Monday, August 30, 2010
I thought it's because of my browser that the virus gets in. I was still using Netscape up until a few days ago. I'm just used to it so I thought of just sticking to it even if it's no longer supported by a lot of sites. After a couple of times of being attacked by the virus, I switched to Internet Explorer and Google Chrome alternately. It didn't do any good since I'm still seeng the virus pops up almost daily. Ugh!
It's a song originally sang by David Powter. It became very popular when American Idol used it as a theme song for the eliminated contestants and was played while showing the different highlights of the eliminated contestant at the end of the show.
The Chipmunks sang it in the Alvin & the Chipmunks movie and since the time that the little one saw this in the DVD , she's been singing it on and off. Recently though it's the ONLY song she's been singing....like 100x a day. She sings it quite well but she tries to sing it like the Chipmunks!!!!!!!!!!!! Arrghhh.... I already told her she cannot watch that DVD again until she stops copying the chipmunks! It's funny for the first few times but it gets annoying afterwards. I still hear her humming it but that's okay...as long as she does not sound like the chipmunks...
As always, the weekend just breezed through us that we barely felt it. We had a relatively pleasant weekend though. We just stayed home and ate junk foods. The little one couldn't be any more excited since she's deprived of junk foods around here. I did very little work and so did the husband. Both of us spent some time on the phone though. I was able to talk and catch up with a friend who is now on the West coast for a business conference. It's been a while since the last we spoke on the phone so it was great talking with her.
The hubby spoke with a friend as well who is now in the process of selling his newly-renovated house. I was actually surprised to learn that they're selling. Apparently, the mortgage just became too much for them. This is the same person who just recently retired trying to find ways to invest his retirement money so I actully suggested that they buy gold bullion some months ago. He wanted something secure and gold is secure. I guess he didn't listen and decided to renovate his house instead. So now the house they consider a solid investment is in the market.
There is a strong possibility that it may face foreclosure if it does not sell in a few months. It just makes us sad that the house he worked so hard for to build and renovate will probably be foreclosed. Like they say, you can only do so much for other people. In the end, it's their decision not yours. All I can do is to hope their house sells soon.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
It's a sunny Sunday around here this morning. Of course that can change in a split second. That's just how it is in the sunshine state during summer...and the rest of the year. The weather is quite unpredictable.
Anyway, our weekend has been uneventful so far. It's quiet in the work front and we're taking it easy on the home front. I just got off the phone with a friend who's visiting a sister in the West coast. It's great to talk with her for long period of time and get caught up with what's happening with our respective lives.
Oh...and I also became a grandmother for the 3rd time courtesy of another niece. Actually, hubby said I'm a great-aunt. Not quite sure which is better...grandmother 0r great-aunt. The word 'great' just makes it sound like I'm ancient...which I am....almost anyway. I haven't seen any of my 'grandchildren' but I'm hoping to see them sooner or later.
That's about it. I stll have a few tasks to finish so I better get on those before they get washed away....
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
A quick peek at our little home office. We still haven't had the chance to organize it so pardon the mess. The book shelves are still empty since the books are all over the house [boxes in the garage included] so I decided to put the framed pictures of the little one and her 'art works' on display. Dad said it's too 'busy' with all the pictures but the little one said...it looks great!! Hahaha...I guess she admires her work and her pictures more than we know, eh?
Now I look like a receptionist in an office whenever I sit on my chair. See the little pink paper on the table? The little one made it. It has my name on it....LOL....you just gotta' love her, right?
Monday, August 23, 2010
While doing that, I will also do my own kind of relaxing...online shopping. Ha! Not really shopping...just browsing. I am in one of my favorite online clothing stores looking at some vintage t shirts that are on sale right now. I just bought a few shirts about a month ago so I don't really know if I should be buying more. It's just that vintage shirts seem to be my latest 'thing' lately. I'm not sure how long it will last but I can't seem to get enough of them. I even got the little one some in my last online shopping 'spree'. Maybe I should get off line for now and just watch TV so I won't be tempted to buy anymore. Good idea?
