Sunday, June 23, 2013

More cleaning

We threw away sacks of trash this weekend.

Hubby sorted out the boxes that started accumulating in the 2nd bedroom since we had the great flood and I sifted through folders and folders of documents that have accumulated since.. well.. since I gave birth to Swe-cha.

I finally got our docs organized into binders - health records, certificates, tax returns, coins (we collect coins), stamps (yes, we collect them too!) and Swe-cha's school records - and filed neatly in the filing cabinet.

We're both aching, sore and tired. I have long scratches across one arm (got them from the plastic folders).

Ang saya.

We're doing this not just because my family is coming for a visit... but we're also doing this as part of the cleanup effort for when we move (hep hep... no getting excited yet, we don't have a house yet... this is just to get things ready "just in case"). As friend E says, "wag na ilipat ang basura, pampabigat lang yan."

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Today ended on a high note, we are finally *drumroll please* citizens of this wonderful country.

Not that we didn't have it good back in the motherland but we can't deny that this country has been very good to our family and have provided us with countless opportunities.

On an even higher note, remember all my angst about our immigration journey where it seemed like we were getting the worst schedules all the time ? Here's my post about our biometrics appointment and here's the one about our interview appointment.

The Saturday interview was a breeze. There were hardly any lines. The federal building seemed like a ghost town when we got there and there was only one other person on her way in with us. When we got upstairs to the waiting area, it was less than 1/3 filled. We got there at 11a for our 11:30a interviews. Hubby got interviewed at exactly 11:30, I didn't get called in until 12:45p. The last oath-taking ceremony for the day was at 1p and it got pushed back to 1:30p because they had to wait for us stragglers.

I had learned and practiced the national anthem the week before so I could *ehem* belt it out at the ceremony but I realized how off-key my singing was so I respectfully kept my voice low. ;) That morning, I teased hubby about crying when he finally takes the oath, he didn't (his immigration journey is actually the easiest!). Despite thinking that those who shed tears during the ceremony are overacting, I did find myself teary-eyed while watching the "Proud to be an American" video.

Okay...  I looked up "Proud to be an American" on Youtube just now and found myself teary-eyed again.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Nutrisystem - Day 17

It's been 17 days, a little less than 3 weeks and the weight loss is at 6 lbs.

Yesterday, I fit into last year's jeans. Yay!

I'm keeping my goal simple - eat right and lose whatever weight I can. I'm not pushing for any big numbers. What pushed me to do this was the fact that my A1C showed that my blood sugar was at pre-diabetec levels.

When I started this program, I remember complaining about being hungry all the time. I still am, though probably not at those levels anymore. The best part is that I haven't been strictly adhering to Nutrisystem food so I never felt deprived. I bring my food to the office but if I see something good in the cafeteria, I buy lunch instead. The caveat is that my criteria for "good food" these days is fish and veggies and if the serving is big, I bring half home in a doggie bag.

Last night, I made pork chops. E I love these.... so I skipped the Nutrisystem meal and didn't have any rice. I just munched on the pork chops. Okay na rin.