I made it to H-mart. It was glorious. I bought a duck. I bought frozen shucked oysters. I bought mushrooms. Best of all I bought banchan, the Korean vegetable side dishes. They had a tray with like 9 of them on it. I should’ve bought more. Our local Korean place doesn’t offer them, and I missed those so much. I need to figure out how to make these in bulk or where to buy them in bulk.
Korean cuisine is a bit special to me. Prior to Gordon joining the army, our income was very limited. I’m unreasonably proud of the fact that despite our meager resources at that time, we never had our utilities turned off for non payment. The kids were always fed, their clothes were always decent and clean, and they had toys, but money was scarce. Needless to say, we didn’t go out a lot. We might have made it to a restaurant a couple of times per year, usually when a family member took us. And honestly there weren’t that many places to eat.
After we arrived to Gordon’s permanent duty station, we quickly crawled out of the financial hole. Our total debt at that point, excluding some student loans, turned out to be much more manageable. After a few months of steady paychecks and careful budgeting, we found that we had money to go out. Almost every base in US has a good Korean restaurant nearby, and that’s where we went. It was more than food. It was proof that we survived, celebrated with grilled meat, sweet and sour radish salad, and soybean sprouts.
So A+ rating to H-mart. 10 out of 10, will go again.
Today is voting day. I voted. Don’t forget to vote. On that note, as far as reminders go, if you are enrolling into ACA healthcare plans, the enrollment is open now. Our health insurance went up again by $250 per month. Again. Damn it.
Somehow my life has become a series of appointments I must keep: annual physical, annual mammogram, annual gynecology visit, annual optometrist visit, semi-annual dentist visit, annual chimney sweeping, annual arborist visit, annual wood purchase, annual ACA enrollment, annual tax review… Adulting. It’s overrated.
Perhaps, that’s why I hide in speculative fiction. I spent the entire day yesterday google driving around trying to get the lay of the land for the small project we’re working on. And then I had to look at boats that could fit a horse. Oy.
I envy the other-world fantasy writers sometimes. They get to write “It was a G’drilian barge with the prized Elvenian pine mast” and move on. Me, google searching: flat bottom barge, aluminum, under 30 ft, for sale. Because if we don’t use an actual boat, someone will no doubt email and explain to us how we are stupid and don’t know how boats work. ::gives side eye to imaginary boat expert:: I found one yesterday. It will do.
Still working on the merch shop. We should launch this month, hopefully. We are working with an awesome designer, Sasha, and her work is great.
We’re ordering samples of most things just to see the quality, so I will be able to share some “life” shots soon. So far we washed the one sample T about 10 times. It held up.
Well, I better get to it. Apparently, Kid 2’s house needs major electrical work, so must make moneys. See you on Friday. I think Mod R said Roman was the next.
Moderator R says
Yay! Roman ????
Eeyore gang, assemble for Friday 😀
I may be partial, but the merch looks awe-some. I can’t wait to update my hoodie wardrobe hehe.
I am all about both the merch and Roman. Yes please.
I’m super impressed by you mod R – that you haven’t said the every Friday is Roman day ????
Moderator R says
It was a close thing ????
Eeyore gang assembled and waiting!
Woohoo! Roman gang activate! Start chanting to power up the ship for Roman-Eahrratim.
The Roman-Erra Ship will sail!
Roman-Erra Ship??? Wow this would definitely work!! After some bumps and bruises.. 😀
Patricia Schlorke says
Another member of the Eeyore gang waiting for Roman’s interview. I’ll need it after the week, so far, I’m having right now. ????????
Crystal F. says
Yay for t-shirts! I hope they are soft! I have a ridiculous love of soft shirts. I am already planning to buy a few of whatever shirt you have but if they are soft then I will totally buy multiples! lol
Korean restaurants are not as common in the UK, but we do have one locally and I love it, I actually said we need to go again just the other day. H-mart sounds great!
I hope the writing goes smoothly 🙂
Arabella last Friday was great, thank you, looking forward to Roman1
Moderator R says
I used to live near New Malden, which is London’s Little Korea and it quickly became my favourite food.
