What To Expect When You’re Not Expecting.
After dinner, Johan and I were doing a “Pasta In Love (Pasta)" marathon for the past couple of nights. Yes, my husband watches Korean and Japanese dramas, which makes me feel lucky. ^_^
In the show, there were scenes when the Head Chef gets angry at his subordinates, he hits each on their foreheads by flicking his finger. Amazed by how these guys flinched and close their eyes tightly, and wondered if it would really hurt, we tried it to each other.
Johan, the gentleman that he is, didn’t want to hit me using his normal strength. Still my forehead ached a little. When it was my turn, I guess I gave it my best. The result? A bright red mark on his forehead which lasted for a few minutes, and a lot of “it still hurts” where mentioned. No, he didn’t get upset. We were laughing the whole time. :3
The first time I saw this type of punishment (or game) was in My Sassy Girl. I guess it’s a common thing in South Korea. ^^;
Johan and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary in Portugal. We initially chose going there last year for our honeymoon, however, we thought of going somewhere else. But we decided that we shouldn’t let it past so, we went to Lisbon and Madeira.
It was really beautiful there. Portugal definitely challenged my cardio vascular system, as the city of Lisbon was built on hills (and most of the tourist spots are on top of them, not on the foot of the hills). And then we went hiking in Madeira, and also took a cable car to one of its mountains with a garden going down, and the only way to exit the garden is to go back up by walking. I have to post some pictures and memorable moments soon. We took so many photos; it’s hard to pick the best ones. :)
We’re staying for a week with my in-laws here at Vänersborg. Cold summer weather, but it’s warm being around my second family. While here, I got wonderful news yesterday: Our I-130 (US visa application) was approved! It’s definitely a GO signal from here on! Johan will be moving to New York before this year ends, I’m 90% sure of that. :) He just needs to answer questions correctly during the interview, and we have to make sure we submit everything the USCIS requires, and we’ll live happily ever after! So extremely excited!!!! I can’t wait to find an apartment with him and list all the things I wanted us to do together! <3
For next week, till the end of my stay in Sweden:
I have so many plans I’m putting them down in an unfinished list:
- Create an online comics website. With help from Johan, of course.
- Practice more on cooking, baking and cleaning.
- Make sure to prepare all documents needed for his move to NYC.
- Make sure I finished all the paperwork required in my job.
- Continue doing yoga and try to do Bikram Yoga in Malmö (I haven’t been doing yoga for 3 weeks!!!! waa…)
- Make a list of items we will put in boxes and those we’ll throw out.
- Watch a few KDramas and JDramas
- Finish A Feast For Crows. I’ve been stuck in book 4 for months now! I can’t wait to start A Dance with Dragons.
- Watch Game of Thrones Season 2 and other American shows I wanted to watch.
- Force Johan to go to the movies and watch Brave, Batman and Spiderman (heck, Brave is coming out end of August here!!!)
- sort out files on my laptop and portable HD
- Blog about everything on the list lol
- (UPDATE): LEARN SWEDISH!!!!
Since I work in a school setting, I’m off during mid-winter break as well, and spent a week in Sweden with the husband.
We were watching a marathon of Sherlocke Holmes (the Brit series and not the movie), and we reached S02E02. Johan was hugging me a lot, since the episode was a case about “mutated animals,” and a guy attacked by one, big, vicious looking mutant dog. Yes, my husband doesn’t like dogs.
So halfway through the episode, he clutched my arm as I was picking up my drink. He was making a cute face but his hands felt clammy. I touched his forehead and patted his back and laughed. “Why are you sweating?!” I asked. I thought it’s because we’ve been drinking alcohol, and the room was warmer than the previous days. He replied, “You know I don’t like dogs, just feel my heart! It’s really beating fast.” It was.
We managed to finish the whole episode and moved on to the next, even if he wasn’t very comfortable with episode two.
I just love it when I have to shield him from doggies.
I love dogs, but like him, I can also be afraid of them.
Just an extra, since I was in Sweden during the week when there’s Fat/ Shrove Tuesday:
Semla buns. Swedes eat these before Ash Wednesday, as a tradition that it’s the last festive food to be eaten before lent. The spiced buns have mixed scooped breadcrumbs, almond paste, milk and whipped cream. More than one can give you a food coma! (We ate these two days after though. The pic I took when they were in a box was better.)
My husband and I last December 28, 2011 in Toledo, Spain.
*photo by Rachel