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12 days in Asia – Korea

Secret Agent Man and I are spending some time in Southeast Asia visiting some missionaries for pastoral care.  Our first stop was a 24 hour layover in Korea.
After a 15 hour flight we arrived in Incheon, Korea.  We checked into a hotel and then headed out to dinner.  It’s always about adventure so of course we went to the most local place around. Which really was not hard, as we were not in a tourist area.  The food was good and the experience better. Trying to order from a menu you cannot read and a server who does not speak the same language added to the fun.
It was only 8:30pm when I crawled into bed, but I had not slept in over 24 hours, and yes it was the best sleep ever.
We woke this morning at 5:30am, had breakfast, packed up and headed out to make the most of our time in Korea; our plane leaves at 4:30pm – so off we went.
We took a 45 minute subway ride to Seoul. It was a nice way to see a bit of the country, which at times made me think of South Texas. Coastal with business all about and trees that looked like mesquite trees.
When we arrived in Seoul it was very Western looking, even similar stores you would find in America. As we walked a few blocks we found more places that were more Asian and less Western, which we enjoyed.
Lunch was more of the same experience as dinner was last night, good food and better experience.
From what I’ve seen of Korea, which isn’t much, it looks a great deal like any American city. The parts of the country I’ve encountered is very clean and the people hospitable and accommodating.
Almost 24 hours later and I’m at the airport again waiting to catch a 6 hour flight to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We will spend a few days with a missionary family that are near and dear to us and well as our church body.
Who’s watching the kids while we are away you ask? That would be Big Brother, who will turn 19 while we are away, and intern extraordinaire, Cory Kirkland. A big job, but great young men taking care of the home front! (Cory, water my flowers!)
Until the next country or the next time wifi is available, carry on!

Would you, could you for Chuck Liddell?

Summer before last, Secret Agent Man wanted to go down to Atlanta to so that the boys could meet UFC fighter Chuck Liddell.  He was signing autographs at one of the malls, so we made it a family outing.  We girls do not miss a chance to go to the big city, so we all packed it up and headed down.  Atlanta has more than Wal-Mart – we were excited.

As we shopped the boys stood in line.

I keep coming back to see how they were faring – I mean look at the hordes of people standing in line just to have some guy sign his picture for them.  I was like “whatever!  how much money can I spend”?  I mean hello!  They had Pottery Barn!  I think this is when Secret Agent Man said “hey, how about you run go get me coffee, and I’ll let you know about the money when you get back”.

He’s so sweet!  So off I went to get his coffee.  While standing there, and I stood there for a while because all of the other Chuck- fan-wives were getting coffee for their husbands too, I starting thinking of all the things I could get at the big fancy mall and how much money would Secret Agent Man fork over – it was almost my birthday! 

Then all these crazy Chuck fans started to catch my attention.  (People-watching is one of my favorite past times.)  I started thinking about who it would take to get me down to a mall an hour and half a way to stand in line for several hours just so I could have them sign something for me.  I really did not come up with anyone; I want to be friends with people – not have their autograph.

But the boys were happy – So I was happy… even though Secret Agent Man did not fork over money!I think Little Brother will remember this day his whole life!

I think Big Brother will remember this day his whole life, too… but for another reason…. Look How Much They Look Alike!!!  I promised him over and over I have never ever met the man before, and that Secret Agent Man really is his father!

So who would you stand in line for several hours to meet?  Would you, could you for Chuck Liddell?  A year and half later I found who I would stand in line for, and I will tell you about it… tomorrow… I have to go to a Big Brother’s wrestling tournament were he will use those Chuck Liddell skills …. he is still not convinced.

So stay tuned, and tell me who you would stand in line to meet.

“Yuck – eeww – Who did this?”

This summer I have been blogging the days away and I am glad to have you read as I babble on and on about nothing important.  In the past few months that I have been blogging you may have learned a few things about me.   

  • Butter =  Love
  • Little Brother is a saleman
  • I turned 40
  • I think of My husband as Secret Agent Man
  • My new measuring  bowls make me happy

I really do not want to bring out negative things, but if you want to know someone then you are going to have to hear a bit of negativism every now and again.  So I will make this super short so you can know a little more about me.

 I do not like when other house members (anyone really) do this.IMG_7427

 For some reason it grosses me out.  It makes me think of dog food.   I am not a dog hater, I am just not a dog lover.  I really don’t want any dog food in my frig with my other food.  So when I see a can food with foil covering the top, it makes me say “yuck – eeww – who did this?  How hard would it have been to put it in a container!”

Boo to can foods in the frig with foil on the top!IMG_7428

Holy Guacamole!

burgers on a grillThe other night we grilled burgers for dinner.  Not just mustard and ketchup burgers, but burgers with the works; the serious stuff – Guacamole!  One bite and I realized a fork was needed, can’t let all that goodness be left behind on the plate.  It was a culinarydelight!  guacamole burger

It is amazing how one precious little fruit changes a burger.


We have a good friend back  in Texas, Handsome Ritchie.  He had something to say about avocadoes that I will share with you.  But first about Handsome Ritchie.  He really is handsome and I am not just saying that because he and his wonderful wife, Precious Holly, will inherit our children in the event of our demise.  Precious Holly does not like us to bring attention to Handsome Ritchie’s apprearance, she says it makes him a challenge to live with. Handsome Ritchie once said this:

A Sandwich is lunch.sandwich


A toasted sandwich is a mealtoasted sandwich


But a toasted sandwich with av0cadoes (or guacamole) is a gourmet meal!toasted sandwich with avocado

You should grill some burgers  and toss some guacamole or avocadoes on them for Father’s Day.  Dad will be pleased you grilled a gourmet burger for him.

I Love Butter


This morning I made a comment about butter on a friends blog and since then I can’t get  the butter off my mind.

I’ve been known to over indulge with the butter, we are talking Paula Dean indulgence.   When I am in the mood to count calories I will even cut back on other things just to add the butter.  I once witnessed a little girl take a bite out of an entire stick of butter, I love that girl to this day.

There is a good chance I will die with my arteries clogged with the butter, at least I will die happy with a stick of the butter in my hand.  Please don’t send flowers, the butter will do.

I will be 40 next month,  so to keep with the theme of 40, I will list 40 things I have been known to put butter on.

  1. Toast
  2. Pancakes
  3. Corn on the Cobb
  4. Muffins
  5. Eggs
  6. Potatoes
  7. Corn Bread
  8. Waffles
  9. Pretzels
  10. Chips
  11. A spoon
  12. Shrimp
  13. Chicken
  14. Green Beans
  15. Broccoli
  16. Zucchini
  17. Squash
  18. Mushrooms
  19. Rolls
  20. My Finger
  21. French Toast
  22. Pizza
  23. Flour Tortillas
  24. Corn Tortillas
  25. A Knife
  26. Carrots
  27. Rice
  28. Oatmeal
  29. Grits
  30. Bagels
  31. Pasta Noodles
  32. Pita Bread
  33. A Fork
  34. A Scone
  35. Bread ( I love bread too – but  that is for another day)
  36. Crackers
  37. Gold Fish
  38. Pop Tarts
  39. Pop Corn
  40. A spatula

All things butter- big or small, melted with garlic, for dipping, spreading or licking – I like it all!

Did I mention I love butter?

 What do you put butter on?