In between our chat about depression, struggles and worries as parents, detox opiate and other problems, my friend and I remembered that it’s Thanksgiving. And even though we don’t celebrate it here, we have to remember how blessed we have been and that we are ought to be grateful, thus, we started to count our blessings. Surely, life may sometimes be tough but certainly, our blessings outnumber our challenges and problems. And for me, I am very blessed with family, loved ones and friends. They surely top my gratitude list.
Now that the Christmas season is just around the corner, my daughter already made a wish list – a long wish list. It includes a lot of books which is expected, some toys, pens (she is my daughter after my own heart after all!), new set of linens and a fender dg-8s acoustic pak at guitar center. Apparently, all these rock star parties we have been attending inspired her to become a rock star! Haha! Anyway, her Dad suggested we buy her a ukelele for now and see if she really likes to play stringed instruments.
A week or two ago, it was declared that the cold season has finally started. As a tropical country, our weather does not become really cold that we’ll be needing heated jackets but just the same, it is an anticipated season for many of us. So, when the news came, some of us already brought out our jackets and long sleeves. However, just as I have dreaded, the weather is relatively warm – just like last year. I can still remember how hot it was that it felt like summer! But then, it got really cold when the year began, right after the holiday season and yes, I complained too. Haha! Anyway, this global warming has really affected almost everything and it is frightening. And we, as stewards of this earth should do our share to stop it.
It seems that we need to buy a new laptop for our daughter soon as her school work involving online researches is increasing. And with a new computer here at the house, I also need to pay for our ESET license renewal. Just last week, I already gave her a new USB memory stick so she can save some requirements instead of having to download it from an email (as she has none yet) or from a Facebook account. I still have to talk to her teacher regarding Facebook since the allowed age of registered user is 13 (per their TOU). My daughter and her classmates are still 10-11 years old.
It is our prerogative as parents to let them have a Facebook account and if I were to choose, I would rather let her have one once she reaches junior high school. There is a reason why an age requirement is included in FB’s TOU and it is important that every parent supervises their children’s activities online as it is our duty to keep them safe and secure.
Most moms I know are Super Moms wearing invisible capes and having magical powers. We moms have this one important superpower that is best said by this image:
Do you agree? I certainly do and can actually relate. We can be very sensitive and knowing when it comes to our kids, no matter how young or old they can be.
As a work-from-home mom/ mompreneur, it is important that I have a dedicated workspace where I can comfortably organize my thoughts and write and create. But with the number of books, magazines, things, tools and supplies that I have accumulated both for work and leisure, the space can be cramped. I have reading articles on how to organize to create an efficient workspace and here’s some useful tips:
Store papers by:
Reserving a space on and around your desk for active papers. Stash those you’re not currently working with in a file cabinet or tote. Use a desktop file sorter to contain and organize things like bills, event reminders and papers you need to follow up on or use a three-ring binder with sheet protectors. Hang a bulletin board above the desk for displaying active papers. Tack up things like appointment cards, invitations and bills.
Store supplies on desk by:
Using containers to corral supplies. For your desktop, you can choose jars and boxes (or upcycle ceramic tubes) that are large enough to hold your essential supplies but small enough that they don’t overcrowd the desk.
Organize desk drawers by:
Using desk drawer trays or dividers to keep supplies being jumbled together. Keep different kinds of supplies especially small ones like paper clips and tacks in separate divider compartments or by keeping them in their original boxes.
Decide what goes where based on what things you need closes at hand while you are working at your desk. Supplies you use on a regular basis – pens, calculators, notepads, etc. should be within arms reach when you are sitting down. Store less frequently used supplies out of the way so that they don clutter up your workspace.