DRAWING THE MAPS TO MY SOUL

2014-10-27

Food, selcas, and skies

Moved onto 2006 kdramas and was surprisingly very pleased with the two I finished.
Wonderful Life
I'm surprised I never watched this drama cause I had the biggest crush on Kim JaeWon since 2002. I think it was because I didn't like Eugene back then. But she's really good in this. I think I cried about one thing or another every episode. Totally wasn't expecting that. Very heartwarming, family focused "romcom." I really liked Lee JiHoon in this and the little girl who plays Eugene and KJW's daughter is the prettiest little baby I've ever seen.

Over the Rainbow
This one surprised me even more. I never watched it because I didn't like the main cast and I thought it would be super cheesy (some parts about becoming an idol were but hey, it was 2006) but it was really engaging and well paced, especially so for a kdrama. Good performances from the whole cast. Seo JiHye is so endearing. Was surprised again by how good HwanHee was, cause I honestly expected him to not be very good. But man, in the scene when he asks SJH to be with him, I started getting warm! 

Sunday the 12th
First day of training for a different job because the restaurant I was at prior sucked. The owner was taking advantage of the workers and didn't even pay minimum wage. Go to Chicago Oyster House  for the clam chowder, not to work.
So now I work at a sushi restaurant again.
They feed me very well. TwT 
The two rolls in the middle are my fave~

Had steamed dumplings like two hours after. I was stuffed. 

Monday the 13th
Happy cause I finally got an actual audition for the first time in three months. It was also my first union audition. Of course, I didn't get it, but it was nice to be in a casting office again. I felt butterflies like I was on a first date. Until it was my turn and I started shitting bricks.

 I love foggy days.

Wednesday the 15th
Training again.

Thursday the 16th
More training.
I finished all of it.

The neighborhood the restaurant is in is so beautiful!
I really enjoy the walk to and from the train station.

Saturday the 18th
Filmed for that project near Lakeview so I had to make a stop at Aloha Eats and Molly's.

Sunday the 19th
Went to the city for a table read and then stopped by the new Forever21 on State St. (which is really nice) to get some black shirts for work. I also got:
I'd never pay full price for red converse so I got the Mickey Mouse ones on sale for $6.99!

Tried Bonefish Grill's food for the first time after I got home.
 The garlic mashed potatoes were the best. I could eat those everyday.

Tuesday the 21st
 Met with Kyle for the first time since like April. We had chicken at Water Tower Place.
 It was a little bland.

Michael joined us too. Jasmine came later.
 Kyle gets prettier every time I see her.

They were having a Dr. Seuss gallery in the mall so Kyle and I took a peek after Michael and Jasmine left. 
Very cool stuff.

I even found my portrait.
*stolen from Kyle*
 Fun facts: The Grinch was modeled after me. I'm actually over 57 years old.

After some eye shopping, we went back to Kyle's and watched Love & Hip Hop Hollywood with Jasmine.

Wednesday the 22nd
 The biggest omurice I've ever seen.

Thursday the 23rd
Went down to Tinley Park to the biggest house I've ever been in for some more filming. 
 Sunsets in Tinley look like paintings. So beautiful!

Whilst waiting for the train home.

Friday the 24th
Got my Sephora package in the mail!
I only really needed the mascara and the primer but....who wants to pay for shipping.

In the name of the moon, I'll punish you!

Finally had lunch with Sara after many months of not cause she's so busy.
 Caught up over Corner Bakery.

She's so funny! I miss working with her.

Went to work after. Fridays and Saturdays are when the restaurant gets busy with sake bomb parties , so the servers go for drinks after at the bar across the street. We were hungry so we relocated to Yeowoosai after a couple.
My Jazzy Asian. Very fruity and can't taste the alchohol. My kind of drink.

Fire chicken.
 Nothing compared to Dancen's.

 Jason, Chris, and my very tipsy self.

Cheese kimchi fried rice.

Saturday the 25th
Worked again, got drinks again, and saw that James, David, and Dennis had invited me to their get together with friends at Dmz, so I headed over. 
Jame's very drunk ass wanted more food so we went to Omega.
 This couch was so soft and comfy. It was like sitting on a marshmallow. And there's Richard in the corner who I met that night.

