Here goes…..

So! I’m attempting to bring back the blog to life. Resuscitation officially starts now!

What to write about? Well, since I’ve grasping for a bit of creativity here, need for a jump start if you will, I decided to look into things that help my creativity juices flowing and the muses dancing.

So what gets my gut going? Music. Seriously I get my muse on when I hear music. Today I listen to a whole bunch of stuff, but being as old as I am, I have become that lady that wants only my old rock n’ roll and I’ve starting to say that “I don’t understand these young ones and their shit music.” Yes, sadly, I’ve actually shouted out the window, “KEEP THE RUCKUS DOWN YOU LITTLE SHITS!” Pathetic. But I have also tried, really and earnestly have been trying, to keep up with the latest music. There are just some songs that get repeated enough that it filters through all the clubs and gets to mine old ears. One of them is Justin Timberlake. I mean really, who does not like the Justin?

When “Can’t Stop the Feeling” came out and people were talking about it all over the internet, I had to click. Damn, that thing is catchy as hell. And feel good too.

I kind of have been listening (trying very, VERY hard), to the new electronica music and the hits and, well, I just do not get it. I used to be able to tell house and techno and drum and bass apart, and now is it just me or does everything sound the damn same? Even the pop songs that the artists are putting out, more or less, sound the same? After 4 or 8 counts, you drop the beat, another 4 to 8 counts you bring up the music so loud you bust eardrums open? This is one of the reasons why that I don’t go to clubs any more. Well one of the MANY, MANY reasons. Another would be shit conversations, if you can even get a word in without shouting. I guess it’s just not my scene and I’m not one of those who go there “for the music” anymore because…well, I don’t understand the “music” they’re playing.

And really, I’d rather play drums.

Am I being a dumpy old hag? Possibly. But when the beat of the song is really predictable and is the same throughout the next 3 songs, it gets boring. I am trying to give the new music a chance, seeing as how technology has moved it forward and the sounds that are being created interest me, but I just wish it weren’t so… predictable.

There are some with great talent out there, for sure, and I wish they would be given more courage to push the creativity envelope further. I mean, sheesh, look at Madonna. The woman is in her 50s and still making the world gasp at her being outrageous, even if it is just the outrageousness of her doing what she’s doing at 50 plus.

So I guess I got my groove back…a bit. I need to hone this a little more and I’ll get back to more writing soon. I’ll leave you with this for now, from an old lady, who loves her old rock n’roll.

Sunday Musings

Ah Sundays. The day of the week that I feel most in control of the upcoming week, that everything is still in my hands, and the chaos is manageable. I like the planning that comes with lazy Sunday afternoons, and nights, that hopeful look forward to the potential the new week can bring.

So recently I’ve decided to join some groups on Facebook in the hope that my interests will become hobbies and hobbies will become habits. One of these is that of Bullet Journaling. Now, a disclaimer: I HAVE NOT, REPEAT, I HAVE NOT STARTED A JOURNAL as of yet. Crazy as it may sound, I didn’t feel like I grasped the whole concept of it, nor was I ready for it, at the beginning of the year. The more I’ve been reading about it on my Facebook feed though, the more intrigued I’ve gotten and thus, now I’m bingeing on YouTube videos on “how tos” for the best ways of starting and keeping it simple without losing my mind. There are a hundred different ways to have one, and the very idea of it being flexible is the reason that drew me in to begin with. The fact that it involves doodling and such is even more up my alley. The only thing is that I was worried that I would have too many planners, as I already have one for my day to day activities.

But the more I look into it, the more it seems that this is more than just a planner, this is something that can help me motivate myself into getting my tasks done, and hopefully be more productive. When you go to the official site of Bullet Journaling, http://bulletjournal.com, they say that it’s an analog system for the digital age, another aspect that I like because I know it sticks more in my head when I write something down. That’s why though I work in digital, I need to have my pen and paper around somewhere. Still different to get those ideas down in a book or a pad of paper. Long story short, I love this thing.

Now, the question is when to start? Because it is flexible enough, I’ve decided to start one in May, my birthday month. By then I’m sure I’ll be able to make things more organised and make the Bullet Journal more personalised than just a task reminder. So, what better time to start than my birthday month? The start of a new rotation around the sun 🙂

So back I go to watching videos for now, and preparing for a kiddie party later today. I’ll leave you with sad news today, as Chuck Berry has passed. He was one of my favorite rock n’rollers, and in my mind, should be dubbed the Father of Rock n’Roll. Go Johnny, go indeed. Rest in Peace good sir and thank you for the music </3

Starting over

Oh wow. It’s been awhile since the last entry… A year!! Urg, for shame for shame!

Needless to say, I’m behind and have not been able to update as I promised I should. As with most things, life has had other plans and last year, 2016, was and is a doozy for me. Lots of things happened that I wish did not, but having the luxury of a bit of hindsight now, I’m glad it happened. I know that this may sound odd, but I am. There are now lessons I’ve learned about myself and those around me, such as what loyalty means, and the importance of family, to name a couple. Another would be too never doubt myself and the deep well of resilience I have that I didn’t know was even there until there was nothing else to do but dig.

In this new year, upwards and onwards we go. Thus far, I want to thank those few who have taken a look at my little blog that could, even if I’ve left it and come back a few times. At least I’m persistent, in a way. So where are we now? J

I’m reformatting the blog to see what we can start off with. If there’s any of you out there, and would like to give me some pointers, or ideas, do let me know.

For now, back to brainstorming. Just wanted to give a cyber shout out after a year of being quiet.

