know those work arounds!
      Beanies are good beans. Feel free to ask anyone anything and you’ll get a kind answer in response.

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        Thank you for your help with this. It’s true so many tech support questions have been answered by members of the collective! But this one tip has opened up a whole new world of opportunities.😏

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