There’s this tiny mom-and-pop restaurant called You Me and I would eat there every day of my life if I could. Yachaejeon, Kkanpunggi, honey dumplings, Budae Jjigae- and this amazing pumpkin tea.
My salivary glands are going a mile a minute hehe.
Pumpkin Tea? Please elaborate. My daughter loves tea and this sounds like it’s… her cup of tea. Was it a black tea with pumpkin spice tea or something that was brewed and mixed with milky sugary goodness ?
Moderator R says
It’s very creamy, slightly thick, and not in Pumpkin Spice family at all. It taste more like sweet pumpkin pulp – Hobak-cha is the name 🙂
Donna A says
New Malden is epic. It also has a brilliant array of charity shops, good sized Poundland and Wilko. Go for the cheap stuff, stay for the food (also Korean supermarket near Waitrose)
Loved this little aside on Korean food…craving it now. You are amazing writers 🙂
Already voted ????, would buy that design for a hoodie or t-shirt.
Also love korean food. Those packets of banchan from Hmart are the best for bibimbap.
Yes, adulting is hard. Amazed I made it to my 40’s without the term adulting, before that it was just life after moving out of my parents home, which one did as soon as possible after graduating high school.
T-shirts and desk supplies! Please! I’m so excited to see what designs you both come up with.
Suzette M says
this whole specialist for every part of your body thing is overrated. i want my Star Trek Medicine already. give me Dr. Beverly Crusher and I will be content.
Happy Tuesday everyone! virtual hugs to all
I wholeheartedly agree. I grew up in a small town. We had two doctors and they followed you birth to earth. I was in my 30s before I went to a surgeon because my doc didn’t feel confident enough. I miss those days. ????♀️
I just want a nice med unit like the ones Gertrude Hunt has.
Glad H-mart didn’t disappoint!
Loved Arabella and am looking forward to any future installments. ????
Adulting is overrated. Hiding under your blanket near a fire as it rains outside and ignoring work for a few more minutes is underrated. I said it.
I’m really looking forward to the new merch. I can’t wait to see what is available.
Also looking forward to Roman content this Friday. I have a feeling a Kate Daniels reread is going to be in my future. I miss that world.
Voting after work.
I can totally relate. And I can still remember the look on the gas station attendant’s face when I upended a bag of change (mostly pennies) to pay for our gas during my husband’s and my lean time. Proud to say we never got utilities shut down either.
Can’t wait for the store to open!!! I too am in need of some hoodies!
Looking forward to visiting with Roman Friday.????????????
I have been wondering if there is a set of the Kate Daniels books to buy with the decorative covers that we see with other series? I would totally wishing for that.
Moderator R says
No, there is no KD box set sadly.
Our local Korean restaurant closed when the Korean lady who did ALL the cooking decided to retire. I miss it and her. The first time I was there, she marched out in to the dining room, looked around at the full tables, and announced that food took time—if we were in a hurry, she said, “Go to Subway.” Then she marched back to the kitchen. No one left.
After yesterday I am caught up on all my medical stuff for the year. I got jabbed for shingles in one arm, omicron in the other arm and flu in my thigh. Not feeling too perky today but I’m done.
Here in CA it seems really easy to vote, they now send everyone a ballot and you can just send it back or drop it off to special boxes that collect them. We have a polling place near us that opened over the weekend so My son and I took a nice walk down and dropped off the ballots.
Good luck on trying to make the side dishes. I love it when my brother and SIL cook Korean bbq for us.
They do the same thing with ballots here in Colorado. It’s really helpful
Looking forward to some HA goodies. It doesn’t look like pre-holidays, alas, no easy presents this year. However, maybe next year – if I haven’t already done B’days from the merch shop.
I haven’t gotten brave with Korean food yet. I always make my daughter-in-law go with me (Korean best friend growing up) so I know what to order. I always like everything, but I don’t automatically think Korean for a lunch alone.
