I’ve been in Seattle for a few days now.  The last time I was here was for my cousin’s wedding – now she has two sons! They are both adorable and it has been great seeing everyone again.  Seattle is beautiful.  Their summer weather is more like a nice spring day back at home, so it’s been a great escape from the brutal heart and humidity.  Gorgeous cities are backdropped by evergreens and snowcapped mountains, with beautiful lakes in the foreground.  It’s really unlike any cities back east.

We are here for a few more days, doing family stuff.  I’ve been trying to fit some LSAT study in here and there, but it is still very difficult to keep motivated.  The cool crisp air and sound of falling water in the garden sure doesn’t hurt though!

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America the Beautiful

I flew to Seattle today.  Anyone who has flown coast to coast in America will likely have looked out of their window and seen the same views.  I’ve done this same route dozens of times, and nothing down there has changed… yet I love it just as much, if not more.

One thing about America – it’s just so big.  That’s not even counting Alaska (or tiny Hawaii).  I’ve often lamented that I haven’t been able to see enough of my own country.  These flights make that pang worse.

Leaving the East Coast, you look out the window to see industrialization and suburbia – factories alongside cookie-cutter developments and a maze of highways.  Go a bit more west and it becomes patchwork quilt farmland.  This lasts for a while.  We flew over the Great Lakes and Canada, always a treat from 10,000 feet.  My favorite starts around sunny Montana.  The farms are so pretty, alternating green and yellow stripes and circles.  Then, as you cross into Idaho, you see the Rockies.  Today was clear, so everything was crisp and sharp.  The farther west you go, the taller the peaks–and they’re snowcapped.  The snow is shiny and bright in the sunshine, and you have to take a moment to realize that the mountains are so cold, the snow doesn’t even melt.  All year, there it is.  The Rockies are tall.  Finally, as if a curtain were lifted, a valley appears with cute little houses and lakes.  These cute residential areas persist until all you see are evergreen trees and beauty.  And then, the captain’s voice comes onto the PA, “…now prepare for landing…”

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My post on Bermuda never materialized…  It was great; Andy’s family was so kind to include me.  We did so many things, but the best part was getting to know everyone.  Despite the 200 mile distance, I feel very accepted by Andy’s Brady Bunch sized family.  This trip helped me get to know his father’s side much better.  It was something I was worried about, considering I do live so far, but I realize now it is most likely a non-issue.  Anyway, who cares… picture time!

Our hotel in Hamilton
I caught a 35-40 lb. yellowfin tuna! Yummy!
Scooter time

And now I have to try and force myself to fall asleep, as I am getting up at the atrocious hour of FIVE AM tomorrow morning.  Seattle-bound soon!

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Antiquated Summerthings

Today I returned home from my two-week Andy extravaganza.  One week in Bethesda, the other in Bermuda – can’t complain! A real post will be forthcoming (I hope).  Until then, enjoy the two photos I took yesterday in Glen Echo, MD (an amusement park from the early 20th century).

Antique carousel – love the woman running

Cuddle Up

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Something good, at last

Andy and I have an interview for a hagwon (private language school) on Thursday.  This is by no means the actual placement we may accept, but it’s a start in the right direction!

This is the city (but not the neighborhood):

Seoul, South Korea

Can’t beat that view.

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Fighting the Blahs

Lately I’ve been feeling pretty blah.  Unemployed, living at home, boyfriend 700 miles away instead of the usual 200… you do the math.

So what’s a girl to do? Go shopping!

Just so we’re clear–this is not my usual m.o.  If I don’t have something to buy, I don’t browse.  Period.  But I did have to pick up a new strapless bra (can I say that on the internet?) before my upcoming trip to Bermuda, so off to Target I went.

After trying on a million things and returning them to their spot on the floor, I was beginning to feel pretty bummed.  I couldn’t only be getting the thing I came for… I mean, no one even gets to see it.  It’s not fun.  So I picked up fun accessories, toyed with the idea, and put them back.  I probably did this five thousand times.  The sales people definitely thought I was either shoplifting or crazy.  The problem is that it’s hard to shop “for fun” when: 1) you don’t really enjoy shopping and 2) you are on a fixed income.  Fixed at zero.  Luckily I managed to frame two scarves as “Bermuda purchases” (vary up a limited wardrobe! take up no room in the luggage!) Plus I’ve meaning to get scarves for a while, but spending money on a strip of cloth held little interest.

One other item of import: black crackle nail polish.  I’ve been lusting after this for a while as well.  Target didn’t stock OPI, but I settled for Sally Hansen.  A choice I’ll probably regret, oh well.

As for my evening… I watched a hair tutorial here on how to get vintage curls without heat, and am now rocking the ridiculous curls in an elastic look.  I sent a photo to my boyfriend (currently in Indianapolis) to remind him why he should totally miss me.  I’ll share it with you (aka my boyfriend again, because I don’t think anyone else reads this) so, you too, can see what it’s like to date me.  Fabulous.

If you squint real hard, you can see the new nail polish in action!

With that, I bid my adieu.  Good night blogosphere!

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Teaching in Korea

Yes, Busan South Korea looks like this!

I recently graduated from a private, four-year university.  Yes, I’m unemployed.  With student debt! Life is grand, sometimes.

After sending out approximately 50 job applications, I became disheartened.  My career services department was essentially useless.  I realize that in today’s world, 50 job applications is not that many.  The reason I became fed up with this is because I was applying for jobs I did not want… and I still wasn’t getting them.  Anything I wanted was either 1) not hiring or 2) needed experience.  How the heck am I supposed to get experience??

So I started to look towards alternate options.  I had long considered law school, so I am taking the LSAT in October.  Even if I decide against law school, my score will be on file for 5 years.  That’s a long time to change my mind (over and over again).

Teaching English appealed to me.  I studied International Relations at school and have a passion for linguistics and foreign language (currently speak two with knowledge of more).  I welcome the opportunity to be an expat.  And not to lose sight of what matters, I am up to the challenge of teaching students the English language.

But why South Korea?
Teaching in South Korea offers many benefits that could not be found elsewhere:

  1. Paid airfare
  2. Paid housing (which the schools acquire for their teachers)
  3. 50% medical insurance
  4. One of the most competitive salaries for Native English Teachers (NETs)

Some other, more personal, benefits:

  1. I could go and live with my current SO
  2. I would be living in a first-world country
  3. South Korea is NOT like the US
Busan, South Korea looks like this!
Yes, South Korea looks like this! (Busan, SK)

And so last week, I sent out my application to the FBI for a background check (required for a visa).  Many recruiting agencies have been contacting me.  I’ve also spoken with people who have taught in Korea personally, including a lovely couple who offered to find a position for myself/my SO at their school.  At this point, I have to wait for my background check and then get a slew of documents notarized/apostille-d.  But it’s nice to have something to look forward to… a guaranteed job, something different before law school.

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If I can’t master causation rules, then I will bomb the LSAT.

If I bomb the LSAT, I may or may not have mastered causation rules.
If I master causation rules, I may still bomb the LSAT.
If I do well on the LSAT, I will have mastered causation rules.

If I don’t do well on the LSAT I will throw myself over a cliff.
You do the rest.

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