15 August, 2016

Rainy day blues

We've been deprived of a beautiful sunny day for over six days now.Ö I am the least bit thrilled about it because I'm a sun baby. I live for circuit training, mojitos on a hot day, blue skies, and a lot of sunshine. The whole of last week was just awful and weather reports say that there wasn't even a typhoon. My Howe on the other hand is the opposite. He is like Edward Cullen; he loves this no-sun kind of weather.

Rainy days make me feel tired and lethargic.
I'm a pretty punctual person except for last week. From Monday to Saturday, I clocked in between 8:01AM to 8:05AM. Sure, this was still within the grace period set by the company, but little me does not like being late at all. Waking up in the morning, I rely on the natural morning light that pours through the tiny space in between the shades by my window. Obviously, I had none of this daylight for the past days, which made waking up in the morning challenging because each time I'd open my eyes, it looked like it was 4 o' clock in the morning outside.

Rain, rain go away.

Rainy days force me to skip the gym. Boo :(
Missed appointments and gym dates — blame it on our poor drainage system and Metro Manila traffic that goes from bad to worse to terrible when it rains. My gym is just a 10-minute drive from my work place, but last week was just so bad that I missed training thrice. I braved the rains on Monday but got stranded in one of the side streets because of the floods. It wasn't something that I was willing to go through again so for the next days, my gym bag just sat there at the back of my car. Sorry, Coach Ron.

And even if I don't like the rainy days, I love how they're perfect for cheese pizza and wine.
When all plans fail on a Friday night because of the rains, pizza delivery will always save the day ( or your evening! ). Last Friday, I discovered that Yellow Cab's 4 Cheese Pizza is yummy. My usual pizza is always overflowing with toppings, something like the more, the merrier because I have this impression that Cheese Pizza is boring. Surprisingly, even if Yellow Cab's 4 Cheese Pizza looked a little plain, it did not disappoint. Ramen has always been my favorite rainy day comfort food, but now there's a delivery alternative: 4 Cheese Pizza! When dining out, I often pair my pizza with a Cab or White Zinfandel but last week's bipolar weather made me try on a different wine style. I opened a bottle of Rosé and just like magic, being stuck at home didn't feel so bad anymore — nothing that a glass of wine can't fix.

It's Monday. I was up extra, extra early because I woke up to sound of rain pattering on my window. Even if I want to go back to bed, I'm all awake now. As if it's not enough that dark, grey skies and the gloomy weather are making me feel like I am trapped in a bubble, I got some Monday blues to cure, too. What a bad combination, no? But I'm a trooper. I've had more than enough of the rainy day blues and I refuse to be bitten by any of the Monday blues. I just want my sunny days back. I'd give anything for a nice, warm weather.

I miss Mr. Sun 😕
5 days is just too much. I never really liked the rainy days.

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Are you a sun-lover like me? Or are you the type who finds the rainy days relaxing and uplifting? What's your favorite rainy day comfort food? How do you beat the rainy day blues?  ☮..Peace & _Love. And still waiting for a lot of sunshine. RUSS.

10 August, 2016

Supergirls get upset, too.

There are two important lessons I learned the hard way these past 3 weeks at work.
1. I tried hard to be cautious and trusting at the same time — you cannot be both.
2. In connection with Lesson 1, I also learned that there are two types of people in this world.

There are people who, on the surface, would want to be your friend. They will look you in the eye, flash you a big & pretty smile, and well — for whatever reason(s), they will passionately and effortlessly lie to your face just to prove a worthless point. Want to know what makes it worse? They think it's cool and they effin' think they can get EASILY away with it.

There are people who will tell you stuff that you don't like to hear. They're not afraid to tell you the real deal. It will probably not make you the happiest person, but one thing I learned as I get older is that the world is full of crap and I don't need any more BS.

