Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving had past and how was your celebration? I bet you still have left over of what you all cooked. For us we have a lot of left over. Me and hubby cooked lots of food for just the two of us :-) We expected guests but then their schedule got mixed up because of other invitations so they were not able to come to our apartment. We ended up having the 17.4lbs turkey all to ourselves. We enjoyed cooking and glad everything went well.



After we knew that our guests are not coming, we started to set the table and of course start eating. But before the eating part we had fun taking pictures of what we cooked and what's on the table. Our DD was asleep so we were not able to take a picture of us three together. I don't want to wake her up because she will get cranky. All in all, our Thanksgiving was really a great one even if there's only three of us.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Alli Weight Loss Pills

I have noticed the growing popularity of alli weight loss pill. From the first time it was out in the market until now it seems that a lot of people are using it. It is not a doctor's prescribed weight loss pill. You can see it all drugstore and can buy it over the counter. Accordingly, this pill has the ability to reduce absorption of fats in the body, thus controlling weight gain. I have a friend who uses it and she said it is really working on her. She uses it along with her diet plan and exercise. She have been on the heavier side for many years and she is glad she's able to find an effective pill for her.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It's Turkey Day!

This is the time to give celebrate for a fruitful year amidst the economic crisis :-) Have a blessed celebration. Be safe and be happy!

Afraid of Vacuum

Ever since our daughter heard and determine the sound of the vacuum she develop a somewhat phobia on it. It is not the worst phobia though. She just don't want to be put on the floor once you are doing the vacuuming. What I do is to let her touch the vacuum before I clean our floor. If hubby is doing it, she wants me to carry her. I think the loud noise scare her that is why she cried when she first heard it.

I bought her a toy vacuum and she knows how to use it. I always tell her young mind that it is the same and it is used for cleaning not to scare her. Because we are vacuuming the floor almost everyday, she will only look at me but I have to let her know first that it's okay so she will not cry. Now hubby is cleaning the carpet and then vacuuming it while our DD is in her high chair. She is watching her Daddy so intently. When her Daddy put her down she walked towards the vacuum and touched it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Research Before You Buy

I just had a conversation with a friend about dieting and losing weight. I agree that we have to watch we eat if we want to become healthy and fit. It is one's prerogative if he/she wants to follow a strict diet and exercise or take a diet pill, food supplement, weight loss pill. But it is very important that whatever means you are going to follow you need to research first. There are diet pills that are appropriate for you and others are not; just like if you want to take Leptovox because you heard its effectiveness as a weight loss pill. The same thing with other pills, it is best to know how it works, its contents and if it is good for your health. By doing so, you will not jeopardize your health. It is also important to consult a professional or your physician to ensure your safety.

Mama's Slippers



I have seen babies before that are trying to imitate what their Mommies are doing and even slipping on big shoes. I think this is common to all babies because our DD is now into it. When hubby gets home she will be waiting on him to take off his shoes and then she will pick it up and try bringing it near the shoe cabinet. She sees us all the time doing it. But sometimes when she sees our slippers or sandals lying around, she will slip it on just like in the picture above. She looks very funny walking very slowly so the slippers will not slip out of her tiny feet. Babies are really great imitator :-)

Digital Signage

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Weekend Recap

Another week awaits us and this includes the Thanksgiving celebration this coming Thursday. Our weekend passed by so quick. Saturday I attended our last meeting in school. Supposedly the last day of school will be on December 6 and then our finals but we only meet on the 6th to submit our take home finals. We already have our final exam and I need to finish it before I forget :-)

After school on Saturday we went to do errands. Went a little shopping at Ross Dress for Less, yeah I am into frugal finds, and check out Bed bath and Beyond as well. Afterward we headed to the Commissary on post for grocery shopping. It was raining a little bit in the morning but glad that in the afternoon the rain stopped.

Sunday me and our DD just stayed at home while Daddy went to church. We woke up late and I don't want hubby to be late for church so I decided to just stay at home. I finished up packing my balikbayan box and the two boxes are full already. I still need a tape to finished sealing the second box. I will have it picked up this week. Around 4pm we headed out to Capital mall because I wanted to use my 20% off coupon at American Eagle store. I got me a jacket and hubby a sweater. We just browsed around and decided to head home.

