Showing posts from July, 2011


It's about time, eh? I had a challenging week once again and I cannot wait for the weekend to be here already. We've got some plans for the weekend...nothing exciting...just running errands here and there and probably a little time-out from our weekday grind.


Doncha just hate it when that happens to you? It started yesterday, late in the day I must add so I had to call my doctor for some antibiotics to treat this very painful infection. I hate hate hate UTI. I'm almost non-functional whenever I get it because all I want to do is stay in the little girl's room. I don't get it often but when I do, I just hate it. Did I say I hate UTI? Since it was after office hours, I had to go through the answering service to get a hold of my doctor. After 30 minutes of waiting for his call back, my doctor finally called and wanted to see me in person the next day...which is today so we had to drop everything so I could come in today. I was due for a visit anyway so we made it into an all-in-one visit. For my UTI, I was prescribed 7-day antibiotics regimen to kill the bacteria that decided to take refuge in my urinary tract. After diagnosing me with this hateful infection, we talked about my thyroid situation. For the last 2 [maybe 3] blood test

Switching it Up!

With the economy the way it is right now and with the prices of everything going up, we've been trying to find ways to save and cut the spending any way we can around here. We've started by avoiding unnecessary spending like eating out just because we don't feel like eating whatever we have around the house. We also try to buy more generic products now which cost just a fraction of their 'branded' counterparts. Another change we're slowly making around here is changing all our light bulbs into Halogen Light Bulbs which according to what we've been told consume less electricity and last a lot longer than the ones we have right now around the house. We haven't changed all the light bulbs around the house yet. What we're doing is we replace the ones that go bad. That way we won't be wasting the ones we already have. I noticed that the new lights are a lot brighter than the old ones and I'm kinda' thinking of just replacing all the other one

Three Years After

It's been three years since we moved in here. If you visited our house say a few months ago, you would think we've only moved. That's because until recently our house was almost bare. Nothing on the walls at all and we didn't have a coffee table. We're still getting stuff for the house until now and we're not anywhere near done yet. We're getting there. Hubby and I both think we don't have to hurry in getting it all at the same time since they're not necessities. The outside of our house is also 'bare'. We just started to plant this year. The garden gifts that friends and family gave us a long time ago are still not used since we haven't really started a 'garden' per se. The little one even got this cute garden stone on her last birthday and she's been bugging us to put it on the non-existent garden. LOL. She said it will look great on the flower bed...with no flowers. Ummm...not really. She stopped bugging me after a hundred

Inefficient Customer Service!

So what else is new, right? I just spent an hour ...yes, 60 minutes, 360 seconds on the phone talking to some inefficient customer service representatives! Two of them mind you. All I wanted to do was to verify an account. How is it that it took an hour to do just that??? Simple. They didn't know what they're doing. I didn't know what I was doing or what to do...that's why I called them. Well, it turned out neither do they. It's funny how the first person I spoke with said and I quote: "Let me transfer you to our online SPECIALIST ." Huh? They're called 'specialists'??? When the so-called specialist couldn't answer my very simple question after 15 minutes, I asked for the supervisor. Hmm...I wonder what the supervisor is called then....a specialists' specialist, maybe? Head specialist? Whatever....because I spent another 40+ minutes with the 'stupid-visor'....yes, I'm calling him that. He put me on hold so many times that w

Smoky Mountain Boots...Check?

Winter Vacation in the Offing? Possibly. That is something very tentative right now. But I’m quite excited about it. Who can blame me when we haven’t really had any decent…scrap that…ANY vacation at all in…in…forever? This one may just happen because there is a valid reason to do it. My passport is expiring soon. We always try to keep everything up to date just in case so I need to have it renewed. Unfortunately [or in this case fortunately, maybe?], passport renewal has to be done in person now. The embassy our state is under is in Washington. So…Washington, here we come in the winter. Woot! Actually, hubby really wants to go in that ‘direction’ because of the snow. He wants the little one to experience snow while she’s still very excited about it…so, that may just happen this coming winter. Like I said I’m kinda’ excited about this ‘plan’. So what’s going to do when she’s excited…start shopping for ‘things we MAY need’ for the trip. First on my list…shoes that will fit occasion…err w

Gloomy but Hot!

We have an overcast at the moment but it's almost 90 degrees outside. It's been [and will be] like this for most of our summer season around here. The frequent rain somehow brings a much needed 'coolness' in the air but it only lasts for a few minutes. Still, relief is relief. It's Thursday already and I can't believe I have time to actually blog. I've been trying to take short breaks from the demands of work since it's starting to burn me out. It seems all I hear [well, read since it's emails] is 'deadline' or 'we have to finish this ASAP'. I'm still trying to work hard alongside my co-workers but I just think I have to take a break every now and then or I'll just umm...explode, maybe? Haha...exaggerating here a bit of course. Anyway, this weekend will be another busy one for us doing some small home improvements ~ if the man of the house is home because he's the 'leader' when it comes to these things. If he has t

Wishful Thinking....

