Archive for September, 2007

Feast One Hundred & Sixty Two

Posted in Bits and Pieces, Meme on 28 September 2007 by Leah

Appetizer
How are you today?
Tired. I wish I can catch up on my sleep. Erin is really a handful.

Soup
Name 3 television shows you watch on a regular basis.
It’s reality TV season here so my top 3 shows right now are: Australian Idol, Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You can Dance.

Salad
What’s the scariest weather situation you’ve experienced?
This happened 7 years ago. I was coming home from work and when I was about to get down from the jeep in Baclaran, the rain started to pour heavily & the wind was blowing really hard. Unfortunately, I did not have my umbrella with me at that time. And alam nyo naman sa Manila, konteng ulan lang, baha na. I ran for cover and the only place I could find was under a big umbrella owned by one of the vendors. I couldn’t get a ride as well because all the jeepneys were full. In short, I was stuck, not to mention I was also soaked to the skin! Di lang yun, when I finally managed to get a ride, super traffic naman. Igot home at around 9pm already and I left my place of work at 4:30 pm pa. My mom was worried sick! Buti di ako nagkasakit after nun. Since then, I have vowed never to leave the house without my umbrella.

Main Course
If you could wake up tomorrow morning in another country, where would you want to be?
Definitely, the Philippines. Where else?

Dessert
What do you usually wear to sleep?
I am mostly in my PJs, especially on cold nights. In the summer, I wear tank tops and boxer shorts.

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My Desktop

Posted in Home Front, Meme, Techie Stuff on 28 September 2007 by Leah


I’ve used the first (and last so far) digiscrap layout I made a month ago. Gosh, was it only just last month? It feels like eons! Anyway, there are actually lots of pictures to choose from but I really like this dark look. I’ve always been drawn to the color black for some reason. Lots of icons too as you can see but most of them are useless. I prefer to use  quick launch because it’s more convenient. Most used icons on my QL is Outlook Express, Internet Explorer, YM, Nero and Real player.

Alright, I’m tagging Jean, Mik, Via, Era and Jacq. 🙂

Note: Copy Starts Here!

Desktop Free View Instruction:

A.Upon receiving this tag, immediately perform a screen capture of your desktop. It is best that no icons be deleted before the screen capture so as to add to the element of fun. You can do a screen capture by:

[1] Going to your desktop and pressing the Print Scrn key (located on the right side of the F12 key).
[2] Open a graphics program (like Picture Manager, Paint, or Photoshop) and do a Paste (CTRL + V).
[3] If you wish, you can “edit” the image, before saving it.

B. Post the picture in your blog. You can also give a short explanation on the look of your desktop just below it if you want. You can explain why you preferred such look or why is it full of Icons, things like that.

C. Tag five of your friends and ask them to give you a Free View of their desktop as well.

D. Add your name to this list of Free Viewers with a link pointing directly to your Desktop Free View post to promote it to succeeding participants.

iRonnie – I Set No Corner
Thess – Thesserie
Rebecca – Skippy Heart
Knoizki – A Dialogue With K
Beng – Kauderwelch
– domlawrenceOSB
bluepanjeet™ | OTWOMD™
Marie @ Vanidosa Marie and Vanidosa at blogspot
Ems @ Just Let Go and Pieces of Me
Yen @ Me and Mine, Little Peanut and Our Pea in a Pod.
Alpha @ my blog
Jen @ Cellulitic Bliss
Leah @ A Matter of Perspective

Contemplating on QE (once again!)

Posted in Aussie Life, Erin Chloe, Family, Mommy Diaries on 27 September 2007 by Leah

Yes, you heard me. Remember my post on QE? Well, J and I are thinking of having ourselves booked once again. We thought we were doing fine with Erin in the last few months. But recently, she’s been very difficult with us and it is so hard for all of us to get a good night’s sleep.

We were watching the first episode of Parent Rescue on SBS last night and we could relate so much to one couple who’s baby had basically the same settling issues as Erin. After watching the show, J and I now think that maybe trying QE would not be such a bad idea at this point. But still, it will be our last resort.

I have bought the Sleep Right, Sleep Tight book to see if we can manage to employ the same settling techniques on Erin on our own. If this still doesn’t work, then I’m afraid we’re off to QE for good. Wish us luck!

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things I’ve Been Putting Off

Posted in Aussie Life, Family, Home Front, Meme, Mommy Diaries on 25 September 2007 by Leah

It’s time for .

