Monday, August 17, 2015

Trip...trippin' Away....

It's been one busy year for us as far as travelling is concerned. I'm not really into that but for some reason, I'm getting the hang of it...going on long road trips. I used to get motion sickness when I was younger. I wouldn't say I outgrew it because I was still having it when I was already teaching and that's why I never liked taking trips. Unfortunately, the little one took after me. She has somehow got over that already, thanks to the trips we've been taking, but I still remember when an hour drive would make her nauseated already. I still carry anti-nausea medicine with me wherever we go just in case.

Anyway, the first time we went on a long road trip was when we went to North Georgia in September 2012. The trip was about an 8-hour drive from where we live so it's indeed a long drive. We went there on 2 separate occasions and it's within that same month. I thought we'd go back to GA again but we haven't yet. There are still plans to visit it but I'm not sure when yet. The next road trip we did took more than a year after our first one. This time around, it was an even longer one. It's a trip to hubby's hometown in Pennsylvania...and it's a 16-hour loooonnnggg drive. It was in December 2013 and we spent Christmas with hubby's side of the family. It was also the first time that the little one and I experienced snow.

Last year was trip-less for us. I guess we've offset that by going overboard this year. So far we've been in 3 trips already. The first one was our trip to the Philippines in April/May 2015. A couple weeks after we arrived from that 26-hr flight, hubby had to go on a service call in Mississippi. He wanted us to go with him so we did even if we were still trying to recover from our jet lags. The trip was an 11-hour drive each way and we did it in 2 days. We left on a Monday morning and we got back Tuesday evening. Talk about T-IR-E-D! I thought that would be our last for this year. Not quite because last week we went in an even longer road trip. Where to? Back to Pennsylvania...but a bit longer compared to our first PA trip. This one took about 17-18 hours because it's in another location. This time around it's not to visit family but to pick up something ASAP. I didn't plan in going with him but we did anyway. Partly because the little one wanted to as well as the husband. I gave in if only to make sure the husband does not fall asleep while driving...which he almost did on our way there because we didn't get enough sleep because we wanted to leave as early as possible. The trip going was straight to the destination. The trip back wasn't because we left the place mid-day already so we spent the night somewhere in Virginia.

I didn't think I would ever say this but these long trips we've taken turned out to be not so bad. I actually enjoyed them in a way. It was tiring alright but the time we spend on the road is a great way for us to spend time together. Not that we don't do that enough at home but being in one confined space can really test how patient we can be with one another. So far we've been pretty patient...haha.

Will there be another trip ~ road or otherwise ~ this year? That I don't know. But I'll post it here in case we do...

Monday, August 10, 2015

Drafts, Etc....

It's been a while since I last posted. I must say it's not because of the lack in attempts because I have several drafts in my folder to dispute that. The drafts though are all unfinished. Why? It's either I got disrupted by work or I just couldn't finish it one way or another. But I'm here now.

So what had happened since my last post? Not much actually. I've been trying to keep myself occupied with work mostly but I still get a bit bored most days. It used to be that surfing online would keep my entertained I don't know why but I feel like I need to go on a vacation...even if we just came back from a month-long vacation a couple months ago. I guess stress is getting into me somehow that's why I want to have a get-away. I actually miss home. I don't know what triggered it but it started a couple of weeks ago. The hundreds [maybe a thousand plus] pictures we took when we were there a few months ago are still sitting in my picture folder and I have just started going through them, weeding out the ones I don't want developed. And guess what? It's making me miss my family more so I have to stop every now and then or I would end up teary eyed. At the rate I'm going, I'd probably be done weeding through all the pictures before 2015 ends...which is just a few short months away. How time flies.

Our weekends are spent mostly at home now. It's too hot to be going anywhere without an a/ the mall. When we go out now, it's just to scout some places that we're interested in or just drive around or eat out. Other than that, I'd rather stay home than brave that heat and/or humidity out there. The heat is just plain brutal around here. Also, it's been raining a lot lately as well so that's also another reason I'd rather stay indoors. The little one gets bored every once in a while so that's the time we'd head out to do one [or some] of the things I mentioned above.

That's basically what's been going on around here. Nothing very exciting. One of these days I'd probably find the time to blog about our vacation in my home country and the only place we purposely visited during that stay. BATANES!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

It's Back!

Yep! That's my nose coming back from hiatus. It's been on vacation mode for years! Haha! And yes, my nose is really that big. Ask my husband and he'd tell you. LOL.

