Monday, January 31, 2011
If Italy is on top of my list for a European escapade, hubby also has some places he wants to visit if and when we get the chance to go. He wants to go to Belgium and Cyprus. In Belgium, I have a commitment to meet up with a really good friend. I was supposed to attend her wedding back in 2001 but due to some unforeseen event [my surprise wedding], I wasn’t able to make it. To make up for it, I promised her we will visit her and her family first chance we get. So if we’re ever in that country, I have no choice but to stay with her. In Cyprus on the other hand, we’d probably stay in a hotel or in one of the famous villas in Cyprus since I know nothing and nobody in this country. Italy, Belgium and Cyprus are only 3 of the places I can think of right now that we may want to visit on a European escapade.
I’m pretty sure the husband has more places in mind but I better stop thinking about it now. Like I said, this is just a ‘dream vacation’…hopefully, it’s going to come true one of these days.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
I was a wee bit hesitant to post it since one of the 'rules' of the tag is to tag other bloggers. I don't blog hop as much as I used to anymore and I'm afraid I won't be able to fulfill that part of the deal. But I got Nancy's 'nod' that it's okay to post without the 'tagging' part.
Anyway, another part of the tag is the '7 things about me'. That's anothe r hard part because I've done quite a few of them as well in the past. So....I'll just randomly list 7 things about me....regardless of whether I've already blogged about it or not.
1) My blog is called 'Pinay WAHM' because I'm a Filipina [Pinay] Work-At-Home-Mom.
2) I've been a WAHM for the last 7 years or so.
3) I used to be Math teacher in my former life.
4) I found my WAHJ [work-at-home-jobs] by searching online. I think I applied to everything that I thought I was qualified for until I got my first break. I didn't have any 'connection' or 'backer' contrary to what others may think.
5) I'm an NCIS fan. I don't get tired watching even the re-runs.
6) I'm married to 'McGyver'.
7) I get nervous easily.
That's it. Now...if you think you're a 'Stylish Blogger'...why not grab this award and do me a favor. Thanks again Mommy Nancy!
Today, I do have a dream car...but with the emphasis on the word 'dream' since it's very possible I'll only have it in my dreams. And what car or cars would that be? Well, either a Ferrari or an aston martin. Now, that’s really dreaming big, eh? I don’t think I’ve ever seen an aston martin car in person actually. The ferrari, I think I’ve seen a couple of them on the road while we were driving but I haven't seen one up close and personal. Oh, another place where I've also seen them are in the car shows on tv that the husband watches regularly. As for hubby’s dream car, it’s not as expensive as the ones I want. He said he wants to have the chevrolet camaro. I guess I’m the more expensive one in this household, eh? But it’s just a dream car…and since it’s free to dream, I can choose the most expensive car I want, right?
This time it's not me that's actually waiting on TGIF...it's the husband! For some odd reason, he thought it's Friday already today. I hate to disappoint him but...ummm...not quite yet. He told me that someone was supposed to come in to work today since it's Friday and I had to stop him right there to break the news to him that he has to wait another day before it's Friday. Tee hee...
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Little by little our curio is getting filled with different little things. Most of them are either crystals or glass since they look good inside a glass cabinte. But we also have some stuff that are not glass or crystal. When hubby went to Tennessee middle of last week, he came home with a little souvenir...a violin. Well, a mini-violin. He saw it at the souvenir shop at the airport on his way back and decided to get it. I guess that's going to be a 'tradition' now everytime he goes on a business trip to a different state.
With the rate we're buying these stuff for the curio I'm sure it won't be long before we run out of space in there. Maybe we [read: ME] should slow down for a few weeks and take it easy. I'm sure hubby will be glad to hear that....tee hee...
I’m not too keen about traveling at this time of the year actually. I’d rather stay home and stay warm but the husband needs a break so we MAY just take that trip one of these days. I’ve checked some websites like http://avistaresort.com to see what they have at this time of the year. We really have no agenda or anything for this quick get-away, it’s just that…a get-away. I think the man of the house is getting a little burned out with all the hours he’s been putting in at his small business.
Right now, I’m just hoping I’ll find a great Myrtle Beach hotel so that if the weather is way too cold for me to head out, I can just spend my day getting warm and cozy in our hotel room. What a plan, eh? I'm also hoping that we find a resort that offers a lot of activities especially for kids. As it is we don't really travel much so when we do, we want the little one to at least enjoy the trip no matter how short it is.
Most of the time I need to write the post while in 'Edit HTML' mode because when I write in 'Compose' mode, some things just don't come up right. Arrgh!
Oh well. As long as my posts get posted I'll be good. I just hope I'll be able to figure out what's going on soon.
End of RANT!
