Friends, get ready for another long and slow season on the OakMonster blog.
I’m involved in many different levels this time, a lot more than I signed up for this year.Â Well, you know, MJ went and died on us. That brought a lot more to the original “let’s take it easy this year” plan.
I met with Amanda and Mahdroo and our new group of helpers last Wednesday.Â This year is going to be awesome!
Friday was the second anniversary of my mom’s passing.Â It gets a bit easier each year, but I still teared up a little when I tell a stranger about her death.Â (Weird, huh?)Â This year, I took Friday off to go to the temple with my aunt and cousin.Â That evening, the cousin and uncle came over for dinner I cooked in my mom’s memory.Â Some of her favorite dishes: Caesar salad (I cheated and used bottled dressing–mom LOVED table-side service), lasagna, and crepe suzette.
Mom’s favorite part of crepe suzette was the flambe’ing of the orange liquer.Â I tried to do it this time with my cousin ready with his iPhone camera and Brandon with a fire extinguisher.
I didn’t know how to use the fireplace lighter, apparently. Mom probably was afraid I’d burn my apartment down or something.Â LOL.
Saturday came with a morning full of errands and off to a barbecue at Nhien and Jonathan’s where I played a sous chef and general helper.Â Poor Brandon was left to socialize for himself as I was busy assisting the hosts.
With all the busy-ness, I was supposed to start on the new time management plan this morning.
The problem I’m having is that I stayed up way to late to blog and work on Thrill the World stuff that I would crawl into bed around 11 p.m., long past our bed time.Â Brandon would be long asleep by this point.Â Of course, being a TV junky that I am, between after dinner and time I got to blog usually is occupied by going through the DVR etc.
Meanwhile, piles of paperworks colonized my desk.Â Ask me to get a receipt from last week for a return and I will yell at you to leave me the fuck alone.Â It’s that bad.
One morning, I was up at the first alarm and had at least 20 minutes before I have to be out the door that morning.Â I did my Thrill the World duties and started on a blog.
It dawned on me that if the evening is to be left for family time, then the morning would be perfect to work on my hobby stuff!Â So, instead of waking up at 5:40 a.m. (non hair-washing day), why don’t I just get up at 5:15 and get 25 minutes extra time in?
Well, I told myself that when I wanted to wake up to work out daily.Â That just didn’t happen.
However, working on Thrill the World, my blogs, and other household stuff?Â These are the things I REALLY do want to work on…unlike a work out which was something I really don’t want to do.
So this morning, I was supposed to be up at 5:15.
Because last night, I was up until 11 p.m. scraping off any possible piths from the peels of 25 lemons to make a batch of Limoncello.Â Yes, I am making my own.Â (Blog coming soon).
We call can thank Justin and Olaina for having brought me an authentic Italian Limoncello.Â Now that I had it, the commercial stuff tastes like crap.
My coworker Rob obliged in bringing me a bag full of his spray-free backyard lemons earlier in the week.Â I finally started in on the lemons on Sunday around 4:30, took a break at 6:30 to make dinner, and came back to it around 8 p.m.Â I finished at 11 p.m.
My right arm and hand still hurt from that and I’m one day late on my new time management plan.
The thing about it is, I REALLY want this plan to work.Â I feel so guilty with all that I have been neglecting. The piano and the guitar have been sitting lonely for months.Â There are many things I would love to do but never got around to because I seem to keep running out of time.
I’m determined to fix that.Â There is no magical time turner for me to use: just discipline.Â I definiely have been slacking in that department but with all that I WANT to do and NEED to get done, I can no loger afford it.
I can do this. I know I can do this.