Monday, January 30, 2012
I have been to San Francisco, California once when we passed by there going to Hawaii. We took a Space-A flight [military flight] at Travis Air Force Base. While in that area, we decided to drive to San Francisco and made use of the whole day that we have to wait for our flight to Aloha state. I know there are lots of places to see in the city, but we don't have enough time. We plan of going back there when God permits. Below were the only places that we went to.
We walked along the Embarcadero street and checked out different shops that we passed by. We had the experience of walking through the Port of San Francisco, which is very famous and have seen it in many movies. I had a picture under the Fisherman's Wharf sign but can't find it in my files.
We had our lunch at Bubba Gump restaurant. Our table was situated in the window area and we can see the Alcatraz across.
When dusk came, we drove to one of the landmarks of California, the Golden Gate Bridge. It was windy and we don't have warm clothes, thus we didn't stay there long. After few pictures taken and gasping the cool San Francisco air, we proceeded back to Travis and patiently waiting for the flight to Hawaii.
We have it here at home and I get to play it once in a while. Last Christmas I played some Christmas songs because our girls want to hear me play it. We bought new strings and have tuned up. Good thing there is the internet to search for guitar chords if I don't know what it is. If I have more time after my online studies is finished, I will try my best to practice playing the guitar and maybe look for guitar for kids so I can give one for our daughter.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Starting tomorrow I need to have a proper game plan on how to tackle my school work. Hubby is not always here at home because of work and out of town trainings so I don't have somebody to watch the kids while I do my school stuffs. The older one is okay and can already understand if I don't want to be disturbed, but the little one still needs my full attention when she is awake. If this entails for me to have a sitter for few days a week just so I can go through all my practice dictations without distraction, then so be it. But I will do my best to make use of my time and not procrastinate.
Okay, I am done ranting :-) I feel better now that I have this out for all to read. I will have myself accountable to y'all :-) Do keep me in your prayers so I can get through this haul and finish this program.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Have you guys heard of Pintrest? It's a new website that everybody in my neighborhood is talking about and I just don't really see what all the fuss is. I went on the other day and it looks to me a bunch of pictures all strung together, none of them really having anything to do with each other. If you ask me, Louisiana Internet can be a big waste of time if you're not using it the right way so I prefer when I get online to focus on things like answering e-mails and checking my social media accounts. Every now and then I'll send some pictures to my mom would do a little online shopping but I don't have time for frivolous sites that don't do anything but waste the precious moments I have with my children. I know I sound like a total Internet snob and I don't mean to but I feel like in today's day and age people are too obsessed with technology and not spending enough time with each other.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
If you have a little girl I know you can relate with this. Our DD1 started to like dress so much when she was around 2-1/2-year-old. From then until now she like to always wear a dress. I will have to bribe her with something just so she will wear pants and shirt.
This #20 entry for 366 Blog Photo Challenge above was taken when our DD1 was 3-year-old. That was the height of her having strong affinity to dresses and blings. She is a fashionista wanna-be. I don't know about you but it is also fun to dress up our little princess.
I think, in my opinion, the medical liability of the medical professional is at stake thus, they wanted to make sure before giving their final diagnosis to order battery of tests for their patients. Although they have professional liability insurance but I am pretty sure nobody wants to use it. The high cost of medical malpractice insurance plus their license is what's at stake once medical lawsuit is filed against them. I am not well versed of the medical malpractice law but one thing I'm sure, no doctors would want to be sued.
For those medical professional that wanted to avail or compare medical malpractice insurance, you can check out and get insurance quote for medical malpractice see the different rates with different specialty. I do hope that congress can find a way also to lower the cost of this insurance and work together to fix the healthcare system.
Before, I used one of our bar stool but it is very awkward to drag the bar stool everywhere in the house. With the step stool, it is light weight, I can fold it with ease and store it inside the jacket closet. I am so glad hubby bought me one. It makes it easier for me to reach higher areas in the house.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is not your ordinary park. The experience is different from other parks that you can see. They are more focused on preserving the nature and the living organisms. You can see different animals in a natural habitat. Although some are in cage but just so the wild animals can't really harm the people or vice versa.
Above is a tram tour. There is a narrator that will explain the history and and how they maintain the park, how the animals are being taken cared of, what are the different species to be found, and many other information.
