Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Tag??? Really!

I cannot remember the last time I actually posted and/or participated in one. I used to do them almost on a daily basis when I first started blogging...especially when I needed 'in-between' posts. Then one day, they just sort of disappear. I know they're still in existence because I still see them in other blogs but no one tags me anymore....until Ate Beng saved the day. Aha! Chalamat Ate Beng....reminiscing the good 'ole days of blogging now.

This is called 'The ABC Meme'. Here it goes..

  • A. Attached or single:             - Attached

  • B. Best friend:                        -  Right now, the husband since he's the only one I hang out with most of the time. But I have a couple of friends that know me pretty well since we grew up together therefore making them my BFFs.

  • C. Cake or pie:                       -  Cake

  • D. Day of choice:                   -  Saberdey

  •  E. Essential Item/s:                - PC and laptop

  • F. Favorite color:                   -  black and white

  • G. Gummy bears or worms:   - both

  •  H. Hometown:                      -  Famfanga

  • I. Favorite Indulgence:           - chocolate & loaded fro-yo

  •  J. January or July:                 - January

  •  K. Kids:                               -  One

  •  L. Life isn't complete without?: - The fam-bam

  •  M. Marriage date:                  -  August 17

  • N. Number of brothers/sisters: - 3/1 [in d' bakod]  1/1 [outside d' bakod]...hehehe

  • O. Orange or apple?:              -  crunchy apple

  •  P. Phobias:                           -  snakes, snakes, snakes, snakes...oh and snakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Q. Quotes:                             -  Everything happens for a reason.

  • R. Reason to smile:                - Silliness of the little one and the husband

  • S. Season of choice:              - Fall and Spring if only for the cool weather

  • T. Tag 5 people:                    - Any 5 people interested to grab it.

  • U. Unknown fact about me:    - It would no longer be unknown if I put it here, would it? So, secret...haha

  •  V. Vegetable:                        - Talbos ng kamote [sweet potato tops/leaves]

  • W. Worst habit:                     -  Being uptight...per the little one

  • X. Xray or ultrasound:            - Ultrasound

  • Y. Your favorite food:            - Filipino foods

  •  Z. Zodiac sign:                      -  Scorpio

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013

    A Crack

    For the past 6 months at least, I've been walking on our Mobia/treadclimber for about 40 minutes everyday, 5 days a week. It's my only form of exercise since I stay home most of the time. The little one also uses it daily for 15 minutes to start off her day, then I go after her. A few days ago when she was about to walk on it she called me and told me that the machine is broken. I thought it just wouldn't start but that's not the case. The thing has a crack on it. I took a photo of it and this is how it looks like...

    Not sure if it's visible in the picture but it's that black line on the upper white part of the stepper. It's not supposed to be stepped on but it's easy to step/walk on it. I guess we unknowingly step on it which caused the crack? I don't really know. For now it doesn't seem to cause any problem so we're still using it. Here's a screenshot of my daily stats on this thing....

    Where Next

    A few months ago, somebody in this household was so into looking for properties in a state a few hours drive from where we are. We took a couple of trips there to check on some promising properties. Unfortunately, the ones that he liked were either sold already or are too remote from civilization. So what's the next logical step to take? Look at properties in other places like the real estate in jacksonville nc which is not that far away from where we are. That's what exactly he's been doing in the last couple of months. We even planned another road trip a few weeks ago this time to North Carolina, of course. The little one got a bit excited but it was cut short because the one property worth driving for [7 hours?] was sold even before we could get to see it in person. Now we're back to the drawing board so to speak. But with work getting busy, I don't see us going anywhere that far in the near future...unless he finds 'that' one ideal property he's been searching for.


    When we decided to work on our flower beds in front of the house we chose 2 flowering plants that we thought would be perfect there -  gardenia [rosal] and hydrangea. Both the husband and I like their flowers so we went and got them at a local nursery. Both had flowers when we planted them and they looked lovely on our flower bed. But that only lasted for one flowering season because they started deteriorating after that. Instead of uprooting them and returning to the nursery [they had 1 year warranty], we decided to move them in the backyard. That was a good move because both survived. But it took a couple of years for both to have flowers again. I watched them every year [for a couple of years] waiting for flowers to show up. This year is my lucky year because they both have flowers. Well, the gardenia had the flowers first a few weeks ago which I of course posted here. This time around, it's my hydrangea's time to shine...ha! So...here it is...