  1. Organising Erin’s stuff – The little girl has accumulated loads of stuff over the months and I have yet to sort them all out into these categories: to put away in boxes (for future use [?]), to give away, and to use ASAP.
  2. Read my books – I still have tons of books to read. I just can’t seem to find the time to read these days. 😦
  3. Clean! – I’m such a neat freak so it bothers me a lot when things are a mess. As much as I would want to partake in the cleaning duties in our home, sadly these days, most of them are delegated to J.
  4. Do some gardening – Before Erin was born, J and I regularly did some gardening on weekends. He was (still is) in charge of weeding while I trimmed the bushes and trees. We find the activity therapeutic.
  5. Going home to Manila – Understandably, with Erin being so young, we won’t be able to come home to Manila for the holidays. We’re postponing our trip to next year, after she turns a year older.
  6. Pamper myself at a salon or spa – I’m doing this when we get to Manila. I think I just sooooo deserve it. I’m getting the works! 😛
  7. Go shopping alone – I’m saving up for this one. I can’t wait to shop with my lone self. It’s been awhile. I think I can maximize this one when we’re in Manila.
  8. Sleep at least 8 hours – This, of course, is unintentional and is totally dependent on Erin.
  9. Taking my driver’s examination – I still don’t have my learner’s license. I actually flunked the exam when I took it last year and was so traumatized (it ain’t easy, plus it’s so expensive!) by it that I have not tried to take it again. I know I need to seriously put in more effort when I review for the test so that I can drive our car if the need arises.
  10. Get fully accredited in my profession – I still need to complete the second part of the board’s assessment which requires me to go on supervised work. It’ll take me six months to complete it if I work fulltime. It’s a no-can-do situation right now because I have to take care Erin first.

Wow, I didn’t realise there’s so much that I’ve been putting off. Until Erin’s grown up a bit, I think I won’t be crossing out much from this list any time soon.

How about you? What is on your list?

In the Hood

Posted in Erin Chloe, Family, Home Front, Mommy Diaries on 24 September 2007 by Leah

Time for Erin to strut her stuff once again. I just love her smile in this photo! 🙂

I bought this number when I was still pregnant with her during our vacation in Manila last Christmas. It was on sale (50% off) but was the only piece left for baby girls. I purchased it nevertheless because it was of a good brand. It is a size medium so it was only now (last weekend to be exact, when we went to the mall) that Erin got the chance to wear it.

My Poor Thumb

Posted in Home Front, Mommy Diaries on 24 September 2007 by Leah

Lately, I have been complaining to J about my sore thumb. It started around three weeks ago, a day after one of our trips to the mall when I had to carry Erin around because she did not want to be seated in her stroller. I’ve tried not putting too much strain on it but this seems to be an impossible task to follow with all the chores to be done. The fact that Erin is growing heavier each day is not helping either because I really do need to carry her once in a while.

My impression is that I may have De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. When I was still working in the clinic back home, I used to get a lot of patients with this condition, often referred for splinting. I noticed that most of these patients were housewives and I suppose that constant trauma to the tendon due to everyday chores is really the culprit. And being a homemaker myself, it is not entirely impossible that I also develop it too. *sigh*

Medications are definitely out of the question at the moment as I am still breastfeeding Erin. So is rest. 😦 If the pain does not stop, I may have to get myself a splint or see a specialist about it.

Feast One Hundred & Sixty One

Posted in Bits and Pieces, Meme, Mommy Diaries on 21 September 2007 by Leah

Appetizer
What is your favorite type of art?

  • I have always been a fan of abstract art. It is very subjective though. Its randomness in strokes or method can turn out to be very appealing for some people and at the same time off-putting to others.
  • Soup
    When was the last time you got a free lunch (or breakfast or dinner)? Who paid for it?

  • We were invited to eat dinner at my sister-in-law’s house last weekend because some friends from Manila, Sydney and Canada were in town.
  • Salad
    On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how emotional are you?

  • Ever since Erin was born, my emotions have been on a rollercoaster ride. It could be due to hormones or I could just be overly tired from taking care of Erin. So I guess it’s a 10 for me now. 😛
  • Main Course
    Approximately how long do you spend each day responding to emails?

  • I check my emails everyday so it does not take me long to do it. I respond to emails directed at me immediately so there is no backlog. Total time spent each day devoted to emails alone would be around an hour.
  • Dessert
    To what temperature do you usually set your home’s thermostat?

  • Now that it’s spring, the thermostat has been turned down lower. On average, it is around 20 degrees C inside the house.