Our weekend is the usual weekend we have. How about you? Hope you had a great one :-)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Twilight at Forks

The movie Twilight is now in theaters. It is predicted to whoop up millions and become one of the year's blockbusters. Stephanie Meyer, the author of the Twilight saga, chooses Forks, Washington as the setting of this modern day vampire love story. Beginning this past summer the small town of Forks is now basking in frenzy because people not only from here in the US but other parts of the world are visiting. The timber city is now becoming a tourist attraction because of the book. Local businesses are also joining the frenzy and creating and selling memorabilia like t-shirts, bags, buttons, and others. Even restaurants are selling Bella burgers, named after the leading girl Bella Swan :-) Among the favorite tourist destinations are Bella Swan's house, the Cullen's house, and the rocky beach. I am not really sure if I will watch the movie in theater or read the book but I will try if I have the chance.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tongue Sore

It has been 4 days now that I am feeling the soreness in my tongue. While we had lunch on Sunday I bit the side of my tongue. This then create a painful sore. I know some of you have experienced it already. Then on Tuesday before going in to my class we stopped by to get latte. Obviously it is hot but I sipped the coffee fast it burnt my already sore tongue. It is really very uncomfortable feeling. When I talk I can feel the side touches my teeth and it makes it more painful. I hope this will fade away soon. My lesson learned is to drink my coffee slowly to avoid being burnt :-)

Disney Vacations

My husband was asking me that since we can't go to Philippines yet this Christmas if it is okay that we go somewhere else within the US. One of his plans is to go to Florida and spend Christmas in Disney World. I really am confused because I told him to just stay here since I want to cut back on vacation expenses and now I saw Disney vacations for $99 per package. This includes accommodations, Disney tickets and coupon book. Regularly, this is a $399 package. This is really a good deal to pass. I will show this to hubby and see what he thinks about it. If you want to go to Florida, check this deal too for the whole family.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sunday Pictures




I really don't like taking picture of myself :-) When we go outing I will always be the photographer and hubby and our DD will be my subjects. But on Sunday, after church, I asked hubby to take our picture. I was meaning to hold her in my arms and get a good pose but our DD don't like to be carried. She just want to walk around thus I was following her around. She even cried when I put her in her car seat. I am glad I was bringing a bag full of food stuff for her. I know she was already hungry so I fed her with her pasta shells with cheese and bacon bits. She went quite while I was feeding her. By the time we got to the restaurant she was already full and she was behaved the whole time.

Pregnant Man: Again

Have you heard again of that guy from Oregon, Thomas, who had given birth? He is pregnant again and is due in June. I saw the preview of his interview with the View host Barbara Walters and even she was shocked. Accordingly, he received some hate mails as well as threats because of their situation. A lot of people still do not understand and does not accept them as what they are.

For me, I don't think it's an abnormal thing. It is their choice and they deserve to have kids. I think it is the right time for society to accept this kind of changes. I see on the clip that they are a happy family and they are responsible parents. It may redefine the rule of the father, as the one who conceived and gave birth, but it didn't change the fact that their father was also a female. I believe that they will explain to their kids everything and as long as they reinforce the understandings of their children about their situation their kids will grow to have an open mind.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

School Update

Yesterday was our second test for my Medical Insurance Coding and Billing class. The test I would say was easy but very tricky true or false questions. I don't know how I did yet but I am not expecting an A on it. Our instructor also checked our workbook and glad I was able to answer up to Chapter 10. We will only have one more meeting left this coming Saturday, November 22nd. We will not have class on Thanksgiving weekend. Our final test will be handed out to us on 22nd as well. It is a take home final exam to be submitted on December 6th. Our instructor told us we can either mail it to her or submit it on the 6th. I still have to think about mailing it or wait until December to submit it.

With my Medical Law class, I had a B+ on our first test. Out of 50 I had 43. If I had 44 it will be an A-. Most of my mistakes were answers that I changed. I had the first answer right and then changed it to something else. This teaches me a lesson to trust on my instinct :-) We did not meet on Veteran's Day. This coming Tuesday we have to submit our assignments and we will have a guest speaker that will talk to us about health care here in the US. Our finals will be set whenever between December 2-12. I am hoping it will be a take home finals as well :-)

I am just glad that this quarter is about to end. For next quarter, since all my subjects is not offered in Winter, I will look for another class preferably an online class so I will not go to the campus. I haven't decided yet what class but hopefully something that will be credited when I pursue other medical field.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Chocolates

