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Things I Miss

It seems to me that the past couple of months have flown by, leaving memories of blurry days bleeding onto each other. It's not that they were bad, but they were certainly not free of stress. I am not complaining, mind you. In fact, I am rather grateful that a lot of work has come my way. I am very grateful that I have a roof above my head and that I am able to make ends meet and still enjoy myself now and then. I have to also admit, however, that I miss some things. And when I say things, I mean the little pleasures in life that are not essential but nonetheless enjoyable. Think shopping for pandora beads...lounging by the pool for an entire weekend...enjoying dinner at a quiet but nice restaurant...I indulge myself for a short while as I think about these things tonight. Red wine I have always enjoyed a nice glass - or two - of red wine and this is one of the best I have had. There is no doubt about it - red wine is best enjoyed at the end of the day. The ensuing relaxat

Sam's 7th Birthday

Talk about delayed posts. This is more than a month late, and I know it's not an excuse, but better late than never! At the end of June, we had a small celebration at home for Sam's 7th birthday. At that time, I was just happy to be in the presence of family, with everyone being themselves. Kids screaming and running around - or doing whatever it is that amused them. Adults lounging around eating, talking, and drinking. It was beautiful. Of course, the best thing about it was the fact that we were celebrating the 7th birthday of my nephew, the little boy who the doctor said would have two years, max.

Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong

I never thought I'd be writing a post with such a title. Movie buffs and/or people of my age (I don't think they're mutually exclusive) will recognize that song from the 1982 movie, An Office and a Gentleman. I don't know how I got here - watching the movie in the background while working. I guess the non-stop rain in the past week or two has gotten me hooked on alternately staring at the TV and the laptop monitor. Even though the setup is not ideal - no  premier mounts , no stuffed sofa, no A/C - I love it!

Forward, Ever Forward

The past few weeks have been rather crazy, for lack of a better word. I am thankful that I have work, lots of it actually. I have to admit that the stress and busyness of it all has not helped my mental and emotional state. On the personal end, I received some news. Something I have been waiting on for a long time. It is good news, but it also means having to go through some sticky periods as well. At some point in the past two weeks, I just found myself totally drained, wanting to do nothing but sleep. I could not give in, of course, and something that a friend told me helped me plod on. Forward, ever forward . Such a short statement, such a simple one at that, but it holds so much power that I have been repeating it in my head. When it all seems so tiring, when thoughts go haywire, and the past and present just collides into one tangled mess, STOP. Think: forward, ever forward . Photo credit: Ecology

This Is a Pinoy Boodle Fight

Boodle. It rhymes with poodle, but it has nothing to do with those cute little dogs. The only thing that might be related is the fact that people who participate in a Boodle (Fight) can get as excited as little poodles being taken out on a walk. Seriously, though, a Boodle Fight is a fun way of dining with friends. If you want to let your hair down and simply enjoy good food and company, a Boodle Fight is the way to go. First you cover the table with banana leaves. Forget fine china and silverware. It's back to the basics. Prepping the table with banana leaves