This morning, Jessica and I both broke the double-digit barrier for the first time in many weeks (months, in Jessica’s case). It almost felt like spring because the sun peeked out occasionally, and a few birds thawed out their voices enough to chirp.
Jessica kept the pace pretty brisk for me, and I was worried that I would die by the end. I was pretty done, but I hung on until my Garmin beeped the 10-mile mark.
You can definitely see where we ran up some inclines.
WooChul, one of my former students, invited me to have lunch with him, his wife, and their six-year-old son today. In honor of the New Year, he told me that his wife was going to make traditional rice cake soup. However, I was greeted by more than just soup: noodle stir-fry, spicy rice-cakes in red sauce, spinach salad, kimchi, pickles, and kimbap. I forgot to take a picture, but trust me–it was a huge spread of delicious homemade Korean food.
It was nice to spend time with WooChul now that he is no longer my student. He told me that he really enjoyed my class and hopes that I will come to Korea to each. He also said that he thinks I should get a job in Korean broadcasting because I have an expressive face. Ha!
For dessert, we had something called a “Great Depression Cake.” Apparently, this cake originated in the American Great Depression due to the shortage of expensive baking items. Thus, it contains no eggs, milk, or butter. I had never heard of this cake before, but WooChul’s wife informed me that it is very popular in Korean housewife circles.
(They were concerned that I would be uncomfortable sitting on the floor and eating Korean food, but I assured them that it was great!)
Jiwoon, their son, was happy to speak English with me (He attends public school here.). He also insisted on cutting the cake into eighths (and eating two slices). I’ll admit that I have a soft spot for Asian kids, but I think this picture is pretty much the most adorable thing ever:
After lunch, Jiwoon showed me his toys while I talked to WooChul and his wife. Then we tried to take a picture with the timer, but Jiwoon missed it:
Here’s a better one!
Even though I got very little work done today, I am very happy with my Sunday and only mildly stressed about the start of the week tomorrow. It was really great to spend time with a family, especially one with a funny little kid. I hope to see them more in the future!
How was your Sunday?