Strangely didn't have much of an appetite that day so I just got a hot chocolate. Pretty good but nothing beats 7Eleven's hot chocolate.  

Sunday the 26th
Gave the car back to my dad a day early in exchange for a ride to the loop cause I didn't feel like driving or taking the train just to record for the project.

2014-10-09

Back to the usual

late postings.

September: Sunday the 14th
 I got a kiss mark bruise above my knee.

Went all the way to Tinley Park to work on that project with these cool folks: Michael, Elly, and Connor.

Thursday the 18th
Mom and I tried out the new Korean restaurant people had been saying good thing about.
It was alright.

Cocomero also just opened right by where I live so I insisted we go.
 My mom went ham her first time at a froyo place.

My midnight bag of air and some chips.

Friday the 19th
I woke up with stomach pain which gradually became the worst stomach pain I've ever felt throughout the day. Eventually, I was exploding from my ass and mouth simultaneously while also sweating up a storm and shivering at the same time. I wanted to die. I got paranoid that it might have been the stomach flu or appendicitis so I had my mom take me to the hospital.
It was basically just the worst case of food poisoning I've ever had. The pain started to fade when I finally got a room. Didn't I feel stupid. And then I felt stupider when I found out my insurance wasn't going to cover the visit. I wouldn't have gone at all if I knew! D:
I got an IV for the first time, so that was cool at least?....

Sunday the 21st 
Connor and Hanah came all the way to Skokie so we could go to the forest-y area of where my dad lives to work on more project stuff.
 This deer family hung out with us.

Snacks at Backyard Grill after.
My mozza sticks.

Saturday the 25th
Finally had dinner with Yuvin to belatedly celebrate his birthday.
We met at a new Italian restaurant called Sofi Restaurant.
The tuna carpaccio that my uncultured ass didn't know was raw. At least Yuvin enjoyed it. 

A suave Yuvin with his lamb chops and spinach.

 My lobster ravioli. 
I'm starting to think my taste buds don't really get along with authentic Italian tastes. Yuvin really liked all the food but I was slightly disappointed. Sad.

My favorite part of the meal
 Really great vanilla ice cream and such fresh, sweet berries! Mmm~

I totally forgot to take a polaroid in the restaurant but luckily, one of Yuvin's friends was walking by, and took one for me in front of the train station Yuvin walked me to.
 Yuvin's jawline dough.

Monday, the 29th
Had an audition for the first time in a while. They asked me to dress hipster trendy and I had no idea what that meant.
I went with this outfit in the end. I had to take the tights and boots off cause it was like 89 freaking degrees.

Was hungry so picked up some food at a place called Feed that was a couple blocks away.
 Super cute soul food place.

Ate on a park bench cause it was such a beautiful day!...That I had to spend at work after...
 I didn't really like the taste of the gravy and the mac. I do wanna try the chicken next time though.

October: Friday the 3rd
Project stuff in Paletine this time.
How cool is it that you can see the silhouette of downtown from Paletine?!

Waiting for the train Aleks, Conner, and Starbucks after. Salted caramel hot chocolate is back~~~

Got sushi from the new place that also opened right by where I live. New businesses are always popping up in that particular area. To my surprise, Sandy's dad was the sushi chef there!
Dat glistening sauce.

Saturday the 4th
Had project stuff again from 5 in the morning. 
Chinese break!
 They had no idea ahahaha

We were all so exhausted we even napped in my car right in front of the restaurant! Ha ha ha!

Monday the 6th
The moon was so big and visible even though it was still so light out!
 Okay, it was way more impressive in person.
Finally tried Kaufman's after living right by it and taking the yellow line for so many years.
Will definitely stop by often for their baked good and sandwiches!

Wednesday the 8th
I had been craving Jurang foods again so David, James, and their friends Mina and Jean, and I went to have dinner.
The usual starters.

 We got the same things as last time with the exception of some wings.
So spicy and good!

 We did the whole Jurang course with food, alcohol, karaoke, and pool. We also got ice cream for dessert. It was fun.

Earlier
Mom had been craving pho for a couple days so we went. 
I got pork chops cause I had been there the day before yesterday with my dad. First world child of divorce problems.
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