Thought I'd pass on the good news.
One, the summer classes I've been taking since May 5th will be done this weekend! It is quite a relief. For the last few months, I have to study everytime my son takes a nap because there is no other time I can do it. So I couldn't do much else except take care of him and then study--seven days a week.
Two, on the weekends, my husband would watch Buggy Boy while I took a few tomes under my right arm and sat in a coffeshop and read until my eyeballs hung out. There is a littlecoffe shop called Greenwich Sandwichs and Coffee right in our building, so I usually went there. I ended up talking with the lady who owns it and the college student who works there. We've been having a great time. The student turned out to be a Christian and was even quoting some Koine Greek to me in between confessing that he thought about becoming a missionary.
Three, my South African friend Valerie and I have been getting to know each other better and better. She is also a Christian, of the moderate 7th Day Adventist variety, and she had been in Korea much longer than I. I've avoided getting involved with the expatriate community here because there is a big difference between a person who is here to teach English for one or two years and a person who is here for good. Valerie is the latter, and in a sense I am too. Whether I leave South Korea or not, I will always be connected to this country in a deep way.
Four, the woman I met on the elevator is coming over in six minutes to bring me some ddok-bok-gi. It's a dish of rice cakes in a spicy sauce. It's kind of like nachos--in terms of sophistication not taste. My husband was horrified when I suggested we serve guest some ddok-bok-gi for dinner. To him, it's not "real" food, just a snack.
Five, we visited our church in Seoul last week and had lunch with some friends. After some horrendous subway rides with Buggy Boy, I swore that I would never again travel to Seoul until we moved there for good. Well, last week Buggy was good on the subway and we got to sit down in a cool area rather than stand for 90 minutes crushed between other hot bodies.