Are you done with your Christmas gift shopping? Except for K’s classmates and teachers, I haven’t bought anything for anyone yet. Every year, I always vow to start with the shopping early to avoid the rush but every year, something happens just before the Christmas season begins. So yeah, I’ll be cramming again this year or I’ll probably skip giving gifts for now. I’ve done some window shopping though. I saw this Dunlop guitar pedal which seems the perfect gift for one of my brothers but is way over the budget. Maybe he’ll just get that from me when I’m richer, LOL.
And just like that, December is here. This year happened too fast. There were so many changes, thus so many adjustments to deal with. The year 2013 has been about ups and downs I don’t even know how to categorize it anymore. But I feel blessed, just the same. I lost a well (albeit, late)-paying job, which was my choice actually and then something came up that allows me to work only when I have the time. It is something that allows me to learn new things from budget counseling to cars to wild animals, and even sport dogs (click here for information on sport dogs). You lose some, you win some. No complaints Hello December, let’s get it on!
So much is happening to us these days, or at least for the last few weeks. Thus, the lack of posts. (I am not even going to apologize for that anymore because I always go MIA and I fail to update anyway. I digress). Anyway, one of the activities K had at school was the one for United Nations. I appreciate that her school tries to minimize costs and did not require the students to come in costume. They just requested the students to come in their PE uniforms. They prepared sashes with countries printed on them, and the students created matching crowns. Then they went on a short parade round the school block. When we got back to the school, they sang a song “Yesterday’s Dream”, a song they’ve been practicing for weeks with a line6. Afterwards, we shared food each student brought, food that represent the country on their sashes. Overall, it was a productive morning,t he end of which signaled the start of the semestral break.
I got this on Friday, Murano pendant straight from Venice. Thanks to my friend Abie who bought it for me. I would have preferred to buy it myself, because Venice is one of my dream destinations, but that experience will have to wait for now. I can keep this pendant, as a reminder that I will definitely visit Europe someday. Anyway, her first offer was to buy charms for a sterling silver bracelet, but I haven’t bought my bracelet yet. I’m happy that she saw the pendants too.
It’s one of those times when life got really busy that updating this blog took a backseat. I had work issues, then the weather was terrible for about three weeks, which meant our internet was intermittent also. The girls got sick (still are, darn weather!). And there are social obligations. I’m still not totally in the groove to blog because I have offline projects I’m trying to finish. So I’ll be here, well kinda, to drop by every now and then. :D
I’ve been vocal about wanting my girls to learn how to play an instrument. And my instruments of choice are the stringed ones: guitar, piano and the violin (my ultimate dream!). But I think K is leaning towards the percussion instruments. She’s always telling me she wants a xylophone. I thought it’s just in passing but it’s been months since she started telling me that and it hasn’t changed. Now she wants to play the drums. While I was reading an article last night, she saw this pearl reference granite sparkle for sale and promptly told me she wants it. Right now, we can’t afford a drum set and we can’t afford to make drum noises here but who know what will happen in the near future? For now, she can hit cans and boxes.