When I was stuck at home after my appendectomy, I had nothing to do but watch TV.
I watched reruns of “The Housewives of Atlanta” and caught up with “Day of Our Lives.” And if there was nothing on, I flipped the channel to the Food Network and fantasized about having a kitchen like Giada De Laurentiis.
And then my mom did something horrible.
She made me watch “Miss Ajumma.”
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If you don’t already know — or you spend your weekends doing something more productive — “Miss Ajumma” is a Korean drama about the life of Kang Geum Hwa, easily the most unfortunate woman in Seoul. She was married, then let her appearance slide, got dumped by her husband who cheated with another woman, then met another guy who might be the father of the child raised by the woman who stole her husband.
Welcome to the world of K-Dramas, the world I tried — and successfully for years — to avoid. I used to watch Japanese dramas with my mom but swore I would never, ever, under any circumstance watch the Korean versions, which, I had heard were far more interesting than the ones from Japan.
Well, never say never — especially out loud on Friday nights at 9:25 p.m.
I’ve been completely consumed by “Miss Ajumma,” scheduling my life around this show, which airs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. And I don’t know why.
But I do know this: when I think I’m having a bad day, I think about Kang Geum Hwa. Traffic on Kalanianaole Highway is nothing compared to having your husband taken away by a crazy woman who now wants to steal your new boyfriend. Oh, and she has a Korean mom to deal with.
My life is pretty uncomplicated compared to that.
So I’m hooked. Just about 40 more episodes to go. You know where I’ll be at 9:25 p.m. Friday.