Cake, Roses And Something Pink

Being married for 15 years nowadays is very much considered an accomplishment. It’s no mean feat so they say, considering the very high divorce rate here in the US. I tend to agree. It’s no easy walk in the park however. Although, I must admit that after the adjustment period 15 years ago, we no longer have serious disagreements except for reasons that are EXTRINSIC (which I’m better off not writing about in this very public blog).

June 28th was our 15th wedding anniversary. I have gotten my husband’s so called surprise wedding anniversary ‘gift’ a week before (which I’ve written about here and will write more in details on a future post), so I didn’t think I will have anything more from him at all. But lo and behold, I got a bouquet of long stemmed roses, 25 of them (not sure why he wanted 25) – it was so heavy, I couldn’t hold the bouquet at all.

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Aside from the bouquet, a Citarella Tiramisu cake was warranted (according from my husband). I limit the availability of decadent treats like this one at home because I have the tendency to abuse (lol).  But I gave in.

IMG_3092And on the very day of our anniversary, while we were out at the mall, a bag caught my fancy. Since I had the ‘passport to demand’ I sweetly asked for it as an additional gift which he happily paid for without hesitation. I figured it was a reasonable ‘demand’ so I went for it.

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More than the gifts however, I thank God for blessing us with 15 years of togetherness, as well as the strength to weather all the storms together. It’s not an easy ride but we’ve gone this far and it’s all that matters.

Saturday Jaunt

Where do I begin? I’ve been out of circulation for almost a month and although I was never totally out of the loop, it’s not that easy to come back and start anew. So many things happened in the almost one month that I had no updates here. Good thing however, I made sure that I have snapshots documenting the stuff that were worth frozen in pictures.

Life lately has been a mixture of good and not so good, exciting and not so exciting and perfect and not that perfect. Am I starting to confuse you now? I hope not.

So let me start by posting a capture of myself the day before our 15th wedding anniversary. It was a gloomy, unsettled kind of day with sporadic thunderstorms. I almost didn’t want to get dressed and head out but I did anyway. I didn’t want to be cooped up inside.

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So after the anticipated mass, we headed to Pizza d’Amore for dinner. Nothing special, just the usual Italian fare from a  pizza place.

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What’s Saturday night without a nightcap at Starbucks?

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Till next update. I promise to be more diligent in writing, but of course, sometimes promises are meant to be broken. I hope this time however, I’m going to keep my word and get this page up-to-date.

We Continue To Sail

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Fifteen years ago today, we said “I do”.

Many ‘storms’ have come since but we stay steadfast on our promise and our vows. Marriage after all is the union of two individuals, standing side by side, but rooted firmly together so that they withstand whatever tribulations that might come their way.

Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness, through thick and thin, in sickness and in health.

“Real love stories never have endings.” —Richard Bach

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Saturday Jaunt

Early, long and hectic. That sums up our Saturday last week. And if it’s an early day, yours truly is not that used to such, so you can just imagine how I had some kind of hesitation when I was told by my husband that he arranged brunch with friends and we had to be at the meeting place at the scheduled time. It was a tad cold too and add to that intermittent rain so it was not really my kind of day.

It turned out that the brunch with friends was just a ploy to get me out of the house at that time. I will write about it in due time.

As if I had a choice, there was nothing I could do but go and be there for a little more than 3 hours.

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I have to say, my husband pulled off something really good.

Dinner was at Red Lobster. Now, that was totally out of the norm for my husband who tends to shy away from dining at so called ‘chain restaurants’. It’s been ages since we dined at this restaurant. How I was able to get him to agree was another story. All I needed to say was the choice of resto was but fitting that it should be my pick because he ‘tricked’ me.

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We waited to be seated. Since we were just a party of two, we had our table after 20 minutes as compared to bigger parties who waited much longer.

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Surprisingly, I didn’t hear any complaints all throughout dinner. Apparently, the food was more than decent and he wouldn’t mind dining at this restaurant again (maybe after another 10 years lol). Since we were pressed for time, we skipped the anticipated Mass. We headed home and dropped by the nearest Starbucks drive thru, brought home his espresso, my java chip frapp and had dessert at home. Oh and by the way, the barista accidentally made more frapp than my order so he gave the extra to me which I gladly downed.

