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how soon is now?

25 February 2012

Today is February 25, 2012.  My first post in quite a long time.  For the most part, things have stayed the same, though I must say, I am poised for a change!  Some things that are different:

-the kids are older.  Rockstar boy is now 6 years old, and Lil C is now 4 years old.

-we renovated our house.  I’m not sure if I even posted anything about us renovating our house.  In any case, we moved back in last May 2011, and we are much happier with our new space.  At least, I am much happier with the new space.  However, I know realize that we are quite locked in.  That is, thoughts of moving to anywhere else are not at all realistic.

-I’m older.  I’ll be even older come July.

-I’m writing this post on a brand new computer!  A MacBook Pro to be exact!  It hasn’t exactly changed my life, but hey, it’s much faster than my old computer!

I realize last year that I did not leave the country at all!  And I usually try to do at least one trip.  But we were working on our house, so any other added expense was just not in the picture.

 This year, however, I am going to a brand new place!  I decided to treat my mother    to a Mother’s Day-and-birthday trip to Turkey!  It’s a place both she and I have not been to, and a change of pace from going to Europe.  Then our mother-and-daughter trip expanded when I invited two of my other friends to join us (Girlie, and my co-worker Priya).  So now, it’s a big girls’ trip!  We are leaving the first of May, and I cannot wait.

I also have a pending trip to San Francisco.  I never ever travel for work, but am actually going to a Forensic Evidence seminar in San Francisco of all places this coming March…and the whole family is coming with!  It’ll be a mini-vacation of sorts…I’m also working on a trip to Aruba if everything falls into place!

But for now, I have this picture on my work desktop…something to envision and take me away when all else gets me down.

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project 365 – day 104 to 113: sleepless in seattle

28 June 2010

My family and I flew to Seattle, WA to attend my cousin’s wedding.  It was the kids’ first time in a plane (excluding flights when they were infants).  I almost had a nervous breakdown on the plane, I must say.

Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.  However, it was a a very stressful flight for me.  Despite the fact that I had my mom, my dad, and my two adult brothers to help me, the kids were still a handful.  They are four and two years old, and they did not behave on the plane.  The flight going there was fraught with tension.  They kept yelling, they were fighting with each other, they were giddy, and they did NOT nap.  Mind you, they have been awake since 6:30 am (eastern time), and we didn’t land in Seattle until 3 pm!  So they were awake the entire time.  Overall, they acted their age.  My son was pretty ok; he drew, he watched some tv, he played with his toys.  My daughter kept yelling “I want to get out!” and was clingy.  I couldn’t even go to the bathroom.  I was just on edge the whole time because I just wanted them to sit and be quiet –which is really not what 4 & 2-year olds do!  I mean, who was I thinking I could read a book and listen to my iPod?  As if!  My main concern was to keep them from annoying other people –but apparently this did not work since the lady in front of my son asked to be moved!  Like she’s never heard 2 kids scream and play before…hahah…

The flight back was much, much better.  They napped for at least a good hour, and they were more prepared and bit more behaved.  I was able to relax a bit and actually watch a movie!  I was able to breathe…*Sigh*

I am seriously scared about the flight to the Philippines this coming December.  They will both be slightly older, so I am hoping they’ll be less giddy.  But let’s face it, it is an extremely long flight.  I can barely stand it myself, let alone travel with these 2 kiddos!  I just have to think of the big picture and the fun we will have once we land there, right??! 

But on to the good stuff… Seattle was pretty as usual.  The only time it rained was the day of my cousin’s wedding (which was, of course, an outdoor wedding). 

the bride & groom

Nonetheless, we all had a great time.  The wedding was held at The Orting Manor – such a lovely, rustic place.  It was really too bad that it poured; otherwise we would have explored it more!  I know the kids had fun; Lil C was the flowergirl but she already got mud all over her shoes (not to mention my clothes!) before the ceremony even started!  She also would not pose AT ALL with the wedding party.  So I’m not even sure she’s in any pictures! 

