You are my B, Seoul Subway system!!!!

Michelle and I have mastered the Seoul Subway system. We are pros. We can tell you how to get ANYWHERE in this city…well, okay…anywhere near a subway station, that is.

Nevertheless, we’ve impressed a few Seoulites with our under the ground prowess and have made quite a stir with the onlookers, “what are those two American Ajummas doing on the subway alone?!?!?”

We had yet another day of adventures while waiting for Megan’s friends to get off from school. Yes, school on a Saturday.

We sat down and enjoyed some more street food:


Eating boiled fish skin on a stick.


I enjoyed this, especially with the chili oil soy sauce you brush over it!

Then the sweet vendor gave us a special treat:


This is called Sundae

The dish underneath the Sundae is called Ddeokbokki and is perfectly spicy. Ours came with sliced tofu.


This is our sweet vendor:)

After our mid morning snacks, we went to a grocery store and bought some fruit as well as something for Rochelle, but she’ll have to wait to see what awesome thing(s) that is;)

We did some more poking about shops (shopping is the primary pastime of Seoulites, I’ve determined) until we met up with Megan’s friends (so nice). They took us to dinner and we had even more yummy SPICY foods:


And this:


That soup was spicy yum yum with fish intestines. Delish:P

We then took Megan to her new home for the next three months…so cozy:)


While her room might be so small, her friend’s hearts are so big!!! She’s going to have a blast and experience a milliondy lifetimes in her short time here. Unless of course she meets a perfect Opppppa and decides to stay here:)

For your video entertainment, please view Michelle trying the blood sausage when we were still under the impression that the rice noodles were insides of a fish…
Michelle Eats Yummy Korean Street Food

Not very fair of me to post that since she’s come down with a super cold:(

Love you, Michelle!


Know your privilege…esp. when you know you’re privileged…

So, guess what? I have a really great job. One that I love, one that I’m honored to get to do most every day of the week and one that pays pretty darn well considering…*

So great that so far this year, I’ve gone on two vacations, am about to take a third (will get into that later) ANNNNDDD got to attend a week-long conference in Seattle (Renton, actually) that was kinda’ almost like another vacation.

Ellen & I hung out on San Juan Island – Friday Harbor and Roache Harbor

Michael, Ellen & I on the Fairhaven/Bellingham Pier

The Christines

Best coffee in the USA – Nico from Vivace

Paiglet getting ready to dine at The Walrus and the Carpenter

CHARMED…my life.

This last Spring I took a week to trapse around the PNW (P’town, B’ham and S to the Eattle) and had a marvelous time. Thank you very much to family and friends for hosting me (see here).

I convinced my husband to drive with me out to Eastern Washington at the beginning of August. I love road trips, LOVE them. We were in a hurry to get out west, but took our time coming back. Here’s why that was awesome…

When my dad came to the US (from France) in 1947, he moved to St. Maries, Idaho. Growing up, we’d make the annual pilgrimage to St. Maries to visit some of the French relatives that had also emigrated to the US, but decided it was a good to stay in St. Maries (it is very very pretty…not much beats the St. Joe & St. Maries Rivers…c’ept maybe the Spokane, or the Mississippi) ANYWAY… I decided that it would be a swell idea to take that “long cut” on our way back to Minneapolis…so very glad I did.

First lemme tell you, I have a reoccurring dream where I’m flying over the Inland NW. Each time I take the same path. As an adult, I’ve never really been able to figure out where/what that path is, but figured it to be a mash-up of all places in the Inland NW. NOT SO! It’s the drive between Davenport, WA and St. Maries, Idaho!

Past Spokane (where we stopped to say one last goodbye to Rochelle, as well as stop to get some of


and, some of

Past Freeman

We’d stop here, every time, and dad would buy us a Pop Shoppe Soda or a pop-cicle. Yum!

This is at the point where it all began to clear up. I failed to take any more photos (I was driving after all) but suffice to say, it was surreal.

One thing I didn’t realize, my grandmother on my dad’s side is buried in St. Maries.

I knew she’d made it to the US and died a few months later, but guess I never really thought about where she’d been laid to rest.

For that trip, I was gone for two weeks. Far too long to be away from work (esp. when one works in education and one must be preparing for the new school year). But we did get to celebrate my sister Michelle’s birthday by heading to Prosser and checking out some vineyards:

Enjoying Michelle’s birthday:) Airfield

It was swell to hang out in the TriCities with my sister and family. First time for Mark and we were treated like royalty! It was also swell to get to hang out a bit with Ms. Megan as she prepares to move to Seoul, South Korea.

SOOOO, imagine my surprise when my amazing Brother-in-Law and fabulous sister tell me, “HEY! We’re going to spring for your flight and hotel so you can join Michelle as she helps Megan move to Seoul!”

Thank you, Minneapolis Public Schools. I have the best job in the world (and the best boss). We leave in two weeks and I’m determined to record our whirlwind trip here. Stay tuned…

*considering it’s not particularly strenuous, I can get up and go pee whenever I need, I can sit and eat at my desk, no one’s going to die if I make a mistake…

Robbie Loves Michelle

In honor of my sister and brother-in-law’s anniversary I found this:

It reminds me of something I would do…especially the annoying part!

They’re celebrating 27 years…wait? WHAT??? Twenty-seven??? How did that happen?

February 16, 1985

The number one hit that week?

The number one album?

Happy Day to two of my very very favorite people!


Mark just found these photos of Eleanor on the GASSY Walk (round 2007)…

Our Little Eleanor - 2000-2011

Susan, Eleanor & Ringo (me, too!) (2007)

So, as you may imagine. I miss Eleanor. I know it is silly to miss a dog so much, but there you have it.

However, to turn this frown upside down, I offer you a photograph of our newly adopted little girl, Starr:

Our "Porn" Starr (2012)

If I had photoshop, I’d’ve added a little black star to hide her “shame.” But I don’t, so you get her in all her glory…dear lord.

At least we know she’s comfortable here at her new home!