Transitioning

Finally, it has happened:  I am updating my blog.
I have been MIA for a while and it is for a good reason.  Since moving to the US, the Husband and I were in agreement that I can take the opportunity to start over by taking some time not working.  It has been pretty great, in fact.  Before getting married, we didn’t really have any time to be together-together.  There hasn’t been that much room for dating in person, much more living together.  The past year has been pure bliss of getting to know the Husband better, and while it has it’s ups and downs, I would gladly go through it all over again.
But the thing is… I have not not worked.  You know what I mean?  I’ve always worked.  I am either employed (full-time or as a talent) or doing freelance.  I’ve always been occupied.  So you can only imagine how overwhelmed I was with suddenly having time.

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Employee of the year. #cats

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I tried to stick to a schedule.  Make breakfast everyday, do the laundry twice a week, read a book, catch up on a show — and for a while, I was doing really well.  That is, until I discovered Netflix.  I know that some Americans complain about the quality and speed of the Internet here, but coming from the Philippines, the fact that I can stream shows SEAMLESSLY across three different devices absolutely BLEW MY MIND.  It was the start of my crumbling schedule.
Thankfully, my sister needed help with the kids when she found a job early this year.  That became my preoccupation.  My days were suddenly filled with two girls that either adore or repel each other; there is no middle ground feeling.  It was exhilarating and at the same time, draining.  If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you can see what I’m talking about.  These girls, you either love or hate, and I’m pretty sure you would lean more toward the former.  I was hooked myself.  I’m so crazy about them.

After watching Juliana’s play, Olivia joined her for her morning snack.

Until, a new friend came along.  After a quick exchange over the holidays, and I mean just one day, I must have been so blessed that when there was an opening for her company, she immediately thought of me.  Four weeks after sending my resume and three interviews later, I have a start date.  It was Monday, June 19.
I was unemployed for 1 year, 6 months, and 4 days.  It took me countless applications, MLM interviews, nine months and 12 days from the date I got my visa to find a job.  I pulled all the strings I had then; they can only do so much from afar.  Even the Husband got in the mix of finding me one.  Now, I am three days in and all I can say is this:  it came at the right time.

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First day high. #workmodeon

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REVIEW: J. Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen & Drinks (Wapakoneta, OH)

I accompanied the husband to an overnight trip to Wapakoneta, OH this week.  I was teasing him for being clingy and not wanting to sleep a night alone, but in the end, I was the one more enthused to join him.

Our flight from Newark was quick, as we were thoroughly entertained by a United Express flight attendant.  So calling United Airlines!  Whoever was manning flight UA 4186 last 21 March, give her a big hug and lots of commendations because she was absolutely caring and doting to each and everyone.  That is not an exaggeration.

We arrived in Dayton International Airport a little after 6pm.  We weren’t sure how far Wapakoneta was, but GPS said it’s about an hour from Dayton.  Whenever we’re travelling, I try to find a local favorite to eat at.  Top of the search was J. Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen & Drinks.

The restaurant interior was very impressive, like straight out of prohibition with a modern twist.  It wasn’t one of those over-the-top hipster places.  It was just a local hangout, with pieces of history all over the place.

The open kitchen was far at the back, far enough from customers to not smell like the food they’re cooking.  But the highlight would have to be the wood-burning ovens.  Large and imposing, they were wonderfully aged and situated in a spot enough to be recognized but tucked away from service traffic.  Funny though, we didn’t really end up ordering their pizzas.  With the long drive, we ended up quite hungry.

The menu is quite simple.  I wish though that they highlighted the items that are cooked in the ovens.  I mean, it is in their name, might as well capitalize on it.  We can’t really leave our joy for sriracha chicken wings so we had to have that.  It came with a side of red cabbage slaw and some dip that we forgot to ask about.  I think it’s ranch.

The wings are tasty but absolutely not spicy.  For me, that was a letdown since I was looking forward to that kick.  It favored the husband very much since he’s been getting heart burns each time he eats spicy food.  But he looked for the kick too.  We saw that the wings were bathed in its sriracha sauce in the oven, so I guess that’s the closest dish we ever got to experience from that baby.

