Friday, August 30, 2013

Another Interest....

for the little one anyway.

A few weeks ago, she and I started playing badminton almost everyday. I was the one that initiated playing badminton because we're trying to make her do more physical activities. Since it's just the two of us most of the time, badminton is a perfect game. We have been having a lot of fun for at least 30 minutes daily hitting that shuttlecock [aka birdie] back and forth. It's something she looks forward to ~ and so do I ~ everyday to cap off her school day.

Just recently as well, she also got interested in learning another game. But this time around it's a game for the brain...chess! I don't really know what brought on her interest in chess but I'm glad [and so is the Dad] that she is interested in learning it. Unfortunately I don't know how to play it but the Daddy does so he's the one that is teaching her. It has become their nightly routine [before bedtime] to play a game. They've been playing for the last 2 weeks [I think] and so far so good. She hasn't beaten Dad yet but he says it won't be long before that happens especially now that she has the game app in her Note 8. She plays against the computer every chance she gets and she's slowly but surely leveling up in the app. If she continues on like this, we may have a grandmaster in the house before we know it...haha.

Anyhoo...it's been a quiet Friday around here. My work isn't as busy that's why I am able to blog as much as I want to. It's almost the weekend and I can hardly wait for it. No reason...I just want to linger in bed a few minutes more than usual. My sleep hasn't been that good for the past couple of weeks. I wonder if my thyroid is acting up again. I better have that blood work done as soon as possible so I can be sure. I'm hoping it's not the case because I really don't want to go back to my medication. But if that's what I need to do to get some decent sleep, then so be it.

Have a good weekend...

Silver

I need a silver cleaner. We don't have any real silver ware but I have a few silver jewelry pieces that I need to clean. I found this hagerty silver cleaner already but since I'm not familiar with silver cleaner I have to ask hubby about it first. Anyway, silver jewelry is my metal of choice for everyday use especially when I was still in the Philippines. I wasn't afraid to wear them when I go to places there because even if I lose them it wouldn't be as bad as losing gold or platinum. Fortunately I never lost any of them. That's probably because snatchers know they're not as valuable as the other two metals. Regardless, I still like silver jewelry a lot. That's why I want to clean the ones I've had since way back when.

And It's Raining...

After a couple of rain-free days, it's now raining. There is always that chance of rain everyday but it didn't happen around here. I guess today is our day for it, eh? The little one isn't too thrilled about it because it means we won't be able to play our daily dose of badminton. We didn't play for most of last week because of the rain. This week we were able to play everyday which is good because it severs as an exercise for both of us. If we can't play today, I'd probably ask her to play tomorrow...if we don't have any other plans anyway.

Oh yeah I almost forgot...it's TGIF today! We have no big plans for the weekend even if it's a long weekend here as it's Labor Day on Monday. I'm guessing somebody in this house will be working during the weekend because they still have some unfinished work that needs done ASAP. Oh well...what else is new, eh? You have to do what you have to do to make it and if it means working while others are not, then so be it. Maybe we'll hit the lottery jackpot one of these days and retire sooner than expected. I can dream can't I?

Hitched!

A friend in North Carolina was finally able to bring his fiancée and their small son with him back here when he came back a few months ago. They just got hitched a few weeks ago to make everything official. Before his little family got here my friend bought a house in Chapel Hill where they will be residing for good. Since a lot of houses are for sale nowadays, he didn't have hard time finding the perfect first family home for them. As soon as he got the house, he sent me an email with pictures attached. It wasn't a brand new house and it needed some cleaning a little upgrade but it's perfect for him and his family. He made sure the house was ready when they got here that he looked for a carpet cleaning chapel hill nc  company right away. His son is only 2 years old. He likes to roll around just like any other kid so it's very important that the carpet around the house is spic and span when he got here. Now, they are all settled and happy in their humble abode. Most of all, they are all together now. I can only imagine how happy my friend is now.

Sporty Me...Not!

