Monday, June 30, 2008

Allergy Attack....

allergies

No Allergies

allergies

NEED I SAY MORE?????????????????????????????

All I've been doing the whole day today is S-N-E-E-Z-E!!! Blow my nose!!! Wipe it!!! Only to sneeze again! So I decided to take my allergy pills more than I should. The result?? I was drowsy half the time...and I was still sneezing after taking them! Still am actually...

So my plan of being productive today?? It was just that: A PLAN!

I am going to sign off here now and try to go to sleep early. The 2 extra hours I put in last night [to do some work] cost me a whole day of misery. So I won't be taking any chances tonight.

I off to be ladies and gents. Thanks much for those who came by. I promise to visit you all tomorrow...unless my allergy has other plans. Hmp!

Night y'all!

Tour on Bikes...

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One day, my family and I will go on Motorcycle Tours. Yep, you read that right, a tour on bikes. Why not, right? I have always loved riding on motorcycles especially when I was young since it’s the only moving vehicle that didn’t make me sick. I don’t know how to drive one yet but I am willing to learn. I may even learn driving a motorcycle before I learn to drive a car.

So where did I get the idea of Motorcycle Tours? Well, I got it from the husband of course. He is really big on motorcycles that everytime he sees one all he can say is that he’s going to have one some day. As a matter of fact, he just mentioned a while ago that he may get one in the near future as the price of gas is not showing sign of going down anytime soon. So he started browsing online and that’s when he mentioned about the Motorcycle Tours that Eaglerider offers. Some other offers Eaglerider has are One-Way Specials, Motorcycle Sales as well as Guided & Self-Drive Tours. Aside from motorcycles, Eaglerider also rents out dirt bikes, ATV, watercraft and Snowmobiles. Can you say fun, fun, fun? Someday, we will make this tour a reality…and when that happens Eaglerider would be the first place I’ll visit.

Just Wanna' Say.....

Monday

Just leaving a short note here to wish one and all a great week! I hope it's going to be one productive week ahead of us!

I'll be working today...I think, as it's long overdue. I planned on working during the weekend but I just dilly-dollied so I ended up trying to put in some hours last night as my last minute attempt to be productive. Bad me, eh? Boo hoo! As a result....my allergy is 'on' again! Ugh!

I'm outta' here for now. Enjoy your day/evening guys.

Cheers!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Blog Experiment...a Tag

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Thanks much to Francine for this tag!

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Participants: 1. Me and Mine 2.Creative In Me 3.Little Peanut 4. Pea in a Pod 5. Sugar Magnolias 6. The Salad Caper 7. All Kinds of Me Stuff 8. Aggie Scraps. 9. Winding Creek Circle 10. Mommy Talks. 11. Fun | Fierce | Fabulous 12. Me, Myself + 2 13. Confessions of a Supermodel Wannabe 14. My Precious Nice 15. Just Me.. Eds 16. Eds Mommy Life 17 My Wonderful Life 18. Le bric à brac de Cherie 19. Chez Francine 20. La Place de Cherie 21. Pinay WAHM 23. Teacher's Corner 22. YOUR BLOG HERE

RULES:
1. Add your blog/s to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. It’s okey if you only post this questions in one blog as long as you answer them.
2. Get back to Me {YEN} and I’ll add your blogs to the master’s list here!
3. Tag as many friends online you know. But you don’t need to be tagged in order to join.

QUESTIONS:

1. I posted this experiment at URL: http://pinaywahm.com/
2. I posted this on date (day, month, year): Sunday, 29 June 2008
3. I posted this at time (24 hour time): 02:15 pm EST
4. My posting location is (city, state, country): Tampa, FL
5. My blog is hosted by: http://www.blogger.com/
6. My age is: 41
7. My gender is: Female
8. My occupation is: WAHM
9. I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: FeedBurner
10. I use the blog format to post to my blog: Blogger
11. I have been blogging since (day, month, year): September 2007
12. My web browser is: Netscape and IE 7
13. My operating system is: Windows XP

Are We Ready to Move...again?

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To another state this time. Well not quite but North Carolina is a state that my husband wants to try out in the future. We are happy where we are right now but if the time comes that we can choose which state to move, North Carolina would be the one. The weather will be perfect for him and he said the job market is good for his industry. Aside from that, getting a NC health insurance would be easy because of getnchealthinsurance.com. That’s something to look forward to because finding a health insurance is very important to us since we have a small kid. Hey, moving again may not be a very bad idea after all.

Home Alone....

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For a couple of hours anyway. The husband took the little one shopping, well mostly grocery shopping, because she wants a DVD and Dad does not know which one. I am not feeling well so I decided to stay behind. Right now I am here trying to catch up on some work and some household chores.

We have no plan of going anywhere today so it's going to be one lazy Sunday for us. Not sure what the husband's plan is but I'm sure he has something planned.

Our house is still one big empty space....LOL! Yep, we have not bought the furniture [living room and dining room stuff] yet because we can't seem to find what we want. We're not in a hurry thought since we're surviving without them. We have have been using our foldable tables and chairs and it's working out great. Maybe this week we'll find what we're looking for.

In general, we're settled already as we're getting the sleep we need unlike the first few nights. The little one still wakes up in the middle of the night but she goes back to sleep afterwards so it's all good. I am hoping she'd start sleeping throughout the night in the coming days.

Anyway, I'll be doing my hop-hop a bit later. I hope you're all having a great day/night!

