Saturday, October 13, 2018

Currently: Feeling SO VERY TIRED



Listening: The NCT 127 album which dropped today. Currently it's a song called Fly Away With Me and I really like it. NCT 127 is going to be big. Watch for them. They already strutted their stuff on the red carpet at the AMA's this past week. But here's the song they are promoting. This version is all in English, so no worries on that front! Plus, it has a cool tiger. (I thought it was pretty weird at first, but it's really growing on me. Not the tiger. The song. )



NCT 127 at the AMAs

Watching: We started the latest season of Survivor... because... why not? It started out with a bang when a dude hurt his back during a wild boat ride and had to be pulled from the game on day 3. That was crazy. Also watching a drama called 30 but 17... about a girl who was in an accident when she was 17 and wakes up when she is 30... so she still feels 17. It's so good!

Reading: I have BRIDGE OF CLAY!!! But before I jumped into that, I read a couple other books. I know. It's crazy! Reading is so fun guys! :)


Writing: I put my half written book set in the 80s on my drive and read it all in one sitting, trying to remember what I wrote. Guys. I really liked it. LOL! But I still can't think how to finish it, or how to spiff up the conflicts and drama. Sigh...

Blogging: Hey, not bad, I'm thinking. It's happening!

YouTubing: Ah, but this feels like it's dying. Life is changing for some of us and it makes recording videos hard. BUT. Because of this life change, our content will be taking some new direction. So if you happen to be watching us... you'll see what I mean soon! And here's hoping we aren't really dying, but just having a little transition.

Asking: Why did I stay up until 3 am last night? Cause I was having a great time talking, that's why!

Picture Taking:




Looking Forward To:

  • KPOP and CHILL at Bumblebee's next Friday! Are you in the area? COME!!
  • I GOT JOSH GROBAN TICKETS! That's in a couple weeks. Sitting in the nosebleeds. I'm just going to kick back and listen!
  • I GET TO SEE MARKUS ZUSAK IN ONE WEEK! Yeah. Kick back and listen again. I don't even care what he says! LOL. Though I do hope he tells us all about the past 13 years and how he got through it. Dang, but he's had a hard time.
  • It's almost like my life is going back to normal, right? 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kdrama Review: Lawless Lawyer

Drama: Lawless Lawyer
Genre: courtroom drama and suspense
Starring: Lee Joon Gi, Seo Ye Ji, Lee Hye Young
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤


So I watched this one purely for the leading guy. (He is mostly known for starring in Scarlet Heart.) The subject and story ended up not that interesting to me. It's ALL about revenge. The bad guys (which happens to be the judge and the mayor of this little town) killed the lawyer's mom back when he was just 10 years old. And he is raging mad still, as one would be. And he is out to get them... using the law. Even though he'd rather just beat them to death, literally. Because he could actually do that.

And our leading girl's back story is all mixed up in his back story also. She is also a lawyer but gets suspended for slugging the judge (or the prosecutor?) and yeah. So she ends up partnering with our guy and together, along with their quirky crazy team of thug helpers, work to take down the powers that lead this town.

It's really quite awesome. But as I said, I sort of got bored with the actual story after awhile, but it was too late and I was invested enough to see it through. I also had issues with the villains. They were just SO BAD that I couldn't stand it when they were on screen and they had  A LOT of screen time. I really enjoy the dramas where I feel more sympathetic to the villains you know? And when I'm all wrapped up in their stories as much as the main characters. It makes things a lot more interesting. These guys were just awful.

Our lawyer and his smirk with a couple of his thug helpers

But our dude.. just watching him swagger throughout this story is so much fun. He definitely has a something about him. He's just.. so... COOL! There is a lot of violence and fighting, which is sometimes like "YES GET IT BOYS!" and sometimes too violent and I had to hide my eyes.

The bad judge lady

There was romance for about 2 minutes, and then that was over and forgotten about. So if you are in the mood for pretty much no romance and a lot of fighting and a strong no nonsense female lead and some courtroom antics, you'll enjoy this one I bet.

One of the tiny romance moments.

A tiny trailer:





And a song:


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Book Review: The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis

Book: The End or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis
Genre: YA? MG? Contemporary
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I can't really decide if this book is categorized as a YA or an MG... the character is 14... so I guess it could go either way yes?

Anyway, it's been a year since our girl Emmy's best friend died. Before she died, Kim told Emmy that she planned to come back and visit her so to be prepared. So all that year, Emmy tried to do all the things they'd planned but Kim never came back to visit her. So Emmy is upset and trying to figure out what she has done wrong and why Kim won't show herself.