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I Miss The Decadence

The sweet tooth in me has been out of control lately. I’ve been daydreaming of these:

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And I can’t do anything about it because I’m on a self-imposed diet ( which is kind of vague because I still indulge every once in a while :-) or should I say every weekend ). All I have at home are dark chocolate bars made of 80% cacao and they’re not doing the trick for me. They’re kind of bland and boring.

The last time I had Mrs. Prindable’s was in April right before Easter. And we had them here at home because it was my husband’s choice to give away as token to his religious educators before his baptism.

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mrs. prindables

I have to shake off this cravings. Otherwise, my mid-section will really blow up haha. I have gained 5 pounds in the last 4 months and I feel the difference. Although, friends and family think I look better with the additional poundage. However, looking better is so different from feeling the bloat and feeling bigger.

Saturday Jaunt

We had a long day last Saturday. Since I’m not a morning person (which I’ve been trying so hard to change but…), it’s always a struggle to kick myself out of bed when we have early appointments.

A dental appointment booked six months ago was in our schedule. It had to be attended to, you know, the usual biannual prophylaxis. Though we were there on time, we were at the dental office longer than I would have wanted. When you have been going to the same place for quite sometime, and you’re way too familiar with everyone, the process tends to slow down a bit.

Then, who would have thought we were going to run into a couple (church friends). Yup, our shopping at Whole Foods took a bit longer too because they were there and we couldn’t just say hello and run away. Good thing we were not going to see each other again later that day because they were headed to a party.

It was a pink kind of day! Do I look so juvenile? I hope you don’t mind.

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After mass, we headed to Top Thai for dinner. Again, it took longer for us to head to the restaurant because of parking. Street parking can be really scarce here in the Big Apple. Why we didn’t go to the nearest municipal parking was a big question.

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Starbucks has now become part of the Saturday ‘routine’, so off we went. This time, I opted for outside sitting. Though  temps were already significantly lower at about 9 p.m. it was still comfortable.

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Clarisonic Rocks!

Finally… the replacement of my Clarisonic Plus was delivered by UPS yesterday. This is my third unit since I joined the world of Clarisonic users.

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I was skeptical at first about the replacement program but now that I have my replacement unit all for free, I can actually attest to the validity of the program. However, there is one condition. Your Clarisonic device should ‘die’ within the two year warranty. That’s a bummer, but it is what it is, so I just have to make sure that the device dies within two years (lol).

My second Clarisonic device died at its 3 year mark. In fact, a few months after it turned three years. Therefore, I did not get the replacement for free, instead I paid a discounted rate.

With the device I got two free brush heads too.

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clarisonic

Tonight, I can finally use my device after 24 hours of charging it. I’ve been without it for more than two weeks and I can really feel the difference. Sonic facial cleansing really works!

Saturday Jaunt

So the lazy-me-mode continues. Forgive the bare face with matching broken capillaries too. I hope to break this laziness pretty soon so I can spare you of my ‘horror’. I’m so tempted to make this a wordless post but I decided against it.

With the colder than normal temps here in New York last Saturday, my trench coat was perfect. Today however, while I’m writing this post, it’s sizzling hot and I’m so happy it has finally warmed up. Indeed summer is here! I guess, its arrival is a week ahead of the schedule in the calendar.

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See the woman in the background? I can’t believe that she headed out clad in that outfit with the lower temps and gusty winds. As though I’m the only one feeling cold.

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After our usual errands and the anticipated Sunday service, we decided to go back to the Vietnamese restaurant. My husband was so gung ho to have one of their specialty fish dishes so I didn’t raise any objections. After our dinner, we headed out to Starbucks. We have a pretty boring routine but hey, it works for us so that’s all that matters.

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Here’s hoping you all have a wonderful weekend!

Trouble Comes In Threes

Bad things happen in threes. Do you believe that superstition? I grew up hearing and been around people who exactly believes in it.

If I may say so, the string of events that took place at home lately (in the past four weeks to be exact), seem to fit into that superstition. The only difference is that no living object is involved, thank God. But it’s still unnerving just the same especially for someone like me who tries so hard to resist change. But as we all know, the only constant in this life are death and change so who am I to keep resisting it.

Yeah, our almost 11 year old GE Profile Dishwasher  started to malfunction.

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It’s been nothing but good performance, not once have we had any service call (except for  a voluntary recall repair done by GE), and the 5 year Extended Service Warranty that we paid for is no longer in effect. Hence, when I noticed the crazy beeping sound (as though someone is pressing the control pad), I knew I needed to call a service professional. With a diagnostic fee of $50 by a local repair company, it was confirmed that the control pad and the ‘brain’ (yes just like any computer) of the machine needs to be replaced to the tune of $580 including labor. For Pete’s sake, I can buy a brand new low end dishwasher for that price, right?