Lil C getting ready to run amuck in the rain...

Our family and the beautiful bride's family

It was a reunion for most of us cousins and we all went to for beers and made our own “after-party.”  The funny thing was that we got lost for a good 20 minutes looking for this bar that was next to our hotel all along!  But let me just say, this bar was tucked in the middle of a trucking yard!  We also sent in my cousin and my brother to check out the bar before the rest of us would get out of the van!

We also did a day trip to Vancouver.  Vancouver was beautiful.  It was super-clean and the people were all nice.  We drove around, saw Stanley Park, drove by Chinatown, and then explored Capilano Bridge & Nature Park

Capilano Bridge - Park entrance

 You have to check out this bridge if you’re ever inVancouver.  It’s awesome!  The views are breathtaking and walking across the bridge is an adventure.  The kids totally loved it.  They got to run around, explore tree houses, and play in a beautiful nature preserve.  If you’re a fan of Twilight and all that jazz, I think you’d get a kick out of the trees and the scenery.

A view of Capilano Bridge

On the way back, we stopped by a McDonalds and let me just say, I was impressed.  I would have never thought I’d be impressed by a McDonalds, but I was!  It was almost spa-like in its design!  I guess I’m used to my busted-ass McDonald’s right here by my work. 

At the very end of our trip, we stayed at the Sheraton in the heart of downtown Seattle.  I pretty much stayed in since it was drizzling the whole day, the kids didn’t have strollers, and it was hard to do any sightseeing.  My mom went and did a whole tour though.  I did manage to visit Pike Place for a bit.  By then, my camera was dead, so I could only take pics with my phone.  I couldn’t leave Seattle without visiting the Starbucks mothership, of course!   The Starbucks prices in Seattle was definitely much, much cheaper than over here in the East Coast, or even in California!  What a great incentive for me to move there!  Even my parents are contemplating retiring there as they really liked it.  We’ll see.   I also love the food there. Perfect for a foodie like me.

My aunt also runs a daycare in Seattle –she keeps insisting I ship the kids over for the summer each year!  I’m all for it! Hahahha….well, I can probably part with them for 2 weeks, not 2 months!  But the hubs has yet to say yes….

But I will definitely visit Seattle again.

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project 365 – day 103: if it doesn’t fit…

16 June 2010

You must acquit!

Okay, this is not a post about O.J. Simpson, or the law for that matter.

Right now, I’m in the midst of packing for a trip to Seattle.  The kids and I (together with my immediate family, sans the hubs) are flying out to Seattle tomorrow for a wedding.  This will be their first flight! (Not counting their plane trips when they were wee infants).

So I’m scrambling to get stuff together.  I don’t even know what to wear to my cousin’s outdoor wedding.  The one dress I really wanted to wear no longer fits me!  And of course, I just found out that fact about 30 minutes ago.

I really like this dress.  It’s from J.Crew and I bought it a looong time ago.  It’s also a size Petite 2 which should’ve really tipped me off.  The funny thing was, the last time I wore it was for a wedding that occurred a few months after I gave birth to Rockstar Boy!  If it fit me then, why couldn’t it fit me now?!  And to top it all off, I even wore one of those girdle/Spanx things to suck in the gut.  I was able to zip it up after a lot of finagling (did I spell that right?).  End result?

I. Could. Not. Breathe. At all.

So I guess I have to give up that dress!

I’m going with my 2nd and 3rd choice dresses…sheesh….

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project 365 – day 95: my life in bullet points

8 June 2010

I realize I’ve missed posting on several occassions.  I chalk it up to pure laziness.  I also chalk it up to “who cares?” 

Well, for those of you who still care to see what I am up to, here’s an update of my life –in bullet points, nonetheless.