In the meantime, we bounce from this present day stress to the years before... and we learn all about Kim and the friendship these two have and the plans they make in the face of Kim's death from congenital heart disease. We learn about Emmy's insecurities and fears. We learn that they take classes from a bogus dude who claims to know how to help people communicate with their dead loved ones.

It sounds a little weird, yeah? But I loved it. So much. The writing style is totally up my alley and is a style I wish I could learn how to do. So simple, but power packed. Beautiful prose. I just love it. And in the process we bond instantly with these characters, especially Emmy and her dilemma. How she misses her friend so bad and wants to talk to her again so bad, and yet she needs to move on with her life. It's heartbreaking.

And yet, told in such a cute and funny way.

Did say I loved it? Because, I did!

I'm glad I remembered I had this one sitting around waiting to be read!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Beehive Book Award Reading



As most of you know by now, every year at the end of the year, I love to participate in reading books from the Beehive Award Long List  and review them in order to help the judges whittle them down to a short list. Once the short list is figured out, then everyone gets to read and review!

Here's the short list from last years reading.. up for the 2019 award:
(copied from the Beehive Award web page


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Eliza is the anonymous creator of a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything begins to crumble.

Ever the Hunted (Class of Kingdoms) by Erin Summerill
Britta is the outcast daughter of a bounty hunter who must use her powers to track her father's killer in a world of warring kingdoms, and dangerous magic.

Exo by Fonda Lee
Earth has been a peaceful colony of an alien race for a century, but then Donovan is captured, and killing him might be the incident needed to overthrow the alien rulers.

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
When her mom breaks up with yet another boyfriend, Calliope meets Jinsong, who becomes her friend despite her Tourette Syndrome and the embarrassment it causes.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kremmerer
When Declan finds a haunting letter Juliet left beside her mother’s grave, he writes back. Soon, he is sharing his pain with a perfect stranger. Then real life interferes.

A Taste for Monsters by Matthew Kirby
In 1888, disfigured Evelyn is hired as a maid to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. When the Jack the Ripper murders begin, they are haunted by the mystery.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe) by Neal Shusterman
Disease has been eliminated, and the only way to die is by professional “scythes.” Two teens are forced to compete for the job, to the death, though neither wants it.

Starflight by Melissa Landers
Former high school enemies, Solara and Doran must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.

Warcross by Marie Lu
When a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit) by Sarah Jean Horwitz
A Magician's apprentice and a one-winged princess must vanquish the mechanical monsters that stalk the streets and threaten the faerie kingdom.

I read and loved the first six on the list (with Eliza and Letters being my favorites) and would love to catch up with the other four. In the meantime I'm digging into the long list for the NEXT short list! AH!!

Up first:  


Anyone read it already? I'm enjoying it so far, though it feels more new adult than young adult so far to me.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Book Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Book: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: ★ ★ ★

This book was...okay. So it took me bit to get into it and get invested and I was worried at first the direction it was going. But it ended up okay and I was hoping for a certain direction! (Not the one I thought it was going in case you wondered.)

So this is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, told from Rosaline's point of view. Okay, so I don't remember Rosaline from the original Shakespeare, but I guess Romeo liked her first and then Juliet came and ruined everything? Which is pretty much what happens in the this story.

Our main character is Rose and she likes Rob, her boy next door best friend for years. And just when she thinks they might be making the move to switch to bf/gf status, her rich and snobby cousin (who the family hasn't spoken to for ten years) suddenly shows up. And she nabs Rob right from the get go. Poor Rose.

But there's this other boy who I thought was especially intriguing hanging there in the wings. And he steps forward just then and makes Rose see things differently. His name is Len... and does this character have a counter part in the original? Someone tell me 'cause I can't remember!! Anyway, I thought he was awesome and interesting and so wanted to get to know him better! I feel like we were just getting there when the story ended!

SPOILERS: Anyway. It ends tragically as per the original if you must know. But I didn't feel very connected to those two and just wanted the happy ending for the other two. And now, like I said above, I feel like their story was just starting and I could handle more.

The writing in this one was just so so and it actually made me feel like if this one can make the cut, then all the stories I've started and are in my head totally could too! LOL! Is that bad? I mean like next week when I read Markus Zusak I will think, there is no way I can do this. But this one made me think I totally could.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Reading Recap: June through September 2018

Catching up with the books I've read these past few months. I thought I did better than this, but anyway.







JUNE BOOKS READ

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas: He was killed during a routine traffic stop and she has to find the bravery to speak up against it.

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith: They meet during a power outage when the elevator gets stuck. They go their separate ways but can't stop thinking about each other.