Anyway, I'm of course speaking figuratively. My big nose still sits on my face all these years but that's all it was doing. I haven't been able to use it for its main purpose for such a long time that I learned to live without it...most of the time anyway. I would get it, a whiff if you may, once in a while but it doesn't last long enough for me to even enjoy a meal. I got by but it wasn't fun definitely. Anyway, I've had it back for more than a week now. I still have some more tests that need to be done and I'm not looking forward to them. Hopefully nothing drastic needs to be done to keep my sense of smell or I won't be a happy camper. As for now, I'm just trying to enjoy tasting and smelling the foods I can get my hands on.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Easier Said than Done

Ain't that the truth? But it is so hard not to worry. I worry even for the simplest things. That is probably one of the things I want to be free from if I can. It's been proven time and again that most of the things I worry about are not worth...umm, worrying about. But I can't help it. I'm trying my best to stop myself from doing it but I still find myself wide awake sometimes,yes, because I'm worried about some things that are either unfounded or beyond my control.

Anyway, enough of that. I should focus on the positive things instead of dwelling in a the negativities that worrying brings with it. I have a lot to be grateful for. So let me start with that.

 Life around here has been relaxed most of the time. Work has been rather busy for me lately. I think last month was the busiest ever since I started with this job. I'm not sure how long it's going to last but I'm taking advantage of it as much as I can. I have a feeling it won't last forever while also hoping that this would be the norm now. But like I said I'm not putting much hope that it will be like this forever. Hubby is also busy doing his thing. Work is not crazy busy for him but still busy enough to occupy him. He is also pursuing a passion which is flying. He just started so it's all in the early stages. He already had lessons and he still has about a thousand and one more to go. As for the little one....what can I say, she's growing up real fast. She's still the same sweet little girl although between the 2 of us, I should now be the little girl...since she's towering over me.

Right now I'm happy with things. I just hope that I get over this 'feeling' I have. With prayers I'm sure I will.

Guitar Hunting

A year before I left my last teaching job, I was asked to be one of the godmothers of my good friend's son. At that time I didn't know that I would be leaving. I thought I would my godson grow up to be a fine young man that he is today. He is now a teenager and he's very much into music. A few years ago my friend sent me a video of him playing the drums. That was a couple of years ago. Recently he shifted his interest to guitars so my friend has been looking at different guitar makers like g&l guitars for him. I don't think he has his own guitar yet so he's been borrowing a friend's for now. I have a guitar here but it's an acoustic guitar and he's into electric guitars so g&l guitars will be perfect for him. How I wish I can also make my little one here play an instrument. No luck for now...maybe in the future 'cause it's never too late to learn to play an instrument.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Is it SUMMER Yet???

With a car temperature of 102 degrees F? Yep, I think it's safe to say it is indeed summer. Of course that's only the temperature after leaving the car in the parking lot for about 2 hours in the middle of the day. It went down a few degrees lower...high 90s, after a few. Still, it was hot hot hot when we got in the car. I almost sprang out of my seat the second I sat down.

Aside from the high temps, we're also getting rain throughout the day. It usually comes late afternoon but today it started early. It's still drizzling actually...and the sun is out. Yep, that's our summer weather alright...rain AND shine at the same time. At least our plants/grass get the water they need especially when it gets really hot around here.

Nothing much happening around here except that the man of the house has started his flying lesson already. He still has a long way to go but he's bent in getting his license sooner or later. I don't know how long it will take to get it given his work schedule but I'm glad he's starting to take lessons already. He has been talking about this for quite a while now. Let's see who is getting a license first....hmmmm....

Monday, June 22, 2015

Shoe Aficionado....

Or should I say 'aficionada' since it's a she who actually likes shoes so much that I'm tagging her that term. On her birthday we actually got her 2 pairs of sneakers, a pair of sandals and a pair of flip-flops. That was barely  a month ago. Our shoe holder on the foyer is full...of her kicks! Well, it's for all of our shoes but she has the most in there. Her bedroom is also starting to look like a shoe store because of the boxes of shoes there. I decided to get an under the bed shoe holder to free up space in the shared shoe holder.

