Thursday, February 26, 2009

It's summertime!

Pag-asa reported that summertime came earlier than expected. Normally summer comes in at around mid-March. But, we are feeling the sweat and heat already.


Since it's summertime already, hubby and I are thinking of ways how and where to spend summer with the kids (since the little girl will be on vacation by then). We are thinking of family fun, some driving, some cultural heritage trips so that my children would know how they became who they are and appreciate it. In spite of the heat, I'm sure they will enjoy because it will be so relaxing and inviting.

Speaking of Arizona, recently hubby and I are discussing of the possibility of having a house of our own. I'm looking at homes in Scottsdale in Arizona just to get an idea what do we really want in a community - with a country club where the kids can enjoy swimming and playing and also provide a security and safety for us. But most of all, the feeling of being a part of a community is a big plus for us.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Reminiscing

(this is one of my sharings in one of my egroups. the reason why it's reminiscing, read on..)

June 15 was Ruthie's first day at school. She's in Grade 1.

I had Ruthie when I was 22. Just when i was starting to have my career. Sheltered by my over-protective parents, I guess. Got naive, then wham bang, thank you! I have a baby. The guy wasn't that helpful either. He simply donated his sperm. That's why I call him my sperm donor. ;)

Fast forward to the present. I can't help but be nostalgic because Ruthie's starting to grow into a fine young girl. Very assertive. Sensitive. Loving. Caring. Mataray. Suplada. Hehe. The assertive part I guess came from her being a Scholastican and her mom's genes. That goes with all of it. Very vocal on her opinions and concerns. At her age, she is starting to become practical, if not, mature? I hope not.

She enjoys being the "ate" of the group. Has a very imaginative mind. Creative also. Very appreciative.

I love her. There are times that I feel a tinge of regret, of not waiting for the right time to bear kids, the what-could-have-beens or what-should-have-been-dones or if-i-could-haves... but seeing her growing up, and being so lovable in her own way helps me ease the pain.

I still remember my sharing in our community that has touched many people. Hopefully they were inspired also by that.

I've been meaning to write this sort of sharing, but work and some other matters swamped me but that's not an excuse. This may be long, but please bear with me. :) Anyway..

As you all know, I'm a mom. A first time at that. Everything is a first. When she joined pre-school, that was the time that I realized that I am a real mom. Don't get me wrong here, it's not that I realized that I am a 'mom', but more so of getting deeper into this full-time, 24/7, no leaves, no day-offs job. And it's fun! Believe me. When Ruthie has activities in her pre-school days such as the Halloween party and stuff, I personally see to it that her needs (her costume, etc) are met. And I enjoy every minute of it. It may be tiring though, but seeing her smile and enjoying her new stuff makes me.. hay. :)

Of course that was pre-school. It was a challenge for me during the time when she took her entrance test at school. Of course, not only butterflies and mariposa are fluttering in my tummy, but it was there that I realized that I can't work! I can't concentrate on what I am supposed to do! Argh! My secretary is used to see me very intent on doing some tasks either in my table or at the computer, but for the very first time, she saw me staring into space, distraught. Well, so much for the workaholic mom and what hits you the most? The entrance test. I heard so much of horror stories of kids crying and stuff, and I feared that it might happen to my baby girl (alright, alright she's not a baby anymore, but now I realized even if she's grown physically, she's still my baby..now I know how my dad feels). This is the time that you can't seem to do anything, and you want to volunteer in your kid's place. But, she came through. St. Benedict and St. Scholastica granted their Benedictine kid's prayer (me being a Scholastican in my growing up years). Now, she is one too.

