Monday, April 13, 2009
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Post Vacation Blues and Thoughts

I was not really on vacation last week. But my blog was. So this will be a catch-up post on last week's events:

1. We were planning to attend Maundy Thursday service over at the Ateneo since we were not playing at the service where I live. But at the last minute (but with a week's notice), we were asked to play an instrumental during the transfer of the Holy Eucharist from the tabernacle to the sanctuary. We played "Canon in D" by Pachelbel. I said last minute because I only got to practice that day because of all the work I had.

Anyway, it turned out pretty well. We had a very good organist and Ariel Ureta played cello that time (he had it easy because the cello part in Canon in D only had eight noted played repeatedly until the end of the song. If I was a paying customer, I would be satisfied with that performance.

2. We played on the Good Friday service, as we are scheduled for that slot. It was pretty long because of the long cues for the Adoration of the Cross and Communion. And I played to near exhaustion that day. But I'm not complaining.

3. We decided to take a break on Saturday by heading out to Trinoma. Bea went ahead and cashed in on her birthday gifts. My mom took her on a shopping spree while Nico and I just browsed around the tech and gadget section of the mall. Almost bought myself a Lacoste "man-bag" but decided not to because I was too cheap.

4. Then, we had another choir service at the Easter Dawn Mass. Unfortunately, I could not sleep the night before. So I was really sleepy during the service. But the good thing is it was a Sunday, so I had time to catch up on sleep. Went to a wake that afternoon with my mom and she treated me to a snack at Little Quiapo.

5. So for today, it was back to work. I did not really have post vacation blues simply because I did not really have a break last week. Fortunately the Philippine Jesuits had a online Lenten retreat, enabling me to reflect for some time.

And it was really back to work. All the work I was doing last week never went away, of course. So we had to deal with it. And I came back home late, as usual. But of course, I came home when my kids were still awake.

I tried to stay away from the net last week. I really tried. But I cut back a little and never really laid off it.

Aside from the usual Lenten reflections, I blog entry of a doctor-blogger I know only from blogging struck me. I'm going to blog about my own personal experience on the topic later but I thought I share her thoughts with you to reflect on. And posting this now will also remind me to post about it later.

The name of her entry was "Missing the Relationship Comfort Zone," where she essentially blogged about what she missed about being in a relationship (because, as she claims, she's in between relationships at present), and how she is ready for one again.

Surprisingly candid (as I'm not used to Filipina women this candid), she stated she missed the "mind-blowing sex."

But I even more surprised and struck about how she described what "making love" was to her. I'll quote it verbatim:

One of the truest happiness in the world is being in the arms of the one you love. It can make you feel invincible, as if nothing can ever harm or make you feel bad.

That's a very good way of describing sex with a person one loves. If you are in love.

But I'll post my contrary thoughts on relationships at some future time. I'll be very candid about how I feel. And you will not like it.

Until then...

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