And so the year is done once again. It's hard to believe I've gone through another 365 days and I'm not sure if there's any significance in it. I document and I try to hammer out words and photos and who knows what else to help me remember my days and in the end, I wonder if I'll ever really look back and truly remember.
Still, here's to trying some more. I hope everyone has a great 2014 up ahead. 2013 wasn't my best year by far, but it was one for the books.
My parents decided to go out today and I decided to stay home because I told myself I would exercise and get my haircut. You think I did? Of course not. Instead, I caught up on my Game of thrones backlog and all the tv I hadn't seen.
I took the day off from work just because I knew I had no meetings today and I still hadn't recovered from my 3am craziness. I am getting old and it's really sad that I can't recuperate from a night of supposed debauchery.
It's Paola's birthday and I almost forgot we'd be celebrating by double booking a dinner with Nannah and abbey and one with Koko And Teeff. So much for all the calendars in my life. Still, I'm glad I was able to leave work with enough time to get Paola and Pietro a joint cake and join the family for dinner at 22 Prime.
For the first time in a long time, I actually had time to finish things I needed to do today and I'm glad for it. Sure, there were still things on my list but I'm glad it was a little more manageable today.
For some strange reason, I was craving Chinese food the whole day. It didn't help that I indulged myself to lunch at Chicken Bacolod even if it wasn't a Friday.
Today was going to be a pretty crazy day so when I didn't wake up early, I thought it was going to be downhill from there but luckily it wasn't. In fact, I got to finish whatever it was I had to in the office before my after lunch presentation and my late afternoon presentation (which luckily, wasn't as far as I thought it would be).
Once again, I told myself I would exercise and get my haircut. Once again, I am foiled. Sure, I could have exercised. I'm not that tired from my Friday night out, but i didn't. Instead, I read and slept and read and slept and played with the laptop.
I love weekends. I canít stress it enough. After our early morning mass (early-ish), I just love to stay in bed all day, reading or watching TV or a combination of both. This is how I wish every weekend would be. For real.
it wasnít such a bad day despite it being a Monday and doing back-to-back meetings and trying to brainstorm and put out fires with projects. Iím thankful I made it out ok.
What I thought would be a day of mini-meetings turned out to be just a day of one presentation that I didnít realise was going to be to the owner of the company. Iím always going to be nervous about presenting but Iím glad I didnít know that the person I presented to was the owner otherwise, Iíd have been more terrified.
The best part of the day was being able to try out a new workout that I donít think I could sustain but was happy to try anyway. The Ground Zero gym has a pretty cute instructor and a really intense 36 minute workout. If i had more balls and energy, I would probably sign up for an entire series.
I was looking forward to one thing and one thing only the whole day and that would be Blancheís Christmas treat with the Candy girls. Iím glad the pub report was cancelled this morning but it didnít stop the day from being stressful.
Iíve never done a brainstorm with the FN team so it was a nice day to start it. I didnít think Iíd like doing this on a Friday afternoon but it proved to be pretty productive. Also, my team mate Ro is such a sweetheart, really throwing herself into this helping us out bit. Iím so thankful for her
I canít believe my little sister is already 18. Sure, she turned 18 a couple weeks back but having all her friends over for a dinner and sleepover proved Iím no longer used to having so many teenage-ish girls around. I donít miss high school in this sense.
I'm pretty lucky that I finished 90% of my Christmas shopping in one go. My parents and I headed to Rockwell and it was lucky that a bazaar was going on and I was able to knock off a lot on my list.
The commute to work was terrible. It took us over an hour to find a cab and the traffic itself wasn't very cooperative. Monday morning meetings are pretty stressful.
Carpool day and it wasn't such a bad drive, shockingly. It didn't hurt that we left a little earlier than usual. Though the day was pretty long, I'm glad it ended with a fun car ride.
Dinner with Koko and Teeff was the best, too. Stockton Place had amazing food and the exchange of gifts was really nice. I'm going to miss Teeff so much when she resigns. It's making me sad just thinking about it.
With the holidays rolling around, itís getting harder to concentrate and the many Christmas lunches and dinners are making it hard to stay on some sort of semblance of a diet. Between the Candy lunch in the morning and the Yummy dinner ó which I had to beg off from, there wasnít much time for monitoring what i ate.
with Jill unable to do carpool, I just had no feelings about going to work. It didnít help that Roana was pretty blasÈ about work, too. For the first time in my life, I got to work at 11:30 am. I know thatís nothing but I felt terribly guilty.
My life has been taken over by The West Wing. Seriously. Itís not like I donít have other things to do: read books, watch movies, read magazines and yet all Iím doing is watching episode after episode. Iím so in love with this White House staff. From Jed and his family to CJ and Sam and Toby and Josh and of course, Leo. Iím totally obsessed. Thank goodness my dadís been doing the downloading.
I donít know how my siblings can hang around the mall the whole day but apparently, we can. By the afternoon, I was just really tired and wanted to pass out with some of the drivers in the parking lot. The good part is I got to get a Christmas gift for Paola. Now all I need is my sister and my parents and Iím good to go.
So today I went to work. I didnít think there was going to be a man com, it wasnít scheduled, but iím glad i came on time because there was a meeting that was unannounced that iím just happy I was there for.
I feel old now that Iím not as excited about Christmas anymore. Donít get me wrong, I love the time spent with family, but it feels less like a ëbigí deal now and more like another get together that happens to have gifts. this is a very un-Christian thing to say of course, so I should probably pray more so I feel more grateful for the miracle that is Christmas.
The whole afternoon was spent with my new favourite show and the annoying but addicting Snoopy Candy Town. Seriously. By the time everyone was watching Gravity, I fell asleep and I just passed out. Too bad, I didnít get to watch it. Perhaps some other day.
It was really nice to see Lee-Ann and Iza tonight. Dinner at Basil was good even if I couldnít stand the food because it was too spicy, there were some nice options.
My brother's girlfriend is the sweetest. I helped her out with some tiny things at work and she gives me a really gorgeous sweater for Christmas. My brothers are pretty lucky guys getting the girlfriends they have, actually.
What a day, really. I canít believe i was out for 12+ hours. Not my typical Saturday for sure. From lunch with the Candy girls which turned out to be a long drive to pick Paola up and then to Market market to watch a movie with Pamy and hang out after dinner was crazy but fun.
For some reason, my dad wanted to have dinner out so we headed to Umami to have Japanese burgers and for the first time, the restaurant was empty.
Nikki is engaged. Officially. The engagement dinner was tonight and the food was crazy and everything was great. I hope the wedding is in July because I can't take a leave during strat plan so I'm crossing my fingers really hard.
The last day of the year and I spent it doing nothing. Well, something really, but nothing in general. I love it. May this be how I spend the rest of the year as well.