I've been in the US for about 6 days now. I'm happily consuming, sleeping, consuming and sleeping. Here's a quantitative list of accomplishments since christmas day when I arrived:
$50 at Trader Joes
3+ hours of Television including 2 episodes of what not to wear and 4 episodes of silver spoons
4 pairs of Shoes
1 bag of baked cheetos consumed
1 bag of baked cheetos stowed for return to Korea
3 hours in Target clearance sale shopping.
3 movie theaters
2 trips Red Robin and 400 steak fries in my belly.
2 malls conquered
12 cherry diet cokes
6 lime diet cokes (PS. black cherry vanilla diet coke has ceased to exist in the 10 short months I've been gone. why?)
400 bubble gum bubbles
6 old navy undershirts
1 morning at the temple
10 crest whitestrips applied
2 hours of driving in a car with music
2 fights with family that involved tears
3 best friends visited and loved
unmeasurable amounts of english english everywhere!
contented sigh. life is easy good when it's vacation in americation. I'm tired all the time because it's never the right bedtime. I'm a little bit afraid of how hard it might be to get on the plane next saturday. I never realized before how much I've stopped listening...when everything is in a foreign language you get pretty used to following non-verbal clues...so it's strange to be dumped back into a place where verbal clues matter. I stole a very cute boy's french fries at the airport because I wasn't listening to the number. I didn't remember to pick up my change from a $20 because the tab was $10 and we don't have anything higher than a 10 in Korea. I'm surprised at how much money tipping at a restaurant takes and how expensive popcorn is at the theaters here. I'm surprised at how little I care about eating "American" food. It's strange to be back where I am nothing special just because I have blond hair. I'm also a little surprised to remember how good it feels to be with my family, embroiled in their lives and part of the silliness that is us. A wonderfully surprising way to ring in 2008.