I had a nanny before, but she left after holy week of this year. It's a big adjustment for me, because the timing was not-so-perfect. Ruthie just started taking her summer program. So, it's a work-out for me. It's a struggle to get up early morning (as I am not a morning person) then waking her up and preparing her to go to school.Thank God there's a grandmother to help me out (hehe). The first days of the summer classes opened, and she's starting to have some tantrums. And it's so damn hard being both a mom and a dad at the same time. As much as I want to comfort her, you just can't. She has to learn to grow up. As much as I want to smother her with hugs and kisses to ease her pain, I just can't. Someone has to tell her firmly that mommies are not allowed inside the classroom. Thank God for her teacher. She talked some sense into her, and every day until her last day at school, she's excited to go. Of course, how can I forget that on the last day, she bawled on my office? She was hurt. She was bullied. But giving her a hug and a congee made her day. I was affected too, but she has to see me strong in order for her to overcome this. Oh man, why does she have to undergo this? Realizing all along that she has to undergo this, because if she can't, how and when she will learn to stand up and be strong for herself? Haay.. But, I received some consolation too. Another mom told me that, "mukha lang ata nagpapalambing sa iyo yung anak mo. kasi kapag nasa classroom, ate ng bayan." Well, that's good. I think (and I'm pretty sure you'll agree) that she got my "strong" personality. I'm really, really convinced that she's my daughter.

Yesterday was her first official day as a Scholastican. Prior to this, my mom told me when she saw me fixing my daughter's stuff, now it's your turn. Graduate na ako dyan. And as for me? Seeing her running around the campus in her uniform (nostalgic, because I wore the same uniform eons ago) and smiling at me, screaming, "MOMMMMMYY!!!! AIIIEEEEEE!!!!" reminds me of how much God loves me so much for giving me a wonderful, talkative and hyperactive little girl. And it made me realize that if I am enjoying this scene now, how much more God? I think He's smiling and laughing along with Ruthie. And looking back at all the situations, I am pretty much amazed how I managed to pull through. But, that is God's work. Up until now, I still couldn't believe the countless miracles I experienced. No wonder, at the end of the day, I would just simply say, "Thank God!"

It's my turn now. And I want to relish the experience one day at atime.

Need I say more?

I rest my case. :)

Wounded Healer

I think I considered myself as that. I was wounded so many times, and I learned to rise and learn from those experiences. From what I understand, a wounded healer is someone who is goes through the pain and wounds and learns to rise up again and helps other people to overcome the same or similar situations just as he/she has undergone.

I've been in and out of relationships and I can't claim that I am an expert in love and relationships simply because I always fall. Like a phoenix, I rise up again, feeling loved and forgiven by God who I know from the very start of those situations frowns on it and yet in order for me to realize and grow, He made me go through it. Just like a parent. As much as you want to protect your child, you simply cannot because how will they know the right from wrong if you keep on shielding them, hiding them from it?

As an afterthought, I also realized why God was really not blessing those situations because some things might have happened without the God's blessings. I now shudder at the thought of not abiding by God. Otherwise, where will I be right now?

Oooh, I'm such a brat.

Tendonitis

Taken from http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/handwristsurgery/a/wristtendonitis.htm

Wrist Tendonitis
What is wrist tendonitis?
By Jonathan Cluett, M.D., About.com
Updated: April 17, 2007
About.com Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board

Wrist tendonitis, also called tenosynovitis, is a common condition characterized by irritation and inflammation of the tendons around the wrist joint. Many tendons surround the wrist joint. Wrist tendonitis usually affect one of the tendons, but it may also involve two or more. Often wrist tendonitis occurs at points where the tendons cross each other or pass over a bony prominence. The wrist tendons slide through smooth sheaths as they pass by the wrist joint. These tendon sheaths, called the tenosynovium, allow the tendons to glide smoothly in a low-friction manner.

When wrist tendonitis becomes a problem, the tendon sheath or tenosynovium, becomes thickened and constricts the gliding motion of the tendons. The inflammation also makes movements of the tendon painful and difficult.

What are the symptoms of wrist tendonitis?

The most common and consistent complaint of patients diagnosed with wrist tendonitis is pain over the area of inflammation. Swelling of the surrounding soft-tissues is also quite common.

