A jumpstart of sorts


Seems like a while since I managed to crank out two posts in a week. I know. It’s come to this 😳 . The weekends go so fast, and the weather’s been nothing short of ridiculous, and I haven’t been taking many photos of the same old, and I’ve been running errands the length of my arm, and so when Monday rolls around, all I seem to be doing is catching my breath…

Yeah, that’s a lot of and’s. Anyhoo, here’s a quick update of what I’ve been up to.

Early last week, we were invited to the premier screening of How to Train a Dragon 2. How cool that there was a pre-movie dinner buffet, and caramel popcorn and soda served to us just as the movie started. Talk about being thoroughly spoiled 😆 .

The movie, well, it was cute and simple, nothing too complicated that you had to get your grey matter in knots. In stumbling upon a new colony of dragons, Hiccup inadvertently finds himself reunited with his long-lost mother. I would’ve liked certain parts of the movie to be better developed to give it a bit more depth. Still I guess it’s a movie for kids and they would appreciate that the plot is easy to understand.

In other news, I’m thoroughly enjoying the World Cup. Not watching it, yeah, ours is probably the only household where no one watches soccer (or badminton for that matter). But we’re thrilled that while the rest of the world is hung over or glued to the TV, we’ve got the roads, malls and restaurants pretty much to ourselves. Lovin’ it!

With this, I’m gonna kick back for a bit now that the weekend’s here again. Here’s hoping next week will be a better week as far as posts (oh and pictures) go.

Bah humbug!


It’s been one of those weeks where you come and go like a robot, not knowing if you’re coming or going but just barely moving along. Ever had one of those?

My allergies are acting up and those are what I’m about this past week… itchy, tired, irritable.

I woke up this morning and realized the weekend is here and this apparently isn’t just any weekend. It’s Mother’s Day weekend. Who knew? 😆 Certainly not me. I’ve been a mom long enough to know that this is one of those things that’s fun to celebrate but if you don’t, it’s no big deal, know what I mean? Happy Mother’s Day to those celebrating.

I’m in no mood to blog so I’ll leave it at this. For now.

The weather and other randomness

The weather and other randomness

The cold is back intermittently and so is the drippy rain. We leave the windows open to let in the cool air. It’s sunny again today and we’re planning to take a stroll on this sidewalk strewn with cherry blossom petals.


I caught this brilliant sunset at 8:06pm. Yup, the days are definitely getting longer.


By the way, did you catch the blood moon Tuesday night? My daughter’s Astronomy professor invited the class to the mountains to catch the lunar eclipse that night but there are no buses running at 2:00am so that was that. A shame she missed it. This is, after all, the best place to see the Northern Lights and such. Outer space is so fascinating I wish I could’ve taken his class.

On an unrelated note, I’ve been waking up these past few mornings hoping they’ve made progress and found more survivors in that South Korean ferry incident *sigh*. Those poor kids, how helpless and distraught their parents must be. My heart breaks. Guess there’s nothing to do but pray.

In defense of winter

In defense of winter

Well, spring is officially here. It rained the first day of spring, then over the weekend, the sun came out bright and blazing hot. When it’s that sunny, even at 50 degrees, it’s still warm enough to be out sans jacket and with only my trusty umbrella. Now that’s what I call liberating.


Most days are still cloudy, rainy and chilly but I really don’t mind. I’ve been walking all winter and loving the cold. This morning, I’d just left the house when it started raining. I didn’t have my umbrella or a hoodie on so I didn’t get very far. Still the rain and wind on my face made me happy.

As for spring, the signs are definitely hard to miss. These buds seem to have appeared overnight. Just how do the trees know it’s spring and when to spring those buds? my daughter asks.


Spring has always been my favorite season though these days, I might just be leaning a little towards winter as well since I’ve enjoyed this past winter so much. I just find the drippy rain a tad annoying. Otherwise it’s beautiful especially when it snows which it rarely does. We’re lucky we had 3 wondrous days of snow this year.


For all of its bleakness, blur-ness and brr-ness, winter has its charms. Frosty mornings, foggy days, freezing temps. It’s a really nice change from perennial sunny 90-degree weather. It’s actually nice not to see the sun. I don’t miss it at all. I don’t care what anyone else says, I love winter anyways.

