Saturday, September 27, 2008

Is Your Boss Spying On You?

It's legal, it's happening and it can get you fired.

Now a days a lot of employees lost their jobs for using their time blogging, downloading music, surfing the net during office hours. Companies are now using two types of spying software: network- based programs that monitor all traffic passing through a system and programs that sit directly on an employees desktop. Vericept protect is one of them. So if you want to enjoy blogging, surfing the net and at the same time keeping your job, here are some tips for what to do-and not to do- when using your work computer:

7 Rules to live by:

* Know your company's computer-use policy and comply with it.

* Assume you're being monitored, and behave accordingly.

* Never bad-mouth your company on line.

* Don't use personal e-mail accounts or post to a blog.

* Avoid transmitting any message thar could embarrass you or other if made public.

* Don't think instant messaging is less permanent than e-mail.

* When surfing the web, never click on something flagged NSFW (Not safe For Work).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Woman of Courage, A Mother warrior....

I was watching Oprah (recorded from yesterday) this morning after I brought my DD to school and they were talking about a courageous mom, Monica Jorge. She had both her arms and legs amputated after she contracted a deadly flesh eating bacteria during a routine C- section. She had 37 operations and expecting more. She had to go thru' months of grueling rehab, and being a MOM was her ultimate motivation. The "why me" moment never came for her. All she knew was, she was going home to her loving husband and her two girls. I really can't believe how brave she is. Everyday is a struggle but she keeps on moving forward. Thank God she has a loving husband that stand by her thru thick and thin. Watching the show gave me goosebumps and teary eyed. What an amazing story, truly an inspiration...

Monday, September 22, 2008

My craving for cassava cake...

Last Tuesday I went to our local grocery store and found fresh yuca (cassava). I bought few pounds and when I got home, I grated it and cooked it right away. In just an hour my craving was over.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Big & Small....

Svetlana Pankratova's 52-inch legs are the longest in the world and He Pingping is the smallest man at just over 29 inches according to the Guinness World of Book Records.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Where is she?

My camera wasn't quick enough to capture my little girl sliding...

Monday, September 15, 2008

What I learned for Being A Mother....

When it comes to parenting I consider myself a newbie and still learning. Here's what I've learned so far:

I've learned... that the first time I look in my child's eyes I understand what the words "unconditional love" truly mean. The love I felt when I held my daughter is something I could never explain.

I’ve learned… that when my newly born child hold my little finger in her little fist, that I am hooked for life.

I’ve learned… that having my child fall asleep in my arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned… that there is nothing sweeter than sleeping with my child, feeling her on my cheeks.

I’ve learned… that Motherhood is a self sacrifice.

I’ve learned… that when you choose a path of Motherhood. It is for life… no one really tells you this, when you are thinking of becoming a MOM.

What about you, what have you learn for being a MOTHER?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The protective parents...

Follow - up on a Robin's story:
While Momma is gathering worms, Daddy is right there, and vice versa. Here both of them are trying to distract those horrible giant with the camera. I never thought that there was a Daddy involved until later when the babies were getting bigger. Momma built the nest, laid eggs, then incubated. It was a surprised for me seeing those protective parents both watching their babies. The female is slightly paler in color and a little bit smaller than male. (Pls. click the photo to see the slight difference)

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A glorious morning in New England

Hanna went by without any damage done in our area. It was a glorious morning when I woke up and it seems it will be beautiful for the rest of the week. My prayers to those affected with the hurricane. DH received an e-mail from my BIL telling him that the storm was the worst Baton Rouge, LA ever experienced. He mentioned that all trees on their yard were gone. His neighbor's house was severely damaged by a treefall. The good news was, they were safe except that they might have no power for a week. I hope the power comes back sooner than they expected.

By the way, yesterday I planned to have a barbecue for dinner but since the bad weather was to start late afternoon, we decided to have it for our lunch. Got the barbecue recipe from Kusinera sa America. It is a very good recipe for a pork barbecue.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Nature's Bounty...

Last year, we had a lot of vegetables from our garden. I even gave some to my friends and made tomato sauce since we had a lot to consume just for ourselves.

This year, I had to compete with a gate-crasher just to have tomatoes for our salad. This little creature was the frequent visitor in our garden. Did I get mad? Not really! I enjoy watching these lively animals, sometimes make an eye to eye contact with them. The enjoyment outweighs any nuisance they cause in our garden. Since they depend primarily on plants for food, I let them share some of the produce in our garden. The only thing I don't like them to do is when they burrow in our flower garden and our retaining walls.

Robin's Chronicle... (The growing baby birds)

Mommy Robin's growing babies.

Those cuties are now 4-5 days old...

Feed me pls. momma...

another day had passed, babies are now 1 day older.

Their feathers are becoming visible now.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

On Parenting...

Your children are not your children,
They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are not with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwells in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit,not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might,
that His arrows might go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness,
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kahlil Gibran
(Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Robin's chronicle...Eggs hatched

A continuation of Robin's chronicle.

After seven days one egg hatched, then one hatched each day for the next two days.

Off to school, she goes...

I can't believe it! We already have a kindergartener. It is pretty quiet here right now, DH & I sent our DD to school. She was so excited that when she woke up this morning she was singing, "I'm going to kindergarten, I'm going to kindergarten!" I'm a little worried though, it seems that she is still too young to a full day school. She thought that she can do everything now since she goes to a big school. She was so happy when she saw some of her preschool classmates are in her class too. Anyways, I hope her first day would be as exciting as she hopes it would be.
Good luck littleone! Enjoy everything school has to offer.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The long weekend is over...

It was a very productive long weekend for us, we didn't go anywhere though. The whole family stayed home and did some chores that needs to be done while the weather is beautiful. DH split firewood and I helped stacking it. We usually use firewood in the winter during the weekend and at night when DH is around. It saves us a lot of heating oil and warm the whole house well. With the high cost of heating oil I think this is a good alternative for us to save a little. I also finished put an edging in our deck while our DD played in her sand box. I was so happy that DH was in the mood of painting the eaves of our house coz that really needs a makeover. Overall the weekend went well for us. What about you guys, maybe some of you are still on vacation.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Robin's chronicle...(part1)

It was very common in our yard to hear the Robin sings and see them hunting for food to eat.(their diet consists of worms, bugs, fruits & berries) But making a nest just outside our window, that is very unusual. Early summer a robin had started building a nest on top of a stepladder leaning against the house under an overhang. Odd, in that I thought they typically built nests in dense trees/bushes not in the open, and not so close to people. DH just used the ladder a day before they started building a nest. I wasn't sure whether to knock it down or leave it be. How aggressive are mother robins? If I left it be, DH can't use the ladder until she's done,but it is a chance to show my DD an empty nest, then nest with eggs, then growing baby birds. It was also 15 feet away from her swingset. We decided not to move the ladder and after few days we found three eggs in it already.

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