JULY BOOKS READ

Grace and The Fever by Zan Romanoff: She happens upon the guy she loves from a boy band and they talk and he invites her to stuff and she gets to live the "dream" of being on the inside of a famous boy band, but it's not all that dreamy.















AUGUST BOOKS READ

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: A gang of six unique kids pulls of an impossible heist.












SEPTEMBER BOOKS READ

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: She finds out she has powers and learns how to control them and hopes that the bad guy won't take advantage of her.

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West: She ends up on a podcast and he listens and spills his heart on air, but she has no idea he is talking about her.

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright: He gets kidnapped in India, sold to an orphanage, adopted in America and later, manages to find his family in India.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: The gang of six quirky characters from Six of Crows is now out for revenge.


Favorites: Six of Crows, The Orphan Keeper

Fall Plans: Finish up the Leigh Bardugo series, keep up with book club, read some books that I having laying around all over the place, start the Beehive long list reading project!



Sunday, September 30, 2018

Introducing: UP10TION!

I've talked about them a lot but I wanted to do an official "introducing" post for them. Which overwhelms me a bit since there's like... TEN of them and I'm not sure I'll have something to say about every single one, but here we go!

And so, please meet:  UP10TION!


Sheesh they are all so serious in this picture! You don't get to see the smiles! But it's a good one for faces so here we go:
Top row: Wei, Gyujin, Kuhn, Bitto, Hwanhee
Bottom row: Sunyoul, Xiao, Wooshin, Jinhoo and Kogyeol


They've been around for three years... in fact this month was the anniversary of their debut song. We discovered them exactly one year later... with this same song.. and it remains one of my favorites still even after they've put out so many other songs to love:

So Dangerous



Man I love the intro on that!! And I still can't believe this was their first song!

We really started paying attention to them when we did a reaction to this song and realized how truly very cute they are:





They are a smallish group and don't get much notice in the kpop world which why I thought they would never come on tour to the US, so when they announced it last spring that they WERE coming, we knew we would be there! And so far, it's been on of the best concerts yet because of it's small venue and intimate audience. Best thing ever. I know I did a huge post about our concert experience, but I didn't share any full fancams so here's one of my favorite songs that they did that night: Runner.






So here they are all individually in order oldest to youngest:




Jinhoo, as the oldest is the leader of the group. He has a sweet clear beautiful voice that stands out big time. He is one of the shortest (maybe the shortest?) of the group but has a big personality as we saw during the concert. So witty and funny and full of jokes! He's the one we ended up walking across the street with and didn't even know it. He has an unbelieveable smile. :) According the recent video they made, his favorite thing is coke.












Kuhn, as the second oldest, co-leads with Jinhoo. He is one of the deep voiced rappers... very deep voiced! He is an accomplished flirter and can make everyone swoon without hardly trying. When Megs got her picture taken with him, her assestment... "he is so manly!" Tall and broad. He has beautiful and like them all, a killer smile. According to the recent video they made, his favorite thing right now is shoes.

I feel like Kogyeol is one of the more quiet and shyer members of the group. He is tall and has the most beautiful soothing mellow voice ever. It's also hard for me not to take my eyes off him when he dances. In fact, he is the first one of this band that I noticed and paid attention to. And yes...his smile. Dang, but they all have the most gorgeous smiles ever! His favorite thing is coffee!



Then there is Wei. I don't even know where to start with him. He is another rapper (there are three in this group) and does the high tone rapping, though that just means he is higher then Kuhn and Bitto, not that he sings that high. LOL. He is worked his way (ha Wei) into being my favorite because of his charm, wit, charisma, confidence, smarts, sarcasm, sweetness, cheerfulness, smiley face, huge eyes, silliness, tall lankiness, and... sheesh. Everything. He kills me pretty much. His favorite thing is video games.









Bitto is another one that is bit more quiet. (This is just observing from our concert, so maybe it's more or less their English confidence? ) He is the third rapper with a voice that might even be deeper than Kuhn's. I don't know. It's a toss up. But yeah. Bass bass bass! But then when he gets freaked out he screams really high like a little kid. It's hilarious. His favorite thing is hats.












Wooshin has a sort of sad story. Right about the time we were falling in love with this band, there was some sort of  "scandal" with him, that was really nothing. But it upset him enough that he took a year off. He deals with the whole anxiety and depression issue anyway, so this thing didn't help. Thankfully, he is now back with the group, but I can tell that he sometimes still feels not all there. He seems sad and withdrawn. Sometimes. I'm sure not always. He is beautiful and is the visual of the group. I wish he would smile more often! His favorite thing is sound mixing.