Wardrobe Make-over

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I need a wardrobe make-over. Seriously! I have not bought any new clothes in years. I just realized this when I started packing for our move. Even my husband thinks that I need to buy some new clothes as well some undergarments. I have been looking online and I already came across some nice babydolls that I am thinking of buying. I just have to start getting serious about losing some unwanted pounds so I will have the courage to put them on.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Weekend...

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...again! As usual it's going to be a bit busy around here. I already did the vacuuming and I'm almost done with the laundry. Yay! I also sorted the boxes after boxes of toys in the little one's room. That alone almost took the whole morning.

I am planning to do some work this afternoon. I have not done any 'paid work' since we moved in here. The work is not that much anyway so I chose to just do the things needed done here. But today, some was released so I'd probably do some. We'll see.

The husband is outside finishing the mowing right now. After that he has to rake the cut grass as it's a lot...as in A LOT! He had to refuel his mower because he had to go around more than once to get all the grass. That's how tall the grass got and it's really thick.

That's basically how our weekend will go...busy. I will be in and out of here again today. I did my hopping yesterday so I'd only be doing some hit backs today.

In the meantime, here's my little one's 'depiction' of Mom!??! She did it last night on her Magna Doodle and it says Happy Birthday even if it's not my birthday...haha! Her Magna Doodle is one of her most used toys around here as she likes to draw a lot. Mothers out there...get one for your little ones as this piece of toy is very useful.

So? What do you think of my "picture"? Perky me, eh? LOL!!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Bill Gates after Microsoft???

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So he stepped down today from his job at Microsoft. Aside from doing philanthropy, what will he do? Yes, he has a lot of money but can he use that money to do anything he wants?

Here's a video I lifted from You Tube. It was made a while ago showing different alternatives that he can probably dabble in after his Microsoft stint....

Bill Gates...Jobless after Today?

Bill Gates

Yep, that Bill Gates. One of the richest in the world will be jobless by tomorrow. He is spending his last day at Microsoft today. Oh no, another jobless person! I wonder how he will spend his last day at work today. After today, he will focus his full attention to philanthropy.

Anyway, I got this email from a friend yesterday. I also got this a long time but I think it's good time to post it now being today is his last day at 'work'. According to the email, he gave a speech at a high school and enumerated his: Gates' 11 Rules.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's
generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Calling it a D-A-Y!!!

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From a

Busy Bee

I am now a

Sleepy Bee....zzzzzz!
bee

Since our business with the bank is done [for now], I am hoping that I will be back blogging in full force tomorrow. Well, maybe not in 'full force' but with a lot more force than today, eh? I still have a lot of other things to do but I'd be in the house most of the time so I can check in every now and then.

Thanks to all who dropped by today. I hope you're having a great evening/day! When I wake up, it's going to be "TGIF" here already!

Aha! A World W/out Filipinos???

I got this news article as an email attachment. I also saw it in one of the blogs I visited at random. Not sure how accurate this article is but it's kinda' interesting to read and somehow see how 'other' nationals' perception of the Filipino people.

If you want to read the bigger version, just click on the image.

Travel to 7 Continents Tag...

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Okay, this is an overdue tag. It's been long overdue that I can't remember all those who tagged me. I know I was tagged by the one who started it, Juliana RW followed by a few more blogger friends...the last one being Race of Moments of My Life. So if you tagged me on this one, thanks much. My apologies if I can't remember anymore as L-I-F-E got in the way of my blogging.

Here we go....

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Rules :
1. Start Copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy”.
2. Put your blog’s name and url write in which continent you live, add the country you live in. Example : My Imaginary Travels (Netherlands)
3. Leave your url post in here and I’ll add you to the Master List.
4. Please help spread this tag by tagging your friends as much as you can.
5. Don’t play unfair! If you have more than 1 blog, you can participate all your blogs for this tag. BUT you will have to post this tag to all your blogs as well. So, please. Don’t cheat!
6. Please come back again to copy the update of the master list, often. This process will help new participants to get the same gains as the first participants.

7. Don’t forget to use the banner at your post, you can save as or you can just copy the code in here.

Master List :

A. Asia : 1. Moms… Check Nyo (Philippines) 2. Aeirin’s Collections (Philippines) 3. Jenny and Belle(Philippines) 4. Hailey’s Beats and Bits (Philippines) 5. Appleofmyeyes(Saudi Arabia) 6. Deranged Insanity (Philippines) 7. Fun|Fierce|Fabulous (Phils) 8. A Slice of Life (Phils) 9. Jenny Said So (Phils) 10. Race Corner, 11. A Beautiful Life, 12. Moments of My Life

B. Australia : 1. your turn

C. Africa : 1. your turn

D. North America : 1. Simple Life, Simply Me (USA) 2. Pinaymama’s Diary (USA) 3. 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires (United States) 4.Traipsey Turvey (USA) 5. Dabawenyako (USA) 6. Icelog (USA) 7. Jenny’s Wandering Thoughts (USA) 8. BLOGSILOG (USA) 9. Pinay WAHM (USA) your turn

E. South America : 1. your turn

F. Europe : 1. My Imaginary Travels (Netherlands) 2. Juliana’s Site (Netherlands) 3. Picturing of Life (Netherlands) 4. your turn

G. Antarctica : 1. your turn

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Tagging all of those who have not been tagged on this one. If you're reading this: You're Tagged!

