Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another Year

You can buy a copy of this print here.

I have much to be thankful for and to celebrate this year. 

Good wishes and happiness to you and yours in this coming New Year.

Or as my family says in Korean, sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo!!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gilt and Glitter

Apologies for the crappy cell phone pics.
My nails are ready to party.  I used these Salley Hanson Salon Effects nail polish strips last night and am feeling a wee bit conspicuous working with disco glitter nails.
I tore through my closet last night trying to decide what to wear for this weekend's New Year's party.  The subsequent pile of clothes that was added to the "I just got back from the holidays and am not really unpacked" pile of clothes is threatening to take over the bedroom.  The only serviceable item I found was a skirt.  That's it.  Obviously I need something to wear on top but I didn't like anything enough to wear to the party.  I don't know why I do this to myself every year.
Someone recently told me that they truly dislike New Year's Eve because of all the pressure surrounding this holiday.  There's so much energy put into planning and outfits and dates and making it a spectacular event.  It's sometimes almost a forced celebration.  I understand what they're saying but for me this is truly one of my favorite times of the year.  I've been lucky enough to spend past New Year's fetes with Jon as well as my brother and sister-in-law and this year will be no different.  I've decided I'm not going to worry about what to wear to the party.  I'm just glad I get to be there with everyone to celebrate this very amazing year with the people that I love best.

Monday, December 26, 2011


This was at the front door of my parents' home waiting to greet us.

Back in Brooklyn.  I miss Jon and my family and friends already.  I'll be back for a quick trip this weekend for New Year's so thankfully I won't have to miss them for too long.  Anyhow, some photos from the trip back to Ohio.

Cats in clothing will always be funny.

Jon made some gift tags.

So did my brother.

The dapper Kim men (and my dad in his traditional Christmas outfit).

The Kim family!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Heading Home

From my neighborhood, an Asian Frosty.
I head back to Ohio very early tomorrow morning for the holidays.  There are many plans already made for time with friends and family but, as always, there never seems to be enough time to see everyone that I want to see. 
There are plans for church, twice (!!!) this holiday weekend.  My brother and sister-in-law will be with me and, as Jon pointed out, this year I'll be attending with an extra piece of jewelry so some of the usual questions will avoided. 
But then again, what holiday wouldn't be complete with the nosy questions of the ajummas at my parents' church? 
Enjoy the holiday! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I Like You Maude + Steve Burns

Do you remember Blue's Clues?  Do you remember the very charming and wide-eyed host from the show, Steve?  I certainly do thanks to a part-time preschool teaching gig in college.  Steve was the one thing that kept me sane when the children insisted on watching this show. 
He eventually left the show and released a pretty good album (of course I bought it) called Songs for Dustmites in 2003.  I hadn't heard what he was up to after the album was released until recently.  Tonight he is the featured story teller at the monthly storySLAM held at Park Slope's Tea Lounge, I Like You Maude.  The event starts at 7:30 and is FREE.  Come out if you can.  Should be a good time.

Monday, December 19, 2011


Photo courtesy of Carlos M Silva

My dear friend threw a 1940's themed holiday party.  We ran out of whiskey (twice!) and danced up a storm - salsa, cumbia, bachata and merengue.  My friend and I also got down with some serious swing dancing.  Such a great party with some awesome people.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Weekend

