Friday, November 6, 2015

Back to....

Normal????  Ha!

It's been a while since I've updated here. It's gotten a little bit busy around especially. I am not only slacking with my posts here actually, I've been slacking with other things as well. A lot of factors contributed to that aside from being a bit busy with work. For one...I stopped pedaling. Yep, I stopped my only form of exercise for a few months. The result...added poundage. Sigh! It took forever to get rid of those extra poundage and it came back just like that. Our month-long trip to the Phils was actually the start of this laziness. We did a lot walking while we were there so I still exercised I must say. It's after we came back from that trip that did me. I just didn't have the 'will' to go back on my bike when we got back. I kept on postponing it and postponing it and before I know I've gained back all the weight I worked so hard to lose.

But I slowly went back to it a few weeks ago. At first I was only on it about twice a week. This week I was able to use it 5 days in a row...wooh! Yep, Monday thru Friday I was on the bike for about an hour. I am also doing some hula hooping again. I know it's going to take forever again to get rid of this unwanted weight but that's not my main concern right now. My main concern is staying on this regimen again. I am hoping I'm going to continue on. I'm on the right track so I'm sure I will...fingers, toes and eyes crossed.

My blogging is a different story though. I'm not sure if I can regularly do it again but I'll try. It's just that it takes forever for me to finish a post like this one because of all the interruptions. I think I stopped about 5x already since I started typing this one. Yep, that much interruptions. The same thing happens when I'm writing an email or a message. Sometime it's a whole day affair just to finish one short message. Oh well. I'm thankful I'm busy so no complaints here...and that's that.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Online Shopping

I cannot believe that it's Fall season already. The leaves on our polonia tree started falling about a week ago so it won't be long before our yard will be covered with lots and lots of its gigantic leaves. The temperature has started to come down as well. That can only mean one thing...I have to start shopping for the little one's clothes. Yep, I still have to do that almost every year because she's still growing. She needs new clothes at the start of the cold season because most of her clothes from last year won't fit her anymore. This is where Catalogs at come in very handy for me because I do most of my shopping online since I don't drive. My personal driver, aka the husband, can drive for us but that's only on the weekends. So my best bet is to do it online instead. I've been doing it for years so I kinda' know what I'm doing. Catalogs at has a lot of good deals like discounts and free shipping. For an online shopper like me those are the things I am most interested in. I'm just hoping I'll be able to find clothes that the little one likes. Luckily there are a lot of stores to choose from on this site.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Busy September

I am not sure what it is about September but we tend to get busy in or around this month. It's more like a coincidence more than anything, I think.

My work has been rather busy for the past few months already. I am not sure if this is temporary but I'm bent in taking advantage of this 'busyness' for as long as it lasts. But work will always be second to family to me. When something comes up that I need to do with family, then work has to take a back seat and wait until I'm available again. That's just the way it is, take it or leave.

What has been happening around here? For one, we took another trip just before August came to a close. It's a trip across the pond and we were away for about a week. It's a business con pleasure trip and it was fun short as it may be. I'll probably write more about it in the days to come.

Aside from that, the little one's annual evaluation was also done this month. It was supposed to be done last week of last month but because were out of the country, we weren't able to do it then so we scheduled it a week after we arrived. You can just imagine me trying to put everything together for her evaluator. As usual the mother hen, moi, was the one who was nervous, slightly only I must say, for the evaluation. Everything went well and her evaluator was happy with her progress. Again, my worry was unwarranted. So what else is new. Ha!

Aside from that we have been busy driving around as well. We're on a hunt for something and the man of the house will not rest until he finds what he's looking for. Every place he needs to check, I have to be there because he wants me to. I told him I don't have to be there but nope, he said I have to be there I have to be. Hmm???

It's only the mid of September so I can't really tell if we'll be busy with other things before this month comes to a close. Probably. I'm fine with it. We can be very busy as long as everybody stays happy and healthy around here. That's all the matters, right?

New Business

Not quite sure if I should call it a business or a new job or maybe, a gig? I guess it's all three. This is not about me though but my younger brother who wants to start, well, working for himself instead of having a boss, per se. This is the same brother who used to be in a band. It's the same one that has been asking me to look for different things for his band every now and then. This time around he wants to start his own small DJ mobile company. He wants me to look for something like a pioneer serato which is a DJ controller that he can use. I am not sure what his budget is but this one this particular controller is a good buy I think. I'm not sure if they sell this one where he's at but I'm really hoping they do because it will be a smart choice for someone like him who is just starting and doesn't have a lot of money to splurge.

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....