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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Away From Work

We're off to the mall now to shop with my mom-in-law. She decided all of a sudden to remodel the dirty kitchen just in time for Christmas. I'm not really looking forward to browsing through kitchen sinks and counters but I can use the time away from my computer. I've been an Internet slave for days and I need a reason to get out of the house. Sleeping is not possible because mothers just don't take a nap. When the little ones are sleeping, we just can't put our minds to rest knowing we should be taking advantage of the free time to do something useful other than sleeping.

I hope I can convince my mom-in-law to go to this furniture warehouse sale too. A friend was able to buy a recliner for only $100 and a 27" LCD tv (refurbished) for only $200.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

5 for Wednesday

1. What food are you craving right now?
Blueberry cheesecake, triple chocolate mousse, german chocolate cheesecake. Just finished lunch so dessert is all I can think about.

2. Which fast-food chain serves the best Chicken?
For me it's KFC although we're not really sure if it's really chicken LOL. Kenny Rogers' roasted chicken is good too.

3. What type of meat do you generally prefer?
Prime rib, roast beef, bacon

4. Do you save the packets of condiments that come with take out food for later use?
Sometimes. But lately they just add to our junk so I either throw them away or make sure that I don't get any.

5. Are you the type that can freely put a lobster in boiling water and not feel any guilt?
If I can cook, yes.

To Be Single Again

Not that I want to be. It's just that my single friends seem to be going anywhere. For this year's annual big trip, they've decided to hit Las Vegas. It's all they can talk about when we chat via email. From the cheapest yet funkiest clubs to affordable hotel to shopping areas, you can bet it's the first thing that I'll see on my inbox. I'm happy for them though. I even helped them search for a las vegas strip map so they'd know where to go. They invited me too but going on a holiday, and out of the country is not something a mother of a three-year-old can do without at least six month's worth of planning. Plus it's not like I have the budget for it given all the things that I've been buying for the last two months. So, go ahead, my "young" and carefree friends. Paint the town red and make sure that you bring home a nice purse for me. I heard there are plenty of great sales there now that the holidays are near.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Few Men Standing

Yay! I can't believe it. A friend of ours is finally tying the knot next year. The reason I was so excited and shocked was because he was so sure that he'll never get married. He's 38 years old now but still looks like he's in his late twenties. Anyway, he's been going out with this girl for two years now and I've been sort of wondering if he's serious about her. Well, it turned out that he is. I can feel that he's so happy when he sent a text message to The Husband. Anyway, I'd like to know how he shopped for engagement rings. The Husband had to ask a close friend of ours for my size and they spent an entire day having it done just in time for our dinner that night. ;)


Monday, November 24, 2008

Manic Monday #143

Do you ever talk to yourself out loud? What do you talk about?
No. But now that you mentioned it, I wonder if other people really talk to themselves the way they do in the movies? When I read books, it shows that the main character talks to herself too and it makes me curious how it is.

What stresses you out?
Oh Gawd, there are plenty of things that stresses me out lately. My work and the long hours that I have to put in. My daughter, who just found out how great her voice is whenever she shouts, and the bills that are piling up each month because of online shopping.

What are your secret talents?
I don't know if you'd consider these talents but I am great at copying people. I can do their voice, mannerisms and what-not. Sometimes I find this cruel so I only try to do this if the person that I'm copying is a good sport.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Another Day

Family obligations first before personal plans. My mother got hospitalized two days ago but she's okay now. Still, I want to make sure that she's getting the best medical attention so I'm going to take her to a specialist tomorrow. It might help if she hears directly from the doctor that her work is too stressful and how she needs to take it easy. I know she gets bored at home so I'm willing to give her my old laptop to keep her busy.

Me and my twitter friends are having an online exchange gifts. I haven't bought my "baby" her gift yet so that's another agenda for tomorrow. I'm prettyexcited because I know she'd be really happy when she finds out what I'm going to do with her gift. Nope, I won't spill it here. Soon, I promise.

It's Friday now but the night is still long. I'm off to research on snowmobile parts for a client but hopefully, I can turn off my laptop earlier than 9PM.

Top 5 On Friday - Week 200

Top 5 reasons you splurge on a purchase of music.

1. I really like the band - Bush or if it was a nice soundtrack from my latest favorite movie - Twilight

2. I like the band enough to buy tickets to their concerts. This is huge give how expensive tickets could get. So if I'm buying tickets, I probably have the CDs already.

3. I'm buying it for my husband who loves all kinds of music.

4. I want to please someone with my music tastes.

5. I need to introduce new songs to my little girl.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Surfer Girls

Some photos from our recent Boracay trip. It rained the first day but we had enough sunshine the next three days so it was all good. Sandy didn't throw tantrums that much, thanks to her cousin and playmate Chloe. They enjoyed Boracay a lot even if they were just playing inside the room. I guess it helped that we were booked in a family room where there were plenty of space to run around. She also slept well which I'm really thankful for. I was afraid we'd be sleepless in Boracay, what with her cousin being wide awake at 2AM but Sandy couldn't keep her eyes open at 11PM anymore.

