Did I say busy?...

Thursday, August 26, 2004 

I've been trying to find a moment to write about our nice weekend and suddenly the week is gone, once again - another weekend is just around the corner and thank God for that.

Our little secret is taking so much of our time, but we are getting there. Hopefully, I'll be able to tell you all about it after September 7th, so I'll stop teasing and won't talk about it anymore until all is set and done. For now, all I can say is that after a few ups and downs things are coming along just fine. Thank God for that.

So, our week has been very busy, did I say busy, let me say it again "very, very, very busy". What is it about work that doesn't seem to end every time we have a nice sunny day. The summer is almost over and Ohh! - how I wish I had a few vacation days to spare (note to myself, buy an extra week of vacation for next year).

So, to make it brief (since it is already time to go to bed and tomorrow will be a very long day) - last Friday we went sailing. It was the 2 of us and our friends S., G. and their friends M. and J. - we had a great time, it was brief, but good. The weather played a little trick on us, so we had to rush back to the sailing center, but we made it just in time. Our friend S. did a great job timing everything. After sailing we all spent the rest of the night chatting and drinking wine at M. and J. weekend place (which was just a few blocks from the sailing center) - what a view, what a lovely place they have, but the most important thing is how nice, warm and friendly they are. We left about 1:30 AM - time goes fast when you are having fun. Thank God for that.

The rest of the weekend went well, but fast. On Sunday we had brunch with our friend J. - after brunch we walked over to her new place, it is fabulous and it's within walking distance from our place. She was moving today, I wonder how everything went (note to myself "give J. a call").

We also worked (or should I say "Darren worked") in the bathrooms, and after a second try we have a brand new toilet installed. We paused to watch "13 going on 30" and loved it. This is my kind of movie, perfect for when I just want to forget all the troubles, all the items in my to-do list and all the responsibilities. The next movie on my list is "Kill Bill Volume 2" - I can't wait to see it (I loved Volume 1)

Here are some photos from our short sailing adventure. If you look closer you can see lighting striking on the City of Boston.

 

The beginning of our sailing adventure...

The beginning of the storm...

The race against the weather...

 

Sailing, Boston Harbor. 8.20.2004 - Canon PowerShot S500

 

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Wednesday, August 18, 2004 

Some days are longer than others, but at the end - what get you thru the day?

My mind is wandering like never before, I have so much to do and so little time that I have no idea where to start. I have no time to waste, but  the overwhelming feeling of not knowing what to do first has left me frozen.

The list is endless: mail, e-mail, photos, cards, notes, letters, cleaning, little secrets & big secrets (all good, though), appointments, commitments, calls, dinners, parties, shopping (which I don't longer enjoy, because I just don't have time for it, and I just can't buy clothes or shoes online) - you name it. Every single word that goes thru my mind comes with a task associate with it.

Just when I thought we were done with this, we started fixing/painting the bathrooms. Everything takes longer than expected. In the mean time, there are so many people that we want to meet and get together with before the summer is over.

But there is a reason for everything, I try not to complain (at least not too much). Even when you crash (not literally) into inconsiderate people, you can clearly see the reasons, the lessons behind the horrible experience. The way I see it: when you see how horrible, inconsiderate and disrespectful people can be, all you can do is step back and thank God you have not become one of them. You still have kindness, you still care about others and you haven't been blinded by your own ego or selfishness. It is so easy to get wrap up on the fast pace of our lives, on what we need or on what we think we are entitled to - that sometimes we forget that the people among us are just humans, like us. "Threat others like you'd like to be treated", easier said than done, but each day comes with an opportunity to do just that and for each of us to do better, to learn, and move on.

Life is good...

 

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Seven months...

Tuesday, August 17, 2004 

Happy "Seven months" anniversary!

 

Bianca and Darren -  January 2004

Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

  Photo by David Nin

 

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Ups & Downs...

Thursday, August 12, 2004 

Life is all about ups and downs...

May we always be grateful for the 'up" times. But then again, there is always a reason, a purpose and a lesson to be learned....

It has been a busy week, hope your week has been great. I had better, but that's just the way things go sometimes.

While cleaning my digital camera and our photo folders, I found some of our spring photos. I clearly remember taking this one, I was so fascinated by the yellow center of this beautiful red tulip.

Red Tulip. Our garden in spring - 05.01.2004. Canon PowerShot G2

 

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A bonus post...

Friday, August 6, 2004 

I am back, and this time it took me less than 3 weeks to write something in my corner.

I'm ready for the weekend. I'm thinking of: a little bit of gardening, hair highlights and maybe a new haircut - who knows. Also, another sailing party tomorrow night and of course catching on my emails and regular mail (which reminds me, that I better get those Hawaiian presents off the door).

It is dinner time, but before I go, let me leave you with one of the creatures from our garden.

Rustic Ladybug. A creature from our garden -  05.01.2004. Canon PowerShot G2

 

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a precious dream comes true"

Thursday, August 5, 2004 

It has been two weeks since the last time I updated my corner, and already the site feels a little neglected. I'll try to keep it up a little bit better going forward. It has been so crazy at my end.

Thursdays are good for web updates, because this is still a very manual process for me and DB goes sailing  every Thursday during the summer time. So, I normally spend the night catching up on my e-mails, phone calls, the never ending photo resizing process.

We've been very, very, very busy and so far the summer has been wonderful. Right now, I can't say much about what we have been up to for the last four weeks, but here are a few things:

Let's see, we visited Provincetown (this was during the weekend of our Six Month Anniversary), what a lovely town! We spent the weekend there and visited many antique shops. The town could be called "The antique shops capital of the world". I was in awe with all the little gardens in this town, they were quite beautiful; someone could easily publish a book named "The Gardens of Provincetown". The little cottages by the sea and around Bradford and Commercial street are quite spectacular, I hope to come back some other summer.

We also visited Marblehead the weekend before the DNC. I definitely love those charming little towns by the water. 

Talking about the DNC, thank God we survived the Boston preparations. Boston was a ghost town for 4 straight days (at least my side of the town was pretty quiet) not to mention the highway. I remember driving back home on Monday July 26 around 4 O'clock, I was one of the few people in the highway and it felt kind of creepy. Basically, the City of Boston scared away many of their residents and regular visitors. It was quite an experience.

Then, back to the usual stuff: cleaning, gardening, and enjoying the good weather as much as possible.

Did I mention a new stage in life where we are ready to stand up for ourselves to prevent inconsiderate people from continue to take advantage of us - YES that too. If you are trying to figure out what am I talking about - and then you guessed "neighbors", then you have guessed right.

These are some of the things we've been up to, at least the ones that I can tell you about right now.  I'm not so good about keeping secrets, so let me change the subject before I give it away.

Kristin, don't say a word :-D

If you are wondering what the title of this post is all about, it has to do with dinner on Tuesday (and also in part with our little secret).

We went for Chinese food on Tuesday night and my fortune cookie had the following message: "All the preparation you've done will finally be paying off" - and then, DB's fortune cookie had the following message: "Through greater effort and hard work a precious dream comes true". After reading our two fortune cookies at loud, we could not help but wonder and then dream a little.

Below is photo of a wild poppy on the streets of Marblehead. When I first saw it, it looked so beautiful, fragile and free. The wind kept playing with its red-orangey paper-like petals, but finally I caught a break and I was able to take a picture. I hope you like it.

Red poppy. Marblehead, Massachusetts - 07.25.2004. Canon PowerShot S500

 

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