Reading Life
20th July 2017

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I used to love reading.  I still do but with the so little time I have nowadays, I’m lucky if I have a few minutes to have some “me time” when my son finally gets to bed before I fall asleep myself.  I really do want to dedicate some of that “me time” to reading because I really do miss it.  I miss immersing myself in a good book and losing myself in a good story.  A way for me to escape the realities of the world, if you will.  That is why I like fiction.  I like a story that is different from my life and at times stories that seem unrealistic because it’s my own sense of adventure for myself and I can escape.  This was why I started reading in the first place when I moved to Canada when I was 9.  I was the new kid, not too many friends yet and not familiar with the environment so I would read.  I used to be able to read a book every couple of days and now not so much.  My husband likes non-fiction because he is a man of facts which I get.  He likes the realities of the world and likes to tell real stories which in turn gives us really good conversations sometimes.

I enjoy some fiction too.  I am actually currently reading “A Life in Parts” by Bryan Cranston (a great actor – Breaking Bad, Malcom in The Middle to name a couple) which is a memoir.  It’s great so far because I like the way he talks about his life – A series of short stories (which makes sense to the title).  It’s like looking into different memories he had throughout his life rather than reading one long boring mesh of thoughts that would sound like ramblings to me.  He has some great stories and he writes in a way that makes them exciting and wanting you to read more and also leaving room to leave room for thought after each story.  It makes me want to do the same with myself sometime in my life.

Expressing to my husband about how much I want to start reading since I have really no other passions right now that I can have the time to actually do , he bought me a KOBO GLO e-reader.  I was soooooo happy!  I love this thing.  I bring it around everywhere with me since it’s so small and compact and it all ALL the books I want in there at a touch of a screen.  I love that the “pages” look like actual book pages because the color and the lighting is not too bright like how a cellphone screen would look it.  It’s easy on the eyes and it feels like I’m reading an actual book.  My husband saw how much I was enjoying it that he was starting to want one now too!  He wants to be able to read one of his book during his downtime at work rather than be on his phone the whole time.  I love it when he reads because he used to HATE reading.  Now he has read more books than I have over the past year and he gets so excited telling about what he has read.  Like I said previously, we have good conversations about this and I love it when we just sit and talk.

Now since he has an affinity for reading too and he needs something to keep him busy during his breaks, I now bought HIM a KOBO e-reader as well!!  He’s pretty excited about it and I am too.  It seems our son likes to “read” too because at night before bed, he will always grab his story books and plays and “reads” them.  It’s the cutest thing.  I’ve always wanted a kid that loved to read.

 




Parent Life
12th June 2017

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It has been a while.  It truly has.  I can’t say for all the moms out there but for me, it IS a thing … MOM life.  I admit, I don’t have as much of a social life as I would like to have but I don’t care.  It’s been worth it.  I have learned over the past year the importance of having as much time with your child as much as you can.  Now that I am back at work, I miss being near my son and just seeing him laugh and smile which makes the end of the work day all the better.  I have something to look forward to.  I get to go home to my family.

I was pretty excited to go back to work though.  As much as I LOVE being around my son all the time, I still needed my “ME” time.  It’s very important that each mother gets it.  For me, I still needed that sense of identity outside of being a mother.  My job is that because I really do genuinely enjoy my work and the company I work for.  It’s “my thing” I guess.  I really don’t have much time for my hobbies and other interests anymore so having to be able to go to work and do my own thing is great.  I enjoy having my drive to work with a nice cup of coffee and listening to my music during my commute in the mornings.

My husband and I are quite lucky that we are able to both work and provide for our family as sometimes, thinking of childcare can be quite daunting for some.  We are soooo fortunate that our schedules work out and that we have Grandma to help out as well.  My husband now works evening shifts while I work mornings. There’s a good and bad but it works.  The good is that my husband gets to have his bonding times with baby G in the mornings since he works later in the day.  He feeds him, changes and clothes him, they have walks in the morning and sometimes he’ll bring Baby G to our complex gym so he gets a workout while my son plays.  He’s always sending me sweet funny videos of our son and what he’s up to or learning everyday just so I don’t miss out.  He drops off our son to Grandma before he heads to work and in a couple of hours later, I am off work so I get to pick him up and we have our bonding times together in the evenings and have our bedtime routines together.  So we each get to have our time with him.  The downfall is that my husband and I don’t really get to see each other much during the week since he gets home late and I am already so tired that I’m passed out before he gets home.  At least we get weekends though.  Weekends are our FAMILY DAYS.  It could something as simple as spending the day doing groceries but it’s still FAMILY DAY.  It’s so special to us because it’s our time together to make up for a whole work week of not being able to spend any time together.  It’s these little things that matter so much and we love it so so much.

