Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What Happened?


I've been MIA for several days. I want to write a lot of things here but I just don't have the mojo to do it. I tried a couple of times but I end up putting it in the draft folder then deleting it altogether.

Anyway, I've been busy going around both online and offline stores to look for things I need to put in the box I'm sending to the Philippines. The last delivery came in late last week and we spent last weekend going around the mall as well as other stores. It was night time already when we got back home but we were able to pick up some stuff so I was happy, tired but happy. I was finally able to tape it close earlier this week and it's now waiting in the garage ready to be picked up by the cargo company later this week. According to him it will reach its destination either last week of January or first week of February. A little late for Christmas but oh well....

With the box all packed, my Christmas shopping is almost done. The list for Santa has been fulfilled except for one item. It's actually a pretty short list so it didn't take a lot of time to get it done. We're actually racking our brains now as to what else to add to it. Our little one is obviously over that stage when all she could ask for were toys and more toys which made her list before almost impossible to fulfill. I remember one year when she requested for a 'rotary phone'. They're virtually non-existent unless you want to pay by the thousands to get a real [vintage] one. We got her one but it's not really a rotary phone, only one that resembles one. It was good enough for her. She was just 7 at that time.

As for me and my other half, we don't get presents for each other anymore. Sometimes we surprise each other with something but they're usually for fun only. This year we may not even do that since we're planning in doing something early next year. Last year we went out of state for Christmas. This year we're staying put. The main reason we went out of town then was to see snow...and family of course. We did that already so we'll be home for Christmas this time around.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Good 'Ole Guitar

My sister in law used to be a lead singer in a band. That was more than 30 years ago. They had a lot of singing gigs both locally and abroad. Aside from singing, she also played the guitar so one of her first purchase when they got their first gig to sing abroad was a Yamaha guitar which she used until she quit her band to start a family. That Yamaha guitar though didn't retire because I remember using it a lot and toting it with me everwhere I went when I was still in college as well as I when I started teaching. She let me use it for as long as I wanted to but when I had to teach overseas, I decided to return it to her because I didn't want to lose it or damage it in my travels. I now have my own guitar so I don't have to borrow. But even if I have a guitar of my own, I still think about that first guitar I had. I wonder where it is now. I probably should ask next time I talk to my sister in law.

December...already?

I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering as to where time went, right? It seems to be the case, at least to me, every year. Why is that? I guess we're too busy with life that it still catches me off guard when I realize that another year is about to close.

Anyhooo...I've been MIA for about a week now. I've been around. I even drafted a post a few days ago but for some reason, I don't feel like I should post it. It's one of those posts where I just sort of babbled away so into the trash bin it goes.

I've been sort of busy lately. I'm trying to find stuff for loved ones for the season of giving. I've been on it for the last several months actually and I'm not done yet. I was supposed to send the box 2 months ago to make sure it will make it by Christmas but it's quite hard because I don't want to just get something and them not liking it so I did what I said I wouldn't do. Ask them what they want. I did that a couple of years ago and things got out of control [read: budget!]. This time around I specifically said that I can only get what can fit in the box and there's a limit to my 'resources'...LOL. Fortunately they listened...haha. I still got a few surprises for them but most of what I got are 'special requests' so to speak. I'm still waiting for some stuff to be delivered. Hopefully, the box will be out the door by next week. Goodluck to me....

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tablecloth Hunt

It's been a while since I looked for a tablecloth for our 'formal' dining table, aka, little one's work table. Yep, it serves as her working station during the day and our table for special occasions only. Ha! When we first got it I went gaga in looking for a tablecloth for it. All I got were runners. This time around I want to look for a real tablecloth for it. I haven't had much luck though but if I am looking for 90 round crinkle taffetta tablecloths then my search would have been over by now because I found a few of those already that I like. Not the ones I'm looking for though. We have a round table in the breakfast nook but I'm not sure if I want to put a tablecloth on it...yet. Maybe in the future? I guess I have to continue my search for the elusive tablecloth before the holiday season gets here...or is it here already? Ugh!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thankful for Another Year

And now I'm a couple of years away from being a 'golden girl' as the little one likes to call it. Yep, I just celebrated a birthday. The day started with our little one coming in our bedroom at around 8 in the morning to hand me her handmade birthday card coupled with her birthday kisses. Her cards are becoming simpler as the years go by but still priceless to us. Much as I hate to admit it, I know that there will come a day when she won't be making those cards for us anymore.

In the past, we didn't really go out of our way to find a place to eat on any of our birthdays, unless the little one requested it. This time we actually did just that. We drove for more than an hour to get to a seafood restaurant which was recommended by one of hubby's clients. We've been looking for a seafood restaurant around here [well, apart from restaurant chains like Red Lobster] and we just can't find one. This one is still NOT in our area since it's in another county. But we took the drive and we actually enjoyed it because the restaurant is located at the end of a ten-mile zigzag road surrounded by water. It's a very laid-back down to earth place where diners come in their most comfortable clothes. On this particular day everyone was wearing something to keep warm because the temperature was in the low 60s I think. To me it's freezing actually...but that's just me being a wimp. LOL.

After attacking a dozen [each for hubby and me, the little one had clams fettuccine] of garlic crabs, we braved the very cold breeze outside and attempted to take a couple of pictures on the deck. Btw, hubs wanted to eat by the deck but I said no. It would have been perfect if the temperature was in the 80s.

We were able to snap a couple of pics and here's one of them. I was literally shaking when this picture was taken...it hurt even just to smile.



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vintage Treadmill....

