Spring and a Few Thoughts on Happiness

I recently listened to the audiobook of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Although gimmicky (Rubin spends a year trying various projects to enhance her happiness), the book made me think a lot about my own life and what makes me happy. And many of the things that make me happiest are not necessarily things I like doing right in that moment – exercising consistently, practicing viola consistently, keeping the house clean, waking up at a regular and fairly early hour. With that in mind, I started two different groups on Facebook to help me stick to my exercise and practicing goals. I like to do those activities alone, but I also need accountability and some social interaction. The practice club is a week old and it’s been great so far. The three of us are working through the Flesch scale book, one key per weekday, and checking in with each other when we’re done. The exercise group just started today, so I’ll have to let you know later how it goes. It helps that I’m in Korea, since I’m 13 hours ahead of the U.S. east coast and feel pressured to lead the way with my routines. Continue reading “Spring and a Few Thoughts on Happiness”

Out of the Hotel

We got our house last Thursday, October 8. I’ve got a few pictures for you, but I’ll hold off on more until we have our household goods (HHG) and we’re more settled in. It looks pretty barren at the moment. We met the people from the housing office here at 1:00, where they took us through the paperwork and showed us around. Although the individual rooms are small, there’s plenty of storage and I think we’ll be happy here. Like any home, there are good and bad things. Most of the bad things I already knew about, like the linoleum floors over concrete and the tiny bathrooms with very little counter space (and the tiniest little medicine cabinets I’ve ever seen!). The not-so-great surprises: the crappiest parking space imaginable, in a corner of the parking lot that is a pain in the ass to maneuver out of – can’t wait for snow and ice!; compact fluorescent bulbs in every room so each room is awash in stark white intense light; the shower in the master needing an extra-long shower curtain after I’d already bought and put up a regular sized (short) one; having to buy a microwave. Continue reading “Out of the Hotel”

Traveling on the Patriot Express

View from the plane flying into Korea
View from the plane flying into Korea

We booked a hotel near the Seattle airport for Monday night. We were supposed to check in between 2:30 and 5:30am for the AMC (Air Mobility Command) flight, also known as the Patriot Express, so we decided to go at a slightly later time and deal with however long lines we had to. We got up at 3 and took the hotel shuttle to the airport at 4. By the time Domingos tracked down a cart, we basically walked through the very short line and were checked in immediately! I was definitely glad we had decided to go on the later side. We breezed through security (though I really missed TSA Precheck!), had some breakfast, and lounged around on quite comfortable chairs until the flight left.

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