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stay-at-home mommy by day
program manager by night
children's painter somewhere in between

day 25: meme'd again

alright, i couldn't resist - i've almost made it through the month and these memes are just too darn irresistible. tag yourself if you're bored or need a break from holiday decorating (or turkey leftover eating); we're recovering from our amazingly frightening brush with santa at the mall today. i somehow doubt if we'll be getting a photo with mr. claus this season.


*I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments.. what is it?

1. Produce: potatoes
2. Bakery: croissants
3. Meat: t-bone steaks
4. Frozen: sausage biscuits? frozen corndogs? something wonderfully nutritious like that
5. Dry goods: bag o' asian rice

* Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?

1. my one pair of comfy maternity jeans
2. turtleneck / sweater
3. um, how about some undies?

* If I was to listen in on one of your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?

1. "emmy, you have 5 more minutes until..."
2. "what should we do now?"
3. "i'm feeling great, just need more hours in the day"
4. "what time are you coming home?"
5. "how do you ask nicely?"

* So, what 3 things do you find yourself doing every single day, and if you didn't get to do, you'd probably be in a pretty irritable/bad mood?

1. sleep whenever possible (not as much as i should though)
2. put on moisturizer / foundation
3. check email... except when i'm traveling
(and snuggle with the emster, of course!)

* What are 3 things that you have in your home that have been with you for the longest amount of time?

1. stuffed animals from my childhood that emmy has since adopted
2. books from my childhood - also adopted by emmy
3. the hanbok i wore when i was one

* If you were only allowed to listen to 5 of your CDs for the rest of your life, never adding anything else, which 5 could you listen to & be content with?

1. anything (everything?) by john mayer
2. liz phair, by liz phair
3. fumbling towards ecstasy, sarah mclachlan
4. supernatural, by santana
5. some cheesy mix cd with lots of hip hop-pop-rap faves from over the years

* Sweet, you just scored a whole afternoon to yourself. We're talking a 3 hour block with nobody around. What 5 activities might we find you doing?

2. catch up on email / web stuff
3. run errands
4. paint
5. channel surf - and probably end up on some horrible reality show

* We're going to the zoo. But, it looks like it could start storming, so it'll have to be a quick visit. What 3 exhibits do we have to get to?

assuming we're at the national zoo...
1. the small mammal house
2. pandas
3. orangutans and their "think tank"

* You just scored tickets to the taping of any show of your choice. You can pick between 5, so what are you deciding between?

hmmm... i don't think any of my top shows tape in front of live audiences. in the past, i'd pick friends hands-down. now, um... maybe saturday night live, just to say i've seen it? conan? a cooking show for the free food? a talk show for free gifts? (just call me mrs. greedy, i know)

* You're hungry for ice cream. I'll give you a triple dipper ice cream cone. What 3 flavors can I pile on for ya?

1. anything pina colada / pineapple-ish
2. oreo cookie
3. ben & jerry's cherry garcia, as of late

* Somebody stole your purse/wallet... In order to get it back, you have to name 5 things you know are inside to claim it. So, what's in there?

1. my green nine west wallet
2. some type of snacks, usually either goldfish or rice cakes
3. my work badge
4. emergency crayons
5. em's change of clothes
(helLO, it's a purse AND "diaper" bag - it's versatile!)

* You are at a job fair, and asked what areas you are interested in pursuing a career in. Let's pretend you have every talent and ability to be whatever you wanted, so what 3 careers would be fun for you?

1. painter or art teacher
2. events coordinator
3. decorative baker? (or maybe caterer?)
had i stayed with the more science-y careers, maybe something in the food sciences?

* If you could go back and talk to the old you, who you were in high school, and inform yourself of 6 things, what would it be?

1. there are much better people (and boys!) out there in the "real world"
2. don't stress out over the little stuff
3. have more fun
4. travel and make the most of your summers (i.e., make time to teach in korea)
5. you will have the amazing life that you want one day, including a most wonderful, loving family
6. screw what you think you know about sorority life and look into it earlier this time around - it's fun!


day 20: tagged again

first of all, the cupcakes were a hit! emmy was very excited to tell me she picked a pink one and that she even "ate the buggy head!" i'd love to start planning for next year's confections but gosh knows what she'll be in the mood for by then... so i'll just have to start making fun snacks for playgroups instead. i'm already a huge fan of cutting sandwiches with cookie cutters - although em's been refusing to eat the gingerbread man shape for some time now. guess we're not cannibals in this house...