The husband has always been interested in stocks. He tries to follow certain stocks but it’s only lately that he started Online Trading. He does not have a lot of time to spend in front of the computer to follow the stocks he’s watching so he’s been bugging me to start doing it. Why me? What do I know about Stock Trading? Nothing. Nada. None. But he’s certain I’ll be able to learn how to do it in no time. Maybe. Maybe not. I’m a very cautious person when it comes to money so I’m not sure if I’ll be good at stock trading since it involves money…and lots of it sometimes.
To further convince me to give this new adventure of his a try, he installed this little widget on my computer so I can watch the stocks that he’s been watching himself. I think he even has something installed in his cellphone so he can do Mobile Trading whenever he wants to. I know he’s not going crazy trading as of yet but I won’t be surprised if he starts doing this more and more. He’s even talking about switching his IRA accounts to an Online Broker so he can start doing it with some of the retirement money. Oh boy… I guess I should start taking him seriously and start learning the ropes of this stock trading. At least I’d be able to talk to him about it in case he gets way too involved into it.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
After we were done with the 'main' mission, we walked around to see if there's anything we wanted to buy. And when you do that, you always FIND something to buy, isn't it? Surprise, surprise. We got the little one with giant feet 2 pairs of shoes. She wants a pair of running shoes she can wear to use the elliptical because she's only been using socks. Her shoe size now is the same as mine so I looked for a pair that *I* can [maybe] wear once the shoes don't fit her anymore. Clever me, eh? Haha... Anyway, we also got her a floral dress. For whatever reason, she asked us to get her one today so we did. I'm not even sure when she's going to wear it because it's too cold to be wearing a dress right now but oh well...
That's how our Saturday went down. Tomorrow...we're back to being cooped up in the house. There's football....and we don't go anywhere when football is on...especially when it's the championship games.....go Packers & Jets! Ha!
Fortunately for this friend of mine who cannot get pregnant naturally, ivf is now an option for her and her husband. They are now getting ready to take that route sometime in the future to fulfill my friend’s lifelong dream of becoming a mother. I personally don’t know anyone who has done ivf but I’ve read a lot of success stories so I’m optimistic that my friend will realize this dream. One place that offers ivf is the Santa Monica Fertility Center. Its physician, Dr. Jain is a pioneer in reproductive medicine. Aside from ivff, Santo Monica Fertility Center also offers what is known as ZIFT or Zygote Intrafallopian Transfer where embryos are placed in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus. Pregnancy rate for ZIFT for women over 40 is said to be higher than 40%. Aside from that, ZIFT is also one last resort for women who have undergone numerous failed IVF treatments.
I'm not sure if my friend will be lucky to have a child but I can only hope one of these treatments works for her. I hate to think she may not realize her dream of having a child of her own but if that is the case, at least she can say that she tried all the avenues to make her dream a reality with a little help of science of course.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
One of the reasons I don't watch it anymore is this...
Honestly, it gets old...to me anyway. Some may still find it 'funny' but I just don't anymore. I still watch bits & pieces of it when the top 24 [or is it 36 now?] starts performing. But I don't sit through the whole thing anymore.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Eversince I saw Ate Beng's post about the 'simple foods' that she prepared for Media Noche, I couldn't stop thinking about this dish - rellenong bangus [stuffed milk fish] that she made! It looked so yummy I could almost taste it. I think it's safe to say it's my ULTIMATE favorite especially the way my sister in law makes it. I don't know how to make it so I just wait until somebody makes it for me...LOL...and my sister in law always does...granted I'm around to eat it.
Today, we finally had the chance to go to the Philippine store. Since we didn't plan in going anywehere else after shopping for my 'supplies' I thought I'd poke around the frozen stuff. I normally don't buy frozen fish from there but I saw the 'smoked' baby milkfish [lower picture] and thought the hubby may want to try it...and he does so I decided to get a pack. Then I saw the 'Rellenong Bangus' [upper picture]. I hesitated for a while but went ahead and got one anyway. The lady owner of the store said they just delivered those and she hasn't had the chance to taste them herself and no one has bought any yet. That means I'll be the first one to give it a try. I'm just hoping it will taste okay...if only to satisfy that almost 10-year craving I have for 'Rellenong Bangus'.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
According reports 71% of the country had snow yesterday and none of it hit our grounds. Some had it worse than the others as shown by numerous cancellations and delays of flights...again.. As for our dear state, we're actually on 'freeze warning' for a couple of days now. Temperatures are in the low 20s I think although the feel like temperature outside is in the teens. Even with temperatures that low, there is no report that we will be experiencing [probably] a once in a lifetime experience for most of us here.
On other news....not much going on. Some news, eh? Well, I'm busy with some work but that's about it. As usual we don't have any plans for the weekend. But it's always subject to change...