So with a heavy heart, my husband and I decided to let go of it. I initially toyed with the idea of having a new cabinet installed (for more storage) in the same spot and forgo a dishwasher. But not having a dishwasher for the past few weeks isn’t working good for me. Nasanay na ang muchacha (lol). We have been to two different appliance stores and had been there twice to the two stores stalking the dishwashers specifically, MIELE. I need to do more research and need to make an informed decision prior to purchase because Miele is a European brand and there are things that have to be strongly considered (hook up and detergent, etc). Upon learning that GE stopped manufacturing appliances since Frigidaire bought the brand, husband and I decided it’s time to ‘divorce’ GE hahaha. So yes, I’m still washing dishes manually… until  everything is sorted  out.

A week after the dishwasher decided to  die, our Digital Water Ionizer also started to malfunction. We’ve owned this unit since December 2011 and never had any issues. This ionizer dispenses alkaline water in four different stages, purified water and acidic water in two stages (good for astringent, cleaning and sterilizing). We just replaced the filter last February and each filter normally last us 6 months  depending on usage. All of a sudden the water inflow rate was diminished until it no longer dispensed water. We performed the recommended solution as indicated by the troubleshooting guide but nothing worked except the last recourse which was filter replacement.

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Yes, the filter died, not the machine. Hurray! But that’s $199 down the drain. It’s good that we always have a spare filter at home. I’m happy that the issue was just the filter and not the machine. The manual indicates that the filter prematurely goes when there’s a big build up of particles from the water supply. Now, I’m a happy camper though I’m not that thrilled that I have to buy a new filter prematurely so I have a spare here at home.

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But that’s not all. Last week, my Clarisonic Plus died. Yes, it just died abruptly. This is my second unit and I’ve had this since December 2013. The first unit I owned lasted for more than two years, so I had to buy a new unit after it perished. This current unit however is under warranty (two years) so all I needed to do was contact Clarisonic. They emailed me the return label and I sent the unit plus the charger to them. I was told that I’ll be getting the replacement in two weeks – all for free.

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Now, do bad things really happen in threes?

Saturday Jaunt

The weather here in New York is so temperamental. It’s been very cold (for June) and it’s not that easy to dress properly for the day’s temperature changes. I like to play safe so layering has been the norm the past four days.

However, last Saturday, the sun shone so bright and it was warm enough to wear sandals. But as experience has taught me, the daytime temps can be deceiving and since I anticipated that we will be out in the early evening, a light jacket on hand was a must.

Someone suggested that I should publish bigger photos especially when I’m posting for the Saturday Jaunt series so I happily obliged. I have to say though to please bear with me. As usual I headed out again without a stitch of makeup except for lip tint. I don’t know what’s gotten over me lately that I’m really not in the mood to work on my face. For as long as I have the basic skin care and sunscreen, I feel that I’m good to go. Switching handbags has also been more of a ‘task’ for me. In short, I’m so lazy to coordinate my bag with my outfit. Just the thought of emptying my stuff from the bag I’m currently using and transferring them to another bag is a lot of work. Luckily, I think that this ensemble that I tried to pull off last Saturday was not that bad.

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Forgive my amateur photographer. None of these pics were cropped, he just kept aiming and clicking away. In my case, I can’t be too choosy because I can’t afford a professional photographer haha.
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Denim on denim? Fashion police, please don’t get me (lol). Okay – they say that it’s fine to wear denim on denim as long as they’re of different denim shade which is the case with what I wore. My jeans came in a darker hue. It was freezing at the restaurant so I needed this denim jacket to keep me warm.

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I assume you must be so tired looking at my bare face by now. It’s been a few weeks of the same, but I hope to have my rhythm back soon so I can spare you from the ‘horror’ (lol).

Amazing Meal

Sometimes it pays to wander around. I say that because one day when I was bored at home in the middle of the winter, I drove to the nearest mall and wandered inside Vitamin Shoppe.

I can’t be more happy that I came across a great alternate to my usual vegan protein powder. This Amazing Meal is simply… amazing! I love it for its pure taste, not sweet at all and when I add a few drops of vanilla extract, almond milk, coconut flakes and a bit of grade B maple syrup this drink turns into one delicious and satisfying beverage.

