The Little Girl’s Sick

Zoe woke up with a fever yesterday. I felt her hot forehead earlier when I was still half-asleep and thought that this couldn’t be. I’m just so not used to having my little girl sick, even if it’s just a slight bout of fever. She complained of headeache and I really wished she actually didn’t have any headache but was just feigning it instead.

When I got home from work she still had fever. Her temperature got even higher last night (39 degrees Celsius) and I felt so helpless there hugging and consoling her. She hated what felt as she muttered, “I don’t like this” so many times. She also woke up twice with nightmares about a starship that she was scared of. It was my first time to hear her talk about a starship. It really wasn’t a good night for us.

It’s really agonizing for a mom like me to see my child sick and in pain.  Everytime Zoe gets sick, I feel sick, too. I believe it’s the bond we have that makes me feel what she feels and that lets me know ahead of time that something’s just not right. This is a situation I can never get used to but it’s always a situation where you always have to put on a brave face. I’ve always been the panicky type, while my husband is always the cool one. My husband tells me in jest how fortunate it is that I didn’t become a doctor. Well, because if I were one, I’d probably always think of the worst cases that could happen even for the slightest cold! Good thing hubby’s around to keep me from having those panic attacks.

Thank God Zoe’s temp has lowered a bit come morning Although she still has fever and prefers that I stay within her sight 24/7, she woke up in a good mood and was so talkative you’d think she wasn’t sick at all. I hope she’ll get better as the day progresses.


July 25, 2008. General. 1 comment.

Tag Time

Got this tag from Rhea. Thanks dear!

The rules are simple. At the end of the post, the player tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Gosh, I was already a copy editor 10 years ago!

2. What are the 5 things on my to-do list today?

(it’s nighttime now so I’m answering for tomorrow)

~.Call the nail shop.
~ Check my e-mail.
Have lunch at my tita’s house
~ Go to Shopwise
~ Lounge in bed

3. Snacks I enjoy: Ay sobrang dami…Lay’s Original Potato Chips, Jack n’ Jill Nori-flavored Potato Chips, cornick, Chocolate Lovers’ chocolate chip cookies, Becky’s Kitchen walnut fudge brownies, oreo cookies dipped in milk, Nutella eaten straight from the jar! Naku, if I name them all this will last forever!

4. Place where I lived:
~ Manila, Ilocos (just for a few months, I think), Paranaque

5. Things I’d do if I were a billionaire:
~ Travel, travel, travel (but I just dread the flying part coz I easily get nauseous)
~ Invest, invest, invest
~ Purchase a modest house & lot
~ Get a McDonald’s or Jollibee franchise (Rhea pareho tayo!)
~ Start a foundation/charity

6. People I want to know more about: this is tough. Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, John Gokongwei, and Enrique Zobel

I’m passing this tag to Jammy, Lissa, Judy, Jenny, Faye, and Mari.

July 19, 2008. General. 1 comment.

Palabok Cravings

I know my morning sickness is letting up because I get to spend more time in the kitchen again and whip up a dish or two. I still don’t like the smell of grilled food, especially those rotisserie chickens and lechon manoks though. I guess that aversion will stay the whole nine months of pregnancy, the way I used to hate, hate, hate spaghetti and even the sight of it when I was pregnant with Zoe. I tried to avoid the office cafeteria then, especially during merienda time, because they almost always sold spaghetti.

Yesterday, I had an instant craving for my MIL’s version of pancit luglug. I ordered a serving of Jollibee’s pancit palabok the day before and regretted it the second I took my first bite. The sauce was anemic and watery and it lacked whatever garnishings that should’ve been there. Good thing I am the type of person who loves anything sour, so I still got to finish my pancit when I squeezed lots and lots of calamansi over it. So yesterday, I asked our help to get me the needed ingredients and I tried to make my own palabok. This palabok did not have seafood or tinapa flakes on it, just lean ground pork cooked in lots of garlic and atsuete oil. My craving was satisfied at last. At least I have enough reason to eat for two!

July 16, 2008. Tags: , , . General. 1 comment.

Telebabad Zoe

My mom would always complain that her apo never ever talks to her on the phone. Because my mom lives miles away, the family decided to get Vonage, a VOIP that allows us to talk for hours on the phone without the usual long-distance charges. Unfortunately, Zoe still doesn’t want to talk to anyone over the phone, except on really good days when she would agree to mutter a few sentences just so we’d get off her back. On better times, she would even agree to sing one of her rap songs (she used to sing rock n’ roll but her dad influenced her on rap. Honestly, I can’t seem to tell the difference!). Today was an unbelievably spectacular day. Not only did she agree to dial my mom’s number (after “threatening” her that we won’t get to play school today), she also talked to my mom for almost thirty minutes…definitely a record for someone who squirms when the conversation lasts more than 2 minutes! I was surprised when I stepped out of the shower to hear Zoe still chatting on the phone. Her grandma was ecstatic. Sana raw ganon palagi. Now my mom knows how talkative Zoe can get.

July 15, 2008. General. Leave a comment.

Happy Wednesday!