Photo courtesy of TBO.com
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It started when I noticed that I was having trouble sleeping maybe about 2 or 3 years ago. At first I thought it had something to do with the change I made with my work schedule because during the first few years of being a WAHM, I used to go to bed around 2 in the morning. I tend to finish more work late at night till early morning because there's less or no distraction at all. What I could do in those 4 hours or so would normally take me the whole day to finish. But staying up late wasn't helping my allergies at all. If anything, it was getting worse so I decided to stop doing it. I started going to bed before midnight to keep my allergy attacks at bay....and it worked.
Months into my new 'sleeping' time, I noticed I would toss and turn for hours. I seriously considered taking sleeping pills to help me sleep because when I got up in the morning I was like a zombie going through my day. There were days when it felt like I didn't sleep at all because I would wake up several times at night. Then I started experiencing something similar to RLS or Restless Leg Syndrome. At the same time, my eyes started to become uneven. That's when we decided to consult a doctor. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. It took years before I was finally diagnosed. The reason....before the 'uneven' eyes nothing was physically obvious that something was wrong with me. I guess I should have been more conscious of the other things and consulted a doctor a lot earlier. Oh well...live and learn. Such is life, right?
It's now the second week of 2011. To me, everything is still the same...and it's probably the case for almost everybody. As soon as the holidays were over, we automatically switched back to the daily grind. Even if this is the case, we cannot deny the fact that after the holidays...and all the good foods that went with it, some things changed. Some changes are more obvious than the others. While some of these changes are welcomed with open arms, some aren't.....like gain weight. Ouch!!
Blame it on, as I said earlier, the good foods that's synonimous with 'holidays'. I still have some remnants in the fridge & cupboards....like the ready-mix cookie dough that we weren't able to bake. Just this weekend, we baked a bag of it. There is another bag waiting in the wings. We'd probably bake it this weekend. After that, I should probably start thinking about taking apidexin...a fat burner pill. Ugh! I have my elliptical to help me shed off the pounds I gained but it's proving to be difficult....but I'm trying. Hopefully, I won't have to resort to pills to rid my body off this spare tire I so willingly put around me....
Friday, January 7, 2011
These are only a few of the little one's early 'doodles' using her very first Magna Doodle and I posted about it in May of 2009. Like I said in that earlier post, this little gadget has been her companion for most of her free time so I felt I owed it to the maker of the gizmo to at least acknowledge it in a post.
The little one really likes to doodle. We've been told she has good hands which she probably took after me. NOOOOTTTT!!! In all honesty, I cannot draw a circle that would look like one even if my life depended on it. I just DON'T have it.
Anyway, that old Magna Doodle has been retired for a few months now. We got her a replacement about a year ago....and then some.
She has 5 different kinds now...4 of which are 'relatives' of the Magna Doodle. She now has a Glow Doodle, a Globe Doodle, a mini-Magna Doodle and the regular Magna Doodle. The Glow Doodle replaced the Magna Doodle for a while but she's slowly going back to her 'first love'. The Globe Doodle....she only uses it once in a while but she's starting to like it I think. The mini-doodle, that's her 'purse doodle' as she likes to call it. She walks around with it.
Her latest one is not a Magna Doodle relative...but I think it came before it...the Etch a Sketch. She's just learning how to manipulate it but she's getting the hang of it. Dad said he used to have one of those when he was younger. I guess that toy is an ANTIQUE then, eh? LOL...
That's the little artist we have in our midst. Every chance she gets, she draws. Hopefully she'll continue to do so. I think it's a great outlet and enhances her creativity. Yay or Nay? I would say: YAY!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Most Popular New Year's Resolutions of 2011
1. Lose weight (1,057 votes)
2. Be happy (684 votes)
3. Save money (636 votes)
4. Fall in love (554 votes)
5. Get a job (515 votes)
6. Read more (433 votes)
7. Eat, drink, try or learn something new (378 votes)
8. Quit Smoking (345 votes)
9. Take a photo every day for a year (266 votes)
10. Run a marathon (255 votes)
Monday, January 3, 2011
Now if plans push through, this brother of his might move down here this year. He is retired now and he’s been complaining about the really cold winter where he’s been in the last 20 years so there is a good chance he may really relocate soon. I’m positive that one of the first places he’d go to once they’re settled here will either be the Tropicana Field or the American Airlines Arena - FL where baseball games are regularly played. Anyway, he already spoke with the husband about renting our house that is in the market until he and his wife find a permanent place to live in a neighborhood they prefer. They don’t really know yet what part of the state they want to settle in case they move down here so for now, they’ll be staying in our other house. Too bad they're not buying it....but then again maybe they will once they stay in it for a few months. Ha!