Friday, August 1, 2014

a pleasant surprise

The family ate out today. We went to a Mexican restaurant where the little man surprised us by eating tortilla chips dipped in salsa. Nobody urged him to eat, he did it on his own. He kept on saying that it was good and by the amount he consumed I would say he was not just saying it to make anybody happy. The experience was probably as surprising as receiving a brand new godin a5 from a perfect stranger. Totally unexpected! Normally, when we tell him we are going out to eat he always whine about McDonald's but not this time. The husband told his son he was very proud of him although he was miffed that the younger man hogged the dip, lol. I am hoping that this is the beginning of him trying new food and that he will enjoy the experience all the time. As for the little girl, she had ice cream after making it known to everybody she was not interested on anything else. We are optimistic that she will change her preferences as she gets older. After all, the little man used to be picky too but look at him now. There is hope! Lol.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


I tried my hand at baking Monay. This is the kind of bread I grew up eating. This kind is readily available at bakeshops (bakery) in the Philippines. It is sweet and dense and is a good partner for coffee for breakfast. This was my first attempt which fortunately resulted in an edible batch, lol. The little man and I devoured whatever little amount I made. We will try this again in the future because in as much as I love this bread I do not think it is good eaten everyday especially if eaten in more than one serving. Even the husband was amazed at the flavor and with the fact that I actually baked something edible. He said I should make more. I know I will, it is just a matter of when.

Monday, July 21, 2014

enjoying some quiet time

The husband is watching a documentary right now. He wants me to watch it with him since the kids are sleeping but I do not feel like watching a documentary. If it was fiction I would probably stay in the living room with him, to yell and scream at the tv screen. As it is, I am happy sitting here in bed doing my things online. I have played all my online games that I need reinforcement from my online friends. Fortunately for me, it is easier than searching or buying affordable bass with an active preamp online so I am confident that my friends will send me lives and help me unlock the next levels once they get around to sitting in front of their computers. I will just have to be patient and wait. I may have to wrap it up because my kids are early risers and they have this annoying habit of waking everybody up just because they are up. I need my beauty rest to keep up with them during the day.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I made a little garden in our backyard. I have a few vegetables in there that I normally only see at the Asian stores like (yard-long) string beans, long and skinny eggplants, squash, and sweet potatoes. There are also plants like okra, zucchini, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and chilies. Then there are lemongrass, moringa, purple spinach, and lime as well. I made a mess in the yard, planting everything I can think of everywhere that it is starting to look like a jungle in there. The husband is not happy with that so I promised him that next time I will try to stay within the garden so we can keep things tidy. The picture with this post is I think my first bean harvest. It was not much but it was enough for one meal.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


A friend who has cats has been worried about one of them being sick. She brings her cats to the doctors when she thinks the animals need it but she also tries to figure out what is wrong first by keeping an eye on her pets to determine whether or not they need treatment. I do not blame her because she has been out a lot of money for her cats. I guess she has to make sure if the animals really do need a vet's care. She said that she is grateful that she can get online to check about the animals' symptoms and that she can actually purchase medicines on this website if she thinks it is needed. I salute her for being patient with her pets and for taking good care of them. I love pets as long as they are owned by somebody else and I do not have to take care of them. That is why even if the little man has been asking for a dog, the husband and I still have not given in. We might in the future when he is old enough to understand that pets need care and if he wants one he will have to take care of it but not right now. It is a lot of responsibility and it takes commitment to have a pet.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

a not very fun vacation

The family went to Orlando for spring break. It was not planned. We did not think of going anywhere. We thought we will spend the whole week at home just relaxing until the husband's oldest daughter and her family came to visit and prompted us to go with them to Florida for a few days. The husband refused at first but she was persistent and said she will pay for everything so we went ahead and packed. Why not, huh? She paid for our room then gave us gas money. Pretty good for vacation companions, right? The day of our trip started out good but come night time, the little man started throwing up. He said his tummy felt funny. The husband and I got ready for a sleepless night taking care of a sick child. Do you know what it is like to take care of a child with stomach bug in a motel room? Not fun, at all. He felt better in the morning so at noon we decided to venture out and checked the house that the stepdaughter was buying, in another city in Florida. On our way there, the little man started whining so we stopped to let him get fresh air which was a good move because as soon as he got out of the car he started throwing up again. When he finished he asked for food. He was better after that. At midnight I started feeling queasy and then the cramps, nausea, followed by vomiting and diarrhea followed. It was awful. The husband got sick the same time I did. Then on our way home the little girl got sick and started throwing up while in her carseat. The only good thing that happened was that none of the kids had diarrhea. I am telling you, it was a vacation like no other. The husband and I laugh about it now that we are home but during that ordeal (it was definitely that) we were so miserable. Yes, the vacation was paid for by somebody else but had I known something like that would happen, I would have preferred to stay home. No amount of money would have been enough for me to go anywhere knowing my family will be sick. But, it is over and done with. And, oh, there is one more thing that is a plus on this trip: I got to go back to the Chinatown in Orlando to buy Asian goodies before we went home. Glass half full, right? :D

Thursday, March 6, 2014

anniversary present

The husband did not give me anything for our anniversary. He asked what I wanted days before the event but I told him I did not have a clue what I wanted. He does not surprise me with presents anymore because most of the time I prefer something else from what he gave me. So, we agreed that he asks or that I would just go on ahead and get what I want. It is not very romantic but it is better than being both disappointed because I did not like his present. It has been almost two months since our anniversary and I still have not figured out what I really want. Oh, it is not for lack of trying on my part. Believe me, I have looked everywhere and have asked myself several times but nothing comes up. I have browsed jewelry from this website and that, looked at designer purses, electronics, even food. Somebody is happy because he said at the rate I am going, it will be our anniversary again when I decide what I want then he will only have to pay for one item for two, lol. If nothing else, I can just ask for cash and spend it on clothes. But that will be a last resort. Who knows how hard it could get to actually think of a present for yourself?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

looking forward to warm, sunny days

We had a setback with the cold weather this past week. School was off two days because of a winter storm that caused power outage in the area where the little man's school was located. Ice was everywhere. Our fence got a bit of damage because of a limb that fell off the tree from the neighbor's yard. There were icicles on most everything outside. It was scary just to even think about going outside so we stayed in and prayed that the storm will stop and the roads will clear. It finally happened Thursday evening. We are looking at warm days next week and I am seriously hoping it will stay warm for a long time. I am so ready to get in the backyard and start a garden. I have had enough of being cooped up inside the house.