Sunyoul is the cutie pie. And he has the highest voice of them all. Even higher than Jinhoo's. His voice will blow you away! Chill inducing. He's the belter and I love it! His favorite thing is macaroon cookies. You know the ones from France?
















Gyujin, my daughter's favorite dude in ALL of kpop. That's saying a lot! So sweet and down to earth. I think of him as a regular kid and not a famous kpop band idol dude, you know?  His favorite thing from the recent video? Not totally sure! Bananas? Or cute stuffed animals? Lol! Bottom line, this kid is adorable.













Hwanhee is a wrecker for me. He is so sneaky in getting me to pay attention to him. He is another one with a belting kind a voice, so clear and beautiful. Not high like Jinhoo and Sunyoul necessarily, but just pure and clean and clear and strong. I love it when he sings... SO MUCH! And he too, like Kuhn, has a flirty thing going on that is hard to ignore. Language is no barrier, believe me. Clothes are the thing that he has declared a love for.













And finally the maknae! The baby! This Xiao with the killer smile and impressive eye smile. Do you see that eye smile there? So cute. His personality fits the baby of the group to a T. He is another sweet vocalist and amazing dancer. When watching him performing, you KNOW he is having the best time of his life! His favorite thing? Ice cream.








All these names are stage names except Gyujin and I think Hwanhee. I haven't learned their "real" names yet! AH!

The video where it highlights their favorite things is this one if you are interested.  It's is taken during a photo shoot and also following them while they were in San Francisco on tour this past summer.



And one more to show the other side of them:


Can you pick out the belters? The high note dudes? The deep voiced rappers? The ones whose dancing mesmerizes you? My boy Wei there at the end? :)

I want to share ALL the Up10tion things, but I'll leave at that for this intro post. ENJOY! They are amazing!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Kdrama Review: Falling in Love with Soon Jung

Drama: Falling in Love with Soon Jung (this one has a bunch of titles...the one I listed is how it's known on DramaFever where I watched it. It's on Netflix as Beating Again, but I think it's mostly known as Falling for Innocence. LOL. Whatever!)
Genre: romance drama
Starring: Kim So Yeon, Jung Kyung Ho, Yoon Hyung Min
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤



So there I was, right in the middle enjoying a drama called Lawless Lawyer when I get a text from Jenny saying she had started a drama on Netflix and was LOVING it and NEEDED to talk about it! And it had made her cry several times already and she was only four episodes in. And man, the characters were cute and endearing and all she wanted to do was WATCH! (Something like that, right Jenny? LOL!)

So of course I dropped the drama I was watching and started this one so we could talk. It's a little older one (like from 2015 I think?) and I hadn't heard any buzz about it and the leads I'd never heard of or seen before, so I was going in totally cold turkey.

But it was awesome and just like Jenny said. So cute and fun and emotional and everything!

This one is about a dude who is ruthless and awful and demanding and mean and all the bad things. He is the CEO of a cosmetics company and he is has just come back from the US to RULE! (I'm not even sure what his motives were, but they weren't good.) And he didn't care about anything or anyone because as we learn quickly, he will probably die in a month from a heart condition if he doesn't get a transplant donor.

Then we have our girl who is the secretary for this company. They clash right off the bat of course and she can't stand him and he is intrigued, but seemingly not in a good way. Like he is out to torment her. Meanwhile, she gets engaged to the local detective dude and all is well.

For a few minutes anyway. And this next bit is sort of a spoiler, but is basically the premise for the whole show and happens in episode two, I think... so yeah. That's your spoiler warning.

There's another guy. He's been friends with the secretary and the detective for years.. but he has issues. And the detective learns that he is responsible for a scandal that has just gone down within the company and he confronts this guy and says... turn yourself in or else.

Well. Next thing we know the detective gets run down by our dude with issues and is rushed to the hospital where he dies.... sad. At the same time, our ruthless CEO dude collapses from heart failure and is rushed to the hospital.... and ends up getting the heart transplant he needs... from the detective dude. And he doesn't die.

Yeah. So when he wakes up, he starts changing. And he is drawn to the secretary and she to him. And things get weird and complicated.
I wasn't sure if I liked him at first, but he really grew on me!
There's a great bromance (see the dude behind) in this one too!

Many things happen after that with the company issues and changes of personalities and the TRUE mean dude (who I liked dang it!) and relationships with parents and trying to figure out what makes a person themselves... their heart? Or.... what????

