Friday Reads (and talks with loved ones): April 3

This week I’m reading ‘Get a Life, Chloe Brown’ by Talia Hibbert. So far I’m really liking it. I didn’t expect for the book to be so humorous! The chemistry between Chloe and her family (most especially the handyman) is very vibrant!

Throughout all the craziness of working remotely, and establishing a new work/life routine while we all handle isolation, I’m trying to remind myself to stay calm. I’ve learned to maintain watching news coverage at a minimum–about 45 minutes tops. Anything above that and I get depressed, and very stressed out. I check in on friends and family regularly, and pray that they stay safe and healthy.

I came across this poster on Google, and I wanted to share it with you all:

Hopefully those better days will come soon!

Friends Make the Life Journey Smoother

This post is a Six Word Saturday contribution. Please check out Debbie’s source post here.

**My friends Melinda and David took the wonderful group pic after the show!**

Yesterday Andy and I went to Montclair to catch The Cult and Spirit Animal perform at the Wellmont Theater. My friend Melinda is a huge fan of Spirit Animal, so when the chance finally arrived for me to see them, Melinda and I were both excited! Spirit Animal played an awesome set, and I got to hang out with Melinda and her husband Dave for a bit afterwards.

I’m so thankful to have this chance to enjoy life outside the work/home cycle. It’s been months since I last went to a show, so the entertainment was needed. And it’s felt like forever since I last hung out with my dear friends. While I love time with my husband, it’s wonderful to share time with my friends as well!

While waiting for Melinda and Dave to meet us at a diner, Andy and I were enjoying the stunning views of the New York City skyline!

December 24, 2018: Special Times

Christmas Eve, a special day for many. Not only because it’s a holiday, but I actually have the day off due to the lack of children at the center. I definitely needed the extra time for myself to refuel mentally.

I even have some time to read my book today. I’m about 71% through with Nine Perfect Strangers. I’m going to give my review of the story this week.

Yesterday my friend from Puerto Rico called and mentioned that she received her save the date card for the wedding! I’m so relieved that I still had the right address for her. It’s going to be a wonderful event if she does indeed make it. It’s been 13 years since we’ve last seen each other.

Blogmas Day 19: Christmas Memories

This photo features myself with my good friend Melinda, and her sister-in-law Allyson. This was taken about four years ago. Andy and I were visiting them in Morris County, NJ during Christmastime. Earlier in the year I returned to New Jersey after living in New York for seven years. Moving back was a bit of an adjustment, yet I appreciated the fact that I once again lived closer to my good friends from college.

December 18, 2018: Appointments and Plans

I took care of my physical last night. There was some confusion at the beginning, and I needed to show proof of confirmation since I was told that I had no appointment. The issue was cleared up in a matter of minutes.

Andy and I told our good friend from Andover that we’ll visit her on New Year’s Eve. She spends time in Andover (where she grew up) to visit family on certain holidays. Since I work that day until 3pm, it will make visiting them at Andover easier than Harrisburg, PA (where she lives). That’s an over 2 hour commute.

December 13, 2018: Solutions When Stressed

The things that keep me grounded when I’m stressed:

Reading: No matter how exhausted or strung out I’m feeling on any given day, I can read a couple of chapters in my book before bed. I’ll feel more refreshed.

Watching short films. This can take the form of YouTube videos, or a television program. I’ll watch for about a half hour and I’ll feel calmer.

Contacting a friend. Due to work schedules, reaching out to a friend may seem a bit complicated, yet writing a message to whom I wish to speak with to begins the connection.

There are some days when life may feel overwhelming. One thing to remember is that you are never alone when handling difficulties.

December 12, 2018: Two Months Apart

Last night I spoke to my best friend from Puerto Rico. We shared about how the life paths my cousin and her niece have taken, who were born two months apart, are very different. It’s been 13 years since I last saw her niece, and she’s made a successful life for herself. Had my cousin Brittany held more confidence in her abilities to succeed in school, her life path would have taken a similar, positive turn to Christine’s.

I’m going to call my friend again on Saturday. It will be her birthday on that day. Her goal is to head out to the casino, so hopefully she can achieve her goal this weekend.

December 9, 2018: West Caldwell with Friends

Yesterday was an eventful one. Andy and I began our journey in Somerset, headed towards the New Brunswick area. A couple hours into the journey, we received word that a good friend of Andy’s was having a birthday gathering an hour away. It was an hour away, yet we still wanted to hang out with them, since they were very nice people. So our journey took us over to West Caldwell for the rest of the day.

We hung out at a Starbucks, where they had lovely bookcases filled with eclectic resding material. Andy alternated reading aloud from Aeneid and a Harlequin book titled ‘The Shiekh’s Captive’. It was a wonderful time.

After we parted ways with our friends, we headed to this Sushi place called Inspiration Roll for dinner. They offered Ramen bowls and sushi on their menu. We both got Sweet Potato Rolls and Confucius Nachos. This side dish contained spicy tuna and avocado with chips. It was pretty good. I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of Snoopy by the food. I always take Snoopy photos wherever we go!

October 27, 2018: Halloween Weekend Excursions

It’s the weekend before Halloween, but I’m not in the mood to go out anywhere, for once. As much as I enjoy this time of year, there are some things I need to attend to first. So it’s a night of watching the World Series. There’s always Halloween weekend 2019 to look forward to!

There are fun photos on my Timehop app looking back on past Halloween weekend excursions. The 2012 memories were exciting to look back on. That was the year when I shared an apartment in Manhattan, and I went downtown to party with good friends. I came home after 3am that night. It was very memorable.

That was also the weekend before Sandy hit the area. The weeks that followed carries its own special memories.

October 12, 2018: Books and Friends

My current read is Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb. I came across the book on kindle reads, where you can receive one free book if you’re an Amazon Prime member. From what I gather about the story so far, it flips back and forth between the 19th century and the current period. I’m only a couple chapters in, and I really like it.

This weekend is going to be exciting. Andy and I are attending a Pre Cana class tomorrow morning, and we are also meeting up with Iris and her husband for his birthday party. It’s been a while since we’ve hung out together. Iris has promising news to share about her job, so I’m looking forward to catching up with her.