Ending another day in the big apple

It’s eight minutes til I have to go and here I am blogging again.  Talk about being addicted to chronicling my thoughts and feelings online.  Does that make sense?  I guess it does only if you blog like I do.

Yahoo tells me it’s 40 degrees outside and cloudy.  The sun has already been down for almost half an hour at this point.  (During winter, it’s pitch dark by 5PM and in the summer, we don’t see the sun start to set until around 8PM..)  I’m thinking if I will do a side trip on the way home (like maybe browse in one of the 99 cent stores on Main Street?  Stop by the Chinese Grocery to pick up vegetables? — no fish or meat, though, I have that pact with my Mom to finish the stocks in the fridge.. detour through Manhattan?)  Nah.. I think I will head straight for home and hopefully get a layout or two done in my scrapbook.

I will probably do that tomorrow — take my trusty digital camera, take some shots on the way in and on the way out.. pick up some seared tuna for lunch at the Grand Central Market.. maybe treat myself to a caramel bar?  That’s for tomorrow.

Tonight, I just want to head home and start working on the things I planned to do while Alan was away.  I might even get to write a letter or two.. hopefully.

Time to sign off.. time to go.. Au Revoir!

Feedback Trail

Some long-delayed reactions to reactions received on previous posts..

From Lani on saging na saba or plantains:

Hello, D! Thanks sa info, ngayon ko lang nalaman na ang saging na saba ay iyong plantains (hehehe). Tagal ko nang nag-iisip kung anong klaseng saging ba ang plantains.

Tag kita (ok lang ba?). Kindly visit my blog for more info.

Take care!

Lani, I’ll deal with the tag later as you can see I’m way, way behind.  But about the plantains, another kind of banana more like the saging na saba we know in terms of size and shape is the cavendish.  I learned about this when they did a rather interesting commercial here on condoms. 

From Jayred on “Busy but not that Busy”:

Love this blog post. A light read but with profound elements thrown into it.

Jayred — a compliment that truly touches the writer-wannabe in me.  Thank you — what else can I say? =)

From Jher whose blog I hopped into in one of my wanderings on the web:

Hey pinay new yorker, thanks for hopping into my blog. Very interesting posts you have here. Will surely link ur blog to mine. Thanks again!

Jher, thanks for returning the favor and visiting my blog, too.  It’s always a pleasure to read blogs of our kababayans that are worth stopping by for.  Not too serious, not too juvenile.. just everyday stuff and musings like what I have here in my corner of the blogsphere.  Salamat ulit.

On Reading more as part of my New Year’s Resolutions

Jayred said:  Well, I used to read two to three novels a week in the ’90s. But alas, I’ve regressed. My bookworm-sister said to me last time that my English (oral and written) has extremely suffered ever since I migrated to Switzerland. 😦 That’s why I had to make this 2006 goal to read at least one book every two weeks. I would love to reread Amy Tan’s novels. Do you like her books?

You mentioned the gratitude journal. It’s a good idea. I wrote a blog entry titled “Happy List” (sort of a thank you list) months ago, and I was actually thinking of writing a T.Y. List on X-Pat Files at least every week. But I have yet to conceptualize it. Maybe you should start that gratitude journal (online or offline) now, Dinna! It’s a worthwhile blogging/writing activity.

I love crafts, but I don’t have the time and energy right now to embark on an ambitious scrapbook project. How’s your Paris scrapbook coming along?

I wish you all the best in your 2006 goals! God bless.

And from Lani: I started reading this self-help book entitled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with your Family by Richard Carlson. Nakakabawas ng kapraningan talaga 🙂

Learning to keep things in perspective and become less easily bothered will make make me more productive, patient and loving. My goal in life is to be a better person everyday.

Reading is something I’ve always felt passionate about from the time I started reading Nancy Drew novels to now when I try to widen my reading list to include various genres. 

Jayred, I actually got my inspiration to try to be more masipag with my reading when I read that Bill Clinton reads at least 5 books at any given time.  I used to stick to the rule that I would read one book straight from cover to cover before I started reading a new novel, but I found that it can be done and can be equally fulfilling to actually go through more than just one book during one’s spare time.  Alas I don’t have that much time to spare, so I’m doing my reading modestly, setting reasonable goals so that I can stick to it.

I actually started to read more when I got here, but motherhood (yes, it’s still my excuse.. !) just doesn’t leave me much time.  I’m trying to be nimble enough to balance the book on my chest and turn the pages and hold it with one hand as the other hand cradles a sleeping baby on the other.  The baby usually wins out but I’m confident I will eventually do it.

While I am familiar with Amy Tan and her works, I haven’t had the chance to dig into any of her books, but have great respect for her talent nonetheless.  I hope to read one of her more recent works eventually after I go through my reading list of books collecting dust at home.  Did you know that she sang with a band that Stephen King formed out of pure fun? 

