Monday, September 26, 2011
As usual, I was the worried one around here waking up in the middle of the night to check on her. I remember her asking her Dad one time why I worry so much about her. Dad's reply...that's what Moms do. I guess that sums it up. But like I said, she's a lot better now. I guess I can go back to being...being...busy? Like I wasn't already, eh?
So it's officially FALL now. There has been some slight change in the weather but nothing worth raving about. It actually rained quite a bit yesterday so our 'new plants' had a field day. I heard it won't be raining much in the coming days so it's a good thing it rained as much as it did in the last couple of days.
I read/heard that there's a big typhoon wreaking havoc in the Philippines right now. I hope it doesn't do much damage....not another Ondoy I'm praying. For everyone out there. Stay safe! Hopefully this latest calamity will go away soon!
Let me clarify. My youngest brother who recently celebrated his birthday used to ask for things that I've always considered 'out of my range'...price range that is. I guess that's partly my fault because when I was still single and was making more than enough, I always gave in to his 'requests' of buying him things that were not, let's just say, cheap. I had the money and I didn't have any responsibilities at that time so I didn't really care. So when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday, I was expecting him to hear say one of the Luminox blackout watches he's been bugging me about a few years ago or the motorcycle he once asked me to buy him. But guess what, he said 'nothing'. I asked him to repeat that and he said 'nothing'. Huh? Was I talking to the same brother? He said that time has changed. He now thinks that there more important things in life like his family. Oh yeah, I forgot he has his own family now so he knows what comes first now. LOL. But seriously though, I'm quite proud of my brother. He has grown so much eversince he had his son. He's like a totally different person now and I just wish he continues to be as responsible.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL!
It used to be that shopping for an educational toy took a lot more time and money. I remember combing the stores for such toys when my nieces and nephews were still young. I could have easily bought them a truck or a doll and be done with it but my being a teacher always kicked in and I wouldn’t settle for anything less than an educational toy. Today, it’s quite easy to find these toys. It seems technology has opened the eyes of toy makers and made them realize that a toy can be fun and be a learning tool at the same time. I just sent a box full of educational toys to me nieces kids.
Anyway, Ameriplan is a discount dental and health plan. It's not insurance but it's a good alternative if one cannot afford the regular cost of insurance. I would say many people can benefit from it especially now that we are facing such hard times. A lot of people nowadays go without any health plan, much less a dental plan. I cannot blame them. At times like this, we have to make hard choices and one of them is where to spend the money that we have. Sadly for many insurance is just not on top of the list. Fortunately, we are not in that situation. But if I know of somebody who is looking for a back-up plan as far as medical or dental plan is concerned, I'd let them know about Ameriplan. It's the next best thing to insurance.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Whether I admit it or not, the pressure of this evaluation is more on me than on the little one since I am considered the 'teacher'. I know that because I was a teacher in my former life and when my students didn't perform as expected, I felt responsible for it. For the last few days, I wasn't able to do much of anything, much less search for gifts for new baby from godfather that my dear brother requested me to do because he has no idea what to give his friends newly born son...his soon-to-be god child. I actually started looking as soon as we hang up the phone last week but this evaluation was just crowding my mind that I couldn't concentrate on the task at hand. But since it's over and done with, I can now fully concentrate in looking for that perfect baby gift my brother want's me to look for him. Hopefully, it won't give me that 'baby blue' feeling. Sigh...
Sunday, September 18, 2011
My weekend is now spent in bed trying to be comfortable. I got up when hubby left for work ~ [yep, he's putting in some hours on a Sunday]. Instead of forcing myself to sleep, I decided to just have an early breakfast then took some Tylenol to see if it would help with the 'achy breaky' old body of mine. It helped and I was able to nap for a couple of hours which somehow helped me to get on with my day.
I may have to take a couple more pills soon because I am starting to feel the muscle pain coming back already. I'm also starting to feel a wee bit sleepy so I better stop rambling here and try to nap while the little one is busy playing...and the hubby is busy working.
