Weekend update

The weekend’s almost over, and no war yet. All the talk of South Korea/North Korea playing their game of brinkmanship is making everyone anxious, but not panicking. This happens every year. That said, this summer’s edition is unusually intense.




I took Whiskey to the vet because he kept scooting his (clean) butt on the carpet and couch cover. I got some meds for him, and I hope it’s treating an actual condition. I would hate it if the butt-scooting is just a bad habit of his. The vet said that the anal glands were clear, and there’s no worms … so the medication was to get rid of a “protozoa infection” (according to Google Translate). I haven’t seen any butt-scooting since Thursday, so I’m hoping it worked. But maybe I just haven’t seen him.



The guilty party.



I made some Irish soda bread on Saturday, mixing three flours: Korean “strong”/high-protein flour (강력 밀가루), King Arthur Flour whole wheat, and King Arthur Flour rye flour. Not bad. Better than my previous attempt with Korean whole-wheat flour, which came out yellow (?), probably because there wasn’t any wheat germ in it? I don’t know.

Cheese is a luxury here, but I splash out every now and then on a block of Cathedral strong cheddar from Homeplus. Korean-style bacon (not the BBQ “bacon” aka samgyeopsal) is thinner and doesn’t seem to cook as easily, which is suspicious. I eat it anyway.

Dental scaling

I went for a general dental appointment today. Ow. It’s right up there as my most efficient but painful dental appointment. Walked in without an appointment, filled out my name/ARC number/address/phone number, and signed.  Sat for about 5 minutes, and then got called in, someone went at me with dental equipment, and I paid.

It would have cost 60,000 won out of pocket. But with my Korean national health insurance, it ended up costing me 24,000 won. Which is pricier than the 15,000 I was told to expect. Hm. Next time, I’ll try out a different dentist. I don’t even know when I can go for my next subsidized cleaning.

iCing Grapefruit


iCing grapefruit-flavored “ade” (ade as in lemonade, but it’s grapefruit!), the cheapest non-beer thrill at 7-11. It’s 4.5%, and only 1,300 won! (That’s 1.09 usd)

The next step up is a tin of Somersby Apple Cider at 3,300 won. That’s supposed to be a rare treat. Sometimes, it’s on sale at 10,000 won for 4 cans. I never buy 4 cans because I’m not an alcoholic, duh!