It looks like our crisp nice mornings are switching to cold and colder ones with the onset of near freezing temperatures here in New York. I’m trying to be a bit cautious with the layers, though, which is why I think I ended up being underdressed just a wee bit today. I will live. Days like this make me miss Manila all the more — even if everyone complains about the humidity and the heat and dreams of snow. Keep dreaming — it’s not all it’s cooked up to be. Ha!
So another Monday, another set of musings.
Layering. We all tend to be in denial when it starts getting colder and try to ‘brave’ the cold thinking “Nah, it’s not THAT cold.” Then we get hit by the freezing temperatures as we walk out the door. Vanity has a lot to do with not wearing a suitable hat or cap because we all hate having to go through hat hair after spending time prettying ourselves up for the day. Then there’s that big decision on which coat to wear — do we wear the shorter and handier one or the long and bulky ones that might make us look like we actually want winter to come.
I’ve started taking out my winter scarves and will be folding away the lighter, autumn ones. And over the weekend, I started re-knitting one of the long and chunky yarn scarves which I had made last year, and worn only once because I had done it too long. I’m trying to make it into an infinity scarf and I’m almost a third of the way through. Totally excited!
I’m also putting away my ballet flats and polishing my leather boots, and gathering all other winter wear musts. (T-shirts to wear under the sweaters, sweaters to layer, and gloves to wear.)
Getting ready for my tree. I have an artificial tree which I assemble and disassemble every year. I’ve already started clearing that part of the living room where it usually stands and will hopefully be able to put it up this weekend. In the meantime, I’m making a mental note to look for the christmas balls we had done by color motif each year and fashion some window decor out of them for an additional festive feel.
New York City is getting into holiday mode and the tree in Bryant Park is already up. I haven’t had the chance to browse the stores and visit, but I hope to feature that here in a forthcoming post.
But before Christmas comes Thanksgiving. I am not so big on Thanksgiving but Angelo has requested I cook dinner (or lunch) this year. He’s not particularly into turkey, so we’re going with chicken instead. It’ll be a simple dinner but I want to start a new tradition where we say to each other what we are thankful for. I know that this year has been a challenging but very rewarding one for me, so my list will be rather long. Or maybe not.
I was planning to make my famous leche flan tonight and had even stopped by the grocery to pick up some limes, but I didn’t realize I was out of condensed milk. So I guess I am going to have to disappoint the girlfriends counting on their llanera of this Filipino version of the versatile flan. I will have to make something else for dessert. I’m thinking some homemade mango ice cream I will make out of regenerated dried mangoes and vanilla ice cream.. Yum!!
I have started saying my “Thank you”‘s. We always give thanks in general when Thanksgiving can be made even more meaningful by saying thank you to the people who deserve it. So this morning I texted a friend who is bound for warmer climes with the family this Thanksgiving holiday and simply said that “the friendship we shared was one of the things I am most thankful for in the past year, and I want you to know that that means a lot to me.”
What are you thankful for? Ah, yet another blogpost.