Monday, July 31, 2006

Great start...NOT!

Gad! What a Monday! Morning traffic was horrendous -- it took me two hours to get to the office. And wouldn't you know it, on the very rare times that I have to drive (Jun worked overnight), it was stop and go even on the skyway *grrrrr*. Now Jun believes me when I say I'm cursed...every time it's my turn to drive, nine times out of ten, traffic will be bad. Just ask Argie, my former carpoolmate. (Di ba Arg?)

I'm still nursing a cold but had a really nice weekend vegging out and watching season one of House. Love, love, love it! Plus, I have a new toy!!! Got my new laptop and with Jun setting up the wireless thingy, we were in internet surfing heaven.

On my way out now, crossing my fingers that traffic won't be bad. I think I've suffered enough this morning.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Sleep Deprived

Thank goodness it's Friday. I've been sitting at my desk for the last 5 minutes trying to muster up enough energy to finish what I need to get done, to no avail. I have a slight cold and headache and my throat's congested, hence, I haven't had my caffeine fix -- my sister (who's a doctor) tells me to stay off caffeine and chocolates for the meantime. Plus, I've been sleep deprived for the past couple of days. Faith's been impossible these past nights! Who'd have thought that this sweet looking angel hides a sadistic streak reserved only for me? She's got these moods when she can't sleep and she refuses to just lie down beside me quietly until she falls asleep. Oh no, I have to sit up on the bed while she rearranges herself every two minutes on my lap until she falls asleep which happens in..oh, anytime from 30 minutes to an hour. Yeah, welcome to my life. With Jun and Joshua sleeping peacefully, I'm left to grapple with the two year old who can't sleep.

Some nights are better and some are worse. For instance, twice already, she climbed on my back (piggy back) and I had to bounce her lightly, while still sitting cross legged on the bed, bent over with Faith draped over my back. She actually fell asleep that way, leaving me with the dilemma of how to get her off my back and onto the bed without waking her. I think I spent five minutes trying to think of a solution. Then I stumbled on this twisting motion with my right arm so i could hold on to her head and sort of flip her on her back gently and onto to the pillow. It's a bit hard to have to actually see it for you to understand how I did it. The first time it happened I bent really low until my face was almost squashed to the pillow and then I slid her (hips first) onto the pillow. The arm twisting way is better, I think. Maybe by the third time I'll have it down to a science.

So, get an idea why I am so happy it's Friday. While it doesnt exempt me from Faith's nocturnal bad habits, at least I don't have to get up early. Sigh! There's gotta be a better way. I'm exhausted!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

My Five Minutes of Fame

Last week, Jun and I had the opportunity to appear on tv. My college friend who works for ANC invited us since they needed a married couple with kids to talk about the cost of having kids. Didn't take me long to decide to do it (yeah, like how many times will you get an opportunity to be on TV??!!). In fact, my friend was still explaining on the phone when I said, heck, YES!! And then I remembered it wasn't a solo parent guesting so I had to ask Jun if he was free, he he.

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was my first time in a tv studio and I was surprised to see that the sets appear so much bigger on tv than they really are. We were both a bit nervous but Pia Hontiveros (the host) put us both at ease with her easy manner that after the first minute, I was happily jabbering away. My friends who saw the episode said I came across as very natural. Naturally madaldal, I barely gave Jun an opportunity to talk (which was ok with him, honest!). I came away from that tv appearance feeling like I missed my calling -- HA HA HA HA!!!! I should be on TV!

Unfortunately, since we don't have skycable, my parents weren't able to watch my debut. My friend promised me a tape of the episode (susan, please!!!) so I can watch it over and over and...eeep! I mean, so my family and kids can see it.

Seriously, I loved it. It was a bit surreal for me, so far removed from my everyday existence. It definitely shook things up for me. So much so that it's spurred me to do something I've wanted to do since last year. I won't tell till it's a sure thing. And no, it's not losing weight! Grr!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Le Sigh!

This post is long overdue! It's no secret that I'm a huuge Gary V fan so when I found out that he was having a concert at the Alabang Town Center, I immediately got tickets (free if you have the Ayala Discount Plus card). Jun and I were at the mall as early as 4:30pm (concert was starting at 6 and I wanted to get good seats). I was so thrilled to find Gary already on stage rehearsing. We were allowed to get our seats at 15 minutes to 6 pm, and we got seats at the 8th row from the stage.

As expected, the performance was flawless. I don't usually like going to concerts -- why pay good money to see them live (at itty bitty sizes) when you can listen to the CD? -- but I make an exception with Gary. I just love, love, love dancing to his old songs at his concerts. I've always liked Gary V's songs but from the first time I saw him live at a concert in UP, I've been hooked. Nothing brings out the groupie in me like he does. So Jun and I make it a point to watch his concerts as long as they're held in small, intimate venues. I remember that our first official date as a couple was the Gary V concert "By Request" at the Music Museum.

But the concert at ATC wasn't the best part. Afterwards, we were having dinner at Italiannis and guess who walked into the restaurant? Yep, their whole family also had dinner there. What a coincidence, huh??!!!!! *grin* It wasn't really a coincidence. He he. I just happened to notice that the restaurant was one of the sponsors so I was betting that that was where they were going after the concert. I bought some stationary and a pen and excitedly psyched myself to go up to him and ask for an autograph.

Under normal circumstances, celebrities really don't get me excited. I'm usually deadma if I see a famous person and couldn't care less about getting anybody's autograph except if it's for a friend or relative. I once asked for Larry Henares' autograph for my dad when I learned he was sitting right behind me in Italiannis Greenbelt. This time around, I really didn't want to intrude but it was a chance of a lifetime for me. So I walked up to their table and politely asked if I could have his autograph. Of course he said it was ok. We even chitchatted while he was writing -- I was thinking about getting our picture taken when i thought, what the heck, I'm here and he's here and Jun has his camera phone ready, so Go!!! Look and see!!! Woohoo!!!!

I swear, my hands were shaking from excitement and happiness! Some people (you know who you are, you evil creatures!) will probably laugh themselves crazy over this post, but I don't freaking care!!!! :D I don't think I will ever do this again for a local celebrity. For the life of me, I cannot think of another person in the local scene I admire as much as Gary. When I think about who else I'd like to have pictures of, I think of Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Brandon Routh (oh yes! -- preferably in his Superman costume), and, oh, probably all the hot guys who played in the World Cup. *wink, wink*

BTW, I learned from the horse's mouth that Gary has a series of concerts in August at the Music Museum. You bet your a*s I'm gonna be there!