So this is a post where I just ramble on and on and on… aimlessly. I’m actually coming down with the flu and took Nyquil Nighttime Relief just two hours ago. That stuff is strong, and I expect to be knocked out pretty soon. But I haven’t been updating this blog as much as I’d like to recently, and I just wanted to give a quick shout out to let everyone know that I am indeed alive.
I’ve been working some pretty crazy hours at work lately, and thus I fell behind on, you know, the more important aspect of my so-called life, like holiday shopping, drama watching, blog updating, celebrity gossip hunting, etc. In fact, I just realized that Electric Ground’s official first anniversary has just passed and gone, and I forgot to dedicate anything to it. Bad blogger, bad! Umm, so Happy Birthday, Blog!
I am painfully aware that I am very behind on all the November posts (to the right), and as I have more time this week, I plan to try to get as many of them done as humanly possible. I want to apologize in advance for being so late again.
I have been frantically reading the The Moon That Embraces the Sun during my commute to and from work, and as of now, I think I will be on schedule to meet our first Book Club meeting on December 5. How is everyone else enjoying it so far? I’m finding that it is not such a easy read, and as I know that many people who requested a copy of the book are those who are currently learning Korean, I suspect it may be a tough challenge. Just wanted to encourage everyone not to give up!
What else? Oh yes, dramas. I’m so behind on drama watching too, but I recently marathoned through 6 episodes of the 2010 (or was it 2009?) drama Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors. Pretty good! I’d definitely recommend it. I watched the first four episodes months ago, and got bored by the repetitive, over-sensationalized, overdramatized storyline, but it definitely improved in the latter episodes. Lesson learned on approaching dramas with a bias.
By the way, does anyone want to join a two-person subbing team consisting so far of myself and… myself? I watched an old Drama City episode called Anagram a few month agos, and it’s pretty effin’ awesome! So awesome that it’s giving me the itch to sub it. I couldn’t find any subs available (please correct me if I’m wrong!), and I think this is a show that needs to be watched. I will translate myself, but if you can lend me your talent by timing the show, well, you’d be effin’ awesome as well.
You wanna hear something pretty crazy? So remember how our family made our kimjang kimchi in early October? Well, just two weeks later, our local Asian grocery store (those living in the States may be familiar with H-Mart) had a nappa cabbage sale. We bought a box of nappa cabbages for around $25, but the price dropped to $10.99 in a matter of two weeks. My mom, being the crazy Korean ahjumma she is, could not pass up on this offer, especially since she had an extra $2.00 off coupon to go with it. So, our family made another box of kimchi that month in October.
A few weeks ago, the price dropped even further to $5.99, and frankly, this is one of the lowest price I’ve seen for nappa cabbages in recent years. Korean ahjummas everywhere went crazy, and my mom’s Korean ahjumma co-workers were literally calling each other just to update each other on how the latest batch of nappa cabbages were. They’d ask, “How are the colors, are the cabbages filled to the core?” Needless to say, at the end of that weekend, we had yet another fresh new box of kimchi stored in our kimchi fridge.
Anyway, Grandma Blue seasoned the kimchi herself, and while making it, she told me about how back in the old days, it used to taste amazing when she’d add fresh pollack in her kimchi. Coincidentally, 1 Night 2 Days recently featured a Kimchi Road special, and I was amused to find pollack kimchi to be one of the featured recipes from the Gangneung region. Granted my grandma is not from Gangneung, but when Lee Seung Gi said his grandma also puts pollack in their family kimchi, I knew we were fated to be.
Which made me wonder why Grandma Blue doesn’t use that recipe for us anymore. My mom testified that it was indeed amazing, but of course, I got the short end of the stick because I never got to try it. Her reason? “Ehh, you can’t find fresh pollack like that anywhere in the U.S.” I wanna taste pollack kimchi, wahhhh! Never mind I don’t even like pollack, or fish… unless they’re raw. Mmmm, sushi and sashimi.
If you are forced to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would you choose? I think I’d choose sushi. Or sashimi. With rice.