in other news, my childhood best friend just tagged me for another meme. this one's quick and easy so here goes:

4 jobs i have had:
tv camera operator for a local school channel, nasa intern (but for environment regulating stuff, not flying into space), resident advisor, IT manager

4 movies i love to watch over and over again:
joy luck club (cause it always makes me cry), the mystery of rampo (so beautiful), once a thief (hilarious) and bring it on (shameful, mindless cable-lovin' fluff)... there are a ton more but these quickly come to mind

4 places i have lived:
hampton, va * ithaca, ny * couple of cities in the d.c. metro area

4 tv shows i enjoy watching:
grey's anatomy, desperate housewives, the office, and jon & kate plus 8... but i could go on and on here (and i only stuck to current programs)

4 places i have been:
p/busan, korea * u.s. virgin islands (st. thomas & st. john) * the bahamas * up and down california... but i'm still waiting to see san fran

4 websites i visit daily:
gmail, google reader, cnn and my local mom board

4 favorite foods:
like i can even narrow it down to four! as of right this nanosecond, how about tang soo yuk (korean take on a sweet and sour pork dish), kalbi with lettuce leaves, hush puppies / corn nuggets, and a damn fine rack of bbq ribs with lots of sweet, sloppy sauce

4 places i would rather be:
eating from a street vendor in korea, basking on a beach in the caribbean, walking across my college campus (fall's so beautiful there), or asleep in my bed

i tag all those brave folks doing NaBloPoMo too, especially third culture kid(s), the lotus life and snickollet. the month is almost over, ladies - just a few days to go!


day one: meme time

so i finally kicked myself in the butt and signed up for NaBloPoMo. this ought to be interesting... between work deadlines, art projects, keeping up with emmy, upcoming holidays (and a big ol' 2 year birthday), a steadily growing tummy, and, oh yeah, the need for sleep, we'll see if i even make it past week one. *fingers crossed*

anyhoo, while browsing some blogs today, i saw that i had been tagged for a random things type of meme. it's been ages since i've done one but hallejuah, perfect timing! something to write about on day one. thanks, an'd!


once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. at the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they’ve been tagged.

  1. in seventh grade, i was convinced that i wanted to be an interior decorator. i even subscribed to metropolitan home magazine... cause i liked it! this career aspiration conveniently (or not so conveniently) coincided with a career-themed project for school. all of the teachers scoffed at me, insisting that i couldn't dare waste my brain on any job that wasn't science and math related. and thus, the college-bound engineering path was born. of course, what do i do now? make ming ming capes and think of caterpillar cakes. heeheehee. and i'm so. much. happier. that. way.
  2. in high school, i helped build a giant whale out of thick plastic trash bag material. seriously. it was easily the length of a swimming pool and inflated with your standard room fan. we toured all of the local elementary schools to teach kids about the environment, all while sitting inside it.
  3. in college, i was a member of a sorority... and a professional chemistry fraternity. eek.
  4. if i could go back to college, i would not have been an engineer. i'd consider the hotel school instead. or maybe food sciences.
  5. i've loved hello kitty since my childhood, when i got my first stuffed kitty in red overalls. emmy sleeps with her now. sadly, my fave hk shirt was stolen from a dryer in my college laundry room... by a girl who liked to poke herself in the temples (and yes, there were scabs from that). bizarre.
  6. as a teenager, my biggest celebrity love of all time was johnny depp. how could you NOT get sucked into 21 jump street?
  7. the one thing that i miss most about vacationing in korea? food vendors with their carts parked all along city streets. much tastier than your boring ol' hot dog box.
  8. i could live off of chick-fil-a breakfast sandwiches, their little potato rounds, and a giant cup o' sweet tea. with the occasional corn dog thrown in for good measure.
i tag Beloved Babbling, Bokumbop, Deliberately Random Thoughts, HalfMama, Kitchen Fire, Mama Nabi's Hwe, Superha's Speculations, and The Lotus Life. c'mon, ladies - take a 5 minute facebook break and join me in the randomness!

see you tomorrow!


top 10 songs meme... for now

nina recently tagged me for a "top 10 songs of all time" meme. hmmm... since i'm lucky if i can remember what i ate for dinner last night, i'm changing the game slightly. instead of making a definitive list for all time, here's a list of 10 songs that are essential to me, right now, that i can think of, right now. :)

10. the "wedding" songs:
brown-eyed girl, build me up buttercup, and abba's dancing queen
i love these three light-hearted, easy-to-dance-to songs! they're standards at weddings and sorority formals across the nation and i'm a sucker for 'em every time. happy, sweet and a little cheesy. mmm...

