Monday, January 12, 2009

Winter Moonlight


The snow, so peaceful and serene,
caressed by the soft moonlight,
gave magical feelings to the night.

The soft blue glow,
the lovers' words that then did flow,
their lips closer and closer
until, locked in the throes
of a passionate embrace,
he decided to express his feelings,
to keep her safe.

He whispered softly,
his words like music to her ears,
"I Love You,"
and her response the same,
heard like the gentle breeze,
"And I, love you, forever."

That was the night they promised
to be together through everything,
each to care for the other when old and gray.
A lovers' pact
the most likely to last.

Break it to him gently: tips for a "clean" breakup

Being dumped is a difficult thing to recover from, as anyone who has ever been dumped could attest to. But being the one to initiate the breakup can also be one of the hardest things you’d ever have to do in life. After all, there’s a very thin line between a “clean” breakup and a bad one. If you’re not careful enough, chances are, things could get pretty messy.

You just have to realize that sometimes, the best thing to do is really to let that person go. So just be honest with yourself, and accept that no matter what you do, breaking up is ugly business. But there are certain ways to keep the situation under the best possible control. Here are some tips from Rich Santos for MarieClaire.com (reprinted by Yahoo!).

1. Do it quickly.
Delaying tactics won’t work, and they’ll only confuse the already difficult situation. Go straight to the point.

2. Be honest with him.
“Don't sugarcoat the situation. If you're seeing someone else, tell them you're seeing someone else,” writes the author. Don’t use age-old “breakup lines” like “It’s not you, it’s me,” which you know you’d hate to hear from him if situations were reversed.

3. Don’t feel sorry for him.
He’ll go down on his knees and grovel or make you feel all the guilt that’s already threatening to overwhelm you. But don’t let this distract you if you’ve already made up your mind. And don’t take him back just because you feel sorry for him. If situations were reversed, would you like him staying with you just because he’s feeling sorry for you? I don’t think so.

4. Make post-breakup rules and follow them.
No emails, no calls, no visiting each other—and no breakup sex. Keep your distance and eventually he’ll move on. Make sure you communicate all these rules when you break up with him. Be sure you keep these rules or he won’t take them—or even the breakup—seriously. And that’s usually when things begin to get muddled.

5. Pick a neutral place for it.
“Never do it at your place. You want to be able to leave on your own time,” writes the author. Pick a place where you can easily leave after you’ve talked. And it’s always most fair to do it in person.

5 worst dinner date booboos--and best ways to recover!

Let’s face it: being asked out to dinner by a guy you really like can be one of the most exciting experiences—yet also the most nerve-wracking. In your jumpiness, really embarrassing dinner date accidents are likely to happen. Think spilled food and drinks—or spraying your date with something from your mouth. Eww!

Don’t fret; while there’s no telling when these dinner date disasters might hit you, there are ways to emerge from them with much poise. Save your dinner date from becoming one you’d rather completely forget (and will forever cringe from) and ensure it remains smooth-sailing with tips from Yahoo!’s Foxy Festivities bloggers Rita Mauceri and Elycia Rubin. Here’s how to deal when these mishaps strike:

Spraying your date with food from your mouth. We’ve been told since we were kids never to talk while chewing, but if for some reason you couldn’t avoid it and you accidentally spit a bit of food on your date, DON’T PANIC! Playfully wipe him off with a napkin. As you will discover for the rest of this entry, laughter and a casual shrug are your lifesavers. If he didn’t even notice, casually touch his arm to brush it off as you’re talking.

“Malunggay on your teeth” incident. Are you familiar with the Pinoy dating anecdote involving malunggay on a woman's teeth? It can also happen with things like pepper, shards of meat, and other green leafy vegetables that have an annoying tendency of clinging to your teeth without you even noticing—until your date points it out. And when he does, laugh it off and excuse yourself to remove it in the restroom—not at the table.

Spilling food or drink on your lap. There’s nothing a charming smile and "whoops" can’t do when these embarrassing situations arise. Then just wipe yourself with a napkin or, if it’s a really bad spill, excuse yourself to remove it in the restroom with soap and water.

Dropping a utensil on the floor. When this happens, just flag a waiter and politely ask for a replacement. Don’t make too much of it. No need to be the one to pick it off the floor, unless you’re in someone’s house; in that case, carefully pick up the utensil and rinse it off in the kitchen.

Getting food on your face. There are certain dishes you should veer from if you want to remain poised during a date, such as saucy pasta and barbecued chicken or huge hamburgers. If sauce or fragments end up on your chin or cheek, just wipe it off with poise. If your date was the one who pointed it out, charmingly laugh it off and say thanks as you wipe it off.

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