Our main course was the flank steak, medium rare like always.  It came with the vegetable of the day (cauliflower) and potatoes with bacon and crumbled bleu cheese.  Needless to say, it hit the spot so well.  We asked for the chimichurri on the side, and that was a good decision.  If you’re tired and hungry, you want just the essentials.  I did have a bite or two with a pat of the chimichurri and it was good.  It’s just that the meat was good on its own.

I looooooved the potatoes.  But then, you must remember I love cheese.  Having the crumbles tickled my fancy.  However, the husband found the cheese overwhelming.  With the fat and salt from the bacon and the potatoes obviously seasons, the melted crumbles of bleu cheese brought the side dish over the top to salty.  He still finished it though, but not without pointing that out.

We refreshed ourselves with fountain soda (him) and the J. Marie signature lemonade.  THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY REFRESHING.  The tartness and the hint of strawberry… OH WOW.  I just loved it.  If I had more space in my tummy, I would have ordered another glass.

When we arrived at J. Marie’s, there was something going on, something that I’ve missed doing with my friends:  QUIZ NIGHT.  FRIGGIN’ QUIZ NIGHT WITH SERIOUS CATEGORIES LIKE ACTORS/PEOPLE WITH THE NAME ED, BEN/MATT COLLABS AND FIVE-SECOND NAME-THAT-TUNE NUMBERS.  I swear I was thrilled.  It made time waiting for the food easily fly by and I mean really fly.  I didn’t even notice that we were waiting.  For those who want to join, it’s every Tuesday night.  I’m not sure when it starts as it is sponsored by a group of DJs, but it’s definitely a must-see or must-participate.  Seeing Wapakonitans (is that right?) bringing their game faces on that night was a real treat.

It was a great night spent at J. Marie’s.  Looking back now, I do wish we had tried the margherita pizza or one of their burgers.  But a classic steak can’t fail you, especially when it comes with a side of potatoes, cheese and bacon.

Here’s the full menu as of 21 March 2017:

J. Marie’s Wood-Fired Kitchen & Grill
7 W Auglaize Street
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
(419) 674-2436

Life Update

So, I haven’t written that much and I know it’s really crappy to just say I’ve been busy.  It’s the truth though:  I have been busy with life.  That’s what hit me.  And it hit me good.

If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll know that in the last ten months, I got married, moved, and am now a housewife.  It’s so far from what I had imagined or even planned out, but like I said, it has been a good life.  It is also a drastically different one, which brings me to move some things around, literally and figuratively.

When I started this blog, it was chronicling everything that I have been doing.  Some time in the past, it became a melancholic release.  With the demise of my father, it has been a pretty good outlet.  This blog has transformed almost as much as I have and it’s time for another change.  It has been a lot of change, and it would be such a disservice to this outlet of mine to not change with me.  Do you understand what I mean?

So that’s where we’ll restart.  From the beginning of the change.  It may be a long trek but please bear with me, as you have for the past years.  Considering the ups and downs my life has gone through, this has to be the highest point so far and it’s been going on for ten months.  And I’ll be damned if I don’t share this height with you.

Thank you for being so patient, and thank you for joining this change. :)

REVIEW: Begin Again (2013)

Jesus Christ, do I have a lot of work left behind or what?

Finally got the chance to watch Begin Again, the highly praised film of 2013, and boy, I was not disappointed.

MOVIE REVIEW Begin Again

Quick sidebar:  with so many balls up in the air, I do my best to avoid the things that I want to experience first hand.  Music, movies, books are all jotted down in a tiny little (now long) list that I have committed to start going through the moment school is over.  So… :)  (hint hint)

This is one of those movies you instantly fall in love with.  Hands down, right away, the moment that beautiful soundtrack plays, you’ll fall in love with it.  Throw in a Ruffalo that aged very well in spite of the role-required beer belly and the naïveté of a waif-like Englishwoman in the form of Kiera Knightley, and you’ve got yourself a melancholic hit, best for viewing on a rainy season, with a partner, a group or alone, definitely under the covers, definitely touching some skin.

For those who have not seen it yet, please do so.  Do not deny yourself the pleasure of fantastic narrative and riveting music.  Do not deny yourself of the feels trip that come with every twist and turn of this film.

Oh, and you MUST hear her sing.


4 out of 5 stars