9. the "frat party" songs:
dmx's party up (up in here), the bloodhound gang's ain't nothing but mammals, beastie boys' brass monkey and too many others to mention
senior year in college. bar nights on thursdays. mixers, crush parties and formals on the weekends. hangin' with misato and patrick in dino's. watching the girls learn all the "right" moves to n'sync's bye bye bye. good times, good times.

8. killing me softly, the fugees
this one sends me back to high school every time; it always makes me think of senior year, prom, and my super ghetto school. thanks lauren hill, wyclef jean, and um, you other guy, for this song.

7. possession (from fumbling towards ecstasy), sarah mclachlan
i was selected to attend the summer governor's school program before my senior year of high school. this was a 6-week, live-in program at the college of william & mary - i spent my days at a nasa internship and my evenings with awesome students from all over virginia. one of the guys there, brad, introduced me to sarah mclachlan and i've really enjoyed her stuff ever since. she's strong and emotional and i like it.

6. the one where i'm stuck between...
she will be loved and secret (from songs about jane), maroon 5
thank you, dido
smooth and love of my life (from supernatural), santana
my immortal and call me when you're sober, evanescence
halfway down the sky cd, splender
i'm terribly indecisive so this is where you get a quick peek at some of what's on my ipod. a random mix of stuff that reminds me of a particular place or time, like old yet beloved baggage. (i did this list working backwards and forwards at the same time - can you guess that this was my last entry? welcome to my 1:00 am mind dump for the night.)

5. why can't i and extraordinary (from liz phair), liz phair
she's hot and sexy and strong and loud. i love her self-titled cd and can listen to it on repeat forever (although i can do that with most anything, just ask blair). it makes me feel more empowered and sassy and ready to pounce. i am extraordinary, dang it!

4. slow dancing in a burning room (from continuum) and something's missing (from heavier things), john mayer
really, i'd be happy to list john mayer's entire discography here. i've been to a couple of concerts and adore the guy - his songs just speak to me. bluesy, emotional, good voice.

3. i need you, hangovers version
i *heart* college a cappella. seriously. i went to all the concerts, have a bunch of cds, and not-so-secretly lusted after all those cute boys who dress nice and sing their hearts out! the hangovers are a subset of the cornell glee club and they know how to put on a good show. i need you was almost tied with #2 below for "our song" status; in fact, i think blair prefers this one lyrically. listening to this takes me back to the beauty of cornell and how much i loved those years. (for an extra a cappella fix, check out up the ladder to the roof too - it's one of the hangovers' signature songs.)

2. only you, class notes version sung by ken ho and alenda chang
originally by yaz (who???) and sung here by cornell's "original coed a cappella group," only you has always been the song for me and blair. i wish we could have used it at our wedding but you need to have the live performance for real oomph (so we did what 99% of all married couples do: dance to at last by etta james. it's another song we love, though, so it was all good.) anyway, this one makes me remember all those years we spent dating in college; it's a keeper.

1. rainbow connection, dixie chicks version
this one is song #3 on the mary had a little amp cd. although it is a kids song made famous by our fave frog kermit, i love it because it's for the daydreamer, believer and optimist in us all. there's something so pure and innocent and hopeful about this song that it just leaves me feeling good all over. hooray, warm fuzzies for everyone!

and as a special bonus to all ten of my readers out there (yup, i'm talking about you), let me introduce you to emmy's all-time, must-be-played-constantly favorite song... meow meow lullaby by nada surf. it's featured as song #14 on the for the kids too! cd. i managed to find a couple videos of the band here and here, and boy, it sure is weird to see a bunch of grungy, chain-smokers singing about a little kitty cat. we listen to this on repeat in the car; it's gotten so bad that blair has started measuring distances in meow-meows. help!

