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around this time,  (5:56 p.m.) we had already given Nanay her first dose of morphine.  Today we got to leave early from work at 3:00 in anticipation of the 3-day Labor Day weekend.  I told Baby K (Kit Kat) that it was also at 3:00 p.m. two years ago that I left work to be with Nanay.  I remember these “moments” as if they happened yesterday.  I guess two years isn’t that long that’s why the moments are still fresh in my mind.  I remember coming home to find Nanay was running a fever while Baby K and the hubs were applying a cold wash cloth on her forehead to keep cool.  Moments turn into memories . . . I know we did all we could do for Nanay and the most important thing is that Nanay did not have to suffer much longer.  Oh well, time to pick up AC from her volley ball practice.  I’m sure Nanay would have liked and enjoyed watching AC play volley ball . . . but again, I’m sure she has been from above.

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Peeping Tom . . .

lunch-003b.jpgWell, not really but I felt like it. Instead of spending my lunch time outside, I decided to just stay in. The weather is so gorgeous that I had to open my window to allow the breeze to come in. While enjoying the view (I hardly ever do because I have my back turned against the window), I whipped out my camera and took some pix of what “my view” is from my office. To the left of me is the Bay Bridge and in front of me is the Golden Gate Bridge which I don’t have a view of because of this one lunch-005b.jpggigantic tree that is obstructing its view. As I was taking a couple of pix, I happened to notice some folks on top of their apartment building’s roof. I zoomed in to the max and took a pix of them. I think the lady surrounded by the guys doesn’t have a top on?? Maybe she does but not from my angle. Oh well, today is a perfect day to “sun-bathe!” 🙂 OK . . . lunch time is almost over.

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eclipse-006.jpgmore of these 10″ vanilla scented pillars from Sur La Table and they were only .99 cents!! When we went to Broadway Plaza two weekends ago, I bought one candle and a platter (I have an obsession for “platters”). Last week I took the wrapping from the candle and placed the candle on the kitchen counter. When I cook, I usually like to “burn” candles to cover the “smell.” Well, I noticed that the fragrance of the vanilla was fairly “strong” even when it’s not burning. The scent of the vanilla candle permeated in the air around the kitchen counter which had a nice aroma to it. This past weekend, AC, Toby and I went back to Sur La Table in hopes to pick up at least 5 more candles but they were all gone. Why didn’t I just buy 10 of them to stock up . . . after all, the regular price was 10 bucks. I’m one for finding good deals but I don’t know why I only bought one especially since they were .99 cents!!! Arghhh! BTW . . . behind the candle is the hub’s Charles Shaw, better known as “Two Buck Chuck” from Trader Joe’s . . .

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eclipse-007b.jpgIt’s now 5:45 a.m. and here I am to blog about the “eclipse” that I witnessed around 2:00 a.m. The hubs was determined to see it so he set the alarm clock to wake him up at 1:45 a.m. He shrugs my shoulder to wake me up so I too can see it. I really truly did not care to see it . . . all I wanted was my sleep. Well, I got out of bed and followed the hubs eclipse-009b.jpgoutside to our front porch. We were the only lunatics sitting on the steps while our neighbors were sound asleep. (Something I should have been doing instead.) The partial eclipse was to begin at 1:51 a.m. (PDT) with the total eclipse of the moon beginning at 2:52 a.m. (PDT). Unfortunately there was no way neither the hubs and I were going to stay to view the total eclipse so around 2:15 a.m., we went back to bed. The hubs woke up around 4:30 a.m. and 15 minutes later I got out of bed. I go out to see thee “moon” and by then the total eclipse had ended . . . what we were still able to view was the partial eclipse. Well, that is all I have to report on thee moon & thee eclipse . . . I have to get by butt ready for work and the kiddies for school. I know I’ll be sleepy at work today . . . . z z z z z z z z z z z!

