I've had this post stewing among the Drafts for more than a month now, lol. Finally decided to publish with some addition...
Marguerite has decided that she's going to be a vegetarian. We were watching one of Jamie Oliver's shows and in this particular episode, Jamie was cooking venison and rabbit. He was saying something like, "Now, we've got the venison and rabbit all cut up here..." and Marguerite, looking shocked, asked in a low voice, "What did he say?" My mind started racing, trying to think of a way to explain it so it doesn't sound gruesome. After a heartbeat, I said as carefully as I could, "In some places, they eat deer (Bambi! - I probably didn't need to explain that venison was deer since she probably just caught "rabbit" and didn't really care what venison was) and rabbits (bunnies!)." M just looked upset and didn't say anything. Finally I said, "Tell me what you're thinking." She replied, "Those poor animals." Aw, I was sorry she'd been shocked into finding out this truth, but at the same time I was thrilled that she could feel bad for the animals. I explained - as gently as I could - about eating chicken (she really doesn't like eating meat because she finds it tougher to chew and swallow them - obviously not the enthusiastic eater in the family; that's Cameron - but she's usually okay with "birds" and fish). Understandably, she was upset to learn that the chicken she eats also used to be alive, so she said she didn't want to eat animals anymore. Update: she sporadically still eats chicken and fish.
Btw, I made a stupid group deal purchase. A couple of them, actually - one for myself and one for Mark (intended for his birthday dinner). It was supposed to be for a romantic Manila Bay buffet cruise. The thing is, I'd unwisely made the purchase before I read reviews, which were all bad. I looked at the refund provision on the site - and it seemed like the easiest, most uncomplicated process in the world. My exchange with their customer support (hah!) started out pleasant, and then they kept on pushing their offer to refund me in credits. At first, I'd said no, but after subsequent repeated offers of this option despite me having already indicated my preference, I gave in. Anything for a quiet life, I thought. Foolishly, obviously. I made this annoying mistake in August and after much frustration, here we are in October, and I have yet to get my refund. In fact, I have yet to hear again from their helpful *snort* staff after I'd replied to their last email (more about verifying things) last week. I could complain to the DTI, I guess, but we'll see. Sorry if that bored you. Update: I'd heard from them. Still nothing concrete, more verification needed, it seems. It's November tomorrow. :(
We had a holiday from work last Friday on account of Eidh. We met up with a few friends and their kids for a playdate. We started late so the picnic ended up transpiring in the dark, lol - and then we headed over to Antipolo for unlimited cake. I stole these pics from Sam and Joyce because we only have a couple of pics that Mark took with his phone. For a photographer, he really doesn't seem to be that interested in taking pictures *eye roll* (that reminds me of something I saw on FB, something like: Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. lol)