Monday, August 20, 2012

Now I'm ready.

I've moved! I'm excited to announce I'm retiring from posting Gigantic Beauty for a new chapter in writing. Find me here! Please visit, love, comment and share the news.

Loving you. Over and out.

Monday, August 13, 2012

It's true.

It's not you, it's me.

We're not breaking up, I promise. But, maybe I have so many things going on right now that I've been letting you slip to a lower priority. I'm not sure what actionable things I"m going to do to prevent it, as the other things going on are just SO awesome.

LaserEyes asked me to marry him while we were on vacation in Jeju, the most beautiful and popular of islands in South Korea. And it WAS beautiful, such a monumental heart swelling experience. I've always known it was him. I loose my words when I think about how happy I am with him, with our life, with our plans.

We found a puppy a few days before he proposed, an adorable terrier "mongrel" (as they called mixed breeds in Korea). We've named her Rhubarb Sandy Beach Forrest, and she's melted everyone's heart. Even our non-animal loving, only animal-eating friends enjoy her company and swoon. This is all very exciting.

What do you want to know? Our plans? They always change. The definite thing is that we're returning to Canada by September 2013 (return for him, new beginning for me) for him to return to school for a Masters in Landscape Architecture. Which I think is fucking awesome. Did you know my dad is a L.Arch? As well as my favorite sort-of-dad/godfather? As well as my good family friend in Toronto? All wonderful men. I'm not surprised.

And, well. I'm happy.

Loving you, GB

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Please watch this video. It accurately depicts a serious pop culture in my country of current choice, South Korea. It's brilliant.

Just so you know, this means any time I say the word lady... I'll have 12 students singing "sexshee laaady" in the classroom. True story.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

simple pleasures

I've been so caught up with saving money, that I had forgot how nice it is to just...sit in a coffee shop without agenda. Lord, it's devine.

I've learned a few things, too!

For example, my iPod can have an International Korean keyboard!

사 랑 해 요! I love you! Boom, now I feel awesome. Now, I should continue studying my Korean*.

*perhaps I have a small agenda...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

twenty-sixth year

Today is my twenty-sixth birthday. It's on a Monday this year, so we celebrated a pinch this weekend, a pinch tonight, and perhaps a pinch this week. I like to spread out the awesome.

I do feel more adult than before. I know I'm not MORE of an adult, how does one become more of something intangible? I understand how one can have more responsibility, or more dependents*, etc... those things might connote a sense of "adult" feelings. Perhaps it's a sense of internal calm I've allowed.

The tangible markers of my newly found adulthood include, but are not limited to:

  • enjoying day drinking, just so long as every understands I'll be in bed before midnight... though, not before swimming in the ocean with all my clothes... at least it's not illegal.
  • cleaning my stove-top on my birthday, while talking to myself that it really is what I feel like doing at the moment...
  • allowing myself to feel ho-hum. It's true. Though it's not really about my birthday. I'm hoping Papa GB decides it's a good time to return my and LE emails. We've got SHIT to SHARE.
To twenty-six! I am happy to be here.

Love, GB
*not that I have any, obviously. Unless you count our houseplants. Though, I could give a mean argument that trying to keep an apartment clean is like having a dependent. So. MUCH. effort.
**can we TALK about this awesome photo? I'd like it as a t shirt, coffee mug, and poster for my birthday m'kay?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

the rumbling


We're in the middle of an amazing thunder and lightning storm. It reminds me of my childhood in Arizona, thunder so loud it cracks open the sky, shaking my bedroom windows while everything is illuminated in 
striking white and blue. I know the true meaning of Electric Blue. It woke me up this morning. For the first time in y.e.a.r.s... I was actually scared twice from the strength and resounding BOOM of thunder. Shook my bones. 

But I love it. It's so powerful, it brings me back to memories of other storms in different cities, countries. Great storms. Such an interesting slap back to certain places and times.

Here's to hoping we didn't drown our tomatoes, LE jumped out of bed to relocate them to the safety of our veranda. 

Loving you,