(I’m 73. Sue me. Korean food was a well kept secret for a long time.)
There’s an H-Mart close and I’ve been in, but it’s mostly not a good place for someone who seldom cooks anymore. Maybe I should drag Meg there when the north Houston contingent comes visiting…
Oh, voted early on Oct 28. Did not want to wade through Election day mess – and Texas politics are always messy.
Early voting is the best. (Fellow Texan here.)
Moderator R says
The aim is for the merch shop to be open for the holidays ????
Yay! Thanks for the clarification.
my presents to me!
I voted this morning….I broke in new hiking shoes while walking to our neighborhood school/polling place….
Glad HMart was a hit!
I’ve never been to a Korean restaurant that didn’t serve banchan, that’s so interesting. It’s one of my husband’s favorite parts of eating at Korean places!
Glad you were able to make it to H mart and get your fix!
I love Korean food! I cook it often. My husband is Korean American. My mother-in-law says I’m honorary Korean because my 배추김치 (baechu kimchi) is so good. I use her recipe. ????
Moderator R says
Kimchi is life!
It is the best! ????
I love HMart. I love all Asian markets!
Come visit me in queens ny Nothing but H Mart here in Korean restaurants in barbecue sauce totally live in Koreatown
Part of my re-enactment hobby is Medieval wagons and boats. What she wants to look at are early canal boats, particularly in England. Most canal boats now are no longer pulled by horses – the trails on the sides of canals are gone. However, the shape, useage is the same.
I put the link to some pictures in the web site, and will help if she likes.
It’s funny how much things like food can come to have so much additional meaning. For example, I don’t care for most donuts. There is a specific hierarchy of donut acceptability, but in general? Donuts are a tolerable food item.
But. As a kid and teen, we had an annual big extended family yard sale in June at my grandma’s house, and for breakfast Grandpa would pick up dozens of cheap donuts and I would eat donuts for breakfast because that was what was available. So even nearly 20 years later, donuts taste like early June mornings at Grandma’s house with cousins spilling all over the yard. I don’t like donuts but the nostalgia is worth it.
“…specific hierarchy of donut acceptability… “????????????
My favorite donut is old fashioned plain cake donut. Visiting with grandparents as a toddler, would get up early to have breakfast with my grandpa before he went to work. Monday thru Thursday was eggs, bacon, and toast. Friday was eggs, bacon, toast, and plain cake donuts. Food is definitely associated with memories!!
My Dad used to go out early on Saturday mornings and bring back fresh, hot from the oven doughnuts. He would come into our bedroom ( my sister and I slept in the same room) and he would open the box. I remember that divine smell. It was a sure quick method to get us out of bed early. Wonderful memories ????
So looking to Roman this Friday! My favorite side character, for sure! Can’t wait to see if he gets a book some day.
Amen on the adulting and the difficulty thereof.
Ohhh the merch. The credit card and I are ready!
I won’t talk about adulting- I’m in a good mood and I don’t want that change.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I would buy your merchandise. I’m shocked because I never buy that stuff and usually have absolutely no interest in it, but I can’t wait to see the HA stock!
And yum to Korean food, glad you enjoyed H-Mart. Also glad you found your small project boat.
You can get recipes for the Korean side veggies/dishes on the net. Some of them are really simple like the blanched soybean sprouts with the sesame seed dressing. The sweet potato salad is easy too. You can probably get Kimchee in bulk at H mart. Different levels of spicy.
There was a Korean grocery store with a small restaurant inside about 5 mins from the house. It was very good then the mall got bought out by a developer and all the small shops had to leave. I now have to drive 45 mins and pay more for the same dishes.
Thanks for the food trip. Yay for more Roman on Innterviews day!
Made the trip over to pick up my daughter so we both could complete and drop off our mail-in ballots before she started her morning shift. It’s her first election. We celebrated with coffee 😀
I am looking forward to your store! I am thinking to mix family recipes with photos for Shutterfly book gifts for the family this year.
Congratulations to your daughter on her first election day!! ????️????????
