As you can see, I changed my gratitude post from TGIF to TGIS. There is no mind blowing reason other than I want this post to be consistent with my Project Life which documents my week from Monday to Sunday. So there. TGIS!

I had a bit of craft time this week, in between kitchen duty. My husband had been complaining that I hardly cook anymore, so I had to spend some kitchen time, choosing to prepare quick dishes like the stirfried veggies with shrimps, and the roasted chicken. I dry-rubbed the chicken with herbs and seasoning I found in the pantry (realizing that I am out of herbs!) and just popped them in the oven. The veggies took less than 15 minutes to cook.

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Top: Stir-fried veggies with shrimps
Bottom: Oven-roasted chicken

And because the meal I prepared had been quickies, I had time for a few layouts, plus two weeks worth of Project Life. I am always grateful for some creative time. I just feel more alive and serene when I am holed up in my little corner, getting my hands dirty, and putting my ideas on paper. Love it!

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My creative mess

After church last Sunday, Ariel and I went out for dinner. I am always grateful for our once a week dinner dates.

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CW from top left: Fish and Chips, Truffled Mac and Cheese, couple shot over dessert and coffee, Cookie Dough Cheesecake – at Mr. Jones

Thankful for my Kindle Touch. It arrived Monday. I am grateful for Facebook friends who led me to a local seller. Got it for a reasonable price, and I didn’t have to pay for shipping.

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My new Kindle and its leather cover

Thankful for our Happiness Gift on Monday. Herbs!

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Tarragon and Stevia for me

Went on fieldwork on Tuesday and I am thankful that the weather didn’t get worse. It was raining, and the Marikina river was at high levels. Glad it didn’t overflow.

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Marikina River almost at main road level

Then I went to Cebu for a three-day conference. I went with some of my colleagues and we had a great time. The conference was great, but the chance to bond with my friends from work was even better. We hung out a lot, had meals together, and even escaped to the city for a birthday dinner. Thankful!

Al Fresco breakfast, then it became too hot and we had to move our table under a shady area
Al fresco breakfast
The lagoon
The beautiful lagoon

Finally, I am so very thankful that Ariel and I got to spend the weekend in a beautiful island in Cebu. Ariel flew in Friday and we took a 3.5 hour trip to the southern tip of Cebu for a quick island getaway. Sumilon Island had been on our bucket list for the longest time. Thankful that we finally set foot on the island. Had a fabulous time!

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We had the best time!

Have a great week ahead!

Written by Alby Laran

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