Honeymoon Period

Off topic from what I wanted to write an entry on today, but sometimes my coworkers are pretty awesome LOL! I work at a clothing store in the mall and our company doesn’t give us money to buy candy to give away during Halloween. If the employees wanted to hand out candy, we have to spend our own money. So JG decided to buy a couple boxes of chocolate/candy to give away tomorrow. She called us to the back one by one to grab some from a bucket that she poured the stuff into. I didn’t take any because I just saw chocolate in there and it isn’t really something I like to eat.

When we leave we always have to do bag checks. I opened my bag and saw a bunch of candy in there LOL. I was like, “…JG did you throw candy into my bag?? LOL!” She just laughed. So although I don’t really eat chocolate, the gesture made my day XD.

Onto the real topic I wanted to talk about today: The Honeymoon Period!


One of my coworker WC mentioned that she hasn’t been in regular contact with her boyfriend for a week and wonders if he just needed some space. That got me wondering two things. First one, if you noticed your boyfriend/girlfriend seems to be avoiding you would you confront them about it quickly? I was jokingly saying how maybe it’s time to turn, “crazy, stalker girlfriend mode” and go to his house and be like, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING IGNORING MY TEXT/CALLS!?” Which got the answer from WC and my other coworker KT to comment that that’s exactly what they would be doing – well you know, not with those words, but generally the same thing.

That prompted my next line, “Well you didn’t text/call him every single day to ask where he is, right? hahaha” which quickly turned awkward when she answered, “That’s what we used to always do though.. until this week.” Awkwarddd LOL! Which comes to my next question, is maybe the honeymoon period over? And how long do they generally last? And do they really go for all couples?

Actually to the first question I asked (would you quickly confront your boyfriend/girlfriend) I said to my coworkers, “I think if I tried contacting him and he ignored me for a week without a real good reason, I would let him do thatk all he wants. When he decides to contact me he can wait till I feel like talking to him again then >_>.” Is that immature? Probably haha! I just feel like it’s unfair if the other person wants to do what he/she feels like but when they call for you you’re supposed to be at their beck and call.

Do all couples that first start dating go into the honeymoon phase? What is a honeymoon phase/period/stage exactly? I would say it’s when a couple is head over heels for each other and blinded by that. Everything seems good and they can’t get enough of each other. They want to talk to each other everyday, be with each other everyday, etc. Almost nothing can go wrong during this stage. When that moment wears off, couples either break up because they now have enough of each other or they work through it and make it last.

I wonder how long do the honeymoon periods usually last. Mostly because I, personally, can only stand so much of seeing the guy every single day and then being on the phone with him and texting him everyday. I don’t think I can stand being in that stage for longer than a week or two. Without exception though, it does come to an end eventually and it really depends on how the couples deal with it afterwards. If they’re not mature enough to put aside their differences I think that’s when the relationship falls apart. When their rose-coloured glasses falls off they realize their partner isn’t perfect and maybe they find that it’s time for them to have a life outside of their relationship again.

I also wonder how close friends take it when their friend is in that phase. I mean, yeah you’re happy for them when they first get together but when they start to stay in their own little world for too long, does it bother the close friend? Do you start rolling your eyes or stamping your feet that your friend is suddenly MIA?

Not trying to sound like a pessimist – more like a realist – but I feel like couples that keep expecting their relationship to forever stay in that honeymoon stage to be a little delusional. I do believe a couple can keep the love/sparks alive until the end, but that initial lovey-dovey stuff? No.. Love, to me, transforms itself to different stages. The more longer you stay with the person, the more you grow comfortable, and are able to live a normal life without letting yourself make your life revolve only around him/her. More like.. a life of harmony? Both sides start to compromise things instead of believing there was nothing wrong to begin with.

I do feel like the honeymoon stage is sort of childish – which isn’t a bad thing. Who doesn’t sometimes want to feel that giddy, butterfly in your stomach feeling, right? As long as people don’t believe that that’s what you’re supposed to be feeling 30 years down the road every single day of your life. Love should start to evolve into a sort blanket that wraps you with trust and makes you feel comfortable instead not lost when the phone calls and texts stop coming every day. Well those are just my views on it. Mainly because I find it unreasonable for a boyfriend or girlfriend to expect that!

Forcing him or her to see you everyday does put a strain on a relationship and also on friendships around you. Forcing him or her to call/text everyday, to me, also seems unreasonable but not as bad. It’s almost like the person forgets how to live as an independent person. Doesn’t the saying go you should learn to love yourself before you can learn to love others? I feel like it goes towards this too. If you can’t learn to be a couple days alone does it not seem a little weird? Not that the boyfriend/girlfriend shouldn’t miss their significant other, just that I think they should…. loosen the rein a little and not act like hell froze over if their significant other can’t get right back to them.

