Sunday, March 10, 2019

9 to 5

Productive day today.

Hubby and I spent the day doing some spring cleaning, including the following:

- swept up the dead leaves that accumulated in the back patio from last fall.
- cleaned all the stand-fans (3)

While we were cleaning, we have Swe-cha singing 9 to 5 in the background. Can't ask for a better day :)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sealing Gaps (Doors)

The 4th bedroom, currently designated as Swe-cha's playroon, is drafty.

VERY DRAFTY.

The insulation and sealing isn't great and its location (uppermost part of the house/attic area) isn't helping either. Worse, there is a 1.5 inch gap between the door and the floor.

When the wind is blowing or when it gets really really cold outside, I can literally feel cold wind blowing on my back if I stand in the upstairs hallway just outside of our bedrooms.

I have a draft stopper - sort of like a long beanbag - that I put against that gap to stop the draft but Swe-cha keeps going in and out of that room and NEVER puts that draft stopper back in place.

Today, I fashioned a seal made out of foam pipe insulation and it works great. This didn't cost me anything as the material is just scrap that I had left over from a previous project but if you have to buy one, it'll cost around $2 for a 6 foot long pipe insulation material.

Optometrist - milestone

Brought Swe-cha to the Optometrist today to get his eyes checked. He's 9 and this is the first visit because, well..., we've been dreading going and I wasn't really ready for the fight.

As it turns out, today was a good day or rather, "these days" is a good time.

Thankfully, his eyes checked out fine and his eyesight is good. He does not need glasses. The best part is that things are much easier now, we can sit down with him for any schedule deviations and new activities, explain what is going to happen and what to expect and he can understand now.

Thinking back, if I had been asked the same time last year if I would be able to bring Swe-cha to a new specialist all by myself, I would not have the confidence to say "Yes". But today, I picked him up earlier than usual  ( they had a scheduled half day at school and I took the afternoon off from work ) and brought him to the optometrist and then to the pediatrician for a well-visit.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Skating Party

Swe-cha attending friend Z's birthday party at the skating rink today.

He had loads of fun - he saw old friends C and M and asked to skate with them. He also ate some pizza (around 1/3 of a huge slice).

He didn't show any anxiety at all. So far, it looks like that with proper preparation, he can be ready for anything.

Things are looking good!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Winter Storm Harper 2019

The worst of winter storm Harper is over - in our town, at least. And while the husband is very happy that there's barely anything to clean & shovel, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed.

First off, Swe-cha had declared last Friday that he plans on "throwing snowballs at Mommy, only Mommy and not Daddy" and I'd just convinced him that it would be more fun to team up against Daddy and make him cry. I wanted to get at least a few inches of snow but as it was, we got a small amount which was followed by icy rain.

Then, I over-prepped as always, including picking up a 50 lb bag of salt by myself, it was tough getting it from the bottom of the Costco shopping cart onto the back of my SUV. I also charged all the batteries I could find and looked for the LED lanterns which I put away in some forgotten place last year.

Lastly, I was also excited to see how our new car arrangement will work out this time. We normally park our cars side by side but when it snows, we've always parked both on one side of the driveway. The theory was that it would keep half of the driveway free of snow and we'd only have to throw the snow away on half. This time, we parked the cars in the middle of the driveway with the thought that it'd be easier to throw snow to the sides if the snow were at the sides (and not in the middle).

Friday, January 18, 2019

2019 Weddings

It hit me today that 3 of my cousins are getting married in 2019. The first one is in March, followed by 2 more in June.

Weddings make me feel old, these cousins used to be my baby cousins and now,.. they're old enough to have their own families. How did time fly by so fast ? E, I still get startled when service people in Pinoy stores call me Tita (yep, I'm still in denial, apparently).

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2019 Resolutions

A friend and I were chatting earlier and she asked me what my resolutions were for 2019 and I explained that I didn't really think of any this year.

I did have an ongoing goal of losing weight and keeping it off. The thing is, since I don't exercise much nor am I willing to drastically change my diet, I don't expect to lose much in a short period of time. My kind of weight loss is more of a slow & steady approach which I plan on accomplishing through portion control - so slowly, in the past year, I've just been lessening and lessening my lunch. For example, when I have a sandwich, I only eat half of the bread or skip the bread altogether.

So this year, I started 2019 with a bang. That bout with the stomach flu gave me a head start when it made me lose 7.5 lbs - 2019 has barely started and I'm already way ahead. Realistically, I do expect to gain some of that back when things are back to normal and I've recovered completely but I do hope to "normalize" at the 5 lb mark.

I'm now at the last notch with my belt and the hope is to maintain this, at the very least, or at a stretch,... go down to a smaller size.