Friday, September 18, 2009

Lesson of the day: writing scripts for commercials
Idiom of the day: None
Video of the day: "wasabi" Budweiser commercial
Lunch: Curry rice, clear clam soup, dteok, kimchi. Actually, lunch was beef bokkumbap (fried rice) with curry, but the lunch ladies made me my own special non-beef steamed rice. I'm pretty over curry rice, but still, they're awesome for doin' it :)
Highlight thusfar: Breakfast -fresh challah french toast with maple syrup, coffee, & OJ

For today's lesson, my kids wrote scripts from the notes they prepared last time on making a commercial. Next week, we'll film their scripts. Hopefully this will go smoothly. Some groups are definitely really into it, and some groups, ones where all 4 kids are low-level speakers, spend a lot of time just sitting there and staring into space. Some commercials I'm looking forward to seeing performed and filmed: Sun Myung Moon (of crazy Moony cult fame) for Taco Bell, "Korean grandmothers" for Samsung cellphones (this group is all boys), and, courtesy of my sassiest kids, Miss Kaye for Jinsoh soju. Can't wait :)

My host brother is still sick, so my host parents are taking him to the doctor today. This sucks for at least 2 reasons: 1) my host brother is the most adorable kid in the universe, and it kills me to see him so totally miserable and 2)my host dad couldn't give me a ride to school, so I had to do the hour-and-a-halfish commute by subway and bus out to Gongju. Fortunately my first class didn't start until 9:30, so I could sleep in until 6:30 and still get there at 9 to prep. Unfortunately it made for a stressful morning, because the bus stop to go toward Gongju is a pretty considerable distance away from the bus stop I stand at every day to go home. Also, the bus number I take was not on the list of buses that stop there. So I was pretty stressed out for a while there.

Fortunately, my happiness about breakfast carried me through the stress. The importance of an American-style breakfast to my happiness cannot be overstated. I've always liked making or going out for big weekend brunches, and my mom made me french toast almost every morning though middle and high school. When I was growing up, my dad and I made frequent trips to local diners for weekend breakfasts, where he'd help me with homework or college applications, or we'd just catch up after a busy week. It's become a weekend tradition for Nick and me, too - creating epic brunches with fluffy ginger peach pancakes, buckwheat blueberry waffles, or crepes loaded with yogurt and fruit, omelets or frittatas, and muffins and/or popovers. Point is, brunch is the greatest meal of all time.
Unfortunately for me, the only place to get pancakes in Daejeon is McDonald's. Listen, I'm not saying I won't do it - because I have. I'm just saying it's not exactly ideal.

This morning, I hacked off a piece of that challah and showed it what it was made for. Oh, man, it was good. I'd planned ahead - at the grocery store yesterday, I bought everything I could possibly need, so I had maple syrup and raspberry jam at my disposal, too. It was amazing. It was food porn. I almost took a picture.

Last night I wrapped up some little challah rolls and a few slices of apple cake to bring to the principal, vice principal, and my coteachers today. It's pretty cute, they've got little ribbons and stuff. Only trick has been trying to find a time to give people stuff - I have a teacher class with my coteachers, so they're easy. But I have yet to corner the P and VP alone, so it won't be awkward that I only have enough for them.

As for the massive challah loaf - I hacked it in half. Since I'm leaving for the weekend and my host fam probably won't eat the whole thing (I'd be surprised if they each have a whole slice, they're definitely rice-based folk), I'll leave half with them and take the other half with me to Seoul. Hopefully it'll still be soft and good tomorrow morning - challah with a little jam and cheese sounds like EXACTLY the sort of thing one should eat for breakfast before a 9:30 service :)

I'm really happy to be getting out of here for the weekend. It'll be my first KTX (high-speed train) to Seoul adventure, an amenity that made Daejeon an ideal placement for me. Being in the middle of the country is great, so long as you're near a major hub like Daejeon - I can be in Seoul in an hour and Busan in under 3. So I'm excited to try out the Korean train system and to get the heck outta dodge. For whatever reason, this has felt like a really long week. Nothing unpleasant has actually happened - just nothing really great, either. Well, besides this morning's aforementioned breakfast. Anyway, it's gonna be great. I'll connect up with some of the Jewish community in Korea, most of whom I assume will be English-speaking, and maybe get myself set up to do some interviews for that article on Jewish life in Korea that I'm planning to write. Plus, I'll get to go out with some ETA chingus, and that's always a good time. We laugh, we whine, we keep each other sane. Can't wait!


Not J. said...

nothing like a 3 hour commute on public transportation to make a week feel long. It is lucky that isn't your regular commute.

Julia said...

So maybe I missed it, but how did your appt with the needle doctor go? And I absolutely concur on your brunch-y goodness analysis. I adore brunch and frankly, folks in New England don't do it enough. Atlanta was all about brunch...Hartford and surrounding suburbs...not so much. I've had to adapt my love of brunch to a love of breakfast. Your challah looked amazing and I'm sure the next day french toast was incredible. And how effin rad is your mom for 1) making you breakfast every morning and 2) making breakfast that was french toast? Incredible!!