Human are amazing. We are an individual creature, as well as a social one. Hence, we need "me time", and we also need "anyone-but-me time". As much as "me time" could give me a lift, I also have needs to reach out to others. We all do.
So this is a list I composed a while ago, my little weekly goals or to-do-list. Actually there were two lists.
One was all about doing something for others.
- Making a nice hot cup of tea with a heapful dollop of honey for my husband when he returns home from work. I used a special cup with a cute rabbit animation on it. I know that my husband wants to have a rabbit one day when we can afford a house with a yard.
- Preparing dinner for three: me, my husband, and his father. I don't cook, so I special order meals for three from a nearby restaurant. I used to love to entertain at home when living in Texas and I've learned not to make too much fuss, but having a good time instead. Luckily I like to keep things tidy almost at all times, so the house didn't need any special major cleaning or anything like that. The only thing to do was preparing the table setting, which I enjoyed immensely.
- Visiting the in-laws on the weekend, bringing along some food for my husband's parents.
- Making a long phone call to my parents. I had not called them in almost two weeks, and we always enjoy the weekly long talks on the phone. Sometimes I think living far from my parents makes me so much closer to them, because I always want to tell them what's going on in my life over that weekly chat, and so do they.
- Preparing a wedding present for a coworker. I picked some scented sticks, an old fashioned tea light lamp, a batik scarf, and an envelope with card and angpao (a gift of money we in Asia usually give the newlyweds to help them starting their marriage life), all arranged inside a small, pretty wooden bucket.
And here's a list of things to do for myself:
- Buying some oranges and a tin of chocolate chip cookies for afternoon snacking at the office. I wish I could write "baking some chocolate chip cookies" but I don't even have an oven!
- Meeting a friend for lunch.
- Finishing my Debbie Macomber's "Twenty Wishes" novel, as well as an Indonesian novel by Nh. Dini. I could be a serious reader, as well as being a sucker for those kind of "feel-good" fictions. Debbie Macomber's novels might fall into light reading category. Nh Dini's works are considered heavy literature here in Indonesia. In short: I love reading anything.
- Build an outfit based on a seldom-worn necklace and bring out those also-seldom-worn charm bracelets.
- Reading a new chapter of The Proverbs 31: Beautiful In The Eyes of God book. I found the book years ago when I was single, wanted to buy it, then put it down because it was mostly about married women. Then several years passed, I found it again, was still single and decided to buy it anyhow since I thought it was (is) a really good book afterall, for any woman. And now that I'm married, it's applicable to me more than the time I bought it, I guess, so I'd better finish it. ^_^
This cheerful yellow keychain was one of the presents, and it lighted up Mom's (I guess it's mine now) vintage Aigner suede bag.
Top: Abercrombie & Fitch. Lace tank top: unbranded. Outer layer: Cotton On. Slacks: Ann Taylor. Shoes: Tangerine. Purse: Aigner. Earrings: Warna MKG. Necklace: birthday present from my mother-in-law. Pretty, rite! I love it!
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