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Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve Food Shopping

The New Year is coming very soon. I don't want to have an empty refrigerator. I went out today food shopping. And I kept wondering while walking in the aisle at the supermarket whether I had to get the thirteen different round sweet fruits. This is part of the tradition where I grew up. The idea is to put this kind of food on the table. They say it will bring us good luck throughout the year. And I would love to do it because it sound a little bit interesting to me and besides it's fun. So I went to the fruit section but I was disappointed. They had very few round fruits. I got some of them anyway. I know that I can't complete this task. Oh well, at least I tried my best. Maybe next year I can shop earlier, then I can do it. For this year I will not completely follow the tradition. Tonight I'll put cheesecake on the table. Hopefully, the entire year will be as sweet as my cake.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Returning Gifts

I returned the gifts that I got from Christmas because some of them I didn't particularly like and also didn't fit me. It is very convenient to return anyway; the mall is just across the street where we live.Then I bought the item that I really wanted to have. The person who picked my name asked me what I wanted but I decided to get cash. I'm so practical at this this time, I don't want them to shop for me. When I buy my own stuff I like to try it on first so that I don't have to return it. I am so picky especially the style, color and what it's made of... And I shop only if there's a big sale; I set a limit for myself. If I like something I'll wait until the sale comes. So what can you say... I am smart about shopping... I'm not a shopaholic.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas Trip

We got up at 7:00 a.m. to prepare the Christmas trip. I got just three hours sleep, so I was exhausted the whole day. Then we missed the train. We were supposed to be at Grand Central at 12:15 p.m. to catch the 12:42 train, but we left very late from the house so everything got messed up. The Christmas party had to start at 3:00 p.m. instead of 2:00 p.m. because they were waiting for us to arrive with Kate. This is the first time that we rode on the train with the baby. It's quite difficult for us because we just started learning the whole thing. We had to find the elevator going up and down. And we had to find a spot on the train where we could put the stroller. It's tough, I admit it. But we enjoyed the party, exchanged our gifts, and had a nice dinner and a pleasant family get-together after all.

There was a family next to us on the train with three girls and a boy. The boy was the youngest; he was six. His sisters were fascinated with Kate and gathered round to gawk and try to interact with her. She loved the company.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Getting Ready

We're getting ready for this special holiday. In fact, we have our Christmas tree up with some ornaments. It is so beautiful to look at it with the colorful lights blinking. I can't imagine those days passed by without knowing it's the end of the year. This season is very memorable for us compared to past years because it is the first Christmas for our daughter. I know that everybody in the family is so eager to see her. She will be the star and get all the attention and the presents... I hope that she can deal with this long trip and not be cranky. We will travel by train from Grand Central station. It will take two hours to get the destination.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Pacifier


Today she learned to grab her pacifier and put it in her mouth. She can take it out when she wants and put it back. Putting it back is largely a matter of luck, but when she gets it right she's happy.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Expectation

We went to the dentist today, and I didn't know that I had to undergo a consultation first. They didn't tell us on the phone, so I expected that he would pull out my tooth at the same time. But it turns out that I have to make another appointment for the extraction.... Oh boy, what a pain in the neck huh? I'm was so disappointed through the entire procedure. Anyway, their office is not convenient for the people who have strollers because you have to walk up the stairway. We know that it's not fun to carry all the heavy stuff. Well, it's so frustrating that I have to celebrate this Christmas with pain.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A Wonderful Visit

My Parents in-law got to see us today. First they called us on the phone to see if we were available. Actually, they planned to visit us last Saturday but they canceled it because they didn't feel good. Then they got a chance this afternoon; on the way to our house they had a pit stop at the supermarket. They brought a lot of food that hardly fit on our refrigerator. We're so glad to see them. After a little bit of chatting we'd please the order for our dinner while we're having fun with the baby. I'm sure that they really missed their granddaughter. They hadn't seen us since thanksgiving. Well anyway, we can get together again this coming Christmas. And we'll have another wonderful visit...

