Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Things Women Don't Do Anymore...

  1. Cook. Lot's of you all keep sweaters in your stove.
  2. Clean. 
  3. Stay at home.
  4. Wear dresses/dress conservatively. Leave something to the imagination ladies!
  5. Be polite and considerate. Let's be honest, women are brutal to one another.
  6. Write "Thank You" letters. Yes ladies, you still HAVE to do this!
  7. Stay pure until marriage.
  8. Uphold your man for something more than his wallet.
  9. Have clean mouths. *&$% that annoys me! :)
  10. Act lady like. And you all wonder why he doesn't show you respect....? Hmmm.
I had to make this post when I realized other people think the same way I do. Twitter today had a hot topic of things women don't do anymore. So I thought I would elaborate. I believe lots of values and traditions have went down the tube as of the last 30 years or so. Women simply aren't conforming to "old" ways and womens roles as they used to. I think this is fine in certain respects but above all we should still remain polite and kind.

I guess maybe laziness has gotten the best of us. Everything is instant nowadays. From email to dinner. If it's not easy... We don't want it. I understand not being very good at something... Like cooking. But many people simply don't want the hassle or the mess. As far as the working aspect goes... Women are go getters! They are going to college, getting their degree, making a solid foundation for themselves and then pursuing husbands! I am proud of all you hard working career women. Keep it up!

This time last year our Company Commander had to send out an email on proper etiquette! I mean wow! I honestly thought that the things mentioned in this email were "common knowledge." Apparently I was wrong. The things mentioned where like the list above. It's not that I want to time travel back 50 years or anything but women back then seemed to have it figured out.

I will get off my soapbox now. I just thought I would see if anyone else still cooks and cleans... Just wondering... I am becoming obsolete?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

                                    ***I've officially given in to Christmas music!***

If you can't tell by the title of this post... It's cold outside. As a matter of fact, less than 5 minutes ago my husband alerted me we are having our first snow of the 2010 winter season! The winters here in Korea aren't to be taken lightly... Heavy coats and boots are a must!

Today was a really great day despite it being a Monday. Tyler got the afternoon off! So he relaxed and I began prep for our Thanksgiving dinner. I made homemade noodles today! Here's a pic of me hard at work!

                                                        And people say housewives don't work :)

We are expecting 8 or so guests! We must be very popular. I just wish I had a bigger oven. Tyler is really looking forward to Thanksgiving. I hope I can give the boys a "family" like Thanksgiving. I know how hard it is being away from home. I will of course post pictures!

Tonight we went out bowling with Morris and a few other people from Tyler's work. I am sooo bad at bowling but I had a great time. Watching was more fun than actually bowling! It was a great start to the week.

Well it's after ten... I'm wore out! Tomorrow holds laundry, pie crust making and prepping for a dinner we are hosting Wednesday night. Good nite all!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Flash Forward

People always say, "Don't wish your life away." I believe this saying goes out the window when you haven't seen your family or visited your hometown in a year! Don't get me wrong I am grateful for all that we have been given in terms of the Army but, it doesn't make us "not miss home" just because we are well taken care of. But it does make it easier to bear.

Army life is hardest on those who are tightly connected to their loved ones. Like us. Many young women and men join because of a lack of family structure. This is not our particular case. Tyler and I have a niece and a nephew whom we've never met. Just take a minute and imagine that... Yep. It's hard. We have gotten stronger as a couple and as individuals because of this lifestyle. At first you just want to reach out to your family and because of this, you tend to push each other away. After you finally come to realize that your family can't be there for you, you lean on one another and you grow. That's the short of it anyway.

Tyler and I want so badly to flash forward. We have missed so much in respect to our "old" life. I honestly have to ask my sister to tell me the popular songs on the radio. My brother and Marissa bought a house and have remodeled it. The twins were born. Reese and Emersen are growing and changing. My dad has had surgery. The list goes on and on. I try not to let it get to me all that often. But I simply can't be happy all the time.

In 38 days we will be HOME! I sincerely hope that a few things work out to our advantage in the next few months. If these things happen, we will be much closer to our family. As always in the Army, you have to remind yourself, out loud, "Don't get your hopes up."

Somethings, besides family and all that comes with it, that I miss are...

  • Sonic
  • Drive Thru's
  • Shopping Mall's
  • The English Language
  • Normal television
  • Long drives
  • My car
  • Being able to drive period!
  • The radio
  • Being somewhere that I can actually go back to school!
  • Normal traffic and road signs
  • Regular Starbucks!
  • Walmart
Seoul is a great city... But it's definitely some place we would ever want to come back to. You just can't begin to imagine how excited we are to come back. We talk about it at least three times a week if not more. Now, when I hear the National Anthem, I honestly and truly appreciate it. Not that I didn't before, the Army just has a way of doing that too you :)

As of right now I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner that we are hosting and having over our closest friends we've met here in Seoul. I really can't wait to cook! After that, our visit home will only be a few weeks away and it should be nothing but clear skies ahead. We are scheduled to leave Seoul in July 2011. As far as the near future goes... Today I am babysitting the Aldarondo boys! They are so darn cute! I'm hoping to get a few shots of them in action :)  And next week Tyler and I have a political meeting of some kind next week and at the end of next week we have a 4 day weekend!

                                                                  Isn't she sweet!?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Olympic Park!

Weird modern art...

The picture below is of the flags of all the countries that participated in the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Tyler and the ever burning Olympic fire!