December 22, 2018: Change

Life moves in such a fast pace, it’s easy to lose touch with people you were once in close contact with. The reasons could vary: crazy schedules, moving far from one another, or simply not maintaining connections as frequently. Then suddenly, they’re no longer in your life.

Today I just discovered that a good friend of my family passed away. This person was very close to my aunt, and I would always play with her children growing up. We had a great relationship with them. Life moved on and I lost touch with them, but my family still told me how they were doing. It was good that they still maintained contact with each other, even though it wasn’t as frequent as it used to be.

I hope that her family finds peace and comfort during this difficult time. Life can truly change in an instant.

Blogmas Day 21: Enjoying Coquito

Every time the Christmas season rolls around, I get excited about preparing Coquito to bring to parties and gatherings. Coquito is a popular drink from Puerto Rico, a lovely blend of rum and coconut with other items to give extra flavor.

From the first time I had Coquito years ago, I enjoyed the flavor and extra kick of alcohol. Its taste is similar to eggnog, yet with an adult flavor. I usually make Coquito with the following ingredients:

  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 16 oz of white rum (I love using Bacardi)
  • 2 cups Cream of Coconut (you can purchase 1 15oz can of your favorite type. I personally enjoy Goya or Coco Lopez)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla extract
  • Some nutmeg to taste

Blend all of these ingredients together, then chill in the refrigerator for an hour. Your coquito will then be ready to drink!

It’s best to enjoy Coquito in the company of friends, and always remember to drink responsibly!

December 21, 2018: Appointments and Sharings

Thursday was such a hectic time for me after I left work. I didn’t think that was possible, but it was. I finally had a medical appointment that did so many tests, and I need to follow up next month. It was all necessary, yet I was taken aback at how much I needed to take care of. I meet with the doctor again at the end of next month.

Afterward, Andy and I met up with the deacon to discuss marriage preperation. We only have one more meeting coming up, then we meet up with the priest giving the wedding. That one will be a couple months before the wedding. This meeting was also emotional, but this one dealt with communication. It was all a good experience, a lot was discussed.

December 20, 2018: Time for Reading

I wish I could read more of my current story during the week, since it’s a high page count. I’m still tackling my books about a couple chapters a night. Some days I have some time during my break, but I don’t want to get to used to reading then, since I usually get work tasks done. It does sound odd to do work assignments during my break, but since I don’t receive any prep time during the day, I usually spend my break times working. So I only get my reading done in the evening. I can manage a couple chapters before I fall asleep. Depending on what I’m reading, I need to pull myself away from the story, since I do value my sleep. Weekends are so valuable for personal time!

December 19, 2018: Twelve Days Left/NY Mets Changes

It’s amazing that 2018 is coming to a close soon! The year has flown by quickly. I began the year in a period of uncertainty, and it’s ending with a (somewhat) clear goal. I’m definitely going to reflect on this further. I’m not going to write about my year just yet…there are 12 days left in 2018, and a lot can happen!

I’ve been hearing about a lot of changes in the NY Mets these past couple weeks. It certainly sounds like a different team will materialize, with all the changes to the roster taking place. There’s also the mystery with Wilmer Flores and where he will turn up. Hopefully he will stay with the team in the minor leagues. Spring training seems so far away!

December 17, 2018: Sleep, and Books

I didn’t sleep well last night. Every few months I have an evening when it takes a long time to sleep, and it’s so annoying when that happens. Especially days like today, since I won’t be home until after 7pm. Hopefully the hours will pass by quickly.

I’m looking forward to reading my book later on today. The halfway point in my story really brought on an issue that I kinda expected, but looking forward to seeing what happens next.

December 16, 2018: Saturday Outing, and ‘Meddling Kids’

Yesterday Andy and I visited Pennsylvania for the afternoon. We went to Doylestown and Bensalem. It’s been a few months since we last stopped by to the area, and I always look forward to it.

After we got home, I read some more chapters of Nine Perfect Strangers. My goal was to complete it in time for my new books to come in. I’m about halfway done. Which they haven’t, for some odd reason. Hopefully I’ll receive a package this week.

I really want to read ‘Meddling Kids’ by Edgar Cantero. It’s a modern story about the Scooby Doo gang, as adults. I came across the book at Doylestown, thought ‘oh, I want to pick this up’, then walked away to check out something else. Then I forgot about it until I was home! I’m sure I’ll come across the book again.

December 15, 2018: Birthday Outings, and Wildwood Memories

Some thoughts as I relax on Saturday morning:

  • Today is my friend Carmen’s birthday. I hope she’ll have a nice day to herself in Puerto Rico. Her favorite thing to do is spend a few hours at the casino. She doesn’t spend a lot, but she enjoys her time there.
  • It’s such an unseasonable day. It feels like the time Andy and I went to Wildwood and Cape May three years ago. It was such a breezy day. So warm that I could wear my jacket on the boardwalk and not freeze. If it wasn’t raining today, we would be on our way down right now.
  • This weekend I need to pick up the rest of my Secret Santa gifts. Most of my co-workers shopped for their gifts, but I usually wait. I’ll write a bit more about this in my Blogmas post this evening.

December 14, 2018: Reading Progress/Routines

I’m about halfway through ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’. The way that people assimilate to a leader’s outlandish routines is pretty astounding. It makes me wonder when the ‘breakthrough’ point will emerge.

I watched a YouTube video last night on a man explaining his reading routine. He talks about spending some nights reading until dawn. I really admire his motivation to read so much. I don’t think I could ever read like that, since I love my sleep. I really admire his passion for reading, though!

Blogmas Day 13: Watching ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’

     This evening I caught a couple scenes of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ on YouTube. It’s one of my favorite movies to watch when my two favorite holidays come around: Christmas and Halloween. There’s always the long debate as to what ‘type’ of movie it falls under. I watch it during both times of year, since it’s an enjoyable film.

     ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas is about Jack Skellington, the leader of Halloween Town who becomes enamored with Christmas Town. He wants to introduce the comforts of Christmas into the spooky world he’s accustomed to, and funny adventures take place. When I first watched the film many years ago, I fell in love with it. I enjoy the imagery of both Halloween Town and Christmas Town. There is also a love story between Jack Skellington and Sally Stitch that’s simply heartwarming. 

     I’m definitely going to watch ‘A Nightmare Before Christmas’ this weekend. It will be a nice break from the stress of life. 

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