Monday, February 20, 2017

Thornbury : Savor The Day

Downtown Thornbury is a short street (Bruce Street) with cafe's, boutiques and art galleries. This day was not to get into any of those shops. The day is made for walking, enjoying the sunlight and looking at the ordinary with a different eye.

Then hot tea by the window after the short walk.

Savor the Day !!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentines Dinner

Having no definite plans for Valentines Day, we just decided to try Go for Tea. Located at Midland  and Finch I was expecting the place to be crowded with the younger generation and service to be slow.  Well, was I surprised!  Delicious food, prompt service, reasonable prices and most of all it was not crowded.

Not the best presentation but this mussel and veggie mix was so good I will definitely order this again on my next vist.
As night capper, we had the blueberry cheesecake and throat soothing tea. The cheescake as not vey sweet which was just what we liked and the tea sure soothed.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Up and Down

Nothing can describe the past days more than these words below :

“The unpredictability of life sucks. One minute you’re riding high with the wind whipping through your hair and the next minute you’re flat on your ass with a face full of gravel.” ~ Alison G. Bailey, Present Perfect  

Friday : Was told by manager that I am now offered the permanent job I am doing. Although I have a permanent job somewhere in the same government Ministry, I have been in my current job for more than 2 years. I like it, I enjoy it and sometimes I wish I am not doing it. But being told this is now my permanent position and if I will go try another job somewhere, this is the one I will come back to - gave that happy feeling. Then being told I scored perfect in the written test was icing on the cake too. Somehow it validated me. Made me realize I still can nail exams because I have something in my grey matter. It was a high.

Saturday : A full day. Picked up my long overdue shoes at the doctor's office, grocery, picked up foo and prepared our place for my birthday party with friends. There was fun, food and laughter. It was a crazy busy day and night...which eventually led to...

Sunday : Still chatting and having 2 more friends coming over. It seemed like the day would never end. Finally the friends left and time for dinner with the son and hubby. This Sunday was specially important to me that I should have some time for myself. I have a scheduled job interview the next day but I never got around to doing a review.

Monday : Interview Day. Written test came and it was a disaster. I know only half of what it was asking me to do - the other part I have no idea. Bad start. Oral interview was equally bad. Being asked examples and situations you have never been as the job is totally different from your comfort zone. It just sucked.

Four straight days and my emotions went from an all time high to the lowest of low. Mental and physical stress all together. I vowed to myself that will be the last interview I will do. There are so many other things I enjoy doing - why waste my time and energy applying for jobs and being grilled in interviews. 

“At some point, you gotta let go, and sit still, and allow contentment to come to you.”  
 Elizabeth Gilbert - Eat, Pray, Love

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Post Birthday Greeting

This greeting below was sent by a very good friend. I don't think I am who she says I am - or I did what she said I did. No matter how cliche may this be but I feel this is one of those unsolicited gifts that keeps on giving by making me feel good about myself. And we all need that once in a while - not only on our birthday.

as your birthday celebration comes to an end, i want you to welcome another year with these endearing thoughts of a grateful friend just because -
- you never allowed distance to stop you from reaching out at the toughest of times and the happiest of hours;
- you are my big morale booster. you make me believe i can really do things i never even imagined. photography, among others;
- you bring out the "finer" side of me with those "pseudo" art appreciation and less than critical book reviews;
- you are one woman of courage and grace whose strength rests in His great mercy as souls seek you out for comfort and safety. you are blessed. and loved, Ema Rene!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Another Birthday

I have been on this earth for more than 50 years now. Time for some Q & A.

What have I learned about life?
That life goes on. No matter how sad or how happy the events that happen in our lives;  with people around us and even events that do not concern us at all. These things do not stop life from moving along. There is sunrise every morning, sunset every afternoon. Accept what life has to offer and keep in mind, a lot of the things we are worried about now - no longer matter in 5 to 10 years. There is nothing simpler than this - LIFE GOES ON.

What moves me?
In nature :  The color of fall/autumn, sunrise and sunset in summer, snow in winter.
Man made things : Empty chairs, lighthouses, cemeteries.

What could I not give up?
Writing about anything that matters only to me.

What songs could I listen to over and over?
Boz Scaggs "Love Look What You've Done to Me", John Williams "I Want to Spend My Life With You", Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" and Phantom of the Opera's "All I Ask of You".