Thursday, September 11, 2014

Time for a Change

I'm one who is not really big on change. When I get comfortable with something I hate to get rid of it. I guess you can say I don't really like 'rocking the boat'. But sometimes change can also be good. And sometimes we just don't have a choice. We try to make the change for the greater good, right? Wow! It sounds dramatic doesn't it? LOL...it's not. I'm just being dramatic...haha.

Anyway, it's nothing life altering [or maybe it is?]. We actually decided to switch from this:



 ...to this!

Yep, a recumbent bike.

Before we had the Mobia treadclimber, we had this elliptical.


The elliptical machine worked fine with me but not with my other half. It's a bit small for him to actually use it comfortably so we decided to get the tread climber which to me was just way too expensive. But if it's for health reasons, then price is put aside. For a while it worked fine with him. But his back started bothering him after using it so he stopped using it. A few months ago he modified it by putting handle bars in front. I guess it didn't help [or did he even try using it after putting the bars? Not sure here]. A few weekends ago he brought up the idea of getting a stationary bike. I know he wants to go back to exercising so I said okay. I'm willing to adjust to a new equipment for as long as he's going to use it. Has he? Not as much as I would want him to but it's too soon to tell so I'll wait.

We still have the Mobia but it will be disposed of [maybe] this weekend since someone is interested in having it. Right now we have the bike in the living room. Hopefully when it's moved to where the Mobia is at the moment, someone here will start using it regularly or else...you know. As for me, I've been using the Mobia for more than 2 years now so I'm very used to it already. The last year and a half, I've been using it almost everyday for about an hour. So yeah it will be an adjustment for me to move from it to the bike. I've started using it this week and so far so good. I have some aches and pains now. I'm sure I'll get used to it in no time. I'm just hoping it'll serve its purpose...and that is to get someone here on it as soon as possible.

Comparing

It seems that's what I do now everytime I need to purchase something. Who can blame me when there are some many places now to choose from whenever we have to make a purchase. It doesn't really matter if it's clothes, appliances or even insurance policies. And it can't get any easier today. All we have to do now is go online to get a rate from this website then compare it with the rate of another website. We can actually compare as many prices or rates as we want depending on the free time we have on our hands. Since I stay at home in most days, I can do that all day. This is why I am sometimes tasked to do just that by my someone who shall not be named. Ha! Anyway, speaking of which I am on to my next 'mission' actually. What could that be? I am supposed to hunt for a cheaper car insurance. Our policy is up in about a month and we just got the renewal notice and it's jacked up by almost 50%. We rarely use it, just like our health insurance so I don't really know why they would raise the price but just like what the husband said, it's their loss because now we're looking for a different provider. So there!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Evaluated!

Done. Over. Passed with flying colors. Not me but the little one.

Yesterday was her annual evaluation. This is the 6th year we've been to her evaluator so she actually saw our little one grow up. She's very pleased with her progress. As always I was the one who was stressed the past couple of weeks that I've been having some acid reflux because of it. Hopefully it will now ease up since it's all been done. I also have to make some major decisions in the next few months. Aarrghhh!

Anyway, it's been a very interesting couple of weeks here. Some big developments as far as long term plans are concerned. Nothing is definite yet but if things go as planned there will be some big changes around here. Vague? I know. That's how I want it for now. Hopefully things will fall into place.

Summer is almost over. Well, the season is anyway. Here in our neck of the weeds, summer is a way of life since we feel it even during winter. Lately, it's also been raining in the late afternoon to early evening, like right now. But now that I think about it, there hasn't been a lot of rain this summer actually. I remember last year and the year before when it would rain for 3 straight days. I know because I would complain about it here. Our flower bed would actually flood. This year, not so much. But we had HAIL this year which we've never really had before...well, maybe a little a few years ago...like the size of rock salt. This year it was the size of quarters, some even bigger. What can I say, weather is getting weirder and weirder I'm afraid. I can only imagine how winter will be this year.

This weekend we're planning in visiting an art store that was recommended to the husband. We heard they offer some kind of an art class during the weekend. We think that little one will have fun attending a session but we'll see. Hopefully she'll like it enough to actually attend a class.

That's all for now. I can't think of anything else to post so I'll just end it here for now.

It's That Time...

...of the year again. Well, almost. I'm talking about the onslaught of festivities that are on the way. A few weeks ago a TV host actually mentioned that Christmas decorations were already up in some stores...and it's only early July. I think that's a bit early. Beside there are other festivities before Christmas. Anyway, we were walking around a strip of stores last weekend and one of the stores we passed by is decorated with Halloween stuff. The little one got all excited because she likes dressing up for Halloween. Last year she didn't really dress up although she donned a mask when we were walking around the mall. This year she said she wants to find something she can wear as well. So I'm now looking at department 56 halloween stuff hoping to find something for her. The thing is I'm actually finding some things I like because there are a lot of neat Halloween decors in this site. I have a couple of pumpkin lanterns already but I may just get some other Halloween stuff because the little one likes to decorate her little bedroom. I'm hoping I'll find some kind of a costume for her here as well.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time's Changed....