You would think that because of this she will slow down in wanting more pairs. Not quite. One pair she's always wanted is a pair of cowboy boots. I think she's been wanting them eversince she was about 5 years old. We haven't gotten her a pair for a couple of reasons. First, her feet are growing by the minute and we didn't want to spend the money on shoes that she'd only wear once or twice. Second, our weather is not really boots- friendly. But now that her feet seem to have stopped growing, I have started looking at Cowboy boots at Eli's Western Wear to see if we can finally get her a pair. I've seen quite a few pairs that I *think* she might like. Still, I'd rather she chooses the pair because she already has her own taste. I'm just hoping that once she picks a pair, her feet won't grow any bigger anymore or we will have a pair of cowboy boots that are way too big for me and too girly for Daddy. Ha!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Well...Hello There!

It's been a while. Where have I been and what have I been up to?

For one, I've been to Mississippi earlier this month. Actually, it's the whole family that traveled to MS. It wasn't a vacation by any means. We just accompanied the man of the house for a service call. It was a very tiring trip because we were on the road for most of it. It seems like we just went there to spend the night then drive back home. How long was the drive? It took us about 11 hours, one way. We left on a Monday morning and came back home Tuesday evening ~ around midnight. It's okay because we spent that time together so no worries.

After that whirlwind trip to MS we've been staying put at home. Although the weekend before last, my father and daughter tandem had a one of a kind experience. Both of them were able to ride a gyrocopter or gyroplane. Originally, it was only the Dad who was supposed to ride it. When he got off he said that maybe the little one can also do it one of these days. The pilot chimed in and said that he could actually take her up there to experience it right there and then. You would think our little one would be kinda' scared and say not now or something to that effect. Nope. She took him on his offer and up they went. As expected she had a blast while she was 500 feet off the ground in an open 'copter. Me on the other hand was on edge for the duration of the 'flight'. But she had fun and that's all that matters, eh? Oh...did I go as well? What are you? Crazy??? Of course....NOT! Maybe one day when the husband already has his own gyro. MAYBE...

Work has been a bit busy lately...not today though that's why I'm able to type away. But since coming back from our trip, it has picked up quite a bit. I'm not really sure why but I'm not complaining. I'm just hoping that it continues to be this way.

Anyhooo...that's about it for now. Have a great rest of the day....

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Simple Life....

When we visited my family in 2012 we didn't actually spend as much time as I would have liked with most of them. That's because we planned a road trip which took most of our time. Since we were on the road majority of the stay, we weren't able to spend as much time in my childhood home.

During our recent trip, that's exactly what we did. We spent a lot of time in my childhood home. We actually stayed home too much that we got bored after a while. But it was somehow an 'eye opener' for me as well as my significant other.

On his part, he was finally able to experience 'real summer' back there. Both trips happened in April. But since we were in an air-conditioned car most of the time during our 2012 trip, we didn't really feel how hot it was. This time around, the air-con was only in our room. As soon as we stepped outside, it's hot. As a result, the AC in our room stayed on the whole day because it served as a reprieve from the heat. Every time he's overwhelmed he would run to what he called as his 'refuge from the heat'. Ha!

It's a totally different experience for me though since it's like a trip down memory lane for me. I've been away from home practically since I started college. I still went back on weekends until 1997 but for only a day or two. After that, I was barely home since I was working abroad. Still, the way of life I grew up knowing didn't seem to change much based on what I saw this time around. They still wake up in the crack of dawn to do chores and spend almost the whole day planning what to eat for the next meal. My DH was in awe as to how much my family cook and eat day in, day out. He's surprised that our regular lunch and dinner times here are actually snack time back there. LOL.

Life is simple there. Yes they have struggles [especially financially] but the simplicity of life is something I envy. I have a very simple life here but theirs is much simpler. They only have cellphones and of course TV and yes, radios. They don't have internet. My nieces only access FB through their cellphones. I actually like the lack of internet. Without it I am not tempted to browse and read news that affect me so much even if it shouldn' I do here on a daily basis...several times a day. It was a welcome change for me.

Now that I'm back home, I'm back to my old routine of just that...browsing online for things that I shouldn't be reading. I'm hoping I can cut back on that and just go back to that very simple life I've again experienced back home. I can only hope. Sigh....

So Much Has Changed

During our trip back home I couldn't help but notice that so much has changed since our last visit...and that was just 3 years ago. For one, there are more babies now than ever. Three years ago, there was only one baby. This time around, there are 3 more who are under 3. That baby 3 years ago is now in school and is in need of a stand for clarinets for his music class in school. Since when did they start offering clarinet lessons in our barrio? When I was in school there, the only thing we learned in music class was G-clef. Now they offer different classes of different musical instruments. Good for them. At least kids today have more choices that we did way back when.