  1. A few weeks ago I posted about going back to basic as far as my treadmill is concerned. To the left is my 'vintage' treadmill I talked about in that post. Well, vintage may be exaggerating it a wee bit since it's only about 10 years old. But this was the treadmill we got when I realized that my weight was not coming down on its own 3 years post natal. Ha! Did it work? Did I lose any weight? I did...probably half a pound. Not the machine's fault though. I just wasn't motivated enough that time to use it regularly and continuously.
Anyway, I tried to convince the hubby to give it away when we decided to get the elliptical a few years ago but it stayed in the garage collecting dust and cobwebs. We got rid of the elliptical and got the tread climber, then got rid of the tread climber but this treadmill stayed in the garage. Why? Well, probably because it's so 'basic' that we're embarrassed to even give it away for free [even with free shipping]. LOL!!!
 
Anyway, I decided to dig it out of hibernation a few weeks ago. I've been using it regularly since then and so far so good. I've clocked a few miles on it already. I try to walk a mile on it every morning, either before or after I use the recumbent bike. It was a challenge at first to use it because I'm so used with the tread climber that just goes automatically once you press the start button. This one doesn't have a start button. I actually have to walk on it for it to start working. The screen can only display 1 thing at a time ~ mile, time, calories and the odometer. Here's how the screen looked like while I was walking on it a few days ago.
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Night of "F-I-R-S-Ts"

* First try at canvas painting

* First time to attend an art class

* First time to learn with a group of virtual strangers

* First time to be out of our sight for a long period of time [3 hours].

And those are the many 'firsts' the little one experienced last week. She had a lot of fun to say the least and she can't wait to experience another one in the near future.

Now let's talk about 'my firsts'. Ha!

Seriously, that's the first time that she was not within our sight for a couple of hours. To say it's scary is probably sufficient. I was also anxious on how she'd do being with a group since she's always with us only. I wasn't overly concerned but concerned nonetheless. I even gave her my cellphone so she could call us anytime she wanted to. Overkill? Yep...but hey I'm a Mom and I want to make sure she has the means to call if she has the need.

After dropping her off, the husband and I were literally at a loss as to what we should be doing. We didn't make any plans on how we should spend the time with just the 2 of us. We didn't want to go back home. We thought about hanging out in the parking lot of the studio and tinkle with our gadgets. But we decided against that and went to a couple of stores instead. The whole time we were at the store we were actually looking for stuff for the little one like a purple purse, purple watch [yep, that watch in my previous post], and anything purple we think she may like. We were like a couple of kids lost in the store honestly since we really didn't have anything in mind to buy. After a couple of hours of strolling in the stores, we decided to pick up some food because I got hungry. I ended up getting pastries instead of real food. Bad me because it meant sabotaging my so-called diet. Oh well. With about an hour left of her 3 and a half hour class, we decided to hang out, yes, in the parking lot of the studio. From where we were parked, we were able to see what they were doing in the class. I must say that my worry [of her not being able to interact well with others] was unfounded. She was getting along with the others, well, at least with those that she talked to anyway. She said there was not a lot of chance to talk to others but her seatmate because most of the time was spent painting.

Anyway, she's looking forward to the next schedule. We don't know yet as to when that will be but I'll definitely be more prepared [and relaxed] next time around,

First Stop

The past several years I have been asked over and over again to search for musical instruments and/or gadgets. It's either a request from my younger brother and his band mates or my husband. My husband does not play any musical instrument but he always wants to find something for our little one. Anyway, whenever I have to look for musical instruments or gadgets my first stop is muscians friend. I've been to this site so many times already so I know it's always the first place I should check if I'm looking for anything related to music. My brother who is in another country always checks this site as well if he and/or his band mates are looking for anything for their band.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Everything Purple

It used to be pink, now it's all purple. That's our little one's latest obsession. Well, she's always liked purple but she used to like pink more. Now, it's just purple because pink is for little kids. Huh? That's what she said anyway.  How obsessed is she with the color you may ask? We got a plastic watch a few months ago. It's of course purple and she chose it. It's a rather cheap watch so quality is of course not the best. There were a few to choose from but she chose this one which was the cheapest in the bunch.



As you can see, it's purple. But that's not the story here. After a few weeks of daily use, the plastic band broke. It didn't totally broke off. She was bummed to say the least and showed it to Daddy McG. Glue gun won't work to put it back together so McG used the next best thing....stapler. It worked...for about a week... then it broke again. Stapled it again. When it first broke I asked her if she wanted it replaced already. We even went to the store to look for a replacement or a replacement band [which is more expensive than the watch itself]. No can do. She didn't find one to her 'taste'. Not purple enough, I guess? She went for a few weeks wearing the poor 'stapled' watch. All those times we were busy looking for a replacement for it. Finally we found one last weekend that she likes. It's not as purple but it has some streaks of purple that she really loves. She was a bit hesitant at first but she finally gave in. Now she has a new favorite watch. It's a little bit more expensive so we're hoping it won't break after a few weeks of daily use. Btw, we got a second one...just in case.

Research

I just received a message from my dear brother. He wants me to look for some musical instruments for him and his band. His new band I should say because his old parted ways a few years ago. They had equipment and instruments then but they sold them and split the money when they disbanded. Now that he started a new one, they also have to start anew. They have their own guitars [I think] but they need a good keyboard and a set of drums and amplifiers. I told him I can't promise him anything. Online Only, that's the only place I can look since I don't drive. I can only check local music shops here on the weekend and that's only possible if the husband is free. So yep, online it is. Actually it's better because then I can send him the links of whatever I can find. So why doesn't he just do it himself? Not quite sure why actually but I'll try and help him if I can....researching that is.