I never played sports when I was growing up. I had the mandatory Physical Education classes in high school and I never liked it whenever we had to play some kind of sport. The same with college. It's even worse in college because we had play volleyball and basketball during one of my PE courses. I barely passed those classes and I believe that my teacher gave me a passing mark out of pity. Ha! The reason for my dislike especially for volleyball is because I bruise like a peach. I remember playing a couple of volleyball games and both my arms were black and blue for days after those games. I guess my teacher took pity on me and tried not to put me in the line-up unless it's necessary.

Anyway, I play badminton with the little one almost everyday. This kind of 'sport' I enjoy because there is no direct contact therefore no bruising for me...except if I fall down trying to chase that 'birdie'. How I wish they offered badminton back then in PE class. I know they offered table tennis in some schools back then but not in our school. If only I had those choices back then I would have enjoyed my PE classes. Oh well...I guess it was just my luck that they weren't.

Anti-Fatigue Mats

It seems that fatigue is causing someone I know [aka husband] some stress. Or can it be the other way around? Whichever it is I thought of searching online to find some ways to help with fatigue. As expected there are several suggestions online on how to fight fatigue but what caught my attention is this the anti-fatigue mat. I can't help but ask the question: what are anti fatigue mats? I don't think I've ever heard of them before. These mats are recommended especially for those that stand for longer periods of time. As the name suggests, the mat will help lessen the feeling of fatigue after a long day's work. Perfect. When the work is there I know that the husband has to remain standing for hours while working. I guess I would have to suggest an anti-fatigue mat for their shop then, eh?

"Ber" Months

We're a day away from the start of what some Filipinos like to call the 'ber' months. I'm not sure if kids today feel the same way we did back then  but when I was growing up my friends and I got very excited when September comes. Why? Because it served as the start of our countdown for Christmas. Yep, we were shallow.

It's not the same here though. Here there are 2 big events before the holiday season. Still, that doesn't stop stores around here to display stuff for Christmas as early as...now? Yep, some stores have some Christmas stuff, Halloween stuff and Thanksgiving stuff out all at the same time. There are times when I'm actually tempted to buy Halloween/Thanksgiving stuff/decors and put them up only to take them down after the holiday season. I have not done that but we have a neighbor around here that does that. Actually she doesn't take down her Thanksgiving and Halloween decorations...she lets Mother nature blow them away. Depending on the weather, she sometimes still has her decors up until March or later. Oh well...that's her style so we just laugh about it. Maybe I'll do the same one day, eh?

Should I?

I am looking at this classic irig hd at musician's friend right now. It's not something I actually need myself but I'm thinking for getting it for somebody I know for Christmas. It's not really cheap but I'm sure he's going to love this piece of gadget because he's been talking about it for quite a while now. He didn't ask me to get it for him but I really want to surprise him with it, maybe for Christmas. I still have a couple of months to think about it but I'm tempted to get it now because it's the cheapest I could find...for now. Should I wait or should I get it now? Decisions...decisions...

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Weekend's Over?

Did it even come? I guess it did because I'm tired! Yep, that seems to be the norm around here after the weekend. The little one even asked me while we're having breakfast if I felt the same way, meaning tired and sleepy, when Monday came when I was still in school. My reply was 'of course!'. I have to assure her that it's normal. Come to think of it, we should be all vibrant and full of life on Mondays, right? Instead we are sluggish and tired and sleepy and....[insert here all the not so good feelings we get when Mondays come rolling in]. Not fair for Monday I must say. And Fridays....we're all vibrant and happy...after a full week of nothing but work. Hmm....kinda' ironic if you ask me.

I can go on and on here about my anti-Monday rants but I won't. Instead I'll go on with my other rants. Nah...just kidding.

We finally had a full weekend spent together. The man of the house didn't work so we were able to go somewhere after a long time....the frozen yogurt store. Yeah for the little one. Actually it's a double yeah for her because she got an unexpected present from us...for no specific occasion. We got her a Samsung Note 8. We didn't tell her it's hers but she kind of figured it out right off the bat. I have a tablet and Dad has a Samsung phone which is like tablet as well. Still we played it coy when she casually [?] asked who it's for. Dad configured it as soon as we got home and handed it to her afterwards. Her first reaction: I'm such a spoiled child, aren't I? We just laughed, of course. She hasn't really used it much because just like her other gadgets, this latest gadget stays with me during the week. She can only use it for school related stuff on the weekdays and play with it over the weekend. Yep, that's the teacher in me talking.