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It has become part of our Saturday brunch when my husband is home. I drink it regularly but not every single day. It’s nice to have several options as I tend to get tired of the taste if I take it everyday.

Amazing meal is now a staple in my pantry. It’s a complete meal in itself and I simply love it.

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amazing meal

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amazing meal

Saturday Jaunt

Last Saturday it was balmy here in the Big Apple. I wore light layers for my tops and with the leather jacket, it was more than enough to keep me warm. Once in a while I like to feel a bit more feminine thus, the skirt, but because it was a tad cold, I had to add footless tights in my ensemble. And by the way, a bare and  make-up free face seem to be the norm for me lately. A bit of lip tint was enough, then I headed out the door.

Usual errands dominated our Saturday, and of course the anticipated Sunday service at the nearby church. I actually like it this way. Predictable and nothing out of the norm. So much have been happening ( the good kind though definitely not wallet friendly but they had to be attended to) lately so it was a nice respite from the out of the ordinary occurrences.

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We had dinner at the Nagoya Sushi. Vietnamese restos have been favored by us lately and we needed change. It was our first time to dine at Nagoya and we were not disappointed at all. As predictable as can be, we scooted to the nearest Starbucks for the husband’s espresso fix.

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There goes our Saturday in a nutshell. Hope you’ll have a great weekend!

Cool And Refreshing Smoothies

It’s been consistently warming up in my neck of the woods but not that warm just yet to warrant a jacket-less day out. Yesterday, I did a big mistake. Relying on the weather app on my iPad, it said it was 84 degrees out. Lo and behold when I headed out without a jacket it was pretty cool. I failed to put in the equation the fact that we’re right by the beach. Needless to say, I rushed back home and grabbed a light jacket and I felt a lot better.

As the weather warms up, these pics which have been in my drafts folder are becoming more enticing. Not that I ever stopped making smoothies and or juices but even more so now that summer is right around the corner. They are for sure better option over any sugary drink. These captures were taken a year ago except the pic on top. It’s been that long!

I can’t wait for summer. I hope that New York is going to have  real summer weather. Last year, our summer was so mild. Not that I’m complaining but it was just so unreal that we didn’t have any heat wave at all. True enough, we had a long, bad winter. We paid for it I guess. In a few, I’m sure I’ll be busy whipping up these smoothies. Want some?

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Saturday Jaunt

I’m caving in. Saturday jaunt is back. I just hope that I will be able to carry on and keep the posts in this series coming until the cold spell comes back. My previous post titled: One Isolated Warm Day would have been the first this season, but I was not that confident that I can keep up with posting but I’m finally caving in and see how it goes.

Last Saturday was not that perfect of a weekend but it was good enough. There were threats of passing thunderstorms and it was a tad cool. It was one of those cloudy days where the sun shone and hid after a while. That in itself made me so lazy to put on any make up.

So people, in these pics, I’m ‘naked’ as can be – I mean, I have no stitch of make up, not even powder except lipstick so please bear with me.

We did our usual boring Saturday routine and later on had dinner at where else but  : Fuciaana. It’s slowly but surely becoming my husband’s favorite resto in our area. It helps that he gets a complimentary hot sake all the time. Then we were off to Starbucks for my husband’s weekend espresso fix.

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No One Will Know The Difference

Healthy pie? Is that even possible? You bet!

I was lucky enough to chance upon this recipe from a magazine that I regularly pick up from the health food store that I shop from all the time. The ingredients are regulars in my pantry so I knew that I would easily be able to whip it up during one of my ‘lighter days’.

When I finally tasted it and served my husband a slice of it, he had nothing to say but… “it’s delicious.” Little did he know that the rich, smooth texture is made possible by an ingredient that no one will ever think of to use in this kind of dessert.

Let me know if you find the not-so-secret ingredient that made this pie smooth and rich.

Chocolate Infinity Pie

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chocolate infinity pie

chocolate infinity pie

Ingredients:
1 (12.3 oz.) package silken tofu
1 1/3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips, melted ( I used 56% dark chocolate)
3 tbsp. pure maple syrup (I used grade B)
2 tbsp. 2 % milk ( I used almond milk)
2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder ( I used cacao powder)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
8 1/2 inch ready-made chocolate pie crust

** I used all organic ingredients

1. Process all ingredients except crust in a food processor until completely smooth
2. Pour filling into the prepared pie crust
3. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 6 hours to firm up. Leftover should be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 4 days.

Source: Katie Higgins