Light and Pretty

>> Tuesday, March 24, 2009

As a laptop owner for about three years now, I have been in search of a stylish laptop bag that does not look like one. Thanks to Diane’s sister, Dawn, I discovered MioDio Designs! My order arrived last week and I was too excited to find out if my laptop fits inside the sleeve so I went home during lunch break to see. Good thing it fits! Haha! Anyways, here’s what I ordered:DSC_1175

Just love those floral prints and the pink sleeve. Unfortunately, the accessory bag does not match but who cares! Hehe. I started using them yesterday and I just so love how light the bag (with a laptop inside) is compared to the black laptop bags that I used  to carry.

Speaking of laptops, DH has been planning to buy me a new one. Of course, it has to be on sale! However, I am still very much in love with my COMPAQ, thanks to its large screen – perfect for a digiscrapper like me. But if he is insistent, I can direct him to where he can find great deals on electronics, gadgets, computers, laptops and more. I’ll be one happy recipient as always! :D


Back. Again.

I am back. Again. Haha! I have been too tired to go online in the past five days or so. The weekend was packed with institutional and motherhood obligations. We had to attend the university graduation and baccalaureate but I was suffering from migraine in the afternoon of Saturday so I took the prerogative of missing the graduation (last Saturday) to be able to attend our week-long planning. It’s our second day and I am quite proud of my accomplishment. I was able to finish our survey and the results were presented to some of our stakeholders this afternoon. Honestly, I was clueless on some of the things that we’ve been doing in the past days. Haha! Good thing there are talented people out there who are more than willing to help.


We hope to finish the things that need to be accomplished soon. Many things are planned for summer 2009. To say that we are loaded is an understatement. But I look forward to doing those tasks. I just hope that I won’t disappointment my boss. ;) Good luck to me!


The Invisible Woman

>> Thursday, March 19, 2009

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. ~ By Nicole Johnson


It started to happen gradually …


One day I was walking my son Jake to school. I was holding his hand and we were about to cross the street when the crossing guard said to him, "Who is that with you, young fella?"


"Nobody," he shrugged.


Nobody? The crossing guard and I laughed. My son is only 5, but as we crossed the street I thought, "Oh my goodness, nobody?"


I would walk into a room and no one would notice. I would say something to my family - like "Turn the TV down, please" - and nothing would happen. Nobody would get up, or even make a move for the remote. I would stand there for a minute, and then I would say again, a little louder, "Would someone turn the TV down?" Nothing.


Just the other night my husband and I were out at a party. We'd been there for about three hours and I was ready to leave. I noticed he was talking to a friend from work. So I walked over, and when there was a break in the conversation, I whispered, "I'm ready to go when you are." He just kept right on talking.


That's when I started to put all the pieces together. I don't think he can see me. I don't think anyone can see me.


I'm invisible.


It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, "Can't you see I'm on the phone?" Obviously not. No one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.


I'm invisible.


Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more: Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this?


Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, "What time is it?" I'm a satellite guide to answer, "What number is the Disney Channel?" I'm a car to order, "Right around 5:30, please."


I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history and the mind that graduated summa cum laude - but now they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again.


She's going … she's going … she's gone!


One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. Janice had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself as I looked down at my out-of-style dress; it was the only thing I could find that was clean. My unwashed hair was pulled up in a banana clip and I was afraid I could actually smell peanut butter in it. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when Janice turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, "I brought you this."


It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: "To Charlotte, with admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees."


In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

  • No one can say who built the great cathedrals - we have no record of their names.
  • These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
  • They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
  • The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.


A legendary story in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, "Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof? No one will ever see it."


And the workman replied, "Because God sees."


I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, "I see you, Charlotte. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become."


At times, my invisibility feels like an affliction. But it is not a disease that is erasing my life. It is the cure for the disease of my own self-centeredness. It is the antidote to my strong, stubborn pride.


I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.


When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table." That would mean I'd built a shrine or a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, to add, "You're gonna love it there."


As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible women.