Car Rental

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Our car is 5 years old already…almost 6 actually. We haven't used it on long family trips as we don’t go on long drives. But that does not mean it’s not used for long trips at all. Just about a week ago, my husband and his partner went to Georgia and they took our car for that 10-hour trip. Unfortunately, after that trip my husband feels that our car is no longer the same. As a result, he is now thinking of getting a car rental whenever they have to drive for business purposes. I couldn’t agree more as it will give our car a break. I am actually on the lookout for some good deals on car rentals for their next travel…and I found some already. One of the best deals I found is this up to 50% discount on Luxury and Convertible car rentals at Advantage. Yep, convertible cars. I will make sure that next time my husband and his partner need a car to travel, I will tell them about Advantage. It’s a win-win situation for us. Our car will not be abused and they will be able to choose the car of their liking at an affordable price. What can beat that?

Best Gift Ever...a Tag!

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Tag from Dez of My Life in this Wonderful World. Thanks Dez... I have so many things to be thankful for in my life. Reading this story just made me realize that no matter what, we should be thankful for whatever is given to us.


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Friendly Rules:

1. Simply copy the inspirational story and in the end write down the lesson you have learned out from this.

2. Put your own blog name and link. Pass or tag this to your friends to inspire them.

3. Start copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy” to your blog.



— The Best Gift Ever —

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car.

Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” And stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.

He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, “And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly father which is in heaven, give to those who ask Him?” As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words… PAID IN FULL.

How many times do we miss God’s blessing because they are not packaged as we expected? I trust you enjoyed this. Pass it on to others. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for…

PLS. SEND THIS TO AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE SO AS TO LET THIS GREAT LESSON FLOW AROUND.

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Lesson I learned: (Write here what your learned)

I've always believed that the best gift my parents gave me was the gift of life. I grew up not expecting anything from them so I was never disappointed. If anything, I was the one that should be giving them instead of expecting them to give me gifts. Lesson I learned from this story? Don't expect and you won't be disappointed.


1. Outback-Pinay 2. My Precious 3. Eds Mommy Life 4. Just Me.. Eds 5. My Life in this Wonderful World! 6. My Online World! 7. Pinay WAHM 18. Your blog here!

Moving is Expensive...

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Wow…I am really tired! Today we went back to the old house to pick some other stuff like the riding mower the husband is using at this moment. We also picked up the other computer so when this one acts up, I have a spare...yay! Anyway, we didn’t pick up the computer table though as it’s hard to take apart. We just planning to buy a new one so I’m now busy looking for office furniture online. Aside from the table, we will also need a comfy chair for me as well as other things. Yep, more expenses in the works but what choice do we have, right? Such is life…expensive!

World Class Profession....a Tag!!

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I've been a WAHM or work at home Mom for the last 6 years. But before I became one, I was in the teaching for more than 10 years so I consider that my main profession then. As soon as I became a Mom, being a mother became my main world class profession. Added to being a Mom, I also do some work at home jobs which include Coding, Subject Matter Expert and Online Scoring. So I am rolling it into one and just classify my 'world class profession' as a WAHM! A proud one at that!

Got tagged by bb_anne of Myriad of Thoughts. Thanks Anne!
INSTRUCTIONS
1. Copy and paste everything to a new post and Add your name next to your profession (or profession-to-be for undergrads) in the list. Make sure your name is linked to your blog/webbie.
Tip: For easier capture of links, paste into your blog using the “Visual” (for WP) and Compose (for Blogger) modes (not Edit HMTL or HTML).

2. If your profession is not in the list then simply add it to the correct alphabetical place. For example, if you want to add PLUMBER then it should be placed in between ONCOLOGIST and QUEEN.

3. Tag as many people as you can and witness how your technorati will explode!

4. Don’t forget to link back. In your case, link back to Pinay WAHM.

THE WORLD CLASS PROFESSIONS
Blogger - Chikai, Tere
Doctor -
Engineer - Emmyrose
Nurse - Mckhoii,
Online Instructor - bb_anne
Stay-at-Home-Mom - Tere, Mai, Alpha, Yen
Teacher -
University Employee - Suzanne
WAHM [work-at-home-Mom] - Juliana

10 Years Younger

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If you asked me 10 or so years ago if I will ever go through any kind of a procedure to improve my looks, my answer would have been a big N-O! But that’s 10 years ago, which means I was 10 years younger and a few pounds lighter. Gravity was also my “friend” then. Today, I will definitely consider it if I can afford it. Why not? With the advancement of technology, going through these kinds of procedures are not as risky as it was a few years ago. One place that offers surgical procedures is the PARS Institute in California. This place offers facial procedures such as rhinoplasty, brow lift etc and body procedures such as breast enlargement San Dimas. San Dimas is just one of their branches as they also have branches in Beverly Hills, Orange County and Encino. So if you are contemplating about improving your looks to boost your self-esteem or just because, check the PARS Institute. They may just have what you’re looking for…to be 10 [or more] years younger.


Still A....

Busy busy bee

That's me!!! We've been busy with a lot of things since yesterday that I was only able to visit a few blogs. Actually, I only visited a few the whole week through! Soweee!!!

Because of my being a busy bee, I can only squeeze in one post a day. I have not been doing any work [paid work that is] at all for the past few days which bites because we need the $$$ right now as we are having a higher mortgage [2 of them as the old house is still in the market..ugh!]

We closed with the bank today for this new house. I'm not happy with the way it went but it's our best bet at the moment. A lot of things had happened between us and this bank that everything they do right now just rubs me the wrong way. We are weighing our options right now and will take it from there.

I hope you're all having a great week...better than mine anyway. It's almost TGIF....yay!?! I guess it's a "Yay" for us because we are somehow 'getting on' with our lives after all the 'chaos' of moving and all that comes with it.

Have a great Thursday/Friday everyone! Thanks for the constant visits!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Triple P...is it Down?

