Between the Altered Book and my postcards, I am slowly catching up with the backlog. I’m actually missing only one date now in August, and by the weekend, I would’ve completed my first month of Newspaper Postcard Collages. Wow.
I actually like going through them when I can, and I’m trying to “seal” them with mod podge to protect them from getting damaged. I like that these projects that keep me on my toes are actually not that time sensitive, to the point that I get stressed out about it. A day at a time, I tell myself.
Below is an exception to my headlines which is actually a collecting category of and by itself: Recipes. I don’t collect them and only do them on the postcards thinking that there might be someone who might become interested some day to get one of mine. Hmmmm… For now, I’m enjoying “chronicling” the headlines from day to day between THE NEW YORK TIMES and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
Each day that I’ve been scouring the newspapers the last two weeks and more so the past few days that Manila has been under water, I’ve been searching for reporting/coverage of the storm. It seems like there’s just too much happening all over the world for us to land the front page, but we did get this picture in one of the inside pages of The New York Times on August 10, 2012. (You can view my Flickr album of Newspaper Collage Postcards here.)
A former boss even e-mailed me, concerned about the family back home. I appreciate gestures like that that show me I am more than just another minion (or ex-minion) to her. Fortunately, the family in San Juan were spared.
The rains (although greatly reduced from what I imagine poured back home in Manila) have arrived in New York. My rain boots have been put to good use — and I’m going to take out my light coat soon.
I was going to take tomorrow as a personal day but the past few days have been particularly busy with the visiting top banana I’ve been helping out, and my actual top banana is back even if only remotely — I haven’t cleared as much off of my to-do list as I had hoped to. I wanted to do tomorrow as a “take care of ME” day, but I guess I can make it a “take care of ME” afternoon instead.
Tonight proved to be challenging and aggravating, but I’d rather leave it at that. Even thinking of writing about it weighs heavily on me, but hey, it’s part and parcel of life here as I keep reminding myself. It eventually got resolved, but the worries persist. What’s important is that there’s peace where it matters — the boy is fine and happy and excited about the weekend, and I’m finally here sitting with enough time to attempt a coherent blog post.
I am making a trip to the post office tomorrow to mail out my postcards — a half dozen or so going to addresses in the Philippines thanks to a FACEBOOK group on Postcrossing called Postcrossing Philippines, Postcrossing itself and some postcard exchange groups. (Postales/Postcards/Cartoline, Postcard Exchange, and Postcard Exchange) Of course the kababayans get a special treat. I am trying to ship a special postcard postmarked, but I’m afraid that if I send the postcard as is, it will be filched in the mail. So I’m going to try and be creative, taping something in front of it. The front of the postcard is good to tape something via masking tape onto, so I think I can pull it off. (Keeping my fingers crossed.)
It’s finally Friday again tomorrow.. =) And then it’ll be Saturday and we’re going on a weekend trip. Nothing far, but quite a treat. No one can be more excited than the boy.