Sandy walking with ChloeBe Careful Baby Chloe!

Sandy taking care of ChloeChloe and Ate sandy

Too Much Eating

One lowdown from our trip was that The Husband suffered from stomach pains one day after we got home. I was both afraid and frustrated. I mean, why does one of us have to be sick just because we had fun for a couple of days? But the frustration passed by quickly because it could be worse. Anyway, we went to Makati Med's ER ready to fall in line for hours. But to my surprise, it was just a matter of minutes before they checked on The Husband. It turned out he overate - thanks to cheap buffet and happy hours in Boracay. He was advised not to eat too much for the next few days and avoid all salty and fatty foods. The result? He lost weight and been looking really good on his old t-shirts. I told him there's no need for Ephedrasil hardcore anymore. All he has to do is pretend that he's still not allowed to eat so his stomach will get used to eating less. Goodluck for him this coming December though :D

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's a Friday and I'll cry if I want to

Last night I had unbearable pains on my right wrist that I couldn't even sleep no matter how tired I was. The husband massaged it but it just wouldn't go away. I didn't want him to worry so I told him that I was fine. But the thing is, I think I need to have this checked. Blame it on my mouse, keyboard, phone, etc. I need to do something about this.

I'm still so tired right now. I thank God that Sandy can now play on her own and doesn't demand my attention too much. This is also the reason why I'm gaining weight. Because I've stopped running after her. It's either I lessen my rice intake or get back to running or take the best diet pills out there. But I'm not comfortable with that so I'll just convince The Husband to run again with me. It might make me feel less tired too. And hopefully, spend more time with Sandy again. Can't believe I've been spending 16 hours a day in front of the computer now.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Good Stuff

Such a lovely day. Okay, you probably don't see that all the time here but I'm all about positive thoughts now. To start off, let me list down the things that makes me realize someone up there really loves me.

1. My new job. I'm so happy with the tasks and if may say the pay. My old company is giving me my 13th month pay too this November so that should be enough to pay for the laptop that I ordered online.

2. Great weather at the beach. We rarely go out of town so when it rained so hard on our first day in Boracay, we did our best not to feel down. We did pray and hoped that God will give us sunshine so our kids can play at least. And he did. We were rewarded with sunny skies for three days. Money well spent.

3. Good friends / company. I have loads of them both online and offline. Even if we don't see each other all the time. I know they will be there when I need them.

4. Perfect health for my husband and Sandy. Occasional colds and headaches are nothing if you see how many kids have been going in and out of the hospital lately due to the weather.

5. Financially stable. We are, thanks to our jobs. We're not close to purchasing our dream house but we are doing okay to afford the luxuries life has to offer. Besides, we don't really need much. A combination of good book or great show plus amazing food is enough to make us happy.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Freebies, Etc.

I'm helping my brother-in-law shop for promotional products for their marketing event in three months. He's currently employed as a trainee and one of his tasks is to come up with an effective marketing ploy to make consumers come back and buy more products. Which explains him shopping for promotional items. I told him that pens are too predictable and how there are plenty of stuff that you can choose from online. For example, see below:
computer brush

cd case with strap

Fm auto scan radio

calculator pen

These are all under $2 and for the electronics category alone. The choices are unbelievable. The first thing that I do whenever I'm shopping for promotional items or giveaways is ask myself if I would be happy to receive any of these. If your answer is yes, then you won't go wrong.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Kids and Internet

My niece asked my help in researching for her project in school. They needed to list down at least 50 types of trees and the first one that I thought of are Pomegranate trees because of an advertisement that I read online. Honestly, I think I'm spending too much time researching already so I'm not the least bit excited in helping a 7 year old learn the Internet. Good thing the husband is a very patient man so he was the one who showed my niece on how to google. Isn't that amazing? Seven year olds googling? When I was that age, I'm always outside hanging out near the creek at our house, making bubbles out of flowers.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Love Those PJs

Here is Sandy wearing her new pajamas. For the longest time, say three years, Sandy only wears too small / too long / cheap sleepwear. They have holes, buttons missing, stain and what not. I never buy her those nice ones from Gymboree or Baby Gap because no one ever gets to see them. I only buy her plain ones and pair it with a cotton shirt.

But thanks to Litzie, (the Pjs were her gift), I've discovered a shop that sells overruns. She said the pair below cost only Php250. It's very comfortable and not too thick, perfect for warm nights.

As soon as we get back from Boracay, I'll head straight to that shop and hoard more PJs for Sandy.