Me and Jon at Top of the Rock
This week has been filled with finishing up holiday shopping and getting healthy (read: online shopping in loungy clothes with the cat on my lap and getting as much sleep as possible). 
I finally read this book and now have an extra big girl crush on Mindy Kaling
I also spoke with two of my very talented friends and did some major wedding planning.  I've known them both for almost 10 years (holy crap) and trust them completely.  I know what you're thinking.  Two conversations and what, the wedding is planned?  Not entirely, but with their help and advice some big decisions have already been made.  They are so good at what they do as well as extra reassuring.  After talking to them my initial anxiety and dread about planning a wedding is gone.  Jon and I are getting really excited.
This weekend there are parties and holiday bazaars to attend as well as some major cookie baking (these look amazing).  I'm really looking forward to see my friends before we all disperse across the country for the holidays.
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Pardon the non-holiday themed picture.
My family doesn't make a big deal out of Christmas.  When my brother and I were younger they did the whole tree + Santa + presents thing.  It was great but the Santa thing died when we were really young and it's all my fault.  One Christmas Eve when I was about six years old I woke up to go to the bathroom.  On my way there I looked down the hall to the living room and the sparkly Christmas tree and discovered my parents wrapping the presents.  Naturally I had to wake up my little brother to show him.  We whispered about our disappointment and dismay to each other for a minute before going back to bed, promising not to tell mom and dad that we knew the truth.  We acted appropriately surprised the next morning but it was really never the same.  I think we told them a few weeks later that we knew the truth.  I remember them being very surprised.  The tree and piles of presents starting going away when we started puberty and cash was suddenly more desirable than toys.
Anyhow, we may not have a Christmas tree or tons of presents but honestly I prefer it that way.  It's clear that we have made the trip back home to spend time with each other and we do, without any pressure to set the perfect holiday tableau.  However, this does not mean that we are devoid of holiday traditions.
Every year when we roll up the driveway to my parents' home the four foot tall light up Frosty the Snowman is set up right by the entrance to the house.  This thing has been with us for a long time, long enough that I remember being the same height as Frosty.  I also remember one year when I positioned the thing right outside my brother's closed bedroom door.  When he opened the door and was met face to face with this large unnatural round head with eyes of coal he yelled and fell back, obviously scared out of his mind.  Naturally I found this hilarious and, I'm sorry to say, am chuckling about it as I write this (sorry Danny!).
We attend Christmas Eve service together at the Korean-American church of my youth and adolescence (yup, former church girl) where the ajummas come over and immediately ask me (in this order) how old I am now, if I have a boyfriend, and when I'm getting married.  All this while I give my brother and mother pointed looks silently pleading for help. 
But the best part of Christmas Eve service is this.  My dad wears his burgundy velvet blazer and vintage holiday tie every single year.  I will share a picture before the end of the year.  It's the raddest holiday outfit you will ever see and for me, it wouldn't be Christmas without it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Feeling Almost Normal

I know it's a mustache and they are played out but it was on the glass - what else is one supposed to do?


It's been an eventful week.  Jon and I talked about what we did during this most recent visit.  Here's how it went.

S: We got sick and haven't done anything.
J:  We went to the New Museum and went down a slide.
S:  We did noooothing.
J:  We went to the Gloggfest and Bar 4 to see our friends.
S:  We got sick and did nothing!
J:  You went skateboarding with your girlfriends.
S:  We did nothing because we were sick!
J:  We got engaged!!!

So there you have it.  We are engaged.  

And then we got sick and did nothing.  For almost the entire week.  I had to call off work for three days and hadn't been this sick in a long time.  I told Jon it was nice that he was here to take care of me but then he pointed out that I probably wouldn't have gotten sick if he hadn't come to visit.  That's probably true but all the time we spent together was totally worth the week's worth of illness.

More soon.  xo

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Short Respite

I'm taking a little time away from blogging as Jon is in town for the next week or so.  We've already done so much and his trip has only begun.  We've been to The New Museum and slid down Carson Höller's 3 story slide.  Jon braved the sensory deprivation tank.  We rearranged the kitchen and made plans for improvements to the rest of the apartment.  We stopped to take a look at the tree at Rockafeller Center, helped make Swedish open-faced sandwiches for our friends' Glöggfest, and had a very sweet and special walk by the East River in Williamsburg (more on that later). 
We have a lot more fun stuff planned for this week and a lot of celebrating to do.  So, I will see you in a week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

On Waiting

I'm having a difficult time concentrating today.  Jon arrives this evening and every time I think of finally seeing him in person my stomach drops a little with anticipation and excitement.  I hate that we have 550 miles between us but I'm thankful that the excitement of being together hasn't lessened in the 1+ year we've been together. 
I keep going over all the things that we have planned for this visit.
Friday I am taking off work and we are heading straight to the New Museum in the morning to beat the crowds for Carson Höller's installation.  Later that evening we have our friends' annual Glöggfest (!!!) to attend in Bushwick and then a trip to Park Slope for another friend's performance of a live instrumental soundtrack to a silent movie at Bar 4 (event info here). 
We've RSVP'd for the New York premier of Girl Walk All Day, a feature length dance music video shot all over New York and set to Girl Talk's album All Day.  The premier is being held at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple on December 8.  This event is free and there is a party afterward.  You can see the trailer for the movie here and RSVP for the event here
We have tickets for Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal's comedy show, Pretty Good Friends, at The Bell House on December 11th. 
I want to skate at this ice skating rink, go Christmas shopping at the Brooklyn Flea at Skylight One Hanson, and stay out all night dancing with my dude.
Just 10 more hours to go.
* Lisa's sister is visiting this weekend as well.  We figured out that she and Jon are on the same flight into NYC.  Lisa gave her sister instructions to yell Jon's name out at the airport and then run away to see if he notices.  I told him to look for someone who looks like Lisa.  We're picking them up together this evening.