Yes, adulting is completely overrated. And what mostly sucks is that you can totally remember the eyeroll your mother used to give you when you said, “I can’t wait until I’m grown up and I can eat ice cream for dinner if I want!”
Yeeeaaaahhhh… you can eat ice cream for dinner if you want, but it really doesn’t compensate for the fact that you have to pay the water bill every stinking month. Not to mention that you now have an adult metabolism now.
Adulting. Sheesh. ????
I can’t tell you how it warms my heart to hear the special relationship you have with Korean food. When we first came to the state in the 70’s, I remember driving to a farm to buy soybeans so that my mom could make tofu at home. I never saw Korean food at the grocery store or even ate at a Korean restaurant until I was older. I was one of those kids who had a “lunchbox” moment in school and learned not to share my Korean food. All to say, YES! H-Mart is MARVELOUS.
I hope your merch has t-shirts specifically for women. As a pear shaped woman, I find unisex t-shirts don’t work for me 🙁
Also, I’d LOVE to read Ilona’s autobiography.
Susan Kim says
Korean food is the absolute best! I may be a little biased though… = ) The references to Korean food in your books made me love you even more!
Thank you! Now must find Korean cooking class. And start saving moneys for Merch. Be grateful you don’t write thrillers that take place on an Earth battlefield that takes place in present day – all the Army paraphernalia that you would have to get correct
I am excited for Friday, first Arabella, now Roman? (Rubs hands together gleefully)
Yay for merch, my pockets are waiting!
On adulting my newly minted 19 year old young adult said its a scam. I wanted to laugh, but I couldnt really disagree.
He’s back home graduated from a vocational college with an AS in Automotive Tech. Every where he has applied to so far has said they will take him for no pay for 6months+ training. We told him keep looking someone will hire him and want to pay him, he can stay with us as long as he needs.
Adulting is hard at the beginning.
I haven’t noticed it getting easier in the past 40 years, honestly. As the responsibilities pile up it gets to be more and more of a slog. I’ve learned to fit in small daily breaks and annual week-long ones. Those eight years without a vacation in the ’90s were a really bad idea.
Good for you for teaching him not to settle. I’ve seen friends take jobs with questionable conditions out of panic. It rarely ends well.
Keera, where are you located? We are looking for automotive techs for our shop in Colorado.
I love H-mart!! Lotte Plaza, 99 Ranch, and Mitsuwa are also awesome Asian supermarket chains! I recently relocated to the UK and am sadly lacking in access to any of these 🙁
I really hope “Book-Devouring Horde” appears on some of the merch!
Moderator R says
It certainly will ☺️
Sheila S says
Han Ah Reum – small H-Mart (part of the same company).
Super H – Massive H-Mart (part of the same company). My kids thought it was an aquarium when they were younger.
If you come across a Super H, I think you would enjoy stopping in.
H-Mart is great! I’m glad it holds such delight.
I’m so excited for the merch options! I hope that they are reasonable for you all. And the tea time interviews are so lovely. I just got a friend of mine hooked on your work and I’m so excited to see their joy experiencing the stories (that I love so much) for the first time!
I’m neither a fabulous cook nor a connoisseur, but I unabashedly love grocery stores. They are the place I go to recenter myself when I’m traveling and start feeling out of whack. I also count Korean cuisine as my favorite, so Hmart is altogether a little bit of heaven (so many new greens, so many new mushrooms, so many types of kimchi!). To my utter frustration, the closest one is 2.5 hours away. ???? Anyway, cheers to great new food discoveries!
Oh, in case no one’s said it yet (too many comments to read between this and the last post!), Maangchi is a great online source for home-style Korean cooking.
Moderator R says
Loooove Maangchi! Her Youtube channel and blog are so much fun! I even have one of her books.
Yes! That’s a cookbook worth adding to the collection.????
I had to Google H-mart because I kept thinking you were all substituting H- for the full name, although I couldn’t figure out why. Turns out there are some H Marts in Maryland, although not terribly close to me. I’ll have to see if I can find one in TX next time I visit my brothers.