Aside from the land animals, they also have birds, water animals present, fresh and salt water alike. The kids will surely love it. This wildlife park is very educational in many ways. A great place to commune with nature and educate our kids.
Our house is just a stone throw away from an athletic center here in our area. I can just walk going there in a given nice weather. Since it is the region's athletic center, there are playing fields around it for baseball, soccer, basketball, track and field, bike area, walking pathways, and many others. I like it that near the playing fields there are portable bleachers and aluminum bleachers that watchers can sit in comfortable to watch every game.
The park I am talking also has park sheds where people can rent out for any occasions. I have friends celebrated birthdays for their kids over there. The kids have a big place to run around as well as enjoy using the park amenities. I know in some parks not only kids can enjoy, even four-legged friends as well. They have their own area too. Good thing is that there are dog exercise equipment and pet wet stations that pets can use for them to enjoy.
If only we have nice weather everyday that would not entail me to do too much preparation, I will bring the kids to the park everyday. They love playing at the park. It is also good for them to have the physical exercise that the park offers. It can build their stability and decision making process. If you have kids, you can really appreciate what a park can give to your kids.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Below are some of the places worth checking out in Seattle, Washington. I know there are lots to see in the city but we don't have the chance to check it out yet. Maybe when the weather permits and we have enough time, we will explore the city more.
This big water fountain is located in the Seattle Center. During summer time and there is activity in the center, this is the best hang out area of those who wanted to cool off from the heat.
One place I love to visit when we are in Seattle is the Pike Place Market. It is like a wet market where you can find lots of fresh produce, sea foods, vegetables, fresh flowers, different kinds of herbs, and many others. They have restaurants inside if you love to try different cuisine.
Among other things that I love to watch on youtube, is cooking video of recipes that I wanted to try cooking as well. I also found a good video of doing crafts. As a matter of fact this past December I watched on youtube a video on how to make Christmas decors. If I have enough time this coming Christmas I am going to watch another video so I will do all my Christmas decors. Decors are really expensive and if you make your own you can save more. This will be my new goal, to save on decors since there are lots of resources to watch if you need step-by-step tutorial.
Good thing my husband is good when it comes to fixing autos. He only spent around $5 for a wire that connects to the spark plug. As to the pump, everything works good. If he has to go to the shop and have it fix, I am pretty sure the labor cost is much higher than the parts. Now I am confident his truck will not stall when he is driving to work with a snowy weather.
This is my # 14 entry for 366 Blog Photo Challenge.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
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I know winter has long been started but we just had our first snow experience for this season yesterday. The forecast says this rain-snow will last until Tuesday then comes back on Thursday. It has been snowing, on and off, since yesterday late afternoon. This morning when I woke up the kids were bugging me to go out and play. We did for a little bit after breakfast. I posted their pics here.
Right now the sun is kinda up but there is still snow showers. Good thing we were able to do our grocery shopping yesterday we don't need to go out today. Tomorrow is holiday, so even if it will snow hard we will be okay.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
It was already announced by Walgreens management on their press release that the contract between Walgreens and Express Script has ended on the 31st of December. This means effective this month those patients with Express Scripts plan and uses Walgreens pharmacies to get their prescriptions can no longer do so.
Negotiations were already done but to no avail. Express Scripts did not accept even if Walgreens offered to hold rates for a new contract flat and expressed not to increase rates. Because Tricare, the military insurance provider, uses Express Scripts program, Walgreens took an unprecedented step of guaranteeing that they will match the prices or beat the average costs per adjusted prescription of all pharmacies in the Tricare network just so the military personnel and their dependents will not be caught in the middle.
All effort by Walgreens to prevent disruption of services to the consumer rendered negative result, thus, they are tying their best to minimize the inconvenience by offering discounts on membership fees through Walgreens Prescription Savings Club. If you are going to enroll this month of January, you can avail of the discount in membership fee which is $10 for family with dependents 22 and younger and $5 for individuals.
For me, as much as possible, I want to use the services where I am comfortable with. I know million of patients don't want to be uprooted to where they get their prescriptions from, because by doing so means you have to establish again another relationship with a new pharmacist and you have to start afresh, record-wise, in that new pharmacy. So if you want to support Walgreens and receive updates about issues, information, and promotion, like Walgreens on Facebook and follow Walgreens on Twitter .
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
One of my favorite pharmacy or drug store is Walgreens. I am one of the millions of Moms all over the US that frequented Walgreens not just for getting prescription but most especially to snag great deal of groceries using coupons on top of their register rewards program. They also provide a monthly savings booklet that I love to use.