    I've been watching these flowers for weeks now. It takes a while for them to bloom but they're really pretty once they do. This morning I couldn't wait any longer so I took a snap at the ones which started to show colors already. There are 3 [maybe more] buds. I'm hoping they all bloom at the same time but that's not possible so I'll settle with the just 3 for now.

    Busy Times Ahead

    That's how it looks anyway with hubby's work. After a long time, they started working on weekends again. It's not that busy yet but with all the projects he's talking about when he gets home, they may need to use employment screening at easy back ground in the not so far future because they might need additional help at the shop. I can only remember one instance when they needed extra help but this may happen again if everything pushes through. The last time they hired a couple of people, they didn't do any screening on them because they're people they know personally. This time around, they might need more people in different departments so an employment screening may be in order. Anyway, I'm crossing my fingers [and toes] that things work out with all these deals they have. It's definitely something to be thankful for.

    Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Dad's Father's Day Present

    This is one of the drawings that the little one handed the man of her life on Father's Day. She made several drawings but this is my favorite by far. I was actually the one that encouraged [pushed???] her to give caricature a try. I googled pictures to show her and looked for 'how to videos' on caricaturing. She liked the idea but she's not really 'sold' to it. As the days went by she just did what she does best....draw characters that she likes a lot...chipmunks mostly. I was fine with it and didn't push her anymore in doing a caricature for Dad. She pretty much finished her gifts for Dad before the Father's Day weekend.

    Then on Saturday [the day before FD] when she was supposed to be cleaning in her bedroom she came out with this caricature drawing of Dad. I just started laughing and told her it's perfect [I'm the MOM so I'm allowed to praise her to high heavens] and to me it is perfect. I grabbed one of the empty frames and put it there. I guess my last minute pitch worked. For the record, she drew the caricature in minutes. She was in the middle of cleaning her bookshelf when I went in her bedroom to remind her to prepare her gifts for Dad. That's when I mentioned the caricature again...hoping she'd decide to make one...and she did. I'm literally amazed how fast she did it and how good it came out.

    Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    High Class?

    Or just a show-off?

    So I have this 'friend' in FB that keeps on posting pics that rub me the wrong way. I know 'to each his own'. But sometimes I can't help but wonder and ask 'why'? So yes you can afford them but do you really have to post every single handbag, shoes, and what nots on a social networking site? They're not just ordinary purses...they're LV or Guccis and some other really expensive stuff. Aside from that, she also posts ALL the 'high-end' [she calls them 'for the rich and famous'] restaurants that they go to...complete with some shots of the restos name as well as the menu with prices and all. There are times when I'm so close in commenting: Enough already! We know you have the moolah to afford all these...but can you please stop now?

    Anyway, I know it's none of my business but [again] I just can't help it sometimes. She can post anything she wants since it's her wall but I just wish she also posts something else. Well she does actually. She's a nurse here, an RN I believe. She works for a nursing facility but I've never seen her posts any picture of her in a nursing garb. The pictures of herself that she posts are the ones where she's wearing her 'sosyal' clothes...and a lot of her wearing 'swimming' clothes. The thing is...she's never in the water swimming in any of the pictures. It's like she's wearing those bikinis for photo opps only...not swimming. Seriously. C'mon! Contrary to what your so-called FB friends say...you're not sexy. Sorry.

    'Nuff said...

    Father's Day 2013

    So Father's Day this year was last Sunday. I was watching a TV show online and I was kinda' surprised that the male hosts of the show were asking as to who actually 'invented' [started?] Father's Day. It seems my hubs is not the only that thinks it's another marketing ploy. True that....of course. Ha! Anyhoo...even if hubs thinks that way, the little one [and with a little, okay big prodding from moi] always tries to come up with something special for Dad on this day. In the past we gave him a memory picture book, a frame with a series of pictures, a mug and a couple of home videos for FD.

     I try not to spend [a lot] on the gifts because like I said, he doesn't agree with the 'marketing ploy' that comes along with these so-called special occasions. I guess we've succeeded in doing just that...not falling for all the marketing ploys that stores put out months before. How? The little one has been making homemade gifts using her drawing skills. Last year she gave him a drawing cluster. That's when she draws tons of her favorite characters on a big piece of sketch pad. Dad loves those clusters so much so that he framed a few of them already. The one he got from last year's FD is proudly hanging on our bedroom wall since the day he got it. This year, she made the same clusters but with a little twist. It's a caricature of the 3 of us. She also made a couple of smaller ones of just Daddy alone. And just as I thought....Dad loves all of the presents...and that's all that counts on Father's Day!