I’m intent on savoring the last bit of the cold. If you’re waiting for warmer days, be patient, they’ll be here sooner than you think. Have a great weekend.

Another day of snow

Another day of snow

It snowed all day Saturday and it was still snowing all through Sunday and right up till this morning. We peeked outside and we’re laughing. Pure white snow, even thicker and whiter than the day before, coating everything in sight. Prettiest thing ever.


It was 30 degrees outside but we didn’t care. We piled on the layers and headed out again. It was snowing heavily. I love the sight of the snowflakes coming down and the feel of it on my face. #prettyawesome


Our feet sank deep into the snow and we left even deeper footprints. There must’ve been at least a few inches of snow. If there’s one thing about snow, it’s that it has so much more character than rain. Rain is, well, just rain but snow, now that’s something else, it has a whole different personality.


Everything was covered in a thick sheet of white. No kids on this playground and no one else around. Just us. People must think we’re crazy, trudging back and forth in the freezing cold, throwing snow at each other, building another snowman (a bigger one this time, the girls are getting pretty good at it) and taking pictures like it’s going out of style.


I can’t get enough of seeing how beautiful the snow looks on the trees, the branches, the leaves. It’s stuff we see in the movies and yet it’s all real. It’s all right here in front of me. I can touch it, feel it and I’m a part of it. Pretty awesome. It makes me happy inside.


Letter to my minivan

Letter to my minivan

Dear Wheels,

Life without you is not the same. You recall we used to shuttle the kids back and forth (man, do they miss you!) and sit in traffic all day and you would listen silently as I ranted endlessly about having to pay toll to sit in traffic and cussed at those nut cases on the road. Crazy times, we were great together *cries*!

I miss you, dude! Without you, I’m down to working these legs of mine. No longer Hip Chauffeur, just call me Hip Walker. These days, I’m off to walking my girls to the bus stop every morning. This is what it’s like when we set out. See anything? Me neither! This is freakin’ almost 8 in the morning for you and I’m not even kidding but thankfully it’s getting lighter every day.


Some mornings, I step outside and I see this.


A sign that Jack Frost has come by during the night and left everything in a blanket of crystalline white. The leaves on the trees, the plants, the cars, even a sticker that some kid has dropped on the road. Truly a sight too awesome for words. I stand there for a moment, imagining how handsome you would look cloaked in crisp white crystals and I cry a little inside.

As for the rest of the day, it pretty much goes like this – a scene from out of Twilight, bleh. After 4pm, it gets completely dark and feels like 8pm.


You know how I’m always complaining about the sun and the heat. Well, in cloudy 40+ degrees like this, I don’t have much to complain about. It’s bearable, not that cold, and best of all, no sun, only fresh mountain air and a cold sea breeze on my face. So lovely but …

… without you, I have to walk everywhere. Going up and down an incline a couple of times a day is giving my glutes and hamstrings one heckuva workout. You will be proud of me. But I’d rather be stepping on your pedals *bawls*, you take me everywhere in a snap!

Me and the kids, we’re lost without you. Wish you were here. We could really go places. Love you, miss you like crazy, can’t wait to see you,

Hugs and muaks.

2013 in Review and Happy New Year

2013 in Review and Happy New Year

This has been a whirlwind of a year. My head is still spinning. The year seems to have gone by in a flash, yet the beginning of this year seems like so-oo long ago… ever felt this way? Ya, that!

This year started slowly but it has since hurtled along. If there’s one thing that stands out this year, it’s the packing. Man, it seems like that’s all we’ve been doing. This spring, HipebDaughter1 and I zipped across the planet to California for Hip2bSon’s graduation. Part of our celebration involved driving up to San Francisco, Monterey and Carmel. The last week was spent knee-deep in boxes and suitcases. I’m talking major packing here. It’s unlike any packing I’ve ever done before.

Over the past few months, if you recall, I’ve been going on and on about how busy I’ve been. If you guessed that we were packing, you were right. For a while, it seemed our mission in life was decluttering, cleaning, organizing and packing. Like hamsters on a wheel, we were running endlessly in circles.