I heard about the dispute between Walgreens and Express Scripts. Their contract is ending this past December 31 and negotiations were unsuccessful. My step-daughter is under Express Scripts and they sent to her her monthly medications from Walgreens. Now I realized that this will no longer happen and that my step-daughter will have to find a new pharmacy that she will be comfortable with to have her prescription. This is really an inconvenience as a costumer.
I like Walgreens because they have affordable medications. As a consumer I don't like the idea that we have to abide by what our plan dictate us to do. It should be the other way around. We should have the liberty to choose. If you want to find out more about this issue, you can check this Walgreens and Express Script press release.
The good thing now is that Walgreens have a program that makes the transition easy for the pharmacy users. They have the Walgreens Prescription Savings Club that will help costumers manage their prescriptions online. They are offering discount for those who wanted to enroll this month of January. A $10 for family membership and $5 for individual membership fees. Once a member, you can enjoy great discounts on 80,000 name-brand and generic medications. We all know that prescriptions are getting expensive but good thing there is a pharmacy like Walgreens that look out for all of us.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
For my # 2 entry for TT, I will post pictures of places that are worth checking out if you happen to be in the Northwest, particularly Seattle. I first heard about Seattle when I saw the movie Sleepless in Seattle in 1993 with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I was still in high school at that time. When I first set foot at the Seatac airport, the first thing I told my husband in a jokingly manner was "I will be sleepless too in Seattle."
Anyways, below are some places you can check out while in Seattle aside from the famous Space Needle, which I can't find the picture in my files, you can visit these places:
Monday, January 9, 2012
I love couponing and it is my goal starting this year to buy stuff with coupons. For others it may be a penny pinching but it is in a good way for me. In fact I have some american eagle outfitters coupons that can snag me a good deal for one of my fave casual clothing to wear. I will try to also do a year-round shopping for gifts for Christmas. If I see a good deal for an item that is great for gifts and I have coupon and discount for it, then it will be a good buy. This way I will be able to save money and less stress and expenses come gift-giving time.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
This is my first time to join Tuesday Travels. My first entry will be Hawaii. I know if you talk Hawaii there are so many things to see and do. I will just share one particular place that I know tourist would not want to miss while in the majestic place of pristine beaches and beautiful views. Below are photos of the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, who is considered as the father of modern surfing.
If you happen to be on this particular place while in Hawaii, you can tell your family or friends to check out Google Earth that takes live feed of the place that can be viewed online.
The photos above were taken on our Hawaiian vacation back in 2009. Our DD1 was 2 years old then. It was her second and my third Hawaii vacation since I came here in the US. We hope to be there again.
Monday, January 2, 2012
This year, our family is very thankful for the blessings that we received the past year. The big responsibility that we embraced was owning our first home. In a big way, this teaches us how to become more mindful of our spending. And another thing that really changes us is how we look at security and making sure the property and us living in are covered.
Every night when I go to sleep I made sure everything is checked. Those that can cause harm, like fire is secured. Fireplaces turned off, if we light jar candles it should be turned off after use, appliances on the counter tops unplug, and so on and so forth. When we talked to our home insurance provider, we made sure that building and contents are covered. This is not being paranoid of things but just to become at peace and not to worry if anything happen.
My best friend that lives in Wales, UK told me she does the same. They have a detached, 2-storey house and sometimes her husband is not home especially at night because of work. She always check every rooms in the house before going to sleep. Not only doors and windows but also sockets and anything that can cause harm or fire. She insured everything so she will not worry if something will happen. Same with us, I am glad that when we signed for our mortgage, home insurance is a requirement. This made us worry-free while we sleep in our humble abode.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
I wish we were able to celebrate the past holidays with family. Nevertheless, I am glad we have friends that we celebrated it with. Nothing can replace family but friends are blessings especially those that we considered family as well.
So how did you celebrate the new year? For us, me and the kids went to a friend's house and had dinner there. Hubby did not come with us because he was not feeling well. Before 9pm we went home to prepare for church. The whole family went to church and we welcomed the ringing in of the new year there. It was a great experience. My first time be in church here in the US to wait for midnight to strike for the new year. We had a great time and it was great to hear inspirational stories from the pastor on how we should live our life in accordance to God's plan and purpose.