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Baby's First Christmas



This is Kate's first Christmas. She's two months old, and already she's saying how much she enjoys shopping. She has an account at Macy's, and they know her at Kohl's. We can't wait till she's a teenager and she grows out of these silly habits. In fact, we went shopping with her today, and she had the most fun. She bought jewelry and a pocketbook...LOL... and she said she wants more. We spent three hours shopping because she couldn't make up her mind between a Coach pocketbook and a Chanel. She didn't care even though she was getting hungry, all she thinks about is shopping. So we got home very late.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Stay Up The Entire Night

I couldn't help but stay up for the entire night; I can hardly sleep to think about my family back home, certain that they'll miss me this holiday season. Usually we would be together during the holidays but everything changed when my two brothers and I got married. My brother who is four and a half years older than me is working in Manila while his family is at my mother's house. It's sad that he's separated from his wife and children.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Shopping Late At Night

Hubby and I agreed to shop this afternoon after his gym workout. Perhaps I was too busy watching the TFC Channel soap opera, it lasts 2 hours. Before he left he said, "Get ready and we'll bring the baby." But I got hooked on the soap opera. So he decided to go tomorrow, but I couldn't wait; I changed my clothes and left. I went to the food court and ate there. I had fun window shopping, I bought some gaudy stuff and supplies for the baby. It's the anniversary today of the day we got engaged three years ago. When I came home from the mall we finally celebrated by eating peanuts and chocolate cake by candlelight. Next year I can't imagine it'll be better.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Toothache

I was so bothered from my toothache recently that I started to act awkward. I took some aspirin to alleviates the pain. I made a couple of appointments in the past few days but I kept canceling them because I'm a little bit nervous about the extraction of my wisdom tooth, plus my hubby was out of town. I'm worried to be alone and doing things that I'm not really sure about the outcome. But anyway we rescheduled another appointment for the dentist and I'm hoping that this time I'll be able to go and not abrogate my responsibility to myself.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

A wake Up Call

I received a long distance call early today from one of my close friends. She just started asking me how I'm doing now that I have a baby; and she also wanted to see photographs... I used to call her on the cell phone a lot but recently she changed her sim card because her cell phone got mugged. I had a nice time chatting with her sharing our ideas and experience being a mother. I got to know her a few years ago. She used to rent a room from my landlady's daughter who was very close to where I lived in Cebu City. She was my good neighbor, helping me do some housework. I miss being with her doing silly things. It's sad that when I went to the Philippines earlier this year I didn't have time to visit her; I was so busy, and I was suffering jet lag, plus I didn't feel good; maybe because of my pregnancy. I wish someday I can have extra time to visit her... then we'll both be happy.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Coleridge

Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is all about a mad old sailor who comes home from a harrowing sea voyage like a man possessed. He tells his tale of horror to everyone who he can find who he thinks needs to hear it. The story revolves around his mistaken shooting of a big bird, the Albatross. "I shot the Albatross," he says.

Failure

Life is unpredictable; when you fail it breaks your vulnerable heart. Sometimes you stop thinking for awhile or you rue the day something bad happened, and your remorse actually helps you feel better. Each person is capable of dreaming big dreams, but unfortunately not everyone can succeed. With each failure and mistake we can learn a lesson that can help bring us to great success. However not everyone can control their feeling of frustration, and such frustration can encourage people to do crazy things. We all know that obstacles are part of life; it might be too much sometimes to deal with but we need to be strong to face it and not to capitulate. Always be optimistic then you can beat them...whatever it is...everything will be fine; trust me...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Wish

Everyone of us has their own wish especially this kind of season; some people doing their wish by attending the (Misa de Gallo) the 9 dawn mass before christmas. It is supertitious belief but I did it just once and it works for me; my wish was granted...I love to do that again but it is tough to get up 2:00 a.m I can't think right. This is very popular in the place where I grow up, the church is always crowded. Eventually I might do this in the future with my family...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

My Slides

Monday, December 3, 2007

Special Day

Today is a special day for my daughter . . . she's now exactly two months old. It is blatant that she's growing fast; her neck is getting stronger every day; she can lift up her head and move. Obviously she is a big girl; the clothes she wears are for kids between 3-6 months. Interestingly, she has some outfits intended for 0-3 months that she never uses because they're too tight already. I'm planning to bestow some of them on my friends, but I have to ruminate about it first. By the way, I noticed that she always looks up at the ceiling and smiles; I don't really know what's up there but I guess she does.