what i love about technology

With the advent of advanced technology, people are now able to get online not just on their laptops but also on any mobile device that are wifi capable. This was unheard of years ago. There were phones, yes, but only used to call and text. Those phones from long ago were not wifi ready so consumers had to have a computer if they want to get online to either read the news or shop. Right now, it is easy to get on online stores like m.guitarcenter.com full site on our smartphones. No more getting on computers. This is one of the things I like about the technological advance we are experiencing right now. Everything is accessible. The phrase “right in your fingertips” has never been this literal. I love it.

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graduation

This is my last semester at school. How time flies! I did not think it will happen this quick but here I am. I am already sending out resumes, hoping that I will get hired. I know it will not be easy considering my almost nonexistent work history but I believe that if something is meant for me it will happen. I will just have to be patient while waiting. While waiting, I will enjoy whatever time I have with my kids. I know that it will change once I start working. And too, I will enjoy my free time relaxing. I think I deserve that. If I have to spend my time reading about musiciansfriend switchcraft then I will, if it makes me happy. There will be a lot of reading in my future too, all fiction, of course. And since it is starting to get warm, a lot of gardening. I could not wait to not be reading textbooks anymore. I am almost there!

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calamondin

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These beauties were harvested from a calamondin tree I have bought online four years ago. It came in a box, looking so tiny and fragile that the husband laughed at how ridiculous I was for spending money on a plant that “will not make it”. He was wrong on that prophecy and has since atoned by helping me take care of said plant which has grown at least six feet tall. Such a feat considering it was supposed to be a dwarf. The tree has given us so much produce that it has more than made up for the expense and labor we put in it. These batch is our last harvest for the year. We are looking forward to more in the coming months.

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relaxing music

My kids sleep like to sleep with some kind of music playing in the background. I do not let the music play all night long, I turn it off as soon as they are asleep. We have found a channel on Youtube that has several videos of relaxing music and they have picked one that they have listened to for about a year now. It is so soothing that it does help you relax and go to sleep. It is on very low, sometimes even barely audible but it still works its magic. It does not use the likes of jupiter saxophone but it does the job well. I used to like to sleep with a relaxing music on but the husband dislikes the sound because he said it makes him unable to hear anything else. He wants to sleep with no sound whatsoever. So, even if I do like to listen to music to sleep or while sleeping, I cannot anymore. It is fine with me though, I am already used to it.

 

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a trip to visit the jolly bee

Once upon a time, we went to a Jollibee here in the U.S. This was my first time to be at a Jollibee restaurant in a very long time. Nine years, if you want me to be specific. This trip was an anniversary gift from the husband. It was a cold day in January when it happened. And it was worth the five hours drive and traffic to get there. The food did not disappoint. Even the husband and kids loved their choices of food. I was in food heaven for a short while. If I could, I would have ordered all the food in the menu but there was the problem of eating it all by myself. The above photo was my breakfast. Yes, I eat fried chicken, rice and gravy for breakfast. The husband had rice and some meat with slices of tomatoes that he ate with gusto. The little man had yum burger and fries while the little girl got a toy. I guess I was wrong when I said everybody loved their food because the little girl did not eat but a few pieces of fries. She was more interested with the toy that came with the little man’s meal. All in all it was a good experience. I would repeat it every month if I could but I don’t think my husband is that generous. Lol!

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the joy of online shopping

When my son asked if we could buy him new guitar picks, I wanted to let the husband buy it for him. I mean, I could but that would mean bringing the whole crew with me to the store and then run the risk of incidents at the music store. There is a music store by the mall close to our house but I did not feel like going. I thought if I could just get online and buy the items for him everybody should be happy. It is a good thing that stores like guitar center offers guitar picks I can order online. I do not have to know guitar center opening hours at all! All I need to do is pick what I want, pay for it, and it should be in my mailbox in a few days. And the best part, I do not have to brave the mall crowd to go to the music store. Winning! 😀

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spring break

The husband and I talked about bringing the kids to either Legoland or Disney World for spring break. Unfortunately, we were not able to do it because of things that happened that are beyond our control. So we stayed home this past week instead. We went for walks on the beach, ate out, and basically just spent time with each other while also trying to get a little garden in the backyard going. He found old CDs while rummaging through the garage a few days ago and we have been listening to 80’s music on a daily basis. We found out that we actually liked the same band and that we share the same opinion about bands like guns n roses, among others. It is nice to listen to old songs and realize that they are better than what is called music these days. It does make me a bit melancholic about my youth, when there were less worries and fewer responsibilities. Our kids are getting used to listening to “oldies” music because of their parents’ music preference. I hope that they will get to appreciate the songs that we grew up with. It could be a good thing to help bridge the generation gap between us.

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we will try again

About a year ago, I have decided that the kids are old enough not to bother stuff so I went ahead and bought little things like table covers, tablecloths (not the banquet size tablecloths), vases for fresh flowers to put on tables, and little knick-knacks that I thought will make the house look more like it is lived in. Of course it did not take me long to realize that I should have waited longer because the kids, especially the little girl, did not leave anything alone. I have to hide the stuff so she will not break or tear up any of it. Even the little man’s books she inherited were not safe from her hands. We are back to bare walls, bare tables, bare entertainment center, for everybody’s safety. I am not giving up though, I will try this again after another year. 😀

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trying to adjust

It has been over two weeks since school started. I like this new experience but I found out that I need to learn to plan out my time to study so I can keep up with the demands of online classes while taking care of my family and household chores and still have time to myself to just sit down and think. The first week stressed me out mostly because I am not used to having a schedule to follow. I did not have to worry about not meeting deadlines or due dates for a very long time so the new schedule freaked me out a bit. I think I am starting to get over that and I am starting to like school again. The reading is what is killing me, I found out I dislike reading textbooks but I have to do it or fail. To be honest, I can spend all night reading paperbacks but let me read a textbook and I can hardly open my eyes on the third page. That bad! I have to remind myself that this is only temporary so I have to make it and be done with it. I am hoping that things will get better every day. The kids are getting used to mommy studying so they do not bother me much when they see me reading or taking tests on the computer. I am glad that I decided to do this because this is a step up for me. I just hope that I will finish in time so I can use this degree to find a good job in the future.

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memories

When I was in college, I met a lot of people. Some became long time friends, others mere acquaintances. I enjoyed every bit of my college life even if sometimes money was scarce. I went to some places that horrified my parents when they heard about it from me. Not everything I did cost money though. In fact, most of the things that I did with my close friends were cheap because most of us were poor, but boy did we enjoy ourselves. It was all clean fun though. After all, I made a promise to my parents and to myself to behave while I was away at school. My friends and I hangout at one of our classmates’ brother’s house. Him and his wife had a fruit stand so they were gone during the day which made it easier for us to claim their house as ours. There we would spend time eating and singing and yes, there was a bit of alcohol involved. Even if there was only one musician friend in the group, we pretended we were all master of the videoke. I had a memorable college life made by having friends who did not have qualms about having fun without going to expensive places to be seen. I miss them sorely but we all have grown up and moved on. We still communicate but we do not know if we ever will see each other again and hang out like we used to. Probably not, but I have the memories to keep with me.

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