In the course of all this madness, I don’t know why I even thought I would have time for anything else. My attempt at learning French – ultimate fail – That said, nothing learned is ever wasted. My resolve at not screaming at other idiots drivers – ultimate fail – surely it’s their fault, not mine 😉 . In spite of the madness, we still made good use of downtime for the odd movie night, seeking out new eats and working out.


So here we are, on the brink of a brand new year in a beautiful wintry place and it’s such a blessing to have all my kids here with me. We’re aiming to stay up till midnight to ring in the new year. Can we, should we, seeing that we’re all still jetlagged (except for Hip2bSon), we’ll see how that goes.

Okay, so let’s get on with my best wishes for a happy and fabulous new year going out to all of my blogger and reader friends. See you next year!

The bee and the squirrel


So I’m supposed to be this super-busy bee, right? Indeed I’ve got more things on my to-do list than stripes on my bumble bee back. Well, okay, maybe sometimes I give myself too little credit. I did spend the better half of yesterday sorting and clearing after squirreling around town trying to get through my list, mind you, I’m not even Santa’s assistant!

I’ve still haven’t gotten around to getting my car fixed after our little run-in with a city bus. I blame it on that ever-irresponsible jerk of a mechanic who doesn’t bother returning calls and who thinks women know nothing about cars. Really?

Speaking of jerks, after some last-minute groceries at the mall, I found my car boxed in on all sides by some indiscriminately parked cars. You know what, I think I’ve just about had it with driving in this crazy place! Oh wait, I hear some 200,000 folks have already signed up to migrate to Mars :idea:!

Oh and before I forget, I do apologize if I’ve been slack commenting on your blogs. I still do come around to read, it’s just that sometimes I have nothing new or intelligent to add. Clear signs of a tired mind.

Right! I’m outta here. It’s getting late and this busy bee still has stuff to do before calling it a day.

The story behind that memory card

The story behind that memory card

In my earlier post, Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm commented that she was curious to know the story behind the memory card I gave Steev’s ex-roomie’s Mom for Christmas. I guess a memory card isn’t something you normally think of as a gift.

But me being me, I’m not exactly the best gift shopper in the world so you just never know. To me, gifts are about practicality and the fact that it’s the thought that counts. They don’t have to be expensive, just well thought out and meaningful to the receiver.

Anyhoo, here’s the story. My son, Steev, happened to hear Mrs W mention that she needed a memory card with a larger capacity. When Steev mentioned it to me, I jumped at it *lightbulb moment* – That’s it! A memory card it is! That’ll save me one less gift to crack my head over!

It’s hard enough buying gifts for people you know, let alone people you’ve never even met. We’d never met this family, only heard a lot about them. They sounded like a nice family and I wanted them to have gifts they would really appreciate.

After much deliberation, we managed to find 2 gifts for each of their family and spent the morning wrapping and labeling each one with their names. I mean, you can see how creative we were, right? Bwahaha, okay, you can stop laughing now. Can you guess which was Mrs W’s gift with the memory card? What are your thoughts of a perfect gift?


Busy as a bee

Busy as a bee

So here I am, sitting at my trusty computer typing out this post. Not because I have to. Hey, this is my blog, I can do whatever I want to, right? I was actually going to let this blog drift for a bit considering just how busy I am. But no. So here’s a quick post.

I’ve still got an arm’s length’s worth of to-do’s to get thro but I’m stoked, kinda, at how much we managed to get done this week. Not that we’re anywhere near the end of that list but the problem is the busier I am, the less I feel inclined to move. Ever feel like this? It’s almost like I’m being weighed down and can’t get moving. Man, I hate it when that happens. Duh!

Still we are making steady progress. By evening, the pretties and I, we’re so bummed out we’re hunkered down on the floor watching an episode or two of our favorite TV shows before crawling into bed. I’m thankful for the incessant rain. I love the grey, cloudy days for running around doing errands and stuff. Love the cooler nights too. I can throw the windows open for a whiff of cool air.

Just how did I get so busy? The answer… coming to a blog post near you. Just don’t hold your breath 😆 .

Random pic, here’s something I ate recently. I really needed this.


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