One of the usual things I send to my family back home, especially to my sisters & nieces, is clothing. It's like a staple already. For one, it's easier since you can buy it everywhere. It's also a good way to get rid of clothes I no longer want or use or don't fit me or don't have anymore use for me like my maternity clothing . The latter I sent years ago but I was surprised to find out over the weekend that I still had some maternity pants & jumpers mixed with my other clothes. I really thought it's all gone but I guess I kept some. Hmmm...maybe at the back of my mind I was thinking I would still get pregnant? Maybe? LOL....Anyway, I'll be sending them in the box I have even if I don't know have any relative [that I know of anyway] who is pregnant at the moment. I have 5 nieces who are of age already and a couple of them are married so maybe in the near future, they'll be able to use the clothing. How I wish I can still use those preggy clot

Still BUSY...

So many things to little time. Isn't that what they say? I guess that applies to me nowadays. Can you say...b-u-s-y? But it's good to be busy, right? Even if work is really busy right now, I still find time to do other things. I'm still doing my elliptical routine regularly and of course the usual chores. We're also doing some little home improvement projects around the house during the weekend. We're currently working on the closet in our bedroom. I have a lot of stuff to take out of there and send out to my family & friends back home. I already have a box ready to filled. So far I already dumped some clothes, toys, pc speakers that we no longer use as well as some lotions & colognes. The last 2 need to be in the box or my nieces & sisters will be bugging me forever about it. I don't know what's wrong with the lotion & colognes back home but it seems they always ask for the ones here. Don't they all smell the same? Oh

Countdown Begins!

Next month, we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Who would have thought that we'd last this long? Us, of course...LOL. I'm sure a few of my friends had some doubts we'd make it this far when they learned how we met and how quickly things were moving for us. How fast? From the day we exchanged messages to the day of the wedding...a few days short of 4 months in all. I had a few friends who actually came forward and told me how they felt about everything...and I appreciated their concern but we were bent in being together so we just went ahead and did what now is considered 'history'. Ten years. That's how long it's been and when I think of the very few 'impulsive' decisions I have made in my life, this one is probably the best yet. Since it's our 10th anniversary, I've started looking for Anniversary Gift Ideas for Him since last months I think. I always have a hard time looking for gifts for the husband so I rea

Another Victim????

When we decided to put the netting around our blackberry bushes it wasn't our intention to 'trap' birds in it. It's actually the opposite...we wanted to keep them out of it to stop them from feasting with our berries. But they're birds and they have bird brain...toink! So a few days after we put the nets, we had this... A cardinal 'trapped' in the netting'... The cardinal was able to fly in and out of the netting so it was all good. Then this happened... Yes, that's a HUMMINGBIRD caught inside the netting a few days ago. The little one saw it so I ran out to take a photo of it...then another photo...then another. I think I took about 10 photos plus a video of this poor little bird. Yes, I said POOR little bird because unlike the cardinal, this one couldn't find its way out of the net. It kept flying up therefore trapping itself I had to take matters into my own hands....literally! That's the little birdie on my hands. I had to


One of the first first things I noticed when we went to the dentist about a month ago was how hi-tech the place is. Everything is computerized as expected. But unlike before where you have to spend half an hour [or even longer] filling out paper works as first time patients, this time we only had to tell them who we are and that's about it. When it was time for my 'session' with the hygienist, everything was also hi-tech...except for the poking which was of course still done by a real person. But just like last time I was at the dentist, the x-ray of each tooth was done right there and then. The big difference was everything was being shown on a computer [sitting on a what looks like a Howard point of care cart ] right in front of me. When the dentist came in to do the check-up, each of the tooth she was talking about was on the screen so I didn't have to guess which tooth she was talking about. It was pretty neat. You know what's not neat though??? The waiting time

Strawberry shortcake for Valentine's breakfast

Guest post written by Clara Knight Just because I was single for Valentine's Day this year, I didn't want to totally ignore the holiday. Sure, it's about romance, but it's also about all the other people that you love in your life too! For me, that includes my roommates. The three of us have been best friends since high school and we all ended up together after college even though we were apart from each other for college. So I wanted to do something special for them on Valentine's Day. But I wasn't sure about what to do in regards to that without spending a lot of money, so I went online to get some ideas. After looking online with our for a while, I got the idea to make them some kind of good food for the holiday. I thought that it would be nice to fix them something for breakfast because it would be nice to have some great breakfast before heading off to work. I whipped up a strawberry shortcake the night before and managed to