List #33

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Time to make a gratitude list again!

1.  Family Day – Yumi’s school had their family day last Saturday.  It was a fun-filled but tiring day!

2.  Work – I’m happy to have work that keeps me busy in a productive way. (I’m trying to be positive here 😀 )

3.  Sunny weather – No rain at all last week!

4.  Express Scribe – This is the tool that I use for my new job and it’s really helpful.

5.  Kiki’s Delivery Service – This was our movie pick for the night.  Kiki’s cute and the kids liked it, as always.

That’s it for this week.  What are you thankful for?

 

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List #32

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Time to make a gratitude list again!

1.  New part-time job – As I mentioned last Saturday, I have a new source of income and it’s great, although I’m still figuring out how to schedule everything.

2.  The internet – I really have to thank whoever invented the internet as we can work anywhere for anyone at any time.

3.  Willpower – I have finally blocked Sims Social in my Facebook account as it is a time hog.

4.  Google Docs – I’ve only recently learned how to use Google Documents and I think it’s great to have your files saved in Google’s servers so you have that security that it’s stored securely and can be accessed anywhere.

5. Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer – This was the movie we watched this week and I never realized how rich it was in terms of lessons on diversity, fitting in and individuality.

That’s it for this week.  What are you thankful for?

Priorities

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I mentioned last Monday that I was invited to take a test for a new job.  I’m happy to report that I passed!  They sent me some forms to fill out and some videos to watch to train me for the job.

When I checked my email on Wednesday morning, I was informed that I was good to go and could start working.  The work in this company is self assigned, so you could work as much or as little as you want.  However, I found out that they usually send out the files to be worked on at around 6 am, my time.  I’m still asleep at that time, then I have to bring my daughter to school, then take my morning walk.  I’m usually home by 8 am, then I have to eat breakfast and do the chores.  So, by the time I read the email, it was almost 10 am and there was no more work to be done.

So, I have a dilemma, should I work after bringing Yumi to school, or should I still walk and if there’s no more work, then sorry.  I could take the files before I bring Yumi to school, then take a walk but I might not finish the work within the deadline.  I certainly don’t want to miss deadlines so early in the game.

As it turns out, they sometimes send files at other times.  Yesterday, they sent it early evening my time.  By that time though, I couldn’t work on it either since I’m doing online English conversation lessons at night.  Today, they sent it around noon.  Finally, I got to work on a decent number of files.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, I forgot to eat lunch because of that.

I have to figure out a way to do this properly.  I have decided that I will continue walking.  I enjoy my time outdoors, and it’s my only exercise.  I should also discipline myself to check for new files only at certain times of the day.  There is no need to check it every five minutes.  Finally, I should realize that this is just extra work, we won’t starve without it so there’s no point in stressing myself.

If you’ll excuse me, I need to check the file before I go to bed. 🙂

 

List #31

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Time to make a gratitude list again:

1.  Recognition – It was Yumi’s card day last Tuesday and she’s an Outstanding Student, which means she did great work for the first trimester.  She really wanted this and I’m very happy that she got the honor.

2.  Unexpected gifts –  I got a surprise visit last week from old neighbors and was sent some stuff from Australia.  I guess I have to thank Facebook for this too, otherwise, we would never have gotten in touch.  I have now tasted Vegemite!  Thanks Connie!

3.  Unexpected offer – I signed up with oDesk maybe 2 years ago and never really got anywhere with it.  Then suddenly, I got an offer for a transcription job, well, not an offer but a test for a transcription job that may lead to some longtime work.  Did the test and now just waiting for results.

4.  My Neighbor Totoro – This was our movie pick of the week and it was really cute, the kids liked it a lot.

5.  La Mesa Ecopark – We went to La Mesa Ecopark yesterday for some birding and the kids had a great time!  It was tiring (and hot!) but we all enjoyed being around nature, and it was our first time to see the dam!

That’s my list for this week.  What are you thankful for?

Upgrades

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Apple launched the new iPhone last week and I’m sure there are thousands of people who can hardly wait to have their own.  I can appreciate how technology has improved over the years and the role that it now plays in our lives.  What I can’t understand is the compulsion that we have to always have the best and newest technology, whether we need it or not.

I’m willing to bet that only 10% of iPhone users need it in their lives.  Very few people need to be connected 24 hours in a day.  Very few people need access to the internet or their email immediately.  Most messages can wait.  In fact, we’re bombarded with so much information that we cannot fully absorb these and might even be missing out on the really important things because we are so preoccupied with superficial stuff.

I’m very much concerned with our consumerist culture which makes us want to buy, buy, buy.  Companies have fed this culture by developing products that make us want to acquire more and more.  And what happens to the gadgets that are still useful?  Trash.  So much trash is generated in the manufacture of these products and they end up being trash themselves in a matter of years.  Most of the gadgets can be considered consumable now and will be obsolete or have to be replaced in a few years.

Of course these gadgets make life more convenient.  But the lives that are being improved by these stuff are already easy and comfortable.  I would rather that technology be used to really help people whose lives are in dire circumstances.  But then there is no profit in that, no recognition, no fame.

But what if every person why buys an iPhone when they have a perfectly working phone, instead use that money towards causes that try to eliminate poverty, hunger, illiteracy?  I’m sure that money would be better spent and would really help people.  Isn’t it better to upgrade people’s lives than upgrade our gadgets?

I’m hoping that technological advances could be used for more practical purposes.  Hopefully engineers can figure out ways to protects crops from drought and flooding.  Hopefully they would find ways to bring clean water and electricity to remote areas that have no access to it.  Hopefully they would create houses that can withstand floods, typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis.

Our lives are so comfortable that we forget that there are only three basic needs, food (and water), shelter and clothing.  Everything else is extra.

List #30

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Time to make a gratitude list again:

1.  Second chances – I’m supposed to receive a sanction for closing too many sessions last month but fortunately, I was given a reprieve as it was my first offense.

2.  Teachers – World teachers day was celebrated last week and it was a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to the people who tirelessly educate all of us.

3.  Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief –  This was our movie pick of the week and it was great.

4.  Visiting the Chinese Temple – It’s amazing how there’s this culture within our midst that I know so little about.

5.  New recipes – I’ve tried two new recipes last week and while not exceptional, it was good to have a break from our usual food.

That’s it for this week.  What are you thankful for?

Closet Clean-up

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I’ve been thinking of cleaning up my closest for the longest time but have always been too lazy to do so.  I’ve been a full-time stay at home mom since February but I still keep all my “working clothes” in the closet.  I finally decided to de-clutter my closet last Friday.

I pretty much survive on a daily uniform of shorts, t-shirts and slippers.  I wear jeans and a t-shirt when I go out.  I really have no need for long-sleeved shirts and dresses and blouses.  I figured since I mostly wear the same things over and over again anyway, I’ll also reduce the number of shirts that I’ll keep.

After emptying out my clothes on the bed, I realized I had so much underwear that’s no longer wearable that I still keep.  I don’t know why I did that.  I also had scarves which I never use and bags stuffed in bags which I don’t use either.

In the end, I decided to store my “working clothes” in case I’ll ever go back to working in a school or office again.  I also kept my dresses just in case I need to wear them.  I’m not really a dress person and I’d hate to buy a dress just to be worn once.

I did keep a couple of nice shirts in the closet.  I also limited the shirts that I’ve kept.  I just chose the ones I really liked and that I wear more often.  It shouldn’t matter if I wear the same shirt to two different occasions with the same set of people, right?

So, here’s my closet now and I’m loving all that space. 🙂

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