I got a new haircut, back in December.



Aren't these images beautiful? Photographed by Kim Kyung Soon for Korean Vogue.

I've been obsessed with historical Korean dramas lately. They are the best.

Chicago Favorites: Chinatown

The other day I decided to go to Chinatown to pick up a birthday gift for a friend in LA, who wanted tea. So after work I hopped on the El and went over there. As I was walking through Chinatown as the snow was falling, I had a really happy moment. Everything just looked so pretty, and it felt magical walking in the quiet snowfall and peering into the windows of shops (so cheesy, right?).

I remembered the time I went to Chinatown with Will about a year ago. At the time I wasn't working and I was beginning to get cabin fever, feeling cooped up indoors. He came home from school early that day and saw how depressed I was and told me we were going on a field trip. He took me to Chinatown. We window shopped and ate at 2 bakeries. Since then I've enjoyed many memories of dim sum, bakeries, Joy Yee's fruit shakes and grocery trips to Chinatown.

We've had some good times in Chicago. Most of you probably know by now that I'll be moving to Columbus, Ohio in June. I think I'm already getting nostalgic about Chicago. I love that I can just hop on the El and go to Chinatown after work, and then walk home. There's just something really cool for me about a pedestrian lifestyle.

I'm going to start posting about different things in Chicago, so I can remember my life here. I know it seems early, but when I think about it, I only have about 5 months left in the windy city, and it will go by quickly.


Asia & a TV

We are going to Asia this summer!!! We bought our tickets over the weekend so it's official. We will be spending a month in Korea, Vietnam and Thailand. This may be our last chance to travel for an extended time so we are grateful for this opportunity. If anyone will be there, let's meet up!

One of Will's classmates has offered to lend us his TV. So I will get to watch the Olympics. Go Yuna Kim!

It's been a warmer winter here. All last week it was in the 30s and sunny.

The great thing about snow is that when it comes down, you don't need an umbrella. Two downsides I've learned: 1) when the temperature rises, it all becomes mud and slush. 2) and then dogs pee on it and you see patches and lines of yellow snow everywhere.



The Christmas cards are up!



It snowed a lot last night and today. I was so excited.

Today was Will's last day at work. I usually take the bus to work but we have this tradition of taking a cab to work on the days he works. The cab drops me off first and then drops him off. It's kind of a treat for me because it's much faster than the bus. So we walked hand in hand in the snow to the street corner to hail a cab. It was a very happy moment for me.

Like I said, I've been carrying my little camera around. I took these shots from the cab:

I ran an errand during lunch and the streets were empty. Except for this one Japanese mom and her two kids. They were so cute, playing in the snow.

I wanted to share a piece of midwest winter with you LA friends. Isn't it beautiful?



I just thought I'd share a photo from the B&B we stayed in during our little trip to Santa Barbara. We lucked out because it was off season so we got one night free. Then the hot tub bath in our room broke so they upgraded our room.

I love B&Bs. We drank tea every afternoon with chocolate cake. We also met some cool people.

Santa Barbara is a special place for us because we celebrated our one year of dating there and we also got engaged there. I'm glad we took a mini trip during our trip and got some down time together.


Recap + 2010

i got back from LA last night. with a cousins reunion to san diego, a 1 year anniversary trip to santa barbara and splitting time between my family and the in-laws, it was a packed trip. i apologize to those i could not meet up with!

this holiday was different for 2 reasons: it was our first holiday season as a married couple, and we don't live in the same city as our families. therefore, it required a lot of learning how to navigate time between the families, relatives and friends.

also, one downer during the trip was that my mom's house got robbed while we were away in santa barbara. she was pretty traumatized because the house got ransacked.

overall though, i had a great time in LA. maybe too good of a time, because i had a really hard time leaving this year. i feel more homesick right now than i did during all of last year in chicago. but it did feel nice to come back to our home in chicago and realize that we have made our home here together.

for 2010, i have not made any resolutions, except to go through the bible in one year. so far i am on track but that is because i started ahead of time, knowing i would get behind. also, i want to take more photos of me and will. in the midst of taking photos of other people and things, i missed out on taking photos of us during our first year of marriage and all of our adventures and friends in chicago. i think i'll just bring my little powershot and use that for photo purposes.