Category Thoughts & Life Updates

10 Differences Between CA and TX

This is an (albeit delayed) continuation of my previous post about when I moved out of Texas to settle into California. Honestly, I don’t think my day-to-day life is significantly different between the two states. However, here are some things that really stand out to me. Top 10 Noticeable Differences Between CA and TX Dog-Friendly Apartments: Unlike Texas, finding a […]

Grad School Update: Group Work

Today was the last day of my Spring 2016 courses. I’m so happy to be done. *happy dance*  I have less than 3 months left to go, and then I will hold a Master’s Degree. I am pretty excited, but these last two weeks were pretty stressful. The classes I took this semester relied heavily […]

Graduate School

Last summer, my GRE scores were going to expire, and I did not want to retake the test for graduate school. (My scores were really high and I did NOT want to study again.) I decided that it was time to get a Master’s degree–for real this time. Years ago, I had contemplated studying international […]

I swear I’m not a workaholic

I have a problem. While I do not consider myself a workaholic, I have a hard time saying no to work especially when I either (a) care about the job or (b) like my supervisor.  As a result, I have about…four jobs right at this moment. Make that FIVE if you count being a part […]

Views from Windows

I have found myself back in a full-time teaching position. I thought these days were over, and yet, I have never fully left teaching. After all, my first job back in the States was as at an elementary school (with some hilarious kids). One of the first things I did in my new classroom was to look […]

Disappointment in Myself

I have a lot of high expectations for myself. There are lot of things I want to do, goals I want to achieve, and routines I want to create and maintain. I could offer a whole bunch of reasons as to why I’m not meeting my goals, but they would be excuses. I need to move […]

Upcoming Purchases

I recently landed a new job! Not only do I enjoy it, it pays better than any job I’ve had before! It is nice to have a steady pay check (again). With this new-found money, I have quite a few things that I want to buy…so I figured I’d give you an insight into my […]

Reverse Culture Shock: Pangs of Loss

The first couple of months I came back to the United States were the hardest. I struggled to find normalcy in my life. My life had completely changed: I went from a full-time job to having no job. I went from interacting with people in Korean on a daily basis to not hearing Korean at […]

Technical Writing: Beginning of a Journey?

So a few months ago I re-applied to Texas Tech’s program for technical communications. (I had applied three years ago but my application was quickly rejected *sad face*.)  The due date was about two weeks ago, and I still haven’t gotten a response (one way or another). I don’t know if this is a good […]


I don’t remember when I began to like ladybugs, but they are–by far–my favorite insect. In writing that statement, I’m wondering if I first began to like them because of the old movie, Ladybugs. I loved playing soccer and I loved the movie. Rodney Dangerfield is hilarious and everyone loves a cross-dressing teenager, right?  hahaha.  I think […]

Personal Trainer Exam

So, about five weeks ago, I called to make an appointment to schedule my exam to become a personal trainer. The exam is multiple choice and on the computer. I had to take it and pass it before 11th in order for my externship to begin smoothly. I wanted a location near me, and luckily, […]

Licking Hands

One of my part-time jobs is to watch kids in an after-school program. While I am primarily responsible for second graders, the outdoor recess time includes kindergarteners and first graders. I usually stand or sit and monitor them. Needless to say, it’s a fairly easy job and I typically enjoy it. Not too long ago, […]