When I was in the Philippines I love chocolates a lot. I guess because I seldom eat it, especially because it is expensive. This is why it is also one of the most awaited gifts from families who are living abroad. But when I got here in the US I was so overwhelmed by the different kinds of chocolates you can buy from different stores. It is really a treat for me. Now that I have been living here for almost 4 years chocolates really does not appeal to me that much at all. I really don't know what happened but I can't even finish a small bar of toblerone, hershey or cadbury when before I could. I guess this means that I am not a chocoholic at all :-)

Speaking of chocolates, I am going to buy chocolates and candies that I will be sending to my family back in the Philippines. They already got the balikbayan box I sent on September 25th. My Mom counted the days and it reaches up to 42 days that they received the package. I did not sent a lot of chocolates and when I called them my nephews and nieces are telling me to send more :-) You know, they can buy chocolates there but it is different when it is given especially from families who lives abroad :-) I may have to buy more bags of candies so they can give it to relatives in time of New Year as well.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

November Storms

The November storms is bringing havoc to the northwest. A lot of people are affected by the continuous raining. Houses and properties washed through downstream as a result of flooding. There are roads and bridges that are closed because of fear of flooding. This is one of the natural calamities that I hope I will not go through because it is just devastating. Even if you are prepared but still you cannot expect what the damage could be. I hope that we will be able to see some sun light today and the raining eases so the rivers can subside and roads will be opened back up again.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Shopping for the Holidays

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? There are 43 days left for Christmas :-) Surely, time flies so fast. Around this time last year we moved here in our apartment. We will be celebrating our second Christmas here. We decided to put up our Christmas tree and decorations after Thanksgiving. With regards to shopping, I am almost done with my shopping for my balikbayan box. The last box I sent, my family received it about 38 days. So sending the boxes I have now this Saturday, hopefully, they will get it by Christmas time.

Maybe during black Friday we we will shop for Christmas gifts for our kids and send it early to them. I am scouting from different stores who offers good deals though because I know that stores are also marking down merchandise to entice buyers. We were at Sears this afternoon and I was stunned with the low price of flat screen television. The same thing with Walmart and Best Buy. But we don't need new television just yet :-) I am looking at new computer monitor, so hopefully I can get one for Christmas :-)

Affordable Eyeglasses


Have you heard about Zenni Optical? An online optical store that sells prescription eyeglasses for a fraction of the cost from its competitor? Zenni Optical was on FOX news! Yes, because of their affordable eyeglasses they were featured on Fox News. You can get any type of eyeglasses with Variable Dimension Frames From Zenni from $8 and up. If you are wearing an eyeglasses and you like to keep changing your glasses to match your outfit, you can try Zenni. Surely, you will get Great Eyeglasses For Less from them. The reason why they sell so affordable because they manufacture their own products. No middle man whatsoever. So check them out now and see what pair you think look fabulous on you. See also Zenni on Fox how this family save money buying prescription eyeglasses for their kids.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Horrifying Text Message

A horrifying text message to me is like "please call it's an emergency". If you are living overseas or away from your family and you receive such message, I bet you will be horrified. My sister always sends texts just like it. She did it to me twice. First when our uncle passed away last month and then the other night she did it again. So I called right away and holding my breath until I was able to talk to my Mom.

Indeed, the news is not good. My nephew, my older sister's only child had an accident. He is 10 years old and in 5th grade. He goes to a Catholic school and every Friday they have student mass. After mass my nephew along with his classmates went to the canteen for snacks. They were eating at the picnic shed outside the canteen. Nearby was a maintenance guy grass cutting. When suddenly he shouted in pain and was holding his eye.

A stone was hit by the blade of the grass cutter and flew hitting him in the eye. He was in real pain so his teacher brought him to the nearby clinic. The doctor who saw him told the teacher that he needs to be seen by an Ophthalmologist because she saw the damage and she is not an eye doctor. She gave a referral note and told the teacher to call that doctor's office to make sure he will be taken cared of when he gets there. The teacher then called my sister and that same day he was brought to Butuan City.

The Ophthalmologist checked his eye and the monitor showed his lens and iris were badly damaged. He needs an eye operation right away to prevent it from further damage that will result to cataract and blindness. The doctor will take out his lens and preserve it. The doctor will also fix the damaged iris. After a month he will have surgery again to put the lens back. I was really trembling when I heard the news but I am glad that the doctor assured them that he will be able to see again. For the meantime he will wear a contact lens with grade so he will be able to see while waiting for his original lens.