Lani, I share your goal of trying to be a better person everyday.  I’m familiar with the book but have not read it.  (Again, perhaps after I read the books I need to read first.)  But I agree with it in principle.. as Alan usually reminds me, I have bigger fish to fry.  And when it comes to family, so many things take precedence over all others — and family is indeed very important to me.  Why else did I give up my career to start one of my own..?  My Mom is so frustrated that I have not pursued being a lawyer on this side of the world, but there is too much to sacrifice in dreaming that.  Right now I want to be a mother first — perhaps when Angel is all grown or a little older, I can think about investing time, money and effort to pursuing something very close to my heart.  Good luck with your own resolutions!

On Digital Scrapbooking

From Toni:  This is so cute!  Digital scrapbooking can get addicting! 🙂 Good luck!

And Lani says: wow, inggit ako sa iyo nakapagstart ka na ng digiscrapping. i wish i can start asap. it’s nice, d. cute ni baby.
 Toni, you are so right that scrapbooking (digital or the real thing) can be truly addicting.  I’m trying not to fall into the trap of creating a second scrapbook because this one took a big chunk of my afternoon.  It helps, too, that I’m pretty good with Powerpoint so it was a breeze putting it together.  But I have to credit you for inspiring me to give it a stab because I saw your digital scrapbook graphic the first time I bumped into your blog.
These days I find myself looking at everything as possible scraps for my real scrapbook.  (Imagine me examining one of the paper coasters at Outback and trying to figure out how I can use the border as photo edges.. LOL)  I’m actually considering creating pop up scrapbooks online to be housed on my domain which is suffering from neglect no thanks to the combined onslaught of scrapbooking and blogging on what little spare time I have.  But it’s a lot of fun indeed..
Lani, you just have to make time (something I think you have more of than me!).. but you have to get started.  Dali na, gawa na!

Cleaning out the Fridge and other projects

Mom has made me promise we’re not buying any new items for cooking until we’ve used up what we have in the fridge.  With Alan gone two weeks, that should be easy.  So yesterday we hit the leftovers.. I am going to cook some lambchops tonight which I’ve brought down from the freezer to the fridge.

I think I’m all out of mint jelly, but I have Ikea’s Lingonberry jam in the fridge which should be good enough.  I might even whip up some mashed potatoes later to go with it.  I think we’ll have fried fish tomorrow.  I had bought some butter fish from the Chinese grocery thinking it was sapsap and I was pining for some pangat, but Mom said the fish was just good for frying.  Oh, well — I tried.

Tonight I will go through the processed food that we’ve been storing in the fridge and throw out those that have expired (oh, yes, I’m guilty of keeping them there even when the date on the label says it should’ve been disposed of months ago.. LOL)  — there shouldn’t be much because Mom takes care of most of it, but there are a few items I’m suspicious of as having escaped her attention.

I am dying to go back to scrapbooking and have been creating bits and pieces of embellishments, but I’m hoping to pay a visit to the craft store that’s closing a short ride away from the house.  I think I’ll start taking out my scrapbooking gear out of storage and out into the dining room so I can at least re-assess what I have done so far.

Part of me says I want to redo some of the layouts I had already begun but I’m wondering if it’s not too late.  I can continue to move on and go ahead with other projects.  I really don’t know.. not too sure that’s a wise move considering I have to get going with Mom’s scrapbook, for one.  Hmmmmm…  I don’t even get to read my book except when I get to steal a glance when Angel is busy doing something else.

At least I managed to wash the beddings.. next in line are the bath towels and other items we had stored for washing.  Soon!

Beginning the week on a Tuesday

I got the laundry done yesterday, paid a visit to the neighborhood 99cents store — picked up milk and eggs from the grocery and had a quiet day at home.  It’s back to work for me today and I managed to accomplish what I meant to early during the day by cleaning up my stack of papers on my desk.

Angel and I napped together and I woke up with a head cold.  Maybe I’m just not used to napping anymore.  Maybe it was because I watched Law & Order SVU reruns until 1AM.  I popped two Advils and prepared everything for my errands for the day.

It was very cold outside.  I wish I had my fleece cap but the hood of my toggle coat did just fine to shield me from the biting cold outside.  I transported the laundry on Angel’s stroller — and I managed to get the job done just fine.  I even managed to get some groceries and a few odds and ends from the stores.

The boss if flying to the west coast today so it’s quiet.  I expect he will say hello later after landing there (approximately 3PM my time), so between now and then, I’m pretty much on my own. 

Quiet just the way I like it.

If I wasn’t lugging my laptop back to work, I would’ve brought the Harry Potter I’m reading, but it is just too much for my bad back to bear.  I’ve been wanting to bring my camera along as well to take some snapshots of Manhattan, but again, the laptop is priority, so maybe I’ll get to do that tomorrow.  I might even take the long way to work and grab the express bus from home to the city so I can catch some early morning shots of Grand Central… or maybe even Bryant Park.  We’ll see..