The rain lasted less than an hour but it dumped 6 inches of rain according to the weather people on TV. The people around here got a wee bit excited and started taking pictures...yep, including us. LOL....
It's actually raining while I'm typing and it looks like we're going to have a repeat of yesterday which is not good. Yes, the grass needs watered but it almost drowned yesterday. Our neighbor's backyard still looks muddy from where I'm standing so it can only get worse if it rains as hard as it did yesterday. Maybe we should start singing..."rain, rain, go away...come again another day".
One of the things I try to avoid as much as I can is to have any kind of credit. I just don’t like the feeling of owing money to anyone. This was the prime reason I tried to hold out in getting a credit card when I was still in the Philippines and Taiwan. My reasoning then was if I can’t pay for it in cash, then I won’t just buy it until I can afford it. It was less stressful like that as far as I’m concerned. Since I didn’t have any credit card I didn’t have to worry with things like credit card rebuilding or anything pertaining to credit cards. Plain and simple.
Today, I have a couple of credit cards. It turns out credit cards and credit history is a big factor where I’m at now. I don’t need credit cards to rebuild credit but I need credit cards to build my credit history. I caved in after a year of being here and got me a credit card. Why? It’s because we decided to have a house built. To do that, the bank for the mortgage would have to check my credit history [which I didn’t have] so I had to have some kind of a credit history going on. Confusing, eh? I would think that if someone wants to lend me some money, the first thing they would want to know is that I don’t owe anybody anything so I can pay them. I guess I was mistaken.
Even if I already have credit cards I try to use them sparingly. I still don’t want to be buried in any kind of debt unless it’s a must. Fortunately, that hasn’t happened. It takes willpower to do that since it’s really easy to get sucked into it. Credit card companies give you thousands of dollars worth of plastic money that you can spend anywhere and any way you want…and some people do just that. These are the same people that need help in credit rebuilding in order for them to get out of the hole. I’m trying not to be one of those people. So far, I’m succeeding. How about you?
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I guess I better call it a day and just join the hubby in watching football. As much as I want to finish all my tasks online...it's just not possible because I'm coming up empty. It took me 20 minutes to even come up with the title and what did I come up with? EMPTY...pathetic, eh?
Anyway, I've done enough work for the day already [I think] so it's just fair to let my poor computer rest a little earlier than usual.
Here's a glimpse of what our week looks like during summer...
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Right now we have 4 computers and a netbook. Yep, 4...but we don't use 2 of them. One is our oldest PC which is about 5 or 6 years old, maybe older. Hubby said we should probably sell it in one of those online auction for 10 bucks...LOL. The other one we don't use is my old laptop. It still works fine when it's working but there are times that it just suddenly shuts down. We don't really know what's wrong with it but I'm having a hard time parting with it that's why we still have it. Maybe in time I'll be able to part ways with it...or not. Maybe the little one can just inherit it, eh?
Anyway, we still don't know what type of computer we will be getting. We're still debating whether we'll get a PC or just another laptop. We are leaning towards a laptop because of its mobility and space concerns. At least with a laptop, we won't really need a table to set. We can just set it anywhere we want. As it is, there's barely room in the home office so getting another PC may not be a good idea...but we'll see.
The weather here today was a wee bit crazy. It rained quite a bit early in the morning which is a good thing because the grass in the yard need it badly. The downside....my allergy acts up when there's a sudden change in weather especially if the changes happen in a matter of hours. So my BFF when this happens...allergy pills.
Anyway, we still a day to go before this weekend is over. Hopefully, tomorrow will be more relaxing than today....fingers crossed, of course.
Anyway, we may head out tomorrow to look for a program that hubby wants to get. He tried looking online for it but he can't find the one he wants so we might try looking at the stores near here. Maybe we can finally use the reward card we have of an electronic store to buy that program. We originally planned in using it to buy a netbook but they didn't have the netbook that we wanted so we ended up buying one online. I think we have enough points in the card to get the program free...that is if we find the one that we want.