My sister was really mad and asked the teacher why on earth they let the maintenance guy do the grass cutting when it is school day. What if the blade came off and flew, it could have been deadly. Their reason is that it's an impromptu cleaning because they will have visitors' yada, yada. The school promised that the insurance will cover all the expenses. I just hope that everything will be alright with my nephew and he will get back his sight.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Ready to Vote?

If you are a citizen of this free country, now is the time to go out and exercise your right. This is the time for your voice to be heard. I persuaded my husband to vote and he already made his choices. He will be dropping off his ballot this afternoon. He got the mail in ballot so we will find a drop off place around lunch time to drop it off. If only I am already a citizen I will really vote. I want to make sure that my vote counts. This is a historic moment for whoever wins will really mark a history in the country.

There are so many facts that can be deduced from this election. I got this facts from watching CNN this early morning:
  • If Obama ticket wins, he will be the first Africa-American to become the President of the United States of America, the 27th lawyer to become president and the 3rd president from Illinois next to Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant.
  • If elected, Joe Biden will be the first Vice President elected from Delaware.
  • If McCain ticket wins, he will be the 2nd US Naval Academy graduate elected for presidency; the first was Jimmy Carter.
  • If elected, Sarah Palin will be the first lady Vice President to serve the country.
There is one city here in the US that is already done with the election before other cities start opening the polling places and it is Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. According to the report, there were only 21 registered voters and Obama won by 15 against McCain's 6.

Visit Vegas Soon

I mentioned here in my blog before that I was delighted to know that one of our neighbors back in Philippines and previous co-workers are already here in the US. They all are living in different cities in Nevada. One of them called me up and she said hopefully we can have a get together. I really would love it. If ever we decided on the time we prefer to meet at las vegas nevada. That way we will enjoy the grandeur of the place while in each others company. I am so glad to be able to communicate to them. I am positive that we will be seeing each other soon.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Costumes


Last year's Halloween I bought the costume above for our DD. I put it on her but we did not go trick-or-treating because it was really cold and we just stayed inside our friend's house. We had dinner in their place while the bigger kids went out to enjoy the trick-or-treating.

This year's Halloween we were not able to go out because it was raining. I don't like going around and we will be drenching so I decided to just stay home. Our DD for sure do not understand what the celebration is all about. When she will be 3 years old then we can go around along with other kids. I just took picture of her in her little pink butterfly costume as you can see below.



Sunday, November 2, 2008

Spider Traps

My husband dislike insects very much especially spiders. Every time he gets out to our porch he will be bringing a long broom with him to clean up his way first. He will sweep the beams of the porch fearing there will be spiders on top. I laughed at him when he do it and I teased him that why afraid of small insects; surely he is bigger than them. So I told him that he needs to get spider traps so he will not bring long broom stick again to ward off the insects. He just laughed but I know he is serious with it. I may have to buy the traps myself so he can relax once he is out in our porch. I pity looking at him combating the insects :-)

Selling Old Stuff

We have a two bedroom apartment and a good size closets but still we are in need of space to store our extra stuffs especially the baby gears that our DD is not using anymore. Hubby thought of donating it. All her baby gears are still in very good condition. I asked hubby to wait because maybe we will get pregnant again. Then he told me that for sure if we will have another baby I will get new stuff again.

So we decided to sell it and if it will not be sold we will donate it to Goodwill. We will be selling her crib with mattress, rainforest mobile, rainforest swing, bouncer, bassinet, and other stuffs. We had the pictures of it taken then we posted it in our mailbox area. We are selling it, of course, at a very low price. I hope we can dispose all of it soon because we are planning of getting a toddler bed for her. I already found online and I showed it to her. Seemed like she like it because she kept pointing at the picture. Hopefully everything will work out fine.

Busy

I got very busy with my class and some household errands that I forgot I got tasks to accomplish. I blame it to the weather :-) Yeah it was raining hard yesterday and we did a lot of driving all over the place. Hubby went to his office because their commander asked him of something. We were on our way to buy something at the store. I thought he will be there quick but he was there for more than 20 minutes. As usual since it was raining we stayed in the car. I am glad that even if it was raining the temperature is tolerable and not very that cold. So now I am here trying to catch up everything if it is still possible.
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