Here’s some of The Who just to help me figure it all out 😉

Holidaze and breakfasts

These last few weeks have just flown by so quickly!!! The one thing that has remained the same is that every morning I’ve been trying to find the PERFECT no hassle, semi healthy, super filling, make ahead breakfasts that everyone in the house could eat.  Add to that list that I only have a toaster oven to play with, and ideas are whittled down to the essentials 🙂

I found these recipes if you’re in the same predicament as I am 🙂

TWENTY yes TWENTY breakfast casseroles (this site is always awesome anyway)

Because I love Jacques Pepin and eggs, here is his recipe 🙂  This site is also a great resource for recipes too! They recipes for every day of the week if you sign up to their newsletter 🙂

And if you want something quick, this is an easy peasy one. 

It is rainy in the metro today so it has to be Ella singing Cole in my ears 🙂 Here’s the first disc 🙂  The second disc is in youtube as well. Have a great weekend!

Collecting Tips

Everything in my email recently has been all about making my life easier. Some of them are actually worth a read and those ones I’ve included here.

Such as, if you have a small kitchen like I do, this article has good ideas, like those open cabinets. The only problem is that we’re prone to dust so I’m having second thoughts.

I’m more than a little paranoid than most with my security at home, so I don’t really scrimp on things like padlocks (with the main windows in my house, you can open them and use as an emergency exit), but here are a few things I should look out for next time I get new ones (and I need a few I need to change downstairs).

Fellow parents out there, I’m sure that you feel me when I say that my kid’s room is never “clean”. It comes with the territory when one has kids, and especially a toddler, that nothing will ever be “neat” again.  Here are a few tips that can help, especially in their rooms!! Thinking of getting the open shelving to keep my son’s baby stuff.

I’m also one of those annoying people who need plants indoors to make my house cozy. I have a little rosemary plant that I use for cooking and some other ones too, like mint and aloe vera. I have several citronella plants outdoors, but I have been wanting more indoors because the pollution situation here in Manila is really bad 😦 Not as bad as Beijing but still bad. So I looked up some to get like these plants that NASA says is the best. After the spider and mother in law’s tongue plants, I want to get flowers, like mums. Surprisingly, they clean the air apparently.

Do you have any house tips for me? I could use some, especially the tidying UP department (there I said it). I’ll leave you with this first because I love this song 🙂 hehehe 🙂 Have a good one!

Nesting

So I’m back to “nesting” in my home. I have been looking around for new things, especially flavors, I can bring into the house.  Reading an article about the benefits of Tumeric, I decided to look up a few recipes and see if I can copy them here at home.  I think I will start with this one from The Kitchn.

Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

Serves 6-8

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve
2 medium white onions, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to season
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head of cauliflower (about 2 pounds), trimmed and cut into florets
4 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or water)
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1 cup coconut milk
Freshly-ground black pepper, to season
1/4 cup roasted cashew halves, for garnish (optional, see Recipe Note)
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley, for garnish (optional)
red chile pepper flakes, for garnish (optional)

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat until shimmering. Cook the onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt until onions are soft and transluscent, 8-9 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add garlic and cook for 2 additional minutes. Add cauliflower, vegetable broth, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low. Simmer until cauliflower is fork-tender, about 15-17 minutes

Working in batches, purée the soup in a blender until smooth, and then return the soup to the soup pot. (Alternatively, use an immersion blender to purée the soup right in the pot.) Stir in the coconut milk and warm the soup. Taste and add more salt, pepper or spices if you’d like.

To serve, ladle the soup into favorite bowls and garnish with a handful of toasted cashews, a few springs of parsley, sprinkle of red chile flakes and a dash of olive oil to top.

Recipe Notes:

• To Toast the Cashews:  Preheat the oven to 350°F and lay cashews out on a baking sheet in a nice flat layer. Toast for 5-6 minutes, or until fragrant.

You see, my house only has a toaster oven; I haven’t gotten around to buying myself a stove that I can use. I will soon but for now, it makes me get creative on what I can and cannot do in the house. This recipe, though it calls for sauteing, I think I can do, believe it or not!!! I will post about it and I’ll see if I’ve created awesomeness or just a disaster.

I’ve also recently been wary of grocery shopping. There are three great grocery stores near our little townhouse, and even a little market right outside the village gates which we frequent, but it is inevitable that you get caught up in deals and coupons and sales.  I am only human 🙂  One of the things I have decided to do is really try figuring out a budget, so that every two weeks is the only time I go majorly grocery shopping.  The weekly stuff, like for the eggs and salads, I can do in the little market outside the village.  Since I was already at The Kitchn website, I saw these 10 tips, and I will try them all out and see if they work.  There aren’t any couponing here in the Philippines, as hardcore as they have it in the US, so I may forego that one.  All the others though seem completely doable to me. Again, I’ll try and post my results as I go 🙂

And oh my word, who doesn’t love Julia Child and poached eggs? I’m still trying to perfect mine using a microwave. This little video is great for both 🙂 

Are you “nesting” as well? What are your nesting obsessions? Care to share?

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite songs about home.  And I just remembered: I met these guys in their concert here in Manila earlier this year! They were lovely, but very grumpy old men. The concert was awesome, just FYI 🙂

Quickie

Hi All:

I know it’s already the end of summer in other countries (and BOY has it been brutal!), but here in the Philippines, we are TROPICAL ALL. FREAKING. YEAR. ROUND.

So, there are little bugs every so often. Somehow, this time of year, they should lessen but it seems like mosquitoes like my home. ANYWAY: I saw this online and wondered if any of you have the same problem? Or do you have any other repellent tips?  Post them here 🙂

For now though, check this out: https://www.thesnug.com/keep-bugs-away-with-a-mason-jar-repellent-1215091644.html

And this song has been on me for the last few days. That beat is pretty cool. ENJOY GUYS!