I’m suppose to write at least a one-page letter to JP (J. . . hope you’re not visiting mommy’s blog) by February 14. His senior class will be going on a spiritual retreat at the end of February; the letter will be given to him and part of the letter will be read and shared by his fellow classmates. So, the question is . . . where do I begin? I love to write but I’m having difficulties trying to put my thoughts on paper. Well, being the queen procrastinator that I am, I’m sure when given the shove, I’ll be able to do it the night before. However, on the other hand, I think I will start soon that way I can take my time and gather all my thoughts. The hubs will have to work on this with me as well. Well, it’s off to bed I go . . . time to turn off this lap top and hit the sack. Good night . . . .
Archive for January, 2008
I’ve learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But, if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you.
I’ve learned that children’s eyes observe more than there ears ever hear and the example we set for them determines their actions.
I’ve learned that make a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life”.
I’ve learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch — holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said …people will forget what you did……but people will never forget how you made them feel.
I’ve learned that life is about people and making a positive difference.
I’ve learned that you should take care of yourself and those you love – Today and Everyday!
I’ve learned I still have a lot to learn! (author unknown)
I guarantee you will remember the tale of the Wooden Bowl tomorrow, a week from now, a month from now, a year from now. This beautiful story below was sent to me via email from my cousin, Ate Lita (Dad’s side). I hope it touches your heart just like it has touched mine.
It was a gloomy Saturday although it didn’t rain, only a few drizzles here and there. Early morning, the hubs, Toby and I did our “walk” at the lake but this time we started near the Farmer’s Market. We got a brioche and coffee and headed towards the lake. We didn’t go around the entire lake because we weren’t sure whether or not we were going to get rained on. On our way to the lake, we passed by this park where my parents used to take my bro and I when we were little . . . we had called it the “flying saucer” park because at one time they had one of those flying saucer play structure. Of course it’s been eons ago (like 35 plus years ago) so I was somewhat sad that it was no longer there, but instead they had this play structure to resemble being on the “moon.” Well, at least the “theme” was somewhat kept.” Another “place” that is no longer was this fast food called “Kwik Way.” We had past by it on our stroll to the Farmer’s Market. Before we knew any better (growing up that is) and before the days of “junk food,” this place was definitely king. Kwik Way was notorious for their greasy fries and chicken. I’m not going to “criticize” this place because I hate to admit, we more or less “grew” up eating at Kwik Way. We didn’t have it every week but back then, it was our “Mickey D’s.” I remember having their fried prawns or chicken with fries served in a cardboard box. Kwik Way was like an “institution” . . . just like “Doggie Diners.” It’s a nice feeling to have these kind of “memories” to fall back on. Those were the days with my “family” before my “family” now.
- Thou shalt not jump onto the keyboard when thy human is on the modem.
- Thou shalt not pull the phone cord out of the back of the modem.
- Thou shalt not unroll all of the toilet paper off the roll.
- Thou shalt not sit in front of the television or monitor as thou are not transparent.
- Thou shalt not projectile vomit from the top of the refrigerator.
- Thou shalt not walk in on a dinner party and commence licking thy butt.
- Thou shalt not lie down with thy butt in thy human’s face.
- Thou shalt not leap from great heights onto thy human’s genital region.
- Fast as thou are, thou cannot run through closed doors.
- Thou shalt not reset thy human’s alarm clock by walking on it.
- Thou shalt not climb on the garbage can with the hinged lid, as thou wilt fall in and trap thyself.
- Thou shalt not jump onto the toilet seat just as thy human is sitting down.
- Thou shalt not jump onto thy sleeping human’s bladder at 4a.m.
- Thou shalt realize that the house is not a prison from which to escape at any opportunity.
- Thou shalt not trip thy humans even if they are walking too slow.
- Thou shalt not push open the bathroom door when there are guests in thy house.
- Thou shalt remember that thou are a carnivore and that houseplants are not meat.
- Thou shalt show remorse when being scolded.