I loved seeing the main guy change through the course of the show and in fact he actually becomes one of the cutest, most boyish, sweetest freaking characters I've seen! Like... he has NO filter and just... it's all out there. And he totally turns from this jerk to this sweetheart. Best thing ever.

And here's the cute second lead guy who ends up meaner than the first mean guy!
I still liked him. I mean... not his character. But, you know....

The ending... is weird. But not weird enough to make me not like the show overall. And still satisfying. I think these crazy endings are sometimes a kdrama trope too, along with so many other awesome things. LOL!

It was fun to watch as a little group... we ended up bringing Deanna on board too since just as I started it she was all... what should I watch next? So she watched with us also. Very fun.

Here's a really short trailer:





The music didn't really stand out to me in this drama, and yet... there are a couple of songs that will bring back all the feels. Here's the main one I think:




And now we wait to see if this sticks with Jenny and she watches more! :)


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

BTS Speaks at the United Nations

On Monday, yesterday, BTS the Korean "boy band" group that I gush about a lot, spoke at the United Nations to kick off a new youth program by UNICEF. Seeing them stand there, so dignified and serious, made me so proud and happy. It feels like a sort of pay back to people who make fun of this music and these guys and even other groups, as just frivolous bubble gum dumb boy band music, and shows that they are much more than that. And that they have so much to say that will help the world become a better place... stuff they say all the time in their music, but yesterday they said it just a few smart words delivered by their leader, Kim Namjoon.

Stuff like: believe in yourself, speak up for yourself, follow your dreams and passions, don't be put in a box or a mold dictated by race, gender or anything. Don't lose sight of yourself. It doesn't matter if you mess up and make mistakes. You will be wiser tomorrow. It's okay to love yourself. It's a message they've been talking about nonstop for a long time now... and now the world got to hear it. Ah. It's so cool and crazy!

Our boy Namjoon, aka. RM did an impressive job. He's truly an amazing person in so many ways.

Anyway, here's the speech if haven't seen it and are curious about what I'm talking about here:




And here's the whole thing written out if you'd rather read it... (but believe me you will love to hear Namjoon's voice!)




Anyway, I'm just so proud of them and wanted to shout it out. And to share the speech for those that don't listen to their music, but might need to hear this message anyway.

They will be on Jimmy Fallon tonight, and Good Morning America tomorrow if you want to see more of them. Believe me, they won't be as serious looking as they looked at the UN... or looking like they are going to church! BUT, they will look amazing and they will have a great time and they will show the world that they are for real and here to stay.

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Book: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

This is the second book of the duology of books starting with Six of Crows. So the story continues pretty much right where the first one left off, which was not in a great place! The first book had our heroes (anti heroes?) pulling off an impossible heist. But they were duped. This story is them getting revenge on the duper.

We continue to get to know these characters even better. I thought we had them pretty down from the first book, but no.... there's SO MUCH MORE! Which means we just fall in love with them all even harder. It continues, like the first one, to have each of them getting a turn to tell the story. And I love that.

So from page to page, we never know what thing they have to deal with next. There's hardly any catch your breath moment. It's intense. This book knows well about the whole put the characters in a hard place concept and see if they can get out of it. So many times I thought... AND NOW WHAT WILL THEY DO? Let's just say they (and the author of course) are ten times smarter than I am. I could never figure out what they could do to solve all their predicaments.

Another fun thing about this story, is that we as the readers often have NO CLUE what's really going on, but the characters do. Know what I mean? So we are tricked into thinking... oh man it's OVER now, but in reality, the characters had things in complete control. But since that was always the case... you just never knew!

I do wish there had been a touch more romance. The potential is there, but the characters are just not cooperating! The end was great, but I just... AH!.... wanted a little more!

But still. Great story. Great characters. Fantastic writing. And now I'm on to finishing the other series... the one that actually came first!





Monday, September 17, 2018

This Week In Kpop: September 17, 2018



Well, it appears I haven't done a kpop weekly wrap up for a long time! LOL... why did I name it that? Whatever, I will tell you about what happened this past week I guess anyway...

E'Dawn and HyunA

Awhile back a couple of kpop idols (celebrities) announced that they were dating and had been for two years... that they were sick of keeping it a secret and that they wanted to share with the world. Of course, while international fans seem okay with the idea.. Korean fans HATE the thought of their idols dating, and so they freaked out. The company for these two then also freaked out and said that they were now on hiatus... and they stopped all promotion for their groups. The dude was supposed to come with his group to KCON but of course he didn't and so we saw his group without him, which was a sad sad thing. So this past week they announced (we think they officially announced... I don't think it was a simple leak) that these two were being fired basically. And kicked out. Well... we ALL went crazy on Twitter and after a day.. the company's stock fell a TON and then they said.. okay wait... wait... maybe we won't fire them. Calm down everyone! So then after a few more days they said... yeah... we will keep them after all... and so now we are all... NO NEVERMIND! WE WANT THEM TO LEAVE AND MAKE ALL THE MONEY WITHOUT YOU! It's such a mess and such total drama. But real lives are messed up. The poor boys left in the group, trying to do their job... keep breaking down in tears. They had to release a new song and MV without him and it's so cute...but it's so hard to know that inside they are all hurting so bad.



