Well, there comes a time in everyone's life where in one day you experience the thrill of checking off a few items on your bucket list, all in one day. Today, that happened to me, and one wasn't even on my bucket list. Wedding Crasher I started off the morning watching a DJ on Twitch … Continue reading Bucket list
Today I attended the Pinayista Summit -- "a weekend gathering of pinays in the hustle filled with speakers, panels, lightning talks, interactive workshops, music, sporadic dancing, and meaningful connections." I wanted to join this summit because I've had a trying and challenging 8 weeks at work I needed space to be held by a community … Continue reading My ancestors
Part of my job requires me to administer Statewide tests to students and notify parents of the outcome. Today, I had the pleasure of notifying parents that their child met all the requirements for RFEP- which basically means that the student “routinely demonstrates fluent English proficiency in order to access grade-level content instruction delivered in English … Continue reading Good news!
On the way to the store today, my sister and I had a conversation about romance. I shared with her that the best advice I received about romance was from a marriage retreat Mel and I attended before we got married. It was a requirement for our Catholic wedding, and at the time I placed … Continue reading Romance
They say death comes in threes, and today I was gravely reminded of this omen. When I woke up, I scrolled on Facebook and saw that a friend's sister had gotten her tombstone engraved. The headstone said that she was a mother, nurse, sister, daughter and friend. I didn't know her well, but I remembered … Continue reading Death comes in threes
I don't know what the rest of the world's impression is of our current leader after watching tonight's presidential debate. For me, it was very exhausting, disorienting and pensive. I assumed during a time of unrest, COVID, and fires a leader would offer a plan, or at the very least calm anxiety, not perpetuate it. … Continue reading Presidential Debate #1
If anyone wants to learn an easy and simple way to sew napkins, then read this post from Picnic Punk
Hello! I bought a sewing machine last week and have been learning how to use it. Here is something easy you can make (that you can take on picnics/use at home instead of wasting paper napkins)
I made these using cotton “fat quarters” that I got from a quilting store. I thought the pattern was pretty cute and these two fabrics kind of matched.
I had no idea what fat quarters were before but supposedly they’re 18″ x 22″ pieces that make a quarter of a standard 1 yard x 44 inch fabric and they’re commonly used in quilting.
You can use 2 different patterns of fat quarters to make 4 napkins (these quarters are like $1-$3 each depending on how pretty you want the patterns to be). So I guess it cost $6 to make 4 napkins but that’s because I went to a quilting store in a rich-people…
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Today I attended an impromptu dinner party at my sister's house; this is actually one of the reasons why we moved--to be closer to family and create memories. I can't tell you the last time I attended a dinner party, on a MONDAY. Living away from close friends and family didn't give us the opportunity … Continue reading My Monday
It's been a very tough week for me. We're finishing up our 6th week of distance learning, and just when I feel like I've got a handle on things, some thing else will come and a whole set of other challenges will ensue. I find my work very meaningful and purposeful, and when I look … Continue reading Six Weeks in Distance Learning
On Saturday, my siblings, partners and friends went to Kirby Cove to camp for one night. I haven’t camped in about four years, and never with my siblings or with this group of people so naturally, I was a little anxious about how the experience would be since this was going to be a new … Continue reading Camping in COVID
Funny, unexpected situations can occur at any moment when a teacher is out in public. One of the most random things that happened to me was running into a student's parent at a club, and the father had no I idea I was his daughter's English teacher. Long story short, I graciously declined his offer … Continue reading Running into a former student
This past Monday, September 14, 2020 was my 6 year wedding engagement party. While this date is not as momentous as a wedding anniversary, when I saw my timeline and pictures of my engagement party, I was pulled back to that time in my life--2014, when I was newly engaged, a budding writer, and imagined … Continue reading List to 50
It's been a busy few days, since I officially moved on Saturday, so I haven't had time to post on my blog. Today, I made a concentrated effort to get back to writing because of a gentle reminder from my new neighbor, Julietta. Julietta is a Filipina in her early 60s, twice divorced, with two … Continue reading A lesson from a stranger
For the past few days, when you step outside, the entire bay area has smelled like a camp fire-- coal, smoke, and wood. It's as if everyone has decided to chop wood and set them all on fire, letting it flare up and blaze. Today, not only did it smell like fire, but the whole … Continue reading bay area’s orange sky