Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Sunday, January 1, 2023
This is the first year that we let our kids stay up for the actual Ball Drop in Times Square. In years past, we would celebrate the countdown with countries in other time zones so that our kids can get to bed by a decent hour. Fussy kids are no fun... but neither are fussy adults. Being more disciplined with sleep is one of my goals for 2023.
Most are familiar with how sleep can benefit your mood and immune system. Did you know it can also help with preventing weight gain? Few theories out there but one thought is that ghrelin, a hormone that makes you hungry, is increased with less sleep. At the same time, leptin, a hormone that tells you that you are full, is decreased. There are also studies that suggest lack of sleep promotes prediabetes which can then lead to diabetes, as well as worsen sugar control for those who already have diabetes.
So the reasons are many... but I find it super hard to do. The wee hours before bedtime is the only "me time" I really get and unfortunately, as the kids get older this time has shrunk. They used to all be in bed by 8pm at the latest. Now, it is a real struggle to get my middle schooler in bed before 10p. My high schooler is on her own... sometimes she is up even later doing homework. I suppose I will have to brainstorm ways...
Well... happy new year, everyone!
Sunday, December 25, 2022
Night Before Christmas 2022
It is that time of year again when we're getting a lot of sick calls... sinus infections... strep... flu... covid... you name it! And yes... they are all contagious. Stay healthy, everyone!
All's quiet in the Kim household...
|our second daughter baked the cookies herself|
|we finally got a gas fireplace|
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
It has been a while since I posted. Covid hit my life like a cyclone spinning all the different components out of place and even now as things settle, it is just not the same. We are all adjusting to the "new normal"... whatever that means. I imagine work in particular has worn me down quite a bit and I am tired of thinking and talking... especially if it is about Covid. Compound that with the kids all growing a little older and our two girls reaching adolescence, my heart is lamenting how the parent-child relationship has changed. The challenge has made me emotionally exhausted.... but more on that in another post.
So what do I want to write about if not about Covid or parenting? I decided that I'll throw in a post about KDramas. It is the one piece that got thrown into my mix during Covid that has been a fun distraction and escape. With that said, it is only a temporary and fleeting reprieve. Scripture is still the only true sustainable fuel that fills my empty mental and emotional tanks. I need to remind myself of familiar passages such as:
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:3 New Living Translation)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28 NIV)
Now a little about my momentary diversions... here are a few dramas that stood out to me. For diversity, I'll pick from different genres.
This is a lighthearted romantic comedy and since it is one of the first KDramas that drew me in, I have to mention it. The chemistry between the two main leads is cute and they ended up dating for real afterward, even getting married and expecting their first child. Furthermore, the soldier sidekicks were hilarious and added an important element. I ended up rewatching it with my kids, who also really got into it. The contrast of everyday life that was illustrated between North and South Korea was what made this drama unique.
The beautiful cinematography, superb acting, and gripping storyline all consumed me during this watch. The back story of the three male leads and their roles were so cleverly woven together, it left a lingering impression. The love story was subtle but pulled at the heart. This drama was engrossing and deep and caused me to think about it for days even after finishing. I even got my mom hooked to watch it. There are definitely more graphic violent scenes so I did not show this to my kids.
If you like a little bit of scary mixed in with humor and romance then this drama is a must-watch. I generally do not like horror movies but this drama has just enough humor in it for it to not be categorized as a true horror movie. It is more of a fantasy romance with a fascinating storyline that had me on the edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to end. There was only one scene where I had to plug my ears and peek through my fingers to watch... (the closet scene!) Finally, I have to mention the music because the soundtrack for this drama is exceptionally moving.
This drama is back to a bit more lighthearted and fun but throws in some kick-butt action and mafia scenes. I actually really like lawyer shows and this is one of several that I've enjoyed (maybe because I'm in the medical profession, I don't really like watching medical shows). What stood out to me was the humor and action. There is a bit of violence and gore in some of the scenes but just as how Hotel Del Luna was not an outright horror movie due to humor, I feel this is not just an action movie due to the humor. There is a tinge of romance but I feel it was not the main draw.
This has become my new favorite KDrama and Ji Sung has become my favorite Korean actor. He plays a character with dissociative personality disorder and displays seven different personalities remarkably well. The storyline is captivating and this is a drama I will want to rewatch. However, it is not on Netflix. You can watch it on Viki if you get the Viki Plus Pass or on Kocowa which is free but has a lot of interruptions with advertisements. Hoping it will come to Netflix soon.
Well, that is it for now. I'll post something more useful later. Maybe...
Saturday, May 28, 2022
So this will be FAREWELL and not GOODBYE....
My office manager of 17 years from work is retiring. This post is a tribute to all that she has done for the office, staff, patients, and myself...
Here are her answers to some common questions.
When did you start working at WFM?
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Happy Mother's Day
To all the mothers out there... hope you feel loved, honored, and blessed... not just today but every day!
Our local community experienced a heart-wrenching tragedy recently that has hit me especially hard because it involves a mother. I am still sorting out my jumbled emotions and thoughts... I have no words...
but I will hang on to these words that offer me some peace and hope to hold on to...
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:4)
"Let your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you." (Psalm 33:22)
So it has been way too long since I've last posted. So much has happened in the "Covid World" since... one of the best things is that we now have medication that we can prescribe in the outpatient setting. Make sure you contact your doctor if you test positive to see if is right for you. Also, if you haven't done so already, you can order free home tests here.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone!
My baby is growing too fast...
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
CDC Covid Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
- If no symptoms and up to date with vaccines or had confirmed covid in last 90 days
- no need to quarantine but wear mask for 10 days
- can test on Day 5
- watch for symptoms for 10 days
- If no symptoms but not up to date with vaccines
- quarantine 5 days at home (mask around family members)
- mask for 10 days while watching for symptoms
- can test on Day 5
- If yes symptoms regardless of vaccine status or previous exposure status
- test on Day 2-3
- isolate 5 days at home then wear mask for full 10 days
- If yes symptoms and very sick
- test on Day 2-3
- isolate 10 days and contact doctor before ending isolation
- no symptoms
- isolate 5 days then wear mask for
- yes symptoms
- isolate 5 days then wear mask for full 10 days
- yes severe symptoms
- isolate 10 days then contact doctor before ending isolation