The dude wrote a letter to fans that was seriously heartbreaking saying he just wanted to live a truthful life and that he never meant to make such a mess. I was proud of him though, for NOT apologizing for actually falling in love... or telling the truth. Anyway. It's still going to be seen what happens, but I hope they figure it all out. It's such a mess.



BTS came out with more songs and more awesome MVs. And a complete repackage album of all their recent best stuff. Currently they are on tour in the US and making everyone lucky enough to go to their concerts pretty much die in ecstasy over them. They really are amazing. Of course, we didn't get tickets this time. We tried and failed. They have been nominated for a Grammy... it's in the social artist category, but soon they will be nominated for an actual musical award, I'm pretty sure.  Just wait :) They have been having drama of their own with the Korean fans since they wanted to do song on their upcoming Japanese album writen by a dude that the fans do not approve of... so the company listened to the fans... again.. .and pulled the song. Those Korean fans are NOT to be messed with let me just say!

Our favorites, SHINee, released a video and new song this past week too and their video is the cutest thing ever....you should totally watch. And Minho is reading a book... can you see what it is? I couldn't but someone told me in a comment on our channel. I will let you guess first. :)




I can't think what else to report on for now. But it seems like there's always something going on!



Sunday, September 16, 2018

Currently: Life... It Goes On



Do we still like these Currently posts? Even though I forget to do them very often?

Listening: Spotify, as usual. The playlist at the moment is the one they make for you based on what you listen to a lot. Daily Mix 1 (they have different mixes based on my different genres.) This list is kpop of course. The song at the moment is the beautiful Leo singing this song:




Maybe I'll get to see him sing this live some day like the lucky people in this audience. :)

A favorite song lately is this one:



We got to see them sing this for the first time at KCON and it was awesome.

Watching: I started a little series on Netflix that the husband recommended called Shetland. Based on mysteries by Ann Cleeves taking place in the Shetland Islands off Scotland. Very intriguing. I watched 3 episodes and need to finish the last 3 to see what happens!

Still watching lots of dramas. I was excited this week when my friend Jenny got sucked into a drama (FINALLY!) and wanted to talk about it (I feel your pain girl!) and so I dropped the one I was halfway into and started this one with her. It's so good!

Not sure what that Hangul says, but people are calling it all sorts of things:
Beating Again... or Falling in Love with Soon Jung are two... lol. 

Survivor starts up again soon too I think. Not even sure when, but I said to the husband... "are we watching still" and he said why not, so... why not!


Reading: I'm still being captured by the series and world created by Leigh Bardugo. Currently finishing up Crooked Kingdom. Love these characters so much! But they are KILLING ME! AHH!!!

Writing: Guys I really want to start up again. But I waffle back and forth on why should I? Just to finish the stories I've started? To say that I did it? To actually try and publish? To just make my brain do creative things? I don't really know why and I don't really think I'm good enough to do anything with it, so.... why? Ah... it's so hard to have a positive attitude about this one! I would LOVE to attempt Nano again, but I'm going to be gone being a grandma for some of that month and so I know it will be a crazy endeavor... but still...

Blogging: I decided I need to get all my blogs printed in a hard copy and stuck in binders. I did this for a long time, but got totally behind, so this past week I copied year 2013 of my blog. Wow, but it's fun to look back. I did so freaking much back then!! How did I do that? LOL! Anyway, it's like reliving that whole year again, and it was a pretty great year! This week I hope to get 2014 and maybe even 2015 done. I wonder what I did during those years!

But CURRENTLY, I had a dry spell and then I have been doing okay trying to catch up  on some things, yeah? I think Bloggiesta is going to be happening later on this month.. and I was wondering about the Readathon too.. I bet it's coming up! And also, I'm wondering what fun weekly memes are people doing these days. Anything? What's a good one to start doing? Suggestions?!!! I need a regular weekly feature to look forward to.

