Tuesday, July 29, 2008

oh Ken!

currently infatuated:

Monday, July 28, 2008

just glowing.

a little token of my appreciation...to be continued.

beautiful Gatsby's all dressed up in yellow

one of my favorite details of the day: "A little birdie told me..."

my wonderful bridesmaids all dolled up!

a shower-take on 'musical chairs' - 'yes, it is a belt!'

the bella of the ball

auntie ioana and isabella (2.0)

me in my purdy chair

bella loves to play 'family' with us

surrounded by love


beautiful sunflowers for our mamas

the gift of moi

hmmm, so who's next?

Thursday, July 24, 2008

if you move here, they will come

well, they probably decided to come before we bought our condo but it feels nice knowing there are these little crafty nooks in my hood.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

was this only 10 days ago?

when it rains, it pours.

my bridal shower happening in a few days and as excited as I am, can't help but be overwhelmed by the emotions running through my heart.

perhaps it's a blessing in disguise that i didn't make it down to DC tonight.

it's been a long time

since I actually 'liked' a commercial.

(this one made me excited in that 'back to school shopping' kind of way)

too bad this no longer applies to moi.

accessed: DENIED

go to work early.
handle long directors meeting.
work work work.
prep for staff wide planning meeting.
rush to penn station for 4:30 train to DC.
screening to start at 7pm.
5:30 - still waiting in NYC on train tracks.
voltage failure.
cancelled appearance at event.
get off train.
swim through disgruntled NJ Transit customers.
arrive at port authority to the pangs of unidentified fire alarms.
delays on bus platform.
wait wait wait.

that was a whole lot to happen in a matter of a day.
feel dumb but i have no one to blame but an overloaded transit system.


life still does not suck compared to the feelings i hold in my heart. {SIGH}

Friday, July 18, 2008


there are many things in life where i've choosen the simple route - career, fashion, makeup... no.big.deal - right?

well this wedding is...well...to put it nicely...getting a little too much for me to handle. it's not that i don't feel the love and support of everyone around me, but i'm realizing too that this wedding is not only a big deal to the both of us, but to the rest of our families and friends. and while i do aim to please, i'm not just considering what i'm about to suggest b/c i want it to be the affair of the century.

it's because, last night, yet again...he asked me if i was enjoying this engagement period, and to be totally honest folks, there aren't enough hours in the day, days in the week to get through all the stuff that needs to be taken care of, get through the first 365 days of my still 'new' job (very a la 'first 100' for politicians), stay on top of finances and taking care of our new home, supporting him in all of his professional and academic endeavors, attend to my parents extended need (now that i'm no longer living under their roof...) sorry that this list is getting long, but you can tell from this how draining it's been for me as of late.

and so this morning, while finishing the last few steps to my 4th floor walk up office, i realized how blessed, honored, supported and loved i am and that while i will do my best to suck it up, and appreciate all that's been given to us these last few years, that this is the one time for me to take a step back, do for 'moi' and lose some control over these plans and consider asking for more help - family, professional etc.

this post actually started off w/ my possible announcement of considering hiring a 'day of' coordinator for the wedding. however, five paragraphs later, what seems to be of more importance is to put Him in charge of a lot more than i can even fathom to handle at this junction in my lfe. it's been more than silly of me to think that ALL-OF-THIS (picture me making a big O w/ my arms) is under my control, my jurisdiction, my careful hand.

so as of today, less than 3 months before the wedding, i'm going to savor every last moment of this engagement like it was the last piece of chocolate in the pack and continue to be tickled and satiated by the yumminess that this time has brought me in my life.

mary JB always says it the best...it'll be just fine.

{thank you ladies and gentlemen for letting me voice this long stare in the mirror.}

UPDATE: boo...

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Christine XXXX
To: maiaermita@yahoo.com
Sent: Friday, July 18, 2008 11:42:52 AM
Subject: Re: 10/17/2008: FORM RESPONSE

Hi Maia,

We're unfortunately unavailable.

Best Wishes,
EAP Inc.

...back to the drawing board.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

tick tock tick tock


saw an ex-boyfriend from high school while out to lunch w/ some co-workers today.
realized this while talking to current boyfriend on the mobile.

good times.

copy cat

look who copied the colors of our wedding...


Wednesday, July 16, 2008


Bon Chon Chicken (KOREA)


Lechon Manok (PHILIPPINES)


still, finger lickin' good tho.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

running on HIGH

bummed that i fell asleep w/ the TV, oscillating + ceiling fan running all night. :(
thrilled that I made my own concoction of 24 oz. of homemade iced coffee. :)

still on a high from all the good times spent w/ family last week.

{ more to come soonish... }

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. - Alan Chalmers

Monday, July 14, 2008

o to the m to the g

95 days til the wedding.

official shat.

i'll see you all again in November.


vacation recap to come.