Friday, August 20, 2010
This week went fast - I think. I've been busy with a lot of stuff so I wasn't able to blog much. I'll be blogging more towards the weekend since I have some tasks I need done.
Finally, the home office furniture arrived. It's still a little chaotic in our small home office but we're getting there. Our 'home office' became a dumping ground for some stuff so we're now looking for another 'dumping' ground...hehe.
That's it for now. Enjoy your Friday!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
...and we're still alive and kicking! We made it! It's been 9 years since we exchanged 'I DOs'. I could never ask for a better partner in crime....err, life. Happy anniversary to my [k]night in shining armor.....
Anyway, we are always on the look-out for a cheaper car insurance. We pay our current car insurance company every six months instead of annually so we can easily switch if we come across something better. We learned our lesson already so we ask different companies for car insurance quotes on a regular basis. I think that’s the best way to do it to be assured that we’re not being taken.
We thought we had the best deal for our car insurance a few years ago but we realized that we were actually paying a lot more than what we should be. We stayed with that company for more than 10 years because it’s been hubby’s car insurance provider even before I came here. It meant that he dealt with the same agent for all those years who assured him he got the best deal. It’s only when his regular agent retired that he decided to look for a different provider. Imagine his surprise when he found out that he could have been paying a lot less all those years, as much as a few hundred dollars a year. Oh well…there was nothing that could be done anymore but charge it to experience. He learned his lesson well though. Now we know that we can simply go online and find an affordable car insurance which will save us money. No sweat I must say. Live & Learn, eh?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
That's why!! I'm afraid I might come across that one and I may never be able to make it home. Tee hee...
I've been having a lazy Sunday afternoon so I thought I'd look at some funny pictures online. The little one is busy tracing leaves [she said she's making a book of leaves?] while the hubby is watching Pre-season football. Yep, it's that time of the year again where men across the country will be glued on the tube every weekend and Monday nights.
Anyway, I gotta' get up from here and start thinking about the answer to the most popular question in my household...'What's for dinner, Mom ?' or 'What's for dinner, Hon?'...depending who's hungrier....LOL...
It's almost over but better than never, right?
I didn't have the chance to update much earlier because we were out for the most part. At least we're able to accomplish some things that we've been putting off for quite a while now so I'm a happy camper.
Yesterday, we went out a bit late. We've been planning to take the little one bowling and we finally did it yesterday. It was her first time to bowl so it was both funny and exciting. The balls at the bowling lane we went to were a bit heavy for her so she mostly tossed the ball. It was also my first time to bowl. I used to watch friends in college but I never really picked up a ball until yesterday. Surprising I know but I that's me.
We had a good time so I'm sure we're going to do that again in the near future. I know the little one wants to go back again next week....LOL...
Friday, August 13, 2010
Oh yes it is!!!! And you know what that means....WEEKEND is just a sleep away! I think I won't be able to sleep because of excitement. LOL! Nah.....I've been turning in late again in the past few nights that I'd probably sleep through the weekend.
Speaking of Friday...did you know it's Friday the 13th today? I didn't even realize it until I saw a message in my chat box. Not that I care anyway but it's interesting how many people actually pay attention to it. According to Wikipedia, there is at least 1 Friday the 13th every year but it can be as many as 3 some years. Hmmm....it's a good thing I don't really think about it or it will be another reason for me to WORRY about, eh?
Health is probably my biggest worry. Not only my health but everyone in my family especially the little one's. One time after she got sick the day/night before I heard her ask Dad..'why does Mommy worry so much about me?' Dad's reply: Because that's what Mommies do. That's true I guess but I remember being like this even when I was still in grade school. There are times I wish I don't worry as much since it's not a good feeling but that's not me. I guess I would have to live with it then, eh? Sigh...
