Baptism By Hot Water: Another Failed Conversion

  There are a lot of places where I don’t want to undergo a religious conversion. Actually, scratch that, I can’t think of a place where I’d want to undergo a religious conversion. Even if I could, I’m pretty sure a public bathhouse would be a long way off that list. And yet there seems … Continue reading

The Tampon Hard-Sell: Inadequate Korean Vocabulary #1

Sometimes I wind up in situations where I really wish I had the Korean vocabulary to make myself understood. I’m getting much better with food, shopping, and other day-to-day sort of situations, and it’s unusual for me to have a communication problem that I can’t sort out using my limited Korean, a few borrowed words, … Continue reading

Drinking the Kool-Aid: How I Figured Out Online Dating Might Not Be A (Complete) Cesspit

Five years ago, heck, even three or two years ago, I was all over the Online Dating Hating bandwagon. If any of my female friends mentioned it, I got seriously squicked out, and if they were close enough friends to warrant it, I would usually go into a bit of a rant that started with … Continue reading

The Four O’Clock Shower: Rituals, Habits, and Hygiene

Remember that annoying kid who refused to take a shower because they didn’t like it? Who would show up at school, completely oblivious to their greasy hair, having ignored their parents’ pleas and cries of anguish? Yep, that used to be me. I could not stand to take a shower. One memorable summer, through a … Continue reading

In Which Beth Remembers What She Forgot

I will readily admit that I’m a stressy traveller. I don’t sleep well the week before I leave, convinced I’ll forget something (there’s precedent for this, I always forget something). I don’t eat well (unless, like this time, my wonderful parents are feeding me, in which case I always get enough vegetables) and I’m prone … Continue reading