Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Facebook Diet: Week 1

It's been seven days since I started with my 'Facebook diet' and I feel that an update is in order.  A lot of you were supportive but also skeptical, like myself.  It didn't seem very doable when I said I'd only spend two hours a week on facebook.  However, so far, I've found that it is, albeit extremely challenging, to say the least.  I would like to inform you that for the past week, my first week, I consumed a total of exactly 120 mins (2hrs).  Woo-hoo!   

Some days I've felt rushed and almost angry that my (approximately) 17 minutes a day time limit was up when I haven't even checked out interesting status updates, updated my own, opened gifts, harvested, cooked or done any minor decorations on my virtual cafe or farm.  On other days, it felt liberating to actually click on that tiny 'x' on the page tab and shut down the page.  Every single time though, I've felt triumphant...so far.  Overall, if there's anything I should inform you about as one of the results of this Lenten sacrifice, it's that it has triggered greater creativity in me.  I suppose it stems from the fact that I've had to think of ways to occupy (or should I say, distract?) myself and so far, this past week, it's been about working more on our family website (which, incidentally, I might move to a different web host, since I just found out that our current one only gives us 100 MB of free space which absolutely sucks!), as well as organizing my magazine clippings in my 'mommy folder' (highly addictive for those with 'I'm-part-pack-rat-part-Martha Stewart-obsessive-compulsive-organization-freak' tendencies).  I'll show you more of that one on a different blog....promise!

I've also been more busy in the kitchen, which I can't say as of yet if it's a good or bad thing.  With much extra time, I've been obsessing more about experimenting with food, trying out new recipes, as well as creating my own. My latest project, which I'm nearing completion, is my Asian (Thai-Vietnamese) dressing/sauce.  I know, I know...some of you are thinking I can probably just look this up online instead of going through so many limes, chopped cilantro, drops of sesame oil or whatever just to perfect it.  But hey...it's challenging and fulfilling for me to be able to figure it out myself. You see, ever since I tasted this dipping sauce / dressing at Joy-Yee (a Pan-Asian restaurant here in Chicago and the burbs), I've been hooked.  I've been experimenting like crazy and have been deconstructing the flavors to death but I still can't copy it 100%.  The great thing is, I've come really, REALLY close and have come up with my own twist in the process.  Suffice it to say that I've now taken note of all my ingredients and their respective measurements and will be sharing that recipe either on here or on our Page-Manuel family site very soon.  All I can share right now is the fact that it blows me away every time I taste it and pour it over rice noodles.  It so light but bursting with flavor....mmmmmm!  Anyway, enough said about that because I'm beginning to drool and it's not even 6am yet!

Alright...I got totally lost back there.  What can I say?...food always derails me.  Anyhow, as I was saying, it's been one week of interesting creativity and we'll see how things go until Easter.  I pray that I don't gain even more weight with all this experimenting in the kitchen and I pray that I don't develop a new addiction while trying to get over another.  I will write more updates in the following weeks and we'll see what other things will keep me busy and distracted from developing facebook withdrawal symptoms.  We'll see...................

Anyone else care to share how they're doing with their Lenten sacrifice? Please feel free to write it on the comments box.  I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


  1. Way to go Joy! Can't wait to try the new sauce.

  2. Way to go Joy! Can't wait to try the new sauce.


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