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Almost, right? Actually, it's already Friday in some parts of the globe. It won't be long before this much awaited day of the week will be here as well.
Today isn't so bad work-wise anyway. Our server is down so I've been bumming around for a few hours now. I still have some work that I need to do but I got some much-needed free time. The weather has been good as well. It's been raining every now and then but it only lasts for about 5 minutes. The grass in our yard is definitely loving the showers throughout the day because it's all green now. The brown patches are almost gone.
The container garden that I have is almost gone. I only have 1 tomato with few fruits and 2 small okra plants. The others, I already uprooted them last weekend because they're starting to wilt already. They served their purpose already. Not sure if I'll do that again though. The bugs just 'bugged' me too much. Also, I want to have a real garden next time and not the container one...maybe.
Yes we're able to save a little bit more but eventually, we have to take a break and breathe. I for one feel like I'm burning the candle both ways. But we have to do what we have to in order to somehow secure our future. This is also the reason why I am bent in finding ways to invest the little savings we have. Finding a good investment nowadays though is proving to be difficult. It seems the safest way to go now is to buy bullion either in gold or in silver. I'm sure there are other ways to invest but it's scary. Gold and silver are proven to stay strong even during the tough times. But is it a good idea to invest in one thing only? I really have no idea. Maybe we should consult a professional investment specialist before we dive into the investment game. What do you think?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This is what I keep telling myself...tee hee. I'm extra tired this week and I have no idea why. Well, maybe I do. It's that time of the month again, if you know what I mean.
Anything planned for the weekend? No here. We don't usually plan anything for the weekend unless we need to. Last weekend we thought of taking the little one bowling but we weren't able to. The reason....rain! It was dark for the most part of the day so we decided not to head out. Maybe this weekend we can do that. We're not telling the little one because she won't rest until it's done.
We still have 2 full days of work before the weekend hits so I better start doing something that translates to moolah. In the meantime, enjoy your day. Ciao!
Just like a lot of other health insurance, this last one offers lower monthly premium IF we raise the deductible. If we want to go that route, having a higher deductible, then we better get what is known as a health savings account or HSA. As the name implies, it's some sort of a savings account only in a different way. I have yet to read more about it but I must say that it is becoming more and more appealing to me if only because of the aspect that the money we save on premiums will actually go to our very own savings and not to the money hungry insurance companies. Now, that is something worth considering....
I feel exactly the same way as Garfield in that picture. I wish I can also lounge on the couch like him but I can't. So many things to do with so little time.
Our boss just released some more work so I need to start doing that soon. Maybe later. Some dishes and pots are also waiting on me in the kitchen. I wish I have a magic wand so I can just do one 'swoosh' and everything will be clean...but what's the thrill in that, right?
Today, investing in real estate is probably not the best way because of the shape it is in. I would rather buy gold coins before I put money in a new house or any real estate at this point in time. Aside from the obvious, the coins can be sold a lot faster than a house today. I know that for a fact because our other house has been in the market for more than 2 years. We have to reduce our asking price for that house a few times just so it will attract buyers but to no avail. I don't think it would be this difficult if we're selling gold instead.
While playing in the little one's room 2 weekends ago, I just blurted out...we need a vacation. The husband's reply? I believe you're right. LOL. I guess both of us are feeling some kind of burned out already since it's been years since we actually went somewhere for more than a day. Originally, we planned in visiting the Phils earlier this year but that fell through because of work. That trip is out of the question at least for this year so we need to look into going either out of state or just somewhere here in our own state. One of the things I'm looking at are different Disney vacation packages and that's for several reasons. First, it's within driving distance but mostly because the little one wants to see Disney again. As for me, I only want to go somewhere beside the kitchen, the living room and the backyard. Hopefully, we will be able to take a trip ASAP. I'm seriously in need of fresh air and a break!