Friday, September 16, 2011
In this day and age, paperworks shouldn't be a cause of stress anymore. But I still get stressed whenever I see all the papers piling up either on my desk or on the counter. I don't know why but even if I can easily subscribe to paperless billing, I still like getting hard copies of documents...then I regret it for a minute because they keep crowding my desk until I get around to putting them away. But that's not the end of it. Those papers have to stash somewhere which means more space needed for them. Maybe I should look into getting a scanning software and just start scanning away so I can get rid of them. I wonder if that's going to work or if it's even worth it. I know big companies use scanning software to keep track of their paperworks but I don't know of any household that do so. Maybe I can start a trend, eh? I wonder if the man of the house would let me get one. Hmmm...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
For some reason, Wednesday makes me happy. It seems [to me at least] that when Wednesday comes rolling in, the rest of the week just goes by quickly. It's probably all in my mind but still...anything to perk you up, right?
It's been a slow day to me so far in terms of work. The past couple of days were a bit crazy because I barely had time to breathe in between work. That makes today a very much welcome 'breather'. The day is still young so I won't say it's a slow day but I'm happy to get that much needed break. It doesn't mean that I've been idle though. I had the usual chores around the house that I finished earlier than usual. Now all I'm thinking about is what else to make for dinner. We're having some fish and asparagus on the side but I need another side dish and I can't think of anything else. It would have been easier if we were in the Philippines because that side dish will definitely be RICE! But we're not so I need to come up with something to substitute for the rice. Hmm....
Anyway, I hope you're having a great Wednesday! Two more days and it's going to be....FRIDAY! Yay!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Anyway, I am not the only that calls on him when something needs fixin'. His brothers & sisters [and friends] do the same thing. One time a brother who he hasn't heard from for a long time called out of the blue. Why? To ask if my husband knows where to find polaris sportsman parts for his ATV. I was very surprised he had to ask my husband that when he could have simply gone online to look for it...and I thought he was calling to catch up. Hubby said that it's easier to pick up the phone than search for something. Since this brother knows that the husband so readily helps, he thought he'd do just that...call hoping hubby would look for the parts for him. This happens all the time. People [friends and relatives alive] would call him asking for favors, questions, and what nots. I swear they only call when they need something from him...and it somehow irks me. Can you say 'taking advantage'?
Monday, September 12, 2011
It's Monday and I'm still sleepy. Who's not, right? But we have to do what needs to be done so here we are...
I took the weekend off and didn't go on the elliptical at all. I 'planned' in doing so but I chickened out so to speak. That's okay. I was back on it this morning and I'm hoping I'd be able to keep doing it at least during the week days. But even if I exercised for an hour, I still feel sleepy. I guess that's what Monday is all about, eh?
This week will be a busy one again for me. The little one's annual evaluation is next week and I have to get her stuff in order....books, worksheets, notebooks. It won't be that hard to do that since I try to put everything in one place and in order so I won't have to be all crazy come evaluation time. She's sort of nervous & excited at the same time. She's had the same evaluator since we started homeschooling so she's used to her already. I'm sure everything will be fine. When I spoke with the evaluator last week she even said that it'll be a breeze since the little one is very smart...
Aside from that, I am anxiously waiting for the confirmation for my passport renewal appointment. I have no idea why it's taking so long to get it. I'm just hoping it comes soon. Hubs is not so happy with how much time it's taking. He said we have to plan around that appointment since we want to take advantage of the time we're in the area and visit places. But how can we do that when we don't even know the time or date yet? Oh well...it's never fun to wait, is it? Patience.......breathe in...breathe out...inhale...exhale....