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Hmm...not sure if it's me or my lappy or something else but is triple P's server down? I've been trying to access it but it's not loading.

Earlier, it's server cannot be found. Now, the error: Domain Name Mismatch is coming up. What is that? Has there been a change while I was offline yesterday? But it was working fine this afternoon.

Does anybody know the real deal here? I know of someone who couldn't access the site either so it may not be me after all....but who knows.

I'm going to bed...

Forced Leave???

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That's what happened yesterday...I was on forced-leave! Just like most forced-leave, it's an unpaid one. Hmmpp!

What happened? The cord/plug on my laptop broke. Actually, it's been hanging by a thread [literally] but it only gave in yesterday...of all days. It's been like that for months but it didn't break while we were at the old house [where we have 2 more computers that I can use]. It broke when we got here...while the other computers are still in the old house so no spare to use! Great timing, eh?

The husband was 4 hours away yesterday doing a service call so I called him. He said that we would have to get a replacement for the cord this weekend...WHAT?????? That's like forever...but what can I do? I just thought of convincing him to get the other computers from the other house but I didn't hold my breath on that.

So how come I'm blogging now? Well, McGyver came over....I mean, came home...LOL. Yep, my very own McGyver opened up the adapter and connected the wires inside and voila...it's fixed...for now. He reminded me that it's really fragile right now so I shouldn't drag it with the lappy....opppsss! I guess he knew that's how the wires in the adapter broke. *wink*

Anyway, yesterday was not spent in vain though. My little one and I did some weeding outside...on the flower beds in front of the house! Yay! It's almost done. Now all we have to do is get some flowers to plant on them...yippee! I wonder if I need another 'forced-leave' to do the planting.

So that's why I was not anywhere near your blogs yesterday. I'll try to 'roam' around today to say hi to all of you. For the meantime, I have to get off here for now as we have some unfinished business to attend to...the 'not-so-fun' stuff. Please send us some good vibes! Thanks much! Mwah!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sleep Deprived....


These 2 pictures are probably the best way to describe how I am feeling right now. Actually, it's how WE were feeling the whole day.

Yep, we didn't get a good night sleep on our very first night here in our new home...all 3 of us. I expected that. I am usually 'namamahay' so I know I won't have a good night sleep for the first 3 or so nights here.

I'm expecting the little one to be restless on her first few nights here as well. Last night she woke up and went to our bedroom...at 2 AM, twice. The first time she came in there she couldn't figure out which side of the bed I was on so she left because she didn't want to wake Daddy up...but she came back and very softly went: "Mom" and wait for me to get up...LOL. Since I was not really sleeping I heard her. Unbeknown to us, the husband was also awake.

So today we were all tired. The husband went to work but left early since it's slow at work anyway. He went straight from work to Walmart to do the grocery shopping. I asked him to pick up us some rotisserie chicken for our dinner. Why? Because yours truly was lazy to make dinner...haha.

The groceries are still sitting on the counter waiting to be put away. But that can wait...for now I need to sign off and follow the two to lalaland....I hope they're there.

Love - Hate....a Tag!

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Wheng of In Depth tagged me on this love-hate meme a long time ago. I almost forgot about it. Sorry Wheng...just got a bit busy with the moving and all stress that comes with it.

Anyway, better late than never, di ba? So here it is...Love&Hate Tag....


There are things, ways, or people we can't stand. There are also things, ways or people we can't live without and would love to do over and over again or be with forever.List down 5 things you hate and 5 things you love.Then, put the link or links of your blog or blogs in the list.Tag at least 5 people.

L-O-V-E

1. The obvious, my husband and our little one.
2. Work...keeps me sane
3. Sing...
4. Watch our little one have those 'aha' moments
5. Good news

H-A-T-E

I personally believe that hate is too strong of a word to use on anyone BUT right now....I hate our Mortgage Company 5 times over and then some because of the 'surprise' it's trying to pull on us!
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Sparkle Friends...a Tag!

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Cecile of Life is good and Beautiful tagged me! Thanks Cecil! I think someone tagged me on this one before but it's been a while so I'm posting it again...actually, I'm not even sure if I was able to post it when I was first tagged.

Anyway, if you don't have this one yet feel free to grab it!



Let's Get-A-W-A-Y..!!!

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After our stressful move, all I can think about is going on a long well-deserved vacation with the family. Now that I think about it, I haven’t had a real vacation in years. The last vacation I had that I would call real vacation, you know the kind where you go visit places without following a schedule, was the one I took in Las Vegas years ago. Since that was my first trip to the US, my friends wanted to show me things I wouldn’t normally see back home like the Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. It’s interesting seeing all those celebrities but not really…you know what I mean. The wax figures look so real it’s like meeting the real celebrities themselves.

Right now, I am looking on online travel guides of Trusted Tours and Attractions to see if I can plan our much needed vacation as soon as possible. I don’t have anything particular in mind but it would have to somewhere near since I have to plan it around my husband’s work schedule. So our best bet right now would be Orlando. There are a lot of things to do in Orlando anyway. I better eNewsletters of Trusted Tours and Attractions now so I can enter to win the handheld GPS they have up for grabs now until June 30, 2008. I’m sure I will be needing one as soon as I start driving.

We Made It!!!!

home sweet home topper

It was one tiring day...but we are H-O-M-E..!!!! We used a lot of 'timing' but we survived and we are spending our first night in our new home!

The house is in chaos but we're here and that's all that matters...for now. The husband and the little one are both in lala land right now...and here I am in the blogesphere updating my blog. Ha! A true blue 'blogger' eh?