    Filling Up

    ...another box to send back home. They just got the box I sent about a month ago and here I am trying to accumulate stuff to put in another box. This one won't go until before Christmas though. Right now I have a lot of DVDs to send because my brother requested for them. He also requested me to look for cheap cigars if I can. At first I said no because I've been telling him to stop smoking already but it's not for him he said. He's giving them to his subordinates as gifts. I guess they're for the holiday season already. I'm looking but I didn't promise him anything. If I find them, then I'll get some. If not, then so be it. Anyway, t will take me months again to fill up this box that's why I usually give myself months to do that. It's quite hard on the budget as well. All for the love of family, eh?

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Backyard Bird Watching

    That's what we do around here. We get a lot of different birds hanging out in our backyard every single day. It's something normal around here that's why a lot of our neighbors have bird feeders as well as bird baths in their backyard. We did put a feeder for hummingbirds at one point but we had to take it down when the gutters were put in. Some of the birds that we regularly see here are hummingbirds, robins, blue jays, ibis, woodpeckers, sparrows, crows.

    We also have a couple of guinea fowls, one of which shows up daily that we named it already and calls it our pet. But our most favorite to watch has to be this...

    It's a hawk. There are 2 of them that come in our yard everyday...lunch time. Fortunately, we have lunch at the same time so I get to watch them 'eat' their lunch while I have my lunch. It's amazing how sharp their eyes are because they usually sit on a branch preying for worms on the ground..then boom! I'll just see them swoop down to take a nip at the poor worms.

    Every morning when I do my hula hooping in the back porch, these birds keep me company as well. I try to listen in as they 'communicate' with each other. Fascinating to say the least. I just wish I can speak 'bird'...then I wouldn't have to wonder if they're actually talking about me....

    A Surprise Call

    A few weeks ago, I got this surprise call from a high school friend. I almost didn't answer the phone because I didn't recognize the number and the name on the caller ID. It took me a few seconds to recognize her voice and when I did I just started shrieking like a little girl because she's one of my oldest and dearest friends. We went to high school together and I haven't heard from her since I moved more than 10 years ago. She's moved here as well and was asking me if I know how and where to find immigration lawyers. She's going to go through the same process I went through when I first arrived here so she thought I'd be the best person to ask. I told her that there should be a lot of immigration lawyers in los angeles because there are quite a few immigrants there including some of our other friends. She's not in contact with any of our other friends so I gave her their contact info because they might be able to help her better since they're from that area. Anyway, I was just so happy to hear her voice after all these years. Hopefully we'll stay in touch regularly now that she's not that far from me.

    Box Made It!

    I sent a box back home a couple of months ago. It made it safe and sound. Eversince I started sending boxes I've only used one shipping company. It changed its name a couple of times I believe but the people that run it are still the same...I think. At least the guy that comes to our house is the same guy. Anyway, the name of the company is UMAC. And no, they're not paying me to advertise. It's just that I've read quite a few grievances either in blogs or on FB about boxes not making it to their destination either on time or at all. I even read one [or maybe two, three?] complaints saying their boxes took 6 months to make it 'home'. Really? Did I just get lucky with my carrier? Probably. Anyway, if you haven't tried this company, please do. Just do a search for the name and their info will come up. As for my box...my family is already having fun with what's in it. I hope.

    Summer it is!

    Indeed! Even it won't be official until the 21st, the temperatures are stating otherwise. The lowest we get nowadays is in the mid-70s already. The highest? Too high to even mention. Ugh. I can only watch in envy as our neighbors dip in their pool almost daily now. Mind you, they do it at night because it's way too hot to do it during the day. The pools in our neck of the wood don't really need a raypak heater to keep the water warm because mother nature does it already. Anyway, even if I it gets very hot here we don't have any plans of having a pool ourselves. We tried the above the ground pool a few years ago when we were still in the other house and we didn't like all the work that came with maintaining it. We'd rather go to our local clubhouse and take a dip there when we get the urge to swim instead of having a pool of our own. Maybe when we hit the lottery and we can hire someone to do the job for us. Ha!

    Sunday, June 16, 2013

    Father's Day Today!

    To all the Fathers out there...

    And for my "TATANG" who passed 13 years ago...

