Thursday, December 20, 2007

You Better Not Pout...

A holiday song written by our 7th grade girls:

You better watch out
You better not talk
You better not pout, I'm tellin' you why
Mr. Goff is coming to class

He sees you when you're chatting
He knows when you are late
He knows if you've been speaking Korean
So be good for goodness sake!

You better watch out
You better not talk
You better not pout, I'm telling you why
Mr. Goff is coming to class!

Feel the holiday spirit!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A major discovery about jet lag!

Nana and I have been home for a few days now, so you can probably expect some very insightful observations on American reactions to our Korean experiences any time now . . . but it will probably have to come from Nana, seeing as my brain is in a deep fuzz.

In other news, it turns out that a very small percentage of travelers suffering from jet lag don't experience insomnia, but hypersomnia. Guess which of us is the hypersomniac! (Hint: Sure as heck ain't me.)

PS: We've also got some photos about Yeoju to post, but Nana's going to have to write that one, too, since she has some witty stuff to say about Queen Min's assassination. Interest piqued?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Bloggers have Landed!

Home, safe and sound, in Pittsburgh, with only one minor (about 30-minute) delay getting off the ground in Chicago.
It's 9:24 Pittsburgh time. I've been up for an hour after sleeping eleven and Justin is, miraculously, still asleep. We did the math and here are some fun travel-related facts:

- We got up at 6:00 AM Saturday in Seoul, which was 4 PM Friday Pittsburgh time. We finally went to bed in Pittsburgh at 9 PM Saturday, for a total travel time of 29 hours.

- Our flight from Seoul to Tokyo took off at 12:30 (lunchtime) on Saturday, Seoul time. Our flight from Tokyo to Chicago landed at Chicago O'Hare at 11:15 AM on Saturday, Chicago time. So we landed in Chicago an hour before we started our trip.

We got singled out at Chicago customs but not overly harrassed, although one Christmas gift (we'll tell you which one after we give it) did raise an eyebrow. Our two pieces of checked luggage were in the first twelve pieces off the Pittsburgh flight, so evidently somebody up there thought we'd paid our travel dues and let us go home.

Our dog Kipper seems confused -he can't quite remember if he knows us or not. But since we pet him, he's okay with us either way. And we are definitely okay with him! He's a little bigger than we remember (ahem ahem KATHY) but his face is just as cute and his fur is still heavenly.

My apologies if this doesn't make a lot of sense - I've been sick for the last five days and I haven't turned the corner yet. Head cold, fever, joint aches, and a bit of, shall we say, King Sejong's revenge? Getting back here to normal food and, wonder of wonders, A BATHTUB will make all the difference, though, and we hope to get some catch-up blogging in over the next few days.