He did a lot, and I'm grateful for his help, but I know there are families out there who still have it bad. Some of my friends in Kapoho just got electricity restored this weekend. Many had already capitulated and purchased generators. I offered to do laundry for some of my work friends, but nobody took me up on my offer. I hope it wasn't because of my only stipulation, "no undies". . .didn't want uncomfortable smiles (or new good friends) at work.
This past weekend was a long weekend (unlike the long weekend created by the arrival of Iselle, this weekend was planned). . .Admissions Day holiday on Friday. Since D2's birthday fell on Thursday, I threw her a slumber party on Thursday evening. She had a few friends over for pizza (yes, she finally eats pizza) and swimming. Although I kept an eye on them, its nice to know kids are able to swim on their own. I wonder when they became "old". . .
Not sure why, but I started feeling really lousy on Friday. I woke up with a headache right behind the eyes. I think the Aleve upset my stomach because I had to go back to bed and rest. It made me think that in spite of being with students all last year, I didn't take any sick leave. The only time I called a substitute was to attend a workshop. Amazing! The previous year, when I was only with adults, I developed bronchitis. I think the adults gave me more sickness germs than the kids.
Feeling under the weather, I asked The Help to get me some kim chee to eat with the taegu (seasoned codfish) I had. My reasoning was that the chili pepper heat would kill the bad germs. It must've worked because I felt fine by the time cake and ice cream time rolled around, and I was even able to keep my claws appointment. I tried out a new salon since TK was on vacation.
The next day, I felt fine so I accompanied The Help to a yearbook photo shoot in the morning. I also managed to squeeze in a test drive of a cute car I've been thinking about for D1. I'm still thinking. . .
I spent the entire afternoon at preseason football games with The Help. My job was to sherpa photo equipment. I think I went above and beyond the call because I actually shot some frames myself! I have students on both the junior varsity and varsity teams, and it is always nice to see them in a non-classroom environment. The 3rd quarter of the varsity game seemed endless! I spent over five hours at the stadium and had no energy to come home and cook dinner. We ate Korean food at Restaurant Osaka (yes, Restaurant Osaka serves Korean food). . .guess I was still ono for heat.
By Sunday evening, with my Korean food craving practically satiated, I decided to give it the one final hurrah. I didn't want the jar of kim chee to be forgotten in the fridge, so I made kim chee patties with the rest of the kim chee (I didn't eat much of it when I was feeling under the weather). Kim chee patties are easy to make because the patties fry up quickly. Because they are rather thin, they make a whole lot which means there will be leftovers for lunch the next day (and maybe even the day after too)!
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1 jar (10-12 oz) kim chee
1 lb ground beef
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp shoyu
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c flour
3/4 c cornstarch
Drain kim chee, reserving 1/2 c liquid (if liquid is less than 1/2 c, use water to make up the difference). Chop kim chee and combine with ground beef. Combine remaining ingredients. Add to kim chee/ground beef mixture. Batter will be runny. Heat oil in skillet. Scoop 2 tbsp at a time and fry in skillet (flatten out a little) until brown on one side. Turn over and fry other side. Add oil as needed. Skillet should not be dry. Drain on paper towels.
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