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Our wedding reception was catered by Grand Catering and the reception itself was held at Piedmont Community Hall. This is what we had:

Hors d’oeuvres:

  • Profiteroles (tiny stuffed puffs)
  • Beef & Pepper Kabobs
  • Cocktail Franks in Puff Pastry
  • Standing Deviled Eggs w/ Shrimp

Dinner:

  • Tossed Green Salad w/ Assorted Dressings
  • Calamari Vinaigrette
  • Tortellini al Pesto
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Snow Peas and Carrots
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Baby New Potatoes
  • Prime Rib of Beef
  • Chicken Pontalba (ham, onions, mushrooms w/ Bearnaise Sauce)
  • Mini Croissants
  • Coffee, Tea or Punch

Note: We also had a Swan Ice-Carving Sculpture done by Grand Catering . . . JP’s then to be God-Mother (SLC) insisted that “I” have one because she had never attended a wedding that had one. The “swan” was our theme and the colore “peach.”

P.S. It would be really nice for our 25th anniversary to have a small reception and to order the same menu above. Hmmm . . . the cost per person including the cake (from Katrina Rozelle) & champagne came to about 30.00 + (18 years ago) so I could just imagine what it would be 7 years from now. I don’t think so . . . 🙂

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The hubs and I celebrated our anniversary “dinner” yesterday even though today is the actual day. It was my choice to pick whatever restaurant I wanted to go to so for the past week, I had my img_4555.jpgmind set on going to Patio Filipino, namely because I wanted to try their “gambas al ajillo” ( it’s shrimp sauteed in olive oil, garlic and paprika). After visiting Market Man’s recipe for this, this shrimp dish stuck in my head. Well, we drive all the way to San Bruno to only find out that Patio Filipino was closed yesterday evening for a private party. Arghhh! By the time we got there, it was a little past 7:00 p.m., and we were famished! Being in “unfamiliar” territory, we didn’t know what other restaurants img_4559.jpgwe should go to or try so the hubs suggested that we just go to Outback Steakhouse at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo . . . and so we did. Being a Saturday night, the wait time was 30 or so minutes; instead of waiting, we decided to dine in their outside dining area in front of the fire pit. I really really had my heart set on eating at Patio Filipino but I had no choice but to order my prime rib and the hubs his rib eye. For appetizers, we ordered their famous “blooming img_4562.jpgonions” with dipping sauce (yummy and fattening!) I think the hubs had his heart set on Patio Filipino too because he had talked about what he would have ordered which was the “adobong kangkong” (kangkong leaves blanched in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic). Although we’ve never been to Patio Filipino, the hubs and I checked out their website so we would have an idea as to their menu. I think I enjoyed the blooming onions more than I did my prime-rib with veggies & baked potato. The prime rib was made to my liking, “medium-well” but it was “just that.” The best part was just spending time and having dinner with the hubs sans the kiddies. 🙂

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img_4571.jpgthe hubs and I were married. We are blessed with having a son, JP in 1990 and 3 years later a daughter, AC. I can’t imagine that it’s been so very long, although there are folks celebrating their 50th anniversaries . . . so 18 years is not really “that long” I guess. Sure we’ve had our share of arguments, our “down” moments but all the happiness, laughter and love that we’ve had (have) out weighs all those arguments, etc. The hubs and I went out to dinner (which I’ll later post about) and of course “food” was on our mind. We talked or I should say, “I” talked about our wedding and the hubs said that because of all the excitement, he couldn’t remember how img_4566.jpgthe food at our wedding tasted. All he remembers is that we had prime rib but couldn’t remember what other food we had at the wedding. I tried to think way back but for the life of me I couldn’t either but the funny thing is we both remembered the prime rib . . . maybe because of where we had our “dinner”. 🙂 Anyhoo, getting back to 18 years of wedded bliss . . .it doesn’t seem like we’ve been married that long but each time JP has a birthday, all I do is add a year to tell me how long the hubs and I have been together. I am thankful and blessed for having a loving and caring husband whose number one priority is his family. [Note: The Lladro porcelain figurine was used as our cake topper from Rina and her mom. 🙂 ]

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