Monday, October 24, 2011
"Looks like someone's got a case of the Mondays"
Welcome to Monday! I hope that your weekend went swimmingly.
Mine was alright. I had great trouble shaking off the horrible fucking cold that's been following me about all bloody week. On Saturday the Bird and I went and met newlyweds Stu and Yoi...who had come to Korea as part of their honeymoon. I can't think of a less romantic intrusion on your honeymoon than some runny-nosed fucktard dribbling on about the various sites and attractions as he waddles about Seoul. Still...it's their honeymoon isn't it? Of course it bloody well is! We had a nice enough time, in spite of The Bird wanting to jump off a building because Gyeongbokgung was closed (we got there at 5...it closes at 6...but they don't let anyone in at 5), and the amazing restaurant that she read reviews for had closed down. We ended up wandering across to Insadong and then headed to Hongdae for some scran. It was great to see people from home...and to show them a little of Seoul. It was as nice a Saturday as I've had in some time.
Sunday was the opposite of Saturday. I stayed in aside from a couple of necessary excursions around my gaff....one for lunch...and another for dinner and a trip to Homeplus. Stu and Yoi had gifted us some tea (I told you they were thoughtful) so I went to homeplus to buy a kettle. Yeah...I ken what you're thinking...and no...I don't understand how I managed three and a half years living in a house without a kettle. So I had some tea...and read a book. I've been reading a lot lately. Mostly non-fiction...and the odd piece of fiction to supplement it. There's nowt more splendid than sitting at home with a good book and a cup of tea! Perhaps I'm showing signs of becoming elderly when I express ideas like that? Oh well. I'm not getting any younger dear Burnfans...let's all agree on that!
Today is Monday...and my cold has retreated a little. I feel quite chipper...which after three classes with YouYou is nothing short of a miracle. She still shits me to tears. It's the little things gentle reader...the way that she changes what we agreed to in our Friday meeting in the middle of the lesson...and then pretends that it's what we agreeed to all along. The way that she teaches the kids how to pronounce everything in the most ridiculous fashion...so that if any of them follow her style...they'll end up sounding like fools. Fortunately, she's such a terrible teacher that none of the students are in danger of actually learning anything from her...so we remain safe.
All in all...everything's good. The prospect of returning home for a year is looming larger each week...as I try to work through what I will do with all of the shit that I've accumulated over the years. I figure I can easily lend my computer, monitor/hd tv and xbox to a lucky long-term punter...which would give me the benefit of knowing that it's all being looked after while I am away. The other shit...like drying racks, the oven, cutlery and crockery, and a lot of clothes...are a more difficult proposition. I don't want to buy everything again when I come back...but at the same time...I don't know of anywhere that offers storage in Korea...and The Bird couldn't think of anywhere either. Starting this weekend...I'm going to start sorting the apartment out...and throwing shit away that I don't use/need/want to take with me.