A dose of sanity

They were my rock before, and I am happy that I had the chance last night to spend albeit a little time with them. They’ve seen me at my best and worst, in the darkest hours of my life. I really regret the time that we grow apart over the years (but yeah, that’s life). I so wanted to unload all the pent up emotions I’ve been holding back, but I just can’t. Love you so guys!

Coffee jelly

My social life outside of family has become almost non-existent. As any Gen-Xer would tell you (add being a mother to that), priorities change. Maybe personalities also change. I could definitely say that myself. Before changing nappies, juggling a budget, keeping a household in a surviving condition took over, I was a young girl once who gloried in the company of, not only close friends, but a gregarious extended social group. Now I am reduced to children’s parties, weddings, quiet dinners and once in a blue moon coffee sessions that happen after official events. I don’t know if because I have no choice, or these are the only choices I have. Long gone are my cigarette- and alcohol-toting days. Now I’m lucky to get to know my younger colleagues over a glass of coffee jelly.

Pool party

Pool parties seem to be the norm in grade schooler parties. We’ve been invited now to a couple but this is the first time we went because Mczy’s parents are good friends of ours. I am now officially old because I have gone from being a swimming fanatic to a scrooge. I’m sure every mother would understand me and this quirk of not enjoying having to pack clothes, keeping an eagle eye on kids while trying to eat and mingle, washing them up, keeping wet clothes and so on. We actually had fun anyway but you know…

I am just happy my kids were happy until you had to tell them they have to go out of the pool.

Girl stuff

My girl is starting a bit earlier than me in the going out department. At 8! I think started hanging around with friends outside of school when I was 12. Oh well, this is chaperoned anyway. And we know her friend’s family since they were preschoolers. Plus they live one block away from us. It is only now that they reconnected during 3rd grade. I hope they will be in for the long haul, and wish them true friendship that is very rare nowadays. I couldn’t wish for a better friend at this point because I know her family and they way she and her siblings are being raised. They’re the kind that I hope Mischa would hang around with.

Post-holidays celebration

Still at it. Yeah. Whoever heard of a Christmas party in January? We almost hit a deal-selling online facility for enticing us to buy deals for a discounted buffet dinner and then finding out that the hotel providing the buffet do not have slots even after Christmas. But we played it nice, and decided to just have our party after New Year without making too much of a fuss. Anyway, everything was still good.

But we had our exchange gift just before the actual Christmas party of the whole office, and this is our annual photo (this is a tradition).

As always, and despite some misunderstanding the past year, we enjoyed each other’s wacky company. Got to say though, food was so-so if you ask me. I was kind of disappointed since this is Pan Pacific we are taking about. I expected more choices. We thought we kind of paid only for the ambience since if we got deals for other buffet places then we would have enjoyed the food more.

Our growing second family

I may have turned a bit into a hermit because I don’t go out as much especially to reunions with old friends that I have fell out of touch with. But this is always one group that I would cross mountains and rivers for just so I could be with.

This may be too late for a Christmas gathering but who needs an occasion to be with your lifelong friends turned family? Hoping next time we would be complete. Also later this year, we would have an additional member as Jayjay is expecting baby no. 2, yay!