Well first things first. This weekend was yet another spent in Seoul yet not by choice. My original plan was to stay home, pack, clean, hit the jimjilbang (Korean bath house) for a workout and tub soak, and try my hand at new recipes. I wanted to just have a relaxing weekend inside but sadly, Jess’ cousin died and she was extremely sad so we went to Seoul to distract her. Alas, my quiet weekend did not go as planned. But at least I was fly.
Now we get to the funny part
I spent most of the day in Seoul wishing that I could be at the jimjilbang exercising and then having a nice soak in the tub. So today, I made it my business to get to the gym and work this body! It was lovely. 150 plus sit ups, arms, 20 min intervals, 20 minute elliptical, and about 10 on the bike. I was all hype and ready to get in the tub. Went to my locker and got naked and right as I am prancing my naked body to the tub, I hear:
My heart starts beating fast as hell. Here I am assed and vagina-ed out right in front of one of my ex students. So of course I try to play it off like I’m not uncomfortable.
“Hello honey, how are you”
“I am fine and you”
“O I am very well. Are you here alone” (hoping mom isn’t about to come from around the corner”
“No, Shaina Teacher, this is my sister”
“OOOO Hi” (lord have mercy lets all see naked Shaina)
Finally, I make my way to the bath and away from the prying eyes of the 11 year old girl who interestingly enough did not seem fazed at all by the naked black woman in front of her. My bath and relaxation was wonderful and just when I was feeling like everything was ok, guess who runs passed me naked… yep my student, “GOODBYE SHAINA TEACHER”. I would have been arrested for exposing myself to a minor if I was in the USA. I mean, it really shows you how different the culture is. You can see women of all ages bonding and bathing together completely comfortable and naturally in this country, when in America (which is much more sexually liberal than Korea) you wouldn’t really see such things. The Bath houses will def be in the top 10 things I will miss about Korea, but not seeing my students there!
Anyway, now that I am home and relaxing, I had time to cook some yummy dinner and clean the house. I made chicken Alfredo (sans pasta noodles of course... CARB DEATH) with broccoli, bacon, red peppers, and cherry tomatoes. It was luscious. And later I am planning on dipping into my guilty pleasure bag. But not too much chocolate before I go to sleep!!
Why?? Because obviously when I have chocolate right before bed, I get engaged to tall white bald men. Let me explain. Last night I had a dream that Rob and I were going to get engaged. I just KNEW it was coming. I felt it. Then he bought me a small toy car for Christmas and told me not to look in it (yea right). I looked in and saw the ring. I WAS SO EXCITED. Two days later when the man asked me to marry him it was NOT Robert, it was some white guy named Robert. Now I can honestly say that my unconscious mind was pissed off (I felt uncomfortable), but dream Shaina was happy as pie, just like if it was Rob. WTF. Big beautiful ring too with a blue diamond. What the hell.
So yea, no mas chocolate antes de dormir porque tengo pesadillas sobre hombres blanco. So all in all the weekend was kind of a decent. Next weekend, no one will talk me out of staying in Cheongju and relaxing!