Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The first time Alice and I were really able to talk was at the reception of my cousin Quinton's wedding. Mom and Taylor were off getting food and talking. Dad was talking to family andt he rest of the people at the table had no interest in us at the moment. Sooo, we started talking! About anything! About Korean technology, about her talking dictionary that plays music, movies, and has navigation in it as well. About cell phones, Samsung (Korean), LJ (Korean), and Nokia (not Korean). About what the normal Korean high schooler/college student always has, like a cell phone, mp3 player, PMP (like a DVD player, I think?), TV, and computer/laptop. Not too different from America, aye? When we got hungry, Alice and I went to get our own food. (The food was great!) I noticed what she tasted and what she didn't, and we might have talked a little about food. It ws all chill and good. Because everyone else in the family was off doing their own thing for an hour or so at the reception, Alice and I stayed together for the whole time. She stuck with me wherever I went, and it was a good bonding time, even if it was shallow for the time. In the car rides around town, we shared music, and that's almost always a great way to get to know someone and to find some similarities between people.
Back at the hotel, Alice looked up a PMP on the internet to show me what it was. She also showed me some of her favorite pictures on her blog. She and I had our cameras out and we took some fun pictures of the three of us girls (for Taylor was of course with us now). We watched TV and just hung out. It was cool.
Back at home, I didn't see Alice during the day because of school, but when she and Taylor would come home, sometimes when she wasn't studying, I got to hang out with Alice. We had one long conversation about Korean dramas (movies), actors, singers, who was cute and who Alice thought was cute but really wasn't. That was a lot of fun and it was a great connecting conversation. Sometimes, we would both be doing homework at the same table and we would take periodic breaks and chat, or she would ask me to quiz her for her Bible verse memorization.
Know how the Japanese are all into cute? They have so many cute little cartoon characters and things? Alice is the same way. Cute is a big deal to her. Nearly everything she showed me from Korea was killer cute. (I don't know if I could take it much if I lived there.) She loves little cute things, and I think it's adorable of her, even though it is different from anyone I know. Alice is very cute herself and she can be pretty funny. Dad always told me that she doesn't talk much, but she became all chatty when she to comfortable with me. I also think that she's slowly becoming mroe comfortable with her English and with using it around native English speakers.
I love that girl, and I'm glad that she's staying with my family. We're friends.
(And yes, for those of you who wondered, it was a good time with my blood sister, Taylor as well. We got to hang out a little bit, and I got to help her a lot and baby her a bit when she got sick for three days and stayed home. I was also able to help her out with her counry report on Russia! We had left over borstch for a ver long time after her report. Yummm!)
I have loved reading back into what I wrote last year and two years ago. It's like I'm getting to know myself better and getting to see how I have changed and how my habits have changed. I'm so glad that I began to write my first semester here.
I enjoy reading my writing. Naturally, sometimes I think to myself, "Why in the world did I write that?" or "Why did I put it that way?" A lot of times, though, I think, "Wow, I didn't remember that. Yeah, that was so cool. Look at how I reacted to that. Interesting." And, of course, I often notice where I made spelling or grammar mistakes. Those are annoying.
Now, I want to go on a mission to read through all of my journal entries, digital and hard copy. What fun that would be.