Finally time to blog

As you can see, I’m on a roll.  This is already my third post on this blog with one cross post to my other blog, Motherhood, Etc.  I just finished washing the last of the plates used for dinner as well as the pots and pans.  I’ve already stored the leftovers in containers that have found their spot in the fridge.  I’m holding off on preparing tomorrow’s coffee (Thank heavens for the programmable coffeemaker!) for just before I turn in closer to or just after midnight later.  I have more or less an hour and a half to do a few other chores and maybe do a blogpost or two more.

I look to the right where Angel’s activity table is and I see three tubes of fingerpaint which I always keep out of sight and out of reach during the week.  I always make sure I’m beside him when he does his fingerpainting and he created three paintings today.  The crayons are not as “dangerous” not only because they are washable but more so because he’s gotten used to the simple rule that we write and draw ON PAPER and not on the walls.  (Note to self: Stow the tubes!)

I don’t know what it is about the kitchen sink that makes me think about things to write about or ponder upon — I don’t exactly get that same dose of “enlightenment” or “introspection” when I’m cleaning the bathroom.  Is it the water?  Is it the sense of accomplishment that washing gives me?  The only other chore that makes me think in the same vein is when I handwash items that shouldn’t go into the washing machine or to the cleaners.  I haven’t been doing that much of late, though.

I don’t even know where to begin.  Do I talk about makeup?  Which book to pick up next?  My spaghetti shortcut?  (Not quite as simple as throwing a jar of spaghetti sauce on the noodles… my boys deserve something more substantial than that..)  My Sunday today?  Thinking about it is something to write about in itself.

We stayed home this Sunday so I snuck out of the house as father son napped, and I walked to the corner stores and checked out the sales at the neighborhood RiteAid, the 99 cents store, then I stopped by Dunkin Donuts and picked up Alan’s banana split and munchkins for merienda.  It’s been a productive day for me even if I haven’t had the chance to do any scrapbooking.  (Three posts in a day — THAT’s productive.)  I even managed to put an order for a FreshDirect grocery delivery for Tuesday.  (Convenience with a capital “C”!)

I like staying home but it usually means spending the better part of the day in the kitchen.  I made some bistek with a side of plantains for lunch, and it was spaghetti this evening.  I am exhausted but I enjoy staying home with the family.

The snow is still very much present although the trickling of it melting means it will be gone soon.  That is, of course, unless we get another sprinkling or more like downpour of snow.  (Just went and checked the forecast at AccuWeather and it looks like we might get some snow tomorrow evening and rain by Tuesday..)  I really can’t wait for spring!

Time to get on with the last minute chores.. have to get Angel’s sheet and blanket ready for daycare, put away the finger paint, prepare the coffeemaker.  Then maybe for once I won’t be rushing through my evening ritual with my face as I rush to heed the call of my pillow. I’m thinking “Dessert”. There’s some vanilla ice cream in the freezer but I’m trying to be good. 

I’m trying to decide if I’ll go to work with red lips or a pale shade of beige.  Is tomorrow one of those days when I can finally come to work wearing a skirt?  Nah.. might still be too cold.  Of course I’m going to wear boots as I’m dying to wear these textured tights I bought a few weeks ago, but still… Decisions, decisions..

Let’s go back to dessert..

Goodie Bag Item Hunting

As I had written below and expounded on in my other blog on Motherhood, I’ve started planning for Angel’s birthday in May.  I want to be able to get most of the goodies here so that I can ship them home via door-to-door courier in time.

Yesterday I found myself in Walmart as Alan and Angel browsed the CD racks of Best Buy.  Although we are often in the area, I rarely find myself shopping there despite the bargains because Alan finds it too aggravating to jostle with the crowd.  (By way of illustration, there were actually people cursing each other out on the other aisle.)  I just wanted to see what bargains I can pick up, and true enough, the Lightning McQueen fruit snacks from Kellogg’s I was looking for were on sale.  I left the store with 8 boxes of 10 small packets each.  (40 for Manila, 24 for daycare.)

Today I snuck out of the house after Angelo dozed off in the afternoon and decided to check out the dollar store in my neighborhood.  As luck would have it, there were giveaways galore with various Disney characters on them! I snatched up a 5-piece set of 2 pencils, sharpener, eraser and mini notebook.  I only got 16 sets because they had run out, but I think I’ll just buy Winnie the Pooh and Tinkerbell for the remaining sets.  They had 8-piece markers and fancy pencils with erasers as well as the mini-notebooks sold in pairs that I can actually pull together to make up for 20 or 25 sets for the boys. 

In this week’s ad of RiteAid was an ad for Disney Cars Marshmallow Pops (1.5 oz.) which I excitedly went to the store for, but which, apparently they had already run out of..  I’m hoping to find the item in other RiteAid stores in my part of New York, or in other drugstores where they usually sell single item chocolates or candy.

I’m the crazy Mom going around planning this early, I know.  It’s really gotten me all energized, plus the thought that our guests
back in Manila will find the goodies in our gift bag unique and a real treat indeed makes it all the more challenging.  So I’m hoping I can find this in some other store before it runs out this Easter season.  Wish me luck!