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SSDD

Yep, everybody guessed correctly. I am back from a long hiatus. I just gave birth last July and I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff lately.

Today is no different. It is Matt’s 2nd month, (hooray!), my birthday (bleh) and I suppose the day my post partum depression is triggered.

Instead of feeling special, I feel like shit. I am not sure when it started, but I have all these pent up anger, frustration and resentment.

I guess it is just a matter of when I will explode. Hoping it is not something drastic.

 

Climate Change According to my 5 year old

One day, Geoff came up to me and said, “Excuse me, mommy. Do you know climate change?”

Naturally, I was taken aback. Climate Change. WTF. From a 5 year old, nonetheless. So I asked back, “Why? Did you learn it from school?” to which he answered, “No, from my phone”.

He was actually watching the Earth Hour episode from Pocoyo, and he went in detail that the climate is getting hot, and that the ice is melting, to which animals are starting to lose their homes and food. He also added that we should avoid polluting the environment, wasting energy, and to drink lots of water to be able to stay hydrated.

All these and some other interesting bits and pieces that I never expected to be discussing, courtesy of my little big baby, Geoff.

Throwing an Amazing Baby Shower Has Never Been Easier

Whether you’re a sister, friend, or coworker of someone who is expecting, if you’re looking to throw an awesome baby shower, there’s no need to stress out about it. You want your baby shower to be perfect, but don’t want to spend a ton of money. Luckily, with a little bit of creativity and planning, you can throw a baby shower that the mom-to-be will love without breaking the bank or driving yourself crazy. Here are a few things to consider when planning the big day.

First, find a location that will work well for all of the guests. If you’re expecting a small number of close friends and family, the best choice may be in your own home. For larger events, call around local establishments and look for an affordable meeting space that can be used. You can also find a restaurant to meet it, which will have the added benefit of providing catering for your party. And, of course, if you’re throwing a party for a co-worker, talk to your boss, office manager, or human resources about finding a space you can hold it in. Most offices have either a lunch room or an empty meeting space that can be used for a short party.

Next, secure food and decorations for your event. Since you don’t need to provide a meal in most cases, you can stick to appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Make sure no one in your party has any allergies, and check with the mom-to-be to make sure she’s not avoiding anything either. Decorations can be found at most party stores, or even ordered or printed online. The main focus should be on the cake if you have one, so order it carefully with the mother in mind.

Finally, make sure guests know what gifts are acceptable for the occasion. If the expectant parents have a gift registry, share that information with the guests. For most standard gifts, consider something like plush animals for babies, like those made by Purple Pumpkin Gifts. Stuffed animals never go out of style, especially when they’re made specifically to be safe for newborns.

The mother-to-be in your life will appreciate all of your hard work when she sits down for her baby shower. Pregnancy can be hard, and this is a great chance to make her life a little bit happier!

Take your Family Cornhole Tournaments to the Next Level

Cornhole is also known as the beanbag toss game. It involves using small “bean-filled” bags that are tossed into holes in an angled board several feet away. You get points for making the bag in the hole. The best way to prevent your opponent from scoring is to have your bag leaning partially in the hole, which often results in your bag being knocked in and theirs sliding off.

Cornhole tournaments are popular among friends and families at gatherings and you can take your tournaments to the next level with a few upgrades to your game.

Family-Themed Boards

Groups that are expert cornhole players often have customized boards made. Those attending a gathering know that it’s time to get serious when those boards come out. It is ideal to design your boards in a way that represents the family but are also fun or funny in theme as well. If the boards are stored properly, they can actually become a family heirloom to share with generations to come.

Playing at Night

It can be rather difficult to play cornhole in the dark. A lot of the time, someone is pulling up to the playing area with their vehicle and turning on the headlights to help players see. You can order cornhole lights that are made specifically for these boards and playing areas. The entire set of boards and lights makes what was a fun game into a serious competition.
The lights go around the holes in the boards. You can choose a color that matches the design of your board too. It makes playing in the dark to finish an intense game or tournament a lot easier.

Tournament Trackers

If you don’t like keeping track of the score by hand and handwriting brackets, you can install league management software. These programs are ideal for small leagues composed of friends and family. Smaller leagues can keep track of standings easier and it makes it harder to dispute points or winners. It is ideal to appoint a non-biased person to do the scorekeeping to ensure that the game stays fair.

Closing Thoughts

It’s okay if you take your cornhole seriously, millions of other people do too. Having a setup that seems professional and usable for any time of the day or night makes the tournaments or friendly games a lot of fun. You never know when you might want to play with a group of friends late at night on a weekend to settle a friendly dispute or just kill some time. With a professional cornhole setup, you can play whenever you want – even if the sun has already set.

These Past Few Months

I have been in a very long hiatus due to procrastination and with a lot of stuff that we had to prioritize. I wished I had more time on my hands to blog as often as I had, but recently, time is something that I am having the most challenge with in managing. Either way, a lot of things has happened, and I will try to document moments that really stood out.