Meow Meow Lullaby
Artist(Band):Nada Surf

Meow-meow meow-meow meow meow (x4)

I am just a kitten,
Hardly fit my mittens
Much too small, i figure,
One day i'll be bigger
One day i'll be a great big kitty cat
Use open windows to go from flat to flat

Meow-meow meow-meow meow meow (x4)
Meow meow meow meow-meow-meow (x2)

I am just a kitten
Hardly fit my mittens
Much too small, i figure,
One day i'll be bigger
One day i'll be all grown up and strong
But till then i'll just purr and sing along and go

Meow-meow meow-meow meow meow (x4)
Meow meow meow meow-meow-meow (x2)

Meow-meow meow-meow meow meow (x4)
whew! and now it's time for bed. have a happy sunday everyone!

p.s. - i tag anyone who's willing to play, but i'm especially curious if some of those real music lovers out there could ever make a top 10 of all time list. up for the challenge, an'd?


the interview meme

sorry for the short hiatus, folks - the warmer weather has been keeping me super busy with emmy lately. i'm starting to forget how to play indoors; gosh i sure hope it never rains again! i was definitely an indoors child growing up, but i am amazed (and thrilled) by how easy it is to take emmy outside and explore for a good hour or two each day. she's currently obsessed with swings ("wheeee!"), "flauw-wers" and "durt." oh, and bubble blowing is pretty cool too.

anyhoo, i figured it was about time for another meme and voila! here's the interview meme, courtesy of my friend lien. this one's a little different: instead of being tagged, you ask to participate! tag yourself in the comments with the note, "i am an ego maniac," and i'll send you 5 one-of-a-kind, hand-picked questions to answer about yourself. lien sent me these questions a couple of days ago so here goes...

what is your most favorite work of art and why?

oh boy, what to pick, what to pick... i guess the piece that jumps out at me the most is a sunday afternoon on the island of la grande jatte by georges seurat. it's a terrific example of the brilliant colors / effects developed in the pointillism style; seurat painstakingly depicted precise contours, geometric shapes, proportions and distances with this piece. but that's part of what got my attention in art class: have you ever noticed how each face is a ridiculously perfect full, three-quarters or half view? and how they're all so darn... emotionless? critics speculate that the painting shows the middle class at leisure, or perhaps the social tensions between all of society's classes, gathered in the same space but not interacting in any way. i love the way that this presumably noisy, hectic space filled with families, children and pets is too organized, calculated, controlled... just too quiet and reserved to feel right. that contradiction has always amused me.

what do you enjoy most about being a part time sahm?
i love the fact that i am able to raise my daughter myself - there's no reliance on daycare, friends or family (not that we really have much of the latter in this area anyway). blair and i are very independent people and while i totally wish that my mom lived closer to help us out, i am thrilled to be the one that catches all of emmy's milestones, her ups and downs, her new words, everything. i am very selfish here; em's my baby and i can't imagine missing ANYTHING. my mom was always a full-time sahm to me so that's the "norm" in my head. you get many chances to try different jobs in your lifetime, but the window to be with your children while they are the most open, loving, teachable, attached, defenseless and innocent is so very, very small. and while life changes prevent me from becoming a full-time sahm right now, my current set-up is the next best thing.

btw, i do appreciate the fact that i have been able to find / create such a flexible work arrangement. i'm very impressed that my company has lived up to the claims that got it on the working mother's 100 best companies list.

has little emerson had any phases that you particularly enjoyed? what other phases are you looking forward to?
lol, how about all of them? it seems like every phase is just a little cooler than the one before it, but then i'll have days where i would give anything to hold her brand new teeny-tiny baby body once more. i am really enjoying our days right now - her vocabulary (both spoken and signed) is growing by leaps and bounds, her memory astounds me and i absolutely adore watching her pretend play. the one thing that i really look forward to is that big jump in vocabulary and comprehension that gives her the ability to speak in (mostly) full sentences. i can't wait to figure out what's going on in that little head of hers!

in your experience, what are the most positive and negative aspects of being someone who is mixed race?
positives: awesome food. exposure to a broader range of people, cultures and standards of living, leading to a more open mind and greater empathy for others. a reason to travel abroard in my childhood years. standing out in a crowd. the feeling of being connected to a family structure that's much larger than the average, and knowing there are people that span the globe who know and love you. that kinship / excited feeling i get when i spot another hapa. did i mention double the awesome food?
negatives: racist / uneducated people who ask ridiculous questions (i.e., "are you north korean?"). always getting the "what are you" question and being expected to disclose my family story at the drop of a hat. not fitting in with either culture completely. standing out in a crowd. second guessing other people's actions towards me (see carol's "decompression" post). knowing that there are still people out there in the world that treat me (and others) differently / poorly because of race. worrying how emmy will answer this question.

what 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
nurturing. artsy. dedicated. waiting. sleepy.
...or, as liz phair sang in extraordinary, i'm just your "average everyday sane psycho supergoddess." :)

and how convenient! that brings me to my next topic - nina's best songs ever meme! but i'll save that for this weekend's post... i have some more work to do on that one; it's quite the challenge!

