I’ve promised myself to keep my blog as wholesome and as, well, refreshing as possible. I think just this once I’ll have to break that promise because I have some ranting to do. So just this once, I’ll give you a peek on my dark side : )
I am on my 7th month of pregnancy and because I am pregnant, I am finding it hard to sleep well. Again, because I am pregnant, I sleep at odd hours of the day. Well, I answered a call on my mobile phone during one of those precious naps. I woke up to Strawberry Shortcake’s cuppy cake song only to find out that the person from the other end was a loan collector. You see, hubby has an outstanding loan with one of the local banks. The loan offer, which was salary deductible, was quite attractive so we applied for one instead of getting from our savings. It was a wise deal coz the interest we’d be paying from the loan was actually lower than the interest our savings was earning.
Fast forward to 2008, hubby resigned a few months ago and has been quite busy with his current job that he still has no time to attend to his clearance from his previous job. We promised though that before the year ends, we will attend to all the necessary paperwork.
Back to the loan, the bank apparently hires the services of a collecting agency to, well, do the dirty work for them. I have already informed one agent that I will have to work on my husband’s clearance first, find out if he has any backpay, then arrange with the bank to continue paying the loan. I thought I already made that clear. Then came the call. Again, I repeated what I said to the previous agent I talked to.
Me: Aayusin ko na muna ang clearance ng asawa ko sa office tapos ako na bahala makipag-usap sa bangko.
Agent: Kailan nyo po maaayos?
Me: By December.
Agent: Pwede nyo na ayusin ngayon?
Me (Surprised but still trying to be calm): Iho, sabi ko sayo aayusin ko sa opisina tapos bahala na ako makipag-usap sa bangko.
Agent: Pwede kayo tumawag ngayon, sa head office ng bangko?
Me (Irritated already): Hindi pwde.
Agent: Bakit po?
Me (Nakukulitan na sobra): Eh kasi natutulog ako!
Agent: Today po, matatawagan nyo ngayon?
Me (So ready to hang up): Hindi nga eh.
Agent: Bakit kayo ang masusunod?
Me: Ha?! Bakit hindi?!
—I hang up the phone—
I am still completely flabbergasted by this agent’s lack of manners. I could not believe how our conversation went. I hang up the phone totally seething mad. My face was so hot I could feel myself blushing. You see, one of my pregnancy complaints lately is having a flushed face, which can be totally uncomfortable as I’d start getting woozy and all. I don’t know if it’s how menopausal women feel. And, I couldn’t get my sleep back!!!
I understand that it’s their job to call and follow up on loans. That’s okay with me, but to totally try to push me into doing something, even questioning me on my own prerogative, is beyond my comprehension. Ok lang sya?! Recalling how the conversation went, I couldn’t help but laugh at how desperate he sounded. Yeah, he must have been after a cut or commission somewhere. Or perhaps, he was really lousy at his job and it was a make or break call for him. Poor guy. Grrr…
I woke up one early Sunday morning and couldn’t get my sleep back. For those who know me, that’s pretty peculiar because my regular waking hours are a few hours before lunch (won’t say the exact time!). Hubby was already awake. He’s so used to getting up early even if he sleeps late the night before. My tummy was grumbling so hubby offered to get me a bowl of chicken sopas, a leftover from the previous day. Hubby ended up getting himself a bowl, too.
So there we were, husband and wife, eating our chicken sopas in bed, while our little girl was still soundly asleep. I had a great time talking to hubby and catching up on so many things. When you’ve got a toddler, you can count the few times you get to share some simple bonding moments with your husband without the little one butting in. Because hubby’s work is based in Bulacan, he doesn’t get to come home as often as he’d want, hence, the days he’s here with us are precious days we spend together as family.
He shares his adventures in the air while I share my adventures at home, as if there’s anything adventurous in staying home, haha. I mostly fill him with anecdotes of Zoe and tell him how my hip bone feels like it’s gonna give way already. We talk about how blessed we are and worry a little on how we need to save more for the baby’s coming. Our worries fade when we remind ourselves that God has never failed us. Through the years, everything that has happened just fell into place.
After an hour or so, Zoe wakes up and we’re swept into the motion of the day doing the things we have to do. We spent the afternoon in Canlubang where Zoe got to play with her cousins and hubby got to bond with his brothers. It was almost midnight when we headed for home. We sealed the night after we finished our bowls of delicious takeout goto from Goodah over another round of good conversation.
Starbuck’s Christmas flavors are out already! Zoe and I visited our Starbucks neighbor in Santana Grove for the toffe nut latte I so miss. Good thing it’s offered in decaf, safe for Zoe and for Baby Sibling. The other two flavors are praline mocha and dark cherry mocha.
I was tempted to try the dark cherry mocha but decided on ordering my favorite. Well, that’s me, I can get very loyal with what’s familiar. Like always, they’re offering a Starbucks planner for those who get to complete their Starbucks card. This early I’ve decided not to make a go for the planner. Last year’s planner wasn’t put to good use. I’ve never been into planners ever since. Gosh, I don’t even make a checklist. That’s how “organized” I am. Which reminds me of the sooo many things I still need to do. I’m about to press the panic button coz in 2 months I’ll be giving birth already. There’s the Christmas shopping, baby shopping, house cleaning, shop organizing…the list can go on and on.
Going back to Starbucks. Well, Zoe loved the Christmas coffee as she called it. She didn’t like it too warm so we mixed it will a little cold milk. Says she’s looking forward to going to Starbucks again. It’s becoming our mother-daughter hangout lately. Kinda expensive tambayan if you ask me, but as long as the kid’s happy, I’m happy, too.
My OB gave me the go signal to swim and, in fact, encouraged me to swim because she says it’s the best exercise for pregnant women. So one rainy Tuesday afternoon, Zoe and I, together with my kumare Rhea and inaanak Raine, trooped to TRIbeca aquapark to splash around. It was our first time to use the pool eversince it opened for the tenants to use and Zoe had a blast. The sky cleared up later in the afternoon but the weather was just right. Not too hot and sunny.
The aquapark is heaven for kids! It has a slide, a jacuzzi, an area that looks like a beach, a water curtain, some massage cottages, and a sunken bar. Raine and Zoe had so much fun splashing in the water. At first Zoe was shy but then she eventually warmed up and started making Raine laugh. It was great that the water was shallow enough for the kids. I had a wonderful time too catching up with my good friend because we haven’t seen each other for awhile. Motherhood and our busy schedules kinda make it harder for me and my friends to meet up on a whim.
Zoe has been asking me when we’d go back to TRIbeca to swim again. I’m already on my 7th month and I’m not sure if I can manage swimming more often now that I’m in the homestretch of pregnancy, but looks like Zoe will be getting soaked up more often : )