I am peace-loving person, but two things that tick me off are People #1 and people who make a conscious choice to continue to be People #1 especially when they know that you've let your guard down. Talk about pathological and expert levels of deception. I try to stay away from People #1 because they suck the energy out of you. Unfortunately, I had to deal with one this week. There was a person who forced her way to talk to me alone on a day that I purposely did not want to talk to her. I learned about how this person twisted facts about something that concerned my team & I.

There were issues, which I knew, will have to be sorted out eventually so I wanted to cool down first because I didn't want to get into an argument with anyone. I know how I'd feel and I know how it takes forever for this 'angry' feeling to go away so there was a conscious choice to stay away from this particular person. It is good that I've mellowed down and I find it easier to forgive, but I take forever to forget. Sadly, this person annoyingly forced her way to talk to me despite me expressing how I didn't want to talk yet and that if we were to talk at that moment, I didn't want us to be alone. I've been burned by this person several times and have caught her repeatedly lying to my face. I knew that this time around, I'd have to call her on this after I've cooled down, but she was soooo irritatingly persistent & just wouldn't give that time I needed to cool down.

Things got ugly.

If you think about it, knowing the truth is not as painful compared to knowing that you've been lied to. It pisses me off when people act cocky and mighty thinking they can easily charm their way out of a mess they made. That is just so screwed. You know what most people say — sh*t happens and all the crap just piles up so you have to be wary of People #1. They're not just pathological liars, but they will also climb their way up without giving a sh*t with how they treat others. Reckless ambition can be a dangerous thing.


I feel a little better.
Thank you for hearing me out. ☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes. RUSS.

Portrait: @JefferyHaugen

01 July, 2016

Book Club Friday: Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up

"The story follows the main character, Min Green, as she recounts the relationship she had with her ex-boyfriend, Ed Slaterton, and all of the reasons they broke up. During their relationship, Min saved various items related to their relationship in a box she hid in her closet to keep her mother from snooping. Now that it has been some time since they broke up, Min is ready to return the box of items to Ed by dropping it on his front porch. As the novel unfolds, Min is writing a letter to Ed to include in the box. Min goes item by item, telling Ed what each object is and what it represents in regards to their relationship. Since Ed and Min come from very different worlds and lead very different lives, Min's story recounts in hindsight all of the reasons that she and Ed should never have been boyfriend and girlfriend to start." • Read More: Book Rags

In a nutshell:
Teenage Emotions. Teenage Romance. Teenage Hopes.
The experience of getting your heart broken for the first time.
It's a painful, terribly sad teenage love story.

There's a mismatch between Daniel Handler's Why We Broke Up and I, but I read it anyways. Being a 30-something career wonderwoman-wannabe, I am past YA and break-up genres but I didn't think twice about purchasing this book when I saw it. I was drawn to its cover because it's bloody RED, which happens to be my favorite color.

When I finished reading the book, I got angry at myself ( lol! ) because it wasn't exactly a nice pick. The story was just soooo sad — it almost felt like my heart was being crushed. I like books with happy, hopeful endings. When you have a lot on your plate, you'd usually want to go for something light and pretty positive. Diba? Despite this, Why We Broke Up still appeals to millennials and career women like me ...

I liked it and I think you'll like it because Daniel Handler did a great job in narrating the whys of the break-up from Min Green's inner monologue — the words he used and his writing style were just beautiful, descriptive, and heartfelt. These make it easy for any girl to connect with Min's character. As you read through, you will find yourself thinking about your Min naive days & past relationships including the first time you had your heart broken.

If there's any consolation to this, you'll know how far you've come and what better person you've become from lessons you took with you from previous heartaches.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Read anything new lately? You may share your reviews to fellow book worms at Book Club Friday. Visit Heather's blog at Blonde Undercover Blonde or Katie's at The Nerdy Katie. Don't forget to say hello. • Image Credit: @danihersss.

My last Book Club Friday post was Dianna Wynne Jones' The Islands of Chaldea.
☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Good Vibes.__RUSS.