I’m watching the news while blogging and the news just now caught my attention . . . the most expensive coffee machine can be found at Blue Bottle Cafe in San Francisco . . . it’s the machine that cost $20K, but the coffee goes for 9.00 to 11.00 for a cup. A high syphon bar hallogen powered creates this coffee. Hmm . . . I think I’d like to try it just to try it:-) Oh well . . . gotta go to bed now! G’night!
My plan this evening was to make Fettuccine Alfredo (with shrimp and broccoli. . . gotta get those “veggies” in some how) but I forgot to buy some Parmesan cheese, so since I had bought some bell peppers earlier, I decided to do a Shrimp Scampi for dinner. Going back to some 18 years ago, I remember this was the first dish that I actually made for a dinner that the hubs and I had . . . we invited a few of our friends over. As I recall, it was Rin and her “boyfriend” (?) Paris (Rin . . . remember him?) and JP’s god-mother, SLC. Anyhoo, here’s the recipe below and a picture of the book where the recipe is from. I’ve had this same book since 1988 so it definitely has seen better days.
“This classic method of sauteing shrimp adapts perfectly for a making a pasta sauce. Lots of garlic is essential. Server over spaghetti or linguini.”
- 1-1/2 cups olive oil
- 1/2 (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 8 medium-to-large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 36 medium shrimp (about 3/4 lb), shelled and deveined
- 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1-1/2 tsp. salt
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and the butter over moderate-to-high heat. Add the garlic and pepper flakes; saute’ for about 30 seconds. Add the shrimp and diced green & red peppers; saute’ for 2 to 3 minutes, until the shrimp turns pink and are just cooked through. Carefully stir in the lemon juices, parsley and salt. Serve immediately over cooked pasta. Serves 4-6.
Note: I took the camera off of auto mode and played with the aperture and other settings . . . resulting in a very “yellowish” shrimp scampi. At least it tasted better than it actually “looked” in the photograph. Also, I thought I had some linguini or angel hair but darn I didn’t so I had to use the fettuccine noodles. Oh . . . I usually use fresh shrimp that I devein, but this time I used the packaged frozen ones from Trader Joe’s . . . that’s why the shrimps are “itty-bitty”!
Last week Toby somehow got a hold of AC’s “orange” highlighter so he managed to take off the cover and it got all over his mouth and paws. This after noon, we knew Toby was downstairs . . . we figured he was just on the sofa playing with his many toys. . . WRONG! This time he found a blue pen that must have dropped near the computer table. By the time we saw Toby, he had already chewed most of the pen so of course blue ink got all over him. I took the picture while Toby was taking his afternoon nap.
“Can You Hear Me?”
Nanay, where are you.
Are you down on earth or in the sky?
So much has changed.
Why’d you have to die?
Our family misses you
in every single way
all my feelings are caught inside
Can I have another day?
If I can go to Heaven
and see you smile once more
to have your love,confidence,and compassion
Can you open the door?
I’m lonely in my room
there’s no one next to me
I pray and try to be comforted
But sadness is all I see.
We know you’re watching over
us from all sides
you’re with God everywhere
Please don’t let us cry.
I know that mom is hurt
because you are her mom
but I do love my family
I hope she’s becoming strong.
From this day on
remember we won’t forget
you are with us everyday
and we’ll keep our memories spent.
Please just know
I have so much to say
You are our hero
You’re amazing in every way.
We love you
with all of our heart
you’re not gone away
you’re still a huge part…
OF ALL OF US. AMEN <3
The poem you have just read was written by AC for her Religion Class. She had sent it to me via at work this afternoon which I had shared with some of my co-workers, and now I’m sharing it with you. Of course after reading it, I got all teary-eyed because I know that AC still misses and will forever miss her “Nanay.” (the word “Nanay” means “mother” in Tagalog . . . both kiddies ended up calling her “Nanay” instead of “Lola” when growing up only because they would hear the hubs and I calling her that. Those two have shared a very special bond . . one that will AC keep so very close to her heart. Lastly, the picture of AC above was taken when she was in the 6th grade . . . the year Nanay died on 9/01/05.