How is the diagnosis of wrist tendonitis made?

Diagnosis of wrist tendonitis is a made by looking for the characteristic signs of this problem. In addition, depending on the tendon that is inflamed, the physician can perform tests that stretch the area of concern to locate the precise source of inflammation.

For example, one type of wrist tendonitis is called DeQuervain's tenosynovitis. This is inflammation of the tendon at the base of the thumb. Often seen in new mothers, DeQuervain's tenosynovitis is diagnosed by a specific test called 'Finkelstein's test' where the patient makes a fist and the wrist is pulled away from the thumb. Pain from this maneuver is diagnostic of this type of wrist tendonitis.

What is the treatment for wrist tendonitis?

Immobilization - Placing the wrist in a splint or a cast is usually the first treatment step. Wrist tendonitis is due to recurrent irritation of the tendon and its sheath. By resting the tendon, the inflammation should decrease.

Ice the Injury - Applying an ice pack intermittently to the area of inflammation may also be beneficial. Icing wrist tendonitis can help to cool inflammation and also stimulates blood flow to the area of tendonitis.

Anti-Inflammatory Medications - Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications will help control symptoms of pain, but more importantly they help in the treatment of wrist tendonitis to decrease inflammation and swelling of the soft-tissues. These treatment medications will decease the inflammatory response which is the cause of the pain.

Cortisone Injection - Cortisone is a more powerful anti-inflammatory treatment option that is given by injection directly to the site of inflammation. Cortisone injections are safe, but can weaken tendons over time if too many injections are given.

Surgery - Surgery is only done when these other treatment methods have failed to solve the problem. If that is the case, the area of tight tendon sheath that cause the painful and difficult tendon movements can be released. The inflammatory tissue can also be removed in an effort to create more space for the tendon to move freely.

Last updated:02/18/2006

References:
Almekinders, LC. "Tendinitis and other chronic tendinopathies" J. Am. Acad. Ortho. Surg., May 1998; 6: 157 - 164.

Yup, I have the symptoms exhibited there. I got the tendonitis Saturday morning. Stubborn as a mule, I thought the soreness will go away Sunday morning. But nope, it did not. In fact, it got worse. and the swelling got bigger. The consequence? I need to put my right wrist on a splint and put anti-inflammatory medications. For how long, I don't know - until I guess it's not that painful anymore.

Moral lesson? Excercise. Hehe. Once in a while rest when working so as not to tire the hands too much. I'm not getting any younger, so start to take care of yourself...wokei. :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Back to the grind

As of press time, I am back in the grind again. Looking forward to a busy week - catching up with work and having a meeting in the Ortigas area on Thursday and eventually do some personal errands after that meeting (read: offset for the extra hours rendered heehee) and before i know it, weekend na naman!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Long post about our holidays

Again, I am house-bound. By virtue of PGMA's announcement that educational institutions will have no classes due to EDSA 1. I think its a lame excuse for not being blamed by the people that she "forgot" to declare it.

But since I am here in the house, might as well post what happened to us during the Christmas holidays. Forgive me, due to the busyness I forgot to post (plus the fact that we don't have interet connections during that time) so here I am, catching up with overdue posts. Let's start it off..

My last day at work was December 19. So we prepared to leave by Saturday, December 20, to spend the Christmas holidays at my in-laws. This is one disadvantage though when you don't have a house of your own - you get to shuttle from one house to the next during holidays. That year, Christmas was to be spent at my in-laws while the new year will be with my family. And boy, when you say Christmas in the Philippines, by golly, for me by far it's the most busiest holidays ever! Like in our case - Christmas Day saw us hearing mass first then went to QC to visit hubby's relatives. After which we went to SM Manila to have hubby's polo exchanged for another size (wrong estimate on my part, hehe) and eventually headed off to Cavite where we had dinner with my family.