Random Questions #23

>> Sunday, March 15, 2009

1. Have you had a friend for many years​ and then they left just like that?​
:: Yeah, it happens.
2. How loud do you listen to your music​?
:: Not too loud. I prefer it to be in the background so I can concentrate on whatever I am doing.
3. What is more important:​ happiness or trust​?​
:: Trust. Happiness follows when persons trust each other in a relationship.
4. Ever kissed someone else'​s girlfriend​/​boyfriend?​
:: Nope.
5. Do you take walks​ often​?​

:: Nope.
6. What were you doing​ at 1am this morning?​

:: Sleeping, of course.
7. Last thing​ you did before bed last night​?

:: Browse through a home improvement catalogue. It’s not that we’re about to renovate this rented house any time soon. I was just fascinated by the fab wall fountains in the cover and made me hope to have one once we get our own place.
8. You'​re thinking about​ someone,​ aren'​t you?

:: Yeah. Two persons actually, who made me feel awful last Thursday. I hope they will leave my thoughts very soon. What goes around comes around so good luck to them!
9. How many people do you trust​?​
:: Many.
10. Why did your last relationship end?

:: It’s not healthy anymore so someone had to decide that it had to end.

From here.


Real Life

>> Thursday, March 12, 2009

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.”

~Alfred D. Souza


Bragging rights

>> Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Howdy! Have you seen my photo book? It’s HERE! I am very excited to do more books for printing with ARTSCOW. Aside from that, I am also working on getting our photos from way back 2005 printed. Thanks to ARTSCOW, I am saving big time!


So, even if I am eyeing some stuff online, I have to restrain myself since our (DH and I) big project this year (aside from another lens) is printing of our photos and storing them into albums. So good luck to me!


Meet Cheese Burger

>> Tuesday, March 10, 2009


After the longest time, Cheese Burger is finally here! She is my Pet Society pet at Facebook. She was once a he. LOL! And she was originally orange but was turned into blue by DD while I was not looking. Aside from altering her color, DD also spent my about 2,00 coins on a pizza and that polka dot wall paper. Ugh. It was DD’s birthday so I had no right to complain. Haha! But tonight, I just could not stand Cheese Burger’s color so I had her changed into light brown.

Anyways, Cheese Burger is a nice and friendly pet. She eats any food that I give her, usually cheap ones. Haha! We don’t have much coins so I usually save up for clothes and furnitures. Good thing she has not asked anything extravagant yet, like Vegas vacations!

I enjoy Pet Society and I sometimes play in between blogging and scrapbooking. It’s a game that does not require much brain work. An old friend once invited me to join his Mafia Wars group (another Facebook game) but I got bored since it required me to read and analyze and wait. Instead, it was and still is Wes who is thoroughly enjoying the game. Well, boys will be boys!

But for me and Cheese Burger (and DD!), Pet Society rocks! ;)



>> Monday, March 9, 2009

Been a bad blogger and I am sorry. As usual, work (at school and at home) made me so busy that the ME time became my sleeping time. The school year is about to end and we are rushing so many things at the office. We need to have our planning session before the month ends so that we can prepare for the incoming school year come summer 2009. I am expecting it to be a busier but exciting school year since we’ve already (somehow) got the feel of things around the office.

Family matters: Wes has been all around the country, thanks to his work. I was telling him to let us tag along when they went to Bohol but of course, he declined. On the other hand, our DD just turned 6! How time flies! And she thoroughly enjoyed her birthday partIES. Yep, it’s plural! We had one in Pampanga last January 1, another one in her classroom and the last one here at home. We attended the evening Mass on her special day and we proceeded to McDonalds afterwards. A friend is one of the managers there and they had a special treat for DD too! It was a good day indeed!

I am very grateful that we’ve been extremely blessed. We don’t have much but we were able to make DD’s day special. She had so much fun and that makes me one happy mommy.  *Someone* was soooo cooperative, nice and sweet that day and he made sure that both of his girls are happy, happy, happy. Thanks, Babe! :)

Anyways, today is a holiday. Woot! I have tasks lined up. I finished cleaning up some parts of the house and it’s computer time! I hope it’s a productive day. I missed scrapping and I wish I can squeeze in some scrapping time. ;)

Have a lovely Monday!


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