We don’t forget our families and friends though.  We are so lucky to have such great family and friends.  We live farther away now but we still all see each other all the time.  Our bestfriends visit us almost every weekend because we always like to hold UFC nights at our place.  A night of fun eats and drinks, they usually end up sleeping over so it’s always so much fun.  I can’t express enough how much I love those two.  No matter what, they are always there for us even though we live farther away now.  They are pretty much family.  My husband and my best friend, Miss K, are pretty much brother and sister.  Her boyfriend is our son’s Godfather.  We have stuck around for years and years and I can’t even begin to tell you how much they have been there for us and we have been there for them.  They are family.  Some people think friends are something else but for me .. NOPE.  THEY ARE MY FAMILY.  Love you guys!

I really do want to blog more.  I find myself always wanting to share tid bits of my mom life but nowhere or no one to share them to.  So I figured, why not use my blog?

 




COOKING MAMA
2nd December 2015

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Chubby Peggy Me

There I am! As of current … I have definitely gained some weight (boo). My nose has gotten bigger. I was assured that this “big nose syndrome” (AS I WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT), is a normal thing and will return back to normal once I give birth (IT BETTER *shakes fist*). I feel like a whale but I make do with what I have LOL. I have actually been putting makeup on again to feel slightly decent HAHAHA. Just figured I’d put this up here as a little thing for me to look back on in the future. Or if/when I decide to have another child, I can look at this picture and prepare myself mentally that I would look like this again. LMAO.

So I have been trying to keep myself busy to stray away from being super lazy. Let’s face it, once I get lazy and set my ass on the couch, that’s it. I’m done. I ain’t doing shit all. It’s not a good thing since I already am having bad tailbone pain from the pressure of the growing baby and the weight gain. Plus, any type of moving around is a form of exercise for me which I really need. Since it’s winter, it’s hard to go out for a nice walk around the park and get my 30 minute exercise with all the icy pavements. Don’t want to have a spill now do we? Especially being almost 7 months pregnant. I’m already clumsy enough as it is.

So what have I been doing? Been doing a lot of cooking and preparing. I’m trying to make some easy meals here and there so that I don’t overwork myself and also at the same time preparing meals that can be frozen so that I’m prepared for when the baby comes. I’m sure in the first couple or so months, I’m not going to have much time OR energy to cook elaborate meals for my husband and I. Nor do I want to spend so much money on take-out food so I prepared freezable meals! So far I’ve made shepherd’s pie, pancake stacks, pancake muffins, baked macaroni, tuna casserole, chicken pot pie muffins and breakfast burritos! Of course, my husband still likes to eat everything so I have to make more LOL.

Sweet Chili Spinach Chicken QuesadillaChicken Pot Pie Muffins

My favourite quick meal is the Sweet Chili Spinach Chicken Quesadilla. I just premake everything, keep it in a Tupperware and bake it anytime I want in a tortilla!! I have this obsession with chicken and cheese right now so it’s a good combo for me. Plus, I’m really really trying hard to eat veggies to keep baby boy healthy, so I add the spinach in there and I actually like it!

One of my husband’s favourite is the Chicken Pot Pie Muffins! It’s exactly like how it’s called (you can see from the pics). He loves them because I made about 24 of them so far and it’s frozen in the freezer but everytime he wants one, he just pops it in the microwave and … VOILA! Nice and soft and moist.

My favourite frozen snack is the Pancake Muffins (with chocolate chips!). These go really really fast. I have to make more actually. I make them in different sizes too. The mini muffins and regular sized muffins. I freeze these as well and just pop them in the microwave everytime I want to eat one. They pretty much taste like pancakes but in muffin form! So it’s actually kinda nice when you dip them in syrup!

So I’m always willing to try more recipes. All trial and error really but my husband is absolutely LOVING it. He says I’ll be the best mom ever or our kid will get really fat because of all the good food. I’m glad he loves my cooking. Makes me feel special because I’ve always been fond of cooking and I love the idea of being able to feed my family good tasting food just like my mom did with us. I still miss my mom’s cooking from time to time. I might have to do a couple of requests soon just so I can feel the love again LOL.

I miss my mom.

 




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