…where have you been?
Oh how I have missed you!
It has been far too long. I’ve been occupying myself with lots of crafts these last few days (weeks really). My baby’s birthday is coming up and I’ve been designing and making (slaving really) over invitations, decor, food ideas…just about everything. Phew…it’s hard work when you want to do it all yourself, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It gives me a lot of satisfaction doing these things so I’m always happy to do them.
I’ve also been thinking about lots of new ideas for food-both savory and sweet. I haven’t done any ‘sweet’ posts since I started thehiddencook back in January so I’m thinking one is just about due.
I am very honored to mention as well, that some folks have written asking me about new posts! I’m so happy that my posts seem to be reaching people and that people appreciate the effort that goes into each and every post 🙂 So, thanks for keeping me on track and for checking in on me!
Today is a brand new day and I feel ready to go. I haven’t been able to exercise as much as I had planned in the last couple weeks, but today I feel like I’m going to just do it. I must!
I’ve been hunting around online looking here and there at different things and I came across a really good song by a popular band down here in Trinidad. I loved the video and thought I’d share it with you all. The band is called Kes the band and they produce a good amount of ‘listen worthy’ music. I particularly liked their song called Tuesday on the Rocks. It’s really mellow but has a great ‘time to feel good about myself vibe’.
One of the things that I guess didn’t make me feel too great while watching their video is how ‘non-bikini ready’ my body is. You see these beautiful women looking great and obviously enjoying themselves and I just thought to myself ‘girl, you need to get yourself in order!’. But then I think ‘am I vain enough?’ I mean, who cares that I can’t wear a bikini at this exact moment? And if I did wear one would I look that bad?
You know, I think that people who aren’t from the Caribbean or who have never visited the Caribbean think that life down here must be just like that video by Kes the band. I know when I lived abroad, people thought that we wore bikinis all day long and drank from coconut shells. Well, we do! Ha, just kidding. I think people would be shocked to see what we do have- you’d be shocked at what we don’t have as well- and how we live.
Most of us don’t live on/near to a beach- the beaches are ‘far’ for us and most of us are just plain silly not to! If you could believe it, we’d rather live in convoluted cities! We drink coconut water but it’s not from the shell (at least not the majority of times) we get our coconut water the good old fashioned way- we buy it in bottles from Hilo or some other grocery and we live in concrete houses!
But maybe one of the things that really makes us a bit different- and there are many things unique to Trinidad and Tobago- is that we’re not that against women having a little extra meat on their bones. I’ve found that this works for me! The women are beautiful, I mean seriously! The ethnic varieties are endless and the meshing of races make for exotic beauties that can only be described as ‘Trini’. Maybe it’s our unique looks and nondescript race that makes me feel like I look ‘good enough’? I don’t know but I just don’t see my extra weight as too much of a problem but then maybe it’s just because I’m not vain enough to see the flaws!