Archives for August 2012

That Mini Heart Attack

Does this ever happen to you?

In the early years of personal computing (Whoa. Did I just say that? I feel ancient),  I have already acquainted myself with the “save as” button.   I also learned to email files to myself as a backup.  With cloud storage, it also possible to have a backup somewhere in the internet.  What usually causes a mini-heart attack for me is that moment when the computer bogs down. I only own one desktop- no iPad, no laptop or other mobile internet devices. Thus, I go through five stages of grief:  denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

It is the same five stages as this. 😀

In my past life (old job), I dealt with computer problems day-in/ day-out.  I only go through mini-heart attacks when my files get affected. However, I am pretty calm when dealing with other people’s machines.  😀  I learned how open the machines and look through the innards of a CPU.  I remember one time I was fixing my swivel chair at home. I was holding a screwdriver and the parts of the chair are all over the living room floor. My aunt was skeptical and asked, “Do you know what you are doing?”  I replied, “Hey, if can open up a computer system, how hard can this be?”  I flashed my pearly whites as beads of sweat trickled at the side of my face.  It was an easy task. I know the steps.  However, I realized  that it was hard to unscrew something that is attached to a wood.

My aunt must have remembered that incident that when her TV broke down, she asked me to fix it.  Ha!  I was exposed to electronic equipment but I have never dared to tinker with them. In my previous work, it was normal for me to see RF microwave components in the switch department’s work area but I never bothered to learn more about them. Although I told my aunt to call a technician, I did my own research and looked for equipment suppliers.  I landed on the Radiall website. The company just revamped their site and it is easy to navigate. They manufacture components that are widely used in industries including aerospace, defense and telecommunications.

My aunt’s TV was already fixed by a qualified technician.  As for me, I no longer have that mini-heart attack when my computer fails me.  I learned to let go.  Sometimes, I am more productive when I am away from the computer. 😀

A Peek into My Day

I have not done memes for a while now so I decided to join Yuuki’s “A day in my not so boring life – a 24 hr chronicle of your typical day“. August 1 was a pretty good day. I received really good news at the end of the day that I forgot what happened earlier in the day. I will talk about the good news soon!

So, I picked August 2 for this meme.

I woke up at 630 AM to walk the dog. I can hear his loud barking. He is my alarm clock. This is our usual route.

After I walked the dog, I had my breakfast. My typical breakfast is : 2 pandesal+ half a fried egg+ meat (made into two sandwiches) and coffee.

On some days, I have fruits and native delicacies but not yesterday.

My cousin and aunt usually do the cooking. I do the dishes. Yesterday was no exception.

The fridge is quite empty so it was time for us to go to the market and the grocery.
We stopped by the flower stand and my aunt bought some flowers for the altar.

Because of the unfavorable weather conditions in the coastal areas, fish supply is scarce and super expensive. We bought these instead. (Didn’t I just write about my eating habits catching up on me? Ooops.)

Market time is also grocery time.

While on the tricycle home, I snapped a quick shot at the Rizal park. The park is undergoing renovations and although it is not yet completed, it was cleaned up for the “Adlaw hong Butuan“. August 2 is a holiday in Butuan. Butuanons celebrated the 62nd “Adlaw hong Butuan” yesterday. In August 2,1950, Butuan was declared a Chartered City.

While my aunt prepared lunch, I worked on my computer.

We had a simple lunch.

The lunch was simple because we had the king of fruits for dessert. Durian! <3  (El cheapo. We can’t resist.)

After lunch, I worked again while watching a UAAP game between Ateneo and UP.

UP lost. 🙁 Cheerdance is our only hope.

I continued with work until dinnertime. I forgot to take a snapshot of our dinner. We had champorado and dried squid . Yummy!

We prayed the rosary after dinner time.  It has been sort of a family practice ever since my grandfather died in 2000.

 

Usually, my aunts would hurriedly turn the TV on after the rosary to see if they can still catch their favorite teleserye.

I went back to my room to prepare for my nightly shower. When I do not have to meet people (aside from family), I do not usually shower during the day. (Is it weird?) I shower at night instead because I sleep better that way.

I still have piles of work to do so I continued to work on them until I got sleepy.

I also remembered that I need to draw my August planner.  Here is the thing: I got the printable planners from Alessa  and Jen. I liked their planners so I wanted to ditch my own planner .  However, I scrimped on my ink and the planners did not print the way I wanted. I took it as a sign to continue using my DIY planner.  It was a simple planner envy gone awry. Haha!

Yes, Bourne Legacy is on my schedule. hehe

After I was done with this planner, I called it a night.

Source: etsy.com via Anita on Pinterest

 

Off to dreamland…

Source: flickr.com via Ande on Pinterest

 

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The Circle of Life

I attended two wakes in July.   It was sad. Both deaths were so sudden.  They were relatively young at 39 and 42.  It was a reminder for me to take care of my health.  One day, my body will catch up on my bad eating habits.

 

My aunt and I had a discussion this morning. She was sharing what she learned from watching a show about money, savings and investment. An expert said something about setting aside a third of your monthly salary for savings and divide the remaining amount into 4.  The quotient should be your weekly budget.  My aunt was quick to do the math and she realized, her money was not enough. We had a good laugh at our discussion. I guess she just has to earn more.  I remember reading about Timothy Sykes and how he was able to invest his money through penny stocks. Tim Sykes  was still his 20’s  when he started investing. I believe this Chinese proverb also applies to investing: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

The sad events of July was trumped with two happy ones. I had godmother duties to two cute boys. I always feel honored when friends ask me to be the godmother of their babies. Godparents are the child’s second parents.

Yesterday, my friends welcomed the birth of their first child.  What a sweet blessing to end July!

 

No, that is not my friends’ child. 😀  The photo is too cute not to share.

A friend found this beautiful video about death and shared this on Facebook.

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