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  • .: Joni’s New World :.

    Welcome to Joni's New World! Here you will find my thoughts on anything I am currently obsessing over: mostly Literature, languages, and travel. View the cloud down there for a better representation of subjects.

    I've been blogging since 2005. My early posts were on Multiply but have since exported those to Blogger. See if you can find that. (Actually not that hard.)

  • .: My Calendar :.

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  • Weekly Gratefulness List (January 22 to 28, 2017)

    Posted By on March 16, 2017

    The whole week was all about this, who turned one month:


    –2017 book #4: The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Lim

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    –2017 book #5: Timeless Beauty by Christie Brinkley

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    Do not judge me.

    –NYFA fellowship application

    I managed to send in my fellowship application at the last minute though so yay!

    Thank you! More please!

    Posted By on February 27, 2017

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    Weekly Gratefulness List (January 15 to 21, 2017)

    Posted By on February 27, 2017

    –Baby Bubut

    Spent the whole week caring for the Baby Bug…


    …and reading on the side.

    –2017 book #2: Brief Encounters with the Enemy by Said Sayrafiezadeh

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    –2017 book #3: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

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    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (January 8 to 14, 2017)

    Posted By on February 24, 2017

    –2017 book #1: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

    I picked this book up because of Maira Kalman but it was a surprisingly enjoyable (read, not cliche) for a YA. I later found out it’s by the same author as Lemony Snicket, which I haven’t read yet but is now on the list of books Jojo and I would be reading together.

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    –happy birthday to me!

    We stayed home because of our new Boss but Bunny cooked spaghetti and sausage for my birthday dinner. His first time ever. And then he got me a birthday cake the next day! I can’t remember when I last had a birthday cake. Possibly never?

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    –We’re still alive!

    Because we were all supposed to die before the week ends…

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    –This face:

    It sure is great to be alive to see this face every day.


    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (January 1 to 7, 2017)

    Posted By on February 16, 2017

    To be honest, the days just passed in a blur of feedings and diaper changes. But how can anyone resist this cuteness?

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    One-week old Jojo

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 25 to 31, 2016)

    Posted By on February 12, 2017

    So much to be thankful for this week like date days, etc., but there’s one major cause for happy flurries: Jojo!!


    Thank you! More please!

    (Not more Jojos, but more happy flurries.)


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 18 to 24, 2016)

    Posted By on February 9, 2017

    –2016 book #16: LaRose

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    –first batch of Bookroo books for Jojo from Auntie V


    –Jojo’s cousins’ visit

    …although Jojo hadn’t come out yet…

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 11 to 17, 2016)

    Posted By on February 4, 2017

    –Christmas party at BRIC

    –hospital tour

    I must admit that I was feeling lazy to do this, but I’m glad we did because it did help me feel more at ease on the day of Jojo’s birth.

    –library concert

    –this halo-halo for date night


    And the Bunny for the date too!

    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (December 4 to 10, 2016)

    Posted By on January 19, 2017

    –free CSS class

    I always feel so lucky that I get to find free classes on things I’m interested in. If you’re in NYC and would like to join future free computer (web development) classes, sign up here. It’s my favorite group so far.

    –kitchen success: Nilagang Baka (aka Boiled Beef)

    It’s. So. Good.


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    Thank you! More please!


    Weekly Gratefulness List (November 27 to December 3, 2016)

    Posted By on December 21, 2016

    –2016 Book #15: Saïd Sayrafiezadeh’s “When Skateboards Will Be Free”

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    –dinner with V

    Which is always a lot of fun!

    –date night was at Cafe Tibet

    Food was just ok but company always appreciated.


    Thank you! More please!