Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rainy Days in Seoul

After a week or more of reprieve from the monsoon rains, they have returned, and with a vengeance.  The forecast for the next few days is:




Fortunately, we've had mostly-clear days in the last week or so and been able to get out and do quite a bit before the rain returned.   Sons #1 and  #2 and I even squeezed in one last outing today before the rain started.  We did a little shopping, had lunch, and enjoyed a nice walk, arriving home literally seconds before the skies opened up. Now, with a few days of rain to look forward to, I have no excuse for ignoring the piles I have creatively pushed into the corner and will have to come up with some sort of solution (I'm open to suggestions, any of you organizing types out there.  And yes, I've already thought of draping one of the blankets over a box of towels and calling it an end table.) Tomorrow I plan to spend the morning packing up boxes for donation and then working on organizing and creating order among the remaining detritus (as much as that is possible in an apartment this size.)  I'll be glad to say goodbye to my dirty littlc secret the boxes that look like this:

Just some of my ridiculous number of many excess towels and blankets.

And I hope to find somewhere to hide store these:

Instruments for the rarely-played "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" which cannot possibly be  gotten rid of.


And, of course, these:


The infamous turkey pate servers (badly in need of some Tarn-X)


Then, once I've created a little more order, I plan to follow Son #2's example:



Who knows.  I might even have to break into the bottom drawer of the kimchi fridge.

10 comments:

Karen said...

Oh, Cullen looks so content!! He's loving having furniture, you can tell. As for ideas, I have none better than what you are already doing...get rid of stuff! Send the Rock Band guitar to us and we will babysit it for you. Bet Katie would play with it, she loves the Wii drums we have.
Am still in NH, rained here last night but think it will clear up today and we are looking at a couple of nice days. Having a great time with all my sibs and their families, especially my 18 month old nephew. Soooo cute!! I'd forgotten how cute they are at that age. Never fear that I am longing for another, though. I have seen what they grow up into and am sore afraid! Though I love the teenagers, too!

Trish @ Mum's Gone To ... said...

I have a son at home just now in exactly the same position! Fab view, by the way!
Those pate turkey-decorated knives aren't quite as hideous as they sounded ;-)

MsCaroline said...

@Karen: Yes, both boys are so thrilled to have 'real' furniture again; would love to send you guitars, but the boys would undoubtedly whine. Realized last night(yes, I'm slow) that you must still be in NH and betting that it's gorgeous, especially in comparison to here! Bet you are sooooo enjoying your nephew right now - best part, you can give him back when you're ready for a break! ; )
@Trish: the view is one of the things that reconciles me to the fact that it's terribly small; I love seeing my sons reading as opposed to computing or video-gaming; the turkey-knives aren't bad, you're right; it's more that I am still shaking my head over why I brought them when I knew space was at a premium and they were such an obscure item.

Marion said...

Love the pictures, love the view, miss the couch (and the occupants of said couch). The animal shelter here can always use towels (I know, but I couldn't resist!) The knives will work well as cheese knives while you are partaking of the bottom drawer of the kimchee fridge!

(I love the Keens, although it feels like I am walking around in bedroom slippers)

MsCaroline said...

Marion, we miss you too, but under no circumstances will I be holding on to the towels...the Houston animal shelter will just have to get by without me. Hope you and El had a great getaway, and so glad you liked the Keens! I'm always reluctant to recommend because individual tastes can vary so much. I'm wearing mine out, since they are my footwear of choice. Especially now, since they're waterproof...

Karen said...

Oh well, the last thing we really need is more noisemakers, anyway! Rain all day yesterday in NH but sunny and warm today. Sailed, kayaked and paddle boated my way through the day. Not to mention eating, drinking and reading. I love vacation!

Karen

Wilma said...

I'm jealous of your house, Carolyne. I wish I had such a peaceful corner in mine. It's currently buried under by all of Sean's toys which he carts out and doesn't return (or allowe me to return) because "I will probably want them tomorrow." Yeah, right. Guess who's really looking forward to August 15? About the only thing that we DON'T have out there is the Guitar Hero stuff. They're banned in our house. :)

MsCaroline said...

Wilma, that 'peaceful corner' is just the living room couch, which was only peaceful because his brother and father were not there at the time. The rest of the time, he has to lurk in his bedroom, which is (in my opinion) hardly a peaceful spot. I'm with you, I can't wait for school to start!

Expat mum said...

I should really stop complaining about my laundry pile and thank the stars that we haven't just moved continents. Well we have, sort of, but we only took suitcases!

MsCaroline said...

EM - yes, but my roof's not leaking, and my door's locking, so I think you're entitled to some complaining...and don't forget jet lag....