Wednesday, July 27, 2011

And God smote Seoul...

But seriously. Here's the story in English.

More apocalypse pictures. Man, it is just not a good year for Asia.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday night in

I had been planning to go to tonight's Drum Djam in Dallas, but I'm just coming off a 36-hour sinus pressure migraine and am feeling too sapped to make the 30+ min drive to hang out with a bunch of smokers. (Gross.) I thought hippies cared about the environment and their bodies??

The good news, however, is that my bf helped me fix my fire poi today. They literally flew off the handle in Utah when they burned through the swivel clips, sending hot metal flying onto my leg that left a small, bright purple scar. This time I bought heavy duty swivels from the fire supply site and saved $50+ by not having to buy new poi altogether. Sure, it's 20 minutes of pain-in-the-ass construction, but it's done. And I love my new swivels.

In other news, I picked up a part time job in a call center about a half-hour commute away. There won't be much left after gas and bills, but at least I'll be able to cover those two expenses with a little time left over to continue searching for something more permanent.

I decided yesterday to set some fitness goals because I've been slacking in the last month. I'm going to run a sub-27 5k and a sub-40 5k mud run this year. My single mile record (as an adult) is 8:51, so it's definitely doable. My best 5k is 29 minutes and change, best mud run was 40:51 in April's Warrior Dash.

I just registered this week for the September 24 Patriot Games 5k Mud Run in Sanger. I'm pretty excited because my sis and her bf will be running it, too. She's not a runner, but he's committed to whipping her into shape—I can't wait to see how it goes.

With the heat index at 105+ all month, I haven't been out and am really feeling it. Today I got out and ran a mile. I'm really happy about it because my head was still killing me. Tomorrow I'll run one more, and maybe in a few days I'll acclimate to the heat and start running farther.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Green Elephant Drum Djam

Last night I went to the weekly drum circle at The Green Elephant in Dallas for the first time. Sadly, my fire poi are broken, literally flew off the handle in Utah, so I picked up the fire staff I've not spun in two years. Uninspired, but my throws are a lot better than before. (I broke my nose in color guard in high school and my throws have sucked ever since.)

I'm hoping to get a friend to help me with my poi before next week's gathering. Also, I can bring my hoop, fan veils, balls, and triple poi.

LED poi

Fire poi

Fire poi

Fire fans

LED staff

This is my other favorite. It looks like there are fire dragons flying about.

Fire hoop

Monday, July 11, 2011


Last night I interviewed with a recruiter about going back to Korea. I'm currently job hunting here and willing to relocate pretty much anywhere, but I don't have high hopes. I'm applying for copy editing, copy writing, portrait studios, even dance instructor positions, but it's really hard to get experience without experience. Blurgh.

If I can't find something by the end of the year, I'll probably go back to Korea for the spring semester. I'm looking at Changwon on the southern coast because my best friend is starting there in September, and the winters are a lot milder, which could make all the difference in my enjoyment of the Hermit Kingdom: Round 2.

Tomorrow I'm attending a workshop at my university's career center: "Alumni in Career Transition: Re-entering the Workforce after a Layoff or Time Away" My fingers are crossed, hoping I'll learn something useful. Presently, I'm writing this because I can't quite work up the motivation to bang out another cover letter. It's not as if it would really take very long, but starting is a pain in the ass.

I'm also finding a number of job listings that require PDFs of my past newspaper designs, but I'm not sure I can find any. It's been three years since I did it, and I don't even remember which pages I designed, though I worked on an awful lot of them while I was at UNT. I guess I'll dig through the archives and see if I can come up with anything. Blurgh.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

What the hell, Facebook?

First I get this ad on my homepage...



Tuesday, July 5, 2011


After the beach, we walked up to Jenkinson's Boardwalk for some rocking burgers and ice cream.


Day at the beach

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Holiday traffic turned an hour drive into 90 minutes, but the beach wasn't too crowded, and the weather was great.