Spring is here!!! I am delighted/excited/relieved to be officially finished with winter quarter now! (Doing happy dance.) The end turned out to be more gratifying than I’d anticipated, because I wrote a paper on AAAW for my final project in Nonprofit Management, and it felt so good to be working on something that is meaningful and relevant to my current passions and interests. Plus, I think I made some good observations about ways we can improve. I also elected to switch advisors–for my new advisor, I chose my Nonprofit Management professor. He’s the quintessential prof–absent-minded, brilliant. My previous advisor . . . . well, she is white and she has a little girl from China. I decided to not go there, ifyaknowwhatimean.
Anyway, what with finishing the paper, spring weather making appearances, posting up the AAAW banner on the side here (thanks, A.! A., I wish you blogged more. Keep an online journal of your “cultural explorations,” heh.), and the fantastic news that K. & N. will be making a Seattle appearance–I am super-psyched for the upcoming Korean adoptee mini-gathering in May! Somehow, it seems far off in the distance, but it’ll be here before we know it.
This spring will be a whirlwind before I go to Korea in June. . . just the way I like it. 😉 There’s the mini in May, and then in April I’m going back to Omaha for a long weekend to be in P.’s wedding. Despite my hesitations regarding the bridesmaid dress, and the fact that when I tell people here that I’m going Omaha they stutter, “Where??”, I am stoked to be going back to the big O. It’s going to be one big reunion, with CCSJ peeps, B. & L., even my parents.
And speaking of reunions–San Francisco will be good for that as well. Yup, I’m going down south for a few days (March 17-22). Thus, I will not be blogging for a while . . . . I get to see 3 groups of people AND I’m attending SFIAAFF on Sat. and Tues. I get to see:
1. My lovely AmeriCorps homie, S.T. (will spend Friday w/ her and some of her SF friends…..S.T. still lives in L.A.–although not for long?).
2. The twins. Will be some good times–drinking & watching NCAA basketball. I think they’re excited to show me the “azn” scene in SF. Hope B.H. knows that a repeat of NYC is not going to happen.
3. B. & A. in Mountain View. I’m excited to spend time with you guys, especially since I missed the Outer Banks wedding last year. I hope your cat doesn’t sit on my face and suffocate me in my sleep.
**I also recently found out that gyopo R., my favorite “African pants”-wearing drunk will be making an appearance in SF at the same time as me. Not sure what the likelihood of seeing R. will be this weekend, but it will be interesting & amusing to see R. in an environment other than Seoul. Think he’ll be just as sweaty, H.?
Can I just say how elated I am that by some divine happenstance, two weekends of the NCAA tournament fall during my spring break? I joined a pool that someone at my school started. I haven’t been following at all this season, so I based all of my picks off of watching Kansas beat Texas on Sunday and an hour of ESPN. Somehow, when I filled out my bracket, I have Texas winning it all. I’m sure S.C.H. is groaning right now (provided she’s even reading this–I need to call her).
By the way, Lee–I’m bummed that you can’t make it up to SF! I bought tickets for two showcases for film shorts (“The Life Quixotic” and “Lost and Bound”). I really wanted to see “Eve & the Fire Horse,” (per Angry’s rec) but it didn’t work out. Have you thought about Seattle for the mini?
Also–a shout-out to j. gabriel: congratulations on getting the fellowship! Well-deserved (applause). It’s all due to the hair, right? 😉
Also, to new commenters on my blog–thanks for reading! I’m not very good w/ responding to comments on my own blog. But I appreciate it when anyone weighs in with their two cents.
Sorry this post is so meandering. I’m trying to hurry before heading out the door. Tonight, we’re having a birthday party/going-away party for A.H. Yes, he has to go back to Korea to join the military…..
I would like to get inebriated tonight, although last night was a bit much for me. Actually, we started the day at 11am–margaritas. I took a break to go to work (last day of work was today! woo hoo!). Then, beer at a brewery . . . . and then $4 martini happy hour at The Chapel. I was not a very exciting drunk last night. While N. was pole-dancing, I felt inclined to take a 20-minute nap on the couches. But then I recovered, and ended up at an Ethiopian restaurant, where I proceeded to insult A.H.’s boss inadvertantly. We had a grand time anyway, however. There is some damning photographic evidence of last night, which I may post later in the week.
Time to make some ramyun before I head out . . . .
Oh, jeez–the birthday/going-away party was a trip. Let’s just say that some property damage was involved, someone other than myself had to ferry us all home in my car (got my car back this morning), and I will be eating Campbell’s chicken soup (bland, bland) and white bread as I watch opening round games today.