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't....like 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 school...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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Oh Jet Lag Lah...

We went for a month long vacation middle of April. Spring was in full swing then. When we returned last week, spring is long gone and summer has taken its place. Can I say it's hot? Actually, it's hotter where we came from so it wasn't as bad when we got here.

Anyway, even before we left for that much needed vacation my blogging has been sporadic. I just can't seem to find my 'mojo' anymore. I stopped for a while when I was hit by a sudden loss of a friend. I tried to go back to it a few weeks after but I seem to be having a hard time. I'm trying and I'm hoping that in time I'll be able to blog as much as I used to.

At the moment, the little one and I are still experiencing jet lag. We've been sleeping well during the night since we arrived but we're still tired during the day. I would catch the little one napping every now and then so I try to wake her up to she won't have a hard time come sleeping time but it's hard since all I want to do is snuggle beside her instead of waking her up. Dad on the other hand is adjusting well with the time change. He didn't sleep on the plane on our flight back on purpose and that might be the reason for his quick recovery. The little one slept through the flight so she's having the most difficulty getting back into the groove. Hopefully  she'll be back on track before this week is over...

Unending Request

Good to be back. I was away for a while because I went to visit family back home. It was great to see everybody again. As usual I got a lot of 'requests' when I was about to leave. One of which is from my brother who doesn't seem to run out of requests when it comes to his band's needs. This time around he asks me to look for a groove production system that his band wants. I did and saw this native instruments maschine MK2 at musicians friend. I have no idea if they have the budget for it but I did what I was asked to do and it's up to them if they want to get or not. In all honesty, I really don't know if their band even need something like this since they're not even playing regularly. But knowing my brother, he probably just wants to see what's out there.

Monday, March 9, 2015

One Fine Day...

Yesterday was 'spring forward' day. It's not really my favorite day even if it has spring in its name since it meant losing 'an hour' [of sleep?]. I've said it here many times but I will say it again...what's up with this time changing anyway? I thought it's been proven to be ineffective so why keep doing it, right? If only the time change will also spring forward real spring then it will be more bearable.

One thing that made yesterday better was that we had a spring-like, mild temp and very clear day. I believe the highest in our area was around 80 degrees. Woot! What did we do on such a beautiful day? I wanted to go to the mall to look for something we need but we asked the little one what she wanted to do...mall or biking? I lost...which I expected the moment we decided to ask her. That's actually a no-brainer because she'd choose biking in a heartbeat!

We went to a different park this time around. This one is more like a camp ground than a bike trail. We wanted to try something new so we went there. While biking we passed a few campers either preparing or eating breakfast as well as others packing up already. Speaking of which we've never been camping and the little one wants to try it some time she said. We're not sure how she'll fare with outdoors overnight so we're a bit hesitant to do that. It's also a bit expensive just because we don't have any camping gears at all. What if she won't like it then what will be do with the gears that we may end up buying? So for now we're leaning more towards, uhm, no.

After biking and exploring around the park, we packed up and decided to head home so we could go to the mall. Yep, we decided to do that as well. But on the way out of the park we saw a sign about another park which is just 2 and a half miles from where we were. So off we went to check it out. Since we didn't know where it is, we thought we drove longer than the 2.5 mi specified. We didn't as we later found out. It just felt farther because it's a lime rock road and it was bumpy. Anyway, when we reached our destination we were pleasantly surprised because it led us to a river. Anything with water is always a welcome surprise for us. We sat around and rested for a bit, and took some pictures of course, then we headed home to drop off the bike then went to the mall.

I must say it's not bad for the first day of 'spring-forward'. For the record, I still don't like the whole time change thing but the nice weather kind of made it more tolerable/acceptable/bearable and all the 'bles' synonyms....ha!

 Anyway, here are some pics I took during our day out.






Can the sky get any bluer than that? It was indeed one fine day....

Friday, March 6, 2015

Musically Inclined

I'd like to believe that our little one is musically inclined. I actually think that most of us are musically inclined. It's just that some pursue it, while some don't. When the little one was younger we really wanted her to learn how to play any musical instrument to the point of checking instruments that even I am not familiar like the komplete kontrol s61 keyboard. We didn't get her one of those but we got her a small guitar as well as a simple keyboard a few years back. She was very excited at first but it didn't last long. To this day, she hasn't learned to play either one. I'm not giving up on that yet. There's still time for her to learn one of them or even both. I learned to play the guitar when I was well in my teens already. Wishful thinking, eh?

Forward It Is....

Literally? Spring Forward I mean. Yep, that 'dreaded' [to me at least] time of the year when we have to re-set our clocks and watches an hour 'forward'. That's the easy part even if we have a gazillion clocks and a million watches to reset. The hard part will be resetting the 'body clock'... if there is such a thing. Personally, it takes me at least a week to get used to this 'spring forward' change. I'm pretty sure our little one will have the same difficulty.

Anyhooo....I've been MIA again, still I mean, from blogging. I just haven't gotten that blogging mojo back yet. Not quite sure if I'll ever get it back. I still want to blog every now and then but maybe not as often as I used to...unless I need to, if you know what I mean. I've been stressing lately so my hyperacidity is acting up again. Actually I'm not even sure if that's what I have since I was never diagnosed with any GI problem. I've always had some tummy troubles...ever since I was a little girl actually so I just learned to live with it. My friends who I lived with know this about me so they're no longer surprised when I tell them my stomach hurts when while we're talking on the phone. This latest one is slowly subsiding. I've been having it for the last week or so. I started to feel better yesterday but it's kind of back today...not as bad but still uncomfortable. Oh well...I guess I just have to take it easy and hope it goes away completely.

That's it for now. I'll be back ASAP...which can take days, weeks or maybe just hours. Who knows, eh? Have a good one!