Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The Blank Page

One of the scariest things to a writer is, yeah, you guessed it: the blank page.

Today, instead of being scared, I'm simply going to wait until I have something meaningful to say.

How's that?


Friday, 23 October 2009

She's just happy to be alive!

The last few days have been jam-packed with activity; with wonder and delight!

Missed the appointment on the 18th - even though I'd even set an alert this time around. I just knew it was gonna be needed. And for all that, my heightened engagement in the day's activities led to my date with my blog.

And I would've done it all over.

My niece celebrated...make that we celebrated my niece's 1st birthday and I just had to be there. Partly for my niece whom I haven't seen in 10 months and mainly for my sister who, (as we'd guessed) would've been equally surprised and appreciative of my being there.

For months, all of us were together and then, by the summer, we'd all taken off to our different "callings" and left her "alone". So, we - parents and other siblings - all kept my visit secret, until the day before. She couldn't believe it when I told her I was making the trip to Jamaica to celebrate the joyous occasion with her. On B-day, the family, along with a few close friends, made it a wonderful and memorable afternoon.

My niece? Oh, she showed such appreciation for the gifts she received. Albeit, as we took one from her clutches, we had to quickly replace it with the next. And, there she was, appreciating and discovering the new gift.

I remember something that my sis said a few months ago when she sent pics of her waking up. (Yes, you read that right.) "She wakes up with a smile and such energy every morning. I guess she's just happy to be alive!"

I love that.


Thursday, 8 October 2009

The Right Stuff

Made a sharp intake of breath just now. Remember that show? Anyway, it’s getting toward the end of another nice day and my eyes are tired. My tummy is, ok, admittedly full. But, it’s with all nutritious stuff.

I’ve gone veggies and fish for a year. (Not sure whether I’d mentioned that before and it’d take me time that I don’t have now to check through the archive.) So, I’m making that extra effort to take in the right stuff. (Great article by Dr. Vendryes here, btw.)

Ever since my early teens, I made the decision to stay away from gravy and sauce and the like. I’m not a fan of beef (except in Jamaican Beef Patties), like fish and chicken, and (not: but) I do love pork. Moreover, I absolutely enjoy fruits and most veggies!

So, this new diet since January 1, 2009 hasn’t been that difficult to maintain. The ‘extra’ in the “extra effort”, really has to do with the sweet-tooth part of it.

Sure, now and again I indulge in a little ice-cream. Gotta tell you though, if I’m gonna do that, I make it rich!

Nuff said.