  • We have not started any work on our home renovation project.  We have finalized a design, but alas, we need a variance.  This means we have to apply to the local board for approval before any construction can begin (assuming they let us do it).  So no approval = no renovation.  Wish us luck.
  • I am going to make a photo book for the kids.  A “first year” book for Rockstar Boy, and a “first year” book for Lil C.  It’s about time.  So I am going to try to update all the photos I have, and centralize them into one account under Shutterfly.  Bye bye Snapfish.  Bye bye Flickr.
  • I am excited about our upcoming trip to Seattle!  It’ll be the kiddos’ first plane ride (at an age where they are actually aware of being in a plane).  I am not excited about disrupting their schedules… we’ll see.
  • I am excited about our picnic in Central Park this Saturday.  It should be awesome!
  • I think I have found a bassist for my band.  I may meet him later this week. 
  • I am excited about Prague!  I can’t wait!
  • We’ve been looking at kitchen designs… I can almost taste my new kitchen….*drool*
  • My credit card balances are getting lower….yay!
  • I read 6 really good & entertaining books the past 3 weeks.  I highly recommend reading: The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Bone Worship, Case Histories, The Piano Teacher, The Spellmans Strike Again (Book 4 of the series), and Dead in the Family (Book 10 of the Sookie Stackhouse series).   I read A LOT.  And I heart my library because I can pretty much request any book I want!  It is a fabulous way to save money (and bookshelf space!)
  • So I have hired a trainer.  I am completely unfit and lost all tone in my muscles.  My trainer (who used to train me years ago pre-kids) is aghast at my complete lack of muscle tone.  I may weigh less than I’ve weighed before, but I have zero strength and stamina.  It’s really hard to get back in shape.
  • I am already thinking of things to do for my birthday this coming July.  I will be 34.  Thirty. Four.  I think all I want is a nice meal at Aquagrill or Nobu.  The hubs is already nixing it because of $.  So probably no date night with him! After all, we already did go out for our anniversary meal just this past weekend.  LOL.  I also wouldn’t mind trying out a new restaurant….
  • That about covers anything remotely interesting…
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project 365 – day 8: another trip?

15 January 2010

Note: I actually tried to publish this last night, but my iPod touch wasn’t cooperating…so it is posted a day late.

This very well be my year of traveling –outside the country! 

Not only did I just book a trip to Zurich and Prague, but there is a big possibility of me going to the Philippines AND Bali in December!

My family is going to the Philippines for my cousin’s wedding and my mom offered to pay for me and the kids.  By then, the kids will be almost 5 and almost 3 (respectively), so I think they’ll be okay on the plane for you know, 25 gazillion hours.  The only thing we are waiting on is the hubs.  The hubs does not want to go to the Philippines, plus he doesn’t get as many vacation days as me.  So he’s mulling it over.

As for Bali –I figured I should do a sidetrip while I’m there. Bali was the first thing that came to mind because that was one of my top picks when we were deciding where to go for our honeymoon.  So we’ll see.

Cross your fingers for me!

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project 365 – day 7: hotel hunting and another trip overseas!

13 January 2010

Today, all I really did was research hotels for Zurich and Prague.

Oh, and look up prices for flight to the Philippines in December –’cause that’s right!  I may go to the Philippines this year too!  I haven’t been ‘home’ since… circa 1996/1997…. or I may have gone sometime in the early 2000’s?  It’s been so long that I can’t remember.  This only means that I really should go at some point.

It would be a crazy flight since I’ll have both kids in tow!

Stay tuned.

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project 365 – day 4: i’m going to Prague!!!**

10 January 2010

Yup.  Flight is booked and everything! 

I am scheduled to go to Prague in late September, with an overnight stay in Zurich just to check out the scene.  **So I am going to Prague AND Zurich!  (emphasis added for Girlie’s sake :).

That totally takes care of my New Year’s resolution to go on a trip at least once a year.

Cannot.Wait.To.Go.

I’ll definitely blog more about it as it comes up!