I’m giddy, I’m happy! Heard this first from Happy Slip and checked YouTube (I’m becoming an addict eversince our Internet got faster!). I just love it! It lets me forget that I’m nursing a bad cold, that I have tons of things to do, and that the price of gas is never-ending. The song also feels so close to home, hubby, and family…that’s the feeling I get listening to it : ) Have a happy wednesday!

July 9, 2008. Tags: , . Family, General. Leave a comment.

Cold Season

Zoe and I have been bitten by the cold bug. Actually, Zoe first had the colds which went on to some coughing. I was ok till yesterday when I felt my throat get itchy, then my nose got so stuffed that I stayed up most last night just blowing my nose away! I felt like I didn’t get to sleep at all.

Zoe is feeling much better now, although the doctor gave her some meds which she doesn’t like, yucky medicine, so she claims. This morning, as if convincing us that there isn’t any need to take her meds, she declares that her cough and colds are gone. “But I’m well already, I don’t need to take my medicine,” she says matter-of-factly. I had a hard time convincing her otherwise, and it took me two hours before she gulped the yucky syrup. Can’t blame her, really, I don’t know any kid who would love a menthol-flavored cough syrup.

This evening, she surprised me by saying she will be drinking her meds. True enough, she did, without the two-hour wait, all by herself. Just like that. Like drinking a shot of tequila. Mind over matter, perhaps. I’m just so proud of her.

We still have a long way to go. Five days to be exact. I hope she’d cooperate every single time just like she did tonight. Really, if only I could take the meds for her instead.

July 8, 2008. Tags: . Zoe stories. Leave a comment.

A Prayer Tag

Thanks Rhea for this tag. A prayer for those stricken with cancer feels so close to home because my mom and my brother are cancer survivors. I’ve seen how hard it was for them to stay strong amidst the uncertainty of tomorrow.

Dear God, we pray for the quick recovery of all the sick and the dying especially those suffering from lupus and cancer. May they find courage in their pain. Amen.

To those who will be tagged, all you have to do is keep this circulating.

Even if it’s to only one person. In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by a serious illness like Lupus or Cancer or is still living with it. A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle.

Blogs who have prayed:

1.) Eida’s Closet 2.) My Precious 3.) Just Me.. Eds 4.) Milet 5.) FunFierceFab 6.) Live the Life of a Dreamer 7.) One Hundred and Eighty Degrees 8.) Tricia’s World

Please keep this candle going. Would like to tag KG.

July 8, 2008. General. Leave a comment.

Me Revealed in 3 Qs

Your Personality Is

Idealist (NF)

You are a passionate, caring, and unique person.

You are good at expressing yourself and sharing your ideals.

You are the most compassionate of all types and connect with others easily.

Your heart tends to rule you. You can’t make decisions without considering feelings.

You seek out other empathetic people to befriend.

Truth and authenticity matters in your friendships.

In love, you give everything you have to relationships. You fall in love easily.

At work, you crave personal expression and meaning in your career.

With others, you communicate well. You can spend all night talking with someone.

As far as your looks go, you’ve likely taken the time to develop your own personal style.

On weekends, you like to be with others. Charity work is also a favorite pastime of yours.

The Three Question Personality Test

July 6, 2008. General. Leave a comment.

Random Blahs

Finally, our Internet is back. We’ve decided to terminate our broadband account because of their very slow response on the matter and hook up with another Internet provider that offered a cheaper package. For Php1,200 we get cable TV and Internet. Not bad, huh? So far, so good. A once staggering video watched in YouTube due to terribly slow Internet connection is now a fast and smooth clip. Yehey, I can get to watch those Happy Slip videos I super duper enjoy. Hubby’s predicting I’ll be addicted to YouTube in a span of days. I certainly hope not!

Despite the return of the Net, I still find myself staring at the PC with nothing to blog about. I guess the many days of nonexistence left me hanging in some void, unable to return to the now. I still have to get that old passion in blogging back. It must be the pregnancy hormones going haywire or this migraine that just doesn’t seem to go away OR the coming of another inevitable birthday a little over a month away. Sigh. I always start getting melodramatic when I get a year older. Still, it’s one of my favorite days of the year.

Hanggang dito na muna…until I get that blogging mode back.

July 5, 2008. General. Leave a comment.

World-Class Professions

1. Copy and paste everything to a new post and Add your name next to your profession (or profession-to-be for undergrads) in the list. Make sure your name is linked to your blog/webbie
2. If your profession is not in the list then simply add it to the correct alphabetical place. For example, if you want to add PLUMBER then it should be placed in between ONCOLOGIST and QUEEN
3. Tag as many people as you can and witness how your technorati will explode!
4. Don’t forget to link back. In your case, link back to

Blogger – Mary,Vannie
Business –Vanniedosa, Tricia
Copy Editor – Tricia
Doctor –
Finance –Pat
Lawyer – Jessie (aka Dyes)
Nurse –Mckhoii,
Teacher –
Stay-At-Home-Mom –Mai,Aggie,Vanessa

I’m tagging Rhea, Joey, Jane, Erika.

July 5, 2008. Tags: . General. Leave a comment.

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