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books, books and more books

... also known as "all the books that kim has never read" or "who the heck came up with this list?!"

i just got tagged from angela for the books meme that's making the rounds right now. after running through the list, i decided to bold the books that i have read (and can remember!) and boy, oh boy - kimmy sure looks to have missed the boat on this list! my formative years were spent reading everything by authors like stephen king, anne rice and clive barker and that only gets me 2 points? *sigh* i swear i went to a good college, really! oh, and i did NOT include all the ones that i've seen at the movies. maybe i should...

(i'll catch up a bit later this year, tho - i've been waiting for the last harry potter book to be released so that i can get the entire set for cheap at costco. i figure i'll pass it down to emmy in a few years, right?)

anyway, here goes nuthin...

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She's Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller's Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones' Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard's First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

this is a long list so i tag anyone who's got some time to kill (whether you're stuck at work or your kids are napping). beloved, wanna give it a try next time you're stranded at the airport? :)

i promise to publish the mommy wars post soon - today's a work day so i needed some fluffy amusement to stay sane...

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i'm a weirdo too!

for the first time EVER, i've been tagged by lien for the "six weird things about you" meme. since i'm a newbie, i've decided to be gentle on myself. unlike motherhood uncensored's version, i'm bringing you...

six weird things about me: food edition

1. this goes horribly against my korean roots but... know what i consider the perfect comfort food? a bowl of sticky white rice, a plate of crispy hot bacon strips and a pile of ggaktugi kimchi. i know it's freakish, but there's something delicious about getting that mix of hot, sticky, crispy, salty, spicy and crunchy in my mouth all at once. (and re-reading that sentence makes me wonder if people will start to randomly find this blog via googling gone astray. ew!)

2. growing up, i thought tang was actual, honest-to-goodness orange juice. when people would give me real, fresh-from-an-orange juice, i would shudder at how sour it tasted. i have no idea why my parents decided to buy tang instead of regular oj. it was only during college that i was forced to face the horrid truth: tang really isn't that good for you after all, with all of its sugary goodness. since then, i've switched to real juice for my health... but every once in a while, i'll dip into the sunny d california (smooth) style for a quick hit. btw, if tang was good enough for astronauts, it was good enough for me, right?

3. in another hit to my korean pride, i went through a short phase where i thought peanut butter and jelly tasted great when mixed with... kimchi and rice. *shudder* sorry about that one - i have no explanation. all i can say is that i was young and foolish.

4. if you take a look at zenkimchi's list of strange korean foods, i've eaten numbers 11, 10, 7, 5, 4, 3 and kinda 1 (see #5 below). personally, i'd rather eat live octopus in a pusan seafood warehouse than ever taste fresh, raw sea cucumber or sea squirt (mung-gah) ever again... one mouthful of salty water, gushing out of squishy sea flesh, was more than enough for moi.

5. back in late spring - summer 2004, the rare 17-year cicadas emerged from their lengthy underground hibernation in many areas of the united states. i think one of their club hideouts was directly under our front yard tree, as the front wall of our house was COVERED in the buggers. the local news carried many stories about how local chefs were "harvesting" and serving the cicadas. blair, being the uber-adventurous eater that he is, suggested that we try it too. after much convincing, we conducted our own cicada harvest, plucking the white cicada nymphs off the wall and quick-killing them in the freezer for a few minutes. after that, they were breaded, fried and eaten by us and several friends. it went over so well that i did a fear factor-esque "cicada cook-off" at work; co-workers actually ate ALL of the cicada scampii (fried without batter), chicken-fried cicadas and cicada sashimi (raw!!!). my verdict: a little nutty but not that great. and anything breaded and fried will just taste... breaded and fried. NO, i did NOT eat the raw ones. yuck!

6. after #5, i'll end on an easy one. i do not have much of a sweet tooth (except during pregnancy). my idea of a perfect dessert (or heck, breakfast) is a leftover hot dog, cold slice of pizza or the like. anything, pretty much, that's savory and filling. (and on the breakfast note, i had a streak in high school where i ate microwaved corndogs for breakfast before school. mmm... what a way to start an academic day!)

if you had the patience to read this loooong post, i totally ought to treat you to something yummy. i tag halfmama, beloved and superha - let's see your weirdness too!

oh goodness, did my mommy actually eat all that stuff???

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