On a side note though, WC did say that her boyfriend did sort of text her back during the week but it wasn’t the usual “long, more meaningful” talks they usually have. Would she just be looking too much into it? And he did mention that he was busy with school. Do you think girls or even guys are too clingy or just jumping the gun too soon when they assume something’s wrong under those conditions? Because we’re all in our 20s and they’re both in their last year before finishing undergrad, isn’t it a good enough reason for him to be sort of MIA?

Okay, enough rambling. Just felt like posting that so I don’t know if any of that made any sense. I’m half asleep while typing this up huhuhu~

French Dip Sandwiches

French Dip Sandwiches
Ingredients

1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons salt-free onion and herb seasoning blend, divided
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
12 ounces very thinly sliced low-sodium deli roast beef (such as Boar’s Head)
4 (2 1/2-ounce) hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
4 (0.8-ounce) slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese, torn in half

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 500°.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat; add onion. Coat onion with cooking spray; stir in 1/2 teaspoon seasoning blend. Sauté 11 to 12 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. While onion cooks, add 2 tablespoons water at a time; cook each time until liquid evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.
  3. While onion cooks, combine broth and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning blend in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat until hot. Remove pan from heat; add beef, pushing beef down into liquid until covered. Let stand 5 minutes.
  4. While beef stands, place hoagie rolls, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 500° for 4 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted.
  5. Remove beef from broth, allowing excess broth to drip back into pan; reserve broth. Arrange beef evenly over bottom halves of rolls; top evenly with onion, cheese slices, and remaining bread halves. Serve with warm broth for dipping.

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What’s good to eat when it’s a little bit chilly? French dip sandwiches @_@!

The original recipe actually asks for hoagies, but we don’t have those at home. I don’t think we’ll be able to use them all before they expire D: since I would just be using it for this recipe haha! Mom’s been buying us super grained bread.. I don’t mind eating whole-wheat but the ones she buys are just on a whole ‘nother level haha!

The recipe said to remove pan from heat and add the roast beef. I just left it on low heat. The roast beef is cold from the fridge so if I leave it to just sit in the broth it cools it down. Which means when I later pour it out to dip my sandwich in, it isn’t HOT. It would just be a bit warm.

Also.. my cheese won’t melt if I just place it on top LOL so when I’m toasting the bread I put it on top when it’s close to being done. All in all though, good recipe. I’ve already made it a couple times.

My dad was complaining at the side about how it was taking me forever to caramelize the onions. HEY! If you want nice caramelized onions without me burning them you have to be patient!!

PS.. I feel like I just can’t improve in taking pictures of food : ( LOL.

Early Birthday Present && New Phone

Last week I got a package in the mail from my best friend who’s currently studying abroad for a term in Singapore! I would’ve updated about it sooner, but I’ve been slacking off bahaha. I’ve been setting my posts to scheduled posts because I didn’t want to clump all of my entries together.


Didn’t take a picture of the sweater she also got me : P, placed it in my room before I realized I was going to take pictures of it.

My phone plan finally ended this October so I got to switch my phone. Sometimes I wish I just had the cash to throw down and buy the phone without signing onto a contract. Another 3 years~ haha =_=! I was looking at what smartphone to get and was interested in the Xperia Pro. All the smartphones nowadays are touchscreen and I just really dislike texting with those.

When I was still looking at what phone to get, the Xperia Pro just had the “coming soon” sign on the official Sony Ericsson website and there was no news of when it was coming out. I think because of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan the release was delayed. I was hoping that it would be released when my plan was over and it did!




Don’t mind the weird mark between O & P in the last picture o_O think it was the reflection of something since I don’t see anything actually on my phone.

I still have the wrap on it because I’m waiting for my Skinomi to come in. Don’t want my phone scratched up while that is coming in the mail :B Not being cheap Asian I swear! hahaha.

Otaku..? HARDLY! // All-Time Fav Anime

I watch anime. There. For some reason some people find it really geeky or something bad to admit. Well, I guess that depends on your circle of friends. Maybe it’s because of their impression of the hardcore anime lovers. You know.. those ones that get into extremely unappealing costumes for cosplaying. I was about to link the infamous fat man in Sailor Moon costume, but I’ll spare you all LOL. Feel free to google it though!! That or they just fall into one of those sad groups that think, “Cartoons are for kids. Anime is basically cartoon, therefore it’s unacceptable to watch after 5 years old.” Who knows!

