Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The little things

Oops, it's been a while since I've written. Lately I've been feeling like I don't have much to say because nothing seems super exciting. Which, I guess that in itself is something. I think a little while ago I reached the point where life in Korea became less of an adventure and more ordinary. My home feels cozy, I have great friends, my routine is set, I even have a pet. At times it's easy to forget that I look different and sound different because most days I feel very comfortable and confident doing what I do and going where I go. I used to feel like an outsider every day, but not anymore. There are definitely moments where I get a fresh realization that I'm a foreigner, but those are not the norm. It's interesting - in the beginning I never could have dreamed that one day I'd feel this way. 

Over the weekend a friend had a 90s themed birthday party. I went out and bought a scrunchie, and we spent the evening reminiscing about polly pockets and American girl dolls and skip its, and listening to all the boy bands we used to love so much. It was awesome, and so good to celebrate a fun friend. I knew her in Ulsan, then we both left for a little bit, and now we're both here in Busan.

And today was full of so many little surprises! I ended up with a free hour at work, so I got things organized and planned and even had some time to read my book. Then my boss' friend came in - she shows up about once a week to hang out in the office - and she brought me a coffee and a cookie! After that one of my boys gave me a Hershey bar, and then I came home to a pretty huge refund on my gas bill, which means now I have extra money to spend on summer clothes :) Life is good.