There’s one thing I’m quite certain that I’m not very good at — blogging. Or, at least ‘blogging’ in terms of what that word itself has become, what it means to be a ‘blogger’. I think this is a theme that I often revisit, mainly because I think personal blogging is dying. At any rate, all of my posts are turning into ‘life-lately-esque’ writing and I’m fine with that. I’d rather not be drowning you in other content that you can find anywhere else. Sure, I’ll probably get sucked in and join one of these bandwagons every now and then, but I just don’t have the energy to invest into all of that right now. So for now, you’re stuck with me recounting my life as it is in this moment.
Winter is definitely in full effect now. Last we caught up, it was just starting, but now I’m for certain that even if my calendar hasn’t marked this time of the year as winter, the season’s here. My weekends have been consumed in walking through fluff, and I’m loving it! There’s really nothing like fresh snow. I love how it perfectly falls into place and covers our yard like a blanket, only for us to run our footprints across.
I love winter even more because it brings out some of the most beautiful sights to see up north. The Aurora Borealis comes full throttle, the days are bit dimmer so you can see stars at all sorts of hours, the moonlight beams extra bright this time of the year, too! My favorite thing to watch in Alaska, through all seasons, is the sun. I love the different colors we’re able to see during sunrise and sunset. It’s quite possibly something out of a dream. The sky really looks like that. You don’t even have to do any post-processing to your photos, the colors are always vivid and nature just does all of the work for you!
But of course, every good thing has its caveats. Even with every precautionary measure I take, I still get the common cold that seems to take over my body whenever the seasons change. Whenever I feel stuffy, I drink loads of tea and eat spicy food. It’s become a sort of remedy. My aunt in Korea sent me a recipe for tteokbokki that her husband makes, but instead of fish cakes he adds fish balls. It was so good that it was ridiculous!!! I added heaps of red pepper paste and I was all cleared up after eating it. Haha, who knew spicy rice cakes and fish balls could cure a stuffy nose?
This time of the year, especially in more recent years, means first semester finals and wrap-up. I’m drowned in final projects and homework right now. I’ve only got 1 real final exam, the rest of my classes have opted for alternative ways to issue the final through projects and presentations. My Chinese class is actually wrapping up next week because my teacher was disallowed to use a substitute to proctor the final exam. She’s the president of our university’s Confucius Institute so she has a lot of duties aside from teaching. She has a conference to attend during the university’s finals week, but since she can’t be in class our class ends next Wednesday. So, my whole world write now is in Hanzi. HELP.
I’ve been trying to figure out the direction I want to take after this semester. I’ve slowly realized that although it is possible to have a full-time job and go to school, it’s not the best situation for me. One lags while the other excels, and I don’t like that sort of imbalance. I’m a perfectionist, and that’s at the very least. At most, I can honestly say that I’m a control-freak. When something is out-of-whack, I have to do something about. But I haven’t figured that out completely so for now I’ll leave you with a cliffhanger. ( ^.^ )v
But enough about me, what’s keeping all of you busy?