I am actually sitting on the floor right now as I find my recliner uncomfortable....hehe.

I will be signing off here for now. I just wanted to update everyone who so kindly asked how we're doing. I may not be able to take a peek here tomorrow as it's going to be one busy day for me.

Thanks for the messages and comments and the visits of course. It's very much appreciated!

Thank you

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Still here...

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rain rain go away

We just got back from the new house. We weren't able to move today as the rain is still going strong up until this moment.

We waited until lunch time to see if we could do move but the weather is just too nasty to even think about moving. We still went there to do some cleaning as it's a bit dirty with all the deliveries that took place within the last few weeks. At least the house is now clean so I don't have to worry about cleaning it. The husband and I were both on the floor on all four scrubbing and wiping because we forgot to bring mops and brooms...yay!

We also set up the little one's room. We got her the beddings so her room is ready to go. This will be her first big girl's bed so she's really excited. The bed she's using here at the old house is still the crib turned into a bed. I may use that as a day bed in the new house as it's kinda' comfy.

Our house here right now is still in chaos as everything is taken out of the closets, drawers etc. I have lots of stuff on my kitchen counters and boxes, bags, etc. on the floors.

I had to dig out some stuff for us to use tonight as the only things I left out [jammies, etc] were only for last night's use. It's a good thing I know where everything is or else I'd be in big trouble.

We are hoping that we can 'move' tomorrow but I am not holding my breath as there is a 60% chance of rain just like today. The only good thing that I can think of which came out of this delay is...I have not been slaving in the kitchen since last night as there's really no place to prepare. So we've been eating take out....junks in other words.

Anyway, we're doing okay. At least we don't have to live on the streets even if the move is delayed as this house is still ours. I guess that is something to be thankful for although we want it to sell as soon as possible.

That's our day today. Looks like all I am writing about recently is our moving and anything and everything involved with it. I hope you don't get tired of my whining and complaining.

Thanks for visiting my blog even if I don't get to return the favor lately. I'll try to get back on track as soon as the chaos around here stops. Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friends!

Guess W-H-A-T???!!!????

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We're rained in!!! Yes, we woke up with rain, thunder and lightning this morning! What a good timing! We are ready to move and ready to get going, then this! RAIN!! Actually, the weather channel is saying that we are on 'strong thunderstorm warning' today!

It's 10:42 and we are still in our pajamas. The husband is watching some History channel program while the little one is watching her Disney channel. Me? Ya know....

Today, we have a 60% chance of rain, and yes it's raining already. Tomorrow? The same!

Not sure what time this rain will stop so that goes without saying that we are not sure as well what time we can start moving. Wahhh!!!

Anyway, I just thought I'd check in here to put some kind of an update. I'm still 'uneasy' and worried. It's the weekend so we won't hear anything from the bank until Monday so I will be on edge until then...or even longer if we don't hear from them. Geez....it's like a neverending nightmare.

Freebies...

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When we did the closing with the house not too long ago, we of course had to go to the main office of our builder. We signed papers and got the usual pep talk that the lady there has probably done a thousand times already if not more. After her well-prepared speech and after signing all the necessary papers, she handed us the first set of keys to our new house. Were we excited? Of course! But do you know what got me more excited? It’s when she handed us some promotional products which are part of the packet she had ready for us. Yep, those products like pens and night lights with their company logos made ma all excited. Ha! I don’t why but it seems that everything that’s free, no matter how little it is always make one happy. No wonder companies make sure to have them at every given chance. These promotional products, which are also known as 'freebies' definitely make their business more successful. I doubt that they are really 'free' though.

Friday, June 20, 2008

DeaD TireD!!!

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That's how I feel at this very moment. I spent most of the day packing, thinking, deciding and worrying. It's like there is no end in sight!

Right now the whole house here is a big mess as everything is all over the place. Some are boxed already some, not yet. The same is true in the new house as some boxes were already transfered there within the week. So tomorrow, I will be moving out of a messy house only to move in to another messy house!

I emptied our closets already and cleaned the bathrooms as well. The pantry is still packed but the dishes are boxed.

Just thinking of what needs to be done tomorrow is making me feel tired already. I'm not sure how many trips we have to make to at least move half of our stuff by tomorrow but it will probably take at least 5. Sigh...

And to add to it all, we seemed to have hit some kind of a 'snag' with the bank. I don't feel like talking about it as I just feel a bit depress everytime I think of it as it's something that should not have happened but it did anyway. Hopefully, it's their mistake and that it can be fixed ASAP. I don't know what effect it will have on us right now but I am hoping that it won't have any effect at all.

If you can send us some positive thoughts, I would appreciate it so much. Thanks!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tired....

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That's me right now...tired, very tired. It seems that I'm about to fall asleep while typing this.

I still have a lot of things to box but I'm not doing it now. I ran out of boxes anyway so I have to wait until I have the boxes I need before I can continue packing, right?

I still have these really big boxes, 2 of them actually, but I don't know what to put in them. I can put heavy stuff in them but they will be very heavy to lift. Since it's only the husband lifting them, I'm afraid that he will strain his back lifting very heavy boxes...so no heavy stuff in them.

I didn't move much when I was still living in the Philippines and when I did, help was always there. Same was true when I was in Taiwan, we always had help [friends] to help us move our stuff when we moved apartments. Here? You have to PAY big bucks to have help. We can probably do that, but why pay when you can do it yourself, right? Kuripot, ba? LOL!

Tomorrow will be busy again as we are scheduled to sign the papers for the mortgage company. We'd probably swing by the new house so I can empty some of the boxes there then bring them back here to fill up again.