December 26 saw us going to Pampanga to visit hubby's grandmother and the following day, December 27, we went to Alabang for some shopping and grocery. We missed the Makati Supermarket Coffee Shop so much that we ate there! Well, actually, it was more of a personal request on my part if ever we go home to Pacita, we make it a point to eat at Makati Supermarket :) Sunday came and we went back to Festival Mall to replace the charger Ate Merle bought and just simply rested.

We left Pacita for Cavite on December 30 and spent the New Year until Jan. 1. January 1 was again, busy day because we have to go back to Makati, little brother needs to buy a router (so that the house will be wi-fi which is currently in place) and we need to fix things here. During that time I took home some office work (plus my never-ending paper) and worked on them into which it was an achievement because I get to finish all of them! Thank God!

Early part of January saw me meeting up with P. We had a great time together, catching up stories (for we haven't met for a long time) and eventually got busy for my Job Fair then.

So you see, getting married is literally fun and challenging, and it is true that not only have you married your hubby, but the whole clan as well. But that, is another post.

Friday, February 20, 2009

An attempt to be creative

I just finished a personal project for a friend. And this is what it looked like:



And another:



And the last one:



For the scrapbook addicts, this is my humble attempt at being creative. I just made this out of an inspiration. I hope that the person will get this likes it :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

House-bound

I'm on leave today. Not because I want to, but I have to. I need to sit down and do some personal things that needs my utmost attention. Office work has been very toxic lately because of the clearance requirements of the graduating students and the recently-concluded mock interviews of the third year - we are encoding their results to be given to them and to their department chairs and deans as well. Of course, that is one of the deliverables that I need to to submit to my boss as part of my year-end report.

I grabbed the opportunity to take a leave (I have excess hours that's equivalent to 2 days) to finish hopefully a portion of it. I also took some time to finish a personal project (I'll post some pictures before I give it to a friend of mine) then I'll have some "kikay" moments (foot spa to be exact).

I guess work took a toll on me when I woke up almost lunch time today. Right now I'm blogging away then do my paper na. Seriously. Log off muna ako!

PS. While I was reading my post about Baguio, I completely forgot this - we ate at Diners on our last day. The servings are really big (please see my multiply site for the pictures) and the best part of which we caught the freezing temperature of Baguio (less than 10 degrees to be exact) :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My funny Valentine

In our community, hubby and I are part of this household (that's what we call our small group for married people). Since it's love month, we have been tasked to give to our respective spouses a gift worth only Php100.00. Yup, you read that right. Php100.00 only. No more.

To be honest, I was expecting hubby to give me flowers (assuming talaga ako, haha!) but what he did was he went home to his parents last weekend and spent the occassion there. So, no gift for me. but when he came back Sunday, he gave me a heavy gift. When I opened it, what I got was...

3 KitKat white chunky and 3 Choc-Nut.

3 meaning I love you.

He knows those are my favorite chocolates.

Now it's my turn to give him something.

And I'm still in a dilemma what to give.

Any suggestions? :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Books

I got introduced to reading books by my mom at the age of 9 and it started with a Nancy Drew book. After that, I'm hooked. I got this trait from my dad who love reading books as pastime (and until now). From Nancy Drew I also entered the phase of reading Sweet Dreams, Perry Masons and the like until I read my first John Grisham novel - The Firm. I instantly became a John Grisham fan.

Even after graduating in college, I still read books as my first job was not that busy and stressful. But when little girl came along and me enrolling in the graduate school, my readings from novel became articles, textbooks and case studies. Leisure reading took a back seat. I got my groove back when I started reading the Paulo Coelho books and even asked my dad to give me the Lord of the Rings books into which I really devoured before their movies were shown. You may consider me a late bloomer in the Harry Potter series, but I catch up pretty quick until the last book. Same with the Twilight Series (though I haven't started with the last one, Breaking Dawn). But am not a fan of sci-fi books. Of course, the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons of Dan Brown are tops on my list of good books.