Anyway, I have to get off here to start doing some 'work'. Here's wishing everyone a great week ahead!

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Cool Sight to Behold....

We've been having some pretty nasty rains around here the past few days. But before I get into that, let me share with you something cool that the little one saw first right on our backyard.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at around 4:30 in the afternoon, we saw a rainbow right on our backyard. As I mentioned, it was the little one that saw it first. She of course had to call me. I've seen rainbows before and so has she but it's quite different when you see one that's on your backyard and within reach.

I grabbed my camera hoping to get a picture of it but it was hard. It was raining and my camera is not water proof so I had to settle with taking the pictures while I was in the house. The pictures didn't come out good...as expected but I'm sharing them here nonetheless. You may have to look a bit harder to see the rainbow...but it's there. Just click on the pictures to see it better.



With that...let me wish a everyone a great weekend ahead.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How They've Grown

I came across this old post in this blog. It's about the day we [meaning: hubby] planted the bottle brushes on our yard. It took us about a year from the day we moved in to finally start planting something and our first project were these bottle brushes. We planted them in June 2009 so it's been 4 years. Wonder how they look like now? The title of this post says it all...how they've grown.

Here's the picture on the day they were planted....


As you can see, they were just 'babies'...and they were the only plants on the ground, well aside from the still pretty grass of course.

Here they are now...



They tallest is probably about 8 ft now. The little one was a lot taller than them when we planted them. Now, it's the other way around.  They didn't turn out to be as bushy as we wanted them to be but it's fine. Also, they grew at different paces. A couple of them are not as healthy looking as the rest but they're all surviving the crazy weather here in our neck of the woods. As you can probably see, we've also planted some more since 2009. And the grass....what can I say. It's mostly weeds now. The sod that was laid on our yard wasn't the best because it started dying soon after we planted those bottle brushes.

All Set Up

My brother just sent me the link of his band's page in one social network. He's the one that set it up so he's very excited to share it with me. He also wants to show me pictures of some of their backyard gigs as well as the different instruments and gadgets they already have which they have set up in their little studio. Their band has been jamming for a few years. In that amount of time they're able to buy their gadgets one at a time as their 'budget' lets them. I mentioned here that he even asks me every now and then to look for certain things like this line 6 guitar amp at musician's friend. He doesn't ask me to buy anything for his band but if one day I can afford to buy something for his band like this amplifier, I will in a heartbeat. I know how much he enjoys playing music and it makes me very happy if I can do something for him and his band. I just wish I can do that now. Oh well, I guess helping them search is enough for now. Maybe one day I'll be able to search and buy them the instrument or gadget at the same time. One day.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Surprising?



Let's pretend it is, surprising I mean...that it's already TGIF. Yes? I think that would be hard to pull off knowing how much we've been watching the days.

With that being said....enjoy your weekend everyone. I 'heard' that it's going to be a rainy weekend for us especially in the afternoons but that's fine. It's the weekend....what more can I ask for, right?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Today is Wednesday!

Just in case you're not keeping track of the days. Ha! Actually I just can't think of a better title. It's a very slow day here so I thought of updating here. I'm quite sleepy so I need to keep myself busy or I will nod off if I don't. I had a restless sleep last night probably because I'm a wee bit anxious about some things that are going on both here and abroad. Huh? Anyway, the extra strength allergy medicine I took this morning and the gloomy day we have at the moment are not helping...at all. Well, the allergy med made the sneezing stop but I feel all lethargic now.