Anyway, after almost 10 years...nothing changed much. I'm still baffled almost everday as to what I should make for dinner. I'm not much into experimentation especially if it involves food. I tend to be discouraged easily as well. If my first attempt on something fails, I rarely try it another time. I'd rather look for another recipe to try. If I'm successful with a particular recipe, chances are....that recipe will be repeated until we can no longer look at it much less eat it. LOL....
I've been in a 'rut' as far as what to make for dinner is concerned. This week and last week, I tried 2 new fish recipes. Only one seems promising. Today, I'm going to try and do barbecue chicken in the oven. I have no idea how it will come out but I'm hoping it's going to be okay. I already have the chicken pieces in the oven baking. Keeping my fingers crossed that it will come out at least good enough to eat...teehee....wish me luck...
My father was very much interested in gold bullion himself. I remember him bringing home some pictures and brochures about gold that a friend gave him because he wanted my father to invest in them. Unfortunately, we didn't have the money to invest in anything during those days. My father was the only one working and what he was making then was barely enough to provide for us. It would have been great if he was able to buy a few bullions back then because they were a lot cheaper to buy. It's never too late though. Maybe one day, I will be able to do that myself.
The weekend went by fast here. We planned in doing something but that's all it was...a plan. It rained hard on Sunday so we scrapped the plan and just stayed at home. Maybe this weekend.
I was able to call family back home though. I haven't talked to them in months. I'm trying to cut on the long distance calls because it's getting a wee bit expensive. I called last weekend because one of my nieces is about to pop anytime now. She's giving birth to our third 'grandchild'. I wasn't able to to talk her because she's staying with her in-laws. I spoke to my other nieces and nephews instead and one of them asked me about gmat prep courses being offered online. According to her, she wants to go back to school and take an MBA. I was kinda' surprised because she already has a decent job. According to her, she has a much better chance to get a promotion fast if she has an MBA. Since she will still be working while taking the course, she'd rather do the gmat course online. And who better to ask about it but her Aunt who is always online, right? So there's another reason for me to stay away from my blog more. Hmmmm....
Friday, August 6, 2010
With that being said, the husband and I just got talking about moving in another state. It's no secret to me that the hubby is not happy here in the sunshine state. That's greatly because of the hot weather. He's happiest when the temperature is in the 60s or lower. He said that if we don't have the 2 houses here, we would have moved already. So where does he want to move if ever we get the chance to? Washington, California, Oregon or North Carolina. Since we're not moving yet, we're just trying to explore, research and see what each state has to offer for a family like us. We're comparing things like a North Carolina health insurance to our present health insurance as well as the overall cost of living in those other states. Right now, our cost of living here is still a lot lower than in other states so it's not looking good for now. It's a good thing we're only looking and not actually moving, eh?
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Myspace Wednesday Graphics
It's been a busy week again. I'm just taking a quick break from my monotonous job so I'm here updating this blog.
Weather has been c-r-a-z-y as usual. It's usually scalding hot during the day, then it's pouring like crazy early in the evenings with matching thunder and lightning. Gotta' love summer weather, eh? It will be like this for about a month or so I'm sure. Then fall will be rolling in before we know it.
But let's not jump the gun. I hope your summer is going on great. If you choose to stay out, make sure to either stay under the shades or use some kind of skin protection. Better be safe than sorry, right?
Enjoy the rest of the week!
Monday, August 2, 2010
Anyhooo....August is a special month for us here...that's according to the little one anyway. Why? It's our wedding anniversary month. It's going to be 9 years of 'wedded bliss'....achoo! Excuse me! LOL. We don't really do anything special on our anniversary except tease each other...like..."how did we last this long?" or "it's only been 9 years? I thought it's been 25!" LOL. It's all in good fun though. Who would have thought that our 'online' love affair will actually come this far? We did....tee hee....
Anyway, I was browsing for a good 'Monday' graphic. I couldn't help but laugh when all I found are 'negative' graphics....the exact opposite of the Friday graphics. Ha! What a surprise, eh?
So to one and all....