Friday, September 9, 2011
A few weeks ago was his birthday so I planned in calling him to greet him. Luckily, his sister was online so instead of calling, we did a video chat. The birthday boy was still on duty when I called so I had to wait for him. After almost an hour of chatting with family, he finally arrived. His first question was: Where are my scrub sets??? Oh well...I explained to him that all these months I've been waiting for him to send me the list of the ones he chose but no list came. Apparently, doctors get busy and when that happens, scrubs usually don't become a priority. I just asked him again to check the website I sent him then send me a list of the ones he wants me to get for him. Until then...there's not much I can do.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
That's how it's going to be for now. My 'personal gardener' still has some plans with it but for now, he's done. What can I say...I'm proud of what he has done...that's why I have to post a picture of it. ^_^
Anyway, in about 4 weeks, we are heading down to Orlando again. The primary reason for the trip is more like business in nature. I need my passport renewed and the Orlando office is the nearest one where I can do that. My appointment will be on a weekend so I came up with this bright idea that maybe we should visit Disney World again. The little one [and the Mom, maybe?] deserves to see and enjoy the place after all these years. This time around, I'm booking one of the Disney World Hotels not far from the attraction itself. I already told the husband about my plan and he couldn't agree more. I know the little one will be thrilled to hear that one of her ardent wishes will be granted in less than a month but I'm not telling her yet. I'll wait until the last minute because I don't want to be badger with questions about it right now.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Anyway, this time it's different. They're actually observing this long weekend for reasons I'd rather not get into. I'm just glad he'll be home through the holiday weekend. He already spent part of it productively around here. He just planted a few more plants around the yard and is planning in getting some more tomorrow. Our flower bed is finally taking shape and it's all thanks to him. I try to help if he needs it but for the most part, I just let him do what he wants. He'd call me before he plants anything to see if I'm agreeable to it and if I say yes, then he'd go through with it while I'm in the comfort of our house. Ha!
We have no concrete plans for the long weekend. I'm sure we'll be spending most of it at home. We may head out to run errands at some point but that's about it. I'm just glad I can relax for a couple of days. To me, that's priceless.
Enjoy your long weekend everyone! Happy Labor Day to those who are on this side of the world...
After this latest cost-cutting step, we’re thinking of improving our home security system though. So it’s not all cost-cutting for us. We’re just trying to prioritize putting those we consider more important on top of the list and to us, the security of our home is much more important than having cable. We currently have a home security system in place which is part of the contract when we had the house built. Hubby wants to ‘up’ the system but we have to pay extra of course. We’re still deciding if we’d stay with the same company or find another one that is more affordable like home security daphne. They have 3 different packages and they’re all under $50 a month. I would really like to have our security system upgraded soon so when hubby is out of town, I will that much needed peace of mind.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Content by Sol Rosales
With the economy in the position it is I know I should be lucky to just have gotten hired but I never really knew all the hassle that came along with starting over in a new city and having to relocate. I have to look for a place to live, while at the same time I have to find my way around this brand new city. I spend most of my time being lost and it has become a long running joke after I meet my friends out for drinks that I’m going to have to try and find my way home. Hopefully, I can find a new residence sometime soon because living in a hotel is beginning to take its toll on patience and me. Yesterday, I met with the Realtor and we looked at some houses that are in my price range and I’m very excited about the possibility of actually having a place to call mine. One of my new co-workers was kind enough to email me this link the other day TexasElectricityProviders.com At least now an energy provider is the last thing I have to worry about.
That's basically what I said when the hubs asked me to do something for him. Like I've been mentioning in some of my posts here, they're very busy at work right now. His trip out of state 2 days of last week didn't help them at all as far as deadline is concerned. Normally, he does the searching, mostly online, when they need some supplies or services for one of their bowls. This time around, he doesn't have the time to do that...thus the request. He wanted me to look for a company that does tube bending. Huh? I actually asked him why he couldn't just do it himself since it's a tube. How hard can that be, right? Apparently it's not that simple if you're doing some big machines like the one they're working on right now and if you need several of them. So, I went to "work"...an unpaid one at that. It didn't take me long to find Delafield Corporation tube bending.
After reading what they can do, I was pretty confident I found the right one. Well, I did...but not really. My 'boss' said it's what they're looking for but because of time constraints, he'd rather find one closer here...within the state if possible. He asked me to bookmark the site though for future reference. Oh well...I guess I kinda' did good even if he couldn't use this company yet. At least I found one that does what they're looking for, right?