While doing my morning walk earlier today I was watching, what else but the 'Today' show. They're celebrating one of the hosts' birthday. There were a lot of guests as well as foods, even a grill inspired birthday cake. But those weren't the ones that caught my attention while I was watching. It's the glass, rather, jars that the hosts used to sip on their drinks. I think they're called mason jars.

Why did that catch my attention? Growing up, we also used mason jars as our drinking glass. Not because it was the 'in' thing back then but because we couldn't afford to buy regular drinking glasses. True story. I was hesitant to invite friends/classmates back then because our plates were not the matched sets and, yes, because we drank from mason jars. Today, they're used at fancy restaurants...here in a first world country. They're also used in some restaurants back home now because I saw a lot of pictures in social networks.

The same is true with furniture. I was browsing a magazine not too long ago and I came across a picture of a chair that looks identical to a chair I hated when I was growing up. That's because it's made of some kind of metal and it looked awful. It also didn't have any cushion on it so it hurt my bee-hind when I sat on it. In the magazine, that chair was the focal point in the room. I looked at the price of similar chairs and I couldn't believe my eyes as to how expensive they are today. We had about 6 of them when I was growing up. I don't know where they are now but I'm sure we don't have them anymore. I think we threw them away when we were able to replace them with better looking ones. How I wish we kept them...but we didn't, much like those mason jars.

Anyway, it got me thinking as to which of the items we have here at home now will cost a small fortune in the future. I'm now hesitating to throw away any of our stuff. They might just turn out to be our 'retirement' fund. Yes, I'm talking about the pickle jar that we just emptied last week.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Lucky 13

We survived the 13-year mark of our union! Yay! LOL...

It will be 13 years this weekend since that picture of us holding hands was taken. We took it ourselves to signify the start of our life together. A lot has changed since that day. For one, there is now a third hand that we both hold tight...that of our little one. Also, those 2 hands have more wrinkles now and the rings, well, they've seen better days. But we're still wearing those same old rings up to this day. Mine are exactly the same while that of the husband had to be re-sized because it 'shrunk'. I guess that's what 13 years does to a ring....it shrinks! Or does it? Hmmm....

Anyway, it's been a great 13 years that 'spawned' [hehe] a great human being. Some days are harder than the others but there are definitely more 'good' days than bad ones. We're still the same goof balls that we were when we first met...only older goof balls. It's been 13 years of learning the ropes of life together...and I can't think any other person I'd rather do that than with the man of my nightmares...I mean, dreams. Happy 13th Hon!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

~ A Day Out ~

On a Tuesday at that. How come? Let me tell you....ting a ling a ling a ling.....

The past few months were crazy busy at work for the man of the house. And as I always say here, I am not complaining about that. In fact I'm very thankful that he's busy because it means he has work which for some people is very hard to come by nowadays. Anyway, because of his very busy schedule I had to schedule some things around his free time. One of those things is a test I need to take for a prospective job. It would have been easier to schedule the test if I knew how long it would take for me to finish. But such is not the case. According to my contact at the testing center it will all depend on me. It can take me a couple of hours to at most 6 hours depending on my 'abilities'. So we have to set aside a full day for me to be able to take it...and today was that day.

We had to leave the house early...around 6:30 this morning because the drive to the venue is about 45 minutes, give or take a few minutes. We had to locate the place also since we've never been there so we wanted to make sure we had ample time to spare just for that. I made it to the venue with a few minutes to spare and I only waited for a few before the test officer led me to the testing room. While he's preparing the paperwork I tried to 'extract' information from him as to how long the test can take...at least an estimate. His answer was the same as last time...it depends on your abilities. The last one that took it stayed from 8 AM till 3 PM. Yikes. Anyway, he set up the computer for me and I started the test at 8. I was ready to spend the next several hours there but it turned out that I didn't have to spend as much time as the last one that took it. I was able to finish it in less than 3 hours with breaks in-between because the computer automatically goes on a scheduled break after a number of questions. I couldn't just go back in the test also because the test officer has to input a code every after break. Without the breaks I could have finished it in about 2 hours. Anyway, I passed the test. The officer was kind of surprised that I finished that fast. Modesty aside, I wasn't. It's not that hard....haha.