So yes, I'm tired to the max right now just by thinking of all the things that need done...but I'm sure it will be all worth it once we're all settled in our new house.

For a Busy WAHM like me....

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It’s been more than 5 years since I started being a WAHM. It’s been a good experience but a busy one at that. During the peak season, I juggle as many as 6 jobs and/or assignments at one time. Yep, it can get that busy. So when I decided to have my own domain for my blog, I didn’t really have the time to search, compare and select for my webhosting. It turns out, I really don’t have to do all that as there is a place like Web Hosting Geeks that does all that for me. It does independent reviews of different webhosting providers out there. If you are one busy mom like me, WAHM or not, this place should be your first stop when looking for a webhosting service. Visit Web Hosting Geeks, there is nothing to lose and so much to gain.

Interesting....

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I've had a lot of interesting conversations with our little one. I probably should start a blog about it but I'm not sure where to get the time to actually attend to a 4th blog...yep, 4th. I have a 3rd one that I use to experiment with but it also has some chronicles on it.

Anyway, this particular conversation happened in the bathroom while she's having a bath a few nights ago. A background first on how this conversation came about.

Up until a few months ago, I used to stay with her in her bedroom at bedtime until she would fall asleep. I decided to put a stop to that. I told her that with the 'move', she needed to get used going to sleep on her own. It was a struggle at first but she got used to it..somehow.

The routine now is: I tuck her in, kiss her goodnight then I leave her bedroom. It's not that simple though. The door has to be left open which means that she can hear every little noise around the house. A lot of times she would call me just to know what the noise is all about or just to ask me some unimportant questions...anything to get me to her bedroom. So yeah, it's still a struggle sometimes.

A few night ago was one of those nights. After about 500,000 times of going back and forth to her bedroom, I finally had it and closed her door. Result: She cried. I let her. So she probably cried herself to sleep.

That's what triggered this particular conversation.


Her: Mom, why did you close the door to my bedroom last night?

Me: Because you won't go to sleep.

Her: I know. But I opened it.

Me: I know...but you didn't call me anymore.

Her: Yeah. But I cried.

Me: I know.

Her: Are you going to close it again tonight?

Me: If you keep calling me I would.

Her: But I'll CRY again.

Me: So? Crying does not hurt you.

Her: I know. But IT HURTS You....

Me: ........[yep, I was lost for words...hmmm]

How did she know that? I guess she knows that everytime she cries, it hurts me more than her, huh?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Flame of Friendship...a Tag!

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Got tagged with this Flame of Friendship by 4 of my blogger friends with 3 tagging me almost at the same time! How cool is that? So I would like to thank these 4 'flaming hot' ladies who so kindly put me their list of friends:



The Flame of Friendship.

A symbol of spirit of unity.
The burning icon of love.Undying picture of hope.
The hot symbol of oneness.
The Flame of Friendship.
And now it's your turn to flame yourself!
Meet new friends. Discover friendship.
Make bonds.

Copy this post starting from the PICTURE ABOVE to the endand add your blog on the list below.Let's start FLAMING!

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The People Who Accepted The Flame of Friendship

(now, you follow!)

OOOPSS!! Don't forget to invite your friends!
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Midweek.....again??

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I know it's bound to happen...but it's midweek again? It's like days are flying by so fast I can hardly keep up anymore.

So what do you have planned for the day or maybe the rest of the week??? Us here? We are getting into full gear...yep, we are planning in moving in this weekend! Unless mother nature has another plan like raining us down.

The husband has been taking boxes with him in the car so he can drop them off in the new house before heading back home at night. At least we can get rid of the smaller stuff and only worry about the big stuff on the weekend moving.

I have to get my bee-hind off this chair and start putting the other stuff in the kitchen for the husband to load in the car tonight.

See you all later!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Sparkle Friends...a Tag!

Yep, tag time! This time it's a wonderful poem that Hailey of Beats and Bits passed on to me. Thanks much Hailey!

Since I consider all of you as my 'friends'...please feel free to grab this one. Let me know when you post it in your blog so I can take a peek.

Link List Revamp...

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Well, more like 'link list merging'. I am not deleting any links, I am just trying, yes trying, in putting my blogger links in one place - the Dropdown - My Blogger Friends.

I decided to make to "Blogger Friends" list because the first one is getting really long. So opted for the dropdown kind as it's a space saver.

But it's kinda' confusing to those who I just recently exchanged links with. I think the other 'link list' is overlooked so some don't see their links as they are looking at the original link list I have.

So to lessen the confusion, I decided to do the so-called 'merging'. I will put everyone's name in the dropdown list.

IF you don't see your name in the dropdown list, PLEASE let me know so I can add your name immediately. You can leave me a message in the tag board or better still, a comment in my latest entry so it won't get deleted since a CBox message is only good for a couple of days.

Thanks much!

Getting Ready for Halloween...

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It’s only the middle of June but can you believe that as early as last month, our little girl here has been talking about the holiday seasons? Actually, it’s probably much earlier than that since I remember blogging about it in March or April when she suddenly blurted out that she already made her list for Santa. Yesterday, she started talking about it again so I reminded her that there are other things coming up before Christmas like Independence Day and Halloween. Well, that got her attention. Now she’s been talking non-stop about halloween costumes. Sometimes I don’t know if I should be reminding her of these things as she wouldn’t stop until we find the costume that she can wear for Halloween.