Wow, there’s one like three minutes from the Farm and Home Service! That is just awesome! I had no idea this mythical wonderland was within reach. Definitely going to check that out next time I have to make a run up there.
William B says
There are plenty in Metro DC.
H-Mart…mmm…love that place! I ❤️how Korean food means so much to your family.
kIm Hurt says
Roman ,,,,,,ROMAN!!!! YES
I’ve been making soon tofu soup lately and it’s lovely. it’s super flexible too, all you really need is sesame oil, tofu (doesn’t even have to be soft tofu tbh), gochujang, and gochujaru. everything else is negotiable.
William B says
Linda Trainor says
Colleen C. says
I have never had Korean food, wouldn’t even know where to start, but this picture looks yummy. Oh, and yay, Roman! *big heart eyes*
I love the graphics on the mouse pad. This bodes well for whatever else is coming.
I love banchan, but I have never found one particular dish outside one restaurant that has unfortunately closed down. I long for it, and have no idea what it even was – potato, turnip? I’ve bought cookbooks, to no avail. I have not yet tried the internet, but will have to now that I have made myself hungry.
Looking forward to both Roman and merch!
Moderator R says
Because you said potato or turnip- could it be namul? The first time I tried it it reminded me of raw potato too.
The most popular is mu namul, which is made out of Korean radish https://www.koreanbapsang.com/mu-namul-korean-radish-namul/ but there’s also Doraji namul, which is bellflower root https://mykoreankitchen.com/doraji-namul-sauteed-bellflower-root/
I love H-Mart.
My mom and I love exploring grocery stores. I find it interesting to see what is new (to me) and see what kind of items are universal.
Parents both have appointments today. Our reward for all this waiting is kbbq at a small mom and pop shop.
Hi! I’m a long-time, plus-size fan in California. I love love love your work, and I would love to have one of the t-shirts. Please, will you offer them in plus sizes?
Moderator R says
Sizes go up to 5XL 🙂
Yay!!!!!! Thank you so much!
Had to Google H-Mart. There’s one relatively close, maybe forty five minutes away.
So – what to get there? I would definitely try sweet and sour radish salad. Allergic to mushrooms and shellfish, so a big full stop “no” for those items. Not a very good cook, so basic, easy recipes. Also, a big fan of salads.
All suggestions gratefully accepted!!
I like their banchan a lot! And their seaweed salad. We usually get a bunch of frozen dumplings too. Also really like the Honey Citron Ginger Tea that comes in big bottles (like this:https://www.amazon.com/Honey-Citron-Ginger-Tea-4-4/dp/B082XHRK1F). Just add hot water and it’s like sweet tea without the caffeine. Very comforting in the winter!
The tea is great for sore throats and coughs, also works on toast if you run out of marmalade :)!
Agree, they have a wide variety of dumplings and some excellent kimchee (very picky). I like checking out the cookies and sweets too as they are so different. And if you cook with rice regularly, their prices are good. Plus you can find the Asian veg and mushrooms so frequently not available elsewhere.
Karen O. says
Adulting is serious stuff. As an underpaid and poor young archeologist, I can remember scrambling under my couch cushions to find enough change to buy a hot dog for dinner at the local WAWA. Payday wasn’t for a couple more days and I was broke all weekend with no food in the house. I was too proud and too adult to borrow from my folks or let my siblings know (plus they lived in the next state). Thank God those days are over and I’m proud that I’ve never missed or been late on a mortgage payment in 21 years of house payments. Never had a utility shut off, but I have missed a credit card payment or two over the years. Eh, what are you going to do? Wishing good times to all and I look forward to seeing the rollout of your merchandise!
Merch? Did you say merch? Faster please
I get very tired of adulting, its never ending! I bought snow tires today, my car hates snow and ice, and did errands again so half the day disappeared. Got home to three 40 lb boxes of kitty litter left at the bottom of my steps instead of the landing (free shipping) because the store didn’t have any. Now I need to tackle finding space for all the stuff I unpacked from four 4 foot tall boxes full of
non-freeze stuff that was just fine in my Virginia garage but definitely not here. I’m not leaving the house Thursday unless the house is on fire.
