Archive for November 2002
We don’t need any children to mess up our house! We do a good enough job of messing it up ourselves! Sometimes I feel like Brian and I are just two children masquerading as grownups. The really sad part is that we don’t even try. It’s almost as if we’re flaunting our childishness in the face of all sane, functioning, law-abiding citizens in this land. I don’t think we’ll ever grow up. Not even after we have children of our own (if that day ever comes). While this thought brings me considerable trepidation, it merely amuses Brian. He’s actually proud of the fact that we’ll be eternally young (after all age is but a state of mind and as far as Brian and I are concerned, mentally we’re still about nine — well, maybe five in Brian’s case). To some degree is this wonderful but it does make me wonder. Are we doing ourselves disservice by refusing to progress though life as our peers have? I’m not saying that I’m looking forward to the days when I’ll be wearing Lands End and Depends on a daily basis because I’m not (honestly, I hope I never have to wear either of the two). The fact is that we both could use a little maturity. Brian will disagree though, I’m sure. I think he is perfectly happy being five.
Today I’m going to make sweet potato with marshmallows, my humble contribution to the Thankgiving lunch that Brian’s parents are hosting. Brian baked chocolate cake (devil’s food cake) with chocolate frosting (yummee!) the other night (yes, he was baking after he got off work — it was one am and he was baking) which we are bringing also and I think we’re going to bring a couple of bottles of sparkling apple cider (my new favorite drink). Last year we were completely hooked on Welch’s sparkling red grape. This year it’s sparkling apple cider. Since Brian doesn’t drink and I drink only occasionally, we try to sample non-alcoholic beverages and usually we’ll find ourselves hooked on something delicious.
Who needs champagne when you’ve got sparkling apple cider? It looks the same but it tastes way better! Brian invited mom and dad to come. It’s funny because he told them to be there a half an hour earlier than they’re supposed to so that they wouldn’t be late. Brian is well aware of “Filipino” time and planned for it. Hopefully, they won’t get lost. I think I will call them again tomorrow to give them last-minute directions.
I finally got a chance to meet Divina’s fiance. He’s a really beautiful person and he gave her a really beautiful ring. There’s a slim chance of him selecting the wrong ring if you help him pick it out. He’s only twenty-five (three years younger than Brian) but he is very mature for his age. For instance, he has foregone the whole video-game addict pitfall to travel the world. And well-travelled he is.. (Whoa! I just sounded like Yoda.)
He’s visited more places than I could even dream of and, to top it off, he and Divina are visiting the Philippines together next month. She’s taking him to meet her mom in Tondo. I can’t say that I am not the slightest bit jealous. I’ve been hoping to take Brian home to meet Mama Iyay for the longest time. We were hoping that 2004 would be the magic year, but the forecast is grim. Mom and dad are going home to Tanjay right after Christmas (December 26 is when their flight leaves, as a matter of fact) and they said that it will be another two years before they intend to return. I hope they are not serious because their trip is technically in the realm of 2003 travels and two years from then is 2005.
We were all really hoping that we all could fly home together as a family, as in go on the trip all at the same time. Perhaps there is someway that we can classify this trip as still 2002, we can weasel a trip back in 2004 (even if it is during the later part of the year).
Brian finally got his copy of GTA Vice City. For someone who’s almost thirty, he’s still stuck on playing video games. I hate that the game is so violent, but it is pretty good. I’ll at least give it that. Brian has been waiting for the game to be released for a while, too. Everytime a new shipment comes into Best Buy, the games sell out within minutes. Almost even before they hit the shelves. It’s insane. I’d never thought a game could be this popular. I was at Best Buy last week looking for the 100 pack of Imation CD RWs that were on sale for $8 and asked them if they had the game. None on the shelf, some in the back for rain checks. Brian had a rain check, but they wouldn’t give it to me without the slip. Desperate, we did some high speed munching at Applebee’s and headed out to Best Buy to purchase the game on Brian’s 30-minute lunch break. (Brian had the slip in his car, luckily enough.) It’s amazing what an ounce of determination can accomplish. Anyway, now that he’s got the game and the handy-dandy strategy guide in his greasy little hands, Brian keeps staying up till four in the morning playing it in the bedroom. He purchased a controller extender specifically for playing his games in bed. Sounds like something from the “you know you’re a gaming addict..” list. That’s Brian for you.
I think this might be what you’d call a post-birthday, post-Halloween depression.. Only a year has passed yet I feel so much older. Perhaps it’s because so much has happened this year. I mean, I got married and turned twenty-five all in the span of a couple of months. As if getting married weren’t enough to make one feel old, I’m actually half-way to fifty! I can’t imagine what thirty feels like. I guess I could ask Brian. He’s almost there! Ha! We just did a major redesign of his site, too! He had the idea, I did all the grunt work. I don’t think I’ll ever get him to learn how to code HTML. ~sigh~