Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Birthday Wish List - Over $1000

As promised, here is my birthday wish list over $1000 (at least...)  BTW, most of this stuff is not possible on a government salary!

1. King Size Bed - The Marriott Bed ($2000 +)
My DH and I have been sleeping on a full size bed since we got married (which is a really really difficult task when your spouse is 6'0" at 190 lbs).  Two years ago, we stayed at a Marriott Hotel with the world's GREATEST bed.  The linens were sooo soft and the bed was so plush and comfortable.  I just slept so well that night that I want to recreate that feeling every night!

2. Pride and Prejudice - First Edition ($42,000)
One of my favorite books of all time and I would love to have a library full of first editions.  A girl can dream can't she?

 3. Lexus SC 2010 (Base MSRP $68,405)
 Wow... What a car!  I have been in love with this hard-top convertible since I was a teenager.  I know that I could ask for something ridiculous (like a Porsche 911 *drool*) but I am being reasonable here.  Imagine driving down the coast, with the windows down and the wind in my hair... ::sigh::


4. Mansion
Well, I figured I might as well just list all the things I could ever want in the world... so yeah... I want a mansion.  There are both good and bad aspects about owning such a large property, i.e. taxes, cleaning, taxes, maintenance, perhaps too much space, taxes, perhaps the house is haunted... But I would definitely be able to entertain my guests in style... I should probably ask for a handful of domestic workers while I'm at it...

Sunday, January 10, 2010


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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up soon and I wanted to post my wish list.  I had a long conversation with my DH about my birthday gift but I just want you to know that I am not trying to guilt trip him into getting me a gift (he doesn't read this blog on a regular basis anyway).

I just love to knit!  I find it really relaxing and a fun way to be creative.  I've always wanted some good knitting needles and there are so many great reviews about this set.  For only $65, it's a great bargain!

For what it's worth, if I get the circular knitting set above, I also want the double pointed needle set as well. Great for knitting socks, booties and other little goodies!

I am cold all the time (even in the summer!).  My nose, ears, fingers, and toes are always the first parts of my body to freeze.  I don't have any warm boots for the winter, which is a huge mistake since I live in Pennsylvania.  I'm not really into trends but I definitely want a pair of these in black!

4. Perfume
Oh my goodness... I just love perfume!  I love how I feel when I have perfume on... and only perfume ... Jk!  Seriously, perfume makes me feel sexy.  I think this is because I am really attracted to people who smell fantastic as well as having great personalities.  My top five are:

Marc Jacobs - Daisy
Issey Miyake - L'eau D'Issey

Vera Wang - The Fragrance

Ralph Lauren - Romance

Thierry Mugler - Angel

Next Post: Gifts I want but are over $1000 (yikes!)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


My poor DH.  Sometimes I really wonder what he was thinking when he proposed to me.  I really do think that he got the short end of the stick.  I'm not intentionally putting myself down (trust me, I've got a pretty big ego) but I've got a very long list of faults and yet he still wants to be with me.  Maybe he's a bit crazy!

One of my biggest flaws is how selfish I am.  Like most couples, my DH and I have loans that we need to pay off before we can consider buying a place of our own.  However, I am obsessed about buying a home where we can settle down.  Yet, we can't do that until we figure out where my DH will be working permanently after his finishing his MBA.  At this point, we don't even have RFO's to our next duty station which we need to move to in April.  So I have to quit my job and find a new one, maybe move to the other side of the country and procure an apartment through the internet.

See how selfish I am?  I am not thinking about how we should probably be saving money for a better future.  I am thinking about how much I want to have children and raise them in a beautifully decorated home where I can entertain friends and live comfortably with my DH.  All I can think about is how awful it will be to move to a new place and leave behind my great job, my friends and family.

My DH is always looking out for our future and planning ahead.  He is trying to create a life where I could stay at home if I wanted (not that I could... seriously, I might go crazy if I don't work), take care of our future children, be a great homemaker, etc...  Me?  Yeah, I'm the wife that hasn't sent her spouse a care package in over three months (including the holidays).

"World's Worst Military Spouse"
at your service...

Monday, January 4, 2010

Korean American Couple #2

My DH and I are an anomaly in the U.S. Army.  We're both Korean Americans with strong ties to our cultural background.  Throughout the last five and a half years that we have been together, I have never met another Korean American* couple until today.

It was just so strange!  Here was another living breathing couple who actually understand the acronym "MiTT" and the words "Kimchi".  This couple was stationed in Fort Carson at the same time as my DH and we know people in common separately from my past and from my DH's past (people we met before my DH and I even met one another).

There is a very special bond between each and every military spouse because we can truly understand and sympathize with one another about all the positive and negative aspects of the military.  I am really glad that I got a chance to meet D and S today.  Just the knowledge that another Korean American military couple exist is amazing to me.

* Now just to be clear, my DH and I have met other Asian couples in the Army.  We've also met other Korean couples in the military.  However, we have never met another Korean American couple and yes! There is a difference.  I identify myself as a first generation Korean American woman for the following reasons: 1. My parents came over to the US from Korea, making me 1st generation**.  2. I was born and educated in the U.S.  3. I speak both Korean and English.  However, there is no universal definition that categories you as a "Korean American."  The above are my own personal explanations to why I identify myself as KA.

** I know that being born here would mean that I am 2nd generation according to other Americans.  However, Koreans do things a bit differently.  If you were born and educated in Korea and move to the U.S. as an adult (our parents) you would be identified as Korean.  If you were born and educated in Korea as well as the states and moved to the U.S. as a child, you would be identified as a ".5 generation" or a "F.O.B." (fresh off the boat).  If you were born and educated in the U.S. to Korean parents or parents of .5 generation, then you are typically considered "1st generation" or Korean American.

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