The most recent is that mama momey is finally here! We have not been able to show her around much as my schedule is not allowing me to do so, BUT, we have brought her to Tesco and Giant. Knowing my mom, she loves spending time in supermarkets and she already expressed how much she likes shopping for detergents and such to bring back home. Hahaha!

Geoff’s school will have their school concert this November. My concern, he hardly participates during practice and is showing a major attitude problem. Hopefully, I can get to condition this bachungching to do what he is told so as not to spoil the experience for other kids.

I will also be moving to the morning shift soon, so hopefully, i will have more time in my hands. The only downside is that I will not be able to see Geoff off when he goes to school. Other than that, more time for the family, so it’s not bad at all.

 

A melancholic afternoon

These past few days, I have been thinking more and more of my old life. I am not sure what triggered it, but I kept on reminiscing the old days. Sure, it makes me lonely and homesick, I guess me being here on a foreign place gives me an entitlement to be this way.

Babe gifted me with my very first vape. I think this made me remember the days when my friends, Rney and Jaimie would spend the whole day smoking, talking and looking at nothing. We would talk about our “younger years” and would dream of having something solid for our group, a house maybe. We would often find ourselves reliving the things that made us laugh at almost everything funny during college, even our bloopers when we go out. We would discuss our favorite shows and recent purchases and even current events. How I miss my friends.

I thought about my old routine. Wake up, prepare for work, commute, go to work. Work, talk to friends, spend some time window shopping during lunch or merely sit at a coffee house and ponder on things from nothing to something relevant. Bug someone for their time so you would not go alone or sometimes for a stick of cigarette. I miss listening to my office friends ramble about life, their concerns, and evrything else. Even if it is just a simple joke that would range from corny to really funny.

I thought about how it was when we were renting our own place. Geoff had his nanny which made it possible for us to go to the grocery without telling off a child not to go too far or not to touch anything for fear that something will break. We were able to go for massages and movie dates.

Lastly, I thought about being able to whisk my wallet, go to a spa, pay for a manicure, a pedicure, a sugar session, a foot spa or anything for “me” at my own expense, without being guilty about spending someone else’s hard earned money. Being able to buy something cute but of no importance, a beauty item, any item at all.

Don’t get me wrong. I like being a housewife now, but there are times that I still miss a lot of things, having worked for the past 10 years of my life. I just thought I was able to adjust quite nicely in our new setup. Maybe this is part of the process, just like the withdrawal period of a junkie. You can’t just take out certain traits, feelings, and thoughts of the past. Given more time perhaps, but not as fast as I wanted.

I am still here!

I have been in hiatus for a few weeks now, so, I am making this list in order to remind me of the things that I need to blog about in the next couple of days:

  1. Our visit to the Botanical garden in Kuala Lumpur
  2. Flashcards and my challenges in introducing it to Geoff
  3. Previous meal recipes and no bake desserts
  4. Preschool choices for Geoff

Crossing my fingers that I can get it in between my TV series marathon of Supernatural (LOL).

Funny Conversations with Geoff

I remember being worried when Geoff was a little over 2 years old. He would only speak gibberish and we would have the hardest time trying to understand what he wanted.

Nowadays is a different story. He is super talkative and would tell me the most outrageous things.

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Scene 1: Today is daddy’s flight. Geoff just woke up.
Meemee: this is it pancit!
Geoff: no, away (ayaw) pancit
Meemee: eh ano dapat?
Geoff: sleep. Sleep lang

Scene 2: Geoff was asked to eat breakfast, but he was busy watching youtube on the bed
Meemee: what do you want for breakfast?
Geoff: no
Meemee: hindi ka na mag eat?
Geoff: no, dito lang bed. Sleep, video, tidido (let it go)

Scene 3: Mama was closing the store when Geoff wanted candies
Mama: no, it’s late. You should sleep.
Geoff: no! Why?!

Scene 4: Geoff just took a bath and does not want to get dressed.
Meemee: GEOFF!! Bihis na. Nagagalit na ako.
Geoff: then leave. (line from frozen)

Christmas 2014

Today is the 23rd of December. Looking back, this Christmas is way way different than the ones I have celebrated before. It’s not as fun, nor as cheerful as the last ones, but the gloomy feel is just a phase which is necessary to undergo in order to move forward. Magulo? Let me enumerate the reasons for the gloom:

  1. The first Christmas that Babe and I are apart.
  2. The tree was no longer put up due to space issues in temporary new home.
  3. I am not 100% focused. There are a lot of things running through my mind.
  4. I am in panic mode. A lot of our stuff needs to be sold before the new year.

On a positive note, my mom is enjoying Geoff’s company, them being 24/7 together. December also denotes the end of 2014, and a start of a new year. If 2012’s description was “Gratitude”, I think the more apt description for 2013 is “Overcoming Challenges”. I will be writing a separate post for it, but right now, let me go ahead and wish everyone a merry christmas!