My leg muscles, arms and back are still a bit sore, and my brain just went on sleep mode at exactly 6.30 in the evening – but I’m not complaining!  I enjoyed everything I did that resulted in this physical condition.

The Shopping Trip and The Big Dinner

Aah, the year-end sale madness!  In late 2007, I decided to shop strategically from then on – meaning go a bit crazy during the mid-year and year-end sales (when you get great clothes, shoes and accessories at the best prices in the nicer shops in town), and then just  buy pieces that I truly couldn’t resist or that are really special the rest of the year.  It has worked so far, so I spent Saturday with Tintin, scouring our favorite shops at Trinoma.  I had just one observation from going around the mall and entering the shops:  Is there really a Recession?  Pinoys seem to be recession-proof!  On TV, we see the shops in the US, Europe and other parts of Asia offering such great discounts and yet very few shoppers come.  Not so in the Philippines.  Pinoys who earn regularly also spend regularly.  It’s both a blessing and a curse, and in times like these it might be even more of a blessing to the economy.

Anyway, the mall marathon induced a big hunger, so we had dinner at Bubba Gump (again!).  In our hunger and tiredness, we quite forgot about the large servings.  In short, we ended up too full to move a great distance, which was bad since we didn’t bring a car.  We took the LRT and MRT, which was more convenient (since we both live near an LRT2 station) than navigating through heavy traffic and looking for a parking space.  After some time, we decided to call her brother and ask him to fetch us, bribing him with food from Bubba Gump, hehe!  Kuya to the rescue again!

The Big Fix

There were two things that I wasn’t able to do during the long break – organize my closet and organize my books.  I finally got around to it yesterday.  I adhered to the tenet of taking something out when you buy something new, and I took out A LOT more!  It felt good, knowing that there’s a lot to give away.  It was also another kind of purging.  There were some items (not just clothes) that I held on to for reasons that are now silly, irrelevant, and foolishly sentimental.  Of course I still kept some that would most likely still mean something to me even when I’m old and gray.

Next in line were the books.  I realized that I currently have a 5-book backlog.  I also picked up the books that I’ve scattered everywhere around the house.  I like the way I’ve arranged them now – all my favorite books and the unread books in a storage bin right beside my bed for easy access, and all the rest in shelves.  Might be kinda odd, but that’s the way I like it.  Hmm, I also realized that I should already replace by battered, er, tattered copy of The Catcher in the Rye.  I’ve had it since high school and have subjected it to all sorts of conditions and book torture.  Ouch!

The Work

My organization and time management skills are being tested, and I think I’m still in the adjustment phase.  Mapping out a schedule hasn’t been working these past 2 weeks, so I’m winging it right now, simply attending to things according to urgency instead of according to project and task as originally planned.  Little emergencies crop up almost everyday, making it impossible to stick to a schedule.  However, I’m liking it!  I have greater responsibilities and a pile of things to do with the departure of my former immediate supervisor, but everything is falling into place now.  We are reorganizing the department and realigning the marketing strategy.  Since I got back to work this year, there has been no let up in things to do, unlike before when there would be a lull in the day or the week.  Good thing too that lunch break has been a real pleasure the past few weeks.  There’s something to look forward to aside from the food and the break from work. 😉  Still, no matter how much I like work right now, there are days like today, when the brain and the body just shuts down and refuses to do anything more.

Then I get second wind, enough to ramble out this quite lengthy entry.  I think I already wrote before that this is my own way of unwinding. 😀  Goodnight! 🙂