So on with the hunt. Last year she was one of the Disney characters but this year she really does not know what she wants to be so we will keep on searching until we find it. As I was doing some online searching, I started thinking that maybe this year I can somehow join in the fun. Why not, right? I am not very adventurous so I am only thinking of hats or Costume Wigs for me…nothing over the top. I just want to be ‘not’ myself on Halloween...LOL. Alrighty! I have to keep on looking for a costume for the little one as she’s bugging me about it again. Will let you know which costumes we will end up with!

New Blog Links...

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I thought I'd post about the other "My Blogger Friends" list on the sidebar. The first list has become quite long that I decided to make another one.

The second LIST is a dropdown because of space issues. So if you are NEW in my list or has a new blog, you will find it in the D-R-O-P-D-O-W-N list.

I normally add your blog in list right away as soon as I see the request for an exchange link. The Dropdown My Blogger Friends is very easy to miss that's why I decided to make this entry.

I will also try to alphabetize that list as soon as I get the chance so please bear with me.

Thanks much. I appreciate all your request for a link exchange!

Life Before Computers...

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An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity
A keyboard was a piano!

Memory was something that you lost with age
A CD was a bank account
And if you had a 3 1/2 inch floppy
You hoped nobody found out!

Compress was something you did to garbage
Not something you did to a file
And if you unzipped anything in public
You'd be in jail for awhile!

Log on was adding wood to a fire
Hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And a backup happened to your commode!

Cut - you did with a pocket knife
Paste you did with glue
A web was a spider's home
And a virus was the flu!

I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
And the memory in my head
I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
But when it happens they wish they were dead!


Monday, June 16, 2008

Late Night Post....

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Sigh...It's now 10:35 PM and the husband just got back from a road trip again. Yep, after that grueling 12+ hour trip to Georgia last Friday, they had to do another one today. He drove as our car was the one used for the trip... again...sigh!

This time it's in one of the cities here but it's still a 4-hr drive. I feel bad for him as his migraine was pretty much 'on' during the weekend. He said last night that if he's feeling that cr**py today then he would skip this one.

But knowing him, I just knew that he would go on this one today and he did.

He would have been home much earlier if they didn't have to wait on so many people to do their jobs. They were almost done at lunchtime and was only waiting for the other workers at the site to do their thing so hubby and his partner can finish up. But nope, the 3PM departure they anticipated didn't happen until around 6 PM because of this "waiting game".

Oh well...that's part of his job and definitely part of having a small business. I just hope his migraine wouldn't come back because of this trip.

S--L--O--W!!!

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I'm talking about our little one! She moves sooooo sllllooooowwww in the morning. I get tired just waiting for her to finish her morning rituals. Right now she's there and she's been there for ages.

Believe it or not, it takes her approximately 30 minutes to finish her business in the bathroom. She only does 3 things there - pee, brush her teeth and change her clothes! Just three! I still do the combing of her hair because it's really long. She can't manage it yet. Here's a shot of her hair from the back...see how long it is?? I can only imagine if she has to comb it herself. She'll probably be in the bathroom the whole day.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's Time...

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I have been thinking of starting a blog using Wordpress. This is because evertime I visit my blogger friends using Wordpress, I can’t help but notice that some of them have really cool templates. And from what I’ve been reading, it seems it’s easier to maintain a Wordpress blog as compared to other account powered blogs. Now, that’s what I want, a blog that’s easier to maintain because as a WAHM or a work-at-home-mom, I juggle more than one job, plus my blogging and my being a mother and a wife. Now that I may have found the best wordpress themes, my desire to have a blog using wordpress has just gotten stronger. Who knows, I may even be able to change the template everytime I feel like it. And with all the cool templates I found at Top WP Templates and the easy step by step installation they have, I am convinced I can actually pull it off. So yes, it's time for me to have a wordpress powered blog!

Happy Father's Day!!!!

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To all the fathers and grandfathers out there, I hope you enjoy the day doing whatever makes you happy...with Mom's permission of course...LOL! Kidding!

Our "Big Daddy" here has been suffering from headache/migraine as a result of the long driving he did last Friday...from here to Georgia and back! So his Father's Day started a bit later as we let him sleep in.

The little one was really anxious to greet her Dad happy Father's Day that she kept waking up...and waking me up. I had to tell her that Dad's migraine is bugging him so we have to wait a bit longer. She understood and waited patiently.

As soon as Dad got out of the bedroom, she just burst into her "Happy Father's Day" routine.

Here are the things she had ready for Dad.

A handmade card!

Her personalized 'scrapbook'.

Her "I heart Daddy" frame...with her scribbles, of course.

And here are my Pride and Joy!
That's how our FD 2008 started. Not sure how it's going to end. I'm just hoping my hubby's migraine goes away ASAP!

Pink Ribbon Month - for Breast Cancer Survivors


Malou of big & huggable tagged me on this one. It's a worthy cause because it helps to spread the awareness on the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ month of June.

The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.
Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, delaying pregnancy until after age 30 or never becoming pregnant, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.
Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.
Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.
Over eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous, but benign such as fibrocystic breast disease.
• You are never too young to develop breast cancer! Breast Self-Exam should begin by the age of twenty.

Resources: American Cancer Society National Cancer Institute Komen Foundation

You can help the lives of many women by spreading the word about The Breast Cancer Site pink button as many times as you can. If The Breast Cancer Site receives 8 million clicks on the pink button in June, their premier sponsor -Bare Necessities- will donate $10,000 for more free mammograms. CLICK the pink button today!



Please help spread the word. Even just a click will help tremendously.

Our Poor Car...

