Archives for the month of: March, 2014

I am grateful for a hair touch up, and my roots are no longer showing. 😉

There is a saying that “all good things must come to an end.” Then the same must be true that “all bad things must come to an end,” too.

Over the last (and many) weeks, I have struggled with something. And isn’t it terrible when something like this comes when your plate is already full?

That something has to do with a person and the past. It seemed like everything reminded me of this man, and as memories, both good and bad, flooded, more thinking (and overthinking) happened–until it got to a point when the memories were encroaching into my life more and more. I also got to the point when I wanted it to stop, and the only way to stop it, is to face it.

Facing something that bothers you require being honest with yourself, so I knew that while I had good memories with this man, I also had bad ones. Was it worth it to me to dwell on what was and what it didn’t become?

Interestingly enough, it was in watching this season’s episode 3 of The Little Couple on demand that really made me stop and take a closer look at my current situation.

In episode 3, Jennifer Arnold went through chemotherapy for her stage 3 cancer and her husband, Bill Klein, was very loving and supportive–and in all previous episodes, you can feel their love and support for each other.

So I asked myself… “Isn’t this the kind of relationship you want for yourself, Mercedita?”

I want a mutually very loving, healthy, and supportive relationship. What I had with this man, was not that. So why was I continuing to dwell on something or someone that wasn’t good for me or what I want?

I remind myself that I have a choice, and as if to make a point, episode 3 came on soon after–maybe to encourage me to make a good one.

I am grateful when things show up in my life to remind me of what’s important.

There is a beautiful documentary called Happy. I first saw it in 2012, but it showed up in a PBS fundraising campaign. I needed to be reminded of the five building blocks to a happy life, which are…

1. Play
2. Having new experiences
3. Friends and family
4. Doing things that are meaningful
5. Appreciating what we have

If you have a chance, I recommend this documentary. It puts a lot of things in perspective, and really inspires.

Learn more about Happy.

I am unsure if I should be grateful for this or not! LOL I blame you, S! HaHa

RR Cherrypie’s videos are so kawaii (cute) from candy making to playing with miniature foods. It’s remarkable how much stuff are available in Japan for creative fun!

What do you think of some of the vids?

20140317-223145.jpgMy Acupuncturist told me to have a nightly, very hot foot bath. I just started to do it and hope it will help. The idea is for the toxins in the body to leech out through the feet through these foot baths. I do like them, but I just don’t know how to sit still! HaHa!

It’s giving me some time to slow down and reflect as the water cool. I’ve been struggling a bit about a few things lately, about things in which I am not sure what to do, and times like these help.

Having pockets of quiet reflection are what I haven’t really been getting lately, so there’s been a feeling of pressure and stress. So I am glad that my Acupuncturist insisted that I do nightly foot baths. They are pretty relaxing and it’s giving me some time to just chill and relax.

Even my mini panther caught up with me and has decided to flop down next to me and purr like mad. It’s like double relaxation time. 🙂

BBQ! We had a huge family BBQ in honor of my Uncle and Auntie coming from Vancouver. It had been ages since my mom’s brothers were all together, so the youngest brother had opened up a Johnny Walker blue label to toast the moment. They shared with us too, and learned that really good whiskey go down smooth.

It is always a gratifying experience to spend the day with those I love, so I am grateful.

(For 3/16/14)

I am grateful for more family visitors! My Uncle O and Auntie R drove down from Vancouver, and is surprised by how hot it is in California! What’s up with the weather? I am sad that my favorite season, Winter, wasn’t much of a Winter.

However, it will be a great night tonight!

It is very funny that when we give up something, we totally miss it!

As I wrote before, I am no longer Catholic; although, I do go to prayers, novenas, and church with family, out of respect for my old religion and for the miracles that Divine Mercy and St. Faustina has graced our family. My Auntie J would say I never really left, and for the most part, she has a point because I still retain, what I feel, are some of the best part of Catholicism in my own personal Faith.

I have gone days and weeks not eating meat before, but for some reason, faced with the decision of giving it up, it’s hard. I crave it knowing (and because) I can’t have it. LOL!

So I have to have stuff around I can eat on Fridays to help me through. One of those is Hake en Pappilote–which is hake fish wrapped in parchment paper. Luckily, I had one left in my freezer, because I haven’t seen it for awhile at Trader Joe’s. It is so good with zucchini and tomatoes in pesto sauce, and great as a healthy, low calorie dish.

On an aside, hake is a good, white fish, but not so sturdy. I found out the hard way when I used it to cook Sichuan Boiled Fish. The fish broke apart. If you get it frozen, when thawed, squeeze it to remove excess water, and it can fry well as tempura.

So far the last couple of Fridays, I have been eating a lot of tempura fish and vegetables and grilled shrimp. I crave meat the most on Fridays, and not so much on other days. Right now, Saturdays sates the Friday meat cravings! Funny, huh?

Did you give up anything recently (for lent or for any reason)? How is that going for you?

(For 3/14/14)

20140313-234210.jpgI received this as a Christmas present and I have been trying to jot in it as best as I can. I am sure I will open and reread my entries and nostalgia will set in.

Today’s question was, “If you could add one hour to your day, what would you do with it?”

My answer? Sleep–the honest to goodness NREM sleep when the body repairs itself. I am a very light sleeper. I awake easily and I envy those who can close their eyes and are asleep soon after. Sometimes I wake up with life’s biggest questions on mind. Hard to sleep after that! LOL!

How about you? If you could add one hour to your day, what would you do with it?


You can never have enough! This one is on my refrigerator door, and has been reminding me for a couple of months now.

Do you have one? What does it say?

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