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The self-hosted blog

Hey, so with the whole mess going on with Facebook, personal data, etc., is the self-hosted blog coming back? Please do.

I’m currently having a surge of … nostalgia? due to migrating my posts from all over the internet to this blog. Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, what have you. I’m still hunting them all down. The posts stretch back YEARS. It’s a bit crazy to read the thoughts of my teenage self, follow her all the way through university, her first job after, etc. Is it “her” or “me”?

Anyway. DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK

Post-health exam lunch

Another year, another annual health exam for my job contract. I went at around 3 pm, after an early breakfast and no lunch. 8 hour fast! I then stopped by a nearby restaurant for 돈가스 (don-kas-s) for 6,000 won. So many side dishes! I felt a bit guilty for being a solo table getting all these side dishes. But! I wasn’t the only solo table, so I guess it’s okay.

I don’t really care for all that sauce. Maybe I should ask for no sauce next time, but then again dish modifications are an only-in-America thing. I think?

Backing up photos etc

I’m trying to back up all my photos. Really should print them out occasionally, but it’s hard to do so as a perpetual expat. It’s a shame that I don’t have a whole lot of them. I know there’s developed film photos from high school and before, but it’s almost like I didn’t exist between the years 2004-2014. Ten years!

Here’s a photo I found from when I was waitressing in Los Angeles. This was in 2013. I clearly remember how much I HATED how I looked – I thought I looked unpolished, etc. (You know … youth is wasted on the young.)

I also imported my old Blogger.com entries to this blog, spanning from 2002 to 2014. I had two blogs then: one was called Operating Instructions, the other was called Penjual Antarabangsa (International Seller). It’s funny and slightly embarrassing to look back at them now.

Gran Hotel

My new thing has been watching Gran Hotel on Netflix.

Thoughts:

  • Ugh, I just want the lead couple to be together!
  • The lead villain is the WOOOOORST
  • This is the most dysfunctional/scheming family ever. Bluths who?
  • PUTA

Season 1 was great, and I gotta say, Season 3 turned into a bunch of what-the-fuck. Plotlines picked up and discarded here and there. Whatever. It’s still fun. And yes, satisfactory ending.

New-ish computer

I’m not sure, but I think this is my fourth custom build. In the background, you can see a bit of my old, massive ATX case, and big Cooler Master Hyper 212 CPU cooler. I’m working on my ridiculously overpriced (because it was new and out of production) mini-ITX LGA 1150 Z board. My i5-4670K does everything I want at the moment, so no point in paying $$$ for even more overpriced (because of cryptomining) parts.

But now my computer is in the much smaller Silverstone SG13 case! The idea is that I’ll only need to bubble-wrap this and take it with me in a suitcase. In contrast, I had to disassemble my entire ATX in order to bring it from California to South Korea, and then I also had to buy a new case in South Korea.

Cat teeth scaling

Captain – my second cat – has been having awfully smelly breath for a while now. When I first adopted him from the shelter, he was already full-grown, had lived in several places, and already had a teeth plaque problem. The vet said a scaling wasn’t necessary just yet. Anyway, this week I decided that alright, let’s get this stinky breath FIXED. A different vet at the same clinic agreed that yes, it was time for a scaling, and also some periodontal disease meds.

I showed up at my reservation time of 11:30 am, and Captain went off for his blood draw. I stayed at the clinic for about 15 minutes, waiting for the bloodwork to be done. Everything was a go, except for the creatinine levels, which was at 1.9, when the recommended range was 0.8-1.8. Not too high, so it’s fine. But I’m going to have to figure out how to get him to drink more water. I’ve already been mixing in lots of water in his wet food? Ugh, I don’t know. So I signed the authorization papers for anesthesia and scaling (this was surprisingly in English, perfect English!), and was told to come pick him up anytime after 5 pm.

The process is much cheaper than in the US. It cost me 77,000 won for the actual scaling. And 55,000 won for the bloodwork.

Earlier that day, I had just gotten a vaccination for myself. 170,000 won! A bit of a pricey day for both the human and one of her animals.