So what happened to my 2 'bodyguards' while I was taking the test? They went exploring the neighborhood. We kind of planned around the idea that I will be taking the test until at least after lunch. The little one brought a lot of stuff to keep her busy while waiting for me...2 books, her Nintendo, drawing pad and pencils. She even has her 'medicine' cabinet as she calls it. She didn't really use a lot of those because they found a zoo close by the testing place. They were in the middle of the zoo tour when I called at around 11 so they had to get out of the zoo to pick me up. We then had lunch and back to the zoo we went. It's a good thing it's a bit cloudy and drizzly during that zoo walk or it would have been a very unpleasant walk because of the heat. The sun decided to show up right around the time we finished so we decided to call it a day and headed back home. The little one was very happy of our little day trip. She doesn't get a lot of those so every one we take is exciting for her.

Monday, July 21, 2014

M-U-L-C-H-E-D

Finally finished the project I started a couple of months ago...at least. Now I'm a happy [and a bit sore] camper. I finished putting the mulch this morning mainly because I don't want to give the weeds another chance to invade the flower beds again...at least for a few months anyway. I think I had to pull out weeds twice before to prepare them for the mulch. I thought hubby would have the chance to put it down but his work just wouldn't let him so I decided to do it myself a few weeks ago. So why did it take me weeks to finish 2 and a half flower beds? I was just taking my time I guess. There was no hurry so I took my time. Now that I'm done with that 'project' I'm off to continue another one that I started about 2 weeks ago...decluttering my home office.

The weather here is as unpredictable as...the weather? Last week it was raining almost everyday as predicted by the meteorologists around here. The time the rain would fall was the unpredictable part though. This week it's going to be the same story although the chances are lower...per the meteorologists report again. So far it hasn't rained today. Anyway, rain is good as long we don't get flooded of course...and as long as we don't have to be anywhere else but home.

As usual the weekend went by fast. For the first time in months, the man of the house was off for the weekend. As it's his first weekend off, all he wanted to do was stay home. Toink! The little one was hoping we could go for a bike ride in the park but it was too hot to be biking so we decided against it. She wasn't too happy about it but she understood. I asked her if she wanted to go anywhere else. Not really. She didn't even want to go shopping or go to the mall where it's cool. She just wanted to bike in the park. I think she's turning into me. Oh noooo!!!! Anyway, we stayed home on Saturday but we went out yesterday. We did a couple of trips to some stores then ate out. After eating out we headed to a relative's house and stayed there until night time. It was too hot again to be going out. How hot? When we came out of the restaurant, the car was showing a 102F temperature on the dashboard. It went down to about 95F I think while we were on the road  but that's still hot to be strolling. It was also quite humid so it's hotter than what the temp is showing. It will be this hot, even hotter, in the coming weeks so biking may have to wait until Fall. That won't make one little girl around here happy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch Him Sleep

The husband wants a certain procedure done sometime in the near future. But before it can be done the doctor wants me to 'watch' him when he sleeps. Huh? Actually he wants me to tell him if he stops breathing when he sleeps. How would I know that if I'm also asleep, right? The only way for me to find out is to stay awake and yes, watch him while he's in deep slumber. Not happening. I told him he should go in for a study for sleep apnea if he wants to find out. I don't think I'll be able to stay awake overnight while watching somebody sleeps. Not quite sure how and when he can have that study done but it has to happen if he wants to get that procedure done.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Little by Little

Weed by weed. Piece by piece. Slowly but surely.

That's been my mantra lately. That applies to almost everything I want accomplished around here anyway. A couple of weeks ago I started doing that by working on the flower beds in front. At this time, only one of the beds has fresh mulch on it. I was waiting for my former gardener [DH..ha!] to get more bags of mulch and he finally did over the weekend. This time he got 8 bags. I don't think that's enough. The 3 bags I put down on the first bed were not enough because we could still see soil and weeds growing. This morning I 'patched' those spots after pulling out the "wayward" weeds. Then I worked on a much smaller bed on the other side of the garage. That one is almost completely covered with weeds so it took me longer than anticipated to clean it. Instead of putting down mulch, I decided  clean around the lilies I have growing on the side of the house. Hubby told me a couple of weekends ago that one of them is no longer a 'lily' but a 'frank' because he accidentally shaved it with his weed-eater. Yep, he thought it's a weed so I decided to weed around them so that won't happen to the other lilies. Guess what? I accidentally pulled one out thinking it's a weed as well. Oops!

Anyway, tomorrow will probably be another weeding day for me. I am hoping that before the month's over all the flower beds have fresh mulch on them already. That's doable if I continue working on them at least 2, maybe 3 times a week. I can only work on them before 10 AM everyday because the sun's too hot for me to handle after that. Also, rain has been a daily thing here now. Thankfully it usually rains in the afternoon but boy does it make the weeds thrive. They multiply in size in a day because of the rain. Oh well. I guess that's better than having drought, eh?