I saw John Grisham again. I almost read all of his books and simply cannot pass up the opportunity to buy his new book (which hubby has mixed feelings kasi nga mahal!) and started devouring it.



Of course, I am also a fan of Max Lucado. That's why I considered this a good find because I saw his book at Book Sale for only Php180! Loot talaga! After reading John Grisham, this book can be my Lenten / Holy Week reflection.




I'm going back in the groove of reading again :) Happy weekend, everyone!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Much delayed post about Baguio

This is one of the unexpected trip for both of us. Hubby's friend is getting married in the city of pines (which we also considered before hehehe) and somehow it came as a surprise and expectation from hubby that she's (yep, it's a girl) getting married after a breakup with her BF who, coincidentally is also their friend.

After she told us that she's getting married and that we saw her invitation, being the OC person that I am, somehow I am well-versed with travel - from reserving to places to go. Of course with a budget. While my last visit to Baguio was around 8 years ago, I still won't forget the hotel where we stayed - Vacation Hotel Baguio. Was about to check them out when I heard that they already closed. Sad.

While surfing the net, I chanced upon the website of PNKY home. It was idyllic, it was refreshing and most of all - affordable! I called them up to make sure that their rates have not changed as what is based on their website. I personally fell in love with the place because of the pictures that they presented and that they are affordable. When the rates where confirmed, I immediately booked our room and bought tickets.

December 6 saw us celebrating his birthday going up to Baguio. Left Manila past 6, it was a smooth travel until we reached the terminal at Baguio. Hubby's friend and his GF were waiting for us and they are also staying at PNKY. PNKY Home was located at Leonard Wood Rd which was accessible to almost everything - even SM Baguio and the terminal. From the terminal it took us 5-10 minutes to reach PNKY and boy, was the place heavenly! I liked the place - it's quaint, quiet and what you see in the pictures is what you get. What I didn't count on was it was located right in front of the famous white haunted house of Baguio. After checking in, we went to SM Baguio for lunch. I think this is the SM Mall that doesn't have any AC (obviously, hehe) We plan to eat there and accompany Darius to look for his polo to be used for the wedding the following day. We ate in one of the local restaurants there but had the shock of our lives. While waiting for our orders to be served, we were surprised to see a rat (like Ratatouille) entered the restaurant! I guess since the area is open, anything can come in. Parang nawalan na kami ganang kumain after seeing that. But somehow it didn't show when our food arrived hehe!

Our first night saw us having dinner at one of the resto-bar that's near PNKY - Brod Pit's. It is actually co-owned by Brod Pete himself. We had dinner and the boys drank beer in celebration of hubby's birthday and continued the session back at the hotel. I wanted to go down and join them, but I can't stand the freezing temperature of Baguio. Grabeng lamig talaga! Called it a night because the wedding starts at 9am the following day.

Sunday morning saw us taking breakfast together at the PNKY Cafe and it was yummy :) we prepared for the wedding and went to church for the wedding. It was far and since taxis are somehow rare in that area (compared to downtown), we are seriously planning to take a jeep (yes, in our formal wear) and go down were taxis are "abundant". Thankfully a taxi came and we were able to go to the reception area on time.

Reception was held at the Baguio Country Club. Food was warm and sumptuous. As the festivities went on, I can't help but remember MY wedding day. Sure, it was full of surprises and stress, but nevertheless, I enjoyed. While the AVP of the newlyweds was being shown, I also can't help but wonder what happened between her and the previous one while watching the uncanny resemblance of her groom with her ex. After eating, we really have to go because Darius and GF needs to goback to Manila for work the following day. As for us - hubby is on leave while I don't have classes (immaculate Concepcion Day) so we decided to stay 1 more day in Baguio.

We left Baguio Monday afternoon and bought some items as souvenir for the family. It was a trip worth taking, and we definitely agree that PNKY is the best bed and breakfast for us and when we plan to go there, we will definitely stay there.