YouTubing: Well, as you know KCON was a highlight... being guest panelists at a huge convention. Yeah? But now that high is passing and I'm left wondering what we do next to keep things going. We are sick of doing reactions on the channel, so we are trying to figure out what else would be fun. Sister and YouTube partner Megs will be traveling to Korea in a month and the plan is to have her do travel and experience vlogs for the channel, so we are hoping that will be a fun and popular thing! I still have the most fun compiling song lists, but people don't seem that interested in watching them. It's always a struggle figuring out what people DO want to watch... that's not reactions. LOL.

We'll be going to a the local social media  conference this week. It's always a good thing for getting ideas and revitalizing the enthusiasm, yes?


Asking: Can we PLEASE get some rain? We need the fires out and the smoke all gone.. and we need the weather to cool down! Please???!!!

Picture Taking: We went camping over Labor Day and I enjoyed the sunsets. :)







Looking Forward To: 

  • Going to Illinois around Thanksgiving to visit the daughter and family, bond with the 2 year old granddaughter and welcome another granddaughter to the world. 
  • Markus Zusak's new book (only a few weeks to go!!) and visit in October! Ah, I think it was a dream that he came here years ago. Did that really happen? I'm so glad it gets to happen again!
  • Hosting another Kpop party at Bumblebees, hopefully in also in October. Did you see the last one? Maybe you even came? Dang, we had a fun and crazy crowd! 
That's about it that's going on around here. What's happening with you all?





Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Kdrama Review: Longing Heart

Drama: Longing Heart (also called My First Love)

Genre: time travel romance
Starring: Lee Jung Shin, Lee Yeol Eum, Seo Ji Hoon
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

I was going to give the drama watching a break... and read. But I finished my book fast, and I crave the dramas after even only a couple of days of not watching one, so I caved and decided to watch this one because it's so short... only 10 episodes. And the episodes are short too, like only 45 min long. And besides it's been on my radar since last year when it aired.

This one is about a dude who has pined for his high school crush for ten years. And is so sad that nothing everncame of this love he had. And is still baffled after all this time why she just up and disappeared after high school without a word and never came back.

But she suddenly appears in his current life and he tries to approach her. But she is cold and brash and mean and basically drops him flat. So sad. He feels like something is up and he is determined to figure it out.

That's when something happens and he finds himself suddenly 10 years in the past when he was in high school. Only wait. He is his current present day self, gone back in time. And so he is a teacher now to his friends, this girl he loves... and himself... from 2007.

It's trippy.

He's determined to figure out what happened and to change things up a bit so that he can be with this girl.. either now... or in the future. But the minute he gets there, he has already messed things up and dang it, but the girl now has a massive crush him, the teacher, and not him, the student. What to do??

It's great! There are like three parts to this drama. The first few episodes are in the past in 2007 with both our dudes there, both the student main lead and the teacher main lead. Then we come back to the present day 2017, with BOTH our guys again... the student AND the teacher! And then we have the episodes were the guys are both finally back to the proper times, but their memories are so messed up because of the events that have now happened that they don't know what time what happened!

Anyway, our lovely student boy (dang I loved him!) thinks he has it all figured out and he is sure he is going to fix things so his future self will be happy once and for all!
Our two boys! Their banter is the best!

Okay, so my favorite part of this drama was the banter between these two leads. The student character and the teacher character.. because they are the same character, but not really! It's awesome! And they banter like frenemies and big and little brothers or best buds forever. A great bromance drama. And we all love bromance dramas.

The other thing I liked was the mother son relationship. Man, these dramas like to play that up. There are great daughter dad ones, and some mother daughter ones... I can't think of good son dad ones because usually those ones are toxic. But the mom son ones really get to me and this one was no exception. So good.

The romance was fun but frustrating because the girl was so confused as to who she was in love with, as you can imagine! LOL! And even though it's a short drama, it seemed like it took forever for her to finally figure it out!
A love triangle with yourself. Awesome!

Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot. Time travel stories are always fun, but they do totally mess with your mind!

(This one reminded me a bit of Back to the Future in parts and I about died when at one point the character was watching Back to the Future on TV! LOL! So funny!)

The teacher dude was played by a guy from the band CNBLUE (those guys seem to get around!) and I've seen him in something else but it took me nearly the whole drama to realize it was him. The kid was someone new I haven't seen before and is so freaking cute. I hope to see him around in more.

Here's a trailer:





And this song sung by IMFACT, a band we discovered this year when we saw them at KCON. Awesome!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Book Review: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Book: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright
Genre: novel based on a true story (is that it's own genre? Sort of a novelized memoir?)
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Hey it's our book club book and book club isn't happen for another week and a half and I have the book read already! Things are CHANGING around here!! LOL.

