my soul seeks repose. a quieter place, a slower pace. i’m due for a break real soon, but i suspect i thirst for the kind of restfulness a vacation can abate, but not quench.
when friends see my children, i hear varying opinion on who they resemble. some would say that my son is my husband’s darker copy, no paternity tests required (hehe), whereas my daughter is a fairer version of me. however, some of them would say that my son takes after me, and my daughter is the female version of my husband. i really don’t know anymore what to make of it. i don’t understand how people can have varied impressions. it’s not like my husband and i resemble each other!
at what point would you say it’s time for weight-loss pills? duromine, apidextra, xenical, or whatever other option is out there. at what point does one say that exercise and diet is just not working. whether it’s because of lack of a regimen’s efficacy or one’s inability to adhere to a regimen. i don’t know.
but i know that diet and exercise definitely won’t make an impact if don’t even give it a good try. ah, why is it so difficult to muster the commitment to lifestyle changes?
thanks to facebook and linkedin, i’ve gotten reconnected with some high school and college friends and sometimes i get surprised at the career paths that some of them have pursued. many of them are now successful. for a few, the road to success started with a mcdo or taco bell application. for others, the path seemed like a red-carpet walk in the park.
mine? how do i begin to describe mine? somewhere in the middle, i suppose, but for sure, no less interesting. one day, i hope i will be able to write my colourful career journey.
i’ve long been planning to change the lamps here at home. except for the standing lamps, all our ceiling lights are white lights. i agree that they look harsh, but well, they’re bright, and that’s what lights are for, eh? i guess i’ve always been more after functionality rather than ambiance. but then i’ve been wondering, are yellos lights more energy saving than white lights? what about led light bulbs?
it’s been exhausting at work the last several weeks. a colleague is undergoing IVF procedures and much as i am excited for her and genuinely feel compassion in her yearning to become a mother, i can’t help but feel resentment build up as i continue to bear the brunt week after week. apparently, for every cycle, she could avail of a 2-week hospitalization leave. i recognize that she needs the break. it’s a physically and emotionally taxing situation, after all, and there is never anything wrong with prioritizing one’s health and well-being. but that also means that some of her projects are passed on to me, and i’m increasingly taking on more projects, some of which would have been assigned to her in normal circumstances.
anyway, i received an update recently. the last cycle failed and there will be no camacho triple maduro giving anytime soon. i don’t know whether that’s good or bad news.
i just received the ikea summer catalogue in the mail this week and though our tiny flat already has more furniture that it should, i was really attracted to the brightly coloured patio cushions in bright pink and yellow. a tad bit feminine, but if they really does cheer up a room like sunshine and summer blooms do. got me thinking. we definitely don’t have space for new furniture, but we could surely use some splashes of colour and textile!
four years ago, i had been buying baby beddings. this year, i found myself looking for disney motif sheets and blankets for the little princess. the young lady just turned four, and on top of her birthday wish list was ariel (insert item here). in fact, ariel was on the top five: costume, shoes, blanket, mobile phone and cake. i’ve managed to get the first three, the last will be ready for her birthday party in the preschool, and as for the mobile– well, four is a little bit too young, won’t you agree?
it’s an ariel-the-mermaid themed birthday this year alright!
the young lady is turning 4 in a few days and while we decided against a big party this year, she still gets to celebrate at least three times — at home, at school and at a small gathering with her closest friends since birth. nothing fancy, pretty much like a playgroup with some food, cake, balloons and some goodie bags.
good thing that the playgroup thingy is still another week and a half to go. i’ve yet to find suitable and sensible party bag stuffing. been seeing a lot of really cool and funky children’s luggage tags in gift shops. would be a good little gift, considering these kids are quite well-traveled, all being from expat families currently based here in the little red dot. but i’m not sure kids will appreciate anything, er, functional when they somehow expect to find party bags filled with sweets and nonsensical toys, haha!
as part of our decluttering exercise i’ve unearthed greeting cards for birthdays, Photo Christmas Cards and holiday newsletters of years past, and was undecided what to do with them. i appreciate all the effort that goes into sending snail mail and especially handwritten notes, i really wanted to keep them all. but alas, the boxes are bursting at their seams and drawers are full, i’ve decided to let them go. i’ve kept some of those on nice colourful stationery, though — i’ll be using them on the next arts-and-crafts session with the kiddos!