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Rest in Peace, Dad!

Posted by thearrow on June 9, 2013

It’s been a year since you left us and I think of you every single day.


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Dear Blog, I Have Betrayed You with Instagram

Posted by thearrow on January 20, 2012

And, the horror, Facebook! What a double whammy. What, you didn’t know it’s much easier to share links to interesting articles others wrote than labor on creating some meaningful content yourself? Sorry I have to break this news to you.

Then, ever since I got an iPhone for my birthday and Christmas, courtesy of Steve, I’ve been mesmerized by Instagram, a really cool photo-sharing app. I’m not sharing as many photos as I’d like, but I do enjoy following the work of some amazing photographers. And that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing lately, in case you’re wondering. I don’t want to abandon my blog, though, and I feel bad about my tiny but loyal audience I haven’t been feeding regularly. I’ll try to post more from now on, though; both text and pics.

And no, I haven’t forgotten that I once left Facebook for what I thought would be forever and I got back somewhat reluctantly. But I have to say that the iPhone and Facebook are a match made in heaven and it’s due to the phone and its myriad photo apps that I started posting more on Facebook.

Thankfully, I still have things to say, so you’ll be hearing from me soon.

Oh, and Happy New Year, everyone!

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Posted by thearrow on August 26, 2011

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No Economist Guilt

Posted by thearrow on October 22, 2010

My subscription to The Economist, which was a very much appreciated gift from a very dear friend, has expired and I breathed a sigh of relief. I will not renew it because I cannot deal with the guilt ensuing from not getting to read ever-growing piles of magazines through. Whenever Saturday rolled around, my blood pressure went up at the thought of having one more great magazine I’ll only skim.

Also, I read news constantly, so it’s not like I’m not going to be up to speed with what’s happening.  I couldn’t deal with being hooked to the news on weekends, too. Plus, when I read a paper magazine I like to take it easy, I think of it as relaxation, I want to take my time to delve into it. With The Economist I was always, OMG, OMG, the world is going to the crapper, or darn, there’s so much I don’t know. Kind of like when I started watching CNN when I came to the States and had to turn it off after half an hour, especially if I watched “The Situation Room” because my heart rate was up. Now I think CNN is slow compared to Keith Olbermann’s show on MSNBC, which is OMG all the time but which I watch almost every evening.

So I’m going to relax with The New Yorker, whose stories and writing are so engrossing that they help you disconnect from the world and transport you to a completely different place. To be even more guilt-free, maybe I’ll even be able to catch up on old issues, which I’m keeping.

I’m also hoping to catch up on Wired, which offers the most incredible reading experience I’ve seen. It’s dazzling graphic layout and super compressed writing on thoroughly researched things is hard to describe. It sure makes me feel exactly like its title, wired, wound up, and ready to bounce around. I don’t recommend reading it before going to bed or your head will spin until dawn.

Now, if I could only wean myself of reading the newspapers online for hours every weekend…

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I Fell Asleep on the Bus

Posted by thearrow on April 22, 2009

I woke up at my usual 2 something a.m. Tuesday night and somehow managed to go back to sleep until around 4 am. After that, forget it. I got up, made myself a nice big cuppa java, read the newspapers, chatted with friends from back home, and left for work at 7:00. On the bus I started feeling drowsy, so I thought I might as well just doze off, which I had done before. Boy, was I sleepy! I get to hear the announcement of the stop before the one I usually get off at (18 &K) and then I fall asleep 😀 I woke up when the bus was announcing it was stopping at the 15th street. Whoa! I work on 21st street, I’d better get off right now. In the process of waking up and rushing off the bus I forgot my gloves behind. Damn it! Nothing annoys me more than losing gloves and umbrellas.

I walk in the first Starbucks I see and get a double espresso, hoping that I’d wake up on the way to work. I did. Somewhat.

Then, in the evening, the last bus that takes me straight home whizzed by me two minutes earlier than it was supposed to, therefore I had to first take the metro and then another bus. By then, I was super cranky, tired, and hungry.

This morning I woke up later (as in 6 am), took my time to start the day, and wanted to take the last bus (the one that takes me straight to downtown DC and only runs during rush hours). Well, that one was early too! So I froze in the bus stop for 30 minutes until the next bus came. And this time I hadn’t taken gloves with me because I was afraid of losing them.


And zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

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There’s a Light in My Eyes

Posted by thearrow on February 26, 2009

It might be premature to say this, but I think it’s because spring love is in the air 🙂

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2008: Good Riddance

Posted by thearrow on December 31, 2008

This year seems to have been quite tough for a lot of people. Not just because of the market meltdown, which, thankfully, hasn’t affected me too much. But it was a crappy year overall, with just a few sparkles of light. For me it started with an ill-timed trip with really bad consequences: I lost the friend who was the reason for the trip but with whom friendship and communication had become increasingly strained, so we had to end our friendship because it had turned toxic, and then I spent the whole year in debt, paying off that terrible trip.  It was awful. That was amplified by a ton of anxiety about my situation in general and the feeling that I wasn’t making much progress at least in my job either. That I could not raise my head above the relentless waves of work that kept coming my way and the nagging feeling that it was more my fault than anyone else’s. And then, to top it all, I lost my beloved dog, Flip.

Lessons learned? Listen to your gut and never again do something you’re not at peace with yourself doing, whatever the reason. Second lesson: the  universe does not revolve around you, even if everything seems to be conspiring against you. Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change. Of course, easier said than done. It doesn’t matter if you’ve heard the theory a thousand times and you agree with it; a light bulb has to suddenly fire up in your mind for you to see. Third lesson: enjoy the good times; don’t postpone that for a better later, which might never happen.

The lights that sparkled up the year were friends with whom I reconnected completely unexpectedly after many, many years; the few friends  who stood by my side and helped out; and new friends I gained through my blog, of all things, which is going to be one-year-old tomorrow. Which just goes to prove (if that is necessary) that blogs lead to like-minded people and that’s a blessing. And another light was finally buying the camera I’ve been wanting for so many years. Now I wonder why it took me so long.

Then, somehow miraculously, the storm in my mind has calmed down towards the end of the year. Like many other people, I’m thinking the next year can’t possibly be worse than the one we’re leaving behind. I am grateful every waking minute for being healthy and having my basic needs covered, but God knows we (I) need much more than that. I finally started feeling more appreciated at work; all this time I thought it was just words, but now I see it’s not and I actually believe the words, too.

My wishes for 2009? Several.

My greatest wish is to believe in myself again, to think that I will be ok because I’ve worked really hard and there has to be some reward for that.

Then, I’d like to be able to enjoy things like I once did, with my whole heart. The past several years have been a valley of sorrows and I just don’t want that any more. I want to be happy and confident that things can turn out well.

And, last but not least, where’s that million-dollar check? 🙂



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