Early voted! I’m so happy you liked hmart! It’s my favorite so far. I’ll have to look for that tray. Thanks for info! It would be fun to serve with bulgogi and/or dumplings and not have to make them all.
Adulting has always been over rated in my book hehe. As a teen I so wanted to be an adult, little did I know the full ramifications. And I commiserate on the insurance bill. I went from full coverage paid by my employer to a monthly cost with Medicare. Ah well. At least I’m finally retired and not required to rise and shine at a specific time! It IS a joy frankly.
Well the boat sounds intriguing. Looking forward to more tidbits. And I really like the mouse pad! I hate my generic one that took the place of the cat appropriated “toy”.
Ready to Read says
It seems like everything is going up to compensate for all the added expenses businesses are having to deal with.
I have been giving myself the mental pep talk … you made it through the tough economy in the 80’s and early 2000’s. This, too… I will look back on a say yep been there and done that. On the very plus side… I retired so I no longer have to do outdoor work in the middle of the night. (vendor type work)
Went to get my flu shot and Omicron shot and there were 6 people sitting in the waiting area of my local Safeway store. Bless the pharmacist … she said come in tomorrow there will be more people working. I said big winter storm Wednesday and Thursday. Yep I will be in towards the end of the week.
6 Inches or more of the white stuff on the horizon. Winter is knocking on my door.
Adulting is a full time job and thank goodness House Andrews gives me a great mental vacation. Hot black tea and one honey stick. (the joy of being a senior… stuff you can no longer eat or do)
Boy do I feel your pain.
It’s been such a long week already. Looking forward to Roman’s Friday. I hope he has lots to say. lol
Oo La La, Roman is next ❤️
I agree adulting is hard. So i runaway and hide in the wonderful alternative reality that are IA books. So thank you, because good escapes are so hard to come by.
“I’m unreasonably proud of the fact that despite our meager resources at that time, we never had our utilities turned off for non payment. The kids were always fed, their clothes were always decent and clean, and they had toys”
I don’t think you can be _unreasonably_ proud of this. I think this is a major achievement and you should be as proud as you possibly can be!
Ms. Kim says
Re: Semi-annual dentist visit. I go 3 or 4 times a year to get teeth cleaned. Gum health is so important.
I love Bibimbap! 🙂
Akeru Joyden says
I totally get that you want to avoid blow back on decently available researchable stuff, but i had to laugh… there is an actual photo of a person in Texas driving with a tacked up horse freestanding on a flatbed trailer going down the interstate… all I could say is ” that picture would make that horse’s worth skyrocket along with his owner’s insurance. ” Supposedly, he was stopped by highway patrol, his horse trailer was stolen and he worked at the stockyards, but there was no law against it and they had to release him back into the wild per se. (no, I don’t condone this type of idiotic, reckless, and endangering behavior)
So, there are all kinds of experts…
I once read an account by an American visiting Ireland for fox hunting. The descriptions of horse transport were priceless. Six horses, sideways noses to tails, in a manure spreader pulled by tractor was my favorite. Also a very large draft cross that literally crawled into a pony trailer. There were a few other choice ones that have slipped my mind after all these years.
Hi House Andrews,
I really vibe (yes, I’m that age) with this post. We were both military (in 1985 our combined income was $32k before taxes). We actually didn’t have loans/cc debt because we were too low-income, aka poor, for anyone to extend us credit.
“Proof of life” takes many forms…like the special place in your heart for Korean food. I hear you!
While I enjoy those works that are of a different world completely, I truly appreciate the care that goes into a nearish-our-world scenario.
I’m still trying to get my non-speculative fiction reading friends to understand that the best speculative writing, magic, for example, still has rules…like line-of-sight only, or paid for with an elevated metabolic rate (need for sleep/food) etc.
