Monday, May 6, 2013

A post about events that transpired 27 days ago

Having worked from home for quite some time now, I have come to be a mere spectator to the exuberance that affects the office-working sector whenever a public holiday either happens or is made to coincide with the much-dreaded Monday or the long-awaited Friday of the traditional work week. Take, for instance, the four-day weekend that was Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and Easter Sunday, which I spent at home alone* and mostly in front of the computer trying to get back up to speed on the research I've been hired to assist with after a truly terrible sleep-deprivation-induced flu forced me to spend all of the prior week curled up in bed (and unable to finish even just a single row, sob!).

But a week ago 27 days ago, I had a chance to partake of the various leisurely benefits that long weekends typically afford.  The holiday under observance was Veterans Day, and the non-working statute that accompanied it made a meetup among a few members of the Crochet in the Philippines Ravelry group possible.  There were six of us in attendance and if not for Veterans Day, there would've only been three. I'm kind of pushing it with this long weekend spiel; I remember just now that Veterans Day fell on a Tuesday and there was work the previous day so in addition to being long-winded, the spiel is not even at all accurate. Sorry about that.  I'll take this as my cue to move on to photos of the things I came home with that day.

(1) Delicacies from Cebu, courtesy of Miss Gerry.  

Masareal and chocolate tablea,
but click the image if you want to see some who's and the where, too

I really wish I didn't procrastinate about completing this post quite as much as I did, because looking at the photo is making me crave the slightly gritty peanuty goodness of Cebu's famous masareal which, needless to say, is long gone by now.  Isn't it fascinating that a peanut bar should be white?  I'd say it's only aptly so: masareal has a surprisingly subtle and clean flavor that I really enjoyed.  Thanks again Miss Gerry!

(2) New tools for a newly-acquired skill

(Because not too long before the meetup, my fingers finally agreed to take up my brain's repeated requests to please maintain tension and please stop dropping stitches from the circulars, thank you very much.)

Again, click the image to see the people and the setting

I'd been quite nervous going to the meetup knowing a trip to a real live yarn shop was in store, but I was pleasantly surprised by my ability to stick to my resolution to get only a bare minimum of my craft-related whims needs.  Looking back, I do feel I overdid it a bit.  I should've taken that chance to get some dpn's sans shipping, and an extra stitch holder or two couldn't have hurt either. I'm not too stumped, though, because there will certainly be a next time and perhaps then I'll be better prepared. (gulp)

* The little whine you might perceive there in my tone in no way signifies discontent, it's just my unwriterly shortcomings coming to the fore.  Home happens to be one of my two favorite places to be, the other one being where the other half of my heart is.


  1. "knowing a trip to a real live yarn shop was in store" <-- pun intended? ;-)

    I'm glad you came out to the meet-up too! Your presence helped lessen my nervousness at meeting our other groupmates IRL. As a bonus, you even helped me not overspend on notions that I don't need (yet).

    Have you tried making the hot chocolate from Gerry yet? I haven't, but I want to!

    1. About the pun--> It came out that way by accident, I first wrote "real live yarn store in store" hehe.

      It's always fun to spend time with other crafters! I'm glad I was able to keep you from making unnecessary purchases (would that I could do the same for myself always!) When you do feel it's time to break out of your yarn freeze, I hope we can plan a trip to Dreams together! I still think about the pink and purple and gray yarns I saw in there.

      The weather's just been too warm for hot chocolate but as soon as the rains begin in earnest, I'll whip me up some for sure. :)

    2. True about the weather not allowing for hot chocolate goodness :(

      Yes! I'm thinking maybe around my birthday? If I do have to spoil myself, might as well be with a good excuse :) My birthday is in the first week of June... Kaya? :D

    3. Tara! First week of June seems far away enough from today, I should be able to set a sched. :)

  2. Better late than never...its always nice to know your thoughts about our meetups/crafty adventures ;)
    Hmm...sorry if I got to take home more of the goodies, but at least I was able to share some with Jenny of Coats Manila Bay when she came to visit.

    1. Hi Mimi! I actually got to take 2 masareal bars home with me, so I did have my fill too. :) How did you find Dreams? That was your first visit too, wasn't it?

  3. I was able to visit Dreams back in 2008, when they were in a diff. location in Glorietta, and the store was bigger. As usual I still wasn't able to use up the two kinds of yarn that I bought on impulse that time :p