    You never said I'm leaving
    You never said goodbye
    You were gone before I knew it,
    And only God knew why
    A million times I needed you,
    A million times I cried
    If Love alone could have saved you,
    You never would have died
    In Life I loved you dearly
    In death I love you still
    In my heart you hold a place,
    That no one could ever fill
    It broke my heart to lose you,
    But you didn't go alone
    For part of me went with you,
    The day God took you home.

    Tough Times

    Very few people can say that they're not going through tough times right now...economically speaking anyway. Sadly, many are getting hit harder than others simply because of the choices they make during these challenging times. Unfortunately I know of some people who are in such situations. One of them is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy and she's panicking just thinking about it. I know nothing about bankruptcy but I had the impressions that the laws will be the same everywhere in the country. Apparently not. As it turns out south dakota bankruptcy laws are different from that of our state's bankruptcy laws or in other state's as well. Anyway, when I spoke with this person, the only advice I can give her is to make sure she weighs all of her options before filing. It may look like it's an easy way out for now but it has repercussions as well that may hound her down the road. I can only hope she makes the right decision.

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Some Updates

    Wow...I haven't been updating in days. It's just that there's not much to blog about. Things have been slow on my end and since I usually blog about my day to day life, there's not much to post.

    The weather lately has been unpredictable. So what else is new, right? Even our local weather people are confused sometimes that their forecasts are totally amiss on certain days. That's what happened not too long ago when they predicted it's going to rain and it didn't. When there was no rain in the forecast, it rained.

    With that being said, it's the rainy season now so we've been getting rain here quite regularly now. Hurricane season also started recently. I am hoping and praying that it's not going to be any worse than last year. For the past several years, the hurricane season has been pretty mild and I can hope it continues to be that way.

    Anyway, we've been spending our weekends cooped up at home. We just don't have that urge to go anywhere so we just spend our free days either watching TV or hanging out in the back porch. When we're in the back porch I usually hula hoop while the hubs and I chat. The little one is usually on her swing or with us but doodling on her Nintendo DS making her little 'motion pictures'. Last weekend, we just realized that we've been living in this house for almost 5 years now. Hubby cannot remember the exact date [nor can I] so I decided to dig through my blog posts to find that one specific post...and I found it. Yep, we moved in here on June 22, 2008...so we still have a couple of weeks before we hit the 5-year mark. So far so good. We like it here a lot because the neighborhood is very quiet and generally peaceful. The only downer is it's also been 5 years since we moved out of the old house and up until now, we still haven't sold it. There's not much we can do about it but bear the burden of paying 2 houses. I can only hope and pray that the housing market gets better or that we win the lottery. Hmmm....the way it is [with the housing market and all], it looks like we have a better chance of winning the lottery than selling that other house. Dream on....haha....

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Let's LOL....

    I've been MIA from here for about a week now because I've been sick....'tamaritis'. Huh? Only those from where I came from would know what that means and since I'm too lazy [hint! hint!] to elaborate I'd leave it at that. But I'm leaving you with these though to make you LOL....


    These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.

    ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
    WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I..., Cathy?'
    ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
    WITNESS: My name is Susan!
    ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
    WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
    ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
    WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
    ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
    WITNESS: July 18th.
    ATTORNEY: What year?
    WITNESS: Every year.
    ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
    WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
    ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
    WITNESS: Forty-five years.
    ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
    WITNESS: I forget..
    ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
    ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
    WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?

    ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
    WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
    ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
    WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
    ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
    WITNESS: Getting laid

    ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
    WITNESS: Yes.
    ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
    WITNESS: None.
    ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
    WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
    ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
    WITNESS: By death..
    ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
    WITNESS: Take a guess.

    ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
    WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
    ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
    WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
    ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
    WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
    ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
    WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
    ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
    WITNESS: Oral...
    ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
    WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
    ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
    WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
    ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
    WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

    And last:

    ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
    WITNESS: No.
    ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
    WITNESS: No.
    ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
    WITNESS: No..
    ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
    WITNESS: No.
    ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
    WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
    ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
    WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

    Safety First

    Hubby's job is not very safe. I can no longer count with my fingers how many times he came home with scratches and cuts all from doing his job. Thankfully those are the only things that happened to him on the job. It can be worse but I'm keeping my fingers that he's taking all the necessary precautions to make sure nothing more serious happens while he's working. I guess he does because he's been looking for safety supplies from supplylinedirect.com over the weekend and I can only assume it's for work. But then again, it may be something he can use here at home because he started looking after he was up on the roof of the house trying to check on something. Oh well...whatever it is for, I'm just glad he's planning in practicing safety first.


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