I've also been watching You Tube to ward off sleepiness as well as reading my daily dose of news. One news that caught my attention is about coffee...and 'selfies'. I'm sure you're familiar with coffee but if you're not familiar with a 'selfie'...it's a picture of yourself taken by yourself. Many post selfies on FB, twitter and/or Instagram. I've never posted any selfie just because I'm not into those kinds of thing. But who cares. Oopss...back to my original topic. So what about coffee and selfies? There is this café/coffee shop in Taiwan that can actually put your selfie on your coffee. Yep, your picture on your coffee. What happens is you take a selfie with your smartphone and upload the picture. The picture is then 'printed' on top of your latte using edible ink. Yep, leave it to the Chinese to come up with something 'different'? Here's the Broken News that explains this new 'phenomenon'...????

Monday, August 12, 2013

Stop It, Garfield!

 
 
Such a grouch, isn't he? Can anyone relate? I sure can...sometimes.
 
As usual, the weekend went by fast. It was definitely a lazy weekend for us. Saturday was the usual chores day. Unlike the past couple of weekends I didn't do any weeding. I did a little bit of work outside late morning...I transplanted some of the lily bulbs to even out the space between them. It only took a few minutes to do that. That's all I did outside. I spent most of the day inside. Yesterday Sunday was spent at home. Hubby was home but he was really sore. His back has been bothering him for days so he's been walking around like a 90-year old man. Still he asked me if I wanted to do something, meaning go somewhere. How could I even think of doing that when he's in pain like that? So we stayed home bugging each other and watching some shows. I even took a short nap while he read something. The little one...busy tinkering with her books and gadgets.
 
Anyway, here's wishing everyone a good week ahead. Hopefully it will be a stress-free week for all of us [wishful thinking?]. If not, just make the most out of it. Yes?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Question...




Almost! Actually it's Friday already in some parts of the world...so....TGIF! Yeah!

I don't have much to do so I thought of updating this blog. I actually thought of doing that yesterday but I got busy with I don't know what so I'm doing it today instead.

Nothing new around here...as always. Somehow I like it that way. Things have been kinda' mellow. There are a couple of 'stressors' but I'm trying not to dwell on them [read: ignore them or 'dedma]. Hubs is still very busy at work which equates to him being stressed. He does not bring home work stuff which is good since he can have some time to relax. Sometimes he tells me about what's happening but that's basically the end of it. I get more stressed than him when he tells me things like their vendors that don't deliver on time which results to them not being able to meet the deadlines....or customers who are unreasonable with their demands. There's not much I can do about it so I just serve as a sounding board sometimes or just a listener. Their latest job is almost complete so I'm hoping he can take some breather after this one.

As for me....nothing new. Just on a waiting mode for now.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Eerily Quiet Here

So...Boo!

I've been meaning to post here before the week [yes, last week] ended but for some strange reason/s [read: lazy me!], I wasn't able to...but here I am now giving it a shot.

Our weekend has been busy. I'm busy continuing my weeding adventure while the hubs is busy finishing a job. He is at work right now...yes, on a Sunday, still working on that job. As usual, it's just the little one and I here at home minding our own business. I have some chores to do as soon as I get off here so it won't be a lazy day for me. In the meantime, the little one is busy tinkering with her gadgets. She only gets them [her iPod and Nintendo] on the weekends [after she's done with her chores] because they pose too much distractions with her school work during the week so she surrenders them to me on Sunday night for safekeeping.

Anyway, unlike last weekend, my weeding chore is not causing me as much aches and pains this time around. I still feel some here and there but not as a bad.  I was able to clear out the weeds around the other tree yesterday. It was actually easy because it was like peeling off a banana or removing a carpet. The weeds that grew around that tree are the kinds that cluster together so it was easy-peasy to pull them out. Hubby didn't have to go around that tree anymore when he mowed the grass yesterday. Yep, he still had to mow after working the whole day. Poor guy.

The week ahead will be same-o, same-o. I'm sure hubs will still be busy with work and I will be doing my own thing. He is hoping that we can take a short vacay after this job they're working on but we have to wait and see. If a promising work comes in between now and then, the vacation would have to, uhm, wait. It's just the way it is with small businesses nowadays. They can't afford to turn down jobs because of the uncertainty of when the next one will come. Such is life...for now, anyway.