So, please know that the research in getting it reasonably possible is noticed…Anybody ever watch the show ‘Scorpion’?? It was based on crime-fighting nerd-geniuses, and scientific premises on the edge of possible. Scene 1 finale episode feature a CAT45 cable dangling a few metres from a low flying airplane to make a computer connection. As telecomm technicians (thank you U.S. Army) hubby and I were simultaneously cracking up/booing at the utter ridiculousness.
I remember that scene. I stopped watching the show after that ????
Your pride in managing meager funds well is NOT unreasonable. I know how difficult it is!
+1 Totally. Life is better now but it’s not something anyone ever forgets. Good thing because stuff still happens, *sigh* and we can always fall back on those skills.
Love love H-Mart
Being an older adult does come with increasing maintenance:) On the plus side, the longer one postpones major body work the better the chances are of enjoying those ‘golden years’. Which as not a few folks would explain as ‘when the gold you worked to accumulate/save is spent on maintenance’. The young & healthy tend to think one means on stuff like houses/cars rather than personal care though.
One thing to suggest:
Katherine Nobles says
I don’t know if you have your auto or home insurance through USAA, but we have our vision insurance through them. It’s a good deal. I got $100 off my new glasses yesterday, and the exam is covered.
Heh ????. Can’t wait.
PS: I concur – Adulting is overrated ????
I love you guys <3
I want that mouse pad, please. And everything else you have for merch. And I love your writing, of course. That should have been my first sentence.
Kelly C. says
I want to buy all the merch! Dreams are good.
And Russian Sugar Bears!
Carrie C says
Adulting is vastly overrated.
I did not vote but only because I have the Flu A (H1N1 variant – 0 stars, would NOT recommend) that seems super contagious. I did not want to chance spreading it to anyone else, especially the senior citizens who staff the polling places here.
The day I was scheduled to get my flu shot a week ago, my 8 yo daughter began getting sick so I had to rush home. (It was super fast for her. Fine, then boom – severe headache with crying and fever then more symptoms appearing within the next few hours.) As soon as I’m well enough, I’ll be getting my flu shot to try to avoid the other flu strains and I’ll get it earlier next year.
On the bright side (except for the scary moments), since my daughter got sick, we are spending all our time together. She and I have been having a “slumber party” in the guest room (bigger bed and a tv). She has had a SpongeBob marathon, including The SpongeBob Musical (I had no idea there was one!) and related videos like variations of The Best Day Ever in different speeds and styles of music. ???? SpongeBob was interspersed with Dr Binocs learning videos (originated in India, I think) with gems such as “Why Do We Fart?” ???? and switched to Mr. Bean cartoons last night.
Crystal Johnson says
And this explains Sean’s Korean BBQ franchise investment…
For authentic korean recipes to make the side dishes: https://www.maangchi.com/ or the korean vegan cookbook is also really great for making no-meat alternatives.
The side dishes are just labor-intense but not actually that difficult to make. And most ingredients can be found at any grocery store but love supporting the asian community.
NANCY K UPCHURCH says
would not the WW2 landing crafts do? They’re certainly big enough. (I know, there was a dead one in Pearl Harbor (I think…that or Kaneohe Bay on ‘Gilligan’s Island’, as a matter of fact).
What are the chances that Roman gets asked about his love life? Like “I’ve heard your God terrifies the urine out of ladies, how often does this happen on the first date?”
Moderator R says
???? Just put me in the ring, coach!
I love H-Mart. I have another large Asian market closer by, but H-Mart is my favorite.
Kat in NJ says
Sounds interesting: I have to see if there is a H-mart near me. All this talk of Korean food has made my tummy growl! It also reminded me of a funny thing that happened when my daughter was still in high school.
She and I love trying new ethnic foods and were at the annual potluck dinner given by the high school’s International Club. Neither of us had tried kimchi before or knew what it was.
Her trickster Korean friend brought some kimchi as his contribution to the dinner, told us it was cabbage “with a fiery red but very mild sauce” and said we should try a big fork full (all the while gleefully waiting for the coughing and eye tearing to begin!)