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My husband went on a company trip to Georgia with his partner last Friday. He drove our car on that trip. That’s more than 10 hours of driving! Unfortunately, the trip didn’t do our car any good. Yesterday while we were out driving he felt that something was wrong with the car. Oh no! Now he’s thinking that he may need to look for some car parts as he thinks that the car needs some work done as soon as possible. I am hoping that nothing major has to be fixed. If so, his company HAS to pay for whatever needs fixing. But I am still crossing my fingers that the car is fine.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Our Day...

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...went by fast. We moved some stuff...the boxes I had sitting on the kitchen floor. So I can now see some parts of the kitchen floor here.

After hanging around the house, we went to the furniture store that the husband visited last week. That's what he does. He would go to stores if he's not too busy and look around.

Last Wednesday, I think, he went to this furniture store near his work. The store sells Broyhill, Bassett, and some other furniture brands that I can't recall right now. He saw a dining set and a living room set he likes. He told the lady assisting him that he would have to bring me down there to get my approval.

Well, the lady was not very happy with that because she wanted to make the sale right there and then. Why? Because she was going on a vacation and was afraid that she won't be there when we come back for a visit. So she told the husband that and asked him if he could wait until she comes back from her break...LOL!

They probably don't get a lot of customers nowadays because of the economic crisis so they do all they could to make sure they get the commission.

Anyway, we went there today and of course she wasn't there. Ha! Another lady assisted us but the husband made sure to mention to her that we're returning customers of the other lady. She said that she'll take down notes and just inform the lady on vacation about our visit.

We looked at the sets and I liked them but we didn't buy them today as the husband wants to deal with the original sales lady. So he would go back there next week I guess. I guess my husband is 'loyal' eh? hahaha....

Here are a couple of pics I took at the house this afternoon. Since the house is empty, it's basically a big playroom for the little one.

Here she is trying to master her 'jumping rope moves'...in the dining area...The only piece of furniture in the house....her bare bed! It was delivered last week. We still need to find a headboard for it but that can wait. The mattress is there and that's what's important, right?

Tomorrow is Father's Day and just like any other holidays, our little girl is very excited about it. She keeps telling Dad that he will get a 'nothing' present. LOL! Dad keeps quizzing her and it's funny to listen to her stumble for answers trying not to give-away [goodluck with that!] that she indeed has something ready for him on his special day.

Right now I can hear her tossing and turning. I'm sure it will take a while before she finally dozes off as she's just too excited for tomorrow. The present is under her bed right now so she's probably 'feeling' it....LOL!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Daddy's Corner Part II...

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This will be my second post about Father's Day! My first one was part of the Tag: Daddy's Corner and it was for the husband A.K.A. the Father of my Little One.

This time it's for My father!

This is my Father!

- He's the man who so patiently taught me how to commute to my college by staying with me during the first few weeks of my college life in Manila.

- He's the man who visited me in my dorm at least once a week for 4 years...without fail!

- He's the man who made me believe that I can do it even I didn't think I could.

- He's the man who I look up to even if he's not perfect.

He is my father, the man who I still miss everyday eversince he left us in 2000.

Happy Father's Day, Tang!

Love,

Na^

Tornado...captured in Picture!

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I've experienced some nasty natural calamities like earthquakes [I was in Taiwan when the 1998 devastating earthquake happened], hurricane [I am in the hurricane capital of the US] and of course the ones I experienced in the Philippines.

One calamity though that I don't want to even think about happening is a tornado. It seems tornadoes are happening a lot in past few days and I came across this picture in Yahoo of a tornado touching down during the Midwest storms last Tuesday. Look how big it is! It's scary just looking at the picture.


Photo courtesy of Yahoo News Pictures

Rainy, Stormy Friday Afternoon!

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Ain't that fun? It's been drizzling here for a bit now. I'm fine with a little rain every now and then since we're just in the house. I just don't like the thunders and lightnings that come along with it.

There hasn't been any power interruption but our cable box for the living room TV is D-E-A-D! Not sure what happened but my little one just noticed that the time on it is gone and there's only a few lines on it. It's a good thing we're almost out of here or I may have to deal with some incompetent CS from our cable provider.

The husband called already. He says they're on their way home from Georgia...another 5 hour or so driving for him. That means he'll be home around 10 PM. I am, of course, on edge until he makes it home safely.

Gotta go and do some more hopping before the power goes out on me again.

Citizen Watch...a Perfect Gift!

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It’s only July but I am already thinking on what I can get my loved ones for Christmas. It’s because I am away from home so I have to shop early so I can send it overseas much earlier. One person that’s easy to buy for is my only sister. Why? Because she loves Citizen watches. So all I have to do is find the best deal out there and get her one. Thanks to BlueDial.com I won’t have to look far. They have all kinds of Citizen watches for ladies and I’m sure I will find something for my not so picky sister.

TGIF!!

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It's Friday once again! Any plans for the weekend? We may start the moving this weekend. So it's going to be one busy weekend for us.

Today...I'm going to be busy cleaning..I think. I still have some work to do but I'm not sure I wanna' do that...hehe. So I'll probably be cleaning instead. The husband is in Georgia right now. They are just driving there [about 5 hrs one way] and they are coming back tonight. So it's going to be one tiring trip for my hubby as he is doing the driving. I just hate it when I know he's out there driving that far...but we have no choice. I just called him and he said they're almost there. They got off track so they're an hour behind schedule. Hay...

Anyway, I have to get off here now. I'll be around and will do some much needed hopping later on. I've been neglecting my 'duties' to my blogger fwends so I have to make it up...

Overhauled!

That's what happened with this blog. It seems the host for the personalized blog template I used to have expired. I checked one day and ...