Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wings on December

Sometimes I wish magic is real. I am referring to wands, beaded bag with undetectable extension charm (pictured below) and other magic that will make life easier. Whining is what I do when things get so busy around here and my mind seems to freeze and would just stop working.

Hermione and her beaded purse/bag

My point is, December is a busy month because of the holiday season: gifts, shopping, menu, reunions and different parties.
But aside from the holiday, work like a clockwork, will always be busiest during this month. 
People are asking for accomplishment reports, meetings that were never done the entire year but only just now, and new activities that seems to have waited an entire eleven months before they decided to make their appearance.

That's why I am asking for a magical December. Where everyone can get what they want and be happy. 

Now, for the more serious stuff, I have to make few updates on our home-ownership status. I am crossing my fingers and hoping that we will be allowed to convert our lot purchase agreement into a house and lot agreement because we realized that although we are paid to process and make plans as our careers, it does not apply to us on personal life. We, despite our experience in our jobs on organizing and negotiating and coming up with solutions that requires a lot of paper processing, can not even get a building permit without losing our temper because of red tape. Last Saturday, I gave up to the idea that the house plan that I have paid for (around $360) will probably get dust and shelved forever. 

I have seen the chosen house, took photos and hope to post them here. Now, with the hope that it will be given to us, here are the new ideas that I think will help us make it cozy and less-mass produced:

1. will keep this on my stash for the smaller rooms

photo via {letteredcottage}

2. Decorchicks's Molding ideas that turned into a fake wainscot. I really love this idea because the new house look too plain with just paint on them but we will probably unable to afford a real molding and wainscot once we started paying for the mortgage.
the Molding
the beautiful "wainscot"after some paint job

she got the idea here where Joy used laminates for their "fake"  board-and-batten like this one:

image from Joy's blog, you can see tutorial there.

there are other inspirations out there but I might have to limit my entry for now. I will be posting some other DIY soon so that bloggers like me who are on a tight budget can still make their home presentable.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekend Fun +Work Week's Activities

I had the most relaxing weekend and although my mind is still on its slumber stage from too much work last semester, it is more than ready to function on its current state of capacity.

A Total Quality Control Management training workshop was offered and I grabbed the opportunity to learn more about management. And I learned two things: 

1. I need to review my statistics (for my own career's sake); and
2. TQM is not for everybody. 

I will tell you about it on another post. 

Last Friday I attended a Round Table discussion on the progress of renewable energy in the country and it is one of those things that excites me. ( I will discuss this also on another blog)  It made me think of something about my future home-ownership wish list: 

I want a solar panel on my roof! Regardless of the investment! I am crossing my finger for a subsidy from the government on this one. 

Sometime this week, I had this snack. One of the many sweet things that I love:

You can drool if you want. I wont stop you. I am hungry myself. But I just finished my warm milk and it is impractical to start on sugar at this hour. 

By the way, I used basic ingredients. 
Local too. 
If you are from the PI and have no idea that there are big marsh mallows on supermarket, I am informing you now that there are "for bonfire" sizes. 
If your supermarket does not offer them, go to the nearest 7-11 convenient store.
They have the biggest marshmallows I ever found in the PI. 
Expect a higher price though, compared to the one from the supermarket.  
I also did some organizing. Found out that five minutes of your time can make a big difference. like this one:



five minutes later. 


 We had so any stuff on the table. Glad to put them back on their proper places. Nothing actually belongs on that table except the laptop. We are just too lazy to clean it up.

and for the weekend activity...I was able to convince someone to bake some cookies. teehee! 
But not after he melted the white chocolate the wrong way. 
We had a lumpy white chocolate that should be used for our own version of Reese's peanut cupcake.

 I was able to convince him to bake cookies so that we can use the lumpy white chocolate. 
He agreed and I think he is pretty proud that he did because we were able to push that old oven to work. And finally, it did cooperate.
I was able to fire it up to 350degrees! 
We had a chewy, tasty chocolate cookies. 
It was a drop cookies and I insisted on using my bento cutters on them to give it a little art.
They look huge on the photos (compared to those locally sold cookies). 
And they are really huge! 
About the size of the palm of my hand. 
Imagine how big does a 5'1" woman is. You can do the math.

And tonight, I found this kitchen. I fell in love with it and I know that this is the one that I will try to replicate on our home.

{image from here}

 I am not sure if its allowed to copy the photo from her header. 
But I did anyway. 
Hope linking back is good enough to give due credit. 
I can't lose this photo on my cluttered file again. That's why its on this blog. So that it is easier to look for it when I need it. 
don't you love those open shelves? I love them so much. and they are easy to reach as well.

Hope you had a great week too. 
I have lots of things to do like joining meme. Yes, will start with that one too. but for now, I need to sleep.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Boxing and Baking

Weekend passed by swiftly. I slept the rest of the afternoon yesterday and woke up around seven in the morning today. I never felt well rested for years. 

We took the opportunity to buy some stuff at the grocery as people settles on their seats (at their home) to watch Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito's fight. Courtesy of our city government (every Pacquiao fight), people in this city with cable access was able to watch the fight live. Knowing that we will be having the street for ourselves (read: no traffic) and the grocery as well, we dash off to the store and get the grocery done. 

I was able to buy to flat containers for our clothes that no longer fit me and other things needed in the house. 

Hubby baked brownies but we realized that there is something wrong with the oven. I offered my sewing machine money to buy him a new oven but he refused, so let's see how long can he keep this oven. 

Here are the projects that I want to do in the future, when we have the new house:

1. mini scrapbook

scrapbook. mini-scrapbook.

I made one before and can find time to do now, but being free from any reading materials and writing assignments make me a real bum. 

2. Little Birdie Plush


{via dainty squid}

 4. Online Biz
alright, not exactly etsy, but more like etsy. (Note: I do not live in the US, so etsy-adventure is not for me)

There are lots of things to do,now that school is over. 

Hope you had the list of things to do as well.

Great Sunday!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back to Blogging

I am done with school and probably off somewhere to start a new career.

After lots of weeks giving it much thought, I know that the need to start somewhere that is different from what my life has been for the past five years is the thing that my heart wants to do. So I will probably be starting anew somewhere and open a fresh leaf for my life.

I have plenty of projects to do and can not wait to start on them. The top list are the following:

  1. Start a website (free or not, it doesn't matter)
  2. Blog more
  3. Sewing 
  4. Scrapbooking
  5. Driving lessons
  6. baking lessons
  7. gardening
  8. painting/sketching
Sounds like a busy year for me. And I am all excited. Here are the projects that I hope to work on immediately:

via {v and co.}

I want to make a wreath but not sure if this is okay in the house (you know how difficult it is if you are living with the in-laws, you have to consider their opinion). 

By the way, I am almost done with the paperworks for the building permit. It took this long because we are too busy with other things in life life husband getting sick, exams, thesis. Now that things at school are finished, I can moved at a faster pace.


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