We both tried it with little reaction other than to say “hey, that’s really good, could we have some more?” We got the last laugh…he did not know that we LOVE spicy foods!! (And now we love kimchi too!) ????
Bill G says
Please please please shove a plus size shirt on a plus size person & make sure it doesnt choke or dig into underarms & is long enough to at least mostly cover the butt. So many places just make their shirts wider & dont actually make them plus sized. So many awesome shirts tossed because they arent wearable.
Moderator R says
I don’t know about shoving, but the T-shirts go up to 5 XL. I hope this helps ????.
No. As a plus sized person, I can tell you that any bodies, but especially plus size bodies, come in all shapes and just because a T shirt is plus sized and is flattering on my plus sized body doesn’t mean it will be flattering on you.
I need to manage expectations here. We are not fashion designers. We are offering drop-ship merchandise, which is produced, printed, and shipped off site. You are buying at your own risk. What we check on our end is whether the garment holds up after several washes and if the design is faded or off center. That’s it.
Nice story about Korean food
A fun real life snippet
Mary Ellen says
many years ago I was stationed in Korea.
it was an amazing experience on many levels but the food stands out.
so many great flavors.
really too much to mention in the blog.
just want to say that my family also loves and shops at H Mart.
Thank you for sharing your life salad. Very relatable. Glad you are able to engage in a professional endeavor you like (hopefully that is your writing). …. And H-Mart is a great store. Just went there to get take out and Kimchee. Yum.
Wasn’t sure at first when you said you found one if you found a boat or an imaginary boat expert. I live in what people call the Little Korean area of Vancouver. There are two large Korean markets and quite a few restaurants on either side of the main road in the areaby where I live. I think you and Gordon would find a restaurant you would love here in you came to visitAnd the train trip through the Rockies to here is beautiful in the fall. Hint Hint.
In Australia we have a volunteer rescue group called State Emergency Service. They have flat bottom punts that on occasion lay transports horses. Have attached website with horses in rescue boat.
Bean sprouts, cucumbers and spinach are the easiest to make. Kim chi, if you’re inclined to make, or buy a large container since it keeps.
Judy Schultheis says
I lived in Los Angeles during my first marriage. There were a couple of Korean restaurants we ate at occasionally. The “Gut Soup” on the menu at one of them was. No chewier than menudo, though. And it was tasty, in fact.
Adulting and electrical woes. Oh dear.
I love all this talk about international grocery stores. I get the impression that ban chan prep can be somewhat labor/time intensive. Perhaps you can find a Korean household to do food/meal swaps with?
Hanna Fuentes says
Try Mom’s Taste in Austin off Airport and Lamar for pan chan. Just know-they’re closed Sundays and Mondays.
Is there a Cost Plus/World Market near you? It’s not as awesome as an H-Mart but would do in a pinch for trying out new things or finding some shelf-stable staples.
I’m so excited for merch!!
Cynthia B says
Also check out 99 Ranch Market, if you haven’t already. Worth the drive, also
I appreciate your effort. I don’t remember the title, but I had a conniption fit not long ago over a writer that had a cast iron tub carted into the room at the inn, and kept the water warm by building a fire under it.
She could have used at least a cursory look at the way thermal conduction works.
Looking forward to the merch- love the mousepad!
I appreciate the thorough research you do for your books! Let the same imaginary boat expert try to write a book ???? If they have enough time to send a critical email, they need to find a new hobby like jumping in a lake.
When I was young, I learned how to do wiring and electrical work when the cottage we purchased had wiring in need of total replacement. It was a great thing to learn. An old electrician acted as the coach, and I crawled all over the place. It cost only a few hundred for his oversight and final hook up, the initial estimate was huge because of all the yucky crawling work in tight spaces that I did. I opted to follow commercial code for fire safety in terms of wires and electrical equipment, so there are no wires to be nibbled by mice because they are in metal conduit.
I only wish I’d had some nice audio books at that time!