More 2015 Memories (Part 2)

Just as planning for something makes us hopeful, looking back can also make us feel grateful for what we have done and overcome in the past. Have I mentioned (enough) that 2014 ended viciously?  Here were some of my lifelines last year: Live Concerts It was pretty much chick music that I grooved to, and it was what…

Back to (almost) Normal Programming

While I pull up my bootstraps and gather my marbles, here’s an intriguing mini-mystery I stumbled into from a poetry book I bought online. This is serious fodder for flash fictionists.

I Read It: Essays in Love by Alain de Botton

In “Essays in Love”, Alain de Botton writes about the progression of his relationship with Chloe, from the meet cute at the airport to the phone tag in scheduling the first date, to the first kiss, the first argument, the dilemma when (who first gets) to say “I love you”, meeting the parents, the friends, the…

I MADE IT: Thai Coconut Chicken and Vermicelli

Cooped up at home because of Blizzard Jonas, was a good enough reason to abide by my resolution to cook my own food. What caught my eye was a cooking pack courtesy of Fresh Routes. The cooking kit included most of the ingredients (save for the perishables) and the recipe. It was very easy to…

WATCH: Something Rotten on Broadway

  I love it! I love it! I love it! Something Rotten tells the story of two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, and how they developed and produced the first musical (ever), as an alternative to Shakespeare’s iambic dramas. There is romance, intrigue, codpieces, deception, rock stars, tap dancing, a usurious Jew, woman-power, dream sequences,…

This is Where I Want to Be (Part I)

Another 366 exciting opportunities to explore! Before January ends, let me look back at 2015. (I apologize in advance for presenting you a deluge of photos. This is what happens when you only post at the beginning of the year!) I wasn’t in the best frame of mind when it started and most of the…

The Martian and other Worldly Concerns

R and I agree that The Martian is an immensely satisfying movie. It is entertaining, smart, and hopeful. However, since I could not fully confirm it, I am hesitant to say realistic, but what the heck — it’s realistic! R is going to pick the movies we watch from now on. Takeaways from The Martian:…

Hello 2015

To ward off the bad juju of the past year, I decided to spend New Year’s eve differently than I did last year. I’ve had invitations from well-meaning friends to celebrate the incoming year but there was a chance to see how they party it up in those downtown art spaces, so I went. Because…

Goodbye 2014

2014 was a heart-wrenching year. And to think it started peacefully. Spring was characterized by run-jog-walks in the park, lovely dinners, wine tastings in barren vineyards. After telling somebody that my favorite food was dinuguan, I was impressed when dinuguan was prepared and served from scratch.  One of my best friends and my sister came…

Signs of Spring

There should be a quota for posts of trees and flowers in bloom. Meanwhile, I will take advantage of the oversight. TGIF.

New Beginnings

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” [Meditations Divine and Moral]” ― Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet Back into the light and further away from the dreary winter of the past months! I start…