Sometimes when I ask someone if they watch it they immediately start judging and go, “WOW!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WATCH THAT STUFF!” Judging COMMENCE! I judge you for judging me!!

I actually enjoy it sometimes because anime can tell a whole different story than our usual dramas or English series. Comedy done in anime is very different than even a live-action production of the manga – little things even, like they can do hilarious/cute chibi faces to show a character’s emotion. I can judge the story better without being annoyed at an actor/actress because of their crappy acting! You know how Asian dramas love to cast idols that can’t really act just for views. When a character is crying more likely than not, I don’t have to stare at them crying for what seems like centuries in an anime! Plus, it’s a lot harder to get annoyed at a chibi character crying >_> LOL.


My first animes were Love Hina and Chobits (well I mean.. excluding every girl’s first anime >> Sailor Moon!! I also watched Escaflowne.). How totally inappropriate, right? LOL! I remember I saw pictures of the characters everywhere so I started watching it. I still enjoyed them. Love Hina was very high energy and always entertaining. Chobits really intrigued me with the android aspect of it. I remember being really curious about who Chi was and really wanted to know the ending. For some reason or another I stopped halfway and kept trying to start it up but never got past the halfway-mark. Think it was around high school when I finally watched the whole thing.

Since I never really talked about anime on WIL I thought I’d start it off with some of my all-time favs!

xxxHolic

Kimihiro Watanuki is a young boy with a cursed gift. He has the ability to see evil spirits, and somehow they seem attracted to himself. One day he meets a misterious woman who names herself Yuuko. She claims to have the means to end his torment, but she never works for free, and she wouldn't help him until he works for her enough to pay for her services. Thus he starts to work in her shop and discovers that in that place, nothing is what it seems.
xxxHolic is done by CLAMP who also did Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle – features the two characters from Card Captor Sakura I think. I haven’t watched Tsubasa :B

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this anime because of the drawing style and usually I rather dislike watching things that are too..serious : P. Although the only time I watch more serious stuff is in anime, I just go through it really slow. xxxHolic, however, kept my interest pretty good. I went through it quickly and added the second season on to my to watch list.

Second season was a let down for me though. I’ll have to watch the specials to see how everything gets tied up >_>

Ouran High School Host Club

Haruhi is a poor tomboyish student at a school for the ultra-wealthy, able to attend because of a scholarship, and unable to even afford a uniform. One day, she stumbles across the decidedly peculiar but very popular Ouran Host Club. She tries to leave, but accidentally breaks a vase, and unable to pay for it, she's told that she'll have to stay and do odd jobs. That is, until they decide she would be more valuable as a club member. Not realizing she's female due to her appearance, they fix her up and give her a male uniform. She's an instant hit, so they decide to have her keep up the charade even after they find out the truth. Haruhi, being average almost to a fault, doesn't know what to make of the unconventional activities of the Host Club (or of the even more unconventional members), but having little choice, she plays along. Before long, real bonds are formed, friends made, and Haruhi finds herself accepted in a way she could never have been otherwise in this affluent school.
I’m actually rewatching this right now because I wanted to keep a copy and I’m watching every single episode I get. I can watch this anime non-stop because it’s just so light and fun. Even after I finished it I wished that it could just keep going providing me with laughs everyday XD.

Skip Beat

Kyoko followed her true love and childhood friend Sho to Tokyo so she could help him reach his dream of becoming an idol. She cleans, cooks, works three jobs and does nothing for herself because she loves him so much, but gets nothing in return. Still, she remains by his side. But then one day she goes unannounced to his agency with a delivery, and overhears him talking about her; he reveals to his manager that he only took her with him as a maid, and that he doesn't care for her at all. Upon hearing this, Kyoko doesn't just sit around and cry. She cuts and dyes her hair, changes her clothes and attitude and thus begins her journey to join showbiz and have her revenge against Sho.
I checked this out initially because my friend kept raving about it. Now I would definitely do the same for anyone that wants to get an anime recommendation from me :B! I just love Kyoko a lot – she doesn’t go b-tch and moan about how her ‘true love’ treated her like a slave but goes show him why he shouldn’t have looked down on her. She’s a pretty awesome character and I can’t help but cheer her on.

So misleading though how the last episode indicated that there would be a second season and then no news of one after that. It was definitely not good enough to end it off the way they did. I guess it does encourage fans to read the manga… >_>. My friend’s caught up to the manga, but it only releases once a month so.. it’s enraging her LOL.

I’ll include the rest another time >< haha