I loved this guy's other book, The Rent Collector and this book has had it's fair share of buzz (man I seem to be catching up on all the buzz lately.. well some) and so the book club voted it in and here we are!

It's about a boy who grew up in India until he was about 8 years old, and then bam, one day he was kidnapped and sold to an orphanage where he was then adopted to an  American family, which happened to be located here in Utah. This is that crazy crazy story!

Because later when he grew up, he went back and found his Indian family! With hardly ANYTHING to go on. He had no idea what city to look in... and we are talking INDIA here! It's really an amazing story. And I loved it! I devoured this book in fact.

The story is novelized to fill in all the missing blanks from when he was a kid and to change around a few characters, but if I'm understanding correctly, it's basically following exactly what happened. Someone just took him off the street one day when he was waiting for his dad and they took him to an orphanage. Luckily, it seems he was treated well and life was actually better for him, but still... his family! His mom! He even tried to escape at one point, but went back to help the sick girl that needed his knowledge because he knew what plant would help her.

When he arrived in America, he tried to explain to his new family that he still had a family, but it took awhile for his English to be good enough to get through to them. And once it did, they tried as best they could to figure it out, but everything led to a dead end. So after awhile, they gave up.

So it wasn't until he was in college that he started feeling a draw to his country. He meet some wonderful people and they helped him get back (mostly.. he had some resistance too.) And once he was there, he went off just some small clues and started combing the area to figure it out. The way he finally ends up finding them is... amazing. And yes, I cried.

Anyway, his life has turned out be be pretty good in the end.  And he has been able to live sort of teh best of both worlds. But he still struggles. Because of this question: Is it good that he was kidnapped and taken from his family? Because look at what he has now... and how he has been able to help the people in India... so, was it good thing?  Ah, it hurts my heart to try and answer this question! I'm sure we will discuss at book club and find all the answers!

The book was beautifully written. Sometimes a touch too flowery in description for my taste, BUT I did devour it and could hardly put it down, so it's obviously engaging and paints a wonderful picture of what life must have been like in India... and afterwards... for this guy.







Monday, September 10, 2018

Kdrama Review: Are You Human Too?

Drama: Are You Human Too?
Genre: science fiction thriller/romance
Starring: Seo Kang Joon, Gong Seung Yeon
Rating: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 


This is a drama that grabbed me from the very first moment. So much happens in the first couple of episodes! The premise here is that our guy is a robot... his genius mom made him because her human son was kidnapped from her when he was about 10 years old by his grandpa (her father in law) and she was never able to get him back.

So he was raised by this crazy powerful guy and so she, because she could, made a robot replacement.

The robot is nice, mannerly, kind, rule abiding, sweet, compassionate and etc. The human is... arrogant, mean, ruthless, playboyish, snotty, greedy, and etc. They are as different as can be.

The robot, with his adorable smile.

One day, the human son is trying to track down his mom, but he is being followed by a hitman hired by the bad guy and is nearly killed. The robot son witnesses this and is freaked out. The mom rescues the human son and begins to nurse him back to health.

Meanwhile, she asks the robot son to step into his place in the corporate crazy world so that the bad guys don't know what happened, and so that the human son doesn't lose his place to inherit the company.

Yeah.

So they teach him to be all the bad things so he can pull this off. But deep down, he is still all the good things. And it might get him caught!

(I found it funny that he, this robot character, continually said he doesn't have emotions, but dang, he totally did! He was chuck full of emotion! How is that possible!? LOL!)

He gives lots of hugs because it's a rule.

And so it goes. He has a bodyguard that he had had a run in with as the human, but the robot took a liking to the bodyguard and won her over quickly. She discovers his secret pretty fast. Which was nice (I hate it when secrets like this get dragged on forever!) and she becomes a great ally. And of course, she falls for him. He is TOO DANG SWEET not to fall for! And of course, even if he doesn't have emotion or a heart, or whatever, he totally falls for her too. It's the best thing ever!

But wow the story gets complicated and all messed up and so much is happening and dang the bad guys ! And then when the human son wakes up... oh boy. It's not pretty.

Robot left, human right. Yeah?

Of course both parts are played by the same guy and that lets you know his acting is spot on! We can usually tell which one it is by the way he holds his face, the way he smiles , the way walks. He can go from human to robot in a flash. Though he does trick us a few times! Beware....

And so I loved it. The end was a bit.. weird and frustrated me. I could have thought of better ways, you know? But all in all it was extremely engaging and fun and suspenseful.

Here's the trailer. It's a bit long, but the best one out there:






This drama is another one with a ton of great songs. Here's the one that seems to play at all the best parts!

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