We have been have a marvelously relaxing New Years weekend. Nothing beats a long weekend. I head back to work on Monday for two weeks of English winter camps, which I love, and then it’s winter vacation time, baby!
I started my morning off with this (repeat). When something tastes this good I just want to keep eating more.
I had an insane craving for savory oats today. This is only the second time I have made it, the first time was a huge fail, but I was willing to give it another go. I kept it fairly simple; just some sweet potato, peppers, carrots, corn and peas, topped with a fried egg and ketchup.
And I actually had my hand at baking today. The cat that I am babysitting has a little toaster oven in his house, so I decided to take advantage to it while I could. I whipped up some “everything but the kitchen sink” oatmeal cookies and brought my dough downstairs to do some baking with my kitty friend.
I consider myself to be somewhat talented in the baking department, but when you throw in a toaster oven with a broken dial and Korean writing on it, things can get a little crazy.
Oh No 😦
I adjusted things a little bit and kept on going. The rest turned out just fine; thankfully!
I like to stuff as many things as possible into my cookies. This batch included coconut, oatmeal, raisins, walnuts, almonds, M &Ms and cinnamon….Mmmm!
Dinner you would not want to see, trust me!
We decided to meet some friends for a movie. Whenever we go to the movies at night we have a “popcorn dinner.” I always bring my own stash of popcorn along that I pre-make on the stove top. This batch was a delicious honey cinnamon. Delicious, but a little embarrassing to admit that it was my dinner.
This is the story that I hinted at in yesterdays post.
On New Years Eve I decided that I would go to the salon around the corner and get my hair styled before we went out for the night. Getting one’s hair done in Korea is ridiculously cheap. For about 5 or 10 dollars you can get what ever style you want; curls, straight, up-do etc. For that cheap I say, why not!
I left the apartment around 2:30. As I was sitting in the salon chair waiting for the stylist, I was going over in my head how I was going to explain what I wanted done. All I wanted was a nice sleek straight look; a simple flat ironing job. Language barriers can pose a challenge at times, but I have gotten quite good at communicating with body language and gestures, as well as my limited Korea.
So I explained to him that I wanted a “dry straight style,” pointing at the flat iron. He says, “magic straight?” I say “no, not magic straight, just straight,” pointing again at the flat iron. He says “magic straight” and gets to work. (Magic straight is Korean speak for a Japanese straight perm)
Sheepishly I said nothing more and he got to work.
Remember how my hair usually looks like this? (It goes straight and curly quite easily; this day was a curly day)
Well now it looks like this…
After sitting in the salon chair for 4 hours (Yep!) I had the nice sleek style I was going for. It was quite the intense process. I won’t bore you with all the details, but it felt endless. I got the style that I was hoping for, but in quadruple the time 😉 I had a good laugh about the whole experience. I got home at 6:30 just in time to get ready before we headed out for the night. Adrian teased me a lot at this point.
I am not sure what my hair will look like in a couple days time, if it will be straight or back to normal, but I am liking it while it lasts. It’s funny what can result from a little miscommunication.
Hope you are having a fabulous weekend.
p.s. Have you ever experienced any weird miscommunication problems or language barriers?